Spagnoli named Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology

Anna Spagnoli, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Bone Clinic and Endocrinology Fellowship Program, will succeed Ali Calikoglu, MD, on October 1.

Spagnoli named Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology click to enlarge Anna Spagnoli, MD

Dr. Spagnoli also leads an internationally recognized NIH-funded translational research program focused on the role of stem cells in bone and cartilage repair, development and cancer. Her clinical research interest is on pediatric bone disorders, obesity and diabetes. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC in 2007, Dr. Spagnoli was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Spagnoli did her Residency in Pediatrics in her native country of Italy and at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, where she also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology.

Dr. Calikoglu served as Division Chief for four years. “Under Dr. Calikoglu’s leadership, the division has achieved national ranking in US News & World Report, developed a certified Diabetes Center, focused on building clinical trials and basic science research, and expanded clinical care to include several unique multidisciplinary pediatric specialty clinics, including bone disease, lipid disorders, transition to adulthood, and sex chromosome disorders,” said Dr. Wesley Burks, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Burks continued, “We are grateful to Dr. Calikoglu for his years of dedicated leadership of the Division.”

After the transition, Dr. Calikoglu will continue to focus on the clinical care of children with diabetes and, in collaboration with faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, will be developing a novel integrated model of health delivery for children with poorly controlled diabetes and mental health issues.

“Please join us in welcoming Dr. Spagnoli as Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology in the coming months,” said Dr. Burks.