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Dr. Vivian Fonseca.

UAMS Medical Center Director of Arkansas Diabetes Program

DR. VIVIAN FONSECA WAS surprised when he learned two years ago that there was no diabetes treatment program in Arkansas.

Dr. Robert Harrison, director of endocrinology and metabolism at UAMS Medical Center, told Fonseca of the need and invited him to visit UAMS.

Last year, Fonseca, a native of India, accepted the challenge and began the Arkansas Diabetes Program at UAMS.

"There was a need for a program like this, which surprisingly didn't exist despite the very high prevalence of diabetes and complications from diabetes in patients in Arkansas," says Fonseca, who is internationally known for his diabetes research. Since 1979, he had done his research in England.

Fonseca, 40, focuses on factors in diabetes that contribute to vascular disease. He is researching new treatment strategies to prevent amputations due to vascular disease.

"We have worked with a number of drugs and have done some clinical trials that have demonstrated some improvement in this condition," Fonseca says.

Fonseca, a member of the West Little Rock Rotary Club, and his wife, Sarita, have two sons, Neil, 7, and Adam, 5.
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Title Annotation:Minorities in Leadership; UAMS Medical Center director of Arkansas Diabetes Program
Author:Smith, David (American novelist)
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Aug 16, 1993
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