Diabetes Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Diabetes Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Attending Physicians

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    Philippe F. Backeljauw, MD
    Fellowship Program Director, Division of Endocrinology

    513-636-8444

    philippe.backeljauw@cchmc.org

    Philippe F. Backeljauw, MD

    Fellowship Program Director, Division of Endocrinology

    Clinical Director, Cincinnati Growth Center

    Director, Turner Syndrome Center of Cincinnati

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8444

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: philippe.backeljauw@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric endocrinology; growth disorders; Turner syndrome

    Research

    Growth disorders; Turner syndrome 

    Biography

    Dr. Backeljauw's research has focused on clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and safety of recombinant human IGF-I in patients with growth hormone insensitivity syndrome. These studies have led to the USFDA approval of IGF-I as a treatment for growth failure associated with primary IGF-I deficiency. The studies ended in 2012, and results have been published. He has also been involved in other multicenter studies of IGF-I therapy or combined growth hormone plus IGF-I therapy for idiopathic short stature. In collaboration with Dr. Meilan Rutter, they recently finished a comprehensive study looking at the efficacy and safety of IGF-I therapy in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    Another area of research for Dr. Backeljauw, during the last five years, is related to activities in the Turner Syndrome Center. We now have conducted several clinical research projects evaluating the cardiovascular pathology, hypertension, attention deficit disorder status, gonadectomy surgery outcomes, and, in particular, vasculopathy prevalence in our large cohort of patients with Turner syndrome.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Ghent, Belgium.

    Residency: Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1992; recertified, 1999, 2007; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1995; recertified, 2003, 2013.

    Publications

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    Nancy A. Crimmins, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: nancy.crimmins@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Diabetes; obesity

    Research Interests

    Obesity: etiology and treatment; maturity onset diabetes of the young; epidemiology of glucose intolerance and diabetes

    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, 2000.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2003.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2006.

    Publications

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    Lawrence M. Dolan, MD
    Director, Division of Endocrinology

    513-636-4744

    Lawrence M. Dolan, MD

    Director, Division of Endocrinology

    Director, Endocrinology Clinical Laboratory

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric endocrinology; diabetes mellitus

    Research

    Epidemiology of obesity; insulin resistance; abnormal carbohydrate metabolism; diabetes and their relationships to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease

    Biography

    Lawrence M. Dolan, MD, is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology. He has been on the faculty of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine since 1983.

    Dr. Dolan is a professor of pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. His research focuses on the epidemiology and genetics of obesity, insulin resistance, abnormal carbohydrate metabolism, diabetes and their relationships to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease.

    Dr. Dolan received his bachelor of science degree from the University of San Francisco. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Dr. Dolan completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Minnesota. He also served as chief resident. He obtained fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1971.

    MD: University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1976.

    Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1976 to 1979. Chief Resident, 1979.

    Fellowship: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1982; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1983.

    Publications

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    Grants

    SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth. Principal Investigator.  Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. Sep 2010–Oct 2015. 3 (1U18DP002709).

    Accelerated cardiovascular aging in Youth. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jan 2011–Dec 2015. R01-105591.

    Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: Assessing Benefits and Risks. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Apr 2012–Mar 2017. UO1DK072493.

    Self-management of type 1 diabetes during adolescence. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jul 2013–Jun 2018. R01DK069486-06.

    SEARCH for Air. Co-investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2011–Jun 2015. RO1ES019168.

    Deborah A. Elder, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-803-1174

    Email: deborah.elder@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Type 1 diabetes; type 2 diabetes; cystic-fibrosis-related diabetes; assessment of beta-cell function in the evaluation of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TPAIT) in children with chronic pancreatitis; growth disorders; precocious puberty; pancreatic center member; cystic fibrosis and endocrine combined clinic; lung transplantation center member.

    Research Interests 

    Beta-cell function and glucose tolerance in a variety of different diabetes conditions.

    Education and Training

    BS: Michigan State University, 1991.

    MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, 1995.

    Residency: Indiana University Riley Hospital For Children, Indianapolis, IN, 1998.

    Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2001.

    Certification: Pediatric endocrinology.

    Publications

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    Jonathan D. Katz, PhD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5306

    Fax: 513-636-5355

    Email: jonathan.katz@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    T cells; MHC, beta cell death; islet antigens

    Research Interests

    Immunology, autoimmunity, type 1 diabetes

    Biography

    Jonathan D. Katz, PhD, focuses on autoimmune diabetes research. Autoimmune diabetes, also known as type 1 diabetes (T1D), is the most common pediatric autoimmune disease. Roughly 1/250 individuals develop T1D in the United States.There is currently no cure for T1D and the only treatment is daily exogenous insulin replacement therapy. Many T1D patients eventually develop secondary complications, such as hearth disease, blindness, peripheral neuropathy and renal failure.

    Dr. Katz's work focuses on the role that autoreactive T lymphocytes play in the disease process. His lab interested in (1) the control of autoreactive T cells via central and peripheral tolerance, (2) the role NKT cells play in regulating autoreactive T cells, and (3) the role dendritic cells play in activating and regulating autoreactive T cells in T1D.

    Most of his work uses the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse strain that spontaneously develops T1D with remarkable similar to the T1D seen in human patients. The availability of the NOD strain has allowed us to take a modern, reductionist molecular and cellular immunology approach to understanding the mechanism(s) and genetics underlying T1D susceptibility and disease progression. His lab makes extensive use of knockout, transgenic, regulated gene expression, targeted ablation, cell transfer and genomic studies the progression and regulation of T1D in the NOD mouse.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1984.

    PhD: University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1990.

    Post-Doctoral Fellow: Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 1990-1995.

    Publications

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    Susan R. Rose, MD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Email: susan.rose@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Neuro-endocrinology; hypothalamic-pituitary injury; growth disorders; puberty disorders; thyroid disorders; late effects of cancer

    Research

    Hypothalamic-pituitary function

    Biography

    Susan Rose is professor in the Division of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She has published over 100 review articles or chapters, and about 100 peer-reviewed articles. These include updating guidelines for care of congenital hypothyroidism and writing the chapter on thyroid for Fanaroff's and Avery's textbooks of neonatology. She’s served on the state newborn screening (NBS) committee in Tennessee. She is involved in long term follow up of newborn screening for CAH and congenital hypothyroidism with Region 4 and with the Federal Workgroup on NBS Standards.

    She has clinical expertise and research interests in hypothalamic pituitary function, thyroid hormone disorders, and in disorders of growth or puberty. She has a special interest in the effects of central nervous system injury on hypothalamic-pituitary function. In addition, she has expertise and experience in evaluating the endocrine conditions associated with congenital bone marrow failure syndromes such as Fanconi anemia, Blackfan Diamond anemia, and Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. In addition, she is evaluating the endocrine consequences of hypothalamic-pituitary injury, including traumatic brain injury and injury from treatments for cancer, as well as comparing the relative efficacy of several treatments for precocious puberty. In this study, she will be developing growth curves specific to Fanconi Anemia, recognizing that healthy children with FA may not grow along the typical growth pattern of other healthy children.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 1980.

    MEd: School Psychology, University of Dayton, 1972.

    Residency: The Cleveland Clinic, 1983.

    Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, 1986.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Endocrinology, 1986.

    Publications

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    Meilan M. Rutter, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: meilan.rutter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Bone health and calcium metabolism; disorders of growth, puberty and sex development; endocrine function in cancer survivors; endocrine function in neuromuscular disorders

    Research Interests

    Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) therapy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Biography

    Meilan Rutter is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and joined the faculty of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008. Currently, Dr. Rutter is assistant director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program.

    Dr. Rutter received her degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BCh) from the University of Wales College of Medicine. She completed her training in Pediatrics in New Zealand, and was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1995. She underwent fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children's. She completed further pediatric residency training to achieve American Board of Pediatrics specialty and subspecialty board certification.

    Dr. Rutter treats children and adolescents with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus. She serves as a consultant for the Neuromuscular Comprehensive Care Center and the Neuro-Oncology program at Cincinnati Children's. Additionally. she is a member of the Disorders of Sex Development interdisciplinary team.

    Education and Training

    MB, BCh: University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom.

    FRACP: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, New Zealand.

    Residency: Auckland Children's Hospital and Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand; Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2002; Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics, 2003; Pediatrics, Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1995.

    Publications

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    Peggy J. Stenger, DO

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: peggy.stenger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Disorders of bone and calcium metabolism; disorders of thyroid, puberty, growth; disorders of pituitary and adrenal; diabetes

    Biography

    Peggy J. Stenger, DO, is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. She has been in the Division of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s since 1999. Prior to that she worked in the Babies Milk Fund at Norwood through the Department of General Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. Her primary interest is in disorders of bone and calcium metabolism. She is a certified clinical densitometrist, especially interested in disorders of high bone mass.

    Dr. Stenger received her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas. She received her residency training at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque where she also served as Chief Resident. She obtained pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Dr. Stenger has previously served in the Indian Health Service at Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup, New Mexico. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, she was on the clinical faculty in General Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. While there, she served on the New Mexico State Board of the American Diabetes Association. She was instrumental in organization of diabetes clinics at the University of New Mexico and worked in diabetes outreach clinics throughout the state.

    Education and Training

    BS:  University of Texas, Arlington, Texas.

    DO: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    CCD:  International Society Clinical Densitometry.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics 1989; Pediatric Endocrinology, American Board of Pediatrics 1999; International Society Clinical Densitometry 2007.


    Nana-Hawa Yayah Jones, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4744

    Fax: 513-636-7486

    Email: nana.jones@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Diversity and cultural competence; non-adherence in the pediatric population; information technology in healthcare; medical education

    Research Interests

    Adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes 

    Biography

    Nana-Hawa Yayah Jones, MD, is a new clinical faculty in the division of pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Yayah Jones recently arrived in Cincinnati from St. Louis, Missouri where she completed both pediatric residency and endocrinology fellowship at Washington University's St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH). An additional year was spent at SLCH as a pediatric chief resident. During all the years of Dr. Yayah Jones's training she was active in fostering diversity among the medical trainees and in fact founded the Washington University Minority Medical Association (WUMMA), a group of medical trainees whose focus was on recruitment, retention and community service. As creator and president of WUMMA she became active in the resident and fellows diversity initiative created by the Barnes Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence. She mentored undergraduate student, medical students and residents throughout her training.

    During fellowship she fostered a special interest in children with chronic illness who are non-adherent to their medical regimen. Dr. Yayah Jone's research efforts will be geared towards the non-adherence type 1 diabetic who is often prone to recurrent hospitalizations and diabetes complications.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, 2002.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2005.

    Chief Residency: Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2006.

    Fellowship: Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 2009.

    Certified Nurse Practitioners

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    Janise M. Felblinger, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    513-636-2444

    janise.felblinger@cchmc.org

    Janise M. Felblinger, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Email: janise.felblinger@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Diabetes

    Education and Training

    BSN: Xavier University, 2003.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2009.

    Certification: Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, 2009.

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    Michele Hanson, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    513-636-2444

    michele.hanson@cchmc.org

    Michele A. Hanson, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Email: michele.hanson@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 1984.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1991.

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1991.

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    Jennifer J. Kelly, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology

    513-636-2444

    jennifer.kelly@cchmc.org

    Jennifer J. Kelly, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Fax: 513-636-9677

    Email: jennifer.kelly@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Diabetes

    Education and Training

    MSN: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2003.

    Certification: CNP, 2004 PNCB.
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    Ann B. Malinowski, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology

    513-636-2444

    ann.malinowski@cchmc.org

    Ann B. Malinowski, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Email: ann.malinowski@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1977.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1981.

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1981.

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    Nancy J. Morwessel, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    513-636-2444

    nancy.morwessel@cchmc.org

    Nancy J. Morwessel, MSN, APRN, RN, CNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Fax: 513-636-7576

    Email: nancy.morwessel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    General pediatric diabetes care and intensified insulin therapy; quality-of-life and well-being measurement; bioethics consultation and education; bereavement follow-up.

    Education and Training

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1975.

    MSN: Child Health Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981. 

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, 1981.
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    Christine D. Osborn, RN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology

    513-636-2444

    christine.osborn@cchmc.org

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    Christine D. Osborn, RN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Division of Endocrinology

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Email: christine.osborn@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992.

    CNP: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1997. 

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses, 1997.

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    Debra A. Standiford, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    513-636-7449

    debbie.standiford@cchmc.org

    Debra Standiford, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    Phone: 513-636-7449

    Fax: 513-803-0677

    Email: debbie.standiford@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Care of children with diabetes

    Clinical research related to diabetes

    Biography

    Debra A. Standiford, MSN, APRN, CNP, has been an employee of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1975.

    From 1975 to 1977, Debra worked as a staff nurse on a chronic care unit, when she was promoted to charge nurse. She assumed the role of head nurse of the Orthopedic unit in 1978.

    In 1980 and 1981, Debra worked part-time as a staff nurse on the Hematology/ Oncology unit and graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She worked as pediatric extension program liaison in nursing education. The focus of her work was the coordination of clinical experiences for undergraduate nursing students from local universities, colleges, and schools of nursing.

    Debra assisted in orienting newly employed nurses and presenting in-services for clinical and managerial nurses. During 1983 and 1984, she was acting director of Educational Services for Nursing and assumed the role of educational nurse specialist while pursuing further education. She graduated with a master's degree in nursing management from Indiana University in 1987. She was promoted to nursing director of the Neurosurgical/Tracheostomy unit.

    In 1992, Debra assumed the role of diabetes research nurse. The major focus of her work was the coordination of clinical research studies related to diabetes in children and young adults.

    Debra has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, and in 1989, was certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Currently, Debra works with families of children diagnosed with diabetes. She also continues to function as a coordinator of clinical research studies related to diabetes.

    Education and Training

    Diploma of Nursing: The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1975.

    BSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981.

    MSN: Nursing Administration, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind.,1987.

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1997.

    Publications

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    Karishma J. Tilton, MSN, APRN, CNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    513-636-2444

    karishma.tilton@cchmc.org

    Karishma J. Tilton, MSN, APRN, CNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Diabetes Center

    Phone: 513-636-2444

    Fax: 513-636-7576

    Email: karishma.tilton@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Education and Training

    BS: Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University, 2003.

    BSN: College of Mount St. Joseph, 2005.

    MSN: University of Cincinnati, 2008.

    Certification: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center, 2008. 

    Social Workers

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    Andrea N. Houchen, MSW, LISW-S
    Social Worker II, Division of Social Services

    513-636-2444

    andrea.houchen@cchmc.org

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    Craig R. McManiman, MSW, LISW
    Social Worker III, Endocrinology

    513-636-2444

    craig.mcmaniman@cchmc.org


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    Maleshia Renee' Neugebauer
    Social Worker, Diabetes Center

    513-636-6076

    maleshia.neugebauer@cchmc.org