Endocrinology Research

Endocrinology Research

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The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at UT Southwestern and Children’s Health℠, led by Perrin White, M.D., is committed to improving the health of infants, children and adolescents by providing quality clinical services, furthering the understanding of endocrinologic disease through original research and participating in the education of physicians at all levels of training.

Patient Care Highlights 

The Endocrinology Division has a full-service outpatient facility offering state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and management of endocrine disorders. We serve a diverse population of children ranging from birth to 18 years of age residing in North Central Texas and the surrounding areas.

Each year, we diagnose and treat 250 – 275 NEW DIABETIC PATIENTS and have approximately 12,000–13,000 OUTPATIENT CLINIC VISITS for both diabetes and endocrinologic conditions.

Diabetes  Clinic - One of only four pediatric programs in Texas certified by the American Diabetes Association, our Diabetes Education Program provides a comprehensive bilingual education program for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The certified diabetes educators – experts in nutrition, medication and medical care – provide an individualized self-management education program for patients and families.

Comprehensive  Childhood Obesity  Program - Each year we help more than 2,000 kids work toward a healthy weight at our Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH) clinic, the only comprehensive program for childhood obesity in North Texas.

Endocrine Clinic - We are a major referral center for the Texas Department of Health Newborn Screening Program for congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of infants, children and adolescents in all areas of pediatric endocrinology, including  disorders of  growth, puberty and sexual development.

Clinical Research Highlights

Research in the Division is varied and includes single-center and multicenter projects in areas including novel treatments for congenital adrenal hyperplasia, improving care and psychosocial support of young children with type 1 diabetes, the role of adipose tissue inflammation in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome and many sponsored studies in the areas of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and growth disorders.

Education Highlights

Pediatric endocrinology faculty are committed to physician education and training, and they also administer a postdoctoral fellowship program accepting two fellows per year. Pediatric residents and medical students are actively involved in the care of hospitalized patients with diabetes and endocrinologic diseases.

A month-long elective, outpatient rotation is offered, as well as the opportunity to spend time as medical staff at a summer residential diabetes camp.