Craig Alter, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist and Director of the Neuroendocrine Center in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds the Thomas Moshang Endowed Chair in Endocrinology.
Craig A. Alter, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and recipient of the Thomas Moshang Jr Endowed Chair of Pediatrics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was been elected as a Director of the Pediatric Endocrine Society. He was named "Master Clinician" at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Alter was the recipient of the 2011 University of Pennsylvania Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Alter completed his undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude with majors in Mathematics, Chemistry, and a minor in French. He attended Harvard Medical School in a joint program with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated with honors. He completed his residency at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital before his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As a fellow, he was awarded Fellow Teacher of the Year.
Following his fellowship, he joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts where was awarded the Faculty Teaching Award and where he developed the Diabetes Center for Children. In 1999, Dr. Alter returned to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and developed the satellite and outreach programs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After serving as Medical Director of the Clara Barton Diabetes Camp, he founded Philadelphia’s only diabetes camp (Camp Freedom) in 2001.
Dr. Alter’s clinical and research focus is on Neuroendocrinology where he serves as Director of the Neuroendocrine Center. He continues to lecture nationally on disorders of the pituitary gland and diabetes insipidus.
Dr. Alter’s interests included diabetes insipidus, disorders of the pituitary, panhypopituitarism, prolactinoma, pituitary tumors, growth disorders, disorders of puberty, gynecomastia, Turner Syndrome, and thyroid disorders. In his role as Director of the Pituitary Center, he works closely with Neurosurgery, Neuro-oncology, and Neuroradiology. Dr. Alter is a renowned speaker in pediatric endocrinology at national and international pediatric endocrinology conferences. He also has written several “Medical Mystery” columns in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Education and Training
MD - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Pediatrics - Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Pediatrics - Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
Pediatric Endocrinology - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Research Fellow in Endocrinology and Pathology - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatric Endocrinology – American Board of Pediatrics
Titles and Academic Titles
Director, Neuroendocrine Center
Thomas Moshang Jr. Endowed Chair, Endocrinology
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Grimberg A et al. Guidelines for Growth Hormone and Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I Treatment in Children and Adolescents: Growth Hormone Deficiency, Idiopathic Short Stature, and Primary Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I Deficiency. Horm Res Paediatr. 86(6):361-397, 2016.
Vogiatzi M, Oberfield S, Alter C. Menstrual Bleeding as Manifestation of Mini-Puberty in Infancy in Severe Prematurity: a Case Report. Journal of Pediatrics. 178:292-295, 2016 Nov.
Brown RS, Alter C, Sedeghi A. Severe Unsuspected Maternal Hypothyroidism Discovered after the Diagnosis of Thyrotropin Receptor Blocking Antibody-Induced Congenital Hypothyroidism in the Neonate: Failure to Recognize and Implications to the Fetus. Horm Res Paediatr 2015;83:132-135.
Danzig J, Moser J, Bellfield P, Alter C. G6PD and HgbA1c, J Pediatr. 2011 May;158(5):849-51.
Riddick L, Alter C, Davis, Davis D.A., Frane J, Lippe B, and Bakker B. A Stepwise Increase in Recombinant Human Growth Hormone Dosing During Puberty Achieves Improved Pubertal Growth: A National Cooperative Growth Study Report. J Pediatr Endocrin Metab, 22(7):623-8, 2009.
Venditti C.P., Farmer J., Russell K. L., Freidrich C.A., Alter C, Canning D., Whitaker L, Mennuti M., T., Driscoll D. A., and Zackai E.H. Omodysplasia: an affected mother and son. Amer J Med Gen, 111 (2):169-77, 2002.
N. Ramchandani,, J.M. Cantey-Kiser, C.A. Alter, S.J. Brink, S.D. Yeager. W.V. Tamborlane, S.R. Chipkin, “Self-reported factors that affect glycemic control in college students with type 1 diabetes.” Diabetes Educator, 2000:26, 656-666.
C.A. Alter, P.S. Thornton, S.M. Willi, Alter CA, N Bunin, T Moshang Jr., "Growth in Children after Bone Marrow Transplantation for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia", J Pediatr Endocr, 1996: 9: pp. 51-57.
C.A. Alter, B.A. Wolf, "Identification of phosphatidyl inositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate, in pancreatic islets and insulin secreting ß-Cells", Biochem and Biophys Research Comm, 1995: 208, pp. 190-197.
P.S. Thornton, C.A. Alter, LE Levitt Katz, D. Gruccio, P. Winyard, and T. Moshang Jr., "The new highly sensitive adrenocorticotropin assay improves detection of patients with partial adrenocorticotropin deficiency in the short term metyrapone test", J Pediatr Endocr, 1994: 7(4), pp. 317-324.
C.A. Alter, M. Amagasu, K. Shah, Y.C. Jolly, C.Major, B.A. Wolf. "U-73122 does not specifically Inhibit phospholipase C in rat pancreatic islets and insulin-secreting beta-cell lines", Life Science, 1994: 54(8), PL107-112.
G.M. Talente, R.A. Coleman, C.A. Alter, L. Baker, Bl. Brown, R.A. Cannon, Y.T. Chen, J.F. Crigler, Jr., P. Ferreira, J.C. Haworth. "Glycogen storage disease in adults, Annal Int Med, 1994: 120(3), pp. 218-226.
P.S. Thornton, C.A. Alter, LE Levitt Katz, L. Baker, and C.A. Stanley, "Short- and long-term use of octreotide in the treatment of congenital hyperinsulinism", J Pediatr, 1993: 123(4), pp. 637-643.
C.A. Alter and T. Moshang, Jr., "Growth hormone deficiency in two siblings with Alstrom Syndrome", Amer J Dis Child, 1993: 147(1), pp. 97-99.
J.P. Deweiko, C.A. Alter, "Subcutaneous emphysema: report of a case and review of the literature", Dermatology, 1992: 184(1), pp. 62-64.
S.L. Jacques, C.A. Alter, S.A. Prahl, "Angular dependence of HeNe laser scattering by human dermis", Lasers in the Life Science, 1987: 1(4), pp. 309-333.
A.P. Herrera, A. Karlin, C.A. Alter. Co-presentation of Prolactinoma and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy: Random Strangers or Known Friends? Endocrine Society, 2017 Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Alter C, Dodt S. Panhypopituitarism, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult (7th Edition), Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
Alter C, Dodt, S. Growth hormone deficiency, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult (7th Edition), Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA, 2015.
Alter C, Rossi WC, Bauer, AJ. Schwartz’s Clinical Handbook of Pediatrics, 5th Ed. Zorc JJ, Alpern ER, Brown LW, Loomes KM, Marino BS, Mollen CJ, Raffini LJ, Eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2013.
Roizen J, Alter C. Panhypopituitarism, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult (5th Edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
Roizen J, Alter C. Growth hormone deficiency, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult (5th Edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
Pinney SE, Bamba V, Alter C: Chapter 68: Thyroid Disease. Netter’s Pediatrics. T Florin, S Ludwig (eds). Saunders. Philadelphia, PA (June, 2011).
Alter, C. Growth hormone deficiency, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult (4th Edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.
Alter, C. Panhypopituitarism, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult, (4th Edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2005.
Alter, C.A. and Rossi, W.R.: Principles of Growth and Maturation (Chapter 4) in Osborn L., DeWitt T., First L (Eds.) Pediatrics, Elsevier Moser Inc, 2005.
Alter, C. Growth hormone deficiency, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult, Clinical Handbook in Pediatrics 3e, 2002.
Alter, C. Panhypopituitarism, In: Schwartz M.W., Five Minute Consult, Clinical Handbook in Pediatrics 3e, 2002.
Alter, C. Thyromegaly. In: Schwartz M.W., Clinical Handbook in Pediatrics 3ed, Williams and Wilkens, 2002.
M. Mohrmann, K. Roberts and C.A. Alter: “Physical Growth”. In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fifth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 19, pp. 81-86, 2000.
M. Mohrmann, K. Roberts and C.A. Alter: “Sexual Development”. In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fifth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 29, pp 127-132, 2000.
CA Alter and A Grimberg: “Diabetes mellitus”. In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fifth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 81, pp 356-361, 2000.
A. Kelly and C.A. Alter: “Hypoglycemia”. In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fifth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 80, pp 352-356, 2000.
S A. Weinzimer and C.A. Alter: “Diabetic ketoacidosis”. In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fifth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 6, pp 26-31, 2000.
K. Murphy, C.A. Alter: "Endocrine emergencies". In: Critical Care Nursing of Infants and Children. J Smith, M Curly, P Malony-Harmon (eds.) Saunders, Philadelphia, pp 777-792, 1996.
B.A. Wolf, R.J. Konrad, and C.A. Alter: "Role of Phospholipases C, A2, and D in insulin secretion". In: Flatt PR & Lenzen S (eds) Frontiers of Insulin Secretion and Pancreatic ß-Cell Research. Chapter 39, pp 297-304, Smith Gordan, London, 1995.
C.A. Alter and R.S. Brown: "Hypoglycemia". In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fourth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 86, pp 360-364, 1994.
C.A. Alter and R.S. Brown: “Diabetes mellitus", ". In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fourth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 87,pp 364-369, 1994.
C.A. Alter and R.S. Brown: "Diabetic ketoacidosis", In: Manual of Clinical Problems in Pediatrics. (Fourth Edition). K. Roberts (ed.) Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., Chapter 7, pp 27-31,1994.
C.A. Alter and T. Moshang, Jr., "Diagnostic dilemma: the goiter", Ped Clin N Amer, 1991: 38(3), pp. 567-578.
C.A. Alter. Diabetes Insipidus (Meet the Professor), Endocrine Society, Boston, Massachusetts, April 2016.
C.A. Alter. Analysis of Growth Charts , 6th Annual Pediatric Endocrine Conference, CHOP, Philadelphia, PA, November 2015.
C.A. Alter. Side effects of Steroids, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, San Antonio, TX, November 2015.
C.A. Alter. Disorders of Puberty, NIH Endocrine Conference, Bethesda, MD, October 2015.
C.A. Alter. Inactive and Interactive Hormones, PES Board Review Course, San Diego, California, April 2015.
C.A. Alter. Adrenal Gland, PES Board Review Course, San Diego, California, April 2015.
C.A. Alter. Disorders of Growth, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, 2nd Annual Pediatric Conference, Edinburg, Texas, January 2015.
Awards and Honors
2012-2017, Suburban Life Main Line Top Doc
2016, Pediatric Endocrine Society Award for Service on the Board
2015, Prize for the Best Novel Insight Paper
2015, Misameach Award for Top Pediatric Doc
2013, Master Clinician Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2012, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Physician Hero
2010-present, U.S. News and World Report listed as one of the Top National Pediatric Endocrinologists
2011, Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching at an Affiliate Hospital University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2010-2011, Resident Honor Roll
2010, Montgomery County Top Pediatric Endocrinologist
2002, 2008, 2010-2017, 2022, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in Pediatric Endocrinology
2000-2010, Faculty Teaching Honor Roll (by the Residents)
1998-2001, National Faculty Development Scholars Program (NIH funded)
1996, Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School
1991, Fellow Teacher of the Year Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
1987, Cum Laude & Medical School Thesis with Honors, Harvard Medical School
1982, Summa Cum Laude: University of Pennsylvania
1983, Alpha Chi Sigma Award for the Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
1982, Phi Beta Kappa
Editorial and Academic Positions
Journal of Pediatrics
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Pediatrics Emergency Care
Journal Pediatric Diabetes
Endocrine Society: Pediatric Endocrine Self-Assessment Program
Academic and Institutional Committees
2012-present, Physician Advisory Panel Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
Pediatric Endocrine Society
- 2017-present, MOC Committee
- 2016-present, Hormone Health Network
- 2013-2016, Director on Board of Directors
- 2011-present, Educational Council
The Endocrine Society
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