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Pediatric Diabetes Clinic
Dr. VanMorlan's Research

World-Class Care

MU Children's Hospital's Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic offers comprehensive, leading-edge care for children with endocrine disorders of all types. Our team consists of world-class physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other health care specialists who provide care for children from infancy through adolescence. All of our health care experts work together to provide each young patient the individualized care he or she needs throughout their childhood. Our clinic offers the only board certified pediatric endocrinologists in Missouri outside of Kansas City and St. Louis and routinely serves patients throughout the entire Midwest region.

Pediatric Endocrine Specialists

The endocrine system is the body's chemical messaging system. This system involves glands that produce hormones that are instrumental in regulating things like growth and development, mood, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function and the reproductive system. Our pediatric endocrinologists have both extensive training and significant experience in treating diseases and disorders that affect this endocrine system in children.

They recognize that children are not simply small adults. Instead, they have unique health care needs as their bodies are growing, changing and developing over the course of their childhood. All of our health care experts understand both the physical and emotional needs of their young patients and tailor their care toward addressing every facet of their young patients' health.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Our method for diagnosing and treating pediatric endocrine disorders is to offer exceptional, individualized and compassionate care from a team of specialists who can best recognize and treat every aspect of a child's condition. We believe it is extremely important to offer our young patients this team approach and insist on providing access to care that is a collaboration of the expertise of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians and social workers. Endocrine disorders, including diabetes, can touch a child's life in a wide variety of ways, so we rely on the expertise of our entire pediatric team to address the different nuances of each child's diagnosis.

Leading-Edge Diabetes Care

Diabetes is the most common pediatric endocrine disorder in the United States today. Our world-renowned Pediatric Diabetes Clinic offers state-of-the-art medical care to children with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. To learn more about our multi-disciplinary center, visit our Pediatric Diabetes Center.

Expertise and Research

The Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Clinic at MU Children's Hospital is known for its dedication to research that has and continues to make important contributions to the understanding and treatment of pediatric endocrine diseases and disorders, including diabetes. Our physicians are currently involved in a number of clinical research projects including ones conducted through TrialNet, an international network of researchers who are exploring ways to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of Type 1 Diabetes. Learn more about some of the other research projects being conducted in our center, and learn more about the research being conducted by pediatric endocrinologist Amie Van Morlan, MD.

Illnesses We Commonly Treat


  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Monogenic Diabetes of Youth (MODY)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Growth
  • Short Stature
  • Precocious Puberty
  • Pubertal Delay
  • Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Klinefelters Syndrome
  • Turners Syndrome
  • Hypothyroid
  • Hyperthyroid
  • Thyroid Cancers
  • Calcium Disorders
  • Failure to Thrive

Treatments We Offer

  • Glucose testing/monitoring
  • Insulin injections
  • Insulin pumps
  • Nutrition Education
  • Thyroid ultrasound with real-time interpretation
  • Thyroid biopsy

Who We Are

Bert Bachrach, MD, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, Division Director
Randy Blue, MD, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
Michael Gardner, MD, Pediatrics and Endocrinology
David Goldstein, MD, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology; Professor Emeritus
Amie Van Morlan, MD, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
Karin Choudhry, MD, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology

Diabetes Diagnostic Lab
Randie Little, PhD, Lab director

Advance Proactice Nurses
Danita Rife, RN, FNP-BC
Jan Todd, RN, PCNS

Elizabeth Freeman, RD, LD, CDE
Kayla Otteson RD, LD

Andrea Friedrich, Senior LPN
Chelsey Huffman, RN, BSN
Jolene Chartkov, RN/BSN

Social Work
Amber Huffman, MSW

Administrative Assistants
Stephanie Gerlach
Angie Melloway
Shianna Coleman

Where We Are

Children's Hospital Specality Clinic
404 Keene St., Suite 101,
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 882-6921 


Bert Bachrach, MD
Ferguson Medical Group, 1012 North Main, Sikeston, MO 63801
Twice yearly

Bert Bachrach, MD
St. John's Children's Specialty Clinic
1965 S. Fremont, Suite 220, Springfield, MO 65804
Monday & Wednesday of the week of the Third Wednesday of each month

Smith Glynn Callaway
3231 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807
Tuesday & Thursday of the week of the Third Wednesday of each month.


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