Division of Endocrinology

The Division of Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care to children with acute and chronic disorders of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands, gonads and pancreas.

Our Expertise

As one of the largest pediatric endocrinology programs in the entire world, we have 50 pediatric endocrinologists who see patients in 32,000 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: Endocrinology

Top Discovery

ScienceDaily reports on recent research regarding celastrol from Division of Endocrinology's Umut Ozcan, MD. Celastrol's potent anti-obesity effects were widely reported in 2015. Derived from the roots of the thunder god vine, the drug curbed food intake in obese mice by nearly 80 percent, producing up to a 45 percent weight loss. Celastrol increases the brain's sensitivity to leptin, the hormone that signals we've had enough to eat, but until now, no one knew how. In today's Nature Medicine, a study led by Umut Ozcan, MD, at Boston Children's Hospital finally solves the mystery. MedicalXpress also reports on the research. 

Vector

Click here to explore stories about the Division of Endocrinology on Vector, Boston Children's Hospital's science and clinical innovation blog.

Innovations

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.