About the Division

In VCU’s Department of Pediatrics, the Division of Endocrinology provides comprehensive patient care, educates the next generation of pediatric endocrinologists and investigates diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic disorders.

With a diabetes education program nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association, we specialize in treating children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We also provide medical care for transgender patients and multidisciplinary weight management services at the Healthy Lifestyles Center. Other endocrine and metabolic conditions we treat include:

  • Abnormal glucose tolerance
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Cancer late effects
  • Growth disorders
  • Prader Willi syndrome
  • Puberty disorders
  • Sexual differentiation disorders
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Turner syndrome

“Because we treat many children with complex, chronic diseases, we develop strong, ongoing relationships with them and their families. We have a balance of highly specialized care with the primary care backbone.”

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Education

Medical Students

We are happy to host medical students during their M3 and M4 clinical rotations. When students rotate through the Division of Endocrinology, they can expect a welcoming environment with a team that genuinely enjoys teaching.

Read about electives for medical students

Residents

VCU's pediatric residency provides ample time for trainees to explore subspecialties through elective rotations. Residents gain a well-rounded training experience in the Division of Endocrinology, and we provide support for residents pursuing a pediatric endocrinology fellowship.

Learn about our residency

Fellows

Our three-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship provides a broad range of clinical, educational and research opportunities in endocrinology and diabetes. The program’s flexibility allows for an individualized training experience with dedicated mentorship and research support.

Read about our pediatric endocrinology fellowship

Research

As leaders in the subspecialty of pediatric endocrinology, we are devoted to advancing the field and improving care for all patients by investigating the causes, prevention and treatments of endocrine disorders. VCU is an active member of TrialNet, an international consortium of institutes and researchers at the forefront of type 1 diabetes research, and the Pediatric Diabetes Consortium, a multicenter group pediatric type 2 registry aimed at investigating new treatments for children with type 2 diabetes.

Areas of research within the division include:

  • Natural history of type 1 diabetes
  • Treatments for type 2 diabetes
  • Treatments for congenital adrenal hyperplasia
  • Pediatric weight management
Explore our pediatric research

Faculty

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Endocrinology

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Bryce Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. at CHoR

Ladan Davallow Ghajar, M.D.

Ladan Davallow Ghajar, M.D.

Endocrinology

Ladan Davallow Ghajar, M.D.

Ladan Davallow Ghajar, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Ladan Davallow Ghajar, M.D. at CHoR

Anshu Gupta, M.D.

Anshu Gupta, M.D.

Endocrinology

Anshu Gupta, M.D.

Anshu Gupta, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

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Anshu Gupta, M.D. at CHoR

Sarah Hensley, M.D.

Sarah Hensley, M.D.

Endocrinology

Sarah Hensley, M.D.

Sarah Hensley, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Sarah Hensley, M.D. at CHoR

Trang Le, M.D.

Trang Le, M.D.

Endocrinology

Trang Le, M.D.

Trang Le, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Trang Le, M.D. at CHoR

Mareen Thomas, M.D.

Mareen Thomas, M.D.

Endocrinology

Mareen Thomas, M.D.

Mareen Thomas, M.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Mareen Thomas, M.D. at CHoR

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP

Endocrinology

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Program Director, Adult Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship
Co-Director, Healthy Lifestyle Center

Edmond Wickham, M.D., FAAP at CHoR

Melanie Bean, Ph.D.

Melanie Bean, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Melanie Bean, Ph.D.

Melanie Bean, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Co-Director, Health Lifestyle Center

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Melanie Bean, Ph.D. at CHoR

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D.

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D.

Laura Caccavale, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Laura Caccavale, Ph.D. at CHoR

Priscilla Powell, Ph.D.

Priscilla Powell, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Priscilla Powell, Ph.D.

Priscilla Powell, Ph.D.

Endocrinology

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Priscilla Powell, Ph.D. at CHoR