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Kara J. Connelly M.D.

    • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology School of Medicine
    • Medical Director, Doernbecher Gender Clinic

Dr. Connelly provides care for patients with a wide variety of endocrinology disorders. She is the medical director for the Doernbecher Gender Clinic, which provides comprehensive medical care for transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents, under the umbrella of the OHSU Transgender Health Program.  She is also interested in caring for children with differences in sexual development and is a co-founder of the Doernbecher Sex Development Program.  She cares for children and adolescents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus at the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center.  Her research interests include congenital hypothyroidism and newborn screening methods for detection as well as improving medical care for transgender youth. Dr. Connelly is also active in teaching and education, and serves as the rotation director for students and pediatric residents on the pediatric endocrinology rotation and is a college lead for the Urban Medical Subspecialties College of the School of Medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Connelly enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and friends. She enjoys playing outside, hiking and camping, and outdoor music events.

Areas of interest

  • Transgender Health


  • B.S., Tulane University, New Orleans Louisiana 2001
  • M.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, San Antonio Texas 2007
  • Residency:

    • Pediatrics, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University, 2010
  • Fellowship:

    • Fellowship in pediatric endocrinology, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University, 2013
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatrics, 2010

Memberships and associations

  • Pediatric Endocrine Society

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