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McGuffin West, Kelly*

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Member, 1977
Other Awards
  • American Diabetes Association Kelly West Lectureship, established in West’s honor
  • Kelly West Society, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, University of Oklahoma, named in West’s honor to promote donors who have been a driving force behind the breakthroughs in diabetes
  • Kelly West Fund, University of Oklahoma Foundation, established to help libraries and librarians

Other Accomplishments and Activities (selected)

  • Internationally regarded as the father of diabetes epidemiology
  • Worked with American Indian populations and other ethnic and national groups around the world to establish a basis for the comparative epidemiology of diabetes
  • World Health Organization, Expert Committee on Diabetes; Multinational Study of Vascular Disease, founding member
  • American Diabetes Association, Board of Directors, member, 1958–1961; Committee on Public Education, chair, 1977–1979
  • International Diabetes Foundation, Diabetes Epidemiology Group, inaugural chair, 1979
  • National Library of Medicine, Board of Regents, chair, 1978–1979; Biomedical Review Committee, member, 1971–1974
  • University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center Library, advisor
  • Oklahoma Medical Regional Medical Program, director, 1967–1968
  • TALON Regional Medical Library Program, Advisory Council

Publications (5 representative)

  • West KM. Epidemiology of diabetes and its vascular lesions. New York, NY: Elsevier; 1978.
  • West KM. Library and information services for small hospitals. JAMA. 1975 May 5;232(5):505–8, 1975.
  • West KM. Substantial differences in the diagnostic criteria used by diabetes experts. Diabetes. 1975 Jul;24(7):641–4.
  • West KM. Diabetes in American Indians and other native populations of the New World. Diabetes. 1974 Oct;23(10):841–55.
  • West KM, Kalbfleisch JM. Glucose tolerance, nutrition, and diabetes in Uruguay, Venezuela, Malaya, and East Pakistan. Diabetes. 1966 Jan;15(1):9–18.

Professional Positions

  • George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Health, and Clinical Professor of Medicin ; Professor and Chair, Continuing Education Department, 1963–1969; Instructor, 1953; Assistant Professor, 1957–1961; Associate Professor, 1961–1963; University of Oklahoma College of Medicine–Oklahoma City
  • Special Assistant for Scientific Affairs, National Institutes of Health, 1961–1963

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • Resident, University of Michigan Hospital–Ann Arbor, 1951–1952
  • Fellow, Joslin Clinic, New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA, 1950–1951
  • Residency, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK (affiliate of University of Oklahoma), 1949–1950
  • Internship, St, Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1948–1949
  • MD degree, University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, 1948, elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha
  • University of Texas, 1943–1944
  • University of Oklahoma, 1943


Contributed by Diane Mckenzie


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