We found 5 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Medicare near Chapel Hill, NC.

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Dr. Janel Darcy Hunter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Chapel Hill, NC
 

Dr. Janel Hunter practices pediatric endocrinology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hunter include type 2 diabetes. Dr. Hunter's hospital/clinic affiliations include the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Wake Forest Baptist Health. She attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for residency. She takes Medicare insurance.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Chapel Hill, NC
 

Dr. Jennifer Law works as a pediatric endocrinologist. She is professionally affiliated with the University of North Carolina Hospitals. She honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Law attended West Virginia University School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Her distinctions include: Best Teacher, Wake Forest University Medical Students and Best Role Model, Wake Forest University Medical Students. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
101 Manning Drive; Box 7039
Chapel Hill, NC
 

Dr. Doris Estrada specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Estrada is a graduate of Cayetano Heredia University. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Estrada include diabetes. She is in-network for Medicare insurance. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Diabetes

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
 

Dr. Ashley Jessup works as a pediatric endocrinologist. After completing medical school at East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Jessup performed her residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
Chapel Hill, NC
 

Dr. Maureen Su's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She is affiliated with the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Su obtained her medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She accepts Medicare insurance.

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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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