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Diabetes Clinical Center

The Mass General Diabetes Clinical Center is one of the oldest outpatient centers in the country dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of persons with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and associated disorders.


With a closely integrated treatment center and clinical research center, we aim to develop new treatments and provide the highest quality care for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and associated disorders. The ultimate goal of our work is to cure diabetes. However, until cures are developed, we offer the most advanced comprehensive therapy available for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and for the complications associated with diabetes. We also offer evaluation of rarer forms of diabetes including monogenic diabetes and Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY).

About this Program

The Diabetes Clinical Center currently handles approximately 10,000 patient visits per year. The usual age range for our patients begins at age 18; the Pediatric Endocrinology Unit and Diabetes Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides care for children and adolescents with diabetes. 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.

In collaboration with other Mass General experts in renal disease, cardiology, podiatry and orthopedics, neurology, and vascular surgery, and retinal specialists and other ophthalmologists from the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and other specialty ophthalmology groups, comprehensive medical care is provided to all of our patients. The Diabetes Clinical Center staff includes 15 physicians, all of whom are Harvard Faculty, fellows who are training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, highly experienced diabetes nurse practitioners, nurse certified diabetes educators and dietitians, physician assistants, and a highly committed and experienced support staff.

On-Site Services

The center provides consultation about methods of glucose monitoring, injections and medication. On-site services include:

First-rate Clinical Care Fortified By Cutting Edge Clinical Research

Many of the modern-day therapies have been developed at the Mass General Diabetes Clinical Research Center. Patients who attend the Diabetes Clinical Center often participate in research studies. When new therapies are developed, tested, and proved to be beneficial, the Mass General Diabetes Center patients are often the first to benefit from their use. The combination of a clinical treatment center and research center sharing space “under one roof” results in a highly effective and efficient setting for clinical research and clinical care.

Conditions & Diseases

The care team at the Mass General Diabetes Clinical Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about their conditions. The links below provide more information about conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

  • Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, or sugar diabetes.

  • Diabetic Foot Problems

    The nerves of the feet are often affected by neuropathy or blood vessel diseases. When a diabetes patient loses sensation in the feet, sores or injuries may go unnoticed until ulcers develop.

  • Diabetic Nephropathy (Kidney Disease)

    Nephropathy is the deterioration of the kidneys. The final stage of nephropathy is called end-stage renal disease, or ESRD.

  • Diabetic Neuropathy (Nerve Problems)

    Diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder, is a complication of diabetes that can lead to problems throughout the body.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Eye Problems

    Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that may occur in persons with diabetes as a complication.

  • Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY)

    Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) is a rare form of diabetes caused by changes in the DNA that are passed down in families.

  • Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, and sugar diabetes.

  • Type 2 Diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.

Clinical Trials


Find the latest news from the American Diabetes Association.

  • MRI may help diagnose, treat diabetes - 8/6/2009, Research

    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School said MRI has the ability to evaluate beta cell mass, a major factor of insulin secretion.


  • Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)

    Low blood sugar can happen if you haven’t eaten enough or you’ve been more active than usual. Eileen reviews some of the common symptoms of low blood sugar.

  • Preparing for Sick Days

    A little preparation can make sick days more bearable. In this video, Eileen reviews when to use your sick day plan, what to include in your sick day kit, and when to call your health care provider.


Contact Us

Diabetes Treatment Center

Third Floor, Suite 34050 Staniford Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-8722
  • Fax: 617-724-8534


  • Weekdays, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm, After hours:617-726-2000 diabetes MD on call

View all Diabetes contacts


Your primary care physician is responsible for arranging all of your medical care, including referrals to specialists. If you think you need to see a specialist, please call us at 617-726-8722.


We accept most major insurance and managed care plans. Please confirm that we accept your plan before your first visit or when you change carriers. If you are required to choose a primary care physician, please make sure to name a MGH Diabetes/Internist doctor.

Lab Results

Your physician will send most laboratory results directly to you. In case of an urgent result, a physician will call you as soon as possible. If you have any questions about your results, please call 617-726-8722.  If you would like to sign up for Patient Gateway to access your results over the internet, please see someone at the front desk on your next visit.


To refill a prescription during center hours, call us at 617-726-8722.

Please have on hand your:

  • unit number and date of birth
  • the name of your medication
  • the dosage
  • the telephone number of the pharmacy you would like to use

Please allow 48 hours to process your prescription.

Children & Adolescents

The Pediatric Endocrinology Unit at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides care for children and adolescents with diabetes.

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