Gebreselassie (Gebre) Nida (image credit: Cone Health)

REIDSVILLE — Local endocrinologist Gebreselassie (Gebre) Nida has recently been recognized as a national leader in treatment of diabetes and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

The prestigious medical report card, the Marquis Who’s Who, included Nida in its recent directory of top physicians, according to Cone Health officials.

Nida practices at Cone Health’s Reidsville Endocrinology Associates.

While Nida is an accomplished endocrinology and diabetes physician, he is becoming known as an expert in the growing field of lifestyle medicine, according to Cone spokesman Doug Allred.

A marathon runner who practices a healthy lifestyle himself, Nida is passionate about preventing and reversing Type 2 diabetes and many lifestyle-related chronic diseases, Allred said in a news release.

Lifestyle medicine uses proven methods to make changes in diet, exercise and stress management to improve health. Much of the system centers on removing the root causes of chronic diseases, such as ultra-processed foods and drinks, from the diet.

Nida’s vision is to expand this effective and better way of healing, Allred said in the release.

He credits his leaders and team members for the success of the Lifestyle Medicine Steering Committee at Cone Health.

Nida serves as a board member for Annie Penn Hospital Foundation and is the lead physician for the Rockingham County Diabetes Task Force. He leads and contributes to the Greensboro Chapter of Walk with a Doc.

A native of rural Ethiopia, Nida grew up tending animals in rugged conditions.

He raised cattle and sheep in an area without electricity and running water.

And because his father valued education, Nida was allowed to attend an elementary school he reached by walking one hour each way.

By age 12, Nida left home to pursue more specialized education and eventually made it to Addis Ababa University where he earned medical degree in 1999.

Soon after, Nida and his wife, Ethiopia Desta, immigrated to the United States where he pursued postgraduate studies, a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Nida joined Cone Health in 2012 where he recently added the new specialty Lifestyle Medicine with a new board certification from American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

An outdoors enthusiast, Nida has competed in 32 marathons, including five Boston Marathon races, and three major world marathons with a personal best time of 2:47:09 at age 48. [source]