Special Programs and Centers

The Hall Family Center for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes provides a variety of special treatment programs to meet your child’s needs. All of our endocrinology programs use a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together Kravis Children’s Hospital specialists who collaborate to offer an individualized treatment plan for your child.

  • Diabetes. The Diabetes Team offers programs for patients and parents throughout the year. Programming includes diabetes pattern management, pump and sensory nights, and a diabetes college preparatory course.
  • Growth Disorders. Our state-of-the-art stimulation testing center offers child-friendly entertainment during testing. We also offer genetic testing, psychosocial support, and a nutritionist for assessment and management recommendations.
  • Diabetes Mellitus and Other Disorders of Carbohydrate Metabolism. We coordinate care among school, home, and our diabetes team and provide psychological counseling for patients and families. Our diabetes nurse educator, nutritionist, and social worker are all available for frequent visits, and we are a site for Trial Net, which ensures access to the very latest in clinical care. We offer educational programming such as an annual college prep course, carbohydrate counting, insulin pump education nights, and a Mount Sinai co-sponsored day camp, the only diabetes education day camp in New York City, run by Camp Nejeda.
  • Thyroid Disorders. Patients throughout New York State come to us for thyroid screenings.
  • Pubertal Disorders and Disorders of the Reproductive System. We offer genetic testing.
  • Adrenal Disorders. We offer genetic testing, psychosocial support, and a nurse educator for management of home medications.
  • Comprehensive Children’s Growth Center. We evaluate and treat growth disorders including growth hormone deficiency, small for gestational age, Turner syndrome, and many other hormonal and genetic disorders leading to growth delay/failure.

Adrenal Steroid Disorders Program 

Our Adrenal Steroid Disorders Program studies and treats a variety of disorders resulting from disruption of adrenal steroid metabolism including congenital adrenal hyperplasia, several types of low-renin hypertension, and intersex conditions.

The Program Director is Maria I. New, MD, whose work in the area of steroid disorders spans 50 years. Dr. New and her team provide a very high standard of care in diagnosing and treating adrenal disorders, made possible by the knowledge and experience gained from years of clinical and laboratory research. Our physicians, laboratory professionals, and psycho-endocrinologists provide comprehensive care. We operate an active endocrine clinic, enhanced by on-site DNA and hormone testing in labs supervised by Dr. New.

Our team also provides comprehensive prenatal diagnosis and treatment including genetic counseling. Dr. New and her colleagues run a weekly endocrine clinic, providing a high standard of care for infants, children, and young adults presenting with endocrinopathies such as:

  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia owing to 21-hydroxylase deficiency, 11ß-hydoxylase deficiency, 3ß-hydroxysteroid deficiency and 17a-hydroxylase deficiency
  • Prenatal diagnosis and treatment for 21-hydroxylase deficiency and 11ß-hydoxylase deficiency congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Apparent mineralocorticoid excess (11ß-hydoxysteroid deficiency type 2) and other forms of monogenic low renin hypertension
  • Androgen insensitivity and other disorders of steroid resistance
  • Steroid 5a-reductase 2 deficiency
  • 17ß-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Disorders of sexual differentiation
  • Diagnosis and treatment of gender disorders
  • Hyperandrogenemic symptoms including: in children, early pubic hair, precocious puberty, crossing two upward centiles of growth, tall stature, and early arrest of growth; in adolescents, acne, early arrest of growth, and short stature; in adults, reduced fertility; in females only, hirsutism, irregular menstrual periods and polycystic ovaries; and in males only, adrenal rest tumors in testes
  • Early exposure to sex steroids
  • Sex chromosome disorders

The program and Dr. New has been honored for her work by election to the National Academy of Sciences and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Hall of Honor. She received the prestigious IPSEN Award and has published more than 640 academic articles in a wide range of prestigious journals and a genetics book entitled Genetic Steroid Disorders published by Elsevier in October 2013.