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Dr Sophia Sakka

Dr Sophia Sakka

MD, PhD

Consultant in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes

Dr Sophia Sakka qualified in medicine in 2004 at the Athens University Medical School. She was awarded a “Scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation” for postgraduate PhD studies in paediatric endocrinology. She started working as a clinical research Fellow in the paediatric Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in Athens Medical School, a referral centre for Greece.

Sophia was awarded with the prestigious award by the Academy of Athens for her study “Absence of insulin resistance and low-grade inflammation despite early metabolic syndrome manifestations in children born after in-vitro fertilization”. In 2014, she was awarded by the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology with the ESPE Clinical Fellowship scholarship, and further subspecialised in paediatric endocrinology. She trained as an Endocrine Fellow and subsequently as a Bone Fellow at the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she conducted clinical and research work. Sophia has 16 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Special interests

  • Osteoporosis and bone metabolism and on rare bone diseases
  • Research in metabolic syndrome and obesity and the endocrine consequences of in vitro fertilisation in children
  • Disorders of growth and puberty

Treatments

  • Disorders of growth (short stature, tall stature, growth hormone deficiency)
  • Disorders of puberty (early, delayed)
  • Thyroid disease (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism)
  • Multiple hormone deficiencies
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia and ACTH deficiency
  • Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic bone conditions (eg. vitamin D deficiency, XLH, HPP, osteogenesis imperfecta)

Procedures include:

  • growth hormone stimulation tests
  • LHRH test
  • short synacthen test
  • oral glucose tolerance test
  • water deprivation test
  • Zoledronic acid infusions.

Education

  • 2004: Medical Degree, University of Athens, Greece
  • 2005-2009: Clinical Research Endocrine Fellow at the First Department of Paediatrics, Athens University
  • 2009: PhD in Paediatrics at the First Department of Paediatrics, University of Athens Research Project: Study of the occurrence of the metabolic syndrome and other endocrine disorders in children born after in vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • 2014: CCT in Paediatrics, First Department of Pediatrics of the University of Athens
  • 2014-2016: Subspeciality training in Paediatric Endocrinology in Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • 2016- 2017: Subspeciality training as Bone Fellow in Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Membership of professional bodies

  • European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE)
  • International Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD)
  • British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (BSPED)
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
  • General Medical Council (GMC)
GenderFemale
Language(s)English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, German

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