Meet the Fellows
Connor Corcoran, MD
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
I grew up in a few different places but primarily in the St. Louis area before moving out west to study biology at the University of Southern California. After college, I had the good fortune to remain at USC for medical school to learn from the many wonderful patients and health professionals at its affiliated hospitals and solidify my desire to become a pediatrician. Through my pediatric residency training at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, I had the privilege to work with fantastic clinicians and families in general pediatrics and in various pediatric subspecialties. Increasingly I realized that pediatric endocrinology would enable me to partner with children and families longitudinally through growth and development while also navigating diabetes and other endocrine conditions of particular interest for me clinically.
Here at Stanford, I am thrilled to be part of such invested and collegial interdisciplinary teams in both endocrinology and diabetes. We are especially lucky to have so many colleagues interested in improving access to advancements in diabetes technologies to help decrease the burdens youth with diabetes and their families experience. Other areas of particular professional interest for me include growth, puberty, differences in sexual development, and youth with risk for multiple endocrine conditions, such as children with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and survivors of childhood cancers.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my dog, playing the piano, watching comedy, and exploring the Bay Area with its many great restaurants, hiking trails, and museums.
Jennifer Ni, MD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
I grew up mainly in the Bay Area of California, attending UC Berkeley for undergraduate (Go Bears!) with a major in Bioengineering. After a gap year working at a biotech start up, I traveled to the East Coast for medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, and then back to my birth state of Texas for residency at UT Southwestern. During my experiences in medical school and residency, I discovered that I enjoyed the logic of thinking through signaling pathways to understand the pathophysiology of endocrine disorders. In the future, I hope to combine my background in engineering with my passion for medicine to advance the field of endocrinology, especially in diabetes management. I am very excited to return to the Bay Area for fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy baking sweet treats, trying new restaurants, and running.
Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD
University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, I moved to the Central Valley of California in my early teens. Ever since then, California has been my second home. I majored in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC Davis. I continued my medical education at UC Davis as part of the San Joaquin Valley PRIME program which allowed me to do my clinical years in the Central Valley. This experience allowed to delve deeper in the unique health challenges rural families face and cultivated my passion for pediatrics. I completed pediatrics residency at Stanford where I was part of the medical education scholarly concentration and LEAD (Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity). My interests include medical education, research in healthcare delivery, disparities in management of endocrinological disorders in vulnerable communities, and pediatric bone health.
Mindy Lee, MD, PhD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University
I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to the US when I was 11 years old. I have always been interested in biology, technology, and medicine, so I pursued a degree in bioengineering as an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, I obtained a PhD studying autophagy, which is a cellular degradation pathway with important implications in metabolic disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, cancers, and immunity. Throughout my medical training, I developed a particular interest in diabetes technology. I realized that although the pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes is well understood and we can treat patients with life-saving insulin during acute hospitalizations, the long-term glycemic control for pediatric patients with diabetes remains inadequate. Additionally, the quality of life for patients and their family is often compromised due to the difficulty of adhering to strict monitoring and treatment regimen. My current research interest is to advance the application of diabetes technology to improve clinical care through various systems improvement and clinical research projects.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and our dog, playing board games, and cooking for friends.
Aaron Misakian, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
I grew up in a rural community near the foothills of the Central Valley of California. At the ripe age of 17, I left for the East Coast and graduated with a BFA in Acting from NYU. After a brief TV and film career, I attend the Old Globe Theatre and University of San Diego where I earned an MFA in Acting with a concentration in Shakespeare. After writing a movie about a fictional neonatologist, I switched careers and decided to attend medical school. I graduated from University of Washington Medical School, where I conducted research in immunology and completed the Native American and Underserved Pathways. I also led several community advocacy projects focused on LGBTQ+ health and HIV while in the Pacific Northwest. In 2021, I completed a residency in categorical pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Aside from the heavy clinical load required by any residency, I conducted research in bone health with children with Differences in Sexual Development (DSDs) and created an LGBTQ+ educational curriculum for residents. I am now pursuing a double combined fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Adolescent Medicine focusing on transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents. My current research is dedicated to quantifying functional strength and better understanding bone health in trans adolescents who are using Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT).
For fun, I have 2 obese cats and love to surf. Oh, and I love spending time with my grandma.