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Endocrinology and Diabetes

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Ranked in the Top 10 Nationally

U.S. News & World Report ranks our division as one of the best in the nation, reflecting our commitment to providing the highest quality care and innovative treatment.

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The Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children's National Hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 programs in the nation. We are a nationally recognized leader in treating a variety of endocrine disorders. Our team is dedicated to providing quality care and innovative treatment to our patients.

Choosing Children’s National for Endocrinology and Diabetes Care

Children’s National has a dedicated team of endocrinologists that have the expertise to recognize, diagnose and treat your child’s complex endocrine disorders. This in-depth knowledge allows us to take a holistic approach to your child’s care, anticipating his or her needs before, during and after an issue is discovered.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Innovative research that can help your child today. Our physicians practice ‘bench-to-bedside’ care, using their research knowledge and findings to inform your child’s treatment. We offer access to many clinical trials and participate in a number of studies for kids with undiagnosed growth disorders.  
  • Unparalleled expertise and care. Our multidisciplinary team not only includes board-certified endocrinologists and diabetes educators, but we also have nutritionists, social workers, physical therapists and psychologists. Everyone works hand-in-hand to ensure that your child’s physical, mental and emotional needs are being met. Meet the team and learn about our related care services.
  • Diabetes Program (Childhood and Adolescent). Children’s National is home to one of the nation’s leading American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized diabetes programs. From carefully planning meals, to remembering to check blood sugar levels, we focus on educating our patients and their families on how to manage diabetes.
  • Support services. We offer specialized classes and nutritional offerings for children with endocrine disorders, including diabetes. Our state-of-the-art Diabetes Care Complex provides all of the support services that families need in one location. In addition to exam rooms, there are classrooms for education sessions about medication management, a teaching kitchen for food demonstrations, a gym for personalized exercise instruction, telehealth capabilities for families who live farther away and a multipurpose room that gives us the ability to perform clinical trials and intravenous infusions. 
  • Conditions we treatThere is a reason that thousands of parents entrust their children to our care at Children's National. Paired with our exceptional care and expert specialist, we treat a wide variety of endocrine conditions

Specialized Endocrinology and Diabetes Programs

We take a team approach to care, where all specialties and departments are integrated to offer the best care for each patient and family. Learn more about the specialized services we provide:

Reproductive Endocrine Clinic

We offer the only multidisciplinary Reproductive Endocrine Clinic for children born with female external genitalia in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. This complex clinic ensures easy access to specialists in both pediatric gynecology and endocrinology in a single visit, facilitating the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of conditions. Learn more about the Reproductive Endocrine Clinic.

Thyroid Nodule and Cancer Clinic

The Thyroid Nodule and Cancer Clinic ensures that your child has easy access to specialists when an enlarged thyroid nodule is suspected or after the condition is confirmed. The clinical team led by Priya Vaidyanathan, M.D., helps diagnose, treat and coordinate related care, and we do not require a lab test from patients to be seen.

Endocrine-Genetics Clinic

The Endocrine-Genetics Clinic is staffed by Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Vilain is an expert in both pediatric endocrinology and genetics. In this clinic, he cares for patients with endocrine manifestations of disorders affecting multiple systems such as Klinefelter Syndrome or McCune-Albright syndrome. He also performs genetic studies to determine the cause of rare endocrine disorders. The clinic provides diagnostic testing and counseling services as well as treatment of the endocrine disorder.

Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic

The PROUD Clinic provides specialized diagnostic, evaluation and treatment services for children with a variety of rare and complex diseases. It is led by Veronica Gomez-Lobo, M.D., who works closely with specialists in pediatric endocrinology, urology, gynecology, genetics and psychiatry to create an individual care plan for every patient and family, ranging from prenatal diagnoses to adolescence. Our services include genetic counseling, genetic testing, surgical reconstruction, hormonal therapy and psychological and psychosocial support.

Turner Syndrome Clinic

The Turner Syndrome Clinic provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children with Turner syndrome, ensuring that they have access to specialists from endocrinology, genetics, cardiology, pediatric gynecology and psychology in a single visit. The clinical team led by Roopa Kanakatti Shankar, M.D., works to help families manage the medical and developmental needs of children with this condition. Our goal is to treat, support and empower children with Turner syndrome to achieve their full potential.

Future-Focused Education

We are training the next generation of endocrine specialists at Children's National. Our dynamic fellowship program provides in-depth experience and education to ensure you become exceptional leaders and researchers within the field of pediatric endocrinology.

Contact Us

For questions about Endocrinology and Diabetes or one of our specialized programs, or to schedule an in-person appointment or telehealth visit, please call us at 202-476-3440.

Telehealth Appointment Instructions

In order to make your telehealth visit go as smoothly as possible, please make sure you have downloaded your blood sugar meter, continuous glucose meter and/or insulin pump before the start of your visit. Access instructions on how to download these devices (PDF).

If you are unable to download your devices, then please write down all of your child's blood sugars on the log sheet (PDF) for the last 14 days and email this to your provider before the start of your visit. 

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