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Adda Grimberg, M.D., Scientific Director,

The Growth Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Improving the world

I help children grow.



Translational physician-scientist who focuses on the molecular biology of the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor axis, medical decision-making, and disparities in the management of children with short stature.



Born in Israel, grew up in NY, moved to Philly for pediatrics residency and remained ever since.



In 2003 the U.S. FDA approved growth hormone treatment for children with idiopathic short stature (the only country in the world to do so), expanding potential GH eligibility to 1.2% of the population at an estimated national cost of $40 billion.


Israel Favorites

It’s where I go when I need to touch eternity.


Some specifics

Food: sambusa at Abu Elafia in Jaffa


Music: David Broza, Yehuda Poliker


Beach: Tantura (Hof Dor)


Synagogue: Tunisian Synagogue in Akko


Best shower ever: finding waterfall after climbing Masada and hiking Ein Gedi – taught me the meaning of the word, “oasis


Most moving memorial ever: Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem


Most surprising experience: night-time hike in the Judean Desert -- the desert turns blue in the light of the full moon


Favorite activity: dancing on tables in the pubs of Tel Aviv after the food has been cleared for the night


And, of course, the people!


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