It is with deep sadness and regret that the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announces the passing of its Immediate Past President, Dr. Shaukat Sadikot, on October 1, 2019.
Dr. Sadikot, from India, was closely associated with the activities of IDF for many years and was elected to the role of President-Elect in 2013. He subsequently served as President of the Federation for the period 2016-2017. His previous contributions to IDF included membership of a number of committees and Task Forces, including the IDF Task Force on Insulin, Test strips and Other Diabetes Supplies, the IDF Consensus Group on the Prevention of Prediabetes, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, and the IDF Consensus group on Diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
A true icon of the diabetes world, Dr. Sadikot was actively involved with the cause of diabetes and associated metabolic disorders in India, regionally and internationally for over 30 years. He worked as a Consultant in Endocrinology at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai and served as President of DiabetesIndia for many years. Dr. Sadikot was instrumental in conducting the first nationwide survey on the prevalence of diabetes in India. In his capacity as Founding President of DiabetesIndia, he launched many projects for the enhancement of healthcare professional education in the field of diabetes.
During his tenure as IDF President, Dr. Sadikot oversaw the launch of the IDF School of Diabetes, the Federation's flagship programme in support of online health professional education, the publication of the 7th Edition of the IDF Diabetes Atlas and the successful IDF Congress 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He also initiated a new series of live IDF educational events focusing on diabetes complications, the first of which was held in Hyderabad, India, in October 2018.
Dr. Sadikot was also editor of the international scientific journal “Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews”, and author of four books and over 90 publications. DiabetesIndia published “Sadikot’s International Textbook of Diabetes,” which included contributions from more than 100 authors.
An “Online Obituary” to honour Dr. Sadikot will be held on October 3, 2019 at 3pm (UTC +05:30).
IDF extends its deepest condolences to Dr. Sadikot's family and friends in this time of grief.