Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at Emory University. Our program provides a personal learning environment with up to two fellows in each of the program’s three years. The diversity of the Emory experience guarantees that our graduates are well prepared for a career in academic medicine, private practice, or industry. Our faculty includes 7 pediatric endocrinologists with wide ranging clinical and research interests. With a large catchment area, our fellows are assured of a well-rounded clinical endocrine experience that includes common and rare diagnoses.

   With over 11,000 patient visits per year in our division, our fellowship provides a sound foundation in clinical endocrinology. Three mid-level providers, a robust inpatient and outpatient diabetes education team, and our faculty support our high-volume clinical program. Additionally, we encourage our trainees to evaluate how changes in disease epidemiology and healthcare delivery systems will impact future clinical practice, preparing for new, emerging roles as pediatric endocrinologists.

   Daily contact with faculty for “bedside” teaching is supplemented by regular seminars, research conferences, and journal clubs with colleagues in both pediatric and adult endocrinology. Fellows are expected to teach medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty in both the clinical and classroom settings.

Research opportunities at Emory are wide-ranging with offerings from subcellular biology to population-based epidemiology. Consistently ranked among the top 20 US medical schools for NIH research funding, Emory has made important strategic commitments to predictive and international health. Recent partnerships between Pediatric Endocrinology and other programs at Emory and in Atlanta illustrate the array of research opportunities available to our fellows:
  • Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Department of Medicine, Endocrinology
  • Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • Emory University Department of Physiology
  • Emory University Department of Anthropology
  • Georgia Tech
   Recent faculty and fellow research projects in the division span a wide range of topics, both clinical and translational research:
  • Non-invasive insulin delivery
  • Neonatal programming
  • Endocrine health of cancer survivors
  • Ovarian failure in galatosemia
  • Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
  • Complications of obesity
  • Endocrine toxicology
  • Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes
  • Quality of care
  • Communications technology in diabetes care
  • Pathogenesis and prevention of type 1 diabetes
  • Genetics of pediatric type 2 diabetes
   With over 5 million people in the metropolitan area, Atlanta sports a diverse economy that welcomes young professionals. Entertainment offerings include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Fabulous Fox Theater, Piedmont Park, and numerous concerts and festivals. Professional sports teams include the Falcons (NFL), the Braves (MLB), and the Hawks (NBA). Our ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity makes Atlanta a great home for everybody. Great in-town neighborhoods, fantastic dining, and a cost of living that is far below average for comparable cities.

   In closing, it is a pleasure to inform you about our Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship. We hope you will consider Emory when choosing next stop on your professional and personal journey.

Andrew Muir, M.D.
Bernard Marcus Professor
Division Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology
Emory Department of Pediatrics

Briana Patterson, MD, MSCR
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Emory University School of Medicine

Leonidas Panagiotakopoulos, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Program Director: Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship
Emory University School of Medicine