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The Board of Directors of the Help a Diabetic Child Foundation (HADC) is proud to announce the election our newest Directors, Pat Read Bottof and Henry Rodriguez, MD.

Henry Rodriguez, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Clinical Director of the USF Diabetes Center, and Principal Investigator of the USF TrialNet Clinical Center. His career has focused on collaborative clinical research, clinical care, and education in type 1 diabetes. Dr. Rodriguez served as Principal Investigator and Clinical Center Director for the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Indiana University Clinical Center beginning at TrialNet’s inception in 2001 until his departure in 2010. He was recently awarded funding as PI and Director of the USF TrialNet Clinical Center. He has been an active member of the TrialNet in multiple capacities including Chair of the TrialNet Natural History Protocol Committee since 2010. He is also the PI for numerous diabetes clinical studies including the T1D Exchange USF Center and 9 industry sponsored trials investigating therapies in children and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Dr Rodriguez also cares for children at the Morisani Center located on the campus of the University of South Florida.

Pat Read Botthof holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa. Pat has had a successful career in hospital administration for over 40 years. For 23 years she worked within the NCH Healthcare System and for the last ten years she focused on women’s and children’s services. Pat has had a real and genuine passion for improving children’s services throughout her career.
It is interesting to note that her late father was a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Iowa where he authored the Constant Carbohydrate Diet which was one of the initial diets for people with diabetes. Because of her Dad’s life work and her inherited passion for helping children, pat has a warm spot in her heart for helping those dealing with diabetes.
We look forward to working with Pat and Henry as HADC moves forward in its mission of helping children in need.