UMass is one of very few academic medical centers in the nation with an endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes group that functions as a vital component of the transplant team. The UMass Memorial Diabetes Center of Excellence ensures that our patients achieve the highest quality of life while they entrust their health to us for a second chance.
Those who have received liver or kidney transplants may develop hypoglycemia, or even type 2 diabetes, from post-transplant anti-rejection medication. These people have access to the entire Diabetes Center of Excellence team of healthcare professionals.
Julie R. Chan, MD works with pre and post-transplant patients to improve blood glucose control and optimize outcomes. She works with patients who already have/had diabetes as well as those who developed diabetes post-transplant. People living with diabetes are at higher risk of kidney disease, in the worst cases requiring a transplant.
We offer the following transplant diabetes services:
- Pre-transplant health assessment and education with regard to diabetes, thyroid, bone and cardiovascular health
- Post-transplant health management, which includes:
- Diabetes care for patients with pre-existing diabetes
- Management of new onset diabetes after transplant
- Bone health in an effort to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures.
- Cardiovascular health status, including lipids
- Other endocrine related health conditions such as thyroid illness.
Learn more about the UMass Memorial Transplant Program