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Pediatric Lipid Clinic

The dedicated Pediatric Lipid Clinic at Children's Hospital is a joint effort, sponsored by the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology with support from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

We specialize in treating lipid disorders such as very high cholesterol in children to avoid heart problems, or cardiovascular disease, later in life. Conditions treated may include very high levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. 

We treat children and adolescents from families with a history of heart conditions, as well as those who develop new cholesterol problems over time. Our care includes individualized counseling, evaluation and treatment with dietary and lifestyle management, and medication if needed.

Dietary changes to treat high cholesterol are important, but typically only lead to about a 20 percent improvement in childhood lipid disorders. In some cases, further treatment with medication is needed. That's why our medical approach is so important to identifying risks and preventing heart problems before they begin.

We see new patients up to age 18, and help transition those in their early twenties to adult care.

Meet Your Provider

Our lipid clinic also features a dedicated lipids dietitian and a nurse practitioner.

Jennifer C. Kelley
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Jennifer C. KelleyMD, MSCE

    Diabetes, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Lipid Disorders, Pediatric Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Type 2 Diabetes and Type 1 Diabetes
Margaret W. Anderson
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Margaret W. AndersonDNP, FNP-BC

    Diabetes and Endocrinology, Lipid Disorders, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, Pediatric Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pituitary Disorders, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Female Reproductive Diseases, Pubertal Disorders: Precocious and Delayed

Why Choose the Pediatric Lipid Clinic at Children‘s Hospital

  • Exclusive care

    Children's Hospital boasts the only dedicated pediatric lipid clinic in the state of Tennessee, and one of only a few in the Southeast.

  • Specialty care

    Our staff includes a dedicated lipid dietitian who sees every new patient in our clinic

  • Interventional approach

    Our interventional approach to lipid disorder management means we can help prevent your child from experiencing heart problems later in life.

  • Multidisciplinary care

    Vanderbilt's multidisciplinary care emphasis brings in specialists in hepatology, hypertension, and weight management.

Location

The Pediatric Lipid Clinic sees patients every Wednesday morning in the adult Heart clinic at One Hundred Oaks in Nashville.

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