What We Do
Medical and Scientific Advisors
Dr. Heather Appelbaum is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her post-doctorate training at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She currently holds academic appointments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Long Island Jewish Center/Cohen Children’s Hospital and sees patients at the Ann and Jules Gottlieb Women’s Comprehensive Health Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Cohen Children’s Hospital in New York. An obstetrician and gynecologist, Appelbaum has a special interest in congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, pediatric pelvic reconstructive surgery, pediatric and adolescent gynecologic surgery, minimally invasive/laparoscopic surgery, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Richard J. Auchus, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Richard Auchus received his B.S. in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical degree and doctorate in pharmacology from Washington University. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a fellowship in Endocrinology at the Wilford Hall USAF Hospital and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. He did postdoctoral work and training at the University of California, San Francisco prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Ricardo Azziz, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Dr. Azziz is the Chief Officer of Academic Health and Hospital Affairs, State University of New York System Administration and formerly, President of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). Dr. Azziz received a M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. He completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC; and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrine/Infertility at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore Maryland. At UAB, Dr. Azziz also completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 1995 and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2000.
Felix Conte, M.D.
Dr. Felix Conte is presently Professor Emeritus in Pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr Conte is a graduate of Columbia University, New York University School of Medicine and was a resident in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Subsequently he was a fellow in pediatric endocrinology at Babies Hospital and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) under the tutelage of Dr Melvin Grumbach and Dr Selna Kaplan. In 1970, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at UCSF and has worked together with them ever since. During his tenure at UCSF he has helped train over 100 fellows from all over the world and has published numerous articles and chapters about pediatric endocrine conditions. He has had a particular interest in children with atypical genitalia.
Alejandro Diaz, M.D.
Dr. Alejandro Diaz graduated from La Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and was trained in general pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital. He completed his specialization in Pediatric Endocrinology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. He remained at Cornell as an attending assistant professor in Pediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Diaz’s special interests are in the care of children with short stature, thyroid disorders, disorders of puberty, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, obesity, and diabetes. He has been involved in clinical research of patients with certain genetic conditions concerning growth failure and small birth weight (i.e. Bloom’s syndrome). He is also part of the multidisciplinary team involved in the care of individuals with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Fanconi’s anemia, Bloom’s syndrome, and thalassemia. He has participated in research on congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Currently, he is involved in the development of research protocols on overweight children to help promote healthy weight and lifestyles.
Walter Futterweit, M.D.
As a clinical endocrinologist and researcher with a particular interest in androgens and women’s health, Dr. Walter Futterweit has devoted the past 25 years to the study of polycystic ovary conditions (PCOD and PCOS) and their pathophysiology, treatment, and manifestations, as well as CAH and other diseases of androgen excess. Dr. Futterweit’s interest in androgens and women’s health stems from his early training as a clinical endocrinologist and researcher.
Mitchell E. Geffner, M.D.
Dr. Geffner is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Fellowship Training in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and formerly the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. He graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1972 and from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1975. Dr. Geffner was an intern, resident, and chief resident at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center between 1975-1979. He completed a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at UCLA between 1979-1982.
Kappy M, Geffner M, Allen D (eds), Principles and Practice of Pediatric Endocrinology (1st ed). Charles C. Thomas, 2005.
Mimi Susan Kim, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Mimi Kim is a Pediatric Endocrinologist, clinician-scientist, and specialist in CAH at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Brown University, and Dartmouth Medical School and did her medical residency in Pediatrics at RUSH University Medical Center, Chicago. She also recently received a Master of Science degree in Clinical, Biomedical & Translational Investigations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
As well, as Co-Director of the CAH Comprehensive Care Clinic at CHLA, it is Dr. Kim’s goal to integrate advanced clinical research with cutting-edge multidisciplinary care, broad education programs, and support groups for families. She is passionate about improving the lives of children and families living with CAH, and take care of close to half of the 180+ CAH patients seen at the center.
Oksana Lekarev, D.O.
Dr. Lekarev is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and Assistant Attending Pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Lekarev received a BA in Linguistics from Barnard College of Columbia University and received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine.
She completed her Internship in Pediatrics at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center and went on to complete her Residency in Pediatrics at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. Lekarev then moved back to New York City where she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She remained at Mount Sinai for two more years as a faculty member in the Division of Adrenal Steroid Disorders, where she was actively involved in research, clinical practice and medical education.
Dr. Lekarev’s areas of interest include adrenal steroid disorders, particularly Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, disorders of growth, disorders of pubertal development, and thyroid disease. She has published a number of original and review articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at national and international meetings.
Karen Jane Loechner, M.D./Ph.D.
Dr. Loechner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics within the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
She is the Director of the UNC Pediatric Osteoporosis Clinic and the Principal Investigator for an ongoing clinical trial entitled “CAH: Calcium Channels as Therapeutic Targets”. A second clinical trial to study bone health and the risk for osteoporosis in children with CAH is in preparation.
Dr. Loechner is a member of the American Association of Pediatrics, The Endocrine Society, and The Lawson Wilkins Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
Ian Marshall, M.D.
Dr. Marshall is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ. Dr. Marshall graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School, South Africa. After immigrating to the USA, he completed a pediatric residency at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (formerly Schneider Children’s Hospital), New York, followed by a pediatric endocrine fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Marshall has co-authored numerous peer reviewed articles, and medical chapters, and has contributed to the development of guidelines for comprehensive care centers for CAH.
Walter L. Miller, M.D.
Dr. Walter L. Miller is Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he holds joint appointments in the Center for Reproductive Sciences and the Human Genetics Program. Dr. Miller received his S.B. in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and his M.D. from Duke University in 1970. He did two years of residency in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital, two years of general endocrinology in the USPHS at NIH.
Maria I. New, M.D.
Pediatric and Adult Endocrinologist
Recipient of The Endocrine Society’s highest award, The Koch Award, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Maria New is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Adrenal Steroids Disorders Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. New’s research focuses on intersex, childhood hypertension, and adrenal steroid disorders, particularly CAH. She is developing gene therapy for CAH.
Sharon E. Oberfield, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Sharon Oberfield is the Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and the Program Director of the Fellowship Training Program at Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital. In the past Dr. Oberfield has been a Director of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (LWPES) and chaired its Drug and Therapeutics Committee. She is the current Chair of the LWPES Program Directors Committee. Dr. Oberfield is also a member of the Endocrine Society and its Clinical Guidelines Subcommittee. She is the author or co-author of more than 125 articles, multiple chapters and reviews. She is also an invited speaker at national and international meetings on topics related to disorders of the adrenal gland and puberty.
Dix P. Poppas, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Dix Poppas is Chief of Pediatric Urology at the Children’s Hospital of New York – Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Poppas is the Richard Rodgers Professor of Pediatric Urology in the James Buchanan Brady Department of Urology at Weill Medical College. He holds joint appointments as Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Weill Medical College. Dr. Poppas’ practice is limited to pediatric urology with special interest in genital reconstruction, laparoscopy and intersex disorders. He serves as Director of the Laboratory for Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery. Dr. Poppas is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and over 12 book chapters relating to his clinical and basic science research.
Richard C. Rink, M.D.
Dr. Richard C. Rink is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. His general surgical training was at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He returned to Indiana University where he completed his Urology Residency.
He then did a Pediatric Urologic Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital, Boston at Harvard Medical School. In 1985, he joined the Pediatric Urology Faculty at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University. In 1989, was Chief of Pediatric Urology from 1996-2015 and was named the Robert A. Garrett Professor of Pediatric Urologic Research.
Scott A. Rivkees, M.D.
Scott A. Rivkees, MD, a board-certified specialist in pediatric endocrinology, is Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of Pediatrics of the University Florida and Shands Hospital for Children.
Dr. Rivkees received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed residencies in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. His postgraduate training includes a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He also received postdoctoral training in at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Before moving to the University of Florida, Dr. Rivkees was Professor at Yale University.
Professor Ross trained in medicine at The Royal London Hospital (1974-1979) and in Endocrinology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London (1983-1988). He is Head of the Section of Endocrinology and Reproduction and serves on the School Council.
Professor Ross’s research and clinical interests are in Pituitary Disease. His research has yielded some 130 papers in peer reviewed journals, over 50 chapters and two books. He has a particular interest in commercial research. He is a Knowledge Transfer Champion in the university, and founding Director of two university spin-out companies; Asterion Ltd and Diurnal Ltd. He has 9 granted patents and over 100 filed patents and obtained Orphan Drug Designation from the EMEA for Chronocort; a new therapy for Adrenal Insufficiency.
David E. Sandberg, Ph.D.
Dr. David Sandberg is Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Child Behavioral Health in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Dr. Sandberg is a child and adolescent clinical psychologist with expertise in caring for youths with chronic medical conditions and their families.
Ellen W. Seely, M.D.
Ellen W. Seely, M.D. is the Director of Clinical Research, in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Seely is a graduate of Brown University, and she received her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She then completed her internal medicine and endocrinology fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Phyllis W. Speiser, M.D.
Dr. Phyllis Speiser is Director of Pediatric Endocrinology for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.
Dr. Speiser is an internationally recognized expert in congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). Her research has mainly focused on genetic and clinical correlations among patients with adrenal disorders. Dr. Speiser’s research on CAH has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, where she serves on the Editorial Board. Dr. Speiser recently edited and published a symposium on congenital adrenal hyperplasia for the Endocrine and Metabolism Clinics of North America. She is a medical advisor to the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation.
Bradford L. Therrell, M.S., Ph.D.
Dr. Brad Therrell is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), and Director of the National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center (NNSGRC) located in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Therrell previously served for almost 30 years as Director of Chemistry at the Texas Department of Health, where he was responsible for the world’s largest newborn screening laboratory. It was under his direction that congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) was added to the newborn screening panel in Texas in 1987.
Maria Vogiatzi, M.D.
Dr. Vogiatzi is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics CE, and Director of the Adrenal and Puberty Center, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. A native of Greece, Dr. Vogiatzi graduated from the Medical School of Aristotelian University in Greece and came to New York for further training in Pediatrics. She continued her training in Pediatric Endocrinology at The New York Hospital/Cornell and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She joined the faculty of Pediatric Endocrinology at Cornell in 1997 and became the director of the program in 2005.
Dr. Vogiatzi has been involved with patients with CAH and their families since she joined Cornell. She worked with Dr. New’s team in a study of growth in CAH and in evaluating the long term outcome of males with classical CAH. Her research interests include studies of growth in CAH, the development of a model of comprehensive, multidisciplinary care in CAH and other chronic endocrine disorders and studies of low bone mass (i.e. osteoporosis) in childhood and adolescence.
Selma Feldman Witchel, M.D.
Dr. Selma Witchel is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA where she also serves as the Program Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Program.
She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Following her residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, she completed her pediatric endocrine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.