Cedars-Sinai Pediatric Endocrinology Services offers comprehensive medical services for children and young adults with diabetes and endocrine disorders, from newborns up to 21 years old. Cedars-Sinai provides complete diagnostic and treatment services for the full range of endocrine disorders, including:
- Addison's disease
- Adrenal gland disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Lipid (cholesterol) disorders
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Parathyroid disorders
- Pituitary disorders
- Pituitary tumors
- Thyroid cancers
- Thyroid disorders
- Weight management
eXemplarY Kids Clinic
Y. Jane Tavyev, MD, and B. Michelle Schweiger, DO, are co-directors of the eXemplarY Kids Clinic at Cedars-Sinai and are part of a multidisciplinary team providing care to children with sex chromosome trisomy, including Klinefelter syndrome. Tavyev and Schweiger are part of the new AXYS Clinic and Research Consortium (ACRC).
An accurate and speedy diagnosis is critical to developing an effective treatment plan for patients with life-threatening endocrine conditions. Cedars-Sinai Pediatric Endocrinology Services offers comprehensive testing and evaluation of all endocrine disorders to diagnose any problems and to determine the cause.
Pediatric Endocrinology Services also provides prenatal evaluation and counseling for families whose unborn children are identified as having a possible endocrine disorder. Pediatric Endocrinology Services uses the most advanced diagnostic technology and procedures to accurately identify abnormal conditions. These tests include:
- Blood tests
- Head ultrasound
- Pelvic ultrasound
- CT imaging of the pituitary gland
- MR imaging of the pituitary gland
- Urine analysis
Pediatric Endocrinology Services provides the most advanced treatments available for children with endocrine conditions. Because the hospital can be a frightening place for children, services are delivered within state-of-the-art facilities designed for patient and family comfort, helping to relieve the stress of undergoing treatment.
Pediatric Endocrinology Services also works in partnership with Cedars-Sinai's Adult Endocrinology team to offer comprehensive transition care for children as they develop into young adults and require ongoing endocrine care.
In addition, Pediatric Endocrinology Services works closely with community agencies such as JDRF, the Turner Syndrome Foundation, the MAGIC Foundation and the Association for X and Y Chromosome Variations to help ensure that that patients receive the developmental, nutritional, educational and other resources they need. Available treatments include:
- Comprehensive diabetes education
- Drug therapy
- Nutritional therapy
- Psychosocial support
A Team of Specialists
The team of specialists at Cedars-Sinai's Pediatric Endocrinology Services includes highly skilled experts in pediatric endocrinology. This experienced team collaborates with Cedars-Sinai specialists in other areas, such as pediatric neurosurgery and behavioral medicine, to provide a multidisciplinary continuum of care. Team members include:
- Pediatric Endocrinologist
- Pediatric Endocrine Nurse
- Catherine T. Espizona, RN
- Certified Diabetes Educators
- Lisa Dugger, MSN, RN, CNS, CDE
- Eloisa Delacruz, RN, CDE
- Cindy Wong, RD, CDE
- Christina Lin, RD, CDE
- Social Worker
- Paula Azouri, LCSW, ACM
- Nichole Maharaj, MS, RD
- Alyssa Callahan, MS, RD
- Erin Feldman, MS, RD
- Masako Harada, MS, RD
- Pirayeh Pedarsani, MS, RD
- Lidia Perez, management assistant
The experienced team at Cedars-Sinai Pediatric Endocrinology Services works with the referring physician to determine the best course of treatment for each patient and keeps the referring physician informed of the patient's condition.
At the appropriate time, the patient is referred back to the primary care physician for continued management, but the physicians at Cedars-Sinai remain available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide post-treatment support and to serve as an informational resource.
The Cedars-Sinai Department of Pediatrics is now offering classes to teach parents and their kids how to use their insulin pump. We also offer support groups for anyone whose child has been diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes.
Dr. B. Michelle Schweiger, director of pediatric endocrinology, talks endocrine health and the importance of preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes in kids.
For more information about Pediatric Endocrinology Services at Cedars-Sinai or to make a referral, please contact: