It is my pleasure to serve as a guest editor of this issue of Pediatric Annals. The focus of this issue is pediatric endocrinology. The first three articles bring current relevance to the subject of obesity, one of the most important health challenges facing our society today. Additional topics of type 1 diabetes mellitus, puberty, and the current uses of growth hormone complete this issue of Pediatric Annals.
ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR
James R. Kerrigan, MD, has been Professor of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, NC, since 2004. The majority of his professional time is devoted to the clinical care of children with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus. In addition, he has responsibility for teaching medical students, pediatric residents, and other healthcare providers. Dr. Kerrigan also conducts several clinical research trials in the area of growth hormone.
Dr. Kerrigan received his undergraduate degree at Penn State University in State College, PA, and his medical degree from Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. He completed his internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts, then fellowship training in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Virginia, where he subsequently assumed a faculty position. During his tenure in Virginia, Dr. Kerrigan was actively involved in both basic and clinical research in the areas of growth hormone and the endocrinology of puberty.
Prior to 2004, Dr. Kerrigan was a faculty member in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Penn State University. He maintained active involvement in clinical care and was the Medical Director of the Pediatric Diabetes and Insulin Pump Program. He participated in clinical research trials, including an NIH-sponsored diabetes trial and multiple growth hormone treatment studies.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Kerrigan has published articles in the fields of pediatric growth hormone, reproductive and puberty hormones as well as diabetes mellitus. He has lectured extensively in the general area of pediatric endocrinology and pediatric diabetes mellitus.