For more information, please call 304.691.1000

At the Byrd Clinical Center, located just a block from Cabell Huntington Hospital's campus, the Chertow Diabetes Center at Marshall University is a busy place. It is staffed by a complete team of endocrinologists, diabetes educators and specialty personnel who treat and manage diabetes. The center, which is accredited by the American Diabetes Association, is a testament to years of teamwork between Cabell Huntington and Marshall University.

Many years ago, Bruce S. Chertow, MD, dedicated his medical career to diabetes treatment, and now the comprehensive diabetes center is dedicated to him. Patients are evaluated in the Diabetes Center and offered treatment and support, such as lifestyle intervention, oral diabetic agents, insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitoring systems.

Board-certified endocrinologists

Dr. Henry Driscoll, Dr. Ayman Elkadry, Dr. Lola Olajide, Dr. Nesreen BenHamed, Dr. Rodhan Khthir, John Leidy, MD, and Yara Tovar Marmolejo, MD are board-certified endocrinologists, giving them a unique expertise to address the needs of a growing number of patients with diabetes.

"We were committed to the care of patients with diabetes even before it was widely realized how great the scope of the problem is," said Dr. Driscoll. Dr. Driscoll, section chief, has a long involvement in diabetes care at Cabell Huntington Hospital and believes the team involvement of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, educators, lab specialists, and therapists is critical.

Patient education is a key component

Whether they are reviewing a diabetic patient's diet or creating a plan to manage blood glucose, patient educators play a key role in the program's success. 

Diabetes education at the Chertow Diabetes Center is focused on blood glucose monitoring, diet and exercise, medications, risk reduction, coping and problem-solving. Patients are seen individually to create a customized plan for managing their care. Group activities are also facilitated by staff educators.

For more information about diabetes services and the Chertow Diabetes Center, please call 304.691.1661.

Diabetes Support Group

The MU Diabetes Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Byrd Clinical Center at 1249 15th Street in Huntington, WV. For more information, please check our calendar or call 304.691.1661.

Diabetes Exercise Center

In partnership with Marshall University, Cabell Huntington Hospital hosts a Diabetes Exercise Center to provide a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes management. The Center is one of the few formally supervised exercise programs in the area for diabetes patients, and participants show significant improvement in their clinical status and quality of life. More

Other resources

Cabell Huntington Hospital has recognized the need for the full range of services important to diabetic patients, including the J. Robert Pritchard Dialysis Center, the neurophysiology lab and the Center for Wound Healing, a comprehensive wound center that offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Juvenile Diabetes Resource Foundation (JDRF)