Sherita Hill Golden named to board of American Diabetes Association

Professor of endocrinology and metabolism is among JHM community members recently honored

Sherita Hill Golden, the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine, has been named a 2018 member of the board of the American Diabetes Association.

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Golden was a member of the ADA Scientific Sessions Planning Committee and chair of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Interest Group from 2011 to 2013, and she has also been active with the Behavioral Medicine and Psychology Interest Group. From 2011 to 2015, she served as associate editor for the ADA's peer-reviewed scientific journal, Diabetes Care. She recently was appointed to the ADA's Research Policy Committee.

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