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Endocrinology and Diabetes

A message regarding COVID-19 and pediatric endocrinology

A reassuring note: The healthcare community is still learning about the effects of COVID-19 on specific patients. You may have read that data from China suggest that diabetes is a risk factor for severe COVID-19. Please know however that this data regards adults, mainly older adults. Preliminary indications from China and from Italy suggest that pediatric-aged patients with diabetes are not at increased risk of severe COVID-19 (see this link). It would be reasonable to assume the same is likely true for pediatric aged patients with various endocrine disease, though we have yet to see any data. In any case, it remains important to be careful with your diabetes and endocrine medications. For youth with diabetes, aim to control your blood sugars as best possible, make sure to take your long-acting insulin / keep you insulin pump in good working order. For youth with adrenal insufficiency, make sure to take your prescribed hydrocortisone or other steroids, and give stress dose steroids if ill etc as instructed. Keep your prescriptions up. Be sure to minimize exposures, practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, etc. See our hospital COVID-19 website for additional information.

We remain available 24/7: Please know that we are here for our patients. If you have questions or concerns about managing your endocrine condition, please contact us by phone/email/fax. We will work hard with you over the phone to help keep you from needing to come to the hospital. For the sake of our patients, their families, the community, and our staff, we are now conducting routine visits via phone, with in-person clinic visits only for urgent endocrine needs. Soon we expect to also have telehealth video options available as well.

Andrew Norris, portrait

Andrew Norris, MD, PhD

Interim Division Director


Our Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes provides leading expert care to children and adolescents with endocrine disorders. Additionally, we provide endocrinology-related medical education and also conduct research to help address knowledge gaps in our field.  Below, you can read an overview of our clinical care, as well as our teaching and research endeavors. Also, be sure to check out our Division’s News Blog for our latest developments. This blog also contains our latest teaching news and research news, as well as views from the director

Clinical Care

Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate endocrine care coupled to expert diagnostic workup, treatment, and patient education. Our team is headed by over a dozen faculty physicians and subspecialty trained pediatric nurse practitioners. These providers collaborate with certified diabetes educators, endocrine nurses, dietitians, psychologists, and social workers to provide personalized care. Our faculty consistently earns outstanding patient satisfaction scores. The expertise of our faculty is recognized regionally, nationally, and even internationally. All our faculty are board certified/eligible in the subspecialty of pediatric endocrinology. Inpatient clinical care is provided in University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital inpatient units. We hold outpatient clinics at the Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Iowa River Landing, and outreach clinics in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, and Cedar Falls. Learn more about the Endocrinology and Diabetes Division Faculty Members and our Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic.

Endocrine diseases occur when one (or more) of the body’s many hormonal systems is disrupted. Our care team has a broad range of expertise to evaluate and treat endocrine diseases that affect children and adolescents, as well as related disorders.

Conditions we see include, but are not limited to:

  • Adrenal disorders
    • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
    • Adrenal insufficiency
    • Addison disease
    • Cushing disease
    • Pheochromocytoma
  • Bone fragility syndromes
    • Osteogenesis imperfecta
    • Rickets
    • Hypophosphatasia
  • Calcium disorders
    • Hypercalcemia
    • Hypocalcemia
    • Parathyroid disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus
    • Type 1
    • Type 2
    • MODY
    • Atypical diabetes
    • Secondary diabetes
    • Pre-diabetes
  • Height growth issues
    • Excess growth
    • Insufficient growth
    • Short stature
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Obesity
    • Early onset or severe obesity
    • Obesity with complications
    • Prader Willi Syndrome
    • Lipid disorders
  • Pituitary conditions
    • Growth hormone deficiency
    • Diabetes insipidus
    • Hyperprolactinemia
    • Panhypopituitarism
    • Adenomas
  • Puberty disorders
    • Precocious (early) puberty
    • Delayed puberty
    • Turner syndrome
    • Disorders of sex development
    • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
    • Hypogonadism
  • Thyroid conditions
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Graves disease
    • Thyroid nodules
    • Thyroid cancer

Education

Our division provides endocrine teaching to learners of all levels, including undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. Our division also provides education and assistance to practicing physicians and allied health care providers throughout the state of Iowa and beyond to help all with proper management and referral of patients with endocrinologic disorders and diabetes. We are particularly proud of our Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program, which is dedicated to educating the next generation of academic pediatric endocrinologists. This program was first accredited in 1984 and has been accredited continuously since then. Fellows in our program not only actively learn clinical pediatric practice, but also are involved in basic and/or clinical research projects. Our past graduates from the program are active in pediatric endocrine programs across the country. Be sure to read about our latest education news on our Director’s Blog, which also features some pediatric endocrinology education content.  

Research

All our faculty members are currently engaged in research projects across the spectrum of clinical, translational, and basic science. One area of research strength includes clinical studies focused on diabetes. Several of our faculty are involved in the multisite Diabetes Research for Children Network (DirecNet). A number of diabetes-related multi-center clinical trials are ongoing. Two of our faculty also are well known for their research regarding cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. In addition, one of our faculty is pursuing innovative basic-science studies on the early life causes of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Learn more about our research and latest research news on our Director’s Blog.


Division Contact Information

University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes
200 Hawkins Drive
2857 John Pappajohn Pavilion (JPP)
Iowa City, IA 52242