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

Mary Pat Gallagher, MD

Mary Pat Gallagher, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Rachelle Gandica, MD

Rachelle Gandica, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Lauren Golden, MD

Lauren Golden, MD

Adult Endocrinologist

Kenneth Gorfinkle, PhD

Kenneth Gorfinkle, PhD

Pediatric and Adult Psychologist

Natasha Leibel, MD

Natasha Leibel, MD

Pediatric 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

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Adult and Pediatric Nutritionist

Emily Casciano, RD, CDE

Emily Casciano, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Ellen Greenberg, MS

Ellen Greenberg, MS

Lead Coordinator Type 1 Diabetes Research Team

Patricia Kringas, RN, BSN, MA, CDE

Patricia Kringas, RN, BSN, MA, CDE

Research Coordinator and Certified Diabetes Educator

Linda Koplimae, RN, MSN, CDE

Linda Koplimae, RN, MSN, CDE

Inpatient Diabetes Educator

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

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.

Mary Pat Gallagher, MD

Mary Pat Gallagher, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. Mary Pat Gallagher is a pediatric endocrinologist with a special interest in diabetes. Her research interests are in autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes and in clinical type 1 diabetes trials. She received her M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 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.

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.

Kenneth Gorfinkle, PhD

Kenneth Gorfinkle, PhD

Pediatric and Adult Psychologist

Dr. Gorfinkle, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, is the consulting psychologist at the Berrie Center. He is also a supervising psychologist in the Consultation/Liaison Service at the Children’s Hospital of NY. He is the author ofSoothing Your Child’s Pain. His research interest is in chronic illness as well as role of parenting style in children coping with painful medical procedures.  Dr. Gorfinkle received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.

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, in particular type 2 diabetes in children. 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.

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.

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Ericka Arrecis, RD, CDE

Adult and Pediatric Nutritionist

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 joins our pediatric team as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes EducatorShe 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 received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut and completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut.

Ellen Greenberg, MS

Ellen Greenberg, MS

Lead Coordinator Type 1 Diabetes Research Team

Ellen Greenberg brings 30 years of research experience in Pediatrics to the Berrie Center. She is the lead coordinator for the type 1 diabetes trials performed at the Berrie Center, including . screening, prevention and intervention trials.  She is the lead coordinator for the Type 1 Diabetes Exchange, a new multi-center patient registry for patients with type 1 diabetes. She directs the team of research assistants and research coordinators working on the type 1 diabetes trials.  Ellen received her BS from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her MS from Columbia University.

Patricia Kringas, RN, BSN, MA, CDE

Patricia Kringas, RN, BSN, MA, CDE

Research Coordinator and Certified Diabetes Educator

Patricia Kringas, a certified diabetes educator, brings many years of research experience to the Berrie Center. Patricia assists patients to meet the rigor and pace of various experimental protocols. She has coordinated major multi-center trials are focusing on adults with Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (ACCORD, DREAM, and ORIGIN studies) and  treatments for adolescents and young adults with type 2 diabetes (TODAY Study).  Additional studies focus on noninvasive visualization of pancreatic beta cell mass by PET scanning. Patricia directs the patient education program at the Berrie Center and co-chairs the Translational Research committee at the Berrie Center. Patricia received her BSN degree in Nursing from Mount St. Mary College and her Master’s degree in Nursing Education from New York University.

Linda Koplimae, RN, MSN, CDE

Linda Koplimae, RN, MSN, CDE

Inpatient Diabetes Educator

Linda Koplimae is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She brings over 20 years of experience in helping patients with self-management of chronic conditions.  She is part of the inpatient diabetes team whose goal is to provide excellent diabetes education to patients and medical staff. She works closely with newly diagnosed patients and patients needing assistance with achieving better glycemic control.  She received a BSN in nursing from Dominican College of Blauvelt, NY and an MSN in case management from St. Peter’s College, New Jersey.

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Sarah Pollak, RN, MS, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

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.