Dear Friends,

This officially marks the six-year anniversary of the USC Westside Center for Diabetes (WCD) bi-annual newsletter. If you made it this far, you know that we have made the move to publishing the newsletter on the clinic website. This also allows you to view the content from the summer newsletter and quickly find links to my Medscape videos and academic papers. Let us know how this works for you, as this is a service we provide for your benefit.

November is National Diabetes Month and it is a time to reassess one’s own diabetes status. As I reflect both on all that we have done to improve the lives of people with diabetes, as well as how far we have yet to go; I promise to not give up on pushing the envelope for research and support in this area, and I ask that you do the same. The importance of proper insulin management, overall wellness, educational programs, research studies, and adequate health coverage for this disease is what I fight for every day. I thank all of you who have donated to the cause over the years as you have gifted me the opportunity to make medical advancements in ways others cannot. Our work is far from being done; we must never give up!

We don’t have a donation envelop tucked inside of a physical newsletter, but you can still mail in a check or use a credit card to make an online donation.

I’m proud to announce the launch of my new book, The Type 1 Diabetes Self-Care Manual: A Complete Guide to Type 1 Diabetes Across the Lifespan. This is an in-depth look into the newest methods and tools for living well with Type 1 diabetes that is available for pre-ordering on Amazon and should be available on the ADA site soon as well. It may also make a great holiday gift for someone in your life living with Type 1 Diabetes or for the people who support them. We also have a preview of the book with patient stories.

The most exciting recent news is the FDA approval of the personal Libre continuous glucose monitor and Fiasp, the fastest acting insulin yet. I encourage you to read our updates (and watch the videos) on these developments to learn how they may benefit you or your loved one with diabetes.

On another note, I feel it necessary to comment on the disappointing “elephant in the room”news—the fact that the two former USC deans (Puliafito) and his replacement (Varma) were both forced to resign due to serious issues, including sexual harassment. I was not surprised by the behavior of Dr. Puliafito, but I had higher expectations of Dr. Varma. As a female, it is discouraging to see that the “old boys club” was alive and well, but I believe these events have prompted change. Our interim dean is now an eminently qualified woman, and our search for a new dean should be long and thorough. We women faculty have created a working group to help facilitate change.

I am optimistic that we will continue to advance the culture at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  USC is still the best place in Los Angeles to develop and implement diabetes programs—we service patients from all socioeconomic situations.  Any donations I receive go directly to helping our research programs in underserved communities. I think now is the time to grow, not shrink what we’ve created over the past 17 years. In this moment of change, we may have more of a voice than ever before—After all, I am the longest serving female faculty member in the medical school. If nothing else, this shows I am persistent.

My heart is full as I enter this holiday season. I am thrilled with how much we have accomplished and I look forward to achieving more goals in 2018. I wish you and your family a big, happy, healthy and beautiful fall season.  Thank you in advance for your holiday charitable gift, it means so much!





Message from the Director