Lefkothea P. Karaviti, MD

Department or Service


  • Texas Medical Center



Diabetes and Endocrinology

Phone: 832-822-3670
Fax: 832-825-9069

Contact Information

6701 Fannin Street
11th Floor
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Attending Physician

Texas Children's Hospital


School Education Degree Year
Cornell Cooperating Hospitals fellowship Pediatric Endocrinology 1991
Cornell Cooperating Hospitals residency Pediatrics 1989
Cornell Cooperating Hospitals internship Pediatrics 1987
University of California at Los Angeles fellowship Pediatric Endocrinology 1986
University of Athens medical school Doctor of Medicine 1977


My portfolio includes clinical practice in sexual development disorders, puberty, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), growth, and pediatric diabetes. Additionally, I established one of the first gender medicine multidisciplinary teams to care for children born with disorders of sexual development (DSD) and collaborated on studies investigating the use of insulin pumps in toddlers with type 1 diabetes.

Clinical Research in Gender Medicine

This is a clinical program for individuals with issues of sexual development associated with conditions ranging from CAH to androgen insensitivity to gonadal dysgenesis. These disorders involve discordances between phenotype and genotype. Our clinical program has a multidisciplinary team and provides state-of-the art care that includes educating the parents to involve them in the decision-making process, counseling, and continuing support and opportunities for cross-divisional research and development of practice guidelines. We also work with fellows on clinical guidelines and outcomes. Our philosophy of care includes supporting these patients at different periods of their development and helping them make transitions from pediatric to adult care. This team has laid the foundation for the development of clinical protocols, collaborative studies, standard of care for DSD, and clinical practice guidelines and outcomes in the area of DSD.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American Diabetes Association Member
American Pediatric Society Fellow
Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society Fellow
Royal Society of Medicine Fellow

Selected Publications

McCann-Crosby B, Mansouri R, Dietrich JE, McCullough LB, Sutton VR, Austin EG, Schlomer B, Roth DR, Karaviti L, Gunn S, Hicks MJ, Macias CG. State of the art review in gonadal dysgenesis: challenges in diagnosis and management. International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology2014;2014(1):4. Epub 2014 Apr 14. PMID:24731683.

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