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Learn how our pediatric endocrinology team advances UNC Children’s important research and medical education missions.

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Dane was just an infant when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes—among the youngest diabetic children his pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Nina Jain, has ever treated. Now a thriving 4-year-old, Dane doesn’t let his diagnosis define him or deter him from childhood’s greatest pursuits. More >>

Endocrinology care.

Pediatric Endocrinology

UNC Children's pediatric endocrinology and diabetes healthcare providers aim to provide excellent, comprehensive, evidence-based care in a patient-centered environment. Your child and family are unique and should be treated as such. We recognize that there are multiple ways to provide optimal care for each individual patient. Our goal is to work with the family to determine optimal treatment options for our patient and facilitate success in treatment.

At UNC Children’s, you’ll get family-centered, long-term care for your child as s/he grows and develops, along with a seamless transition to adult endocrinology services as needed. You can trust your child is getting top-quality care because UNC Children’s diabetes and endocrinology programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals 2014–2015.

What We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Find comprehensive care for all pediatric endocrine disorders, including:

  • Diabetes mellitus and prediabetes: Type 1, Type 2, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, MODY (maturity onset diabetes of the young), neonatal diabetes, and diabetes insipidus
  • Hypoglycemia – Low blood sugar
  • Lipid disorders – Abnormally high or low cholesterol or triglyceride levels
  • Obesity – Weight significantly above normal for a child’s age and height
  • Growth disorders like short stature and gigantism, including those related to other chronic diseases, pituitary gland disorders, and more
  • Puberty disorders
    • Precocious puberty – Body changes associated with puberty happen earlier than usual (before age 8 for girls, or age 9 for boys)
    • Delayed puberty – Body changes associated with puberty happen later than usual (no testicular enlargement or breast development by age 13, or no periods by age 16)
  • Disorders of the adrenal glands – Under or over production of related hormones causes conditions such as Addison’s disease, Cushing syndrome, and congenital adrenal hyerplasia
  • Thyroid disorders, including thyroid nodules (an under-skin growth, usually non-cancerous) and thyroid cancer
  • Metabolic bone diseases
  • Genetic disorders – Diseases caused by missing or defective genes
    • Disorders of sex development (DSD) – A group of conditions in which there is a discrepancy between the external and internal genitals
    • Klinefelter’s syndrome – Genetic condition in a boy born with an extra X chromosome; may affect reproductive organs and fertility, muscle tone, energy levels, and facial and body hair
    • McCune-Albright syndrome – Affects the bones and skin; may cause early sexual development
    • Noonan syndrome – Causes abnormal development in many areas of the body
    • Prader-Willi syndrome – Complex disorder; among other things, it can lead to life-threatening obesity, because those affected experience constant feelings of hunger Russell-Silver syndrome – Causes slowed growth before and after birth
    • Turner syndrome – Genetic condition in a girl born with a missing or incomplete X chromosome
    • Osteogenesis imperfecta – Results in fragile bones that break easily
  • Disorders of sex development (DSD) and genital abnormalities
  • Transgender (gender dysphoria) conditions
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endocrine disorders resulting from cancer treatments
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Endocrine disorders due to treatment of other chronic illnesses

Team Care

A Team Approach to Care

When you choose UNC Children’s for pediatric endocrinology, your child will benefit from a team of medical professionals, including board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinology fellows or pediatric residents, Certified Diabetes Educators, nutritionists and nurses.

Many children with endocrine disorders are at risk for social or adjustment problems. Our care team includes child psychologist and/or social worker to help our families find emotional support and facilitate access to resources in their communities.

You’re encouraged to let us know about any concerns you have with your child’s health, development or care at any time.

Close to Home

Care Close to Home

Find pediatric endocrinology care close to home. We offer services at two convenient locations in the Triangle:

Contact Us

Call the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic at 984-974-1401 to make an appointment with a pediatric endocrinologist at UNC Children’s.

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