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September 26, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. - WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce the addition of pediatric endocrinologist William Lagarde, MD. As Wake County’s first full-time pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Lagarde will now provide a level of diabetes and endocrine care previously unavailable to children in the area.

Dr. Lagarde will direct WakeMed’s new Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for children with diabetes and endocrine disorders. He will also lead WakeMed’s innovative ENERGIZE! program, with the goal of curbing the rapid rise of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes in children.

“The addition of Dr. Lagarde demonstrates WakeMed’s continued commitment to care for children with chronic illnesses like diabetes,” commented Dr. Mark Piehl, medical director, WakeMed Pediatric Diabetes Program. “Dr. Lagarde will greatly enhance our already successful pediatric diabetes program by supporting its efforts to improve the quality of life for kids with diabetes and strengthen our efforts to tackle the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

In addition to caring for children affected by diabetes in partnership with WakeMed’s extensive team of nurses and diabetes educators, Dr. Lagarde will see patients with a wide range of endocrine problems including disorders of growth, thyroid abnormalities, delayed or early puberty, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders, disorders of calcium metabolism, hypoglycemia and other hormonal imbalances. Dr. Lagarde will also provide inpatient endocrine consultation services to support the needs of patients hospitalized at WakeMed Children’s Center.

Dr. Lagarde is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, La.

In the coming months WakeMed will release additional information about the opening of WakeMed’s new freestanding Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, which will be located near the WakeMed Raleigh Campus and will provide greater access to patients and their families. The opening of this new center will be made possible by a grant from the John Rex Endowment.

To date, the WakeMed Pediatric Diabetes Program has provided care to more than 450 children with type 1 diabetes and nearly 100 youth with type 2 diabetes. The ENERGIZE! program has provided nutrition and fitness education to nearly 2,000 children since its founding in 2005. In

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