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Pediatric Diabetes

Florida’s Highest-Ranked Children’s Hospital in Diabetes & Endocrinology

The University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the Best Children’s Hospitals in Diabetes and Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report, 2011-2015. When your child is in need of diabetes, pre-diabetes, or endocrinology care, the ranking provides parents and families the assurance that UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is truly the leader in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology in Northeast and North Central Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Conditions We Treat

Tests to identify children genetically at risk for diabetes before they develop it and doctors knowing how to pinpoint a dangerous brain swelling in diabetic children are just some of the ways UF has become a national leader in pediatric diabetes research and patient care. But diabetes isn’t where the expertise ends.

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Other factors contributing to the metabolic syndrome

How to Make an Appointment

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology provides a variety of clinics for children, teens and young adults. Please note that these clinics require a referral from the patient’s primary care provider. Referrals can be made by calling (352) 334-1390. Please ask for pediatric endocrinology. Returning patients can cancel, schedule or reschedule appointments by calling (352) 265-8250.

University of Florida Department of Pediatric Endocrinology


The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida boasts the world’s largest center for glycogen storage disease, the nation’s largest program for Prader-Willi syndrome and clinics for a range of metabolic and endocrine disorders, such as obesity. The work doesn’t stop in the clinic, either. Faculty members have helped establish camps for children with diabetes and are advocates for better nutrition in schools.

The UF Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology program provides the best care possible to the region’s growing number of children diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. More than 1,000 children, teens and young adults choose University of Florida Health for diabetes treatment annually. Our multidisciplinary team includes certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, registered dieticians and pediatric endocrinologists. Together, we’re working to advance standards of excellence in diabetes care and management to help patients achieve the best results possible.

Pediatric diabetes clinics are provided for children, teens and young adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes at both the UF Health Pediatrics – Gerold L. Schiebler CMS Center and the UF Health Medical Plaza building.  Patients must be referred to these clinics by their primary care provider and be accompanied by an adult.

Pediatric Lipid Disorders and Obesity Clinics

These clinics provide multi-disciplinary care for children with hereditary disorders causing high cholesterol and children who are obese with a coexisting medical condition such as high blood pressure, abnormal blood glucose levels, or high cholesterol levels. Care is provided by a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, psychologists, and registered dieticians who work together to optimize health and prevent secondary consequences of these disorders through lifestyle change and management of medical problems. Patients must be referred to these clinics by their primary care provider.

Insulin Pump Classes

These classes are taught by Shannon Lyles, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.E. and provide an introduction to insulin pump therapy. Patients must be referred to these classes by their pediatric endocrinologist or diabetes care provider. Consult with your primary care provider to see if you are a good candidate to begin using an insulin pump.

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