Diabetes Care

We treat Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and related complications

Rates of Type 1 diabetes (previously called juvenile diabetes) and Type 2 diabetes are increasing globally — as well as in Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana — especially in younger age groups.

Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with UofL School of Medicine, cares for more than 1,200 children with diabetes each year. Approximately 150 children are diagnosed each year, with nearly half requiring hospitalization in the “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital.

Norton Children's diabetes Joint Commission

The skilled team at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center is committed to providing expert diabetes care to help your child live life to the fullest. We provide information and guidance to the whole family, because diabetes affects the entire family. Our goal is to provide a personalized treatment plan designed to match the needs of your child, helping them achieve better blood sugar control to live a healthier, more active life.

The Norton Children’s and University of Louisville Team

Combining specialists from Norton Children’s and UofL, the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center works to provide top-notch care for your child. Our diabetes research team develops medical and technological innovations for a better future for kids living with diabetes.

Norton Children’s Hospital is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UofL School of Medicine and home of inpatient services for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center.

Our care doesn’t stop with your child’s treatment. Outreach education and activities help provide the community support your child needs.

The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center Difference

The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center provides state-of-the art, compassionate care, and personalized treatment plans and family education programs. We help your child and family through the highs and lows of managing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The center is funded, in part, by a generous gift from the Lift A Life Novak Family Foundation.

Services include:

  • Diabetes emergency department and inpatient care
  • Dedicated outpatient care at the Novak Center for Children’s Health
  • Diabetes educators, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, exercise physiologists and nurse practitioners to help children and families learn to manage and cope with diabetes
  • Eight pediatric physician specialists in diabetes care, education and research, including:
    • Wendy Novak Endowed Chair of Pediatric Diabetes Care and Clinical Research, held by Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., professor of pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine
    • Jack Henderson Endowed Chair of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, held by Michael B. Foster, M.D., associate professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Diabetes care using the most advanced insulin management and glucose sensing technology
  • Personalized education programs for patients, families and community organizations
  • Telemedicine program for rural areas, improving access for patients outside of Louisville
  • College and transitional care program for children and young adults ages 16 to 26
  • Christensen Family Diabetes Sports Medicine Program focusing on improving the health, safety and athletic performance of every child and young adult with diabetes
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