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International Adoption Clinics

International Adoption Clinic at the University of Minnesota. This Adoption Clinic is the best known and the longest established. The IAC will review referral information, including videotapes and pictures for no fee, although donations to the clinic are greatly appreciated.

Medical Specialists Experienced in International Adoption Medicine

California International Adoption Clinic
Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland
Nancy Curtis, MD, Medical Director
Carina Grandison, Ph.D., Developmental Neuropsychologist
5275 Claremont Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(mailing address: 747 52nd St., Oakland, CA 94609)
Tel: 510-428-3010
Fax: 510-450-5878

Our clinic continues to grow as an invaluable resource for adoptive children, their families, medical practitioners and adoption professionals on the west coast and throughout the United States. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about our program.

Connecticut Margaret Hostetter, M.D.
Yale Child Health Research Center
464 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 737-5970
fax (203) 737-5972
Dr. Hostetter is a well known specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and children adopted internationally, and has been evaluating children adopted internationally for over ten years, formerly at the University of Minnesota International Adoption Clinic.
Washington, DC Nina Scribanu, M.D.
International Adoptions Health Resource Center
3307 M Street NW
Suite 401
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 687-8635
fax (202) 687-8899
Illinois Todd Ochs, M.D.
841 Bradley Place
Chicago, IL 60613-3902
Phone (773) 975-8560
fax (773) 975-5989
Dr. Ochs is the father of a daughter born in China. He sees children adopted internationally in his pediatric practice and reviews referral information.
Massachusetts Laurie Miller, M.D.
International Adoption Clinic
NEMC #286
750 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone (617) 636-8121
fax (617) 636-838
Michigan Jerri Jenista, M.D.
815 West Jefferson
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone (313) 668-0419
fax (313) 668-9492
Dr. Jerri Jenista is a single mother with five children born in India. She is also the editor of the monthly newsletter, Adoption/Medical News.
Minnesota Dana Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.
Box 211
University of Minnesota Health Center
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone (612) 626-2928
fax (612) 624-8176.
Dr. Johnson has been involved with the IAC for more than ten years, and is the father of a son adopted from India.
New Jersey Lisa Nalven, M.D.
Valley Health Center for Child Development and Wellness
505 Goffell Road
Ridgewood, NY 07450
(201) 612-1006
fax (201) 612-109
New York

Jane Aronson, D.O.
Director, International Adoption Medical Consultation Services
Withrop Pediatric Associates
222 Station Plaza North, Suite 611
Mineola, NY 11501
(516) 663-4417
fax (516) 739-653

Andrew Adesman, M.D.
Evaluation Center for Adoption
Schneider Children's Hospital
269-01 76th Ave.
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
(718) 470-4000
fax (718) 343-3578.


Deborah Borchers, M.D.
4452 Eastgate Blvd., Suite 202
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone (513) 753-2820
fax (513) 753-2824.
Dr. Borchers is a pediatrician in private practice and the single mother of two daughters born in China. She has a private practice with many children adopted internationally.

Mary Staat, M.D.
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-4200 (hospital operator)
Dr. Staat is a specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, as well as the mother of three children adopted internationally.

Karen Olness, M.D.
Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital
11100 Euclid Ave #176
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 844-3224
fax (216) 844-7601
Adele DeMarco is the nurse practitioner who fields calls and questions for the clinic.

Pennsylvania Sarah Springer, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
1515 Locust St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 575-5805
fax (412) 232-7389
Washington Julia Bledsoe, Director
Center for Adoption Medicine
University of Washington Pediatric Care Center
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 598-3006
fax (206) 598-3040

Undoubtedly there are other physicians with experience in International Adoption/Medical Issues. If you are aware of others, please notify Debbi Borchers at (513) 753-2820 or


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