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What is an Endocrinologist?

Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the study of the hormone-secreting gland systems. Hormones are chemicals created in a groups of cells in the body which travel in the blood usually to distant locations to cause different effects on target organs, tissues, or cells. To work correctly, the body needs to produce the correct amount of hormone, the blood needs to properly transport the hormone, and finally the receptor for the hormone needs to function properly. Diseases of the endocrine system occur when one or more of the endocrine systems in the body are not working well causing a hormone imbalance. These imbalances can be caused by too much hormone, too little hormone, or improper receptor interaction with the hormones produced. 

The double board certified endocrinologists at Houston Thyroid and Endocrine are experts in the endocrine glands which include diseases of the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes, pituitary, parathyroids, and insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Endocrinologists are medical doctors who have completed rigorous training as follows: 

A four-year undergraduate degree followed by a four-year medical school training for M.D degree. 

At least 3 years in an accredited internal medicine residency program to become internists, followed by a passage of the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam to become "board certified in internal medicine." Prior to 1990 this exam only needed to be taken once, but our endocrinologists take this exam at least every 10 years to remain current. 

At least 2-3 years of specialty training in an accredited endocrinology and metabolism training program followed by passage of the American Board of Internal Medicine specialty certification to become "board certified in endocrinology." Our endocrinologists take this exam at least every 10 years to remain current.
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