Creating Healthier Futures for Everyone with Diabetes

Imagine A World Without Diabetes

Following the vision of the Novak family, we’re working to achieve world-class diabetes care through a holistic and collaborative approach.

Diabetes can be a difficult disease to manage, regardless of age, and can impact your lifestyle. Through a coordinated and comprehensive approach, Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute provides care and management of diabetes during all stages of life through clinical services, education and research.

The team with Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, helps children and young adults up to age 26 – and their families. Through nationally recognized inpatient care at Jack and Wendy’s Place within Norton Children’s Hospital and outpatient care at the Novak Center for Children’s Health, we continue to reduce the negative impact diabetes has on children.

Our team of specialists understands and emphasizes continuity of care, which is why we carefully plan and work with patients to seamlessly grow and move on to adult care. Adult outpatient services are offered through Norton Community Medical Associates – Endocrinology offices, and inpatient care is provided at four adult-service Norton Healthcare hospitals.

With your help in supporting our educational outreach efforts, research innovation, workforce improvements, endowed chairs and life-changing clinical programs, we have the tools to empower our patients and their families while ensuring they live long, healthy and active lives with diabetes.

With 5 million people in the U.S. expected to have type 1 diabetes by 2050, and with Kentucky ranked 7th in the country for diabetes rates, we need your help now more than ever.

Make A Difference

Hear David Novak and Ashley Novak Butler explain how the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute is making a difference and how you can help.


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Diabetes Specialists


Health Care Presentations By Our Clinical Staff


A Top Pediatric Diabetes Program Ranked By U.S. News & World Report


Diabetes Research Trials


Endocrinology Training Fellows

Patient Success Stories

Our interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to diabetes care empowers our patients to live long, healthy and active lives. The hope we instill in children is what drives us every day.

Norah Price

At the tender age of four, Norah Price began to lose the upbeat personality to which her parents had become so accustomed. When Charles and Sarah Price learned their daughter had type 1 diabetes, it was a life-altering moment. Through the continued care and support received at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, Norah has found reason to smile again. “She always remains positive, and she inspires us to be the same,” said Charles Price.

David Adams

When David Adams was diagnosed with diabetes as an eighth-grade student, his life was turned upside down. Aspirations of following his father in the Marines were dashed because of his condition. It took some time, but with the support of his family, friends and the caregivers at Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, he’s now empowered to live his best life. Recent technological advancements have also made his diabetes more easily managed, and have provided his mother, Beth, peace of mind. “I no longer constantly worry about his blood sugar levels as the device manages this for him,” she said.

Mason Christensen

With help from his family and the team at Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, Mason Christensen remains active in one of the things he loves most – playing sports. By empowering both Mason and his entire family with the education, training and support necessary to keep diabetes at bay, the Center has helped provide a sense of confidence to the Christensens to live life fully. “The special thing about the Center is that it’s not just focused on children; it’s an experience that involves the whole family,” said Mason’s father, Tony.

Wendy Novak’s Story

Wendy Novak is the inspiration for all we’ve achieved and for all we’ve yet to accomplish. Her life is a testament to perseverance in the face of type 1 diabetes.

Ready to Make a Difference?

As our journey to world-class diabetes care continues, we welcome time, talent and treasure from people like you. Come join us on our journey where you can make a difference in a child’s life today.

Our Impact

Our team understands the challenges inherent in living with diabetes — many through personal experiences — and that empathetic perspective provides motivation to help our patients’ families thrive in the face of this disease. Here’s how we’re making a difference.

Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute expands

In memoriam: Wendy L. Novak, May 3, 1952 – Feb. 24, 2024

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