Silvio Inzucchi, M.D., professor of medicine and medical director of the Yale Diabetes Center, is the 2015 recipient of the David J. Leffell Prize for Clinical Excellence. The prize is given to individuals who demonstrate the highest level of clinical expertise, commitment to teaching, and compassion for patients.

At a ceremony on April 13, Inzucchi called the prize “a great honor,” then quickly passed the praise along to his colleagues and support team. One of these colleagues, Ania M. Jastreboff, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics, said Inzuccchi “taught us to think in a logical, grounded manner, considering each patient as a unique individual, focusing on the nuances of each patient’s diagnosis.”

Inzucchi is director of the Yale Affiliated Hospitals Program and associate chief for clinical affairs in the Section of Endocrinology. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship in metabolism at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The Leffell Prize was established in 2008 with a gift from David J. Leffell, M.D., the David P. Smith Professor of Dermatology and professor of surgery, and his wife, Cindy, in honor of Leffell’s 30th Yale College reunion. It includes a monetary award and a framed citation to be displayed in the Sterling Hall of Medicine.