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Elia Escaname, MD

UT Health San Antonio
Schedule an appointment: 210-358-7551
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Specialty
Pediatric Endocrinology
Board Affiliation/Certification
American Board of Pediatric Endocrinology
American Board of Pediatrics
Education
Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, 2010
Residency
University of Illinois at Chicago Medical College, 2014
Fellowships
University of Texas Health Science Center, 2017
Languages
English
Gender
Female

Texas Diabetes Institute

701 S. Zarzamora Street
San Antonio,TX 78207

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Insurance Accepted
6 Degrees - Transplant
90 Degree Benefits - Commercial
Aetna - EPO
Aetna - PPO/HMO/MC Advantage
Aetna - Transplant
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-CHIP
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-STAR
AIG - Transplant
Amerigroup - Medicaid-CHIP
Amerigroup - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Amerigroup - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Amerigroup - Medicare Advantage
Amerigroup - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
Ancira Enterprises - Direct Employer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Exchange (BlueAdvantage)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HPN/EPO (Narrow Network)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicaid-STAR
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Essentials)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Premier)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Traditional
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Transplant Programs
Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage-SNP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-CHIP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Cenpatico - Medicare Advantage
Community First Health Plans - Exchange (EPO)
Community First Health Plans - HMO
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Community First Health Plans - Medicare Advantage HMO
Coventry - HMO
Coventry - PPO
Coventry - Work Comp / Auto
Decent Health Plan - Commercial EPO
EBSO - TPA
Entrust - TPA
FirstCare (Part of Scott & White Health Plans) - Medicaid-STAR
Healthsmart - PPO
Humana - Commercial Behavioral Health
Humana - Exchange (HMOx)
Humana - HMO
Humana - Medicare Advantage Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage HMO (Gold)
Humana - Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana - National Transplant Network
Humana - PPO
Humana Military - TRICARE
Imperial Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
Independent Medical Systems (IMS) - PPO
Interlink - Transplant
LifeTrac - Transplant
Magellan - Commercial and Medicaid Behavioral Health
Molina - Commercial Exchange
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Molina - Medicaid-STAR
Molina - Medicare Advantage
Molina - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
OptumHealth - Transplant
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Refugee Medical Assistance
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Unaccompanied Children
Preferred Provider Health Plan (PPHP) - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Prime Health Services - Medicare Advantage
Prime Health Services- PPO
ProCare Advantage - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Scott & White Health Plan - HMO
Scott & White Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
Scott & White Health Plan - PPO
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare Advantage (Allwell)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare-Medicaid Duals (Allwell)
Texas Independence Health Plan - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Three Rivers Provider Network - PPO
TriWest (via BCBSTX) - VA CCN Program
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR Kids
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Advantage
UnitedHealthcare - PPO
University of Incarnate Word - Direct Employer
WellCare - Medicare Advantage
WellMed - Medicare Advantage
Please contact your health insurance company to confirm provider participation. For billing and insurance questions, please call our Billing Department at 210-358-3260.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director for Pediatric Endocrinology
Assistant Fellowship Director for Pediatric Endocrinology
I am board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology by the American Board of Pediatrics. I joined the UT Health San Antonio faculty in 2017 in pursuit of research interests related to maternal and fetal nutrition as well as body composition. I enjoy mentoring and engaging medical students, residents and fellows in all aspects of pediatric endocrine and diabetes care and have an active portfolio of clinical research projects.
I currently serve as the Medical Director for the Children’s Center at the Texas Diabetes Institute and serve on the Mayor's Fitness Council as well as the Director of Project Power Up. Project Power is an independent diabetes prevention camp that works in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association and other community partners to prevent youth onset Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Research Interests:
  • Epigenetics of childhood obesity
  • Body composition assessments in infants of diabetic mothers
  • Health literacy
  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Medical education
I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and learning to play the cello.

Book Chapters

  1. Orsi C, Rayas M, Escaname E, Hutchins, J. Chapter.8: Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Recent Advances in Pediatric Medicine Synopsis of General Pediatric Practice. 2017. p. 105-116..

Editorials

  1. Escaname EN..The "Pea Pod" and it`s Use for Evaluating Body Composition in Infants of Obese and Diabetic Mothers American Academy of Pediatrics The Section on Endocrinology Newsletter 2017 Oct; Fall..

Journal Articles

  1. Shah R, McKay SV, Levitt Katz LE, El Ghormli L, Anderson BJ, Casey TL, Higgins L, Izquierdo R, Wauters AD, Chang N; TODAY Study Group.(J Lynch, E Escaname, M Rayas) .Adherence to multiple medications in the TODAY (Treatment Options for type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) cohort: Effect of additional medications on adherence to primary diabetes medication. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Feb 25;33(2):191-198. doi: 10.1515/jpem-2019-0315. PMID: 31809265..
  2. Arslanian S, El Ghormli L, Haymond MH, Chan CL, Chernausek SD, Gandica RG, Gubitosi-Klug R, Levitsky LL, Siska M, Willi SM; TODAY Study Group. (J Lynch, E Escaname, M Rayas).Beta cell function and insulin sensitivity in obese youth with maturity onset diabetes of youth mutations vs type 2 diabetes in TODAY: Longitudinal observations and glycemic failure. Pediatr Diabetes. 2020 Jun;21(4):575-585. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12998. Epub 2020 Mar 3. PMID: 32064729..
  3. Kaar JL, Schmiege SJ, Drews K, Higgins J, Walders-Abramson N, Isganaitis E, Willi SM, Marcus MD, Zeitler PS, Kelsey MM..Evaluation of the longitudinal change in health behavior profiles across treatment groups in the TODAY clinical trial. (J Lynch, E Escaname, M Rayas) Pediatr Diabetes. 2020 Mar;21(2):224-232. doi: 10.1111/pedi.12976 PMID: 31886931..
  4. Escaname, E. N., Jacob, R. L., Penon, C., Anzueto, D., Alana, N., Carr, N. & Blanco, C. .Higher Percent Body Fat in Infants of Diabetic Mothers vs. Healthy Term Infants in a Largely Hispanic Population. In DIABETES. 2017, June (Vol. 66, pp. A639-A639)..
  5. Byron A. Foster, Elia Escaname, Theresa L. Powell, Benjamin Larsen, Sartaj K. Siddiqui, John Menchaca, Christian Aquino, Rajam Ramamurthy and Daniel E. Hale..Randomized Controlled Trial of DHA Supplementation during Pregnancy: Child Adiposity Outcomes Nutrients 2017 Jun;9(6)..
  6. Hutchins J, Barajas RA, Hale DE, Escaname EN, Lynch JL..Type 2 diabetes in a 5 year old and single center experience of Type 2 diabetes in youth under 10. Pediatric Diabetes 2017 Nov;18(7):674-677..
  7. Alvaro Moreira, Rachel Jacob, Libby Lavender, Elia Escaname..Metabolic Bone Disease of Prematurity. NeoReviews 2015 Nov;16(11):e631-e641..
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