Welcome to Pediatric Endocrinology


Pediatric Endocrine and Growth Center

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Endocrinology provides clinical services at Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Endocrine and Growth Center and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Millions of Dollars

Our staff members receive millions of dollars of long-term funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and American Diabetes Association to advance research.

The Pediatric Endocrine and Growth Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children with disorders of growth, puberty, thyroid function, adrenal function, calcium and phosphorus metabolism (including rickets), osteoporosis, and many other endocrine-related disorders. Over 5,000 visits to the Center are made by children from an eight-state surrounding area each year.

Outreach clinics have been established around the state and in Wyoming serving the needs of children in Colorado and Wyoming. We have also developed a telemedicine system to serve families in areas at a distance from Denver.

Collaborative clinical programs with other subspecialty departments at Children's Colorado are in place to provide endocrine support for children who have had bone marrow transplantation, brain tumors, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and a variety of metabolic and genetic disorders, including glycogen storage disease, hypoglycemia, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and obesity-related disorders.

We are proud to have developed and implemented many multi-disciplinary clinics to bring multiple specialties together for a single patient visit. Our current clinics include:

  • Neuro-oncology Clinic
  • Turner syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • SOAR
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta and others

The University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado offer a three-year fellowship in endocrinology. The goal of the fellowship is to provide physicians who are board eligible in pediatrics with in-depth training in endocrinology that will prepare them for a career in clinical or academic medicine.

Training for residents in pediatric endocrinology involves intensive clinical training in all aspects of clinical pediatric endocrinology, as well as development of clinical and/or basic research skills. Endocrinology faculty lead residency workshops covering aspects of endocrinology critical for general pediatrics.

Pediatric endocrinology is an integral component of the pediatric clerkship curriculum for third-year medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our faculty provide a lecture in endocrinology as part of the clerkship's core lecture series.

An elective in pediatric endocrinology, diabetes is available for fourth-year medical students who have successfully completed a pediatric clerkship.​

The Section of Endocrinology is actively involved in research to further the understanding of endocrine problems in the developing child and to improve the diagnosis and care of these children. The primary areas of interest of faculty in the Section include:

  • Pathophysiology and psychosocial aspects of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. The Section of Endocrinology is a recognized leader in this area of interest. We are a national site for the TODAY and RISE studies
  • Insulin resistance and associated morbidity in obese children and adolescents
  • Developmental aspects of insulin resistance during puberty in children with and without diabetes
  • New approaches to screening for comorbidities in obese children and adolescents
  • Development of efficient and cost-effective approaches to endocrine diagnosis to replace older stimulation testing protocols
  • Hormone function, metabolic health, and neurodevelopment in children with X&Y chromosome variations, including Klinefelter and Turner syndromes
  • Hormonal abnormalities in survivors of childhood cancer and other chronic illnesses
  • Participation in drug trials to develop and implement new medications for children
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