Dr. Ed Duthie receives Practitioner of the Year Award from Alzheimer’s Association local chapter

Dec. 04, 2013 College News - Edmund H. Duthie, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics and Gerontology, received the Practitioner of the Year Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. He received the award during the chapter’s annual meeting on Nov. 12.

Dr. Duthie was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association for his leadership as a clinician, educator, collaborator, and resource to families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

Additionally, Dr. Duthie, who also serves as Section Leader - Geriatric Medicine, at the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has worked to make important connections for the chapter at the VA Medical Center, Froedtert, and MCW. With his support, the chapter successfully partnered with the VA on a major grant called the Veterans Caregiver Connection. The goal of the grant is to connect caregivers of veterans with dementia, as well as veterans who are caregivers, with available education programs and resources provided by the association and by local counties. Alison Minkin, PhD, Dr. Duthie’s colleague at the VA and PI for the grant, was also honored at the meeting.

Dr. Duthie continually seeks opportunities for the Alzheimer’s Association to educate MCW, VA, and community physicians and clinics about association services.  He has arranged for the chapter to take part in and collaborate on symposiums, and he always encourages individual veterans and family members to connect with the Alzheimer’s Association for help.

Dr. Duthie joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1980 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He received his MD from Georgetown University and went on to complete a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the Jewish Institute for Geriatric Care at the State University of New York. He is board certified in both Geriatrics and Internal Medicine, and is a long-standing member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee at the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin. He is a nationally known expert on Geriatrics, with 85 publications including the widely used textbook, Practice of Geriatrics.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it, or even slow its progression.

An estimated 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease according to the Association’s 2013 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures report.

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