The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents by providing quality clinical services, furthering the understanding of endocrinologic disease through original research, and participating in the education of physicians at all levels of training.
Under the direction of Perrin White, M.D., Division Chief, the Division has 15 faculty members and four fellows, all with varied interests in clinical and translational research as well as basic science. Additional support is provided by advanced practice nurses, nurses, dieticians, medical assistants, social workers, and a research coordinator.
Excellence in Patient Care
Our Division provides all endocrinology services at Children's Health, where we have a full-service outpatient facility offering state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and management of endocrine disorders. We serve a diverse population of children ranging from birth to 18 years of age residing in North Central Texas and the surrounding areas, extending north and east into Oklahoma and Louisiana, respectively, and west to the Mid-Cities and occasionally into Fort Worth, and south as far as Houston.
The Division includes three broad service categories, each with its own medical director:
- General Endocrinology, including growth, thyroid, puberty, pituitary, and adrenal problems, directed by Dr. Soumya Adhikari
- Diabetes, currently transitioning to Dr. Abha Choudhary
- Obesity, the Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH), currently directed by Dr. Olga Gupta
An additional newly established multidisciplinary clinic, GENECIS, directed by Dr. Ximena Lopez, cares for children with gender dysphoria. Each year, we diagnose and treat 250–275 new diabetic patients and have approximately 12,000–13,000 outpatient clinic visits for both diabetes and endocrinologic conditions. Learn more about the excellence of our patient care.
Leadership in Research
Research in the Division is varied and includes single- and multi-center projects. Faculty are actively involved in basic science research in areas that include the neuroendocrine regulation of energy balance, biochemical basis of cortisone reductase deficiency, VLGR1 studies, and signaling pathways relevant to growth plate chondrocyte differentiation. There are also several clinical research ventures being undertaken within the Division and as a part of multi-center projects. Learn more about our research.
Education of Future Leaders
Pediatric endocrinology faculty are committed to physician education and training and administer a postdoctoral fellowship program accepting two fellows per year. Pediatric residents and medical students are actively involved in the care of hospitalized patients with diabetes and endocrinologic diseases. A month-long elective, outpatient rotation is offered, as well as the opportunity to spend time as medical staff at a summer residential diabetes camp. Learn more about our education and training programs.