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Baton Rouge – Dr. James A. Birke, PT, Ph.D. , was honored with the Roger Pecoraro Lectureship from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) at the ADA’s 69th Scientific Sessions, the world’s largest diabetes meeting, in New Orleans, La. 

Clinical researchers are selected for this award based on their outstanding contributions to the knowledge and treatment of the diabetic foot.

Director of Rehabilitation Services at the LSU Health Sciences Center and the LSU Diabetes Foot Program at Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La., Dr. Birke has specialized in the treatment of neuropathic foot problems for the past 27 years. 

He is a retired captain in the United States Public Health Service, serving as the director of the Physical Therapy and Foot Program at the National Hansen’s Disease Center in Carville, La.

The Roger Pecoraro Lectureship is given in memory of Roger Pecoraro for his scientific contributions and untiring commitment to improving the understanding of diabetic foot complications

More than 13,000 top scientists, physicians, and other health care professionals from around the world shared the latest research, treatment recommendations, and advances toward a cure for diabetes at the Sessions.

Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.  Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 230,000 Americans each year and costs our nation $174 billion annually.

The ADA is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.  The mission of the ADA, which was founded in 1940, is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  Visit www.diabetes.org for more information.

The LSU Health System - Health Care Services Division is one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the country.  It has over 35,000 inpatient admissions, nearly 196,000 inpatient days, 515,500 outpatient clinic visits, 894,000 outpatient encounters, and nearly 244,000 emergency department visits.  Each year nearly 500 residents and fellows from the LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine and Ochsner Health System and 2,200 nurses and allied health students from many colleges and universities are trained in LSU facilities.

LSU is the largest single provider of uncompensated inpatient care in Louisiana.  LSU HCSD hospitals have an economic impact of over $1.4 billion in asset business activity, $568 million in personal earnings, and generate over 12,000 jobs.

For more information, contact Marvin McGraw, Director of Communications and Media Relations, LSU Health Care Services Division, 225.922.1424 or mmcgra@lsuhsc.edu.

Dr. James A. Birke Dr. James A. Birke, PT, Ph.D.

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