Faculty

Faculty in the division of Pediatric Endocrinology, School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Estrada, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Professor of PediatricsElizabeth Estrada, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program

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Dr. Elizabeth Estrada has been working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since November, 2014. She is the Pediatric Endocrinology Division Chief and Fellowship Director.

Dr. Estrada is committed to and passionate about medical education. Before her arrival to UNC, she was the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (University of Connecticut) from 2004 to 2014. Alumni from the Connecticut Children’s program now hold academic positions in pediatric endocrinology across the country. She has also mentored many residents, medical students and students of other disciplines in clinical and research activities.

Dr. Estrada focuses her clinical efforts on the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity. She developed and directed the “Pediatric Obesity Center for Treatment, Research and Education” at Connecticut Children’s from 2007-2009. She now directs an obesity comorbidities clinic at UNC.

Dr. Estrada has conducted and collaborated in several research studies in the area of insulin resistance and exercise intervention in obese adolescents. She has and continues to participate in multicentric NIH and industry sponsored studies looking at genetics, pathophysiology and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children.


AmyLevensonMDAmy Levenson, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Director of Pediatric Lipid Clinic
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

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Dr. Amy Levenson is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, the Associate Program Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Endocrinology, and is the Director of the Pediatric Lipid Clinic. A transplant from the Northeast, Dr. Levenson grew up in Washington DC and received her M.D. from the Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, and her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Levenson was an attending physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School prior to joining the UNC Division of Pediatric Endocrinology in December 2016.

Dr. Levenson brings to UNC a strong foundation in clinical and translational research, through which she has conducted several studies on the mechanisms underlying dyslipidemia in diabetes. As Director of the Pediatric Lipid Program at UNC, she continues such research, in addition to providing clinical expertise to the care of young patients with lipid disorders. Dr. Levenson also has an enthusiastic commitment to educating and mentoring students and physicians at various levels. As the Associate Fellowship Program Director, she oversees the educational endeavors of the Division through coordinating various conference seminar series, directing the pediatric endocrinology rotation for medical students and residents, and mentoring fellows through evidenced-based clinical care and scholarly activities.  


Ali Calikoglu, MDAli Calikoglu, M.D 

Professor of Pediatrics 
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

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In 1982, he received his doctorate in medicine from Ankara University in Turkey. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. He then served as instructor in pediatrics at Hacettepe University. Upon arrival in the United States, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology in the Department of Pediatrics at UNC, Chapel Hill.  Since he finished his fellowship, he has been a faculty at the same institute. He served as Division Chief between 2008 and 2013.

 Dr. Calikoglu has been honored with the Turkish Physicians Foundation Award, the Clinical Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, Pediatric Endocrine Society, and Endocrine Society.  He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters in his areas of interest, namely regulation of IGF-I system proteins in developing mammalian brain, vitamin deficiency and growth disorders in pediatric endocrinology and pediatric/adolescent diabetes.

He is co-leading the effort to develop a specialized, multi-disciplinary clinic for patients with Differences of Sex Differentiation (DSD). This group includes specialists from Pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric urologists, pediatric surgeons, child psychiatrists and psychologists, neonatologists, general pediatricians and ethicists. The group has developed a management protocol for best practice guidelines for UNC and established the multi-disciplinary clinic. This clinic is the only such a clinic in NC and surrounding states, and fulfills a great need for comprehensive and multidisciplinary management of individuals with DSD.

He has involved in both investigator-initiated studies and multi-center clinical trials that are funded by NIH, non-profit foundations (i.e. JDRF) and industry.

The investigator initiated studies have primarily focused on pediatric diabetes. In collaboration with a diabetes center in Turkey, he has demonstrated that the symptom spectrum of hypoglycemia extends beyond adrenergic and neuroglycopenic symptoms and includes behavioral and psychosensorial symptoms. In another study, he showed that diabetic ketoacidosis acutely leads to a special spatial memory defect, which may be contributing to the long-term cognitive deficits observed in patients with diabetes mellitus. The second arm of study that investigates potential affected pathways in CNS is currently ongoing.

He is the principal investigator  of TrialNet at UNC which is an NIH-supported multicenter trial exploring natural history of diabetes and testing new strategies that would prevent or delay the progression of diabetes in high-risk populations. Similarly, he has involved in clinical trial from another NIH-supported multi-center group, Type 1 diabetes EXCHANGE. He has participated several industry-sponsored clinical trials on pediatric GH deficiency, Growth hormone insensitivity syndrome and pediatric type 1 diabetes.

He has worked with fellows in diagnosing and defining the gene mutations causing rare diseases including thiamine responsive megaloblastic anemia syndrome, delayed puberty caused by a mutation in the gene encoding FSH beta chain, familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia, Schwachman-Diamond syndrome, Hb-Raleigh and vitamin D dependent rickets type 1.  


Nina Jain, MDNina Jain, M.D.


Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology

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I was born and bred a Floridian, but have lived in the Durham- Chapel Hill area for 10+ years with my husband and three children. I was first REALLY introduced to diabetes during my fourth year of medical school. I was going off to a regional Diabetes Camp as the senior in-cabin counselor for 10 preteen girls with insulin dependent diabetes. I felt confident. I had studied blood sugars and insulin and knew the mechanism of action of drug therapy. I had even worn an insulin pump. But hours into camp I realized that studying diabetes was not KNOWING diabetes. As I lived and breathed with these children, I realized that children will be children, no matter what is thrown their way, and my ultimate role would be to understand who these children were despite their diabetes.

I originally came to UNC as a fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology and stayed on as faculty. My research interests currently focus on clinical diabetes care and the transition of care from adolescence to adult-based medicine for patients with chronic conditions.


Dr. Jennifer Law of EndocrinologyJennifer Law, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

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Dr. Jennifer Law is the Medical Director of the UNC Turner Syndrome Clinic, a multidisciplinary clinic designed to meet the unique health care needs of girls and women with Turner Syndrome. Dr. Law serves as the Medical Advisor to the local Turner Syndrome support foundations and partners with these organizations to advocate and provide support for girls and women with Turner Syndrome. Dr. Law also enjoys caring for patients with other endocrine conditions and diabetes. Outside of clinical care, she has led clinical research projects and mentored multiple trainees in their research endeavors.

Dr. Law graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Chemistry. She then attended West Virginia University School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Law completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Outside of work, Dr. Law enjoys playing with her children and spending time with her husband, running, cooking, and gardening.


Maureen Su, MDMaureen Su MD
masu@email.unc.edu
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

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Maureen A. Su, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Dr. Su received her combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard College and her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatrics residency and fellowship in endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and moved to UNC in 2010.

As a physician-scientist, her long-term goal is to understand what causes autoimmune diseases with the goal of developing therapeutics to prevent and treat the underlying immune condition. She is also interested in harnessing the autoimmune response to fight off cancer.