Vanderbilt Diabetes

Our Comprehensive Approach to Diabetes Care

doctor with patientThe Vanderbilt Diabetes Center is a national leader in patient care and research. We are one of only three diabetes centers in the U.S. with 3 separate American Diabetes Association accreditations for adult, children’s and gestational diabetes. In terms of how many patients we see, we are among the top 5 academic diabetes centers in the country.

Each patient has unique needs for diabetes care, so Vanderbilt offers a team of specialists that includes:

Heart disease is a common complication of diabetes. That's why it's important to have cardiologists on the team. They will assess how healthy a patient's heart is. They can also treat problems such as artery blockage.

Child Life Specialists
Child life specialists use a variety of activities to help children, teens, and their families understand and cope with diabetes.

Our registered dietitians offer one-on-one counseling. Your RD will work with you, using nutrition to help you achieve your diabetes and health goals. You will work together as a team to come up with a personal plan.

Endocrinologists are your main resource for diabetes treatment. They coordinate the other specialists.

High-Risk Obstetricians
Some women have diabetes when pregnant and others develop it during pregnancy. High-risk obstetricians ensure that these patients receive the specialized care they need.

It is important that diabetic patients understand cholesterol and how to manage it. This education is critical, because heart disease is the most serious complication of diabetes.

Nurse Practitioners
These are advanced practice nurses who help manage diabetes. They perform physician examinations and health assessments. They can also prescribe medications. Our nurse practitioners are certified diabetes educators. They work with the entire diabetes team to develop education and self-management plans for patients and their families.

Diabetes can also cause complications in your eyes. Ophthalmologists treat eye-related conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy.


Steve Burkes, Pharm.D., BCPS, a pharmacist with expertise in diabetes, is on staff in our diabetes clinic. He's here to answer your questions about all your diabetes medicines. For specialty medicines, our pharmacist will authorize the prescription, and your medicine will be delivered the same or next day to your home.
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
(615) 322-1907

Some diabetic patients experience foot problems. Podiatrists can address the wide array of foot-related complications that diabetics may face.

Social Workers
Adjusting to a diabetes diagnosis and coping with managing the disease can be stressful. Social workers help patients and their families adjust to life with diabetes. They also lead support groups and diabetes education.