Meet the Fellows
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.
Rebecca Jo Johnson, MD
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University
I am so incredibly excited to be starting my Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Stanford this summer. I had the privilege to complete my pediatric residency training at Stanford and the Bay Area quickly felt like home, and I could not feel more honored to continue my training here. I was born and raised in Nebraska, completed college in New York and ultimately returned to Nebraska for medical school. I met my husband, Kaleb, in medical school – he is thrilled to also join the Stanford family and is starting his Nephrology fellowship here this summer!
Throughout my residency training I became involved in various clinical and quality improvement projects that I hope to continue during my fellowship training. I am currently working on a study that is exploring transgender-specific interventions within school systems and how it relates to perceptions of support and acceptance to transgender youth. I was also involved in a quality improvement project targeting the safe administration of inpatient short-acting insulin and was proud that it resulted in the creation of a clinical pathway for short-acting insulin ordering and administration, which was approved by the Packard Clinical Pathway Committee and is currently linked to an order set within EPIC!
During my free time I enjoy traveling with my husband – we love exploring California and discovering all the wonderful hikes that the state has to offer! We also have a border collie, Addie, who accompanies us on all of our adventures. I also love cooking, baking, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Hector Ortega, MD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine,
University of Miami/Jackson Health System
Most of my time growing up was spent in South Florida until college when I went to Florida State University and majored in Biology. During my gap year, I spent a year in Tallahassee providing behavior therapy to children with various developmental needs before I was accepted for medical school at the University of Miami (The U) where I also stayed for residency. Through my medical training I found I had a passion for adolescent care as well as the interface between patients and technology, making Pediatric Endocrinology at Stanford the perfect fit. My professional interests include behaviorism, informatics, and health equity.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy reading sci-fi/fantasy, playing Ultimate frisbee, and feeding my laner.
Daniela Aguilar Abisad, MD
Tecnológico de Monterrey Escuela de Medicina
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
I was born and raised in Tampico, a small city in northeastern Mexico. I moved to Monterrey for medical school where I met my husband Rodrigo. During my community service year after med school, I worked as one of the primary physicians in one of Mexico’s largest Child Protective Services (DIF) institutions, where I had the opportunity to care for and empower children with type 1 diabetes who lived there. I was moved by how education and compassion can change a child’s life! I did my residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, where alongside great mentors and friends I was able to publish a systematic review in pediatric thyroid storm. I am really grateful and thrilled to be starting my peds-endocrine fellowship at Stanford! I am passionate about type 1 diabetes and new technologies, as well as advocacy and health equity.
During my free time I enjoy exploring nature and coffee shops with my husband! I also love reading, cooking, and playing the piano.
Julia Donner, MD
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Hasbro Children's Hospital, Brown University
I grew up between Gig Harbor, WA, and Munich, Germany with German as my native language. I moved to the East Coast following high school graduation to attend Brown University where I received my undergraduate degree in Biology with a focus on Physiology/Biotechnology. I stayed in Rhode Island to attend the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In between medical school and the start of residency, I spent one year abroad exploring my interests in global health and academic medicine, working at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia learning how to practice medicine in a resource-limited setting and at the University Children’s Hospital in Tübingen, Germany, conducting research in Pediatric Endocrinology. I then completed my Brown Pediatrics Residency at Hasbro Children’s Hospital where I continued to be involved in various research and medical education projects. I am so excited to be doing my fellowship at Stanford!
During my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping and biking with my husband Brendan (a medical critical care fellow), and our dog, Otto.
Jennifer Ni, MD - Pediatric Endocrinologist with Packard Children's Health Alliance (PCHA) in Walnut Creek
Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD - Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Stanford University
Holly Cooper, MD, MS - Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Stanford University
Walter Zegarra, MD - Pediatric Endocrinologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Ananta Addala, DO, MPH - Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Stanford University
Rayhan Lal, MD - Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and Adult Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism at Stanford University
Maria Chang, MD - Pediatric Endocrinologist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center