Why Choose the Diabetes Center at CHOP
Experience and expertise
The Diabetes team at CHOP has vast experience and knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of children with diabetes. Our team is committed to researching and using the latest technology available to manage your child’s diabetes.
- Volume: Our team treats more than 2,500 children with diabetes each year.
- Technology: We use the latest technology available to help children with diabetes and their families. Our Center is a leader in the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring technology. During clinic visits, we use Web-based technology to educate families about diabetes management and evaluate blood glucose control. In addition to personal contact with families, we use the DCC website and social media to communicate new diabetes information quickly and effectively.
- Care coordination: Our team works with you and your child to coordinate care with other specialties at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia if needed. The Hospital's acute care Emergency Department and Surgery Center communicate with our team and provide excellent continuous care for your child if needed.
Effective diabetes management requires a team of medical professionals who each bring unique expertise to your child’s care. At the Diabetes Center for Children, a team of specially trained experts will help your child and family manage diabetes. Our team includes:
- Pediatric endocrinologists who specialize in both pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology and are experts in managing your child’s diabetes as well as other endocrine disorders such as growth, puberty and thyroid issues. Our endocrinologists are involved in both clinical and laboratory-based research on the prevention and management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The endocrinologist will be available during all of your child's appointments.
- Nurse practitioners (NPs) who evaluate your child's diabetes control and help you and your family with daily diabetes management. The nurse practitioners will also help your child navigate insulin dose changes, reach developmental goals, and incorporate diabetes care into daily activities.
- Certified diabetes educators who teach your child and family how to integrate every aspect of diabetes care into daily life. This team member will teach your child how to take medication and check blood glucose levels and ketones, and will work with you and your child to establish goals to keep diabetes management on track. Our diabetes educator is also certified in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring systems.
- Dietitians who teach you and your child how to make healthy eating part of your family’s lifestyle, and how to work together to manage intake of food, insulin and medication.
- Social workers who help you navigate complicated insurance situations and find financial support and other resources you might need. Your child's social worker is trained in family therapy and is there to help you adjust to life caring for a child with diabetes.
Education and research
The Diabetes Center for Children is committed to providing your child and family with the information you need to manage diabetes. Our diabetes research is designed to improve treatment options and advance our current knowledge of diabetes.
- Our Family Education and Support program provides diabetes education in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and is also available through the Family Learning Center at CHOP. We offer diabetes self-management classes, diabetes technology classes for those interested in insulin pump therapy or continuous glucose monitoring systems, online diabetes education, transitioning to adult care workshops, diabetes support groups and diabetes camps, all in an effort to help you and your child learn about diabetes and make informed decisions about diabetes management.
- Our staff participates in diabetes camps and local diabetes events to raise awareness in the community.
- Our team is constantly involved in research projects and participates in many local and national diabetes studies for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.