Endocrinology is the practice of medicine that relates to the endocrine system. The endocrine system's focus is on hormones and the glands that secrete them. Endocrinologists treat the diseases and disorders related to hormones and glands, including growth and thyroid hormones.
Endocrinologists in Virginia
From treatments for diabetes to hormone imbalances, we offer high-quality endocrine services to support your health.
At our HCA Virginia Health System hospitals, our dedicated endocrinologists and thyroid specialists treat glandular diseases and disorders related to your hormones, including thyroid issues, menopause and osteoporosis.
Endocrine and metabolic disorders we treat
Some of the endocrine-related conditions we treat include:
- Adrenal disorders
- Calcium disorders
- Gonad disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- Pituitary disorders
- Thyroid disorders
Endocrinology services we offer
Our endocrinology experts, which include transgender and intersex medicine specialists, diagnose hormonal issues and restore balance to your system.
Our endocrinology team
Our experienced endocrinologists work closely with specialists in otolaryngology, pediatrics, radiation oncology, obstetrics and many other specialties. This allows us to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treating medical conditions in both children and adults.
What is the endocrine system?
The endocrine system is comprised of the thyroid, pancreas, parathyroid, hypothalamus, ovaries or testes as well as the pineal, adrenal and pituitary glands. Many other organs also modify or metabolize hormones.
This complex group of organs produces hormones that control different bodily functions, including:
- Growth and development
- Metabolism (food burning and waste elimination)
- Reproduction and fertility
Diabetes services we offer
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar (blood glucose) levels are too high. Regardless of which type of diabetes you are diagnosed with, our hospitals provide diabetes education and management programs to help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Growth disorder treatments we provide
A growth disorder can cause your child to grow slower or faster, depending on the disorder. This could refer to an inability to gain weight or height or your adolescent may have delayed sexual development.
Our pediatric endocrinologists use a variety of tests and tools to diagnose your child’s condition. If we do detect a growth disorder, we will provide you effective treatment options so you can make informed decisions about your child’s care.
Metabolic-related obesity services we offer
We treat patients who are overweight or have obesity-related conditions since these may be a result of metabolic or hormonal problems.
We will identify the imbalances that may be affecting your weight gain and provide an effective plan to improve your health. This plan may include medical or surgical weight loss programs. These programs are proven to help reduce or eliminate obesity-related health conditions.
Thyroid disorder treatments we provide
People with thyroid conditions often have low energy levels and issues with muscle strength, emotions, weight control and body temperature. This is because the thyroid gland affects most of the metabolic processes in the body.
The abnormal production of thyroid hormones results in thyroid disease. If the hormone is overproduced, the condition is hyperthyroidism; if under-produced, the condition is hypothyroidism.
Thyroid disorders can range in severity. Some require no treatment, and others, such as thyroid cancer, can be life-threatening.
Our endocrinologists are here to diagnose your condition and provide you with the treatment you need to balance your hormone levels. Our team works with you to regulate an overactive or underactive thyroid to restore your energy and health.