Dedication of the Rodebaugh Diabetes Center
photo by Marguerite Miller
Dr. Clayton Kyle, Dr.
Mark Schutta and Dr. Mitch Lazar at the Rodebaugh Diabetes
the new Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center at HUP was officially
dedicated. UPHS has relocated and expanded the Center, which
is now on the fourth floor of Penn Tower. It was recently renamed
in recognition of a generous gift from the estate of Mrs. Grace
Rodebaugh, Ed '25, L '35, who died June 25, 1999. In the early
1980s, she and her husband, Everett, W '22, had created
their charitable remainder trusts to foster research on diabetes
and to show their appreciation for Dr. G. Clayton Kyle, Med
'47, a Penn diabetes specialist. The Conference Room in the
Diabetes Center is named for Dr. Kyle, who said that this has
fulfilled his dream of a state-of-the-art center.
Arthur Rubenstein, EVP for UPHS and Dean of the School of
called the dedication an auspicious occasion and thanked the
many generous patients who made this a reality.
Schafer, chair of the department of medicine, said this will
be a "world-class clinic with cutting-edge facilities" that
will provide "unsurpassed care using an interdisciplinary approach."
Lazar, chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and
metabolism, noted a "sobering fact," one out of every three
children in the U.S. born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes.
He said the disease has reached epidemic proportions.
Mark Schutta, the medical director of the Center, pointed
out how Dr. Kyle
has been innovative and ahead of his time. In the 1950s, long
before it was generally accepted that tight glycemic control
and frequent testing of blood sugar was necessary to prevent
complications, Dr. Kyle was recommending such unheard of practices
to his patients.
Center is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of
diabetes, a chronic disease afflicting over six percent of
the U.S. population: nearly 18 million Americans. Using a team
approach including board-certified endocrinologists specializing
in diabetes care, podiatrists, diabetes nutritionists, certified
diabetes nurse specialists and certified diabetes nurse educators,
the center is able to address the many needs of diabetic patients.
The Center is dedicated specifically to providing comprehensive
care for patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes and other endocrine
addition to patient-oriented services such as nutrition and
and diabetes education, the Center participates in research
and clinical trials designed for advancing the treatment of
diabetes and ultimately finding a cure. HUP is one of only
12 centers worldwide conducting highly complex experimental
islet cell transplantation research in type 1 diabetes patients.
more information about the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center,
call (215) 662-2468
or visit online at pennhealth.com.