CWD Fellows

CWD Fellows come to FFL to learn about type 1 diabetes in the real world 

CWD Fellows Liaison

Members of the CWD Fellows Liaison team are experienced health care professionals who have attended Friends for Life before and help the CWD Fellows to get the most out of their time at the conference.

Rayhan Lal, PhD, MD, MPH, is pediatric and adult endocrine faculty at Stanford. Rayhan grew up in the California bay area and always wanted to be an engineer. He has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. His two younger sisters were enrolled in DPT-1, were found to be antibody positive, and developed type 1 diabetes. In an effort to help all his brothers and sisters with diabetes, Rayhan decided to switch career paths and pursue clinical medicine at the University of California, Davis. Rayhan could not decide whether to take care of children or adults with diabetes and so did both. He completed a four year residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Southern California, working with the underserved at Los Angeles County Hospital. Rayhan then completed an adult and pediatric endocrine fellowship at Stanford. As an engineer and physician-scientist with diabetes, his primary research interest is the design, development, and testing of new diabetes technology and therapies with his mentor, Dr. Bruce Buckingham. Rayhan collaborates with many members of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center, industry and the open source diabetes community in an effort to bypass the biological, technological and human factor limitations of existing devices.

CWD Fellows

Brooke Alvarez, RD, LD/N, CDCES, CLC, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1997. She knew quickly after diagnosis she wanted a career that would help others diagnosed with diabetes. After receiving a BS in Dietetics from Florida State University, she began her career working as a Dietitian for the Women’s Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Currently, Brooke is following her dream by working as a CDCES for USF Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. Brooke counsels patients daily with on diabetes management, nutrition and aids with continuous glucose monitor placements. During her free time Brooke enjoys creating memories with her two children and husband, baking, and shadowboxing.

Marissa Baudino, PhD, is a JDRF Diabetes Psychology Fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Baudino received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University with a specialization in pediatric psychology. As a JDRF Psychology Fellow, Dr. Baudino provides clinical services to youth with diabetes and their families. She also conducts research in the Resilience and Diabetes (RAD) lab under the mentorship of Dr. Marisa Hilliard. Dr. Baudino’s research interests include health disparities and health equity, transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare, and promoting quality of life and resilience in young people with diabetes and their families.

Laura Cudizio, MD, PhD, is a Pediatric Endocrinologist from Brazil specialized in Pediatric Diabetes. She is as a collaborating physician at Santa Casa de São Paulo Pediatric Diabetes Team since 2017. Her PhD research focuses on diabetes care in schools, including an educational platform, a mobile application for T1D education for schools, and an international research project which received CWD-JENIOUS Award at the ISPAD Conference 2022. Dr. Cudizio has been a member of ISPAD and the JENIOUS Group since 2018 and was elected as JENIOUS Leader for 2022-2025.

Michael Ferm, MD, is a pediatric endocrinology fellow at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. He completed a residency program in pediatrics and global health at Baylor College of Medicine, during which he worked in Botswana and Colombia for 6 months each. He earned his MD from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and attended Georgetown University for undergraduate studies.

Michael Hughes, MD, is an Instructor in the Division of endocrinology at Stanford University. He developed type 1 diabetes at the age of 19 while studying music at Florida State University. Due to this experience, he changed his career path and went on to complete medical school and residency in his home town, Houston, Texas, before moving to California for his Endocrinology fellowship at Stanford. He has stayed on since graduating to purse his clinical and research interests in type 1 diabetes, diabetes technology, and transitions of care from pediatric to adult medicine. He works with Dr. Buckingham, Dr. Lal, and others on clinical device trials, and has a particular interest in use of diabetes technologies during inpatient hospital admissions.

Maria Kim, MS, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian supporting teens and adults with diabetes and eating disorders or disordered eating with Lauren Newman Nutrition Therapy, a virtual private practice across various states. She is passionate about offering nutrition support and diabetes care through a non-diet and size inclusive lens as she believes that everyone deserves informed, shame-free, collaborative and individualized eating care within the complex frameworks of their evolving needs. She received her bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science at Cornell University, master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York Institute of Tech, and dietetic internship with Sodexo Dietetic Internships with a focus on pediatrics.

Jenny Min, PhD, CPNP-PC, RN, has a passion for working with children and families living with chronic conditions and identifying novel methods leveraging technology to help promote successful self-management behaviors to improve health outcomes. This focus has grown from her experience in caring for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in both clinical and research realms. In her current position, she provides care for patients with T1D at the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at CHLA. Jenny also worked as a research NP at Stanford University conducting studies for emerging diabetes technologies. Her education includes PhD from UCSF, MSN from UCLA and BSN from University of Rochester.

Mercy Oigbokie, DNP, AGNP-C, CPHQ, NE-BC, is a resourceful, results-oriented healthcare leader with over 15 years in delivering high quality, cost effective and patient centered care. She has been recognized internally and externally for her outstanding clinical expertise and transformational leadership. She is skilled at growing clinical operations, leading a culture of excellence and working with multidisciplinary teams. Her work has led to the achievement of organizational goals including improved patient outcomes, exceptional patient and family experience, cost reduction and revenue growth. She is committed to excellence through evidenced-based practice and innovation. Mercy holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from The George Washington University.

LeAnne Sancrainte, MPH, DO, completed her medical school education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine prior to pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Prior to attending medical school Dr. Sancrainte obtained a Master’s in Public Health at Michigan State University so as to gain a greater understanding of the needs for underserved populations with a goal of always providing equitable healthcare to patients and families. As someone who lives with type 1 diabetes, Dr. Sancrainte’s career goals are focused on developing and implementing interventions that improve access to care and quality of life for others living with diabetes.

Jessika Troche, MS, RD, LD, Diabetes Education and Care Specialist Fellow, is a Registered Dietitian with a focus on diabetes education with a long-term goal to acquire her CDCES. Why diabetes? Her family immigrated from Cuba seeking better medical help for her grandfather's diabetes and she has a younger brother who has type 1 diabetes. Her brother inspires her everyday to help others kids with their diabetes just like her family was helped at diagnosis.

Sarah Yourman Tota, RDN, CDCES, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Sarah was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1991 and type 1 diabetes in 1998. Both these diagnoses inspired her to work in the healthcare field and to help others. She works as an outpatient dietitian and CDCES in the pediatric field of type 1 diabetes and virtually educates people with cystic fibrosis and cystic fibrosis related diabetes and their families about nutrition and diabetes management through her online presence as @sarah.the.dietitian.


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