Sarah Hallberg Death, Obituary news: DR Sarah Hallberg of West Lafayette, Indiana, a medical doctor at Virta Health, has died after a battle with lung cancer. DR Sarah was a former Chair, Board of Directors at The Nutrition Coalition, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Virta Health mourn the passing of its medical doctor, clinical researcher, advocate and Lecturer, Dr. Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA. Below is the press statement on March 29, 2022.
With the heaviest of hearts, we want to share that our dear friend and colleague Dr. Sarah Hallberg has passed away from lung cancer. We are devastated. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and loved ones.
Sarah has been open about her condition. In a 2020 piece she explained what it was like to live with stage IV lung cancer during a pandemic, despite having never smoked and being only in her 40s. Given the grim prognosis several years ago, it’s remarkable that she lived until today.
Then again, if you know Sarah, you wouldn’t be surprised that she repeatedly beat the odds. Challenging the status quo was simply a part of her DNA. This fueled her passion for helping those who may not have a voice in our complicated healthcare system, inspiring those around her through an unmatched combination of courage, compassion, and curiosity.
The universe aligned to bring us together in 2015, and for this we feel endlessly fortunate. Virta was just a year old and we were in need of allies in mainstream medicine. Sarah had just given a seminal TED talk on diabetes reversal, and sought us out to offer to collaborate on our defining research. To this she brought unmistakable energy—a desire to understand and publish scientific truth combined with relentless positivity—and a humble wisdom that made you want to listen and learn.
Sarah became the Principal Investigator in our 5-year clinical trial and co-author of more than a dozen manuscripts and articles. She has become a leading voice in fighting for a better life for those living with diabetes and other metabolic diseases. She has spoken to congressional members, CEOs, physicians, and nearly every influential group you can think of to advocate on behalf of the patient. She literally rocked the world of diabetes care!
No single quality defines her, but it is this advocacy that we will all carry forward to honor her legacy. We embrace patient-first principles at Virta, and no one exemplified this attribute more than Sarah. Her selflessness defied description. When she was diagnosed in 2017, she underwent emergency brain surgery. However, in those early years, most of our team had no clue, as Sarah quickly went back to her passion of helping patients without missing a beat.
Our team is grieving, as are so many others. Yet we are also thankful—thankful for the opportunity and privilege to know her and to be inspired by her, for her friendship and dedication, and for modeling grace and humility. We miss you Sarah. You are forever in our hearts.
An official obituary for Dr. Sarah Hallberg is not available at the time of this publication
I’m so sad to hear this news. Dr. Sarah Hallberg was a brilliant and compassionate advocate in the low carb community and her voice will be truly missed. RIP Sarah.💔
— Rachel🌻 (@RachelP_8) March 29, 2022
So sad to hear that Dr. Sarah Hallberg has died. I found her TED talk back in May 2015 after my diagnosis of #T2DM and it really helped me towards reversing my diabetes. Thank you Dr. Sarah.
“Stop using medicine to treat food”.
— Paul Hunt (@3two7six8) March 29, 2022
I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Dr Sarah Hallberg. She helped so many people with diabetes to improve, even reverse it and with such a positive attitude to life. #RestInPowerSarah
— Théroigne Russell (@TheroigneR) March 29, 2022
So sad to hear that Dr Sarah Hallberg has lost her battle with cancer. What an incredible woman who did so much to drive real change in the treatment of type 2 diabetes all around the world. Her Ted Talk will live on forever ❤️
— Mark Hancock (@8WeekBloodSugar) March 29, 2022
We are deeply saddened to share that we’ve lost one of the brightest minds and leaders our field has ever known… Dr. Sarah Hallberg. Our hearts go out to her loved ones and colleagues at @virtahealth. Sarah’s legacy will live on and continue to inspire us in everything we do.
— Metabolic Health Summit (@MetabolicSummit) March 29, 2022
Dr. Sarah Hallberg was a giant and will be looked at as a pioneer and a giant in the near future even more than she is now
RIP to one of the greatest doctors of our time
— get “Doctor Tro” on iOS/Android (@DoctorTro) March 30, 2022
Although I never met her in person, Dr. Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, ACSM-CEP, FOMA, FNLA inspired me. Hers was a life well-spent, and way too short. Her tireless advocacy for patients will live on in the individual lives she changed an…
— Kevin Kumler (@KevinKumler) March 30, 2022