Professor Michael Edmonds
Consultant Diabetologist, King’s College Hospital, London, UK
Professor Michael Edmonds is a consultant physician at King’s College Hospital, London with a special interest in the care of people with diabetes complications. He developed a new model of diabetic foot care, the multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot Clinic, in 1981, to provide early, aggressive treatment of the various factors that contribute to the rapid progression of diabetic foot problems. The clinic at King’s College Hospital brought about a 50% reduction in major amputations in people with diabetes. His work underpinned the St Vincent declaration which, in 1989, set a target, in Europe, of reducing major amputations by 50% in people with diabetes. He was chairman of The Diabetic Foot and Amputation Subgroup of the British Diabetes Association’s St Vincent Joint Task Force for Diabetes from 1996-2000. He was also chairman of the Diabetic Foot Study Group of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes (DFSG) from 2001-2005.
He won the Karel Bakker award at the 6th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot in 2011, the DFSG Life Time Achievement Award in 2013 and Edward James Olmos Award for Amputation Prevention in 2014. He gave the Arnold Bloom Lecture to Diabetes UK in 2014.
His work has had three main aims: firstly, to develop the best possible care for people with diabetic foot problems, secondly to research into the causes of and devise new treatments for the diabetic foot and thirdly, to teach health care professionals about best care of the diabetic foot. In 2007, he was conferred the title of Professor of Diabetic Foot Medicine in recognition of his research and innovations of care.
He has co-authored the book Managing the Diabetic Foot (Blackwell Science) and A Practical Manual of Diabetic Foot Care (Blackwell Science), which was voted BMA Book of the Year in 2004.