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Dr. Stephen Ponder M.D.
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
average rating 3.79 stars (6 ratings)
425 University Boulevard; Scott & White Clinic - Round Rock 425 University
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Ponder practices pediatric endocrinology in Odessa, TX, Round Rock, TX, and Temple, TX. He is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health - Central Texas. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Ponder's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ponder takes. He has received professional recognition including the following: "Super Doctor," Texas Monthly, 2013-2017; Texas Diabetes Educator of the Year Award; and AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year Award.

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Bonnie Leyva MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1000 Hesters Crossing Road
Round Rock, TX
 

Dr. Bonnie Leyva's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. 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 completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, she performed her residency at Scott and White Healthcare. Dr. Leyva is affiliated with 'Specially for Children.

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

Dr. Susan Nunez's specialty is pediatric endocrinology. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. Dr. Nunez's hospital/clinic affiliations include Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital.

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

Dr. Rajani Prabhakaran's area of specialization is pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Prabhakaran is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and 'Specially for Children. She attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school and subsequently trained at the University Medical Center Brackenridge and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for residency. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Prabhakaran honors. Dr. Prabhakaran has received the distinction of 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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