Executive Director: Michelle A. Cretella, MD

Executive Director

Michelle A. Cretella, MD

Dr. Cretella is a pediatrician and Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) as well as a Past President of ACPeds. She was elected to the ACPeds Board of Directors in 2005. Prior to being elected President, she chaired the Adolescent Sexuality Committee, Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee, and Scientific Policy Committee. In these roles she became one of the ACPed’s chief researchers, writers and spokespersons. She is regularly consulted by Breitbart News, FRC, One News Now, Relevant Radio, FOX News and many others. 

Dr. Cretella is a peer reviewer for the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Issues in Law and Medicine, and the International Journal of Behavioural and Healthcare Research.

Dr. Cretella serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (a national organization of health professionals who advocate for psychotherapy for ego-dystonic homosexuality and gender dysphoria). She is a member of the Catholic Medical Association, and a member of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family. Dr. Cretella served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Research and Therapy for Homosexuality (NARTH) from 2010-2015. 

Dr. Cretella received her medical degree in 1994 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics in 1997 at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. She completed a fellowship in College Health through the University of Virginia in 1999. Dr. Cretella practiced pediatrics with a special interest in behavioral health for 15 years. She left clinical practice in 2012 to devote more time to family and the American College of Pediatricians. Dr. Cretella and her husband are the proud parents of four grown children.

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