Our Approach

When a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, life suddenly changes. Instead of just eating, playing, or sleeping, parents must now prepare for all these, otherwise benign activities, before their child can eat, play, or sleep. There are new concepts to learn, new things to think about, and new steps to take before we go on with life. As such, there is an incredible sense of loss of freedom and spontaneity, accompanied by hope and a powerful determination to do everything we can to restore life for our children and make it as normal as possible. It takes work but it is doable. There's a lot to learn, and every day may bring a new challenge or a new question. At the Madison Clinic, we recognize that managing diabetes in children is not just about food and insulin, it's a lot more than that. Understanding the family dynamics and social structure are critical for the success of managing diabetes. Our staff and providers pay equal attention to the medical and emotional needs of every family. We build a life long relationship with the caregivers, and individualize diabetes management for every family to fit their needs, their culture and social structure, and keep in mind that every child is different. What works for one may not work for another, and what works today will not work in a few weeks. We are flexible in our approach in order to best meet the needs of every child.

Our Mission
The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes at UCSF provides 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 patients and their families.

We Welcome All
We gladly welcome new patients from infancy through young adulthood, and we continue to see our returning patients through their late 20s, thanks to our transition program and our own Dr Roger Long who is dually trained in Pediatric and Adult Endocrinology.  

We treat all individuals with diabetes and do not discriminate with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. If you have any concerns, please call us at 415-514-6234 and ask to speak with the clinic manager.