A Passion to Defeat Diabetes

Janet Silverstein, M.D.,  has committed 40+ years to improving the lives of children and adults with diabetes, and has a compelling reason: if type 1 diabetes continues to spread at its current rate, one in three Americans born today will get this incurable disease.

As a diabetes advocate, Dr. Silverstein has been traveling to Ocala National Forest for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes to serve as the camp’s medical director since 1979. For this camp she provides education to medical students, pharmacy students, nursing students and pediatric housestaff from UF (primarily) as well as USF, FSU and the University of Miami. She has also expanded the camp to include Teen weekends and Family weekends throughout the year. Silverstein believes in the diabetes camp and what it does for the children by showing them that they are not alone in fighting the disease. She is also involved in various committees which promote overall wellness in the Alachua County area.

As one of the hardest-working physicians at UF, Dr. Silverstein’s work and expertise most certainly do not go unnoticed. We applaud the efforts of Dr. Silverstein and the work that she is doing to help children, medical and pharmacy students, and many others in the diabetes community learn more about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and spread the word.

You can learn more about Florida Diabetes Camp by visiting the Florida Diabetes Camp Web site.