Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified endocrinologists, certified diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and social workers.

Physicians

Michael Gottschalk, M.D., Ph.D., Division Chief; Associate Director, Pediatric Diabetes Research Center; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Carla Demeterco, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Kenneth Lee Jones, M.D., Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego

Jane Kim, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Karen Klein, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Maja Marinkovic, M.D., Co-Director, Center for Gender-Affirming Care; Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Mary Beth Patterson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Ron Newfield, M.D., Co-Director, Center for Gender-Affirming Care; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Susan Phillips, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Marcela Vargas, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Nurse Practitioners

Michelle Lopez Silva, M.S.N., CPNP
Michelle is a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric endocrinology. She also provides care to children with medical conditions associated with obesity, such as hyperlipidemia, pre-diabetes, fatty liver disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Michelle joined our team in 2013 after earning her nurse practitioner degree. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University and her master’s degree in nursing from California State University, Long Beach. Michelle’s professional memberships include the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and the American Diabetes Association. She stays involved with the diabetic community by volunteering at Camp Wana Kura and attending local JDRF walks. Outside of the work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. She also enjoys hot yoga, running, cooking and traveling.

Ileana Scott, DNP, PPCNP-BC
Ileana specializes in managing pediatric obesity in newborns to young adults, with an emphasis on family behavioral modification as it pertains to healthy lifestyle changes. She has a special interest and expertise in conditions associated with pediatric obesity, including hyperlipidemia, pre-diabetes, vitamin D deficiency and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Ileana has a doctoral degree from the University of San Francisco, a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in Nursing/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Cum Laude) from the University of San Diego. Her professional memberships include the Obesity Society and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Outside of work, Ileana enjoys hiking, running, going to the beach and spending quality time with her family.

Lisa Gwilliam, MSN, FNP-C, CDE
Lisa is a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes, and a certified diabetes educator. She has been in the nursing profession for over 15 years, primarily working with cardiovascular and diabetes patients. Lisa received a nursing degree from Palomar College, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University Dominguez Hills and Master of Science in Nursing from California State University San Marcos. In 2011, her oldest son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes; this was the catalyst that led her to get an advanced degree and work with children with type 1 diabetes and their parents. Lisa is passionate about new diabetes technology and keeps up to date on the latest advances in diabetes management. She is involved in the diabetes community and participates in The Walk to Cure Diabetes as well as the school nurse conference, “Keys to Supporting Students in the School Setting.” Lisa enjoys traveling, reading, running and spending time with her husband and three active boys.

Diabetes Nurse Educators
Christine Byer-Mendoza, M.S.N., R.N., CNS, CPN
Kimberly McNamara, R.N., CDE

Fellows
Bethany Gottesman, M.D.
Sarah Lorenzano, M.D.