UW Diabetes Institute Clinic

Our Address and General Info

Our address is 750 Republican Street (Building F, 3rd Floor), Seattle, WA 98109

New to SLU

LatinX Diabetes Clinic at the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute Clinic

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The UW Diabetes Institute Clinic, part of UW Medicine, supports patients with a comprehensive treatment plan and care team. Our clinician-teachers are at the forefront of care, research and teaching. They care for patients, and they also educate students and fellows within UW Medicine, as well as primary-care providers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our certified diabetes education nurses expertly provide the entire spectrum of diabetes support from basic training to assistance with the most complex diabetes treatment technology. Registered dietitians offer individualized nutritional counseling and our clinical pharmacists are specialists in the use of diabetes medications. As an accredited American Diabetes Association program, the clinic offers comprehensive classes in diabetes management. Diabetes support groups are available for established patients.

The UWMDI is based on a bench-to-bedside approach — taking discoveries made at the laboratory bench and turning them into medications and therapies for patients. This means we aim to: Clarify the mechanistic underpinnings of diabetes and its complications; Translate this information into new targets for diabetes treatment and prevention; Provide superb, multidisciplinary care for complex, multifaceted problems; Optimize diabetes care from adolescence to geriatrics; and Expand our outreach to improve the lives of patients with diabetes in the Northwest and beyond.

Our Providers

Jing Chao, MD
Jing Chao, MD

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Paul Ciechanowski, MD, Psychiatrist
Paul Ciechanowski, MD, Psychiatrist

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Abe DeSantis, MD
Abe DeSantis, MD

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David Dugdale, MD
David Dugdale, MD

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William Hagopian, MD, PhD
William Hagopian, MD, PhD

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Irl Hirsch, MD
Irl Hirsch, MD

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Farah Khan, MD
Farah Khan, MD

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Ramachandra Naik, MD
Ramachandra Naik, MD

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Savitha Subramanian, MD
Savitha Subramanian, MD

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Arthi Thirumalai MD
Arthi Thirumalai MD

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Dace Trence, MD, FACE
Dace Trence, MD, FACE

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Subbulaxmi Trikudanathan, MD
Subbulaxmi Trikudanathan, MD

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Tracy Tylee, MD
Tracy Tylee, MD

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Alison Ward, PhD
Alison Ward, PhD

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Kathryn Weaver, MD
Kathryn Weaver, MD

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Lorena Wright, MD
Lorena Wright, MD

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NEW to SLU: LatinX Diabetes Clinic at the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute Clinic

The LatinX community is the largest and fastest growing minority group in the state of Washington and the country. LatinX individuals are disproportionately affected by diabetes. Diabetes affects the LatinX community at a younger age, and LatinX patients are more likely to die from complications of diabetes than white patients. The increased morbidity and mortality in LatinX patients with diabetes is partially due to health care inequities including inadequate access to culturally sensitive health care delivered by a bilingual team.

Our Mission:

  • To decrease healthcare disparities in LatinX patients with diabetes in our UW Diabetes Institute Clinic and address cultural and linguistic barriers to high quality care to this under-served population.
  • To enhance the nationally renowned teaching mission of the University of Washington School of Medicine by increasing opportunities for medical trainees to understand the cultural and sociological aspects of the prevention and management of diabetes and its complications in the LatinX community.
  • To improve the overall health of the LatinX community, regionally and nationally, through increased clinical and basic science research in the prevention and treatment of diabetes in the Latin X community.

This brand-new, innovative program is available weekly (held on Tuesdays) and includes:

Dedicated, Spanish native-speaking staff familiar with cultural and linguistic issues in the LatinX Community, including a Diabetologist, a nutritionist/certified diabetes educator and patient services specialists able to assist patients at the front desk with scheduling and referrals. This team is committed to providing care for LatinX patients with diabetes.

LatinX Diabetes Clinic Featured on King 5 News, “New UW diabetes clinic could help bridge gap between Latinxs, health care”

Staff Members of the LatinX Diabetes Clinic

Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, MD, FACE
Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, MD, FACE

Diabetologist, Spanish native-speaking and familiar with cultural and linguistic issues in the LatinX community

Leo Morales, MD, PhD, MPH
Leo Morales, MD, PhD, MPH

Bilingual internal medicine provider

Cricket McCleary
Cricket McCleary

Clinic Manager

Melissa Montalto
Melissa Montalto

Bilingual nutritionist/certified diabetes educator

Mayra Zuniga
Mayra Zuniga

Spanish-speaking Patient Services Specialists

Veronika Lara
Veronika Lara

Spanish-speaking Patient Services Specialists

Rhonda Rodriguez
Rhonda Rodriguez

Spanish-speaking Patient Services Specialists


  • Contact Info

    You can reach the LatinX Diabetes Clinic by contacting our main clinic. See info below.

Contact Us

UW Medicine Diabetes Institute

Diabetes Institute Clinic

750 Republican St.

Seattle, WA 98109

 

Phone: 206-520-5000

FAX: 206-598-4976

The Diabetes Institute Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of the UW Medicine South Lake Union F bldg.