Kara J. Connelly M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Pediatric Endocrinologist

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (233 Ratings, 55 Comments)


  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Endocrinology (Pediatric)


  • 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


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.


  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • Pediatric Endocrine Society

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (233 Ratings, 55 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Nov 12, 2019

    She was awesome and very informative on transgender and testosterone

  • Nov 02, 2019

    I give it a 5 because 1, we waited at least 25 to 30 minutes in the room and other than our first intake phone call and first intake appointment, we really don't have any (INAUDIBLE) with OHSU. Your doctor that we saw was very good and our liaison Jeff with also very good. We just don't have enough experience dealing with the hospital.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Dr. Connelly was super accommodating. She's very helpful. When she found out that we didn't have a testosterone issue with our son, she went and got the pediatric urologist to take a look at my son's issue and was able to help get an answer and that was greatly appreciated.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    We were originally paired with another provider and after we met with him once and discovered he was a bad fit and we didn't feel comfortable with him, we call Dr. Connelly and she immediately said it would be no problem to switch to her and she made space in her schedule to see us and we've been seeing her ever since and she's always been very reassuring and competent.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Nurses were extremely thorough in explaining the procedure. Very assistive and thoughtful. Very patient, friendly and playful. They made the testing so much better. Couldn’t have imagined having anyone else do it! We are so thankful to the nurses we had.

  • Sep 28, 2019

    An excellent doctor and very good person, explains it very well. I give everything a 10.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    Kara was a very good provider. She seemed to know exactly what she was doing. She helped answer some questions that we needed done with my grandson. And yes, I would definitely highly recommend her to anyone. She's a very kind and settle lady. And thank you very much.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Doctors and nurses were great but the parking was the worst I've ever seen. I would rather see the doctors when they go to Eugene

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Kara Connelly was pleasant, professional and answered all of my questions.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Her Resident Doctor was very friendly and helpful. She seemed to be very knowledgeable.

  • Sep 01, 2019

    I had a great experience I felt it was very personal and all my questions and concernes were answered greatly and really have me insight on my situation and helped me a lot.

  • Aug 03, 2019

    It was quick and easy. We like Kara.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Yeah, I was just wanted to say we had a great experience with the provider there. I would highly recommend her and I appreciate her input and her dedication to the job, and I'm just so grateful to have all of you. Thank you.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    Dr. Connelly is absolutely wonderful. She listens with compassion, we feel completely heard and supported.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Always pleasant and Dr. Connelly has a lot of patience, compassion and show through her loving heart.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    Wonderful doctor. Great front desk staff. Fabulous social worker. A++!!

  • Jun 25, 2019

    Dr Connelly had a friendly and welcoming demeanor. She was knowledgeable and explained our options well.

  • Jun 23, 2019

    I was impressed by the professionalism of Ms. CONNELLY, MD. Every time she always listens patiently, carefully examines my daughter's body,and answers my questions clearly. She can calm my anxiety and let me feel less so sad to my daughter's disease. I really appreciate Everything Dr. Connelly has done for us. She touched and warmed me. I like the experience of OHSU, and here is the best only one hospital I have been to.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Dr. Connelly and the back office staff are fantastic.

  • May 22, 2019

    Dr. Connelly is my favorite provider. She is always kind, helpful and professional. She and Joni Kono make a great team. I very much appreciate their assistance with healthcare!

  • May 11, 2019

    She was very friendly and easy to talk to and answered all of my questions.

  • May 02, 2019

    We loved Dr Connolly and her staff. My daughter was nervous about the personal exam and they all put her at ease and helped her relax. She really liked the doctor and so did we.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    She relates well to my child and has built a solid relationship with her over the years.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    She is always very welcoming, professional and informative. Answered all our questions.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    She listens to me and my son equally. She is incredibly professional and personable

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Very personable, always remembers us with seeing us every 6 months! Very Attentive.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    She is very attentive. Listens to all my questions and concerns.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Connelly is an amazing doctor. She is always so kind and attentive. She answers all of my questions and makes sure I understand everything. Hands down the best doctor that I have on my team.

  • Apr 08, 2019

    Always enjoy our check ups with Dr. Connelly

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Dr. Connelly is a really good doctor for my child. She asks her questions and is good with her responses. She doesn't just talk to me. And as a mom, I want to help my children learn how to take care of themselves and be independent even at a doctor's appointment. So I appreciate how Dr. Connelly takes time to speak with her.

  • Mar 06, 2019

    Dr. Connelly was absolutely terrific. She's absolutely a wonderful physician. I would recommend her to anybody. Thank you.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Dr. Kara Connelly, is probably one of the most caring doctor we have ever had. Dr. Connelly truly cares about our daughter [Name], and is never rushed and always takes time to answer all our questions, and puts our mind at ease. With the terrible diagnosis our daughter faces every day of her life, Dr. Connelly is truly a blessing in ourlives and gives us hope. I also want to add the Joanie is truly wonderful too. We love them both!

  • Feb 08, 2019

    It seems like the clinic runs with our new never really know how long you have with the doctor or what is going on. It's kind of a confusing Clinic when they tell you to arrive so much in advance of the appointment and then you think you're seeing the doctor, but I'm a nurse educator the excuse me. [Name]'s educator comes in and then it just was unclear what was going on, but we loved our time with our doctor, but the way this clinic closes in efficient, and I am not happy with the Staffing. I think it's under staff.across the board right path Educators 10 providers

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Kara is incredible patient, kind and knowledgeable. She is so respectful and understanding of how hard it is to manage diabetes, and works with our teenager to empower him in taking charge of his health in a way that works for him.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    Dr. Connelly is an amazing, compassionate, and insightful doctor. I couldn't imagine my daughter being under anyone else's care. They don't come any better than her.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    Dr. Connelly takes my concerns of the parent for my child very seriously and she takes time to explain things... I never feel rushed and I always feel like my thoughts and opinions about my child's health care matter.

  • Jan 22, 2019

    Yeah, Dr. Connelly is one of the most knowledgeable, professional doctors we've ever had for any of our children. Very compassionate, takes the necessary time to listen and addresses the issues thoroughly. So you're very lucky to have her.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Kara Connelly was my daughters diabetic nutritionist. We went down there, and she was amazing. She was very thorough and told us about the pump and everything we wanted to know about and answered all our questions and she was so sweet and so caring and I would recommend her to anyone that I met. Thank you.

  • Dec 08, 2018

    It was one of the best visits [Name] has had with an endocrinologist.

  • Dec 06, 2018

    Dr. Kara Connelly has been very, very helpful, and flexible, and very dedicated to my daughter's Healthcare needs, and she has also been very available to talk with, and she consults with her team of social workers and gets them involved in my daughter's Healthcare when necessary, and I have very much appreciate it this and my daughter and her health has benefited from Dr. Kara Connelly's. Good medical practice. Thank you.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    Dr. Connelly has been amazingly helpful thoughtful.

  • Nov 23, 2018

    Dr. Connelly is the best! I appreciate all she does in caring for me!

  • Nov 22, 2018

    We were treated with kindness, respect and compassion. Dr. Connolly was approachable, knowledgeable and patient - she answered all our questions and was thorough in guiding us through an important step in my child's health care.

  • Nov 06, 2018

    She was professional, courteous, kind, informative, and spent plenty of time with us so we didnt feel rushed. She answered all of our questions, and was very friendly. My son felt very comfortable with Dr Connelly and we had a great experience.

  • Nov 06, 2018

    Dr. Connelly was absolutely wonderful and my daughter feels very comfortable with her. She is personable, friendly, cheerful, very engaging and positive and explained things in a way that both my daughter and I could understand and was very open to questions and conversation and we really appreciate Dr. Connelly.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    Dr. Connelly is absolutely magnificent. We've been patients of Dornbecker's since 2008 and we have gone through two different fellows. She was going to be our 3rd and when she came in the room saying she had news, we thought for sure that she was leaving us. When she said that she had been hired on but the hospital, we were absolutely ecstatic. We adore her. She is smart, she is cutting edge. She listens to the research that I do. She is so supportive and we absolutely adore her and are so happy, not only to have her as a provider, but every student who learns anything from her is lucky.

  • Oct 16, 2018

    She is amazing! My daughter feels very comfortable with Dr. Connelly.

  • Oct 15, 2018


  • Oct 14, 2018

    She was very attentive and answered all my questions.

  • Oct 08, 2018

    Dr Connelly is always knowledgeable, respectful, and never in a hurry.

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