About the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides care for children with diseases and disorders of the hormones derived from endocrine glands. Our general endocrine clinic treats children with various problems including growth difficulty, growth hormone, thyroid or adrenal abnormalities, and disorders of sex differentiation. Children with diabetes are treated in a separate clinic. A diabetes nurse educator, nutritionist and social worker are available to assist in patient care in the diabetes clinic. In addition, we also offer a clinic for girls with Turner Syndrome.

Our goal is to provide your family with the best possible care. We can serve you best if you know how our clinics function. The UNC Pediatric Endocrinology Clinics at North Carolina Children’s Hospital are organized with the dual missions of providing our patients with expert care and teaching endocrinology to young physicians.

When you come to clinic, your child will be seen first by a nurse clinician, a medical student, a pediatric resident (doctor specializing in pediatrics), or a pediatric endocrinology fellow (pediatrician specializing in pediatric endocrinology). This individual will ask questions about your child’s medical history and perform a physical exam. The information obtained will be discussed with one of the attending (senior) physicians, who will then meet with your family.

The attending physician may repeat parts of the history and physical exam. All decisions regarding your child’s care are made or approved by an attending physician. Although this process is often time-consuming, the patient ultimately benefits from the thoughtful and deliberate consideration of his/her problem. The attending physicians in these clinics are all Pediatric Endocrinologists who are faculty members in the UNC School of Medicine and share a joint practice. You may see any one of several senior doctors because they rotate their months of clinic responsibilities with other faculty responsibilities. The diagnosis and management of every patient seen in clinic is discussed at a weekly group conference and thus receives the benefit of a second review. Our experience has shown that using several skilled and knowledgeable doctors to examine and review each patient periodically results in better management of each individual child’s health.

We are concerned about your child’s social, emotional and physical development. Many of the children seen are at risk for developing social or adjustment problems. A pediatric psychologist and social worker are on our staff and available for consultation.

Please do not hesitate to bring to our attention any concerns you have about your child’s health, development or the care your family is receiving in our clinic. A financial counselor is available to deal with any questions or problems related to your bill. We hope this information will help us work together more effectively in reaching our mutual goal of fostering the growth of happy, healthy children.