Patients and Families

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is comprised of eight University-based faculty, two fellows, two endocrinology nurses, two diabetes nurse educators, and five research nurses.

General Endocrinology Program

Program Faculty and fellows are committed to providing the highest level of comprehensive care for the full spectrum of pediatric endocrine disorders. The division conducts three and a half days of general endocrinology clinics per week at the Explorer Clinic in the Riverside East Building. General endocrine clinics also take place twice a month at Fairview Maple Grove, once per week at Fairview Ridges, and once per month at St. Mary's Duluth Clinic. Children with endocrine disorders related to brain tumors and their treatment are seen in the monthly multi-specialty Brain Tumor Clinic. Children with benign brain tumors, including pituitary adenomas and gliomas related to neurofibromatosis, are also evaluated in this clinic. Specialized endocrine testing is available at the Masonic Cancer Center and at Fairview Ridges Hospital. There are numerous research opportunities for patients and their families in the areas of childhood growth, pubertal development, and bone metabolism.

Pediatric Diabetes Program

This American Diabetes Association accredited program, which follows approximately 350 patients, offers comprehensive diabetes services to children and adolescents with type 1, type 2, and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and their families. A dedicated team with special expertise in children with diabetes is present during every clinic, and includes pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians who are Certified Diabetes Educators and a child psychologist. The team generally sees patients quarterly. Patients with poor diabetes control (Al c >9), or specific education needs may be seen more frequently.

Newly diagnosed diabetes patients receive intensive individual instruction in beginning diabetes skills; unless they are medically unstable or in ketoacidosis, this is usually done on an outpatient basis. Subsequently, during routine diabetes clinic visits, patients and their families receive ongoing one-on-one instruction. The diabetes team has created innovative, patient-friendly education programs for children with diabetes and their families. These programs can help children and their families live full, flexible lives while still making healthy choices. The strong psychosocial component of this program can be used to address and possibly prevent problems associated with issues that commonly emerge when living with a chronic disease. Endocrine fellows and residents are intimately involved in the diabetes management and education program. The diabetes team spends a week volunteering at Camp Needlepoint (diabetes camp) each summer.

Inpatients with diabetes are primarily seen at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, adjacent to the clinic building. Endocrine stimulation tests are performed in the Masonic Day Hospital, also adjacent to the clinic building.

Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) Program

The Leo Fung Center for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) and Disorders of Sex Development (DSD), is a multidisciplinary clinical care and research facility that is built upon a unique collaboration between healthcare professionals at the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview and the Minnesota Department of Health Newborn Screening program (MDH-NBS). The Center addresses the varied and long-term spectrum of clinical needs for patients with CAH and other rare disorders of sex development.

The Center's multidisciplinary health care team, which includes a pediatric endocrinologist/geneticist, pediatric urologic surgeon, OB-GYN, psychologists specializing in sexual health, advanced practice and research nurses, genetic counselors, and a public healthcare coordinator/newborn screening follow up specialist from the Minensota Department of Health.

We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, consultations and coordinated follow up care based upon the initial clinical encounter. Ongoing follow up, based on individual and team assessments, is facilitated. Team recommendations are summarized in a comprehensive report that is shared with the patient/family and primary care provider.

Clinical research participation opportunities are available to eligible subjects for new monitoring and treatment modalities. The Center also serves as a resource for educational materials geared toward patients, parents and primary care providers.