Diabetes Program

Ranked among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report for diabetes and endocrinology, Lurie Children's is the only hospital in Illinois that is included in the honor roll of Best Children's Hospitals. By offering medical consultation, diagnosis, education, advice, guidelines and support, our diabetes program helps parents and children lead successful lives with diabetes diagnoses.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

We believe in family-centered care, which means we involve the whole family in a patient’s treatment plan. From bringing family members into care plan meetings, to providing support and distraction to a patient’s siblings, we do our best to help fit our care within your lifestyle.

Our goal is to help children and families develop a customized plan of diabetes care. We also act as advocates in the community to ensure access to care and programs, as well as with schools to make the school setting safe and ready for children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

Research is also an important component of our program. Ongoing diabetes research and advances have helped to expand and improve products and offer simpler, more successful strategies to manage diabetes. Currently, we are conducting a study, Transitioning and Diabetes . The goal of the diabetes research study is to better understand how to help teens and young adults find outstanding diabetes care teams when they are ready to transition from a pediatric to an adult care program.

In September 2010, three Lurie Children’s endocrinologists joined the pediatric diabetes program at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. Certified by the American Diabetes Association, this nationally noted program is a “Center of Excellence for Use of Advanced Therapies in Pediatric Diabetes Treatment” and is led by Anita Swamy, MD , and co-directed by Rose Briars, ND, PNP-BC, CDE. Learn more about La Rabida's Chicago Children's Diabetes Center.

What to Expect

Our specialized team will provide an evaluation and examination of your child to determine if they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus. After diagnosis, your child will receive an individualized treatment program that teaches the basics of diabetes care. We work closely with you to develop a management program for your child and their diabetic condition. We incorporate food and exercise plans, blood glucose monitoring and if necessary, insulin or oral medication. Our comprehensive program also incorporates follow-up outpatient education sessions, a parent-support group, regular phone contact and other educational materials into our treatment plans.

We want to help you and your child develop the best skills to make diabetes more manageable. Therefore, we also arrange teen retreats, holiday events, support groups, exhibitor fairs, research and lecture programs.

Our Specialists

Our program brings together a multidisciplinary team of pediatric endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, a nutritionist, a social worker and a medical psychologist. Many of our caregivers are certified diabetes educators. The Diabetes Program at Lurie Children’s is led by Donald Zimmerman, MD . Dr. Zimmerman is Head, Endocrinology and the Mae and Benjamin Allen Founder’s Board Professor in Endocrinology. He is certified in pediatric endocrinology; pediatrics; internal medicine; and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

Learn More

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