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Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Pediatric 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.


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.

Pediatric 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, 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. 

Meet all the endocrinology specialists at Children’s Mercy.

Clinical Services

Endocrine and diabetes services include:

Conditions we treat

We see a wide variety of endocrine-related conditions, including:

  • 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

Research Highlights

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. De Luca said.

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.

Medical Education Opportunities

Children’s Mercy is proud to host an annual symposium for pediatric endocrine physicians, nurse practitioners, diabetes educators, and other health care professionals who see pediatric endocrine and diabetes patients. Find the latest updates on this year’s Great Plains Pediatric Endocrinology Symposium on the event page.

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship is a three-year program for pediatricians interested in specializing in endocrinology. Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply.

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