Endocrinology News February 2024

February 01, 2024

Enhancing Pediatric Thyroid Care Through a Multidisciplinary Approach



Lurie Children's Pediatric Thyroid Program, led by Jami Josefson, MD, MS, pediatric endocrinologist, and Jeff Rastatter, MD, MS, pediatric otolaryngologist, takes a multidisciplinary approach to address the comprehensive needs of children with thyroid diseases. The program recently expanded with the addition of Apoorva Aekka, MD, pediatric endocrinologist.

The program brings together pediatric specialists in endocrinology, otolaryngology, radiology, pathology, oncology, surgery and genetics to collaborate on patient care. The program streamlines care by offering a clinic where patients can see multiple specialists in one day. This program is particularly beneficial for children with complex needs, including those with thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, cancer predisposition syndromes and Graves' disease. When a surgical approach is recommended as part of the care plan, patients benefit from the extensive expertise of Lurie Children's high-volume thyroid surgery program. 

Learn more about the program.

Two New Clinicians Join the Division of Endocrinology

Apoorva Aekka, MD, and Guido Mora Calderon, MD, have recently joined the Division of Endocrinology as attending physicians. 

Former fellow Apoorva Aekka, MD, has joined as Attending Physician and Instructor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has also joined the Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Program. Dr. Aekka is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. 

Guido Mora Calderon, MD, has joined the division as Attending Physician and Instructor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Pediatrics Pediatric Endocrinology, and has a clinical interest in adrenal disease. 

New Leadership for Expanded Fellowship Program

Juan J. Lado, MDJuan Lado MD, has been named the Associate Program Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship Program. The program has also expanded to include an additional trainee each year (two per year). The current fellowship program includes Abigayil Dieguez, MD; Claire Moore, MD; Jacob Miller, MD; and Margaret Wu, MD. 

Meet the Fellows.

NHLBI Grant Awarded to Study Offspring Cardiometabolic Health

Wendy Brickman, MD, Attending Physician in the Division of Endocrinology, and Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, were awarded an NHLBI grant to study the developmental origins of cardiovascular health and disease.  Specifically, does the cardiometabolic health of a mother during pregnancy independently affect the offspring’s cardiometabolic health into adulthood, and if so, are epigenetic changes implicated in this process. The new study is a follow-up study based on two previous projects: the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Study and the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Follow-up Study (HAPO FUS).

Learn more about the study.

Grant Funds Endocrinology Care for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Monica Bianco, MD, was awarded the EnVision III Grant through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This grant funds the training of endocrinologists in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) related endocrine diseases. The goal will be to increase endocrinology presence in the multidisciplinary Cystic Fibrosis Center at Lurie Children’s, as well as expand research related to endocrine disease in the CF population. Dr. Bianco will now be integrated into the Cystic Fibrosis Center to see patients with cystic fibrosis related endocrine diseases. She has started research projects looking at novel ways to diagnose CF related diabetes using continuous glucose monitors. She is also involved in a quality improvement project to improve screening for bone disease in patients with cystic fibrosis.

Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis Care at Lurie Children’s CF Center.