A LAS Vegas based doctor is to be made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow for his pioneering work preventing amputations linked to diabetes.

Dr Lee Rogers, a leading foot surgeon, will fly over from his home city for the June 7 admission ceremony.

Dr Rogers specialises in the prevention of amputations linked to poor management of diabetes and has delivered more than 400 lectures around the world on the subject.

More than 276,000 people in Scotland now have diabetes, 5.2 per cent of the population.

In 2014, a total of 116 amputations linked to diabetes were performed at hospitals in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area with 72 across Lanarkshire.

Dr Rogers’ Amputation Prevention Center boasts a 96 percent limb salvage rate.

He said: “It’s a humbling honour because the College is steeped in tradition which helps fulfill its mission to provide worldwide professional education, so this is very special.”

Other complications of diabetes include kidney disease, neuropathy, heart disease and stroke.