NHRMC Welcomes New Pediatric Endocrinologist

March 16, 2009
Children and teens in Wilmington and beyond with diabetes, growth disorders and other endocrine diseases now have a new ally at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic.

Early February saw the arrival of pediatric endocrinologist Kateryna Kotlyarevska, M.D., who will lead the effort at NHRMC to serve the needs of children and teens impacted by various endocrine diseases. Now, area children and teens with these diseases will be able to receive the highly-specialized care they need close to home, whereas previously that care was only available in excess of two hours’ drive away.

“I am very excited to be here at the Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic in the new Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Kotlyarevska. “My work here will help improve the quality of care for children affected by these diseases and will also allow me to work with their families to give them the support they need.”

Pediatric endocrinology is the study and medical treatment in children of a variety of hormonal diseases, including diabetes and hypoglycemia, growth problems, thyroid disorders, and disorders of puberty, sexual differentiation, calcium metabolism, steroid metabolism, and hypopituitarism. Pediatric endocrinologists have four years of medical school training, three years of pediatric residency and three or more years of fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology.

“Children with these diseases not only need special medical care, but they also need a strong support network of family, friends and medical professionals to help and encourage them through the many unique challenges they face,” said Dr. Kotlyarevska.

Dr. Kotlyarevska said plans to help further address the psycho-social needs of children impacted by endocrine diseases – a dimension of care often underserved – include assembling a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals to treat all aspects of the disease process and, thereby, the patient.

“I hope to build a program that meets the different needs of all our children and their families,” she said. “The staff here at the Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic are great, and I know our “team” approach will take us along way in building our program.”

Originally from the Ukraine, Dr. Kotlyarevska graduated from Dnepropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Ukraine and completed a residency in pediatrics with a focus on adolescent medicine and growth and puberty disorders. After immigrating to the U.S., she did a general pediatrics residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, and recently completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at University of Michigan.

As part of her fellowship training, Dr. Kotlyarevska pursued research training. The focus of her research was the growth hormone role in the development of diabetic kidney disease. Her clinical interests include diabetes, growth disorders and pubertal disorders.