Welcome to the Division of Endocrinology
Message from the Division Chief
The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes is one of the most vibrant Divisions in the Department of Pediatrics and in the School of Medicine, and focuses on patient care, teaching and clinical research.
We have an active clinical service, with >10,000 outpatient visits in the last year. Children are seen at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital and at the Texas Diabetes Institute, a component of the University Health System. In 2010 we provided in excess of $1 million in clinical service. The current faculty, all of whom are board certified in pediatric endocrinology, collectively have more than 100 years of clinical experience. We have an incredible diversity of diseases ranging from common problems such as growth disorders, to the rare, such as Cowden’s syndrome. Our patients comes from across South Texas, from Del Rio to Victoria, and from Austin to Brownsville – an area encompassing >~1.5 million children.
We have a lively teaching program, hosting 3rd year students on a 2 week rotation (24/year), 4th year students on a 4 week rotation (16/year), and residents (16/year). Our rotation, comprised of active patient care, formal and informal lectures and case management, is one of the most popular rotations for the medical students and residents. Our teaching activities are supported by a cadre of outstanding pediatric endocrine fellows, skillful diabetes educators and experienced dieticians. Our learners and trainees benefit from frequent interactions with both the adult diabetes/endocrine group in the Department of Medicine and the reproductive endocrinology group in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
We have a vibrant research portfolio that includes projects on:
- Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
- Diabetes related complications such as nonalcoholic liver disease
- Growth disorders and their treatment
- Endocrine abnormalities in aneusomy syndromes, with a focus on Chromosome 18
CHROMOSOME 18 CLINICAL RESEARCH CENTER
Current clinical research projects in the Division account for about half of all research projects in the Department of Pediatrics. These activities are supported by the clinical research center, the CHART Center, located at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital. We have collaborations with organizations across south Texas ranging from public school districts to the A&M School of Rural Public Health to the Mayor of San Antonio’s Fitness Council. Funding for research activities come from the National Institutes of Health, public and private foundations and pharmaceutical companies.