When a child of extreme short stature comes to Cincinnati Children's for help, they receive a level of precision diagnosis and care that's possible only from a program that walks hand-in-hand with outstanding research capability.

Earlier this year, our research team identified a new type of growth disorder through genetic analysis of two families with multiple children coping with progressive growth failure and other complications. The discovery, published in a significant medical journal, was just the beginning. Now, our clinicians are using the study results to guide customized treatment for these and other children born with similar genetic mutations. Those treatments will likely differ significantly from the standard, growth hormone-based approach for treating short stature – and could provide a much better chance for improved growth.

Our ability to take on the rare and complex conditions that play havoc with the process of growing up is one reason why so many families turn to our endocrinology program, which has risen to No. 3 in the country in the 2016-17 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

We help children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, difficult metabolic disorders, delays in puberty, disorders of sexual differentiation, and more. We are experts in bone disease, lipid disorders, and obesity.

"In addition to our research efforts, we have worked in close collaboration with patients and families for the past two years on thoughtful, systematic changes in how we deliver care. Those changes are improving the overall health and day-to-day life for many of the young people we serve," says Lawrence Dolan, MD, director of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children's.

Why we stand out

  • Our Growth Disorders Center is a national referral center that goes well beyond standard therapies to study the underlying genetic factors that can affect everything from bone growth plates to DNA damage repair.
  • Our research into the relationship between the size and composition of lipid molecules in the bloodstream and the risk of heart disease is changing the way scientists think about a leading cause of disability and death.
  • Our Diabetes Center is one of just five programs nationwide leading a two-decade project to track the frequency, impact and longer term outcomes of care for childhood diabetes.
  • Our Turner Syndrome Center is the largest of its kind in the U.S., serving more than 250 patients at every stage of life. We also will host a major international conference this year that will help define new standards of care for this condition.
  • And our Disorders of Sex Development Center is one of the most advanced in the world. It includes specialists in endocrinology, urology, pediatric gynecological surgery, psychiatry and human genetics.


Learn more about our diabetes and endocrinology programs.