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Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Dr. Ovalle discusses patient care with a nurse.

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism offers several different clinics to meet the needs of our patients.

Our primary Endocrinology Clinic is located on the 4th floor of the Kirklin Clinic. Our clinic is open from 8am-5pm Monday thru Friday. We diagnose, evaluate and treat patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, bone and mineral disorders and diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, and the pituitary. In evaluating patients we consult with other specialists in radiology, pathology, laboratory medicine, surgery and other medical specialties. Patients can expect excellent and thorough evaluations of their medical condition with appropriate feedback and recommendations provided to their primary care provider. Drs. Monica ArarwalCarlos ArguelloDeepti BahlRonadip Banerjee, Hima DarapuFernando OvalleRichard Rosenthal, Krishmita SiwakotiT. Brooks Vaughan and Amy Warriner are joined by a clinic coordinator, a team leader, four nurses, and a host of medical support staff to assist in your visit.

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism also participates in multidisciplinary clinics involving additional specialists to provide a “one stop” comprehensive approach.

Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic (MCDC)

The Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic (MCDC) is a unique clinic directed by Dr. Fernando Ovalle, with a one-stop-shop approach, for patients interested on an intensive and comprehensive evaluation of their diabetes on a yearly basis. Patients are invited to spend a full day with us. During this day – sort of a Diabetes Retreat Day – our patients take several group classes given by our Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators aimed at improving their knowledge in nutrition and diabetes, carbohydrate counting, sick day rules, and other important topics for patients with diabetes.

In addition, patients undergo individual, one-on-one, evaluation and counseling sessions with each of the MCDC team members, including our Registered Dietitians and diabetes educators, and our endocrinologist. When necessary, one of our Social Workers is also available to meet with our patients during the same day.

The MCDC is organized in several sub-specialty clinics to facilitate group learning, patient care and research. The following sub-specialty diabetes clinics are available:

  • One stop Diabetes Clinic
  • Adolescent Transition Clinic (for those young adults transitioning their care from our pediatric to adult diabetes clinics)
  • Diabetes Bridge Clinic-For patients with diabetes recently discharged from University Hospital and UAB Highlands Hospital after any acute illness are seen in the outpatient setting within one week to address glycemic management in an attempt to better control glucose levels in this vulnerable period and thereby reduce re-hospitalization.

Ostoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic

The Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic located in the Kirklin Clinic is staffed by Dr. Amy Warriner, an endocrinologist in our division, as well as Rheumatologists, Nutritionists, Radiologists and Physical Therapists. This comprehensive clinic provides evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis due to menopause, glucocorticoids and other medical conditions associated with low bone mass and increased fracture risk. This clinic also provides patients with access to innovative and novel therapies through an active Clinical Trials program.

Pituitary Disorders Clinic

The Pituitary Disorders Clinic is located in the Kirklin Clinic and is co-led by Dr. T. Brooks Vaughan, an endocrinologist in our division, and provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients with pituitary tumors, pituitary hormone abnormalities and related disorders. Individualized care is coordinated through a multispecialty approach involving Dr. Kristen Riley who is a skilled pituitary neurosurgeon and an expert in pituitary disease.

1917 Clinic

The 1917 Clinic is a comprehensive HIV clinic located at 908 South 20th Street. Endocrine disorders can result from HIV itself but also from HIV treatments. Dr. Deepti Bahl and Dr. Hima Darapu participate in this multidisciplinary clinic and provide care for multiple Endocrine diseases, included cholesterol problems, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, pituitary, and adrenal disease. This clinic also provides patients with access to innovative and novel therapies through an active Clinical Trials program.

Birmingham VA Medical Center

Drs. Stuart Frank, Samuel E. Fineberg, T. Brooks Vaughan III and Monica Agarwal are members of the UAB Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism who evaluate and treat patients with endocrine disorders and diabetes at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.