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Temple’s Dr. Elias Siraj Earns Prestigious Service Award

News May 20, 2014

Elias S. Siraj, MD, FACP, FACE, Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine, Program Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship and Director of Clinical Endocrinology at Temple University Hospital, received the Outstanding Service Award for Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 23rd Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Las Vegas on May 17, 2014.
The Outstanding Service Award is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the endocrine care, health and service to an underserved population in the United States or abroad via leadership, long-term commitment, vision, innovation and impact.
"With my origins in Ethiopia, a country with a large number of underserved populations, I always thought I am fortunate to be where I am, and it is my responsibility to give back in whatever way that I can,” said Dr. Siraj. “I am very humbled by the fact that AACE has recognized my contributions to the underserved populations in my country of origin and to my adopted country, the USA, in such a manner.”
Dr. Siraj has made significant contributions towards the education of medical students, residents and endocrine fellows at five of Ethiopia’s medical schools, including a key role in the launch of the country’s first Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program. He has also provided free care for endocrine patients, conducted significant research on diabetes in Ethiopians and provided leadership in organizations fostering collaboration between Ethiopian and US medical institutions and medical professionals.
Dr. Siraj is currently a Member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subspecialty Board for Endocrinology.