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Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Center at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is an international referral center for the management of pediatric diabetes and endocrine disorders in children and adolescents.

Contact the Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center: 617-726-2909

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Overview

Every patient of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit has a personal endocrinologist. We work collaboratively with primary care physicians, other specialty caregivers, and—most importantly—patients and their families to deliver the highest quality of care.

Our physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all endocrine-related conditions of infants, children and adolescents, including:

  • Pediatric diabetes and other disorders of carbohydrate metabolism, including hypoglycemia: We provide comprehensive care to children and adolescents with both type 1 (juvenile-onset; insulin-dependent) and type 2 (adult-onset; non-insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus and other disorders of carbohydrate metabolism, including hypoglycemia, and obesity and metabolic syndrome. The Diabetes Center offers an individualized approach to each child with diabetes and to the family.
  • Disorders of calcium and bone metabolism: Our staff is nationally and internationally known for expertise in the field of calcium, vitamin D and bone metabolism. We provide state-of-the-art interpretation of bone density tests in children and teenagers, and a comprehensive discussion of strategies to improve bone density in a variety of conditions. We work closely with our colleagues in Pediatric Nephrology to provide expertise in rare disorders of calcium and phosphate metabolism.
  • Disorders of the pituitary/neuroendocrine disorders: The Pediatric Neuroendocrine Service works closely with neurosurgery and neuroradiology to assure up-to-date diagnostic studies and treatment for children with various pituitary disorders, including Cushing’s disease, acromegaly and disorders of growth related to pituitary disorders.
  • Disorders of growth: John Crawford, MD, Chief of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit from 1963 to 1990, was among the first physicians in the world to treat children with growth failure with human growth hormone. The unit remains dedicated to offering patients with growth disorders state-of-the-art evaluation and therapy. This includes opportunities for selected patients to participate in clinical trials.
  • Disorders of puberty and the reproductive system: We have particular expertise in caring for children with reproductive endocrine disorders and work closely with the adult Reproductive Endocrine Unit. The Pediatric Reproductive Endocrine Service provides support for children and adolescents with disorders of puberty including precocious and delayed puberty, and abnormalities of pubertal development hirsutism and polycystic ovarian disease. This service was one of the first to offer effective treatment to children with sexual precocity.
  • Thyroid disorders: Our doctors are Harvard Medical School faculty who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and long-term care of patients affected by a range of thyroid disorders.
  • Adrenal disorders: Doctors in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology specialize in the treatment of children affected by adrenal disorders. We follow our patients over the long term and focus on improving their health and lifestyle.
  • Differences of sexual development: We provide medical, psychological and surgical support in an empathic and comprehensive manner for children born with incomplete genital or sexual development, chromosomal problems such as Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome, and adrenal disorders leading to genital abnormalities.
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Disorders of salt and water metabolism

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does; parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Meet the Team

Our physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all endocrine-related conditions of infants, children and adolescents.

  • Boepple, Paul Alfred, MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Pituitary disease
    • Diabetes management
    • Adolescent menstrual disorders
    • Growth disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Disorders of puberty
    • Obesity medicine
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
    • Forestdale: Spaulding Center for Children: Eileen M. Ward Rehabilitation Center
  • Braun, Laurie R., MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Thyroid and adrenal disorders
    • Growth disorders
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Disorders of sexual differentiation
    • Disorders of calcium and bone
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Halper, Alyssa L., MD, MS

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Growth disorders
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Pituitary disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Jafri, Rabab Z., MBBS

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Pancreatic disease
    • Childhood obesity
    • Thyroid and adrenal disorders
    • Technological innovations in medicine
    • Technology and patient interfaces
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Katz, Michelle L., MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Disorders of puberty
    • Disorders of Growth
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Diabetes
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Bone disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Koren, Dorit, MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Endocrinology
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Obesity and weight management
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Growth disorders
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Pituitary disease
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Levitsky, Lynne L., MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Turner's syndrome
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    • Growth disorders
    • Disorders of sexual differentiation
    • Neuroendocrinology
    • Cushing's disease
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Malhotra, Sonali, MBBS

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Obesity and weight management
    • Obesity medicine
    • Obesity prevention and treatment
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Adolescent menstrual disorders
    • Growth and nutritional disorders
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Pituitary disorders
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • McGill, Dayna, MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Misra, Madhusmita, MD, MPH

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pituitary disease
    • Cushing's syndrome
    • Neuroendocrinology
    • Pituitary disorders
    • Disorders of calcium and bone
    • Growth and nutritional disorders
    • Female athlete triad
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    • Thyroid and adrenal disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Disorders of sexual differentiation
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Mitchell, Deborah M., MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Bone and mineral metabolism
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Savgan Gurol, Eray, MD

    617-724-6585

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Growth and nutritional disorders
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Neuroendocrinology
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Disorders of calcium and bone
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Newton: Newton Wellesley Hospital
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
    • Nashua: MGH Children's Specialties at Southern New Hampshire Med Ctr
  • Singhal, Vibha, MBBS

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pituitary disorders
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Obesity and weight management
    • Pubertal disorders
    • Growth and nutritional disorders
    • Adolescent menstrual disorders
    • Adrenal disorders
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Bone and mineral metabolism
    • Pituitary tumors
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Sinha, Manasi S., MD, MPH

    617-726-2909

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
  • Stanley, Takara Leah, MD

    617-726-2909

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric endocrinology
    • Neuroendocrinology
    • Pituitary disorders
    • Obesity medicine
    • Diabetes mellitus type 2
    • Diabetes mellitus type 1
    • Growth and nutritional disorders
    • Endocrine issues in Williams Syndrome
    • Endocrine issues in Trisomy 21
    • Endocrine disorders in HIV
    • Transgender medicine
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Endocrine Associates
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The Pediatric Endocrine Team

Fellows

 

Psychology Fellow

  • Maria Theodorakakis, MA

 

Psychologist

 

Certified Diabetes Educators

 

Nurse Practitioner

 

Registered Nurse

  • Shannon McGuire Lessard, RN

 

Nutritionists

  • Lois Kiley, MS, RD
  • Laurie G. Bissett, RD

 

Social Worker

  • Mary Bennett

 

Diabetes Clinic Coordinator

 

Medical Assistants

 

Staff Assistant

  • Nancy Radford

 

Front Desk Staff

  • Patricia Ryan
  • Jennifer M. Bean

Education

Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship
The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children spans three years of training and prepares our fellows for careers as leaders in academic medicine and also clinical practice. Learn more.

Research

Pediatric Endocrine-Neuroendocrine-Sports Endocrine Research
Research within the Pediatric Endocrine-Neuroendocrine-Sports Endocrine Lab aims to further medical knowledge about common endocrine issues in athletes and girls with low-weight eating disorders. In particular, we focus our efforts on establishing findings that lead to the adaptation and improvement of medical care for female athletes and young girls and women with eating disorders. Learn more.

Pediatric Endocrinology Research Lab 
The goal of our laboratory research is to find ways to generate regulated insulin secretion in cells or tissues for pancreatic b-cell replacement therapy in diabetes. Learn more.

Clinical Studies

Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Peak Bone Mass

Eligibility Criteria

  • Girls ages 14-22 years with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa

Study Details

  • Bone density test, nutritional and hormonal evaluations
  • Short medical history and questionnaires
  • 10 study visits in the initial 12 months of the study plus a single visit one year later
  • Payment for participation up to $1000 and parking / transportation expenses offered

For more information please contact Dr. Madhu Misra (617) 724-5602 or Meghan Slattery (617) 643-0267 (email: mslattery@mgh.harvard.edu).

Do you have or think you may have an eating disorder?

We are conducting a research study at Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate eating patterns in children, teens, and young adults with low-weight eating disorders.

As part of this study, we are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to investigate the relationship between hormones, brain activity, and appetite.

Compensation up to $550

The study includes:

  • Measurement of hormones and safety labs
  • Physical and psychological assessments
  • Neuroimaging MRIs
  • Bone xray
  • Neurocognitive Tasks (optional)
  • 4 visits over 18 months

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • are female
  • are 10 to 21 years old

Contact Meghan Slattery, NP, at mslattery@partners.org or (617) 643-0267.

Bone study in overweight teenagers and young adults

Seeking overweight girls and boys 14-21 years old

Our Mission: To understand the effect of weight loss surgery versus no surgery (usual care) on bone density and strength and body composition.

6 total visits over 26 months, including:

  • DXA, CT, and MRI scans
  • Physical assessments
  • Hormone evaluation

Up to $1200 stipend

If interested, call Ryan Woolley at 617-724-6046 or email ANEresearch@partners.org.

Seeking girls with type 1 diabetes for a research study of bone density

We are interested in the effect of type 1 diabetes on bone density. We are looking for girls ages 10-16 years with type 1 diabetes who are otherwise healthy in order to learn how their bone density changes over time.

Participation includes:

  • 3 visits to Massachusetts General Hospital over 2 years
  • Blood tests and bone density scans (x-rays)
  • Compensation of up to $150

If interested, contact Deborah Mitchell, MD
Pediatric Endocrine Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
617-724-2034
healthybones@partners.org

Healthy girls wanted for a research study of bone density

We are interested in the effect of type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) on bone density. We are looking for healthy girls ages 10-16 years without diabetes in order to compare them to girls with diabetes.

Participation includes:

  • 3 visits to Massachusetts General Hospital over 2 years
  • blood tests and bone density scans (x-rays)
  • compensation of up to $150

If interested, contact Deborah Mitchell, MD
Pediatric Endocrine Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
617-724-2034
healthybones@partners.org

Patient Resources

News

  • Singhal, Uchida receive pilot feasibility awards for innovative preliminary research - 10/23/2018, Mass General

    Two physician scientists from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) have received pilot feasibility grants to conduct innovative preliminary research in the fields of pediatric gastroenterology, endocrinology and behavioral health.

  • MGHfC celebrates 10th annual Research Day - 4/6/2018, Mass General

    This year, MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) celebrated its 10th annual Research Day, an event that recognizes the pioneering research of investigators throughout the hospital whose discoveries help to better understand childhood health and disease.

  • A positive focus helps coaches change the narrative for trainees - 4/3/2018, Mass General

    A focus on the positive is the mindset behind a new coaching program in the Pediatric Residency and Fellowship programs at MGHfC. The coaching program aims to maximize the experiences of interns, residents and fellows by pairing them with providers who coach trainees on personal and professional goals.

  • MGHfC Recognizes Employees' Years of Service at 72nd Annual Ether Day - 10/25/2017, Mass General

    Ether Day, a tradition started in 1945, is a day to recognize MGHfC and Mass General staff for their years of service to patients and the hospital's overall mission. Learn more about what MGHfC means to some of those providers and staff.

  • Olivia Finds Inner Strength, Grace Through a Complex Diagnosis - 12/16/2016, Mass General

    For years, doctors could not determine why Olivia Renzi, 17, was growing so rapidly. She was much taller than other children her age and wasn’t developing normally. In 2013, her mother knew something wasn’t right, so she brought her then 14-year-old daughter to MGHfC. Olivia was diagnosed with gigantism, a rare growth disorder, but the diagnosis taught her to tap into a source of inner strength she didn't know she had.

  • Estrogen Replacement in Anorexia Nervosa - 1/1/2016, Mass General

    New research from MassGeneral Hospital for Children shows the benefits of estrogen replacement therapy for improving physiological and psychological outcomes in young females with anorexia nervosa.

  • Misra Elected to Board of Directors of Pediatric Endocrine Society - 12/3/2015, Mass General

    Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at MGHfC, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Endocrine Society from 2016-2016.

  • Understanding healthy bone growth in childhood to improve long-term quality of life - 4/29/2014, Research

    Childhood is a critical time for bone health. Approximately 90% of peak bone mass is acquired by age 18, with about 50% of this acquired during the pubertal growth spurt. As a pediatrician, my research goal is to better understand the factors which impact bone growth and mineralization during this important window in order to maximize long-term bone health.

Contact

Contact Us

MGHfC Pediatric Endocrine Program & Diabetes Center

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

Suite 6C55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-2909
  • Fax: 617-724-0581

Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

Values, Vision, Mission

Values

  • The MassGeneral for Children Pediatric Endocrine Unit’s values are seated in the respect we show each other, our patients and their families. Through kindness and dedication and with the highest integrity we strive to provide the most equitable, patient-centric, holistic, and state-of-the-art care for children, families, and our community.

Vision

The vision of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is to:

  • Provide the highest quality of compassionate, comprehensive, coordinated, and value-based health care
  • Train exemplary clinicians, researchers, educators and leaders
  • Advance knowledge through cutting-edge and innovative research
  • Collaborate with our community to advocate for patients and families and to ensure that our care meets our community’s needs

Mission

The mission of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology is to:

  • To provide individualized, family-centered, team-oriented endocrine care for our patients and their families
  • To continue our unit’s tradition of developing clinical and scientific leaders in pediatric endocrinology
  • To advance research into innovative technologies and personalized care and to bring these advancements to our patients and their families

Contact the Pediatric Endocrine Program and Diabetes Center: 617-726-2909

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