Pediatric endocrinologists specialize in the treatment of children and teens who have hormonal imbalances and problems with the glands that secrete hormones. After completing medical school, the physician receives at least three more years of training in a pediatric residency, followed by three or more years of training as a pediatric-endocrinology fellow.
The endocrinology problems of the pediatric population are quite different from those of the adult population. Hormone problems can affect sexual maturity and growth. They can also have a significant impact on the psychological status of the child. Pediatric endocrinologists have specialized training to treat: