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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 is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Chicago, IL, Northbrook, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. In her practice, she is particularly interested in diabetes, growth problems, and thyroid problems. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Kim honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Kim completed her residency training at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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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 physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, she performed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levin include endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, Coventry, and more. She is professionally affiliated with 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's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Kreiter completed residency programs at Rush Children's Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital. She has indicated that her clinical interests include growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). The average patient rating for Dr. Kreiter is 2.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Kreiter's professional affiliations include 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.