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Hopkins Diabetes Experts Available
World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14. If you are planning a story on diabetes, a disease that affects more than 20 million Americans, please consider calling on experts from the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center. With diabetes specialists ranging from clinical endocrinologists to nutritionists to scientists who perform basic research, the Diabetes Center can provide you with unique sources who can answer your questions about this ever-growing disease. To schedule an interview with any of these diabetes experts, please contact Christen Brownlee at 410-955-7832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Saudek, M.D.
Christopher Saudek, a former president of the American Diabetes Association, is the director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center. The Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Dr. Saudek is active in many areas of diabetes care, research and education. "The main challenge in successfully managing diabetes is to find the key to each individual’s self-care", says Dr. Saudek. "People with diabetes need to be able to treat themselves. This is why diabetes education is so important."
Dr. Saudek teaches students, residents and other health care professionals at all levels. He travels widely, lecturing about diabetes, its complications, and how to prevent them. He also sees patients and regards his clinical activities as the most important part of his professional life.
With a nurse educator and behaviorist, he wrote The Johns Hopkins Guide to Diabetes: For Today and Tomorrow. His research has focused on the development of the implantable insulin pump.
Sherita Golden, M.D., M.H.S.
Sherita Golden sees patients at the Diabetes Center once a week. An endocrinologist who cares for all types of diabetes patients, she has a specific interest and expertise in the management of patients whose diabetes is complicated by cardiovascular disease. She also has a special interest in cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.
Dr. Golden has a master’s degree in health sciences and is an active researcher in the field of diabetes epidemiology, investigating hormonal risk factors associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. Her current research focuses on measuring the hormone response to depression and chronic stress to determine if these are risk factors for diabetes. An associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Dr. Golden is director of the inpatient diabetes management service of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Nancyellen Brennan, C.R.P.N., C.D.E.
A certified diabetes educator, Nancyellen Brennan helps her patients understand the many complications of diabetes, how to test blood sugars, and how to administer and adjust their own insulin. A family nurse practitioner, she brings 25 years of experience in outpatient care to the Diabetes Center. Many of the Diabetes Center patients meet with Ms. Brennan one on one to determine specific needs to control their disease and avoid complications. She helps her patients address their needs through lifestyle changes using goal setting and motivational interviewing models. She also teaches in the Diabetes Center’s education programs and oversees satellite education programs, ensuring that they are held to the Center’s high standards.
Michelle Bravo, R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E.
Proper nutrition is vital to any person with diabetes, and Michelle Bravo gives her patients the information and planning methods they need to achieve healthy nutrition and improve their diabetes management. Ms. Bravo meets with her patients one-on-one to address specific areas such as exercise, monitoring, problem solving and healthy eating habits. She also teaches at each education class offered at the Diabetes Center. During these classes she informs patients on the fundamentals of proper nutrition, serving sizes, reading food labels, and handling special occasions and dining out.
A certified diabetes educator, Ms. Bravo is a member of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Todd Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Brown sees people with diabetes and other endocrine disorders. An assistant professor of medicine, he has a Ph.D. in clinical investigation and is especially interested in the changes that occur in the metabolism of diabetic people with HIV/AIDS.
Rachel Derr, M.D.
A senior fellow in endocrinology, Dr. Derr treats people with diabetes and is also in a Ph.D. program in clinical investigation. Her research has examined how blood sugar can severely increase when patients receive cortisone for conditions such as arthritis or transplantation.
Rita Kalyani, M.D.
Rita Kalyani is a second-year fellow at the Diabetes Center. In addition to caring for patients, she has been involved in research examining the limitations of blood sugar assessment and the effectiveness of inpatient diabetes management services. She also studies factors contributing to the development of diabetes in high-risk populations, such as ethnic minorities and the elderly. Dr. Kalyani is part a group of Johns Hopkins researchers studying how to improve the quality of diabetes care in Trinidad and Tobago.