George Ford, MD
First Year Fellow
My undergraduate and medical school training was at the University of Washington in Seattle. I completed an undergraduate major in Russian Language and Literature with a minor in Medical Ethics and History. I completed my pediatrics residency at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. I am currently focused on my clinical work which I greatly enjoy. I also enjoy teaching residents and medical students. I am looking forward to future opportunities for clinical research and will be starting classes in the Human Investigation Program this year. I am excited for the excellent research opportunities provided at OHSU. I also remain interested in medical ethics and hope to integrate this focus into my career.
I grew up in Salt Lake City until I was a teenager and then moved to Graham, Washington where I completed High School. I loved my time in New England during my general pediatric training but am excited to be back in the Northwest and closer to family. So far I am really enjoying living in Portland.
I am married with 3 children and my primary interests outside of work are centered on spending quality time with my family. We enjoy going to the park, swimming, going to the library, and dance parties. I personally enjoy reading, politics, good movies, cooking, dancing, complex board games and hiking to waterfalls.
Kara Connelly, MD
Third Year FellowI completed medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and my residency in Pediatrics at OHSU. As a first year fellow, I am enjoying a wide variety of clinical experiences in the diabetes, endocrinology, metabolic, and neuro-oncology clinics. In addition to seeing patients in clinic, I work with resident physician teams to care for children on the inpatient service. I really love teaching both residents and families in the inpatient setting and believe this experience continues to make me a better endocrinologist.
I am looking forward to beginning courses in the NIH sponsored Human Investigations Program, a curriculum designed to train individuals in clinical and translational research. I am interested in both basic science and clinical research and have joined Dr. Bruce Boston on a clinical research project evaluating the effects of leptin and adiponectin on hyperglycemia and insulin resistance in very low birthweight infants. I am also in the early stages of designing a clinical research project investigating the contribution of maternal iodine excess to congenital hypothyroidism. Drs. Stephen LaFranchi and Bruce Boston are mentors on this project. My other research interests include disorders of puberty and regulation of pubertal onset.
In order to better the experience of medical students and residents rotating on the Pediatric Endocrine service, I am also working with Dr. Cheryl Hanna to design and develop an online case-based teaching tool.
In my time away from the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Brian, and my neighborhood-fighting cat, Simon.