The Division of Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois is committed to the treatment of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders. The endocrine team includes board certified pediatric endocrinologists, a pediatric nurse practitioner, certified diabetes educators, and a registered dietitian. The diabetes program at Children’s Hospital has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for diabetes education.

Our areas of expertise include treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, metabolic syndrome, growth disorders, and disorders of calcium metabolism, thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands.

Our full term faculty and staff participate in clinical care, teaching and research. The team provides inpatient care at the Children’s Hospitals NICU, PICU and pediatric floors. As faculty members, our endocrinologists also provide education and instruction to medical students and residents.

We are dedicated to improving the well-being, both medically and psychologically, of our patients and their families. In doing so, we make it our priority to get the family involved in the diagnosis, management and treatment of the different pediatric endocrine diagnoses.

Meet the Team:

Roxana Aguirre, MD, MHA

Claudia Boucher-Berry, MD

Debara Preston, MSN, APRN, PNP, CDCES

Marla Solomon, RD, LDN, CDCES

Ruth Melgoza-Walker, RN, CDCES

Jessica Garcia, RN, CDE

Evelyn Vazquez, CMA

Affiliated Faculty:

Davis, Vanessa, MD
Cook County Health
Clinical Assistant Professor


ADA certified Diabetes Education Program
ADA Diabetes camp for children with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes


Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Industry funded Research in adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes
Multiple research programs directed towards Diabetes
Beta-buddy Big Brother/Big sister project

What We Treat:

Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity with associated comorbidities
Pubertal disorders
Disorders of calcium and bone metabolism
Disorders of growth
Pituitary disorders
Thyroid disorders
Adrenal disorders

Address and Contact Information

840 South Wood Street M/C 856, Suite CSN 330
Chicago, IL 60612
(p) 312-996-1795 (f) 312-996-8218


Our outpatient care facility is located at the following address:

Outpatient Care Center 2E (2nd floor)
1801 West Taylor Center
Chicago, IL 60612


New patients: 866-600-CARE
Returning patients: 312-996-7416

Referring Doctors: 888-842-1807

Endocrine Consultation Referral Form

For new patients, please call the Referral Center during regular business hours at 888.842.1801. Alternatively you can download  and fax the Endocrine Referral form to (312) 996-8218.

For urgent questions or if you would like to speak directly  to one of our providers, please call : (312) 996-1795.

All of our referrals are physician reviewed. Please provide the requested information so that we can schedule your patient quickly and with the appropriate provider. Your office will be notified by fax when your patient has been scheduled. Thank you for referring your patient.

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Diabetes Sick Day Management

Hypoglycemia Management

Severe Hypoglycemia — Glucagon

Blood Glucose log sheets

Diabetes clinic visit form

Endocrine new patient history form

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, meaning a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks one of the body’s own tissues.  In Type 1 Diabetes, it is the insulin producing cells of the pancreas that are destroyed. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body use sugar for energy.  Without insulin, the body can’t get the sugar it needs and too much sugar builds up in the blood

What causes it?
The exact cause is unknown, but there is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that play a role.  What we do know is that Type 1 Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar

What are the symptoms?

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lethargy

How is it treated?
Type 1 Diabetes can only be treated with insulin, either by injection or through an insulin pump.

What will the Diabetes team do?
The Diabetes team is here to provide medical and emotional care and support for the whole family.  The purpose of the team is to provide education about how to check blood sugars and inject insulin and to provide information about living daily with Diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 Diabetes is a condition in which the body can produce insulin, but doesn’t use the insulin effectively.  This is known as insulin resistance

What causes it?
Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes is partially caused by an unhealthy diet.  Other risk factors include- obesity and a family history of Diabetes

What are the symptoms?

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lethargy

How is it treated?

  • Lifestyle changes- healthy eating habits
  • Increased physical activity
  • Oral medication or insulin, depending on severity

What will the Diabetes team do?

The Diabetes team is here to provide medical and emotional care and support for the whole family.  The purpose of the team is to provide education about healthy eating habits and direction on making appropriate food choices.