Expertise in diabetes and other endocrine conditions

Generous support has allowed the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute to become Kentucky’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric diabetes center.

The clinical team of 30, including nine board-certified pediatric endocrinologists and seven nurse practitioners, receives approximately 4,000 hospital and outpatient visits each year. More than 1,400 patients with diabetes seek the expertise of Norton Children’s Endocrinology each year.

Patients include children up to age 21 with general endocrine conditions and adults up to age 26 with diabetes.

Frequently treated conditions:

  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Metabolic bone conditions
  • Early and delayed puberty
  • Disorders of sexual differentiation
  • Growth disorders
  • Thyroid abnormalities, including hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease) and hypothyroidism
  • Primary and secondary osteoporosis
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Turner syndrome

In addition to providing outpatient, telehealth and inpatient services, the team is actively involved in training medical students, residents and pediatric endocrinology fellows, as well as participating in innovative translational and clinical research.

In 2013, The Lift a Life Novak Family Foundation, Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and the University of Louisville partnered to form the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute. The center provides state-of-the-art, compassionate care; personalized treatment plans; and family education programs.

“With amazing support from the community, we’ve been able to stay on the cutting edge to provide the very best for the patients and families we serve,” said Kupper Wintergerst, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist with Norton Children’s Endocrinology and director, Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute.

Dr. Wintergerst is also chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

The Norton Children’s Endocrinology team includes diabetes educators, nurses, registered dietitians, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists and exercise physiologists.


Patient and Family Program

Comprehensive support and education to patients and their families after being diagnosed with diabetes.

Christensen Family Sports & Activity Program

Improving the health, safety and athletic performance of active children and young adults with diabetes.

Nutrition Kitchen

A professional-grade kitchen for nutritional counseling and in-person and online classes offered by registered dietitians.

Diabetes Adherence Resource Team (DART) Clinic

A multidisciplinary team for children with uncontrolled diabetes.

Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Education (PAGE) Program

Gender-affirming care of transgender and gender diverse patients

Endocrine Hematology/Oncology Program

For survivors of childhood cancer

Weight and wellness program

Lipid disorders and genetic endocrine disorders clinics (coming soon)

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