Our Team

Connecticut Children’s diabetes and endocrinology team of board-certified physicians, advanced practice nurses and dietitians have expertise across a broad spectrum of endocrine conditions including diabetes, obesity and sexual development disorders.

Emily L. Germain-Lee, MD
Chief, Diabetes & Endocrinology

Paola Palma-Sisto, MD
Clinical Director, Endocrinology
Medical Director, Endocrinology
Assistant Dean, Education
Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

Karen Rubin, MD
Associate Clinical Chair, Pediatrics
Director, Center for Innovation

Cem Demirci, MD
Medical Director, Diabetes Program
Coordinator, Faculty Education

Nancy Street Dunbar, MD, MPH
Clinical Director, Kids’ Center for Bone Health

Priya Phulwani, MD
Co-Medical Director, Clinic for Disorders of Sexual Development & Gender Identity Program

Susan Ratzan, MD 

Rebecca Riba-Wolman, MD
Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

Christine Trapp, MD
Co-Director, Weight Management Program

Melissa Santos, PhD
Psychologist, Weight Management Program

Alison Baran, RD, CDE

Karen Bucci, APRN, MSN, CDE

Lauren Davidow, RN

Comalita Elliott, RN, CDE

Karen Jensen, RD, CDE

Nancy Paulhus-Orkin, APRN, MSN, CDE

Julie Pedersen, RD, CDE

Michele Perriolat, RD, CDE

Stacey Reicher, LCSW