Texas Diabetes Institute recognizes three new additions to prestigious Wall of Honor

July 20, 2016

American Diabetes Institute, Dr. Carlos Rosende and Dr. Eugenio Cersosimo joining the names on Saul Trevino Wall of Honor

Diabetes affects more than 100,000 people in Bexar County alone, and it continues to affect more lives in serious and debilitating ways. The Texas Diabetes Institute and its allies have been fighting this disease for decades, and three of those allies were honored today: the American Diabetes Association, Central and South Texas Area; Carlos Rosende, M.D., professor and executive vice dean for clinical affairs, UT Health Science Center San Antonio; and Eugenio Cersosimo, M.D., medical director of clinical research at the Texas Diabetes Institute and associate professor, UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Each was honored in a category symbolized by milagros — figures that for centuries have accompanied prayers and wishes. The foot symbolizes the “foundation of education” that empowers our patients. The heart is the “heart of care” found in each staff member and physician. The eye represents the “vision of research” that will ultimately lead to a cure for diabetes.

The heart of care: Dr. Rosende was the first medical director of the ophthalmology clinic at the Texas Diabetes Institute. With his expertise in diabetic retinopathy and his inherent compassion, he created a clinic that focuses not only on conditions of the eye but on the life and needs of each individual patient.

The vision of research: Dr. Cersosimo is a compassionate and outstanding educator. His work has contributed significantly to the discovery of new therapeutic targets and the development of new anti-diabetic medications.

The foundation of education: For 75 years, the ADA has taken the lead in bringing together the world’s foremost diabetes experts to collaborate. They’ve raised millions of dollars to support diabetes research, advocated for the rights of those living with diabetes, and partnered with the Texas Diabetes Institute to help families break the cycle of diabetes through education and outreach.

The Saul Treviño Wall of Honor recognizes individuals and organizations of Bexar County who have significantly contributed to the fight against diabetes. Past inductees include Elvira M. Cisneros, Dr. Lawrence B. Harkless, Luis Roberto Vera Jr., Commissioner Paul Elizondo, Dr. Roberto P. Treviño, John A. Guest, Col. Roy W. Burley, Lo Bello de San Antonio Women’s Club, Magda S. Ortiz, the Aguillon family, Dr. Ralph DeFronzo, Dr. Daniel E. Hale and Dr. Roberto Jimenez. The annual event is sponsored by the University Health System Foundation.