Rinku Mehra, MD Endocrinologist


Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/Endocrinology

National Provider ID: 1548478712



Rinku Mehra, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist at Children's National Health System. Her clinical interests include type 1 diabetes, growth disorders, and obesity. She has conducted clinical studies on type 1 diabetes and obesity in children and won the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (MWSPR) Kenny Award for Best Research Presentation by a fellow. Also, at the University of Iowa, she organized and directed the Pediatric Weight Management Clinic. Dr. Mehra serves on the Resident Selection Committee at Children's National and has a strong interest in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with close family and friends, and her hobbies including gardening, running, and traveling with her husband.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Endocrinology, 2008
    University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2004
    Rush Presbyterian University Medical College
  • MD, 2001
    University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • BS, 1997
    University of Virginia School of Medicine
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Rinku Mehra

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Trevor's Story

"A simple trip to the pediatrician turned into an ambulance ride to the hospital. It was all so scary. We had questions, just like we are sure you do now."

Antoinette's Story

"The most “abnormal” thing about my daughter is this weird piece of equipment that is constantly attached to her ear. It's called a cell phone and is just as much a part of her as the pink device that acts like her pancreas and keeps her alive."

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Hannah's Story

"As a parent, be a safety net, but let them go and do. That was the hardest part for us."

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Connor's Story

"Give your precious child lots of hugs and kisses and tell him/her they will be fine, you all will be, you have each other and you will get through it together!" 

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Dana's Story

"Look for support groups. There is a psychological side to having a disease like this. You need to talk to people. You will learn from them and eventually you will help others." 

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Samantha's Story

"I could not have come this far without extremely good care from Children's National. And to the parents of children newly diagnosed with diabetes: dreams can come true just as always; don't let this disease stand in your/their way ever."

Raven's Story

"I would never have thought that after taking my daughter to her pediatrician, I would hear, 'You need to take your child to Children's National right away.'"

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

American Diabetes Association Conference

(2007) Feeding Frequency and Appetite

Larger Less Frequent Meals Decrease Hunger in the Obese Pediatric Population

(2006) Pediatric Research

Pediatric Academic Society Meeting

(2007) Larger Less Frequent Meals Decrease Hunger in the Obese Pediatric Population

View publications on PubMed

Renesha's Story

When Renesha came to Children's at 19-years-old, she weighed 286 pounds. Now, after her treatment through the Obesity Institute, she's a self-proclaimed "health freak," encouraging her family and friends to work out and eat healthy with her.

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