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June 2008 Issue

Nelson Watts, MD, explains to a patient how osteoporosis develops.
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UC Bone Expert Recognized by Leading Medical Organization

By Katie Pence
Published June 2008

Nelson Watts, MD, helps people with severe bone issues every day at the UC Bone and Osteoporosis Center.

But his good work has not gone unnoticed.

On May 17, Watts was awarded the Yank D. Coble Jr., MD, Distinguished Service Award by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE).

Watts, a professor of medicine at UC and director of the bone center, was presented the award at ACE’s 17th annual meeting and clinical congress in Orlando, Fla.

The Yank D. Coble Jr., MD, Distinguished Service Award is
presented annually to a clinical endocrinologist who is recognized by his or her peers as having achieved distinction in the field of clinical endocrinology and has record of devotion to teaching.

Coble, the namesake of the award, is the former president of the World Medical Association and American Medical Asso
ciation, as well as a founder of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and ACE.

It is the highest award given by members of ACE, a nonprofit organization that supports clinical endocrinology and improvement of patient care and public health.

“It is truly a privilege to receive the highest honor awarded by my colleagues and the American Association of Clinical Endo
crinologists,” says Watts.

“I am deeply honored to join such a group of physicians who have given so much of themselves.”

, who has been at UC since 2001, also serves as chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Admini-stration’s Advisory Committee for Endocrine and Metabolic Drugs and is on the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty board in endocrinology and metabolism.

He is a past president of ACE, served on the AACE Board of Directors from 1995 to 2003 and also served as associate editor of Endocrine Practice, the official ACE journal

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