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The University of Colorado Hospital Center for Adult Diabetes Care and Research

The Diabetes Practice in the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion at the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine is a multidisciplinary diabetes team that includes physicians, nurse educators, and dietitian educators.  The Director of the Clinic is Michael McDermott, M.D., Professor of Medicine.  Our diabetes educators are available by phone, fax, or email to communicate with patients interested in improving their blood glucose control through intensive therapy.  Since diabetes is a disease which patients manage themselves, each of our providers strives to teach the latest information to assure that patients are making informed decisions. Our diabetes self-management education program has recently been submitted to the American Diabetes Association for national recognition. These standards will ensure patients that they are receiving the latest information, which will empower them to take control of their diabetes through knowledge and teamwork.

Programs for the insulin-requiring patient include intensive insulin therapy, which incorporates insulin management, carbohydrate counting and intensive diabetes education. For motivated patients an insulin pump program is available with a certified pump trainer on site.

Programs for the non-insulin-requiring patient include intensive dietary management with the goal of weight management and glucose control as well as pharmacologic intervention. Lipid management is stressed.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center is to provide excellent care for adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and to participate in the development and application of research for the treatment and prevention of complications of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.


The Center also offers the opportunity to participate in clinical research programs to study this serious, chronic disease which is a major health care burden. Current studies include a new injectable treatment for type 2 diabetes promoting both implantable insulin pump therapy and prevention of type 1.5 diabetes, weight loss, and better glucose control. 

Research and Clinical Interest include:

  • Microvascular complications of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including clinical trials of medications to try to halt or reverse early and late changes in kidneys and eyes
    Macrovascular complications of type 1 and type 2diabetes including intensive management of cardiovascular risk factors
    Evaluation and clinical use of new oral agents for type 2 diabetes
    Evaluation and clinical use of new injectable agent for type 2 diabetes which promotes weight loss
    Evaluation and clinical use of new oral agents, and new insulin analogues for type 1 diabetes
    Evaluation and clinical use the external & internal insulin pump in management of type 1 diabetes
    Evaluation and clinical use of new oral agents for type 2 diabetes

Faculty Teachers

The Center for Adult Diabetes Care and Research faculty participate in a number of teaching activities. The faculty members are active in the teaching of medical student courses at all levels. Medical students rotate through the Center on electives. Medical residents rotate through the center and Endocrine Fellows spend part of their first year of training at the center..

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