About the Endocrine Society

The 100-year-old Endocrine Society is the largest global membership organization representing professionals from the intriguing field of endocrinology.

Medical doctors, scientists, researchers, and educators comprise the majority of the Society’s membership.

Endocrinologists conduct research on – and treat patients with – a host of conditions and diseases related to the human body’s complex system of glands and hormones. Hormonal disruptions cause conditions that affect millions of people, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, obesity, infertility, growth disorders, sleep disorders, and endocrine cancers.

Endocrine Society members come from 122 countries, with 40 percent of them located outside the United States.

Our headquarters are in downtown Washington, D.C., close to Capitol Hill, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other important organizations that impact science and health policy.

During its distinguished history, 10 Endocrine Society members were awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology, Medicine or Chemistry, with four going to Society presidents: Edward Kendall, Edward Doisy, Rosalyn Yalow, and Roger Guillemin.

What is an Endocrinologist

Endocrinologists are often described as medical detectives who untangle complex symptoms and cause-and-effect relationships to diagnose conditions. They are at the forefront of providing quality care, conducting bench research and developing new therapies for hormone-based conditions that affect millions such as diabetes and obesity. They also have the scientific expertise to study and diagnose hundreds of rare disorders such as acromegaly and Cushing’s disease.

Membership of the Endocrine Society

The Society’s membership falls into four primary categories, including: medical doctors (MDs) in clinical practice who treat patients; basic scientists (i.e., PhDs) working on bench research; clinical researchers who may also be principal investigators (MD & PhDs) who conduct scientific investigation and treat patients; and educators who teach and train the next generation of endocrine leaders at academic medical centers and teaching hospitals.

Endocrine Society Services

The work of the Society, in support of its members, includes:

  • Publishing peer-reviewed journals and books
  • Hosting an annual convention (ENDO) and other professional development meetings
  • Developing continuing medical education (CME)
  • Creating resources for clinicians and scientists through its Center for Learning
  • Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines to provide doctors with evidence-based approaches for diagnosing and treating endocrine conditions
  • Offering accreditation
  • Participating in domestic and international scientific panels and advisory committees
  • Supporting legislation and public policy to advance health and science, both domestically and abroad
  • Pursuing funding for science, health and research at NIH, CMS and other funding sources
  • Facilitating professional networking resources
  • Working with industry to support development of new pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and devices
  • Working on special initiatives to enhance the field of endocrinology in the U.S. and other countries
  • Maintaining career development services

To support its work in educating the general public, scientists and clinicians, the Endocrine Society supports a number of outreach activities including:

  • Hormone Health Network (HHN), the Society’s public education arm
  • Endocrine News, a monthly magazine that informs the professional community about advancements in endocrinology
  • Hosting the biennial Science Writers Conference
  • A social media program to link and follow endocrine supporters worldwide
  • Domestic and international media relations programming
  • Supporting three websites and 10 microsites about endocrinology
  • Operating a physician referral program