Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, MD
Diabetes and Endocrinology Care Center
University of Washington Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Dr. Wright came to the University of Washington from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (affiliated with the University of Southern California) where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine.
During her residency training Dr. Wright became extremely interested in the field of diabetes, mainly after working under the mentorship of Dr. Lois Jovanovic in the field of Diabetes in Pregnancy at the Sansum Research Institute in Santa Barbara California. After taking care of people with diabetes, Dr. Wright felt it was only natural for her to become an endocrinologist and diabetologist. Following her dream Dr. Wright moved to Seattle in order to continue her studies in diabetes and endocrinology and completed her fellowship training at the University of Washington. During her fellowship Dr. Wright did research in the areas of pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and diabetes in pregnancy, under the mentorship of Dr. Steven E. Kahn, Dr. Irl Hirsch, Dr. Dace Trence and Dr. Zane Brown. Some of her research projects continue to date and she has published in peer reviewed diabetes journals. Upon completion of her UW fellowship, she became a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.
Dr. Wright also has clinics at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, but spends most of her time at the Diabetes Care Center taking care of people with diabetes.
Dr. Wright believes that diabetes is a unique disease in which patients are different from each other and require individualized strategies and treatment. Dr. Wright is convinced that treatment success is the result of education, motivation, team work and diligence.