Sheela Magge, MD, MSCE Endocrinologist



Sheela N. Magge, MD, MSCE, is an endocrinologist at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Magge also serves as the Director of Research for the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes through the Center for Translational Science.

Dr. Magge’s research focuses on pediatric obesity, insulin resistance, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes, as well as the cardiovascular complications of these conditions.  With the emergence of increased obesity, dyslipidemia, and type 2 diabetes during childhood, today’s youth may present with cardiovascular disease 20-30 years younger than previous generations. Thus, prevention is paramount. 

After her fellowship, Dr. Magge was awarded an NIH K23 Career Development Award, entitled “Dyslipidemia and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Pediatric Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.” She is currently the Principal Investigator of an R01 grant from the NIH NICHD, studying “Cardiometabolic Risk and Obesity in Adolescents with Down Syndrome.” 

Dr. Magge’s expertise led to her being appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics national Committee on Nutrition in 2012. She also was chosen to lead a “committee of experts” on pediatric prediabetes by the Pediatric Endocrine Society, trying to identify best practice for this condition. Clinically, she sees patients both in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, and in the IDEAL weight management clinic.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MS, 2006
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Endocrinology, 2004
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2001
    Children's Hospital of Boston
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 1999
    Children's Hospital of Boston
  • MD, 1998
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • AB, 1992
    Harvard University


AAP counsels pediatricians to focus on clusters of cardiometabolic risk factors to help obese kids

Because obesity affects one in six U.S. children and adolescents, there is a pressing need to identify the subset of overweight or obese kids at the highest risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic complications and to direct interventions to them. Since frameworks used to identify adults at heightened risk for such complications are a poor fit for kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends that pediatricians instead focus on clusters of cardiometabolic risk factors that are associated with obesity.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Consumption of raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products by pregnant women and children

(2014) Pediatrics

Type 1 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease: a scientific statement from the american heart association and american diabetes association 

(2014) Circulation

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association

(2014) Diabetes Care

Continuous subcutaneous IGF-1 therapy via insulin pump in a patient with Donohue syndrome

(2014) Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism

Pre-Diabetic Obese Adolescents have a More Atherogenic Lipoprotein Profile Compared to Normoglycemic Obese Peers

(2012) Journal of Pediatrics

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