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We found 3 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Great-West Healthcare near Arlington Heights, IL.

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Dr. Ellen Eunhae Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
At Northwest Community Hospital Arlington
Heights, IL
 

Dr. Ellen Kim works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Chicago, IL, Lake Forest, IL, and Northbrook, IL. These areas are among Dr. Kim's clinical interests: diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. After completing medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Growth Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary ... (Read more)

Dr. Laura D Stern, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
At Northwest Community Hospital Arlington
Heights, IL
 

Dr. Laura Levin is a pediatric endocrinologist in Northbrook, IL, Chicago, IL, and Heights, IL. In her practice, Dr. Levin focuses on endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry. Before performing her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dr. Levin attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Mary Lynn Kreiter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
At Northwest Community Hospital Arlington
Heights, IL
 

Dr. Mary Kreiter, who practices in Chicago, IL, Arlington Heights, IL, and Heights, IL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kreiter include growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Kreiter honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. She obtained her medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and performed her residency at Rush Children's Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital. She is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kreiter is not currently accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Growth Problems, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

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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.