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Virginia Center for Diabetes Professional Education

450 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Suite 2010
Fontaine Research Park
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Phone: 434-924-0239
Fax: 434-243-9143

450 Ray C Hunt in spring

The Virginia Center for Diabetes Professional Education (VCDPE) has been a unique resource for providers of diabetes care in Virginia since 1987.  Located at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, its programs and resources benefit health care providers throughout the Commonwealth.  Its multidisciplinary staff -- J. Terry Saunders, PhD, psychology; Joyce Green Pastors, RD, MS, CDE, nutrition and diabetes education;  and Anthony L. McCall, MD, PhD, endocrinology -- bring a variety of essential perspectives to the Center’s educational programs and services.


The mission of the Center is to improve the quality and quantity of health care available to persons with diabetes in Virginia through the provision of professional education programs based on research and best practices and professional education resources relating to diabetes.


The goals of the Virginia Center for Diabetes Professional Education (VCDPE) are

  1. to improve the knowledge and diabetes care practices of physicians, medical residents, nurses, dietitians, dietetic interns, pharmacists, and other health care providers in Virginia by providing diabetes professional education programs.

  2. to increase access to diabetes patient education programs in medically underserved areas of Virginia through the use of telehealth technologies.

  3. to develop educational programs targeted to persons with or at high risk for diabetes in community-based settings, e.g., places of work, physician office practices, fitness centers, and pharmacies.

  4. to support the efforts of the Virginia Diabetes Council to implement the Virginia Diabetes Plan (2008-2017).

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