The Division of Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care to children with acute and chronic disorders of the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, gonads and endocrine pancreas.
As one of the largest pediatric endocrinology programs in the entire world, we have 35 pediatric endocrinologists who see more than 7,000 patients in 22,000 visits every year.
Our specialists provide children with state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and clinical management. And, when appropriate, we work with specialists at other hospitals to ensure that your child receives comprehensive and coordinated care through adulthood.
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Discover Magazine has named a breakthrough finding by Boston Children's obesity researcher Umut Ozcan, MD, one of the Top 100 Stories of 2011:
"Researchers have long tied type 2 diabetes to chronic inflammation, caused by a ramping-up of immune system activity that ultimately damages insulin receptor signaling and leads to insulin resistance.
But in September, Umut Ozcan, an obesity researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, reported that a key inflammatory protein actually reduces insulin resistance in obese diabetic mice, curing them of diabetes."
Shaihiem James of Roxbury and her 8-year-old son, Jahi, know first-hand how OSA can influence a child's eating habits. Jahi was referred to OSA by his pediatrician. He wasn't obese, but his growth chart was off for his age.
At Boston Children’s Hospital, we aim to solve some of the world’s greatest pediatric health problems. Some ways we do this stem from scientific research: Understanding diseases deeply—even at the cellular or molecular level—leads to new drugs and therapies.
Other discoveries arise from moments spent at patients’ bedsides, when doctors and nurses see opportunities to improve care. This approach, which we call “clinical innovations,” often requires us to develop entirely new tools or come up with inventive strategies. This creative form of innovation is the path by which many major improvements in health care have been made.
Quality and Safety
At Boston Children’s Hospital, we believe that patients and families deserve to know whether the hospital where they have chosen to receive their care meets the highest standards and is committed to excellence.;
Through our Program for Patient Safety and Quality, we continually monitor and improve the care we provide to our patients. Since the diseases and chronic conditions that affect children and adolescents are quite different from those of adults, it is often not appropriate to use adult measures to evaluate the quality of pediatric care. That’s why we have taken a leadership role in developing scientifically sound methods to measure the quality of care provided to all children and adolescents.