A welcome message from Dr. Elizabeth Estrada.

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

We are very pleased that you are considering our Division at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital for your training in pediatric endocrinology. Our Division offers our trainees a wide range of clinical experiences in a vibrant, diverse population. Our Division is also committed to providing formal training in research, with allocation of significant protected time and superb mentorship. Moreover, we aim to prepare you to pass the subspecialty certification exam on your first attempt.

This year our Division is ranked 24th in the United States for its specialty by U.S. News and World Report. Our Division is a referral practice that provides care for children with all endocrine problems. In addition, we have several subspecialized clinics for patients with diabetes, Turner syndrome, bone disorders, disorders of sexual development and obesity comorbidities. Each of these service lines is staffed by a professional team that is especially trained in the underlying condition.

Our fellows are exposed to a full range of academic options to foster their career. Fellows can expect to have extensive clinical experience during their training. Additionally, our curriculum includes significant committed time for academic endeavors. Research opportunities abound at UNC. The fellow’s primary research mentor might be within or outside the Division. Our faculty members are involved in basic science and clinical research. Several clinical trials are underway which give our patients access to medications and technology not available otherwise. Research mentors are carefully selected by both the fellow and program director from the top tier of investigators at UNC after an interview process.

Academic lectures during training include board review, topic presentations, journal clubs, lectures from guest speakers, combined adult-pediatric lectures, case discussions and review of active patients. Our Division has a close relationship with the Adult Endocrinology Division, which enables collaboration with their faculty. Our lectures cover all topics included in the subspecialty certification exam.

Offering a rich fellowship experience is vital to the goals of our division. We seek to train well-rounded Pediatric Endocrinologists who will become the leaders in clinical care, research and education in the future.