|Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute
Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at NYU Winthrop Hospital, has been chosen for one of the nursing profession’s highest honors – induction into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2018 Class of Fellows. Ms. Peragallo-Dittko is one of only 195 distinguished nurse leaders from across the globe to be selected for this elite group. Ms. Peragallo-Dittko is a highly respected nurse of 40 years, and under her leadership, NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program became the first in New York State to be accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Today, in leading the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at NYU Winthrop Hospital as the Executive Director, a role she has held since 2009, Ms. Peragallo-Dittko works with nearly every specialty of the Hospital – more than 75 divisions in total – to bridge the chain of diabetes and obesity-related healthcare and research to find new ways to understand and manage the conditions.
Fellowship selection criteria included evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare. Also taken into consideration was the extent to which the nominee’s nursing career influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.
“Virginia Peragallo-Dittko’s leadership and vision have impacted thousands, as she has tirelessly helped patients with diabetes, along with their families, to live healthy and productive lives,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital. “She has led the charge for diabetes education and prevention, and in the process, has had a transformative influence of diabetes care, helping to put NYU Winthrop on the map as the regional leader.”