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Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE

Barbara Walz

Howdy from San Antonio, Texas. My name is Barbara Walz. I am an RN, BSN and have been a certified diabetes educator since 1986. (Wow! That seems like a really long time…I like to tell people I was in a work/study program in Junior High!) Joking aside, I am very fortunate to have worked extensively for the last 25 years in diabetes care and education.

Since 2000, I have coordinated a multi-site diabetes study examining the macro-vascular effects of diabetes at the South Texas Veterans’ Healthcare System under the supervision of Dr. Ralph DeFronzo. Prior to this project, I was a nurse manager and director of a diabetes center, during which time we had many “firsts” in San Antonio - first patient to be placed on an insulin pump, first patient to receive human insulin, and first patient to use an insulin pen. It was a very exciting time!!

I am actively involved with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where I have held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. I am also active on several sub-committees at the Texas Diabetes Council. In my private life, I have two sons and enjoying “playing” at my lake house.

Recent Posts:

  • Changing in the Direction of Improvement

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | May 07, 2019

    Group leader inspiring change for people with diabetes
    As I’ve been told (and experienced), life goes on. Our job, as Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) is to assist our clients to change in the direction of improvement. That direction is unique for each person which is often our biggest challenge – trying to discover what is the best direction for that individual.

  • Reengaging with Resolutions and Goals: Applying the Knowledge

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Feb 26, 2019

    Surely all people with diabetes want good outcomes. No one wants to end up with organ failure or amputations — but what can diabetes specialists do to coach them and help them achieve a positive end goal? Barbara shares the call to action for all educators.

  • Vein Disease: Looking Beyond Varicose Veins

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Nov 27, 2018

    Vein disease is a progressive disease with a slow onset that can often remain undiagnosed. Many of us have seen varicose veins, but deeper varicose veins which are buried under tissue often go undetected by many. Learn more about the vein disease and how to prevent it in people with diabetes.

  • Remembering Dr. Lois Jovanovic: Diabetes Research Pioneer and Icon

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Oct 12, 2018

    Daily distractions are all in a day
    On September 18, 2018, diabetes research pioneer and icon Lois Jovanovic, MD passed away. Dr. Jovanovic forever changed the area of pregnancy and diabetes by developing protocols that made it possible for women with diabetes to deliver healthy babies.

  • Waiting Rooms and What I Heard There

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Aug 09, 2018

    Daily distractions are all in a day
    Family illness has landed Barbara Walz in the waiting rooms of healthcare systems over the past few weeks. The experience has been an enlightening one, providing insight into how the ever-evolving arena of diabetes healthcare sometimes leaves people with diabetes in the dark.

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