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We found 5 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Humana Bronze 6450/Houston HMOx near Houston, TX.

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Dr. Katherine Nichole Velez Garcia, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, Adolescent Medicine
6621 Fannin St Ccc 1020.05
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Katherine Velez's specialties are pediatric endocrinology and adolescent medicine. Dr. Velez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Velez takes. Dr. Velez is affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.

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Dr. Nunilo Ignacio Rubio Jr., MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6410 Fannin Street; 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Nunilo Rubio is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Houston, TX. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rubio include bone problems. He is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Rubio takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

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Clinical interests: Bone Problems

Dr. Michael Yafi, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6410 Fannin Street; 500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Yafi is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Houston, TX. After completing medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Michigan State University (MSU). Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Yafi honors. Dr. Yafi is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Dr. David Felipe Rodriguez-Buritica, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Genetics
6431 Fannin Street; Msb 3.144
Houston, TX
 

Dr. David Rodriguez-Buritica practices pediatric endocrinology and pediatric genetics. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rodriguez-Buritica include genetic disorders. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at Winthrop University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Disorders

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
6431 Fannin 3.122 Msb (pd)
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Patrick Brosnan is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Brosnan honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare EPO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors.

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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.