Roger Pecoraro Award

Lee J. Sanders, DPM

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Lee J. Sanders, DPM, is the recipient of the 2020 Roger Pecoraro Award. This award recognizes a researcher who has made significant scientific contributions and demonstrates an untiring commitment to improving the understanding of the detection, treatment, and prevention of diabetic foot complications. Dr. Sanders will deliver the Roger Pecoraro Award Lecture on Sunday, June 14.

Dr. Sanders served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, on the Orthopedic Service at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Following discharge from the Air Force, he joined the surgical service of the VA Medical Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, as chief of Podiatry. He established an active research program at the VA as well as a formal postdoctoral training program for podiatry residents.

He was a clinical professor (adjunct), in the Department of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio established an endowed professorship in his name, the Lee J. Sanders Professorship in Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention, to support podiatric research and education in amputation prevention.

Dr. Sanders’ research focused on preventive diabetic foot care, the role of plantar pressure distribution measurement to identify risk for developing foot ulcers, the role of forefoot amputation in salvage of the diabetic limb, patterns of bone and joint destruction associated with Charcot neuroarthropathy, and interobserver agreement in diabetic foot risk stratification examination.

An internationally recognized researcher, medical historian, and clinician, Dr. Sanders is a past chair of the Foot Care Interest Group. He served on American Diabetes Association’s national board of directors and executive committee and is a past President, Health Care & Education. He is now retired.

Please join us in recognizing Lee J. Sanders, DPM, for his contributions and commitment to improving the understanding of detection, treatment, and prevention of diabetic foot complications.