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The MGH Diabetes Treatment Center is one of the oldest outpatient clinical centers in the country dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of persons with diabetes.

After training with the legendary Dr. Elliot Joslin, Dr. F. Gorham Brigham established the Diabetes Clinic at the MGH in 1919, several years before the Joslin Clinic was established. Although many elements of diabetes care have changed since that time, the dedication of the Diabetes Treatment Center to provide the best comprehensive care for people with diabetes has not wavered.


The Diabetes Center currently handles approximately 9,000 patient visits per year.The usual age range for Diabetes Center patients begins at age 18. Click here for phone, hours, location, directions, referrals, and other general information.

Children & Adolescents
The Pediatric Endocrinology Unit at Mass General Hospital for Children provides care for children and adolescents with diabetes.

Treatment & Prevention
In addition to treating the metabolic abnormalities of approximately 2500 adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the staff focuses on prevention of complications and rapid, effective treatment of those complications should they occur. The associated medical problems of obesity, pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome, dyslipidemia, hypertension, eye, kidney, nerve, and cardiovascular disease are all addressed by the clinical staff.

The center provides consultation about methods of glucose monitoring, injections and medication.

On-site services include:

  • lab
  • radiology
  • EKG
  • dietary and behavioral counseling
  • diabetes teaching provided by certified diabetes educators and nurse practitioners.

In collaboration with other MGH experts in renal disease, cardiology, podiatry and orthopedics, neurology, and vascular surgery, and retinal specialists, ophthalmologists from the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, and other specialty ophthalmology groups, comprehensive medical care is provided to all of our patients.

Faculty & Staff
The Diabetes Treatment Center staff includes eight staff physicians, all of whom are Harvard Faculty, six Fellows who are training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, highly experience diabetes nurse educators (two) and dietitians (two), physician assistants, and a highly committed and experienced support staff. Click here for a staff listing.

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