Our Clinical Care Team

Robin Goland, MD

Robin Goland, MD

Endocrinologist and Co-Director, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes

Magdalena Bogun, MD

Magdalena Bogun, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Daniel Casper, MD, PhD

Daniel Casper, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist

Rachelle Gandica, MD

Rachelle Gandica, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Lauren Golden, MD

Lauren Golden, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Natasha Leibel, MD

Natasha Leibel, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Jacqueline Lonier, MD

Jacqueline Lonier, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Utpal B. Pajvani, MD, PhD

Utpal B. Pajvani, MD, PhD

Researcher and Endocrinologist

Jacqueline Salas-Spiegel, MD

Jacqueline Salas-Spiegel, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Barney Softness, MD

Barney Softness, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Ileana Vargas, MD

Ileana Vargas, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Kristen M. Williams, MD

Kristen M. Williams, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Emily Casciano, RD, CDE

Emily Casciano, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Cara Hass, MSN, FNP-C

Cara Hass, MSN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner and diabetes educator

Amanda Kirpitch, MA, RD, CDE

Amanda Kirpitch, MA, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Cara Lampron

Cara Lampron

Program Coordinator, Art Therapy

Courtney Melrose, MPH, RD, CDE

Courtney Melrose, MPH, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Program Coordinator Type 1 Diabetes Research Team

James Pring

James Pring

Senior Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial Coordinator

Courtney Sahn, RD, CDE

Courtney Sahn, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Robin Goland, MD

Robin Goland, MD

Endocrinologist and Co-Director, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes

Dr. Robin Goland, J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Columbia University, directs the patient care and clinical research programs at the Berrie Center. She was instrumental in establishing the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center in July 1998. Under the leadership of Dr. Goland and Berrie Center Co-Director Dr. Rudolph Leibel, the Berrie Center has become recognized nationally and internationally for excellence and innovation in patient care and research in diabetes. Dr. Goland has a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She was a resident and chief medical resident at NY-Presbyterian Hospital and did her endocrinology research training at Columbia University.

Magdalena Bogun, MD

Magdalena Bogun, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Dr. Magdalena Bogun is an Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University. She received her MD from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland, where she was born and did her Internal Medicine residency training at the Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Dr. Bogun completed a fellowship in Endocrinology at the Yale University School of Medicine-New Haven Hospital.  Her clinical practice at the Berrie Center focuses on adults with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes as well as on diabetes in hospitalized patients. 

Daniel Casper, MD, PhD

Daniel Casper, MD, PhD

Ophthalmologist

Dr. Daniel Casper, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, is an ophthalmologist with special interests in comprehensive ophthalmology, ophthalmic imaging and medical informatics and retinopathy prevention and screening.  Dr. Casper is also a specialist in medical and scientific art, and is senior author and illustrator of the text “Orbital Disease: Imaging and Analysis”. He received his MD degree from Albany Medical College and his PhD in Anatomy from Tufts University, and completed a research fellowship in experimental retinal pathology at Harvard Medical School.  He did his ophthalmology training at the ES Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University Medical Center, including a fellowship in Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery.

Rachelle Gandica, MD

Rachelle Gandica, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Rachelle Gandica is a pediatric endocrinologist with a special interest in diabetes. Her research interests are in monogenic diabetes, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes as well as clinical type 1 and type 2 diabetes trials. She received her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian at Columbia University, College of Physician & Surgeons.

Lauren Golden, MD

Lauren Golden, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Dr. Lauren Golden is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and an adult endocrinologist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. She received her M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Golden then pursued a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Yale University, followed by a fellowship in clinical investigation at Rockefeller University. Dr. Golden's clinical practice focuses on caring for patients with diabetes, particularly young adults with Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Golden is co-chair of the Clinical and Translational Research Group at the Berrie Center. In addition, she is head of professional education and heads the weekly Clinical Case Conference at the Berrie Center.

Natasha Leibel, MD

Natasha Leibel, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Natasha Leibel, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, is a pediatric endocrinologist with a focus in diabetes. She received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and completed her pediatrics residency, chief residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia University, College of Physician & Surgeons.

Jacqueline Lonier, MD

Jacqueline Lonier, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Dr. Jacqueline Lonier is an Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University and an adult endocrinologist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. She received her BS from Yale University and her MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology at NYU. Her clinical practice focuses on adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

 

Utpal B. Pajvani, MD, PhD

Utpal B. Pajvani, MD, PhD

Researcher and Endocrinologist

Dr. Utpal Pajvani is an endocrinologist with a focus in diabetes. Dr. Pajvani’s research focuses on the role of developmental pathways in the regulation of Type 2 Diabetes, and the use of existing therapeutic agents in other scientific areas in novel applications to ameliorate obesity-induced insulin resistance.  He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Columbia University.

Jacqueline Salas-Spiegel, MD

Jacqueline Salas-Spiegel, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Dr. Jacqueline Salas-Spiegel, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, is an Endocrinologist with a special interest in diabetes. Dr. Salas’ research interests include diabetes clinical outcomes in minorities and underserved populations, as well as the diagnosis and management of cystic fibrosis related diabetes (CFRD). She received her M.D. from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas and completed a Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Barney Softness, MD

Barney Softness, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Barney Softness, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, is a pediatric endocrinologist with a special interest in diabetes. His research interests are in the use of insulin pumps in very young children and in prevention of type 1 diabetes. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.D. from Columbia University. His pediatric endocrinology training was at Cornell University Medical College.

Ileana Vargas, MD

Ileana Vargas, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Ileana Vargas, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, specializes in the treatment of children with diabetes and children with obesity. Dr. Vargas’ research interests are in the cause, treatment and prevention of childhood obesity. Dr. Vargas is a graduate of Fordham University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Kristen M. Williams, MD

Kristen M. Williams, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Kristen M Williams, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, is a pediatric endocrinologist with a focus in diabetes. She received her M.D. from Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia University, College of Physician & Surgeons.

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Ericka Arrecis is a Registered Dietitian who provides diabetes education and nutritional counseling to Berrie Center patients. She individualizes the diabetes recommendations to match each patient’s medical and cultural needs in order to improve diabetes self care and glucose control. A native Spanish speaker, Ericka leads our Spanish-language diabetes education classes. She received a BA in Nutrition and General dietetics from Queens College and completed her dietetic internship at New York Institute of Technology.

Emily Casciano, RD, CDE

Emily Casciano, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Emily Casciano is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She focuses on the integration of healthy lifestyle habits and safe diabetes management. Emily helps children and their families problem solve and set appropriate individualized self-care goals related to nutrition, exercise, and diabetes.  Emily is a certified trainer for insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitor technology.  Emily received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut.


Cara Hass, MSN, FNP-C

Cara Hass, MSN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner and diabetes educator

Cara Hass is a Family Nurse Practitioner and diabetes educator who works with adult and pediatric patients at the Berrie Center. She received a BA in Biology from Connecticut College and a Master's degree in Nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing. Cara is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner trained to work in the lifespan.

Amanda Kirpitch, MA, RD, CDE

Amanda Kirpitch, MA, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Amanda Kirpitch is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who specializes in weight management and eating disorders in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Amanda provides individual and group counseling on topics including healthy eating, hypoglycemia, and renal nutrition. Amanda is also a board certified specialist in sports dietetics which enables her to assess, educate and counsel athletes and active individuals, including people with diabetes, about nutrition and exercise. Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in human nutrition, foods, and exercise from Virginia Tech and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.  She also completed a Master's degree in medical nutritional sciences at Boston University Medical School.

Cara Lampron

Cara Lampron

Program Coordinator, Art Therapy

Cara is a visual artist who received her BFA in Painting in 2014 from the Pratt Institute. In May 2017 she received her MPS in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Cara was an art therapy intern at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital before joining the Berrie Center. Cara believes that art is a way to express and accept complex feelings in a visual way.

Courtney Melrose, MPH, RD, CDE

Courtney Melrose, MPH, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Courtney Melrose is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who works with the pediatric and adult teams. Courtney specializes in helping patients transition from pediatric to adult care. She helps patients achieve their self-care and diabetes management goals. Courtney is a certified trainer for insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitor technology. Courtney received her Master's degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Hunter College.

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Program Coordinator Type 1 Diabetes Research Team

Sarah Pollak is a Registered Nurse and certified clinical research coordinator who brings many years of clinical research experience to the Berrie Center. She is involved in screening, prevention, and intervention for type 1 diabetes trials. She received her Bachelor of Science and Nursing degree at Syracuse University and Master's degree in Nursing Administration at New York University.

James Pring

James Pring

Senior Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial Coordinator

James is an English Scientist who graduated from The University of Exeter, United Kingdom with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is a veteran of over 20 clinical trials both at Columbia University and elsewhere. He joined the team at Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center in 2017 as the Senior Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial Coordinator where he oversees 3 clinical trials that relate to improving the understanding and treatment of diabetes in a real world setting.

Courtney Sahn, RD, CDE

Courtney Sahn, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Courtney Sahn is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who works with our pediatric families. Courtney is a certified trainer for insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitor technology.  Courtney received her degree in Food and Nutrition Science from Hunter College and completed her clinical internship at NY Presbyterian. She aims to give patients, family members and care takers the confidence and skills that they need to manage diabetes in their everyday lives by providing comprehensive assessment, reassessment, care planning, and education. She also loves to bake!