Division of endocrinology

John A. Colwell Diabetes Research Center

John A. Colwell, MD, PhD


A graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Colwell received his MD and a PhD in physiology from Northwestern University Medical School. His dedication to the study of diabetes mellitus and its effects is long-standing, as is his service to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). He is a past president of the ADA as well as a Master of the American College of Physicians.  In addition to his many other professional activities, Dr. Colwell has served the Department of Veterans Affairs as a scientist, consultant, and research administrator. He has been a consultant and reviewer for the National Institutes of Health as well as a member of the Steering Committee of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial.

Dr. Colwell has been recognized by the ADA with several awards, including the Banting Award for Distinguished Service and the award for Outstanding Physician Educator in the field of Diabetes. He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award of the Medical University of South Carolina.  Credited with an impressive list of published works, Dr. Colwell has been a member of the Editorial Board of Diabetes and Diabetes Care and regular reviewer for most of the scientific journals that deal with diabetes and its complications. He has been an invited speaker or visiting professor at many sites in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, and has authored over 100 papers and many book chapters, editorials, and reviews, mainly about diabetes and its complications.  Dr. Colwell’s major clinical interests include the study of diabetes, diabetic vascular disease, and lipid  disorders with emphasis on collaborative intervention trials.  Most recently, Dr. Colwell developed a statewide program to combat diabetes and its complications: The Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina (DSC). He served as Board Chair since its inception in 1994 through his retirement in 2007.

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