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Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center

Since its inception in 2008, the UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center has been a leader in diabetes prevention, education, research and comprehensive care. The center assists more than 7,500 adult patients and 2,500 pediatric patients each year in the management and treatment of diabetes and related diseases, working closely with the patient’s primary care physician. Our mission is to work with the referring provider to provide support and assistance as needed. For patients requiring intensive management such as patients using insulin pumps, patients with Type 1 diabetes, and patients with challenging diabetes issues we will provide in-depth care on an ongoing basis.

Kentucky ranks fifth in diabetes incidence nationwide. In 2017, 15.3 percent of the adult population or nearly 600,000 people had this potentially devastating disease, up from just 6 percent in 2000. In addition, as many as one in three adults in Kentucky may have pre-diabetes, either diagnosed or undiagnosed.

“As the burden of diabetes in Kentucky continues to grow, the UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center is pushing forward to improve diabetes prevention and quality of life and to increase better health outcomes,” said Dr. John Fowlkes, director of the center and a pediatric endocrinologist.

National recognition

Our comprehensive approach to diabetes treatment, education and research has earned us a place on the national stage. In 2018, UK HealthCare was ranked 33rd among diabetes and endocrinology programs in the U.S. by US News & World Report.

While this is an honor for our program, we take the most pride in knowing that we are serving our patients – and the people of the Commonwealth – in the battle against this deadly disease.

Comprehensive care in one location

In 2017, the Barnstable Brown Center expanded into a new 20,000-square-foot clinic space at UK HealthCare’s Turfland location in Lexington. The state-of-the-art clinic space allows us to care for more patients of all ages – from infants to seniors – with diabetes and related disorders at one consolidated location. The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at Turfland houses on-site access to pharmacy and supplies, ophthalmology and optometry services, laboratory testing, ultrasound, and radiology.

Services offered include consultation with expert diabetes specialists; coordination of care for diabetes complications; screening and management; and comprehensive patient education plans.

Clinical resources include:

  • 12 physicians and five advanced practice providers at the adult clinic.
  • Five physicians, two advanced practice providers, a certified social worker and nursing resources at the pediatric clinic.
  • Six outpatient clinic-based diabetes educators.
  • Five outpatient diabetes educators.
  • Three inpatient diabetes educators.
Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center is recognized by U.S. News and World Report
  • With thanks to the Barnstable Brown family

    The Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center was established in 2008 by twins Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable along with their mother, Wilma. They pledged the initial funding to support the center in memory of Patricia Barnstable Brown’s husband, David, who passed away from complications of diabetes in 2003.

    Proceeds from the family’s annual Derby Eve Gala, which attracts celebrities from around the world to the Barnstable Brown family home in Louisville, have benefited research and patient care at the diabetes center. By 2018, nearly $15 million had been donated.

    “Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Barnstable Brown family, patients with diabetes in Kentucky are receiving the highest level of patient care and benefiting from innovative research that impacts treatment and understanding of the disease,” UK President Eli Capilouto said at the clinic opening in October 2017.

    “The support from the Barnstable Brown Family has enabled us to recruit talented physicians, physician-scientists and specialized staff dedicated to the care of patients and their families,” said Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “Having a center where clinical care, research and education come together for the benefit of patients now and in the future is a tremendous asset and resource for everyone in Kentucky and beyond.”