I design treatment plans to be family-centered and supportive.
Laurie A. Mitan, MD



I was inspired to specialize in the field of eating disorders when first exposed to it during my psychiatry rotation in medical school. I am certified by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals as a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS).

In my practice, I design treatment plans to be family-centered and supportive. I have cared for families affected by eating disorders since 1993 and have been director of the Eating Disorder Program at Cincinnati Children’s since 2008. I am also interested in the gynecologic concerns of adolescents and the psychosocial effects of complex medical illnesses.

I provide eating disorder consultative services to community physicians and families at the Cincinnati Children's Outpatient Services Liberty Campus. At the Cincinnati Children's main campus, I offer primary care services in a teaching clinic as faculty in the Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine's Teen Health Center.

In my clinical research, I work collaboratively with mental health providers to improve the understanding and treatment of restrictive eating disorders.

I enjoy teaching pediatric staff and medical students and have spent a significant amount of my career giving lectures and presentations.

In my free time, I relax by reading mystery novels.

MD: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, 1990.

Residency: State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY, 1990-1993.

Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1993-1996.

Certification: Adolescent Medicine, 1997; Pediatrics, 1994.


Eating disorders; teen pregnancy

Services and Specialties

Adolescent Medicine

Research Areas

Adolescent Medicine

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Yoga as an intervention to promote bone and mental health in adolescent females with anorexia nervosa: a pilot study. Ziv, A; Barnea-Melamed, S; Meisman, A; Ofei-Tenkorang, NA; O’Donnell, J; Altaye, M; Nash, JK; Mitan, L; Gordon, CM. Eating Disorders. 2023; 31:526-532.

Eating Disorders. Treasure, J. In: Slap GB, Ed. Adolescent Medicine: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Philadelphia, PA: Royal College of Psychiatrists; 2022.

Eating disorder severity and psychological morbidity in adolescents with anorexia nervosa or atypical anorexia nervosa and premorbid overweight/obesity. Matthews, A; Kramer, RA; Mitan, L. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity. 2022; 27:233-242.

Higher admission and rapid readmission rates among medically hospitalized youth with anorexia nervosa/atypical anorexia nervosa during COVID-19. Matthews, A; Kramer, RA; Peterson, CM; Mitan, L. Eating Behaviors. 2021; 43:101573.

Modifiable factors associated with mental health symptoms in siblings of adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Matthews, A; Peterson, CM; Lenz, K; Kramer, RA; Mara, C; Copps, E; Mitan, L. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity. 2021; 26:1757-1765.

Correlation of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Response to Visual Food Stimuli With Clinical Measures in Adolescents With Restrictive Eating Disorders. Ziv, A; O'Donnell, JM; Ofei-Tenkorang, N; Meisman, AR; Nash, JK; Mitan, LP; DiFrancesco, M; Altaye, M; Gordon, CM. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020; 67:209-217.

Adolescent males with atypical anorexia nervosa and premorbid obesity: three case reports. Matthews, A; Peterson, CM; Mitan, L. Eating and Weight Disorders: studies on anorexia, bulimia and obesity. 2019; 24:963-967.

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