We found 4 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Humana Gold near Round Rock, TX.

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Dr. Stephen Winfield Ponder, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
425 University Boulevard
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Ponder is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Ponder has received distinctions including Texas Super Doctors; Third longest termed MD Certified Diabetes Instructor in the United States; and "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2013-2015.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders

Dr. Susan Balite Nunez, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1000 Hesters Crossing Road
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Susan Nunez is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Nunez honors. She is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Dr. Bonnie Gayle Goldsmith, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1000 Hesters Crossing Road
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Bonnie Leyva, who practices in Austin, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Cedar Park, TX, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Leyva completed her residency training at Scott and White Healthcare. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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Dr. Rajani Prabhakaran, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1000 Hesters Crossing Road
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Rajani Prabhakaran sees patients in Austin, TX and Round Rock, TX. Her medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Prabhakaran takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She is a graduate of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University. Her training includes residency programs at the University Medical Center Brackenridge and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Prabhakaran is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family.

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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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