Endocrinology

Faculty

Sharon E. Oberfield, MD

Academic Title(s):

Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism
Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: seo8@columbia.edu

Education

  • Cornell University College of Arts and Science, Ithaca, NY, A.B., 1970
  • Cornell University Medical College, NY, NY

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, NY, NY, M.D., 1974-1976
  • Fellowship, The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, NY, NY, 1976-1979

Interests/Specialties

  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Growth

Learn more about Dr. Oberfield

Dr. Oberfield, Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, is Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and is the Director of the Fellowship Training Program. She is Board certified in Pediatrics (1979), Pediatric Endocrinology (1981) and voluntary recertified in Pediatric Endocrinology (2000). Dr. Oberfield was a member of the Pediatric Endocrine Sub-Board of the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of its credentialing committee. She has served as a director of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (LWPES) and a member and chair of the LWPES Drug and Therapeutics Committee. She was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and was a member of the Annual Planning Committee of the Endocrine Society. She currently is a member of the Endocrine Society's Guidelines Committee. She has chaired international symposia on adrenal disorders at combined LWPES/ESPE meetings and was co-author on the International Consensus Statement on Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (2002). She has recently served on the NIH Special Emphasis Panel for Diabetic Research for Pediatric Endocrinologists, was a member of the NICHD Pediatric Sub-Committee and is currently a member of the NIDDK-B study section. She is the site principal investigator for an NICHD Bone Mineral Density in Childhood Study. She is a member of Columbia's Advisory Committee, General Clinical Research Center/Irving Center for Clinical Research reflecting her expertise in patient-oriented research. She is also a voting member of the Faculty Council of Columbia University.

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Gaya S. Aranoff, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (718) 543-4800
Fax: (718)543-4801
Email: gsa1@columbia.edu

Education

  • Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY, B.A., 1972
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, M.D., 1975

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, The Roosevelt Hospital, NY, NY (Chief Resident), 1975-1978
  • Fellowships at Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel, 1978-1979; New York University Medical Center, 1979-1980; Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY, NY, 1984-1985

Interests/Specialties

  • Thyroid Disorders
  • Growth

Learn more about Dr. Aranoff

Dr. Aranoff currently is part of our voluntary faculty. She established the Pediatric Endocrine Testing Service (PETS) 1992 and was its director until 2003. The testing center enables children to have diagnostic endocrine stimulation testing in an outpatient setting, in a safe, efficient, and child-friendly environment. The testing center has served as a model for other pediatric endocrine units in tertiary care centers and Dr. Aranoff has served as a consultant to help other centers set up endocrine testing units for children. She has also developed a number of emergency procedures in our emergency manual for Pediatric Endocrinology. Her publications include a recent chapter on growth and pediatric adolescent endocrinology. She serves as a clinical attending for our residents. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Jennifer J. Bell, MD

Academic Title(s):

Special Lecturer

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: jjb4@columbia.edu

Education

  • Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, B.A., 1953
  • New York University School of Medicine, NY, NY, M.D., 1961

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, The New York Hospital, NY, NY, 1962-1964
  • Fellowship, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Columbia University, NY, NY, 1964-1967

Learn more about Dr. Bell

Dr. Bell was the former Acting Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Babies and Children's Hospital. She is a senior attending endocrinologist who is recognized as an expert in disorders of growth and development. She continues to serve in a supervisory and teaching capacity for the fellows. She formally reads all bone ages and instructs fellows in bone age interpretation. Dr. Bell participates in chart rounds, instructional sessions and provides literature reviews for our fellows. She is responsible for the quality assurance of our Division and sits on the Departmental Quality Assurance Committee. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Ilene Fennoy, MD, MPH

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Director, POWER (Obesity)
Clinic Medical Director, The Center for Comprehensive Adolescent Bariatric Surgery (CABS)
Liaison, Harlem Hospital Pediatric Endocrine Service

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: if1@columbia.edu

Education

  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA, A.B., 1968
  • University of California at San Francisco, CA, M.D., 1973
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, M.P.H., 1993

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, 1974-1975
  • Fellowships at Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, NY, NY, 1975-1977; National Institute of Child Health Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 1977-1979

Interests/Specialties

  • Obesity
  • Disorders of Calcium Metabolism
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Klinefelter Syndrome

Learn more about Dr. Fennoy

In addition to having received her pediatric endocrine training with the Pediatric Medicine Branch of the National Institute of Child Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Fennoy holds a masters degree in Public Health from Columbia and has had training from the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia. She has assumed a significant role in the training of the residents in clinical research skills and management of endocrine patients in clinical trials. Her research focus is in childhood obesity with an emphasis on treatment in adolescence. She has been actively involved at St. Luke's - Roosevelt with the NIH funded Centers for Obesity Research program to develop provider education in this area. She has also conducted pharmaceutical based clinical trials in both obesity and diabetes. She is the Director of the Program for Overweight Education and Reduction (POWER) and is involved in a study of the impact of exercise on insulin resistance in childhood. She is Medical Director of our adolescent program for bariatric surgery for morbidly obese adolescents. She is also involved in clinical trials relating to novel androgen delivery systems in hypogonadal children. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology and Clinical Nutrition.

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Mary Pat Gallagher, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Co-Director, Pediatric Diabetes, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, CUMC and the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: mpg15@columbia.edu

Education

  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, B.S., 1991
  • UMDNJ, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, M.D., 1995

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Babies & Children's Hospital of New York, NY, NY (Chief Resident), 1995-1999
  • Fellowship, Babies & Children's Hospital of New York, NY, NY, 1999-2002

Interests/Specialties

  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
  • Clinical Trials

Learn more about Dr. Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher, as a former chief resident, is very skilled in clinical management of patients and continues to serve as an attending for our fellows. She is involved in clinical research protocols, conferences and rounds. She is an investigator on a number of NIH multi-center trials investigating immune modulation and treatment in Type 1 diabetes. The focus of her clinical care is diabetes. She was the Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Testing, which receives referrals from the tri-state area and supervises over 200 tests annually. She serves as an advisor for the Virtual Preceptor Program in the Department of Pediatrics for endocrinology and diabetes. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Rachelle Gandica, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 851-5494
Fax: (212) 851-5493
Email: rg2216@columbia.edu

Education

  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, B.A., 2000
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, M.D., 2004

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, 2004-2007
  • Fellowship, NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, 2008-2011

Interests/Specialties

  • Diabetes (Types 1 and 2)

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Abeer Hassoun, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: ah2059@columbia.edu

Education

  • University of Baghdad, 1986
  • University of Baghdad School of Medicine, M.D., 1986

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Harlem Hospital, New York, NY (Chief Resident), 1998-2002
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, NY, NY, 2002-2005

Interests/Specialties

  • Growth
  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Puberty

Learn more about Dr. Hassoun

Dr. Hassoun, as a former chief resident at Harlem Hospital, is active in clinical research and patient care teaching. She is the Director of our core endocrine lecture series and assumes a major role in fellow teaching. She has previously received funding from the New York State Empire Clinical Investigation Program to assess metabolic outcomes in children born to pregnancies complicated by diabetes. She is co-investigator for the NIH funded study on endocrine disruptors in childhood. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Richard Hershcopf, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (201) 871-4680
Fax: (201) 871-3815
Email: rjh3@columbia.edu

Education

  • State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, B.S., 1970
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, M.S., 1974
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, NY. M.D., 1974

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA, 1975-1976
  • Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1979-1981

Interests/Specialties

  • Growth
  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Puberty

Learn more about Dr. Hershcopf

Dr. Hershcopf is one of our voluntary attendings. He supervises and precepts student, residents, and fellows in our Pediatric Endocrine Clinic. He is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Natasha Leibel, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 851-5494
Fax: (212) 851-5493
Email: nl121@columbia.edu

Education

  • Cornell University College of Arts and Science Ithaca, NY, B.A., 1992
  • Cornell University School of Medicine, New York, NY, M.D., 1998

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian (Chief Resident), 1999-2002
  • Fellowships, New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2002-2003; The University of Chicago Children's Hospital, 2003-2004; Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, 2004-2005

Interests/Specialties

  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes

Learn more about Dr. Leibel

Dr. N. Leibel is active in our clinical program and concentrates her efforts in clinical management of children with diabetes. She currently is an investigator in the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY TRIAL) and continues to participate in the education and supervision of our fellows. She is Board certified in pediatric endocrinology.

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Shulamit E. Lerner, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC
Director, Pediatric Endocrine Testing Unit

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: sl2033@columbia.edu

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, B.S., 1993
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, M.D. 1998

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, 1998-2001
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, NY, NY, 2001-2004

Interests/Specialties

  • Growth
  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Puberty

Learn more about Dr. Lerner

Dr. Lerner has recently assumed a greater role in our clinical practice. After her fellowship, she was awarded a Physician Science Award administered under a NIH-CHRC Career Development Award (K12) for study of diabetic nephropathy and the Receptor on Advanced Glycation End-Products (RAGE) in Dr. Ann Marie Schmidt's lab. She continues to participate in the training of our fellows and residents and is the Director of our Endocrine Testing Service. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Michael Novogroder, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (201) 836-9441
Fax: (201) 836-5110
Email: mn18@columbia.edu

Education

  • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, B.S. 1965
  • SUNY, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, M.D. 1969

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY, 1970-1973
  • Fellowship, New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, NY, NY, 1975-1976

Interests/Specialties

  • Growth
  • Thyroid, Pubertal and Calcium Disorders

Learn more about Dr. Novogroder

Dr. Novogroder is a senior voluntary attending in our division. He participates in our endocrine clinic as a preceptor and also delivers endocrine lectures as part of our core seminars to the residents. He is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Michael Rosenbaum, MD

Academic Title(s):

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212)305-9949
Email: mr475@columbia.edu

Education

  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA, B.A., 1978
  • Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY, M.D., 1982

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital, New York, NY, 1983-1985
  • Fellowship, The New York Hospital, New York, NY, 1985-1988

Interests/Specialties

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Clinical Research

Learn more about Dr. Rosenbaum

Dr. Rosenbaum has a longstanding interest in clinical research relating to alterations of energy expenditure to body weight. He has worked with Dr. R. Leibel and Dr. M. Horlick in a clinical study regarding the role of leptin and body composition. He currently is a co-PI on an NIH/NIDDK funded grant in human obesity. He has just completed a pilot study designed to examine the effects of supervised exercise and nutritional and health education on metabolic risk factors for type II diabetes mellitus in children. He is also the recipient of an AMDeC grant to study the Molecular Genetics of Type II Diabetes in Children. He helps train and supervise our fellows in the execution of clinical projects, which will utilize our General Clinical Research Center and outreach into the community. He is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Barney Softness, MD

Academic Title(s):

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 851-5494
Fax: (212) 851-5493
Email: bs145@columbia.edu

Education

  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA, A.B., 1976
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, NY, NY, M.D., 1980

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY, NY, 1980-1983
  • Fellowship, New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, NY, NY, 1983-1985

Interests/Specialties

  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes

Learn more about Dr. Softness

Dr. Softness is a clinical endocrinologist whose major role is the training of our fellows in diabetes care. He is the Co-Director of Pediatrics Diabetes, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. He has been involved in clinical projects related to use of growth hormone in cardiac transplant patients. He currently is involved in the TRIGR diabetes trial to reduce diabetes in children genetically at risk and is also participating in the TEDDY trial, an International study looking at the environmental courses of type 2 Diabetes in children. He recently completed an oral health project with Columbia University's Dental School for the children with type I diabetes. He attends the diabetes clinic and organizes seminars and teaching sessions for the fellows. He is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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Aviva B. Sopher MD, MS

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559
Fax: (212) 305-4778
Email: ahs32@columbia.edu

Education

  • Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY, B.A., 1991
  • New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, M.D., 1995
  • Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, New York, NY, M.S., 1999

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2003 – 2006.
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University Medical Center, 2007 – 2010.

Interests/Specialties

  • Disorders of puberty
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Growth
  • Disorders of calcium metabolism

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Ileana Vargas-Rodriguez, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-6559, (212) 851-5494
Fax: (212)305-4778, (212) 851-5493
Email: iv29@columbia.edu

Education

  • Fordham University Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, NY, B.S., 1982
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D., 1986

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY, NY, 1986-1989
  • Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY, NY, 1989-1992

Interests/Specialties

  • Obesity
  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes

Click hereto learn more about Dr. Vargas-Rodriguez

The increasing incidence of type II diabetes in the young, and its association with childhood obesity, has led Dr. Vargas-Rodriguez to collaborate with Dr. Rudolph Leibel and Dr. Louis Arrone in basic and clinical research with obese patients. She has participated in the establishment of the Program for Overweight Education and Reduction (POWER) clinic, and instructs our fellows in the management of childhood obesity and both type I and type II diabetes. She is involved in a number of ongoing clinical trials and in 2000 was named a fellow of the National Hispanic Leadership Program sponsored by the National Hispanic Medical Association. She is active in recruiting patients from the community to participate in ongoing efforts to promote changes in lifestyle with regard to childhood obesity and Diabetes. Her practice is principally related to the care of overweight and its co-morbidities. She is Board certified in Pediatric Endocrinology.

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