Stacy B. Ellen, DO, AVA Scholar

Dr. Stacy Ellen grew up in Central New Jersey and knew she wanted to be a Pediatrician from an early age. She attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where she completed a double major in Spanish and Biology. She worked as a Spanish Interpreter in the Emergency Room of a community hospital during college breaks.

In 2005, Dr. Ellen entered medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed the Bridging the Gaps summer internship program and clinical scholars program and served on the boards of the Pediatrics and Medical Spanish clubs. She was inducted into the Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society in 2006.

In June 2012, Dr. Ellen completed pediatrics residency at Sr. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. During residency, Dr. Ellen became a "Domestic Violence Resident Champion" through the "Children and Mom's Project." In this role, she gave talks on Intimate Partner Violence, attended local conferences and increased awareness about screening for Intimate Partner violence among fellow residents and pediatricians.

Dr. Ellen began her career as an attending pediatrician at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in August 2012. She is an outpatient general pediatrician and faculty member of Drexel University College of Medicine. She is now working with mentor and child abuse pediatrician Dr. Maria McColgan on the "Family Safe Zone Project" at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. The goal of this project is to increase protective factors in the community as a means of primary prevention of child maltreatment. Dr. Ellen was accepted into the AVA Scholars Program in fall 2012 and plans to use the Family Safe Zone Project as a stepping stone for her scholars program research project.