Pediatric Endocrinology

The Division of Endocrinology at Lurie Children’s treats more children with hormone (endocrine) disorders than any other hospital in Illinois. We are nationally known for our physicians’ expertise, high-quality patient care and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing. Our division is ranked 19th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology.

In partnership with La Rabida Children’s Hospital, our endocrinologists staff Chicago’s only pediatric diabetes program certified by the American Diabetes Association, demonstrating our high standards for diabetes care. We are committed to tracking important patient measures and working to prevent complications of the disease. We care for more than 2,000 patients with diabetes, making us one of the largest diabetes programs in the state.

Lurie Children’s also is the regional referral center for children with thyroid cancer.


Our entire staff is dedicated to evaluating and treating infants, children and teenagers. Our team includes:

  • Board-certified pediatric endocrinologists
  • Pediatric nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Certified diabetes educators
  • A registered dietician
  • A social worker
  • A clinical psychologist
 We also work with other Lurie Children’s specialists, including:
The head of the division, Donald Zimmerman, MD, is the Mae and Benjamin Allen Founders Board Professor of Endocrinology at Lurie Children’s and a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Zimmerman has more than 30 years of experience in the field.


Our programs include:

 We offer sophisticated diagnostic tests, such as:
  • High-resolution ultrasound guidance to biopsy (aspirate) thyroid nodules
  • Provocative testing to suppress or stimulate the release of a particular hormone (dynamic endocrine testing)
  • Growth hormone stimulation: Diagnoses growth hormone deficiency by measuring the blood’s hormone level blood after a child receives a medication that triggers the release of growth hormone, such as arginine amino acid
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone stimulation: Identifies early (precocious) puberty
In addition to outpatient care, the team provides inpatient care at both Lurie Children’s main hospital and the neonatal intensive care unit at Prentice Women's Hospital.

We believe in family-centered care, which means we care for the whole family along with the patient. We will help you create a customized care plan for your child. We act as advocates in the community to ensure access to care and programs. We also work with schools to make sure that the facility is safe and prepared for the needs of children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

Additionally, we provide education, guidance and support to our patient families. Lurie Children’s offers many family services, including a program to help teens and their families transition from pediatric to adult care.

Patients and family members have the chance to participate in clinical trials and multicenter studies that are helping advance the treatment of endocrine disorders, including type 1 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and mother and child-related hormone disorders. Browse through our research to learn more about what we’re currently studying.


Our pediatric specialists treat children for various endocrine conditions. See a list of the conditions we treat.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


Private contributions help support exciting new discoveries in our care and research. Gifts also allow us to hire talented healthcare professionals and train tomorrow’s specialists.

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.​