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., the Division has 17 faculty members and 5 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 research coordinators. Further details are provided in our annual report.
In 2020, the Division was ranked #15 nationwide by US News and World Report.
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 Austin.
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, directed by Dr. Abha Choudhary
- Obesity comorbidities, the Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH), directed by Dr. Olga Gupta. Dyslipidemias and lipodystrophies are treated by Dr. Nivedita Patni.
An additional multidisciplinary clinic, GENECIS, directed by Dr. Ximena Lopez, cares for children with gender dysphoria.
Each year, we diagnose and treat 250–275 new diabetes patients, follow 2000-2500 patients with diabetes at any one time, and have approximately 19,000 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. Examples include research to prevent the development or progression of type 1 diabetes, new technologies to improve care of children who already have type 1 diabetes, new treatments for type 2 diabetes, identifying genetic causes of lipodystrophies and dyslipidemias, and documenting improvements in psychological wellbeing in transgender teenagers receiving gender-affirming hormonal treatments.
Education of Future Leaders
Pediatric endocrinology faculty are strongly committed to physician education and training. We administer a postgraduate fellowship program accepting two fellows per year. Pediatric residents and medical students are actively involved in the care of hospitalized patients with diabetes and endocrine diseases. A month-long elective, outpatient rotation is offered, as well as the opportunity to spend time as medical staff at Camp Sweeney, a summer residential diabetes camp. Learn more about our education and training programs.