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's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Kerrigan attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. He takes Aetna HSA, Humana HMO, and Humana Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kerrigan is 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's areas of specialization are pediatric endocrinology and pediatric emergency medicine. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Carmen Tapiador specializes in pediatric endocrinology. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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

Dr. Ruby Joshi Batajoo practices pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Joshi Batajoo is an in-network provider for 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 works as a pediatric endocrinologist in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Nickels honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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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