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

Dr. Bonnie Leyva's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She is professionally affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. After attending the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Leyva completed her residency training at Scott and White Healthcare.

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

Dr. Susan Nunez's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Dr. Nunez is 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 practices pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Prabhakaran is affiliated with Seton Healthcare Family. She obtained her medical school training at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and Bangalore University and performed her residency at the University Medical Center Brackenridge and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. She has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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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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