Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, is being honored with the 2020 Lifetime Contribution Award by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dandona Receiving ‘Lifetime’ Award for Diabetes Research

Published February 13, 2020

story based on news release by barbara branning

The Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) has named Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, as the recipient of its 2020 Lifetime Contribution Award.


He is the eighth physician-scientist to receive the award.

Groundbreaking Research Discoveries

One of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of diabetes and vascular disease, Dandona’s work on diabetes and metabolic disorders includes leading clinical trials for new treatments to exploring basic scientific mechanisms involved in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

His research team has made groundbreaking discoveries in a wide range of areas, including:

Led Development of Fellowship Program

Dandona has mentored many of the current leaders in diabetes health care and research, and his team’s dedication to teaching and training has led to the development of one of the largest endocrinology fellowship programs in the United States.

Seventy-two fellows have graduated from the program and are now located all over the U.S., the Middle East and India.

Dandona has previously been honored by the Ceylon College of Physicians with the Fernando Award, its highest honor. He was awarded the Banting Medal by the Endocrine Society of India, and Kyung Hee University of Korea made him a “global eminent scholar.”

He has written more than 550 peer-reviewed publications and more than 1,000 additional publications. He has served on the editorial boards of Diabetes Care and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, both of which are major journals in the field of diabetes and endocrinology. He also founded the journal Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders.

Received UB Award for Faculty Excellence

Dandona has been a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo and chief of endocrinology at Kaleida Health since 1991.

He also is the director of the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York, which is sponsored by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Kaleida.

A 2012 recipient of the UB Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Dandona received a doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar.

He earned his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

Global Symposium on Diabetes Held in India

V. Mohan MD, PhD, founded the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation in 1996. He also established Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre, among the world’s largest diabetes care networks, made up of more than 50 diabetes centers in India, the Middle East and Africa, caring for 500,000 diabetic patients.

According to Mohan, the MDRF Lifetime Contribution Award was instituted to honor medical scientists who have contributed significantly to the field of medicine, particularly in the field of diabetes, over their lifetime. The number and impact of the candidates’ publications and their contribution to society are the main criteria.

Dandona will be honored in Chennai, India, in July. He has also been invited to deliver two lectures during the International Diabetes Update 2020.

The foundation’s annual three-day Diabetes Update symposium has grown to attract more than 3,000 doctors from around the world.