John Anderson, MD, talks about how clinicians should look at more than just a specific A1c number when beginning treatment for diabetes explaining that the measure is really only a way to project future risk. Factors such as family history, ethnic background and other characteristics may be more relevant. But regardless of these factors, if patients have higher than normal blood sugars, he emphasizes that there is never any harm at urging them to take up better lifestyle habits as soon as possible….
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John E. Anderson is Immediate Past President, Medicine & Science of the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes. He is also a board certified internist and just completed a term as President of The Frist Clinic, a 31-member internal medicine multi-specialty group in Nashville, TN.
Anderson has also served as Chair of the Department of Medicine of Centennial Medical Center, a 650-bed tertiary care referral hospital in Nashville. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees and just completed his third year as Chair of the Board of this facility. He has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of internal medicine with a focus on the care of people with diabetes. He has given lectures and conducted workshops across the country about a variety of topics related to diabetes. He has also traveled the states of Tennessee and Kentucky talking to primary care physicians about patient management.
Dr. Anderson has been an American Diabetes Association volunteer for more than 20 years including having served a previous term on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Advocacy Committee, and as a member of the Strategic Marketing work group. He was also Co-Chair of the Association’s Health Reform Task Force, served on the Professional Practice Committee, and on the Legal Advocacy and Legislative Subcommittees of the Advocacy Committee. Locally, he is serving as a Community Leadership Board member. Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Diabetes Association’s Pinnacle Society and Summit Circle. These are recognition societies representative of individuals who are providing significant contributions to the Association through major gifts and their estate plans, respectively.
Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and completed his doctorate in medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.