Oklahoma Study

Mothers and Infants LinKed for Healthy Growth

Welcome, Oklahoma Moms!

Katy Duncan Smith 2Our Section is a core component of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center (HHDC) at the University of Oklahoma.  HHDC is reducing the devastating impact of diabetes through cutting-edge research, world-class treatment options, education, and meaningful prevention programs. Our team provides outstanding care across the state of Oklahoma and surrounding regions to children and adolescents having any sort of endocrinologic disorder, including diabetes. We pride ourselves in our commitment to respond to the rising demands of this medical field, particularly the recent epidemics of obesity and diabetes. This commitment includes a focus not only on meeting the clinical needs of the patients, families, and referring physicians, but also a commitment to finding cures and better treatments through research into the problems responsible.

Our team provides care for children and families of children endocrinologic disorders, including thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, growth, gonad, metabolism, and disorders of sexual development. The diabetes team focuses on the education and care of children with diabetes, including type 1, type 2, Cystic Fibrosis-related, genetic or secondary diabetes, and those transitioning to adult diabetes care.  The section also features the Behavioral Health Program, which provides a variety of integrated psychological services to pediatrics patients.  Our clinics are located in the OU Children's Physician's Building on the OU Health Center campus, and in several satellite clinics at Mercy Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and American Indian clinics in Ada (Chickasaw) and Talihina (Choctaw).

As faculty members have joined our program, we have greatly expanded our research activities and fellowship training opportunities.  In 2013, our Section research effort resulted in 71 publications and abstracts. The Children's Hospital Foundation (CHF) Pediatric Metabolic Research Program was established in 2006, thanks to CHF, a philanthropic institution dedicated solely to the development of pediatric research programs within the OU Department of Pediatrics. Currently the program consists of five $2,000,000 Endowed Chairs for research within our section, supporting research related to diabetes in children. Two of the existing Endowed Chairs were developed in partnership with the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes, a testimony to our close working relationships with tribes and our commitment to research involving American Indian health. Dr. Steve Chernausek is the Director of the Pediatric Metabolic Research Program and Associate Section Chief of Pediatric Diabetes/Endocrinology. The Program uses state-of-the-art technology to address the metabolic abnormalities associated with diabetes and its causes. All of the methods employed by the Pediatric Metabolic Research Program have been developed specifically for research involving children, and are available in only a handful of centers world-wide. The Program also acts as a fertile training ground for Fellows preparing for an academic career in Pediatric Endocrinology.


Who we are

David Fields, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes

David Fields

Katy Duncan Smith, M.S.
Research Programs Coordinator

Katy Duncan Smith