Dr. Edelman talks about how he believes that the diabetes doctor visit has to be redefined because the current way we interview patients is very inefficient. So he starts off each initial visit by asking the patient if they have any questions for him. This way the questions don’t get answered in a rush at the end of a visit. He also asks each patient what the toughest thing they’re facing is that’s keeping them from maintaining good control. He says that he likes to get to know the patients some in order to identify potential stresses, opportunities for support and what their barriers are, and he gives one particularly poignant example.
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Dr. Steven V. Edelman is a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System of San Diego and the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic, VA Medical Center. He achieved high honors during his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Los Angeles and was the valedictorian of his medical school class at the University of California Davis Medical School. Dr. Edelman received his internal medicine training at the University of California Los Angeles, and completed his clinical endocrinology fellowship training at the Joslin and Lahey Clinics in Boston, Mass. as well as a research fellowship at UCSD.
Dr. Edelman has strong interests in education and patient advocacy. He is the founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), a not-for-profit organization with the goal of teaching and motivating patients in diabetes self-care. Since 1995, TCOYD has reached hundreds of thousands of people living with diabetes through a variety of education portals including national conferences, publications, television, and community programs.
Dr. Edelman has written more than 200 articles and five books. He has won numerous awards for teaching and humanitarianism and was recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top Doctor eight of the last nine years, an honor only achieved by a handful of physicians. He was chosen as the teacher of the year amongst the over 400 faculty members at UCSD numerous times. He was awarded the Diabetes Educator of the year by the American Diabetes Association in 2009, the Distinction in Endocrinology award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in 2011 and recently named in US News and World Report amongst the top 1% of endocrinologists in the US. Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Edelman is most proud of his compassionate, smart and successful daughters, Talia and Carina.