Q&A with Pediatric Endocrinologist Julia Crowley, MD

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The Congenital Hyperinsulinism Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is excited to introduce you to our newest pediatric endocrinologist, Julia Crowley, MD. You may see Dr. Crowley in HI clinic or when your child is an inpatient.julia-crowley.png

Dr. Crowley completed her fellowship training in endocrinology at CHOP in June and was invited to stay at the hospital as an attending physician — and we’re thrilled she accepted.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and kinesiology at the College of William and Mary, she earned her MD at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, in Richmond, VA. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego and Rady’s Children’s Hospital.

Get to know Dr. Crowley!

Q. How did you settle on endocrinology as a specialty?

A. Prior to medical school, I had some pivotal experiences in college that led to my interest in endocrinology. I organized a diabetes education class for a local free clinic and worked in a laboratory looking at beta cell destruction in type 1 diabetes. Once I was in my endocrinology class in medical school, it was clear to me that this was an incredibly fascinating field. I love that we get to know our patients so well and get to treat a wide variety of conditions. There is never a boring day!

Q. Why did you pick CHOP for your fellowship?

A. I loved the dynamic between the fellows and attending physicians when I visited for my interview day. The environment is collegial, and the opportunities are abundant. Not to mention Philadelphia is a great, “goldilocks” city — not too big, not too small, but just right. 

Q. Why did you decide to stay as CHOP after your training was completed?

A. I felt incredibly supported by my attendings as a fellow and knew this would be happy work environment for me. I am still learning from my colleagues every day and feel like CHOP is the best place to continue to do so. I find hypoglycemia extremely interesting, and, of course, CHOP is home to the most active HI Center in the world — both in treating patients and for research. That was a factor in my decision. Also, I love being able to teach fellows, residents and medical students. 

Q. What areas of endocrinology will you focus on?

A. Right now, I am focusing on neuroendocrinology (such as pituitary problems), diabetes and hypoglycemia. For research, I work with our neuroendocrinology group on research trials in brain tumors and hypothalamic obesity. 

Q. What do you like to do outside of work?

A. I love to be active. Yoga, running, biking and tennis are some of my current hobbies. This upcoming year will be my third year running the Philly Half Marathon. I've been to a lot of the outdoor yoga classes that Philly has to offer! I am trying to adopt Philly sports — I’ve been to an Eagles game, many Phillies games and a few 76ers game. This is a city with a great community and passion!

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