Scientific Research Mentor
INTERNAL SCIENTIFIC EXPERT

Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, FAAP

Chief Medical Director

Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician, pediatric gastroenterologist, Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Co-author of The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers. He is an associate professor of pediatrics and associate chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Yale University and Medical Director of Pediatrics at Greenwich and Ambulatory Operations for Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is also the medical director of the Yale Pediatric Celiac Program. He sees patients in Greenwich, Norwalk, and New Haven, Connecticut.

He has won numerous awards, including the Norman J. Siegel Award at Yale University in 2015 for leadership and providing outstanding clinical care, as well as Physician of the Year during his time at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York at Columbia University. He has been named Castle Connolly Top Doctors since 2012 and in 2021 was named one of the top pediatric GI physicians in Connecticut Magazine.

He is a member of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology's Public Education Committee and writes web-based educational materials. Anthony is interested in nutrition, especially in the care of children with difficulty gaining weight, feeding issues, and celiac disease. He loves teaching and educating parents and gives lectures to parents throughout Connecticut. While writing his first book on infant and toddler nutrition, he was learning first hand the ins and outs of fatherhood as he cared for his newborn son.

Select Publications: 

  1. DiMaggio DM, Du N, Porto AF. Nutritional and Safety Concerns of Infant Feeding Trends. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2022 Feb 10.
  2. Du N, DiMaggio DM, Williams JK, Leus I, Shabanova V, Song X, Porto AF. Non–FDA-Reviewed Imported European Formula Use Among Parents in Urban Pediatric Private Practice. Clinical Pediatrics. 2020 Jun;59(6):566-72.
  3. DiMaggio DM, Du N, Scherer C, Brodlie S, Shabanova V, Belamarich P, Porto AF. Comparison of imported European and US infant formulas: labeling, nutrient and safety concerns. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. 2019 Oct 1;69(4):480-6.
  4. DiMaggio DM, Cox A, Porto AF. Updates in infant nutrition. Pediatrics in review. 2017 Oct 1;38(10):449-62.
  5. Porto, A., DiMaggio, D. (2016). The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers: Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More (For Parents, By Parents). United States: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed.

Backed by Experts

Bobbie Labs is backed by a team of internal & external scientific experts who enable us to push the status quo of infant feeding through groundbreaking scientific research. Collectively, the published work from our experts has been cited by more than 31,225 peer-reviewed scientific journals and textbooks.

Internal Scientific Experts

Our internal scientific experts deeply understand the complexities of infant feeding. They are passionate about the molecular details of every research project and ensure discoveries are communicated with optimal impact. These thought leaders are at the heart of everything Bobbie Labs.

Anthony Porto, MD, MPH, FAAP
Chief Medical Director
Dina DiMaggio, MD, FAAP
Medical Research Director
Elieke Kearns, PhD, RD
Scientific Affairs Lead
Jeff Moore, PhD
Vice President of Bobbie Labs

Scientific Research Mentors

Our mentors consist of subject matter experts and leading organizations passionate about advancing the field of infant feeding through objective, evidence-based, multidisciplinary research. This group advises Bobbie Labs and assists in the evaluation of proposals. 

Alyssa Whitcraft, PhD
Environmental Scientist
Courtney Jung, PhD
Social Scientist
Jaclyn Bowen, MPH, MS
Environmental Scientist
Janine N’jie David, MPP
Data Impact Expert
Jessica Steier, DrPH, PMP
Data Impact Expert
Joshua Anthony, PhD, MBA
Nutrition Scientist
Leanne Redman, PhD, FTOS
Nutrition Scientist
Manisha Shah, PhD
Social Scientist
Molly Millwood, PhD
Social Scientist
Nicole Rakobitsch
Environmental Scientist
Pedro Prieto, PhD, MA, MS
Nutrition Scientist
Riccardo LoCascio, PhD
Nutrition Scientist
Urmeka T Jefferson, PhD, RN
Social Scientist

Organizational Partners

We have partnered with organizations who share our passion of wanting to evolve the field of infant feeding through research. Organizational partners appoint a subject matter expert from their team to serve as a Bobbie Labs Scientific Research Expert.

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