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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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In the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital we diagnose and treat endocrine system abnormalities: hormonal, glandular and metabolic disorders.

  • We have a team of specialists with extensive experience in hormonal, glandular and metabolic disorders. 
  • We conduct around 13,000 visits a year; 52 visits a day. The most common reasons for consultation are diabetes mellitus, short stature, sexual development disorders, goitre and obesity.
  • As an essential element, we focus on treating patients in the family setting.

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Comprehensive care to families and patients

In the treatment of type 1 diabetes, we have designed and apply structured education programmes designed for different age groups and situations, such as the start of the disease, adolescence, treatment with an insulin pump, etc. with the aim of reducing the impact of the diagnosis and giving patients and families an active role in their care. Endocrinologists, nutritionists, psychologists and nurses specialising in therapeutic education in diabetes are all involved in these education programmes.

Our capacity for innovation

We treat obesity through an innovative programme called PrevenGo, through which we help obese children and adolescents create their own strategy to change their habits. There is a health motivator to support them, and they share their goals and results with other children.

We use telemedicine in our daily practice.

Extensive scientific activities

We take part in a large number of national and international scientific studies.

Specialities and services

  • Type 1 Diabetes

Our Diabetes Unit is the biggest in Spain and is accredited as an international reference centre (SWEET accreditation). It is a highly specialised unit that studies diabetes from a multi-point perspective, with three primary goals: broaden scientific knowledge of childhood diabetes, improve care provision and raise awareness in society. 
To treat type 1 diabetes, we have designed and implemented structured training programmes suitable for various age groups and circumstances, covering the onset of the disease, adolescence, insulin pump treatment, etc. The goal is to reduce the impact of diagnosis and make patients and their family key decision-makers when it comes to the disease. Several professionals take part in these educational programmes, including endocrinologists, nutritionists, psychologists and nurses who specialise in therapeutic training on diabetes.

  • Obesity

We treat obesity through a similarly multidisciplinary lens, focused on the entire family. Our team consists of endocrinology specialists, nutritional dieticians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and sport specialists. 
Our unit is highly specialised in cases of severe obesity where there are metabolic complications, and also in cases of syndrome-related obesity and monogenic obesity. We treat obesity through an innovative programme called PrevenGo, which allows children and teenagers to create their own strategy to change their habits and lifestyle. They are supported by a health coach and share their goals and results with other children.

  • Growth and puberty

We treat all kinds of disorders related to childhood growth and puberty. Our approach is multidisciplinary, working closely with several Hospital departments.

  • Diseases of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis

We treat complex patients with congenital and/or tumoral diseases of the hypothalamus-pituitary axis. Medical and/or surgical treatment of these patients requires highly specialised, interdepartmental management. As such, the following departments are often involved: Neurosurgery, ENT, Ophthalmology, Neuroradiology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Anatomical Pathology and Molecular Biology, among others.
Furthermore, there is a dedicated multidisciplinary committee (Tumour board/ hGH Committee) for cross-departmental decision-making and to provide personalised, precision healthcare for each patient. There has also been a transition programme created alongside the adult healthcare facility, Hospital Clínic Barcelona, with whom we have formed an integrated pediatric-adult unit for complex pituitary diseases.

  • Oncological endocrinology

Our facility is a monographic centre, meaning it is a leading hospital specialising in childhood endocrine cancer. We take a coordinated multidisciplinary approach, with collaboration between the Oncology, Neurosurgery and Pediatric Surgery Departments.
Moreover, we have a pioneering unit dedicated to survivors of childhood cancer, where specialists from several departments and disciplines come together to monitor and control endocrine side-effects (and other areas) in these patients.
We are also part of the Cancer Predisposition Unit, which monitors patients with genetic mutations predisposing them to various cancers, among which are cancers of the endocrine system. We are also responsible for the monitoring of patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia.

  • General endocrinology

We treat all kinds of patients with childhood endocrine disorders. We have created targeted, multidisciplinary care programmes for various circumstances, such as complex pituitary disease, thyroid disease, differences in sex development, the gender identity unit, among others.

Pathologies we treat

Type 1 diabetes
Growth disorders
Sexual development disorders
Sexual differentiation disorders
Morbid obesity
Suprasellar pituitary adenomas (adenomas, craniopharyngioma, hamartomas)
Thyroid nodule
Endocrine tumours
Hereditary diseases that predispose to endocrine cancers
Rare diseases that affect the endocrine system

Treatments we offer

Insulin treatment
Coaching to change your habits
PrevenGo Programme
Follow-up of childhood cancer survivors
Growth hormone

Our professionals

The basic commitment between professionals, patients and families is part of the treatment of endocrine system disorders.

Larisa Suárez Ortega
Paediatric endocrinologist
Maria Teresa Rouco Gómez
Paediatric nurse


The Endocrinology team has a major commitment to research in order to improve scientific knowledge which impacts our patients' health. Our research is carried out at the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute (IRSJD).

Research coordinator: Dr. Lourdes Ibáñez Toda.

Particular lines of research

  • Intrauterine growth delay
  • Within the line of research on adult diseases of fetal origin, in which we are a leader. 
  • Ovarian hyperandrogenism
  • Obesity and metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes 
  • Rare genetically-based neurological diseases
  • Results of this research between 2010 and 2015, we published 109 articles with a cumulative impact factor of 465.

Collaboration with other research groups 


SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona, and so we share our knowledge and train professionals to specialise in high-complexity medicine. 

Specialist training for resident physicians and medical interns (MIR)

We train specialist paediatricians to work in hospital and non-hospital settings.