Section of Nephrology & Diabetology

Section of Nephrology & Diabetology

  • Kathryn O'Day
    Kathryn O'Day, MD
  • Elizabeth Kern
    Elizabeth Kern, MD, MS

Programs and Services



Michelle MacDonald, RN, MSN, AE-C


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

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


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


Contact Us

Please call us at 303.398.1355 to schedule an appointment.