Hospital Honors Diabetes Director for Award and Service

WASHINGTON (April 28) – She thought she was being rushed down to the Emergency Department at Howard University Hospital to help a very sick child who needed her special skills.

Instead, Dr. Gail Nunlee Bland, director of the Diabetes Treatment Center and chief of Endocrinology at Howard University Hospital, was being tricked into a surprise celebration at the hospital to honor her receipt of the Outstanding Service Award for the Promotion of Endocrine Health of an Underserved Population by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Dozens of people, including friends, family, co-workers, mentors, mentees and others gathered in Freedmen’s Hall at Howard University Hospital to celebrate Nunlee-Bland’s award and her contributions to the hospital, the Washington area and to the field of medicine.

The award is given for “outstanding contributions to the care, health and service to an underserved population via leadership, long-term commitment, vision and innovation and impact/outcomes.”

She was joined by her staff at the Diabetes Treatment Center, her husband, psychiatrist Dr. Walter Bland, numerous friends and colleagues and the medical residents under her wing at Howard University Hospital.

They spoke of her commitment to treating people with diabetes and providing care to the underserved. 

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