We found 4 pediatric endocrinologists who accept United Healthcare near Palo Alto, CA.

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Dr. Diane Suchet, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
795 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Diane Suchet's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Her medical residency was performed at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Suchet include turner syndrome and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Patient ratings for Dr. Suchet average 5.0 stars out of 5. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in French. Dr. Suchet's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Amenorrhea, Type 1 Diabetes, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Matthew Bryan Stenerson, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Mountain View Center; 701 E. El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
 

Dr. Matt Stenerson, who practices in Mountain View, CA and Santa Cruz, CA, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Stenerson is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Mayo Clinic. He has indicated that his clinical interests include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Stenerson's professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Amenorrhea, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Bone Problems, Diabetes, Thyroid ... (Read more)

Dr. Rajiv B Kumar, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
300 Pasteur Drive; Rm G-313
Stanford, CA
 

Dr. Rajiv Kumar's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Brown & Toland Physicians. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kumar's practice is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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Dr. Sejal Shah, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
730 Welch Road; 2nd Floor
Palo Alto, CA
 

Dr. Sejal Shah is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Valley Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shah honors. She is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Brown & Toland Physicians, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She is open to new patients.

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What is Pediatric Endocrinology?

Hormones are chemicals that are produced by the body and flow through the bloodstream. They control a number of important functions, including growth, metabolism, and sexual development. Doctors that treat hormonal problems are called endocrinologists, and endocrinologists that work with children are pediatric endocrinologists.

Pediatric endocrinologists treat children of all ages, from newborn babies to young adults. Because hormones affect growth and sexual development, endocrine disorders affect children and teens very differently than they do adults. Some disorders, such as precocious (early) puberty, only affect children. Some endocrine disorders have different symptoms in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. A pediatric endocrinologist must be aware of how hormonal problems specifically affect children’s health and development.

Diabetes, a disease caused by problems with the hormone insulin, is the most common disorder treated by pediatric endocrinologists. Other issues include:
  • Growth disorders, which prevent children from growing or maturing as expected
  • Thyroid disease
  • Pituitary or adrenal disorders
  • Sex hormone disorders, where the body produces either too little or too much of the hormones that affect puberty and sexual development
  • Unexplained obesity
  • Intersex, a group of conditions that make a person's sex unclear
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Problems with calcium metabolism
  • Treatment for transgender children, who feel they do not match the gender associated with their external genitalia (many, but not all, pediatric endocrinology offices provide this service)

For most endocrine disorders, treatment involves medication taken to either supplement or suppress certain hormone levels.

Since hormones control so many functions within the body and are so crucial during the early stages of life, an endocrine disorder can be devastating for a child. Pediatric endocrinologists help get your child’s hormones back in balance.
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