With gratitude, the future is bright

For many of us, this is a time of year to take stock of what has gone before and to reflect on what lies ahead. I hope that most of you have had the opportunity to spend quality time with your families and your loved ones during this year-end holiday season. I also want to thank many of you who worked over the holidays to ensure that all of our patients continue to receive the care that they need and that we are committed to deliver. For me it is also difficult to believe that after penning nearly 160 posts over the past 6 years, this will be my last one, which makes this one not so easy to write.

[Past year-end Views posts can be found all under this “year-end” tag or by year: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and here and here for 2020.]

As a community of caregivers, scholars, and learners, our department has led in so many ways, even as we faced challenges large and small, many of which were unimaginable when I penned my first post or even when COVID-19 was fast approaching or when we celebrated Juneteenth amid a much-needed social reckoning with systemic racism. Here is where we shared our victories, identified our challenges, supported those who fell or suffered loss, and worked together to find solutions, while always recognizing that we are stronger together than as individuals.

As I said in my most recent “State of the Department” address, our Department continues to make strides, but we also, with clear eyes, recognize that our journey is by no means over. We agree what needs to be done to continue to advance all of our missions. I am confident that as I pass the baton to your new leader, Dr. Isabella Grumbach, you will do what you have always done, which is to shine, collaborate, and face the future, recognizing the challenges, but exhibiting the courage and determination to not only do the right thing, but to do the best thing.

In closing let me thank you for your generosity in supporting me over the past 6 years, for your kind words and warm wishes. I will be watching from the west, knowing that the sun will always rise first in the east.

About E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

E. Dale Abel, MD PhD Francois M. Abboud Chair in Internal Medicine John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research Chair, Department of Internal Medicine Director, Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Director, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering

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