We offer expertise in all areas of Pediatric Endocrinology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s from juvenile diabetes, growth and puberty disorders to sex differentiation. We place special emphasis on understanding how the patient and the family are affected by endocrine disorders.
Cleveland Clinic Children's Diabetes & Endocrinology program was nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2016-2017 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”
Our endocrinology team has a wide range of clinical experience and expertise in providing comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management of complex hormonal problems.
Consultation and evaluation are available on an in- or outpatient basis in the Cleveland area.
Multidisciplinary approach to care
Along with our pediatric endocrinology department physicians, our multidisciplinary team consists of:
- Certified diabetes educators
- Registered dieticians
- Social workers
- Nurse practitioners
We work closely with specialists in behavioral medicine and child life to assist our young patients in adjusting to their disease. In addition, we focus on helping adolescents adjust from pediatric to adult disease management.
- Our endocrine staff has played leadership roles in clinical research and drug trials.
- Current clinical research programs focus on growth disorders and diabetes.
Specialized treatment for juvenile diabetes
- Our pediatric team provides specialized services for diagnosis, care, education and research related to type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
- Psychological support and counseling is an important part of the diabetes program.
- The staff provides continuing care for juvenile diabetes in children and adolescents, with the goal of minimizing hospitalization and preventing diabetic complications.
What We Treat
We treat a wide range of pediatric endocrine disorders including:
- Adrenal disorders
- Bone and mineral metabolism
- Testicular disorders
- Growth disorders
- Juvenile diabetes
- Menstrual disorders
- Pituitary disorders
- Polycystic ovaries
- Puberty disorders
- Severe acne
- Sex differentiation
- Thyroid disorders
We specialize in genetic disorders that are associated with endocrine and hormonal problems, such as:
Enrichment Services and Care for Adolescents Living with Autoimmune Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes (ESCALAIT)
The Enrichment Services and Care for Adolescents Living with Autoimmune Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes (ESCALAIT) Clinic is a shared medical appointment for Cleveland Clinic Children's patients with type 1 diabetes. This clinic takes the place of the traditional diabetes clinic appointment, with the aim of improving a patient's medical management. The group visits are conducted approximately three months apart, and include:
- Brief education sessions
- Adolescents-only and parents-only sessions with the clinic team
- A review of glucometer readings and adjustment of insulin doses to better engage adolescents
- Individual exams, lab reviews and after-visit summaries
The ESCALAIT Clinic was started in January 2011 and has gradually continued to grow. To date, the clinic has a total of 134 participants, 60 percent female and 40 percent male. Participants' ages range from 10 years to 18 years, with 30 percent aged 10 to 12 years and 70 percent aged 13 to 18 years.
Due to the success of this clinic, the Pediatric Endocrinology Department started a similar program for children with type 1 diabetes aged five years or younger entitled Jr. ESCALAIT and an Elementary ESCALAIT for children ages 6-11 years of age.
Our ESCALAIT Team includes Jami Klein, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Amanda Buccitelli, RN, Daniel Finkenthal, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Bette Klein, Registered Dietician, and Robin Roberts, Social Worker.
We have also established a Shared Medical appointment for Cleveland Clinic Children's emerging adults with type 1 diabetes who will be getting ready to transition over to adult care. This shared medical appointment will take the place of their traditional diabetes clinic appointment. Our Transition Program is one of the first to use a Shared Medical Appointment Model making it an innovative way to help improve diabetes care for our emerging adult type 1 diabetes patients. The aim of the program will be to improve their medical management and help make the transition process easier. The Transition Program takes place over a two year period and involves close collaboration with Dr. Michelle Schweiger and Cheryl Switzer, CNP, Certified Diabetes Educator, Pediatric Endocrinology and Dr. Robert Zimmerman and Dr. Cecilia Lansang, Adult Endocrinology.
To learn more about group visits for adolescents with type 1 diabetes, please call 216.445.5158. To schedule an appointment, call 216.444.5437 or 800.223.2273, ext. 55437.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinic
The departments of pediatric endocrinology, adolescent medicine and nutrition therapy have formed a clinic to support young women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Meeting twice each month, the clinic provides young women the opportunity to meet with their providers for an hour long one-on-one session followed by a 15-30 minute group discussion (shared medical appointment). Referrals to behavioral health, sports medicine and gynecology are arranged accordingly.
For more information on the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call 216.444.5437.
Turner Together Clinic
A multi-disciplinary team of pediatric endocrinologists, geneticists, developmental pediatricians, cardiologists, nutritionists, otolaryngologists and gynecologists have formed a clinic to support young women with Turner Syndrome. Meeting every 4 months, the clinic provides young women the opportunity to meet with their providers for an hour long one-on-one session followed by a 15-30 minute group discussion.
For more information on the Turner Together Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call 216.445.5158.
Cleveland Clinic physicians proudly offer their services to Camp Ho Mita Koda, a residential camp for children with diabetes. Since 1929, Camp Ho Mita Koda has taught children about their condition. They design programs that encourage fun and friendships. One of the nation's longest-running camps for children with diabetes, Camp Ho Mita Koda offers a wide-range of year-round programs.
Camp Ho Mita Koda is a program of the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland and accredited by the American Camp Association.