Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes | Pediatrics


Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Our skilled team of specialists combines extensive knowledge and state-of-the-art techniques to treat all types of hormone disorders in children and adolescents. We set the standard for innovative pediatric endocrinology care.

Medically reviewed by Dennis Styne, M.D. on Nov. 03, 2023.

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Innovative Care for Pediatric Endocrine Disorders

UC Davis Health is internationally renowned for our innovative approaches to caring for all types of hormone disorders in children. Our skilled pediatric endocrinology group consistently ranks among the top 50 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

We help you and your child manage both common and complex endocrine issues with state-of-the-art techniques and the highest level of skill. When you come to us, you receive compassionate support and personalized attention from a dedicated team of specialists. Together, we help improve your child's life.

Our Difference

Combined Expertise

We understand children and adolescents need a team-based approach when hormones and the glands that make them do not work as they should. Your child receives coordinated, seamless health care from a nationally ranked team of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes physicians, nurse educators, physician assistants and dietitians. Our skilled social workers and patient navigators support you and your family through every step of your child’s care journey.

Customized Care

At UC Davis Health, we partner with you to focus on your child's specific condition and overall well-being. Our pediatric endocrine specialists offer diagnosis and treatment for all types of endocrine disorders. Based on your child’s symptoms or diagnosis, they may also receive expert care at one of our other specialty clinics.

Innovative Techniques

Families come to us from Northern California, Oregon and Nevada for our leading-edge, research-based strategies for simple or complex pediatric hormone disorders. Our satellite clinics and pioneering telemedicine programs mean your child can often conveniently receive care and attention close to home.


Types of Endocrine Issues

At UC Davis Health, our pediatric endocrinologists treat the full range of endocrine disorders in children and adolescents. The endocrine system involves hormone-producing organs (glands). The endocrine system is essential in maintaining health and normal growth and development.

Endocrine disorders arise when your child's body produces too little or too much of a certain hormone. Our team of specialists works closely together with you and your child to look at their symptoms and determine an accurate diagnosis for effective treatment.

Pediatric Endocrine Disorders

When endocrine disorders, endocrine tumors or certain genetic conditions disrupt the action of your child's hormones, you need an accurate diagnosis for the most effective treatment. Our specialists use their extensive skills and the latest therapies to treat your child's symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Among many other conditions, we treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, early or late puberty, hypo and hyperthyroidism, hyper and hypocalcemia, metabolic bone disease and adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease) and excess (Cushing disease). We also treat congenital adrenal hyperplasia, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), Klinefelter syndrome and Turner Syndrome.

Complications of Excessive Weight

Excess body fat tissue may cause medical complications. In rare cases, these conditions may be caused by abnormal levels of certain hormones. We can evaluate these complications and offer treatment and support to help you and your child develop positive lifestyle habits for an active, healthy life.


Our Services and Pediatric Endocrinologists

We understand how challenging endocrine disorders may be in children. We've established specialty clinics with leading pediatric endocrinologists and a diverse team of highly skilled experts to meet your child's unique needs.

Comprehensive Endocrine Care for Your Child

Pediatric Diabetes Clinic

Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) disease that requires attention to dietary intake and activity levels, so the appropriate therapy can maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Our dedicated team supports your family in managing diabetes, so your child can lead a full, active life. At our clinic, your family works with leading endocrinologists, registered dietitians, diabetes nurse educators and social workers. We provide guidance for all aspects of diabetes care — from insulin management (often using complex technology) and meal planning, to assessing your child's emotions and recommending support groups and summer camps.

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Primary Pediatric Endocrine Clinic

At our primary clinic, your child receives care from a nationally ranked pediatric team that features world-class endocrinologists. Using a team approach, we provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for all types of children's hormone disorders. Your child receives coordinated and effective care.

Meet our pediatric endocrinology team
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Clinic

PCOS involves higher-than-normal levels of hormones called androgens that are made in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Common symptoms are irregular menstruation (period), acne and excess hair growth or loss. Together with you and your child, a pediatric endocrinologist, adolescent medicine provider, pediatric gastroenterologist and registered dietitian develop a customized care plan. Early diagnosis and expert care can improve your child's physical and mental health, while reducing other health risks.

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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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