Diabetes & Endocrinology

DiabetesAt TMC, we know how devastating the effects of diabetes can be. With more than 14,000 patients visits in our Diabetes Center annually, we are well equipped to handle all aspects of the disease.

The Diabetes Center offers a state-of-the-art facility to better serve the needs of our patients.  We believe in helping our patients manage their diabetes on a planned, rather than episodic basis. The comprehensive team-approach connects patients with specially trained physicians and nursing staff.  The team coordinates care with other specialty service provides, such as ophthalmology, cardiology, podiatry, and other referrals as needed.

The Diabetes Center includes:

  • A patient resource center with computer access
  • A diabetes education classroom
  • Large consultation rooms for group or individual instruction related to disease and nutrition
  • A patient waiting area designed for comfort
  • Expanded exam rooms with advanced technology with access to electronic health records

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are destroyed by the patients own body.  These patients make no insulin and must be treated with insulin.  A major factor in the development of Type 2 Diabetes is insulin resistance and insulin deficiency.  These are worsened by obesity and lack of exercise.  Approximately 90% of patients with diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes.

Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at increased risk of kidney, eye, and nerve damage which can be prevented by good glucose control.  Patients with diabetes frequently also have hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, and heart disease.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes. Here are some warning signs:

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, contact the experts at the TMC Diabetes Center.

For more information, please call 816-404-4070.


Meet Our Providers

Jose Joaquin Lado-Abeal, MD, PhD, Medical Director

Jose Joaquin Lado-Abeal, MD, PhD, Medical Director

Dr. Lado is a professor of Medicine and Section Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the UMKC School of Medicine. He received both his medical degree and PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and completed residencies at Hospital Clinic I Provincial in Barcelona, Spain and Hospital Xeral de Galicia, Spain. He completed a fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Chicago Hospital. Dr. Lado is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is the author of numerous book chapters, journal articles, case reports and presentations. Dr. Lado is fluent in Spanish and English.
Brandon Barthel, MD, Endocrinologist

Brandon Barthel, MD, Endocrinologist

Dr. Barthel received his Medical Degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Chief residency at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Barthel went to University of Missouri at Columbia for a 2 year fellowship in Endocrinology. His professional interests include diabetes (especially type 1), transgender medicine, and patient-centered care.
Peminda K. Cabandugama, MD, Endocrinologist

Peminda K. Cabandugama, MD, Endocrinologist

Dr. Cabandugama received his Medical Degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, W.I. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Chief residency at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, in Brooklyn, NY and his Endocrinology Fellowship at University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Cabandugama is board certified in Internal Medicine. His main interests include diabetes and obesity medicine.
Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP, FACE

Betty M. Drees, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Drees received her medical degree from University of Kansas. She completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Drees is the immediate past Dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine (2001-2014). Dr. Drees is an endocrinologist and is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at UMKC. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. She is President of the Community Leadership Board of the Kansas City American Diabetes Association.
Sophia Galustian, MD, endocrine fellow

Sophia Galustian, MD, endocrine fellow

Dr. Galustian received her medical degree from Tbilisi State Medical University Faculty of Medicine in the Republic of Georgia. She completed an internal medicine residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Galustian is fluent in Russian, Armenian and English.
Mahu Abu-Kishk, MD, Endocrine Fellow

Mahu Abu-Kishk, MD, Endocrine Fellow

Dr. Abu-Kishk received her medical degree from Al-Quds Medical School in Jerusalem. She completed her internal medicine residency at Christ Medical Center-UIC in Chicago. She joined Truman Medical Center as Internal Medicine hospitalist in 2015 and started Endocrinology Fellowship at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2017.
Divya Painter, BSN, MSN, NP-C

Divya Painter, BSN, MSN, NP-C

Ms. Painter is a certified nurse practitioner whose main interest is diabetes and hypothyroidism. Ms. Painter received her Advanced Nurse Practitioner Degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Lamont G. Weide MD, PhD, FACE

Lamont G. Weide MD, PhD, FACE

Dr. Weide is board-certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and is director of TMC’s ADA-recognized Diabetes Education Program. He has significant experience in thyroid cancer and diabetes – including insulin pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems, Endocrine tumors and thyroid disease, and fine-needle biopsies of the thyroid. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and his PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas. He completed an Internship/Residency in Internal Medicine at Indiana University Medical Center and a fellowship in Endocrinology at Washington University in St. Louis.


All of our providers are accepting new patients. For information call the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at 816-404-4070.

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