Since it was constituted in 1968, the Paediatric Endocrinology Unit has consolidated the care, teaching and research it offers to make it one of the most prestigious centres both nationally and internationally, as shown by the significant number of articles published in major journals.
This Unit was created in 1968, in the first years of the Hospital, by Dr Enric Vicens-Calvet, and since then we have offered paediatric endocrinology as a specialty, actively participating in the constitution of the Spanish Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Diabetes. (IESGD). It is made up of:
- Paediatric General Endocrinology Clinic (daily)
- Monographic Diabetes Clinic
- Diabetes Education
- Monographic Adolescent Morbid Obesity Clinic
- Monographic Sexual Differentiation Disorders Clinic
- Clinic for the Neonatal Screening Programme for Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Functional Endocrinological Explorations Unit
Portfolio of services
- Care for diabetic children and comprehensive diabetes education
- Diagnosis and monitoring of congenital hypothyroidism in Catalonia
- Diagnosis and monitoring of thyroid function in premature babies (collaboration with the Neonatology Department)
- Diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of thyroid pathologies in children and adolescents
- Diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of sexual differentiation disorders
- Diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disorders affecting puberty
- Comprehensive programme for obesity in infants and children (Children and Teens in Movement programme)
- Morbid obesity programme for teenagers (in collaboration with the Paediatric Surgery Department and the Metabolic Surgery Unit)
- Endocrinological controls on patients affected by cancer
- Diagnosis and treatment of patients affected by phosphocalcic metabolism disorders
- Diagnosis and treatment of patients with lipid disorders
- Diagnosis and monitoring of patients with growth disorders
The Paediatric Endocrinology Unit carries out significant research activity, and has a laboratory for research into growth pathologies and sexual differentiation disorders. We are also pioneers in the design and implementation of public health programmes aimed at the prevention of childhood and youth obesity (Children in Movement Programme), the treatment of morbid obesity in teens, and we are also a reference hospital in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital hypothyroidism.
Our Unit is also dedicated to teaching, and for more than 18 years, we have offered a master’s programme in paediatric endocrinology and nutrition, a postgraduate programme that has resulted in more than 180 qualified paediatricians receiving training in paediatric endocrinology. They are now heads of paediatric endocrinology units at the majority of level two and three hospitals with a Paediatrics Department in Catalonia, the rest of Spain and Latin America. All the Unit’s medical staff participate actively both in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
The constant search for excellence is part of Hospital Vall d’Hebron’s nature. The biggest hospital in Catalonia and the leader in many fields, headed since February 2015 by Dr. Vicenç Martínez Ibáñez, who has a close personal and professional relationship with the Hospital. Dr. Martínez Ibáñez says that if Vall d’Hebron did not exist, it would need to be invented. The current director trained at the hospital, where he was one of the protagonists of an historic moment: the first paediatric liver transplant in Spain. Now, he is committed to continuing this legacy and, always putting the patient first, achieving excellence across all staff.
The Neonatology Department’s Sibling Project is a workshop for the siblings of new-born babies admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the Vall d’Hebron Maternity and Children's Hospital. Through simulated games and situations, the project prepares them to get used to seeing their younger siblings in a hospital medical setting.
Vall d’Hebron University Hospital’s kitchen serves more than 1,000 meals a day, twice a day, not counting breakfast. A reality that José Parrilla and Carmina Esteban know all too well.From three kitchens to one and from coal to gas. That is how the hospital’s catering service has evolved. A place where the needs of each patient must be taken into account and where there is room for small, juicy anecdotes.
The former head of the Thoracic Surgery Department, Dr. Mercè Canela, recently retired, recalls the important evolution of the Department to become a leader in Spain and a lung transplant pioneer. A task made possible thanks to collaboration with professionals from other departments, an added value in the personal and team environment.
Rosalia Moure arrived at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in 1967. She spent her entire working life in the linen and laundry department of the Hospital. Rosalia Moure has witnessed the Hospital’s big transformations, from dictatorship to democracy and from analogue to digital systems.
Dr. Josep Sánchez de Toledo Codina, head of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Department, tells us about a Department that has laid the foundations for the specialism in Spain. He also remembers the evolution of transplants from haematopoietic stem cells and progenitors, from the beginning, buying the material at a shop in Barcelona city centre, to the more than 1,200 transplants that have now been performed.
Dr. Francesc Bosch, Head of the Haematology Department, talks about the complexity of the Department, which has turned Vall d’Hebron into a reference centre in haematology thanks to its commitment to transplants and the use of new treatments. The Clinical Trials Unit helps a lot, giving access to treatments for complex patients.
The Master's Degree in Biomedical and Translational Research is an official programme created to train researchers with the requisite combination of scientific knowledge and skills to contribute to the future success of biomedical research.
Fermín Fernández Álvarez, Porter Coordinator, explains the importance of the role these professionals play in the hospital. After 36 years at Vall d’Hebron, Fermín is a real master of the ways things are done. He says that a porter has to combine humility, discretion and safety with a single goal: that patients receive human and friendly treatment.