Stephanie Gilley, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Nutrition

Medical School:
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine (2015)
Graduate School :
  • PhD, Tufts University (2015)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (2018)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Nutrition and Obesity Medicine (2020)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Nutrition

Professional Titles

  • Associate Fellowship Director, Nutrition Fellowship
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Recognition & Awards

  • Outstanding MD Instructor/Fellow Award, Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center (2022)
  • Provider of the Month, Children's Hospital Colorado (2022)

Research Interests

My primary goal is to improve lifelong health by optimizing nutrition during infancy and early childhood. My current projects look at the effect of high fat diet after fetal growth restriction, the concentration of iron in infant formula, and factors that predict or alter the impact of rapid weight gain during infancy. I also care deeply about how nutrition impacts other aspects of care including recovery from acute kidney injury, costs of medical care, and how climate change and nutrition intersect.


  • Assistant Professor (2022)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics


  • Gilley SP, Ta A, Pryor W, Ropper B, Erickson M, Fenton LZ, Tchou MJ, Cotter JM, Moore JM. What Do We C in Children With Scurvy? A Case Series Focused on Musculoskeletal Symptoms. Hosp Pediatr. 2024 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 38234212
  • Shankar K, Ali SA, Ruebel ML, Jessani S, Borengasser SJ, Gilley SP, Jambal P, Yazza DN, Weaver N, Kemp JF, Westcott JL, Hendricks AE, Saleem S, Goldenberg RL, Hambidge KM, Krebs NF. Maternal nutritional status modifies heat-associated growth restriction in women with chronic malnutrition. PNAS Nexus. 2023 Jan;2(1):pgac309. PubMed PMID: 36744021
  • Gilley SP, Harrall KK, Perng W, Dabelea D. Letter to the Editor: Reply to Johnson. Pediatrics. 2023 Sep 1;152(3). PubMed PMID: 37646084
  • Gilley SP, Harrall KK, Friedman C, Glueck DH, Cohen CC, Perng W, Sauder KA, Krebs NF, Shankar K, Dabelea D. Association of Maternal BMI and Rapid Infant Weight Gain With Childhood Body Size and Composition. Pediatrics. 2023 May 1;151(5). PubMed PMID: 37016999
  • Gilley SP, Zarate MA, Zheng L, Jambal P, Yazza DN, Chintapalli SV, MacLean PS, Wright CJ, Rozance PJ, Shankar K. Metabolic and fecal microbial changes in adult fetal growth restricted mice. Pediatr Res. 2023 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 37935884
  • Starr MC, Gilley SP, See EJ, Slagle C, Soranno DE. Adults are just big kids: pediatric considerations for adult critical care nephrology. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2023 Dec 1;29(6):580-586. PubMed PMID: 37861193
  • Johnson SL, Gilley SP, Krebs NF. Making every bite count: best practices for introducing foods during the complementary feeding period. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Jul 6;116(1):13-14. PubMed PMID: 35678580
  • Quinn LA, Gilley SP, Ta AD, Frank BS, Foley CB, Moore JM. Case report: Pulmonary hypertensive crisis leading to cardiac arrest during endoscopic evaluation in a 6-year-old boy with autism, severe malnutrition, and undiagnosed scurvy. Front Pediatr. 2022;10:1008507. PubMed PMID: 36389378
  • Wolfe AG, Gilley SP, Waldrop SW, Olson C, Harding E, Widmer K, Gumer LB, Haemer M, Hoppe JE. Case report: Cystic fibrosis with kwashiorkor: A rare presentation in the era of universal newborn screening. Front Pediatr. 2022;10:1083155. PubMed PMID: 36683818
  • Cohen CC, Harrall KK, Gilley SP, Perng W, Sauder KA, Scherzinger A, Shankar K, Sundaram SS, Glueck DH, Dabelea D. Body composition trajectories from birth to 5 years and hepatic fat in early childhood. Am J Clin Nutr. 2022 Oct 6;116(4):1010-1018. PubMed PMID: 36055960
  • Gilley SP, Ruebel ML, Sims C, Zhong Y, Turner D, Lan RS, Pack LM, Piccolo BD, Chintapalli SV, Abraham A, Bode L, Andres A, Shankar K. Associations between maternal obesity and offspring gut microbiome in the first year of life. Pediatr Obes. 2022 Sep;17(9):e12921. PubMed PMID: 35478493
  • Ruebel ML, Gilley SP, Sims CR, Zhong Y, Turner D, Chintapalli SV, Piccolo BD, Andres A, Shankar K. Associations between Maternal Diet, Body Composition and Gut Microbial Ecology in Pregnancy. Nutrients. 2021 Sep 21;13(9). PubMed PMID: 34579172
  • Gilley SP, Weaver NE, Sticca EL, Jambal P, Palacios A, Kerns ME, Anand P, Kemp JF, Westcott JE, Figueroa L, Garcés AL, Ali SA, Pasha O, Saleem S, Hambidge KM, Hendricks AE, Krebs NF, Borengasser SJ. Longitudinal Changes of One-Carbon Metabolites and Amino Acid Concentrations during Pregnancy in the Women First Maternal Nutrition Trial. Curr Dev Nutr. 2020 Jan;4(1):nzz132. PubMed PMID: 32175519
  • Tiffany P, Brackman S, Gilley SP, Manning WA. Poor Weight Gain in a 4-month-old Girl. Pediatrics in Review. 2022. In press
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Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association, Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Member
  • American Society for Nutrition, Member
  • Colorado Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Member
  • Perinatal Research Society, Associate Member
  • Society for Pediatric Research, Junior Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2018)
  • Physician Nutrition Specialist, Board Certification (2022)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Nutrition
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Food, Nutrition and Metabolism - Obesity
  • Child and Teen Health
  • Wellness and Prevention
Care Philosophy
My focus is on evidence-based medicine wherever possible. I prioritize open and honest communication with every patient and family, and on developing care plans that incorporate every family's unique situation.

Personal Interests
I love being outdoors with my family, eating, reading, and watching our pet snail, Sheldon.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine (2015)
Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, Tufts University (2015)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Middlebury College (VT) (0001)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (2018)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Nutrition and Obesity Medicine (2020)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Nutrition
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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