What is Diabetes?

Le Bonheur’s endocrine program leads the region in diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with suspected endocrine (hormone) disorders.  These problems are often associated with abnormal growth, congenital disorders or brain injuries.

Our diabetes program is the only center in the region recognized by the American Diabetes Association.  All our physicians hold full-time faculty appointments in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis. Our physicians lead multiple research studies in hormonal disorders, including diabetes mellitus. 

Children are referred to Le Bonheur for endocrine-related issues including:

  • Abnormal endocrine test results
  • Abnormal newborn screen results
  • Abnormal thyroid test results
  • Short stature
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Tests for hormone deficiencies

Our Endocrine Team

The endocrine team is affiliated with both The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists, Inc. (ULPS). This multi-disciplinary team includes:

  • pediatric endocrinologists (physicians)
  • nurse practitioner
  • certified diabetes educators
  • licensed, registered dietitians
  • registered nurses
  • licensed social worker
  • child life specialists
  • nurses who coordinate the diabetes and endocrine clinics
  • clinical research coordinator
  • pediatricians training to become endocrinologists (fellows)

Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinics

For more information, find a Le Bonheur Endocrinologist. To schedule an appointment, call 901-287-7337 (toll-free: 1-866-870-5570) or request an appointment online.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Le Bonheur's Diabetes Self-Management Education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association to exceed national standards.  This service is part of our comprehensive endocrinology program.  Certified diabetes educators (CDEs), licensed dietitians and licensed social workers help educate families on disease management at our Diabetes Center downtown.  As a part of the program, our patients complete a behavior change plan and set diabetes management goals.  Once goals are established, the educator monitors progress through frequent contact with the patient and family. Services of our center are offered across both in-patient and out-patient settings.

Diabetes Digest

Adrenal insufficiency

Cushing's syndrome

Diabetes insipidus

Diabetes mellitus


Growth disorders

Growth hormone deficiency

Inherited disorders

Turner Syndrome




Graves's disease

Precocious puberty

Delayed puberty


Vitamin D deficiency

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