Turner Syndrome Program

The Turner Syndrome Program at Lurie Children’s is a partnership between specialists with clinical and research expertise in the area of Turner syndrome. The integrated team aims to provide comprehensive care to pediatric patients with Turner syndrome, holistically treating the patient instead of addressing each symptom or issue separately. Our team includes specialists in the areas of endocrinology, cardiology, otolaryngology, audiology, genetics, kidney diseases, neuropsychiatry, nutrition, reproductive endocrinology and ophthalmology. Each of these specialists has dedicated expertise in caring for pediatric patients with Turner syndrome.

About Turner Syndrome
Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by an abnormality of the X chromosome. One of the main features of Turner syndrome is short stature. Each person with Turner syndrome will have their own combination of symptoms and characteristics. Common features in youth may include heart problems, learning problems, hearing problems and difficulty going through puberty independently.

 

The Lurie Children's Difference

In the program, we consider all aspects of our patients’ lives to help them succeed in every area.
  • We create an environment for families to see multiple providers on the same day.
  • We team with parents to provide support needed for each of our patients to flourish.
  • We educate our patients and their families with age-appropriate material on Turner syndrome.
  • We offer education and materials on proper nutrition for children with Turner syndrome.
  • We offer research opportunities to our patients as we strive to improve the care of individuals with Turner syndrome.
  • We assist with the transition to adult care for adolescents and young adults.

Our program offers regularly-scheduled clinics each month, so that our patients can easily see multiple specialists on one day. This approach helps to improve ease of care and limits time off school. The clinic is offered on the third Monday of the month at the Lurie Children’s main hospital location. The clinic is offered on the first Tuesday of the month at the Lurie Children’s Northbrook Outpatient Center.

What to Expect

During your first visit to the program, you will meet with the team, including your endocrinologist, cardiologist and an otolaryngologist, if necessary. Our program’s dedicated scheduling staff will assist with setting up appointments so that you can meet your doctors on the same day for a full evaluation. During your comprehensive first visit, we will create a recommended treatment plan, which are all tailored for each patient and their unique needs. Because we provide total care for each patient with Turner syndrome, no two treatment plans are exactly the same. A benefit to visiting the Turner Syndrome Program at Lurie Children’s is that all of your child’s specialists are in-house and collaborate to treat each of your child’s needs. The team works together on all aspects of care to ensure the best possible outcomes.

The program offers the option to visit for a one-time consult, or to see our team’s specialists on an ongoing basis for comprehensive treatment.

Our Specialists

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists that are dedicated to treating patients with Turner syndrome. The program is led by endocrinologists Reema Habiby, MD, and Wendy Brickman, MD, and cardiologist Sheetal Patel, MD.

Reema Habiby, MD, is Attending Physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in pediatric endocrinology.

Wendy Brickman, MD, is Attending Physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in pediatric endocrinology.

Sheetal Patel, MD, is Attending Physician in the Heart Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in pediatric cardiology.

Lauren Robinson, RN, is Nurse Coordinator of the Turner Syndrome Program.

Make an Appointment

Call the Division of Endocrinology at 312.227.6616 to set up an appointment with our program.

Learn More

Learn more about Turner syndrome by visiting the following helpful websites:
•    Turner Syndrome Society of the United States
•    Turner Syndrome Society’s Facebook Page
•    The Magic Foundation
•    Turner Syndrome Foundation

Philanthropy

Your support is important 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 contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.