Endocrinology Clinic - The Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes Center

Gonda Diabetes Center

Medical Director: Andrew J. Drexler, M.D.

Director of the Diabetes Education Program:

Evelyne Fleury-Milfort, N.P.

Diabetes Nurse Educator:

Elizabeth Hunter, R.N., B.S.N.,C.D.E.

Diabetes Nurse Educator:

Ana Valenzuela, R.N.,C.D.E.

Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator:

Shiri Morgan, R.D., C.D.E.

Pharmacist, Certified Diabetes Educator:

Nancy P. Lee, PharmD, C.D.E.

Pharmacist, Certified Diabetes Educator:

Patti Chung, PharmD, C.D.E.


Patient Appointment: (310) 825-7922
Fax: (310) 267-1899
UCLA 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 530
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7065


Diabetes Program

Diabetes Education Clinical Updates

Pituitary Disorders Patient Support Group

 

The Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes Center is a multi-disciplinary state-of-the-art facility offering high quality care for patients with diabetes and any other endocrine disorder. The Gonda Diabetes Center was founded in May 2000 with a generous endowment from the Gonda family.

Our Mission

  • To provide outstanding clinical care of patients with diabetes mellitus
  • To educate patients, the public and members of the healthcare profession about diabetes
  • To advance understanding of diabetes by the conduct of high quality research

The Gonda Diabetes Center provides both primary and consultative diabetes care to referred patients. The Center also incorporates a key clinical research program to investigate the pathophysiology, prevention, and cure of diabetes and its complications. Adult patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are seen in the center and family members are considered an integral part of the care process. There is also a "Diabetes in Pregnancy" clinic on site. UCLA faculty physicians, nurses, technicians and educators provide patient care services at the Center, while also providing training to fellows and residents participating in educational and research activities. In particular, we are integrated with the Gonda (Goldschmied) Vascular Center and provide the latest capability in vascular imaging and care for the frequent patient with diabetes and vascular disease. The Gonda Diabetes Center also works closely with other UCLA physicians skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic complications, creating a large, multidisciplinary network.  We have experts from Cardiology and Nephrology to provide experience and leadership in the treatment of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and related cardiovascular and renal diseases.  We are also integrating our services with those of pediatric endocrinology, in an effort to provide translational care for adolescents with diabetes.The Center’s areas of specialization include customized diabetic therapy, diabetes education, continuous infusion insulin pumps, and distinguishing type 1 from type 2 diabetes.

In addition to several physicians who are experienced in the treatment of diabetes, the Gonda Diabetes Center also has a certified diabetes nurse educator and a dietician who coordinate educational sessions for patients. Physicians wishing to refer patients for these classes can use the form found at:Referral Form

The Gonda Diabetes Center has its own DEXA (Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) bone densitometer, which is used to measure bone mineral density and determine whether or not a person has osteoporosis or osteopenia. Osteoporosis carries a significant risk of fracture of the spine, hip, or other bones, even with minimal trauma. The Center is also a site for infusion of zoledrenic acid (Reclast®). Physicians wishing to refer patients for Reclast® infusion should have their patients first schedule an appointment with Doctor Sheila Haji-Ali Ahmadi or Doctor Theodore Hahn at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes Center. They can then arrange for the proper laboratory work-up and insurance clearances for the infusion.

We also have a retinal camera in the Gonda Diabetes Center to screen patients for retinal damage (diabetic retinopathy), a complication of diabetes mellitus.

Other services offered at the Gonda Diabetes Center include ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring systems, DEXA body composition analysis, thyroid ultrasound and nerve conduction studies.

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at UCLA is one of the most prestigious divisions within the UCLA community. Having ranked among the best Endocrinology divisions of the country for the past three decades, this division has a very proud history marked with great accomplishments.  UCLA Endocrinology also has a long, distinguished history in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders, including thyroid cancer.