We found 3 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Great-West Healthcare near Arlington Heights, IL.

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Dr. Mary Lynn Kreiter, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Mary Kreiter's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Her clinical interests include growth problems and type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Dr. Kreiter is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, she performed her residency at Rush Children's Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital. She is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Kreiter is closed to new patients at this time.

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Clinical interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetes, Growth Problems, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Laura D Stern, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
800 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Laura Levin is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She has a special interest in endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HFN, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Levin accepts. She is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's residency program. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases

Dr. Ellen E Kim, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
880 W. Central Road, Suite 6400; Box 77
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Ellen Kim is a pediatric endocrinology specialist. In her practice, she is particularly interested in endocrine diseases (hormone disorders). Dr. Kim is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed her residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Chicago Faculty Practice Plan.

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Clinical interests: Thyroid Problems, Growth Problems, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, ... (Read more)

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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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