Adult Endocrinology

An endocrinologist is a medical doctor who has specialised in the treatment or research of disorders that affect the endocrine system. This system includes multiple glands throughout the body that can cause problems with reproduction, growth, bone health or metabolism.

What Does an Endocrinologist Do?

The glands in a person’s body release hormones. Endocrinologists treat people who suffer from hormonal imbalances, typically from glands in the endocrine system or certain types of cancers. The overall goal of treatment is to restore the normal balance of hormones found in a patient’s body.

How can we help?

Our Consultants can offer support with:

General pituitary


Thyroid eye


Growth hormone


Metabolic bone


Late effects


Transition and Turner syndrome

Meet the team

Dr Claire Higham

Consultant Endocrinologist
Qualifications: BA, DPhil (Oxon), MBBS, MRCP (Diabetes and Endocrinology)
Special Interests: Endocrinology, including pituitary disease, metabolic bone disease, late effects of cancer treatment and thyroid eye disease
Clinics in general pituitary, thyroid eye, growth hormone, metabolic bone, late effects, transition and Turner syndrome; lead for the DXA bone mineral density scanning service; lead for the in-patient diabetes service; member of the Safe Medicines Practice Committee; member of the late effects steering group.

Endocrine clinics at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust; Clinical Research Network regional lead for endocrine, lipids and metabolism; organisation of symposia for the Manchester Centre for Endocrinology and Diabetes

Dr Higham undertook a physiology degree and DPhil at Merton College, Oxford, followed by completion of her medical training at Royal Free/University College London.

Her junior doctor training was in London followed by higher specialist training in Manchester, including a three-year clinical research fellowship at The Christie.

Dr Higham became an endocrine consultant at The Christie in 2012.