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The Kovler Diabetes Center came to fruition through a generous gift from the Kovler family, championed by Jonathan and Sally Kovler.

During the past three decades, the Kovlers have been important supporters and partners in advancing the breakthrough work of the UChicago Medicine’s (UCM) internationally recognized scholars in diabetes, cancer and infectious diseases and in improving the quality of life for countless individuals.

Jonathan’s positive experience as a UCM patient and the family’s longstanding relationship with the University inspired the Kovlers to support the its growth in diabetes research and care. The Kovler family helped establish the Kovler Laboratories in 1978, creating an environment for research to thrive and leading to many breakthrough discoveries. Their investments have supported renowned physicians and scientists such as David Ehrmann, M.D., Donald Steiner, M.D. and Graeme Bell, Ph.D., all of whom have advanced diabetes research in meaningful ways.

The Kovlers shared the bold vision of the University’s leaders to create a center for diabetes research and care, understanding that its creation would deliver exponential returns for patients and their families. A named center would serve as a destination for diabetes patients and their families to access the latest in treatment options and clinical trials, and also receive vital support and education for diabetes management. The center would also support cutting-edge scientific research and lead the way in educating future diabetes specialists.

This vision became a reality in 2006 when the Kovler Diabetes Center brought together the University’s exceptional talent in diabetes research, care and education. Today, the UChicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center continues to be at the forefront of providing patient-centered, comprehensive care while pursuing basic and clinical research, as well as translating discoveries to the bedside, and educating medical specialists, patients and the broader community about diabetes.