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The Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center is recognized nationally for excellence in patient care and multidisciplinary research programs. The center represents a strong alliance between the MU School of Medicine and the private sector. The center’s medical team members work with referring physicians to provide the best treatment possible to patients and many have focused their expertise to treat the neurologic, ophthalmologic and cardiovascular complications of diabetes. Physicians in the center also see patients for other endocrine disorders such as high cholesterol, thyroid function and osteoporosis. The center provides an optimal environment for delivering comprehensive care along with excellent research.

Clinical Services

The staff members at the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center have three main goals:
1. to provide quality patient care and education to people with diabetes
2. to educate health care professionals
3. to conduct basic and applied research in the treatment and cure of diabetes

To achieve these goals, the center provides the following services:

  • Diabetes outpatient clinic
  • Treatment of other endocrine disorders
  • Clinical research program
  • Continuing education opportunities for health care professionals

Prescription Refills

Most patients ask for prescription refills during their regularly scheduled clinic appointments. However, if you will run out of medication before your next scheduled appointment, please call the center 573-882-3818 and request a prescription refill

Phone Numbers

For a clinic appointment, please call 573-882-3818. You do not need a physician’s referral to make an appointment unless it is required by your insurance company or managed care plan. If you must cancel an appointment, please let us know two days in advance, if possible.

Patient appointments: 573-882-3818
Administrative office: 573-882-2273
Fax: (573) 884-4609

After Hours
If you have an urgent need to speak with a physician after clinic hours, please call the University Hospital operator at 573-882-4141 and ask for the Endocrine Consult Service.

Billing and Insurance

Patients must bring their insurance card to each clinic visit. Care received from physicians and the hospital during office visits will be billed by University Physicians. Inpatient hospital charges will be billed by University Hospital.

As a courtesy to our patients, we will file insurance claims for physician and hospital services if we have accurate and complete insurance information. We are a participating provider with Medicare, so we accept assignment on all Medicare claims. We also accept Medicaid patients. If you want to pay at the time of your visit, please let the clinic staff members know at the beginning of your visit. The clinic accepts cash, checks, and VISA and MasterCard, and staff members are happy to help patients set up payment plans.

History of the Center

The Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center opened the door to its first patient in 1984. The founder and longtime director of the center, Thomas Burns, MD, gives credit to the Cosmopolitan International organization and to University of Missouri officials for having the foresight to form a partnership to achieve the goal of opening a diabetes center.

In the 1970s, the Cosmopolitans, a private, philanthropic organization with 3,500 members worldwide, decided to make a campaign against diabetes mellitus their principal challenge. The group realized that its efforts might be more effective if it focused on the single project of establishing a diabetes center at the University of Missouri. In 1976, Burns accepted the directorship of the center. He worked tirelessly with the Cosmopolitans and MU officials, who agreed that the former would raise funds for the construction of a facility, while the latter would provide funding for operating expenses. The Cosmopolitans raised more than $1 million for the building and equipping of the center.

The center has vigorously pursued its three objectives:
1. to provide state-of-the-art care to a large population of people with diabetes
2. to educate patients and health care professionals about the disease
3. to conduct basic and clinical research

In June 1999, Burns was recognized by the American Diabetes Association for his outstanding contributions to the field of diabetes.



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