Endocrinology

We are a combined Section of Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, which allows for collaboration in patient care and research, shared clinical space, and seamless care for patients transitioning from pediatric to adult practitioners. Our pediatric endocrinologists have expertise in the care and treatment of the full range of endocrine disorders affecting children, from birth to late adolescence.

Clinical Programs:

  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care – Through collaboration between Pediatric Endocrinology and the Kovler Diabetes Center, our physicians provide comprehensive diabetes care to children and adolescents with all types of diabetes, including rare and difficult to treat cases. An individual diabetes treatment plan is developed for each patient, including medical management as well as lifestyle changes. Our Behavioral Health and Wellness team provides support to our patients and their families to address the social, emotional, and psychological challenges of diabetes. The University of Chicago is a world leader in investigating the genetic causes of diabetes, and is also an internationally recognized center for the treatment of patients with monogenic diabetes. Our pediatric diabetes center also participates in "TrialNet," a multi-center, international clinical trial studying the first degree relatives of patients with Type 1 Diabetes. TrialNet identifies individuals at risk for the disease, offering prevention and/or early intervention. Several other pediatric clinical trials, not elsewhere available in the Midwest, are accessible to all patients. 
  • Genetic Disorders of Thyroid Hormone Action – Investigators at the University of Chicago have defined a number of genetic forms of disordered thyroid hormone action. We provide state-of-the-art care for patients with these syndromes, as well as other thyroid diseases.
  • Endocrine Disorders in Cancer Survivors – Our physicians work with oncologists at Comer Children’s Hospital to treat patients with endocrine disorders that develop as a consequence of cancer treatment.

Teaching:

The training program in Pediatric Endocrinology at The University of Chicago trains pediatric physician-scientists in the investigation of endocrine diseases.  This program is funded by an NIH T32 award in Pediatric Endocrinology and is ACGME accredited. The Training Faculty carry out a broad range of endocrine-related research supported by a substantial base of NIH funding.

The program emphasizes all aspects of pediatric endocrinology including disorders of growth and development, puberty, obesity, the thyroid, and diabetes. There is a required core curriculum consisting of courses in research methodology, molecular biology, genetics and epidemiology, and statistical analysis of research data. Training mentors have NIH-funded research programs that support the trainees' investigational experience. 

Research:

Our distinguished endocrinology faculty conduct basic science and clinical research in multiple areas, including:

  • Thyroid metabolism and thyroid disorders
  • Diabetes and related metabolic disorders
  • Reproductive endocrinology
  • Hormonal rhythms and pulsatile hormonal secretion
  • Disorders of bone metabolism
  • Genetics of endocrine diseases