Ali Calikoglu, M.D
Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Professor of Pediatrics

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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.
Amy Levenson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Co-director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic for Gender Wellness
Director of the Pediatric Lipid Clinic
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Dr. Amy Levenson is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Program Director of the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Endocrinology. 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. Additionally, she co-directs the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic for Gender Wellness, which involves a multi-disciplinary team, including specialists from Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Psychology, and Social Work. This clinic provides physical and psychological evaluations, ongoing care, and referrals as necessary for patients with gender dysphoria and/or other concerns about gender.

Dr. Levenson is enthusiastically committed to educating and mentoring students and physicians at various levels. As the 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.
Nina Jain, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Director of the Pediatric Diabetes Program
Co-director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic for Gender Wellness
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I was born and bred Floridian, but have lived in the Durham- Chapel Hill area for 14+ years with my husband and three children.

I treat all pediatric endocrine conditions, including diabetes, early or late puberty, abnormal growth, thyroid, adrenal, pituitary etc. Over the last few years I have also had the pleasure of meeting, working with and treating gender diverse children and their families.

I work closely with a team of providers, including diabetes nurses and educators, nutritionists, social workers and behavioral therapists, adolescent medicine, psychology, psychiatry and all other specialties at UNC to provide patients with full spectrum care.
Jennifer Law, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Director of the Turner Syndrome Clinic
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Dr. Jennifer Law is the Medical Director of the UNC Turner Syndrome Clinic, the only Regional Resource Center in the Southeast, as designated by the Turner Syndrome Global Alliance. She directs this multidisciplinary clinic, which is 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.