EVMS diabetes care is among the best in the nation, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report made public Aug. 2.

EVMS diabetes care is among the best in the nation, according to a new ranking made public Aug. 2.

The U.S. News & World Report annual “Best Hospitals” edition ranks the diabetes and endocrinology program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital at 24th among the nation’s top 50 hospital-based programs. The Sentara program is staffed by EVMS endocrinologists, the same physicians who care for people with diabetes at the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center.

“The longstanding partnership between EVMS and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has been an enormous benefit to both organizations,” says Richard Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine. “We’re proud to see our faculty’s groundbreaking work in diabetes care and endocrinology research in Sentara Norfolk General – our primary teaching hospital – recognized by U.S. News. This is a testament to the reputation and accomplishments of our researchers and clinicians.”

Jerry Nadler, MD, the Harry H. Mansbach Chair in Internal Medicine, Vice Dean for Research and Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine, is nationally known for his diabetes research. He and his colleagues have helped establish a link between diabetes and damage to the heart, kidney and nerves. The EVMS scientists are investigating potential medications to halt these complications and protect insulin-producing cells.

“Our faculty combines clinical research with excellent patient care,” Dr. Nadler says. “Our research is focused on preventing inflammatory damage to the pancreas and avoiding the harmful cardiovascular effects of diabetes and obesity. The insight and knowledge we have gained from our work helps us improve the lives of people with diabetes every day.”

One example of the world-class care that patients enjoy at the hospital is the Sentara/EVMS Cardiovascular Diabetes Program. The program is designed to seamlessly integrate in-patient and out-patient diabetes management for patients who are cared for initially at Sentara Heart Hospital,according to program director Jagdeesh Ullal, MBBS, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine.

US News & World Report also ranks Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as the number one hospital in Hampton Roads and rates the hospital’s Cardiology & Heart Surgery program as 24th in the nation. Other specialty areas described by the publication as “high-performing” include geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonology – areas where EVMS faculty physicians provide care.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the organization’s analysis covers clinical specialties, procedures and medical conditions. Scores are based on data that include survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and other factors.