Division of Nephrology & Diabetology

Why National Jewish Health? Our institution strives for excellent medical care. Many of our patients have chronic disease and are at risk for developing diabetes or have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We created a comprehensive diabetes management program with national experts as a convenience to current patients and to help others who are new to National Jewish Health manage their disease.

The National Jewish Health Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program is committed to providing the most advanced care for patients with pre-diabetes, and type-2 diabetes. Our care team includes specialty-trained nephrology (kidney) and diabetology (diabetes) doctors, nurses and dietitians.

Nationally Accredited Program
Diabetes Education Accreditation ProgramThe National Jewish Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program was named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in June 2013. This will allow residents in and around the Rocky Mountains increased access to critical diabetes education services.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, AADE Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.  “The National Jewish Health Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

What we do:
At National Jewish Health, we help patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes to achieve their best possible health status and quality of life, by providing outstanding patient-focused education, skills training, and support.

The DSME Program is appropriate for all patients with pre-diabetes, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and can help with:

  • Understanding a recent diabetes diagnosis
  • Learning or re-learning self-management skills
  • Improving glucose pattern management
  • Targeting nutritional needs

The program uses principles of the American Association of Diabetes Educators’ (AADE) 7 self-care behavior framework. An individual assessment and prioritized plan is developed with ongoing self-management support offered.

Diabetes Patient Education Program

National Jewish Health offers a three-tiered, doctor-managed program for patients with yype 2 diabetes (T2DM). Our program is certified by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

The National Jewish Health Diabetes Program is appropriate for all patients with T2DM:

  • The newly diagnosed
  • Patients who need to learn or re-learn self-management skills
  • Those needing better glucose pattern management
  • Patients who have targeted nutritional needs

Diabetes Basics Class

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
National Jewish Health
Patient Education Classroom

Addresses what patients can do to manage their diabetes
  • Teaches patients how to confidently recognize and treat low blood glucose
  • Introduces carbohydrate counting
  • Discusses how exercise affects blood glucose
  • Explains how diabetes medicines work

Meet Our Team

Elizabeth Kern, MD, MS
Alexandra Wilson, MS, RD
Michelle MacDonald, RN, MSN, AE-C
Ann Mullen, RN, MSN, AE-C

Please call us at 303.398.1355 to schedule an appointment.


Patients can access all parts of the program, or just the level they need.

Physician Visit Patient Education Program Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Comprehensive medical evaluation
  • Blood sugar control issues
  • Complex cases including early-stage kidney disease and difficult to control hypertension
  • Medication review and adjustment
  • Review the basics of disease management
  • Learn about medication types and actions
  • Blood glucose testing
  • Glucose meter use
  • Insulin injection
  • Individual, focused sessions
  • Learn how to control blood sugar and high blood pressure through diet
  • Reduce risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Lose weight


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