Beloved Physician, Dr. Christopher Newton, Passes Away
With a heavy heart, I am sharing with you the unexpected passing over this past Memorial Day weekend of our friend and colleague Dr. Christopher Newton.
Chris had recently relocated to Gainesville to join our Division in November 2015 with a joint appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Florida and the Malcom Randall VAMC. During his undergraduate schooling, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes himself and this, combined with his engineering background, contributed to his passion: the application of technologies in the management of Type 1 diabetes.
He had a true passion for the management of complex patient with diabetes, and a precise and thoughtful approach to medical treatment that was perhaps derived from his background in engineering and his personal experience of having diabetes.
He was an accomplished scholar, beloved colleague and friend of all. He graduated from Duke University and held a Masters in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution. He completed medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, followed by Internal Medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of North Carolina, and at UT Southwestern, respectively. He then joined as an Assistant Professor the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he helped to establish the inpatient diabetes management program at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. This was followed by 7 years on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta treating patients at the public hospital. He left Emory to work at Atlanta Diabetes Associates, one of the leading national clinical practices for the management of complex patients with type 1 diabetes, most in need of insulin pump therapy.
His national reputation in the delivery of inpatient diabetes care and management of high-risk patients made him to be sought by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology in expert panels of national committees. He has also a past President of the Atlanta Chapter of the AACE.
On a personal level, I was always been impressed by his humbleness and genuine sense of humor. He was excited about taking diabetes care to the next level as the Director of the Diabetes Care Task Force (appointed by me in January). He had a passion rarely seen to help his patients and to share his knowledge in clinic with younger peers in-training as we shared the Monday VA diabetes clinic.
In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by his two children, Alex and Vivian. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newton family at this difficult time.
We will deeply miss you, Chris.
-Kenneth Cusi, MD, FACP, FACE
Professor and Chief