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Endocrinology and Diabetes

Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report

USNWR Diabetes and Endocrinology

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Mercy is one of the largest full-service programs in the country and ranked as one of the nation’s top endocrinology programs by U.S. News and World Report. 

Families can receive a wide range of care and support services to help children with endocrine disorders—problems with the body’s hormones and the various glands and tissues that produce them—lead healthy lives today and into adulthood.

Expert endocrinologists and diabetes specialists


At Children’s Mercy, you have access to an established, experienced team of more than 20 pediatric endocrinologists and nearly 100 staff members who specialize in endocrine disorders and diabetes prevention, treatment and research.

Your family will benefit from our team approach to care and commitment to ongoing research that has earned us national recognition as a leader in caring for children with endocrine and metabolic disorders.

For example, our diabetes program was the first pediatric program in the U.S. to be accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Our pediatric endocrinologists care for around 2,400 children each year with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Girls with Turner Syndrome find both excellent medical care and a supportive community at our Great HeighTS clinic, led by Dr. Joseph Cernich. As part of an international group of experts assembled by the Turner Syndrome Resource Network, Dr. Cernich helped develop care guidelines for doctors around the world to use in treating girls and women with the disorder.

Dr. Jill Jacobson leads a comprehensive team of specialists in the Gender Pathway Services clinic for young people who are transgender, gender-variant, and gender-questioning. Youth and their families will be fully supported in their physical, mental, social and emotional health throughout their journey. 

Clinical Services

Our pediatric endocrinologists care for around 2,400 children each year with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Center provides comprehensive care for children with diabetes as well as support and resources for family members. We create treatment programs that empower patients to effectively self-manage their diabetes.

The Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Clinic brings together specialists from pediatric endocrinology, nutrition services, and the Weight Management Clinic to help your child prevent or reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

Gender Pathway Services clinic provides interdisciplinary, family-centered services for transgender, gender-variant, and gender-questioning patients. Our services are aimed at supporting the physical, mental and social health of patients and their families as they navigate the process of gender identity development.

Gynecology/Genetics, Urology, Integrated Development and Endocrine (GUIDE) clinic is a multispecialty team that cares for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with differences of sexual differentiation.

With more than 70 children currently being followed, Children's Mercy has one of the largest Turner Syndrome programs in the country.

The Super Q Express 22Q Clinic provides children and their families' access to a team of expert clinicians who understand the special needs of patients with 22Q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

The Thyroid Nodule and Carcinoma Clinic at Children's Mercy provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer in children.

Endocrine Disorders in Cancer Survivors Clinic, along with the Survive and Thrive Clinic, provide multidisciplinary medical care for children facing these unique challenges.

The Cystic Fibrosis Endocrine Clinic takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to endocrine-related disorders associated with cystic fibrosis. This includes children with cystic fibrosis who may have abnormal blood sugar, growth failure or delay in puberty.

The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Clinic at Children’s Mercy helps girls and teens manage the symptoms of PCOS, including irregular menstrual cycles and elevated levels of androgens (male sex hormones such as testosterone) in the female body.

Conditions

  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2

  • Short stature/growth failure

  • Delayed or advanced pubertal development

  • Bone strength and density

  • Thyroid abnormalities

  • Abnormal weight gain/insulin resistance

  • Adrenal abnormalities

  • Pituitary abnormalities

Advancing Endocrine and Diabetes Care for All Kids

We are committed to providing the best medical care for children with diabetes and endocrine disorders. Through ongoing clinical research, we are dedicated to discovering and pioneering the latest treatment methods.

Dr. Francesco De Luca, Division Director for Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Mercy, believes that great clinical care and advances in research are interconnected. 

"When you have a strong clinical program, it leads you to develop new research ideas. Then those research results come back to benefit the patient.”

Dr. Francesco DeLuca, Division Director for Endocrinology and Diabetes

Together with the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy, we are working to quickly and accurately diagnose pediatric conditions at the genetic level.  Our researchers continue to explore the relationship between hormones and genetics to better understand the factors that play a role in children’s growth.

Children's Mercy, in partnership with University of Kansas Medical Center, is also involved in collaborative projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These initiatives are exploring how technology and the principles of family-centered design can improve outcomes for children and their families dealing with type 1 diabetes.

Endocrine Outreach Clinics

Outreach services bring the quality and comprehensive medical care found in the Kansas City facilities to patients and family in neighboring and distant communities. From western Kansas to south central Missouri, our outreach team is composed of physicians, nurses, certified diabetic educators and nutritionist to provide the to more areas. Clinics are scheduled as often as twice a month to quarterly based on the community's needs. Frequently treated diagnoses include:

  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2

  • Short stature/growth failure

  • Delayed or advanced pubertal development

  • Bone strength and density

  • Thyroid abnormalities

  • Abnormal weight gain/insulin resistance

  • Adrenal abnormalities

  • Pituitary abnormalities

Stories

Type-1 Diabetes: Mason's Story

A thirsty 2-year-old isn’t likely to arouse concerns – especially during the brutal heat of a Midwestern summer. But Mason Brennan’s mother knew something was amiss when her son’s requests for water became excessive.

Contact the Endocrine and Diabetes Team


Endocrine: (816) 960-8803

Diabetes: (816) 960-8802

Growth Hormone: (816) 960-8801