We found 4 pediatric endocrinologists who accept United Healthcare Gold EPO near Lubbock, TX.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Michael Bourgeois is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Bourgeois studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Surendra Varma is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. He works in Lubbock, TX. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Varma takes. He attended medical school at King George Medical University.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3601 4th Street; Ms 9406
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Daina Dreimane is a physician who specializes in pediatric endocrinology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Dreimane studied medicine at Riga Stradins University Faculty of Medicine. Her distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Los Angeles Super Doctors. In addition to English, she speaks Russian.

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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
3601 4th Street; Stop 9406
Lubbock, TX
 

Dr. Nancy Beck practices pediatric endocrinology in Lubbock, TX and Austin, TX. Dr. Beck takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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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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