The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 8, pp 632–635 | Cite as

Pediatric Endocrinology in India: Development, Progress, Problems and Challenges

  • Meena P. DesaiEmail author
  • Vijayalakshmi Bhatia
Review Article


The exponential growth of biological sciences and biotechnology has promoted the development of subspecialties / super specialties in medicine. In developing countries, socioeconomic factors influence and determine competing health priorities, often delaying the development of subspecialties in medicine. Tracing the history of development and progress of Endocrinology in general and Pediatric Endocrinology in particular, provides an overall perspective of the problems and challenges which lie ahead.


Pediatric endocrinology India History 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Garry Warne (formerly professor of pediatric endocrinology at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne) for his help in providing some of the historical aspects of development of pediatric endocrinology in Europe and Australia. They would also like to thank Dr. Ruchi Parikh, pediatric endocrinologist (assistant honorary, division of pediatric endocrinology at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai) for her assistance.


MPD conceptualised the article, wrote the first draft, finalised the manuscript and will act as guarantor for this paper. VB assisted in researching the topic and provided inputs to the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pediatric EndocrinologyBai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Institute of Child Health & Research CentreMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of EndocrinologySanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical SciencesLucknowIndia

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