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Kovler Diabetes Center

The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center offers a patient-centered, science-based approach for managing:

  • Insulin-dependent type-1 diabetes
  • Complex type-2 diabetes
  • Monogenic diabetes, including neonatal diabetes and maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY)
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Our multidisciplinary team works with patients and referring physicians to address all the challenges of diabetes, from hypertension and vascular problems, to foot conditions and kidney disease. We offer second opinions and ongoing treatment for people living with diabetes.

Our Approach

Our team integrates the latest research into clinical practice, which gives our patients access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services. Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, the Kovler Diabetes Center provides two service options to help people manage their diabetes:

Second Opinion/Consultative Model

Second Opinion/Consultative Model

In this approach, patients benefit from a full evaluation that results in an individualized diabetes management plan that the patient follows under the care of his or her primary/referring physician. This thorough treatment plan addresses all aspects of managing the patient's diabetes and any related complications. Our team will use previous test results and may conduct additional diagnostic tests such as advanced laboratory analysis, genetic testing, or other methods of evaluation.

Ongoing Disease Management

Ongoing Disease Management

Under this scenario, after a thorough evaluation by our team, a patient can choose to become a continuing patient at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center.

Patients who come to the Diabetes Center also have access to clinical trials.

Why Choose Us?

World-Class Research

  • The Kovler Diabetes Center is a leader in diabetes research, and is one of only seven designated National Institutes of Health Diabetes Research and Training Centers (DRTC) in the nation. The University of Chicago receives more NIH funding for diabetes and endocrinology research than any other Illinois hospital.
  • University of Chicago physician-scientists and other researchers are conducting highly specialized research into autoimmune disorders, the genetic foundation of diabetes, beta-cell biology and molecular function, and islet transplantation.

Individualized Care

  • We offer aggressive testing for diabetes-related heart disease, kidney disease, retinal disease, neuropathies, and other potential complications.
  • All patients have access to the newest glucose sensor technology and monitoring devices. Patients receive one-on-one education on how to use these important devices.
  • Our insulin pump program offers options to select specific technology that best fits each patient's needs.
  • Diabetics with other chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, thyroid problems, or polycystic ovary syndrome, benefit from customized treatment plans that take into account how best to manage diabetes when other health problems are present.
  • Pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant can take advantage of our unique diabetes and pregnancy program in partnership with the University of Chicago High-Risk Obstetrics Program.
  • Teens with diabetes receive special care through our transitions program that helps them manage their diabetes as they grow into adulthood.
  • Patients who require surgery can receive expert care through University of Chicago programs in transplantation (heart, lung, liver, kidney, and pancreas), cardiac surgery, orthopaedic surgery, vascular surgery, and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

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