Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes


Leading the Way in 


 Diabetes Care-- 



The Madison Clinic for Pediatric


 Diabetes at UCSF



Diabetes Clinic Sign

Our Mission


The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF will provide state of the art care for children and young adults with diabetes through individualized and comprehensive management with emphasis on education, outreach, and the use of advanced technologies, as well as a commitment to advancing research to help generate new treatments to improve the quality of life for our young patients.


Our Legacy


UCSF has long been an internationally recognized leader in the field of diabetes.  Our researchers and clinicians have improved the lives of millions of people with diabetes and enhanced diabetes treatments with breakthrough discoveries including:

      -       Cloning the insulin gene, making possible the unlimited supply of human insulin available today;


      -       Identifying autoimmune predictors for type 1 diabetes, helping to develop tests to predict those at risk for developing the disease;


     -       Linking obesity to type 2 diabetes, resulting in revolutionary changes in diabetes treatment and prevention;


     -       Demonstrating that elevated blood sugar causes complications, helping to pioneer the intensive glucose control strategies now utilized throughout the world;


     -       Co-discovering stem cells that are widely believed to have benefits for diabetes and for numerous other diseases;


     -       Developing humanized antibodies that can modulate the immune system to preserve beta cells in type 1 diabetes.


The adult Diabetes Teaching Center has been a nationally recognized model for educating patients on how to self manage their diabetes through comprehensive group classes and workshops, empowering them to be active participants in their care under guidance from their health care team.


In children, the Pediatric Diabetes Clinical Program has been caring for over 1,000 patients each year since its inception almost 20 years ago.  Our emphasis is on intensive and their families navigate the numerous challenges of living with the disease.


Our translational research program is conducting cutting edge clinical trials that aim at preventing as well as curing type 1 diabetes.

Thanks to our dedicated and visionary diabetes researchers and clinicians, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCSF endocrinology and diabetes fourth in the nation for 2011-2012.



Our Vision for the Future


Through the support of a generous anonymous donor, the department of Pediatrics at UCSF has received a $10 million gift to establish the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF.  This gift recognizes the outstanding achievements of UCSF in the fight against diabetes, and helps us to build upon our tradition of scientific leadership by creating a world class pediatric diabetes clinic that will provide comprehensive care for children and young adults with diabetes.  The Madison Clinic will be housed within the new, state-of-the-art Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay located on our newest UCSF campus.


The incidence of diabetes in children is on the rise.  Tragically, the number of children with type 1 diabetes below the age of five is expected to double between 2005 and 2020, and cases among children younger than 15 are expected to rise by 70 percent during this time.  In addition, type 2 diabetes in children is reaching epidemic proportions due to the societal challenges of obesity and the low level of physical activity among young people.


In the past several years monumental advancements have been made in understanding the pathophysiology of diabetes, the principles of diabetes management both physically and emotionally, and the factors that influence the development of diabetes complications. 


The need for tighter control of blood sugars has led to exponential improvements in the way we monitor blood sugar levels and deliver insulin.  Sophisticated pumps and glucose sensors are becoming standard tools, and newer insulins and other drugs are likely to become available very soon.  These innovations are leading the way to creating a reliable artificial pancreas which will again change the way we manage diabetes. 


With all of these significant advances, it is increasingly important to have highly skilled teams of diabetes health care providers who specialize in pediatric diabetes to deliver the latest in diabetes education to help optimize the patient’s overall disease management.


UCSF plans to meet the needs of families with diabetes throughout Northern and Central California by significantly expanding the capacity of the Pediatric Diabetes Clinical Program.  A major component of this initia­tive is the creation of the state-of-the-art Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF. Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Saleh Adi and his compassionate team of clinicians, this  comprehensive clinic will be designed exclusively for the treatment of children and young adults with diabetes and will, for the first time at UCSF, bring together under one roof the dedicated services of physicians, clinical psychologists, nurses, diabetes educators, social workers, dietitians, and administrative staff to achieve one goal: to provide the best possible care and support to children with diabetes and their families. The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF will be the west coast’s premier center of excellence for pediatric diabetes care, support, and education.



We Need Your Support


With the initial gift to establish the Madison Clinic came a challenge and an unprecedented matching opportunity.  To fully realize our vision, we must raise an additional $5 million.  Every dollar given to pediatric diabetes at UCSF will release two dollars from the $10 million Madison Clinic Fund, thereby tripling the power of any charitable donation.


Please help us build the Madison Clinic to:


-       Provide individualized and comprehensive care for children and young adults with diabetes;


-       Develop a complete program to facilitate the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood with diabetes;


-       Expand our administrative staff to provide personal attention to each family, assist patients in navigating the system to gain direct access to clinicians, and obtain all the supplies and resources our families may need;


-       Develop a broad education curriculum for patients, families, and all care givers, including school teachers and coaches;


-       Create a dedicated space for the Madison Clinic, with expanded clinic sessions Monday through Friday;


-       Establish satellite clinics in outlying communities throughout Northern California and an advanced telemedicine system to reach patients in the neighboring states and eventually in remote third world countries.  


Our Leadership


The Madison Clinic will be directed by Saleh Adi, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, in collaboration with Stephen Gitelman, MD, Director of the UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Program, Professor of Pediatrics and the Mary B. Olney, MD / KAK Chair in Pediatric Diabetes and Clinical Research.   


An executive board will include Donna Ferriero, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Scott Soifer, MD, Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, Kim Scurr, RN, Interim Executive Director, Benioff Children’s Hospital, and others.

Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF:




UCSF has been granted this opportunity thanks to the vision of one generous donor.

To make it a reality, we require the vision of the entire community.


To make a gift, please either:


1.  Send a check payable to "UCSF Foundation" with a notation: "For Madison Clinic Fund B 2957" to: UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339; or


2. Or DONATE ONLINE. Click on Choose a designation and select the Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes

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To learn more about naming opportunities and other giving levels, contact:


Suzanne Ritchie, Senior Director of Development

UCSF Diabetes Center and Immunological & Inflammatory Diseases


Office: 415/476-6334 | email:


Maureen Royer, Director of Development

Children’s Health

                                     Office: 415/476-3628 | email: