Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine


UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Board Certifications

Endocrinology/Diabetes, Pediatrics




Dr. Michelle Rivera-Vega is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego and clinical assistant professor at UC San Diego.

Dr. Rivera-Vega graduated from Univesidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico in 2005. She completed Pediatric training at Pediatric University Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico and subspecialty in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Rady Children's Hospital she had 5 years of experience as Pediatric Endocrine in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Rivera-Vega treats patients with diabetes, thyroid, growth and pubertal disorder. She has a particular interest in bone metabolism and disorders. Throughout her career she has worked with multiple organizations providing medical care for children in underserved communities and countries. In her free time she enjoys the practice of yoga and outdoors activities.


Reconstructing the Population History of Puerto Rico by Means of mtDNA Phylogeographic Analysis
Juan C Martinez-Cruzado, Gladys Toro-Labrador, Jorge Viera-Vera, Michelle Y Rivera-Vega, Jennifer Startek, Magda Latorre-Esteves, Alicia Roman-Colon, Rebecca Rivera-Torres, Iris Y Navarro-Millan, Enid Gomez-Sanchez, Hector Y Caro-Gonzalez, Patricia Valencia-Rivera

Wolfram syndrome: Are we aware of the severe hypoglycemic unawareness? Journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Metabolism
Melissa A. Buryk, Kanthi B Krishna, Michelle Rivera-Vega and Luigi Garibaldi

Aerobic Exercise but Not Resistance Exercise Reduces Intrahepatic Lipid Content and Visceral Fat and Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Obese Adolescent Girls: A Randomized Controlled Trial
SoJung Lee, Anthony R Deldin, David White, YoonMyung Kim, Ingrid Libman, Michelle Rivera-Vega, Jennifer L Kuk, Sandra Sandoval, Chris Boesch, Silva Arslanian

Obesity and Youth Diabetes: Distinguishing Characteristics Between Islet Cell Antibody Positive vs. Negative Patients Over Time
Michelle Y Rivera-Vega, Amanda Flint, Daniel G Winger, Ingrid Libman, Silva Arslanian

Metabolic Inflexibility and Insulin Resistance in Obese Adolescents With Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
SoJung Lee, Michelle Rivera-Vega, Hany Mohamed Abdel Aal Alsayed, Chris Boesch, Ingrid Libman

Associations Between Visceral Fat and Liver Fat With Insulin Sensitivity and Metabolic Risk in Obese Adolescents
Ruth E Brown, Jennifer L Kuk, Ingrid Libman, Michelle Rivera-Vega, SoJung Lee

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