CEMDOE: a world-class diabetes center in the Dominican Republic

1.3 million Dominicans live with diabetes and 9.8% are pre-diabetic.

The Medical Center for Diabetes, Obesity, and Specialties -CEMDOE- is a specialized, comprehensive, and intuitive care facility focused on the prevention and well-being of the diabetic patient, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Millions of people around the world live with diabetes or know someone living with the disease.

Regardless of the type of diabetes, it is not yet curable.

However, it very treatable and people with diabetes can live long, healthy, and happy lives, depending on their approach.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “there is no way to predict your chances of getting diabetes, but you can familiarize yourself with its symptoms like often urinating, feeling very thirsty, blurry vision or numbness in hands or feet.

Status of diabetes in the DR

The Dominican Republic population has among the highest rates of diabetes in Latin America.

In fact, by 2016 the country was just behind Puerto Rico with a 10.7% prevalence among people between 29 and 79 years old.

Diabetes in the Dominican Republic. Cemdoe, dohealthwell
Source: CEMDOE

Two years later, the general director of the National Institute of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Nutrition (INDEN), Ammar Ibrahim, revealed that 13.45% of the Dominican population suffers from diabetes.

The increase was based on a study conducted by INDEN called “Characterization of type 2 diabetes mellitus in the Dominican Republic.”

That percentage accounts for 1.3 million locals and it could increase to 2.4 million because 9.8% of the population is already pre-diabetic.


According to the center, one of its focus is to improve the quality of life of patients with diabetes.

The building will hold a multidisciplinary clinical team led by specialist and professionals certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism.

President Danilo Medina (second from right to left) and Mariela Vicini (right), founder of CEMDOE
Source: Presidencia RD

“For years I have dreamed of a world-class center that can serve those who suffer the severe consequences of diabetes, and today we finally take the first step to make this dream a reality,” said Mariela Vicini, founder of CEMDOE, at the opening of the construction in October of 2017, who was joined by the Dominican president Danilo Medina and the minister of Health, Altagracia Guzman.

Vicini detailed that diabetes along with obesity is one of the leading causes of death and disability in America.

Besides the care to local and international patients, they also look to prevent the rate of diabetes with the inclusion of their research center.

“This is a center aimed to those living with diabetes, obesity, and other chronic conditions, with a capacity to hold between 5,000 to 10,000 patients,” explained Luis Rodriguez, director of CEMDOE.

According to Rodriguez, Telemedicine is one of the main features of the health institution, so doctors can follow-up with Dominicans and medical travelers without needing to leave their homes or places of work.

The new hospital will have the following units.

  • Primary care
  • Scientific research
  • Health management

Also, a diabetic foot care center and all sub-specialties to treat diabetes and a conference center.

Health research and development

CEMDOE plans to open a research center that “will provide support to guide the adjustments, protocols, and strategies, as well as to measure the results and facilitate the processes of continuous improvement.”

The center listed the following as the main features of the institute:

Data Analysis

  • Knowledge creation
  • Empirical model and intuitive model

Knowledge Management

  • Infrastructure for collection
  • Data Storage
  • Implementation of clinical trials
  • Development of research protocols
  • Clinic with guidance to Public Health
  • Biostatistics and Health Economics

Patent Development

  • Drugs
  • Devices


  • Identification, location, and selection of priorities

CEMDOE is expected to open in 2020.

CEMDOE is a high-class center for diabetes in the Dominican Republic. dohealthwell
Source: CEMDOE