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Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1465 S Grand Boulevard
St Louis, MO
 

Dr. Margaret Siska's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and performed her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Siska's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Luke's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. David P Dempsher, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1465 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Dempsher is a pediatric endocrinologist in Saint Louis, MO and Chesterfield, MO. Dr. Dempsher's hospital/clinic affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. He has an open panel. His education and training includes medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Dr. Susan E Myers, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1465 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Susan Myers specializes in pediatric endocrinology. She attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Duke University Medical Center for residency. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Coventry Health Care Plans, and more. Dr. Myers is professionally affiliated with SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Sherida E Tollefsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1465 S Grand
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. Sherida Tollefsen's medical specialty is pediatric endocrinology. Her professional affiliations include SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Dr. Tollefsen attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at St. Louis Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Coventry Health Care Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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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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