Meet Our Team

 
 

Physicians

Medical Director, Eating Disorder Program, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Abigail A. Donaldson, MD, is board certified in both adolescent medicine and pediatrics, and an attending physician in the division of adolescent medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Dr. Donaldson is medical director of the hospital’s Eating Disorder Program, and a certified specialist in eating disorders by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She is an assistant professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Donaldson’s work on adolescent bone health, sexual health and eating disorders has been published in many peer-reviewed journals and other scientific publications. Her areas of interest include eating disorders, sexually transmitted infection prevention, and contraception counseling and management. Dr. Donaldson is a member of the national and local chapters of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.   

Linda Doberstein, MD, is a pediatrician and a member of the adolescent medicine team at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She has experience with inpatient adolescents with mental health and concurrent medical diagnoses and with patients in an ambulatory clinical setting.

Dr. Doberstein earned her medical degree from the McGill University Facility of Medicine in Quebec and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Patricia Flanagan, MD is chief of clinical affairs and director of the Teens With Tots Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and a professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Flanagan is also the current president of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and helped create the Rhode Island Medical Legal Partnership, a program that makes legal services available to low-income families. Flanagan has published numerous articles and led community educational efforts on issues related to teenage parenting and adolescent medicine.

Adolescent medicine services at Hasbro Children's Hospital

Director, Gender and Sexual Health Services

Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH, has been at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital since 2009. She is a professor of pediatrics and assistant dean of medicine (admissions) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Forcier specializes in gender, sexual and reproductive health. She provides consultation services in advanced contraception, sexually transmitted disease care, puberty and menstrual issues and a variety of gender affirming hormones and care plans. She directs the Gender and Sexual Health Program, and collaborates with multiple medical and community agencies in promoting best practices for gender diverse, transgender and lesbian, gay and bisexual youth and adults. 

Margaret Kozel, MD, joined Lifespan in November 2015 as a pediatrician in Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s medical/psychological program. She is an associate professor of family medicine and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Kozel is a heath care writer and blogger, and her written works include a memoir, The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor’s Journey in and Out of Medicine, and contributions to the New York Times and Huffington Post health blogs.

Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH, EdM, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist, practices at the gender and sexuality clinic and at the Adolescent Healthcare Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Rafferty specializes in substance abuse disorders and gender and sexual development, and his work on these subjects has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Jack Rusley, MD, MHS, is a board-certified adolescent medicine specialist and adolescent health researcher. He provides primary care and specialty care to adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 26 at the Adolescent Healthcare Center. He is an assistant professor in the division of adolescent medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has an academic appointment at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as well as in the Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. Rusley’s research interests include improving the quality of transition to adult care for all youth, HIV prevention, and substance use disorder prevention and treatment. He has a special interest in youth with special health care needs, including those with chronic illness, physical and developmental disabilities. He also provides specialty care for youth in the areas of substance use, family planning, STD testing and treatment, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP), comprehensive LGBTQ services, and menstrual disorders. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine national advocacy committee.

Clinical Staff

Anne W. M. Alvarez, MS, RN, NP

Anne W. M. Alvarez, MS, RN, NP, is a nurse practitioner with the adolescent medicine team at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has many years of experience at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in multiple departments, including the emergency department, the child protection center, the asthma and allergy department and ambulatory pediatrics. She is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Miranda Mitchell, MS, APRN, CPNP-PC

Miranda Mitchell, MS, APRN, CPNP-PC, is a certified nurse practitioner at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the medical/psychiatric inpatient unit. She graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions in Boston with both her BSN and MSN degrees. She has a special interest in maternal-infant bonding, eating disorders, conversion disorder, and somatic symptom disorder. Mitchell has experience with inpatient children and young adults ages 12-to-23 years old suffering with concurrent mental health and medical diagnoses. She has specialty experience and training in the care of patients with eating disorders and is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Margaret Prendergast, RNC, MSN
Pediatric Specialties Programs Administrator, and Satellites and Vaccine Coordinator
Jill M. Wagner, LICSW

Jill M. Wagner, LICSW, is a clinical social worker at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the primary care clinic and the gender and sexuality clinic, and has experience in the eating disorders clinic as well. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clemson University in South Carolina, and her master’s degree in social work from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston. Wagner is the co-director of the LGBT Health and Advocacy Scholarly Concentration at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Sherry Gagnon, CPNP-AC/PC

Sherry Gagnon, CPNP-AC/PC, joined the Adolescent Healthcare Center in October 2015. She specializes in the care of patients with eating disorders and adolescent health care. She is certified in the area of primary and acute care pediatrics. Gagnon graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BSN and from Regis College with her MSN. She has extensive experience in the area of pediatrics, having worked in the pediatric intensive care unity, pediatric transport team and as a nurse practitioner in the Hasbro Children's Hospital emergency department, and in primary care at a community pediatric office.

Gagnon also serves as adjunct nursing faculty for both Rhode Island College of Nursing and Salve Regina University College of Nursing. She provides medical evaluation, treatment and support to both patients in the specialty clinic and inpatients.

Nahdee Sharpe, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Nahdee Sharpe, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in the Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic and in the Emergency Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She received her master’s degree in social work from Rhode Island College. She provides psychological education, resources for counseling, and therapeutic strategies to patients.