Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award

Award Profile:

To stimulate, acknowledge, and reward outstanding educational efforts by a health professional in the field of diabetes education.

Criteria for Selection (candidates can be peer or self-nominated): 

  • The nominee will have demonstrated significant, long-term national or international contributions to the field of diabetes education.
  • The nominee will have many years of effort in the field of diabetes education and will have evidence of benefit to recipients.
  • The nominee should be well-known to others in their area of expertise.
  • Publications and teaching experience are factors in the selection process.
  • The nominee must be a member of the National Professional Section.
  • Both U.S. and non-U.S. residents are eligible for award.
  • Contributions and volunteer service to both national and international diabetes organizations and the broader diabetes community may also be taken into consideration.   

Lecture/Publication of Lecture (must be presented in person)

  • The recipient will deliver the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Lecture at the 85th Scientific Sessions taking place June 20–23, 2025 in Chicago, IL. 
  • The recipient will be offered the opportunity to publish the lecture in an American Diabetes Association® (ADA) scientific journal.


  • The recipient receives a $3,000 honorarium.
  • The award includes two round-trip coach airfares and hotel accommodations for the duration of the meeting. 
  • The award includes complimentary registration to the Scientific Sessions. 

2025 Nomination/Submission Process:

  • Nominations must be submitted using the electronic nomination form. All submissions must be received on or before 8:00 p.m. ET on September 20, 2024. 
  • Nominations are accepted from any ADA professional member.

    All Outstanding Educator nominations must have the following documents uploaded as one PDF file:  

    • The letter of nomination/support, whether peer or self-nominated, must be no more than 400 words and signed by no more than the individuals. It should address criteria for selection.
    • The nominee’s biography.
    • The nominee’s CV with career and publication highlights.

      Questions? Email Gedeon Topacio, program manager of research & scientific programs, at


The recipient is chosen by the National Scientific & Health Care Achievement Awards Committee and approved by the ADA’s Executive Committee in February 2025.

2024 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award Recipient and Lecturer

Joshua J. Neumiller, PharmD, CDCES, FADCES, FASCP 

Previous Winners of the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award

2023 A. Enrique Caballero, MD        
2022 Amy Hess-Fischl, MS, RDN, LDN, BC-ADM, CDCES        
2021 Denise Charron-Prochownik, PhD, CPNP, RN, FAAN         
2020 William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDCES        
2019 Virginia Valentine, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE        
2018 Jackie L. Boucher, MS, RDN        
2017 Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APRN-BC, BC-ADM        
2016 Sheri R. Colberg-Ochs, PhD, FACSM        
2015 Linda M. Delahanty, MS, RDN        
2014 Katie Weinger, EdD, RN        
2013 Ann L. Albright, PhD, RD        
2012 Robin Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE        
2011 Linda Siminerio, PhD, RN, CDE        
2010 Belinda R. Childs, ARNP, MN, CDE, BC-ADM        
2009 Steven V. Edelman, MD

2008 David G. Marrero, PhD        
2007 Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, APRN, BC-ADM, MA, CDE        
2006 Geralyn Spollett, MSN, CDE, ANP        
2005 Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD        
2004 Marjorie L. Cypress, CDE, MS, RN, ANP        
2003 Barbara J. Anderson, PhD        
2002 Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CD, CDE, BC-ADM        
2001 Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM        
2000 Robert M. Anderson, EdD        
1999 Martha M. Funnell, MS, CDE, RN        
1998 Anne S. Daly, MS, CDE, RD FADA, CDE                
1997 Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE        
1996 Ruth Farkas-Hirsch, MS, RN, CDE        
1995 Linda B. Haas, MN, RN, CDE, PhC        
1994 Jean E. Betschart, MN, RN, CDE

1993 Barbara J. Maschak-Carey, RNCS, MSN, CDE        
1992 Helen R. Bowlin, RN, CDE        
1991 Judith Wylie-Rosett, RD, EdD         
1990 Margaret A. Powers, RD, MS        
1989 R. Keith Campbell, RPh        
1988 Phyllis R. Crapo, RD, PhD        
1987 Madelyn L. Wheeler, MS, RD, CDE        
1986 Deborah A. Hinnen, RN, MN        
1985 Marion Franz, RD, MS        
1984 Margaret C. Yarborough, RPh         
1983 Maria Alogna, RN, MPH        
1982 Myrtis A. McSweeney, RN         
1981 Barbara Christman Adair, RN, MSN        
1980 Carelyn P. Fylling, RN, MS        
1979 Diana Guthrie, RN, PhD         
1978 Barbara M. Prater, PhD, RD        
1977 Rita M. Nemchik, RN, MS