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We found 5 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Humana Bronze 4850/HMO Premier near Knoxville, TN.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 W. Clinch Avenue; Suite 140
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. James Kerrigan works as a pediatric endocrinologist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna HSA, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze. Dr. Kerrigan is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts for his residency. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
2100 W Clinch Avenue; Suite 140
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Elizabeth Wirthwein is a pediatric endocrinology and pediatric emergency medicine specialist in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Wirthwein honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 West Clinch Avenue; Suite 140
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Ruby Joshi Batajoo sees patients in Knoxville, TN. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 W Clinch Avenue; Suite 140
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. Carmen Tapiador's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Other, Pediatric Endocrinology
2100 W Clinch Avenue; Suite 140
Knoxville, TN
 

Dr. David Nickels is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Nickels takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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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.