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Transplant Diabetes Care and Services

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence 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. 

People who have received liver or kidney transplants may develop hypoglycemia, insulin resistance from steroids, or even new-onset Type 2 diabetes from post-transplant anti-rejection medication. At UMass Memorial hospitals they have access to our entire Diabetes Center of Excellence care team.

 Julie R. Chan, MD works with pre and post-transplant patients to improve blood glucose control and optimize outcomes. She helps people 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. 

Transplant diabetes services at UMass Memorial Health:

  • Pre-transplant health assessment and education with regard to diabetes, thyroid, bone and cardiovascular health
  • Post-transplant health management, including:
    • Care for patients with pre-existing diabetes
    • Management of new onset diabetes after transplant
    • Bone health to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures
    • Cardiovascular health status, including lipids
    • Thyroid illness and other endocrine related health conditions

Learn more about the UMass Memorial Health Transplant Program