“I’m really happy to be back at Columbia,” said Kristen Williams, MD, the new pediatric endocrinologist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, who did her internship, residency and endocrine fellowship at Columbia University. “This is where I was born as a doctor and this is where I grew up.”
Upon the completion of her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Columbia University, Dr. Williams joined the faculty at Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai.
One of the nice aspects of being back at Columbia said Dr. Williams, who became an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology when she started her new position, “All of the amazing doctors who were also my mentors are now basically my colleagues.”
Dr. Williams was born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island. When it came time for college, she chose Stony Brook University, a state university of New York (SUNY) well known for its strength in science and math. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in mathematics, which, she said, prepared her to study medicine (which she also did at Stony Brook) and ultimately, a better doctor.
“It helped me be an analytical person and to look at the big picture, down to the minutest of detail,” she said.
During Dr. Williams’ fellowship, she trained under both Dr. Ileana Vargas and Dr. Natasha Leibel at the Berrie Center. She pretty much knew by then she wanted to be an endocrinologist—especially at the Berrie Center where there is opportunity for clinical research. “You get to be a part of these resilient and inspiring families—and not just once a year,” she said of her chosen specialty,” adding, “You get to work with them on a close basis from the beginning. You’re involved from day one.”
“Dr. Williams is a wonderful asset to the Berrie Center faculty and our community,” said Berrie Center Co-Director Robin Goland, MD, J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes. “She is well-regarded by her colleagues and patients alike. We are thrilled to have her back.”