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If you have a condition that affects your glands and hormones (endocrine system), the endocrinology team at University of Missouri Health Care has the training and technology to diagnose and treat your illness.

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Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center

The Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at MU Health Care 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.

Our team works with referring physicians to provide the best treatment possible 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.

Our endocrinologists see patients at the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes Center on the first floor at University Hospital.

Clinical services

At the Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, we have three main goals:

  • To provide quality patient care and education to people with diabetes
  • To educate health care professionals
  • To conduct basic and applied research in the treatment and cure of diabetes

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

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

Conditions we treat

Disorders and conditions our endocrinology team diagnoses and treats include, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes. This includes type 1 and type 2 diabetes, conditions that can result in too much blood sugar (glucose) in your blood system.
  • High cholesterol. This means the lipids (fats) in your blood are too high.
  • Metabolic disorders. These are conditions in which the body has abnormal chemical reactions that affect metabolic processes.
  • Osteoporosis. This is a disease in which the bones become thin, weak and brittle.
  • Thyroid disorders. These include conditions of the thyroid gland, which makes hormones that affect various systems in the body, including body temperature, digestion and muscle strength.


For a clinic appointment, please call 573-882-3818. You do not need a physician’s referral to make an appointment unless it’s 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.

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.

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.

Billing and insurance

Please bring your 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 your accurate and complete insurance information. We accept Medicare and Medicaid.  

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, VISA and MasterCard and staff members are happy to help you set up a payment plan.

History of the Center

The Cosmopolitan International Diabetes and Endocrinology Center opened 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 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.

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