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Personalized Care for People Living with Type 1, Type 2 or Gestational Diabetes

The Diabetes Center of Excellence Mission

The UMass DCOE mission is to provide a team approach to diabetes care to improve patient outcomes including patient & primary care physician satisfaction.

Our Team Approach to Comprehensive Diabetes Care

Our care team includes endocrinologists (MD) and nurse practitioners (NP), certified diabetes care and education specialists (CDCES), nutritionists and a behavioral health psychologist.  Specialty clinics are available to patients as needed, including eye specialists, kidney care and weight management.  

Throughout the year, patients meet with the different members of their care team, either in-person or with convenient telehealth appointments.   

Individualized Patient-Centered Care Plans

Our goal is to educate and empower each individual and their family to effectively manage this complex disease, prevent complications from diabetes and help you live your healthiest life.  

UMass Memorial
Diabetes Center of Excellence
Patient Handbook


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myChart Patient Portal

This simple and secure website or app provides access to your health information from all UMass Memorial Health locations. Your myChart account allows you to message your care team, request medication refills, pay a bill and more.

Specialty Clinics Available to Our Patients

Diabetes Eye Care

Behavioral Diabetes Health

Inpatient Blood Glucose Management

Gestational Diabetes

Kidney Disease

Heart & Vascular

Transplant Diabetes   

Clinical Studies at the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence

Ongoing diabetes clinical studies at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School & UMass Memorial Health are focused on understanding how to improve the quality of life for people living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and Type 2 diabetes (T2D).

Patient Wall of Honor

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Nan Hilton was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at 23 years old.  After years of medications and insulin, she made lifestyle modifications resulting in a 90 pound weight loss and she no longer takes any diabetes medications.  During a difficult pregnancy, Nan developed severe diabetic retinopathy that required invasive surgery and painful injections.  After giving birth she committed to make necessary changes.  Meet Nan 

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Taylor Connor’s A1c reached 15% in 2011 and remained elevated until 2016.  That’s when she made a personal commitment to her health and started 2022 with an all-time low A1c of 6.4%.  Her inspiring story proves it’s never too late to take control of diabetes.  Using an insulin pump for the first time and adopting a healthy eating lifestyle has changed her life.  In addition to improved health, it also resulted in her attending nursing school and today she’s a UMass Memorial Health Nurse and plans to become a Diabetes Educator.
Meet Taylor

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Andrew Nelson was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes due to damage caused by pancreatitis.  He was referred to the UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence taking multiple daily insulin injections and other oral medications. Today he is no longer taking any medications, including insulin!  He credits his care team with helping him become educated about diabetes management which allowed him to make the necessary modifications to improve his health.
Meet Andrew

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