Cretella, MD, Michelle is a pediatrician and Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds).She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2005and served two terms as president prior to being hired as the executive director. Dr. Cretella previously chaired several committees becoming one of the ACPeds’ chief researchers, editors and spokespersons. Following publication of her article Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate in 2016 in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, she became one of the world’s most outspoken critics of pediatric gender clinics and is consulted by multiple media outlets.
Dr. Cretella serves on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice, and is Chair of the Gender Identity Subcommittee for the Catholic Medical Association. She is a peer reviewer for the journal Issues in Law and Medicine, and also for the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Cretella received her medical degree in 1994 from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. She completed her 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. After 15 years of group practice in rural Connecticut and Rhode Island she left clinical practice to devote more time to family and the ACPeds. Dr. Cretella and her husband are the proud parents of four children.