In clinic with a patient, pediatric endocrinologist Ines Guttmann-Bauman.
It was another typical Thursday morning clinic at Hopkins Children’s for pediatric endocrinologist Ines Guttmann-Bauman, in that her cases were far from typical. Her first patient was a young girl experiencing extreme precocious puberty, which could prevent her from reaching her full adult height. Guttmann-Bauman prescribed a novel sustained-release implant therapy that had been given in monthly injections.
Next in her clinic was the case of a teenager with leukemia who had undergone radiation therapy resulting in growth hormone deficiency, which was threatening his sexual development. Guttmann-Bauman knew she’d have to monitor his pituitary growth hormones closely for the best possible outcome.
Her third patient was a teenage girl with severe congenital cytomegalovirus infection, or CMV, and a family history of thyroid problems. “We are evaluating her for autoimmune thyroid disease,” Guttmann-Bauman says, “and figuring out if she will need thyroid hormone replacement, as well.”
Whether treating such complex patients at Hopkins Children’s or at the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore, Guttmann-Bauman stresses that she relies on Johns Hopkins’ comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to care and its rich history in pediatric endocrinology. Lawson Wilkins, M.D., the so-called “father of pediatric endocrinology,” pioneered the specialty at Hopkins from the 1940s to 1960s.
The division, staffed by 11 physicians and diabetes educators and dieticians, offers expertise in disorders of growth, puberty, sex differentiation, glucose metabolism, bone and mineral metabolism, the pituitary/hypothalamus, the thyroid, the adrenal and the gonads. Now Guttmann-Bauman is taking that expertise to Rockville, Md., to make Hopkins pediatric endocrinology care more accessible to patients in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
“Now these patients can see us locally and still have access to all of the benefits of Johns Hopkins Medicine,” Guttmann-Baumann says.
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