Dr. Ornstein is a board-certified Adolescent Medicine specialist with over 20 years of experience treating patients with eating disorders. Dr. Ornstein grew up in New York City and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BS degree in Psychology. She headed back to New York for medical school, where she earned her MD from New York University School of Medicine. She did her Pediatrics residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Babies and Children’s Hospital in New York. Dr. Ornstein then went on to do a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Schneider Children’s Hospital (now Cohen Children’s Hospital), part of Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, NY, where she then worked as an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2002-2008. Dr. Ornstein moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. She was appointed interim division chief in January 2015, and served in this role through 2017. She was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, where she was involved in teaching both medical students and residents. She was also made Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and was involved in teaching multidisciplinary Adolescent Health fellows at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Ornstein is widely published in the field of eating disorders, and her research interests include child and adolescent eating disorders, with an emphasis on Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, outcomes of eating disorders treatment, and the use of saliva as a possible biomarker in anorexia nervosa. She has presented research as well as workshops at both the International Conference on Eating Disorders and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, where she has also served on scientific program planning committees. She is a Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Dr. Ornstein has been named in the Best Doctors in America database annually since 2009.
Breakout Presentation Tough-talk: Having Difficult Treatment Conversations with Patients and their Support System
There are many challenging conversations that arise during the treatment of eating disorders. Clinicians of all disciplines must develop the ability to manage these difficult conversations in an honest, transparent, and nuanced manner. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary panel of experts to work through typical questions encountered during eating disorders care. Disciplines include psychotherapy, psychiatry, primary medicine, and nutrition. In addition, participants will work through material from case studies and their own practices to enhance this important skill set.