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We found 4 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Pedro Lopez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, General Pediatrics
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Pedro Lopez's specialties are pediatric endocrinology and general pediatrics. He practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Coral Gables, FL. His clinical interests include milk allergy, parasitic infection, and acne. On average, patients gave Dr. Lopez a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lopez is a graduate of Autonomous University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine and Complutense University of Madrid Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Lopez completed a residency program at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Ama Physician Recognition Award. Dr. Lopez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital, South Miami Hospital, and Mercy Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Parasitic Infection, Sinus Problems, Acne, Milk Allergy, Rashes, Infections, Asthma, Kidney Problems

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Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Rehabilitative Services, Pediatric Endocrinology
1401 South Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Maria Barrueco is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, rehabilitative services, and pediatric endocrinology. She works in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Barrueco attended medical school at Central University of the East School of Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center.

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Dr. Ernesto Jose Blanco, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
789 South Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Blanco practices pediatric endocrinology. He is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center. Dr. Blanco honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Blanco trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Blanco is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
789 South Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Lital Reitblat is a pediatric endocrinologist. Dr. Reitblat takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Reitblat is professionally affiliated with Broward Health.

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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.