A Special Collaboration to Meet a Special Challenge

Diabetes is a complex chronic condition that requires ongoing medical attention and supportive clinical services. Treating diabetes in children and teens can be especially challenging for the following reasons:

  • A growing child’s nutritional needs are different from those of adults.
  • There is a need to educate not just the child’s family, but also school, and any care providers.
  • Diabetes and its treatment must be explained to the child in an age-appropriate way.
  • Children can be extremely physically active, especially if they play sports. If the child has type 1, a very active day may lead to sudden drops in blood glucose.
  • Children with type 1 diabetes may require as many as six to eight injections of insulin and eight to twelve finger sticks daily.

Until very recently, Marin parents seeking specialized care for a child with diabetes had to go to San Francisco. In order to provide Marin parents with access to the finest pediatric diabetes care, Marin General Hospital and UCSF forged a collaboration with a simple goal: to bring the UCSF Madison Clinic expertise to Marin.

(Watch the above video to learn more about our collaboration)

Under the leadership of Srinath Sanda, MD, renowned pediatric endocrinologist and diabetes specialist, The Braden Diabetes Center is now hosting the UCSF pediatric diabetes program. Dr. Sanda and his team of specially trained pediatric nurses and dietitians, all of whom are certified diabetes educators, offer these valuable services:

  • One-on-one care. Each visit assesses point of care hemoglobin A1C, growth measurements and monitoring, and blood sugar trend evaluation by Continuous Glucose Monitoring downloads. Recommendations for managing blood sugar and adjusting insulin doses are adjusted to meet the needs of young patients.  
  • Diabetes management information, including intensive insulin management, pump training, continuous glucose monitoring, and medical nutrition therapy.
  • Collaborative appointments in which children and their families can receive additional diabetes education from certified diabetes educators, including nurses and a dietitian.
  • Age-appropriate educational materials for pre-, middle, and high school students, including books, websites, and apps.
  • Educational outreach to teachers, principals, and support staff in Marin County schools.  


To schedule a consultation at the Braden Diabetes Center in Marin with UCSF Pediatric Diabetes Expert, Dr. Srinath Sanda, please call: 1-415-514-6234.