The Diabetes Program at Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric diabetes centers in the nation. We care for more than 3.000 children with diabetes from Tennessee and eight surrounding states at the Vanderbilt Eskind Pediatric Diabetes Clinic; and locations in Franklin, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Clarksville and Cookeville. We provide a family-centered approach to managing diabetes.
Our doctors are trained and board certified to treat diabetes in children. Nurse practitioners, nurses and dietitians who are Certified Diabetes Educators are key members of the care team, along with social workers and child life specialists.
We have expertise in treating all forms of diabetes: type 1, type 2, monogenic diabetes (MODY), cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) and transplant-related diabetes.
About a third of our doctors dedicated to treating pediatric patients with diabetes perform leading-edge research funded by the National Institutes of Health, JDRF, the ADA, private foundations and personal donations. Our goals are to improve the tools we use to treat Type 1 diabetes, and develop methods to predict, prevent, reverse and cure the disease.
Vanderbilt is a Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Clinical Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Using what we learn through clinical research, TrialNet works to prevent type 1 diabetes before it develops. We also learn to stop disease progression by preserving insulin production before and after diagnosis. Other clinical research helps us learn how families and teens cope emotionally with diabetes and how technology can assist your family to manage the disease.
Our education program is the only pediatric program in middle Tennessee that meets the standards for recognition status by the American Diabetes Association.
We are a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee Center of Excellence in Childhood Diabetes.
Our annual Diabetes Update event provides education to school nurses and dietitians about managing our patients in the school, investing in our community and providing children and families another layer of support.
We use the latest technologies. Most of our patients use insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. We quickly integrate new technologies as they become available. We provide ongoing training and support in the clinic for those patients who choose to use new technologies.
Camp Sugar Falls and the American Diabetes Association provide children with diabetes in Middle Tennessee a special place to play, laugh, share and learn how to manage the disease.