We provide expert care for children with diabetes.
We know how challenging it can be for a child who has been diagnosed with diabetes to cope with the necessary food and lifestyle changes. We also understand that these adjustments can affect the entire family. That’s why the care team at the Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Pediatric Diabetes Center partner with you and your family to manage your child’s condition, as well as the social and emotional changes that can come with it.
Our Team Approach to Diabetes Care for Children
We care for infants, children, and adolescents who have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and other less common forms of diabetes, as well as children and adolescents who are at risk of developing the condition. Our endocrinologists combine their clinical skills with the latest in diabetes management technology to provide your child with the best treatment possible at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
Many new tools are available to continuously monitor glucose levels and to deliver insulin. Your child may be able to use a device that incorporates both of these functions. This allows more accurate glucose control and benefits your child’s health and your peace of mind.
Our certified diabetes educators help your child and family learn how to fit diabetes management into your everyday lives. We help you handle new challenges, including regularly monitoring and managing glucose levels while playing sports, going to school or camp, and participating in any other childhood activities that are a part of everyday life. Our program has earned the American Diabetes Association’s Education Recognition Certificate for our dedication to promoting quality education for people with diabetes.
Support Services for Families
We offer families a range of support services. Registered dietitians address nutrition challenges in children of all ages, from breastfed infants to teenagers making their own food choices. Our child life specialists can help children cope with procedures such as injections and blood tests, and provide strategies for adjusting to life with an insulin pump. We also work with children and their siblings to help the entire family understand the diagnosis.
In addition, our experts offer psychosocial assessments that can help determine how we may best support you and your child as he or she grows and gradually assumes more responsibility for the management of diabetes. We continue to provide support during the adolescent years, when young adults are learning to become independent, while still safely managing their diabetes.
Dr. Gallagher is director of the Robert I. Grossman, MD, and Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Pediatric Diabetes Center at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She is a faculty member in the NYU Langone Department of Pediatrics. Prior to coming to Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gallagher was co-director of the Pediatric Diabetes Program at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center.