U.S. News Ranks Our Program No. 3 in the Nation
When 6-year-old Aiden Vanderbilt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, his family feared that what they thought of as normal life was over.
Aiden’s mom, Tammy Vanderbilt, thought, “Now we have to all be sugar free and monitor every bit of food that goes in a 6-year-old’s mouth. But it was very quick upon admission to the hospital that a team of dietitians, nurses, doctors, social workers reassured us that that was not the journey anymore and that they would be there to walk us through the education.”
Six years later, Aiden is playing baseball and managing his diabetes. Much like Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Duvall, who also has Type 1 diabetes, Aiden now wears his insulin pump in his back pocket.
“I think that you just have to embrace it and think of it as a part of you and that it will always be there,” Aiden says. “You can’t let people think of diabetes as the first thing they think of when they think of you.”
Years of success at helping young patients and their families manage diabetes is one reason why our Endocrinology program is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 2018-19 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.
"We work in close collaboration with patients and families,” says Lawrence Dolan, MD, director of Endocrinology. “Their thoughtful input helps improve how we deliver care, which in turn helps improve day-to-day life for many of the young people we serve."
We take on the rare and complex conditions that play havoc with the process of growing up. In addition to helping children with diabetes, we provide expert care for difficult metabolic disorders, lipid disorders, delays in puberty, disorders of sexual differentiation, and more.
Be it providing access to important clinical trials or conducting basic research into how beta cells function, we are leaders in diabetes research and in translating discoveries into practice,
Why we stand out
- Our diabetes day hospital, launched in June 2017, supports children and families during the initial diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Families receive evaluations, education and treatment planning across two days of outpatient visits.
- Our Type 2 Diabetes Clinic has expanded to include more expertise in liver disease, hypertension, bariatric surgery and other advanced specialties.
- Our Turner Syndrome Center is the largest of its kind in the U.S. We recently hosted a major international conference that helped define new standards of care for this condition.
- 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.
- 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.