The Division of Endocrinology provides consultation and long-term management for children and adolescents with diabetes and endocrine disorders who reside in the WWAMI region.

The division’s approach to patient care blends clinical practice, research and education. A multidisciplinary team of dedicated physicians, midlevel providers, certified diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and social workers offers family-centered care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Endocrinologists work with primary-care providers and other subspecialists to manage endocrine disorders in children with complex healthcare needs. In multidisciplinary clinics, our endocrinologists treat patients with sexual-development disorders and cystic fibrosis as well as long-term childhood cancer survivors. We assess and treat skeletal health in the metabolic clinic. Collaborative research efforts are under way in pediatric diabetes, cystic fibrosis–related diabetes, disorders of gonadal function, including disorders of sexual development, and endocrine function in childhood cancer survivors.

New faculty bring additional research projects addressing puberty, gonadal function and childhood obesity. Since 2005, the division has had an ACGME-accredited subspecialty residency program, enhancing teaching efforts and recruitment potential for pediatric endocrine providers.

Leadership and Faculty

Cate Pihoker, MD, Program Director

Endocrinology, Diabetes Research, Disorders of Sex Development

Academic Title: Professor

Catherine Pihoker, MD, is chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and attending physician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her clinical focus... cont.


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