Sharon Travers, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will be named the inaugural Ed and Jeannette Kerr Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology at a ceremony on Sept. 25. Dr. Travers completed her pediatric residency and three-year pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Denver, and has been on the faculty at Children's Colorado for the last 21 years. She has a special interest in the clinical care of children with thyroid cancer, disorders of puberty, Turner Syndrome, and disorders of sex development (DSD). Dr. Travers was the endocrine sections' Clinical Medical Director from 2006 to 2014 and is currently Director of the DSD program at the SOAR Clinic (Sex development Outcomes – Achieving Results) at Children's Colorado. SOAR is Colorado's first multidisciplinary clinic for children with DSDs, and is a leader in this field. Dr. has been honored as one of 5280 Magazine's Top Doctors for the past 11 years in a row.
Through her career, Dr. Travers has focused on providing excellent clinical care and education in endocrinology, including hypophosphatemic rickets, the disorder for which Ed and Jeannette Kerr's daughter, Remi, was treated at Children's Colorado. Remi's treatment required her to undergo nine orthopedic surgeries over the course of 11 years at Children's Colorado. Today, she is a healthy 19-year-old, accomplished pianist and successful college student.
The Ed and Jeannette Kerr Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology will work to advance research and clinical care for better treatments and cures for endocrine bone diseases. The Kerr family established this endowed chair in gratitude for the care they received and in honor of the caregivers who touched their family over the course of Remi's treatment.
"Children's Hospital has been such an intricate part of our family that it is a privilege for us to be able to support the Endocrinology Department as they move towards curing hypophosphatemic rickets and other bone diseases," said Ed Kerr.