Cindy Guandalini, APRN, treats patients in the Pediatric Diabetes Program and specializes in type 2 diabetes.
“I love the challenge of helping my patients get to a better place,” she says. “I like getting my patients on track—getting them the medications and equipment they may need. With many of my younger patients, I stay on top of their care, asking them to call me every three days. If they don’t, I’ll reach out.”
Guandalini says she also likes to bring the whole family into the care plan—especially for patients whose parents have diabetes and have suffered complications. “I always reassure my patients that just because a family member had complications doesn’t mean they have to. There is still time to turn things around. Medication is different now and there are ways to improve your health,” she says.
Research is also an important aspect of Guandalini’s work. She is the program coordinator for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) long-term study of youth with type 2 diabetes and three treatment arms. Guandalini is an assistant clinical professor of nursing at Yale School of Medicine.