Ellen Roy Elias, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-General Pediatrics

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Medical School:
  • MD, New York University School of Medicine (1980)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Princeton University (NJ) (1976)
Internship:
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program (1981)
Residency:
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program, Pediatrics (1983)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-General Pediatrics

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Pediatrics-General Pediatrics
  • Director, Special Care Clinic

Recognition & Awards

  • TOP DOC, 5280 magazine, (2018)
    Have received it every year since 2009
  • America's Best Physicians, America's Best physicians, (2018)
    Have received every year since 2016
  • Best Specialty Preceptor, Golden Stethoscope Award, Golden Stethoscope Award from CU School of Medicine, Foundations of Doctoring Program, (2013)
  • Nominated for Best Pediatric Preceptor at the Golden Stethoscope Award night, sponsored by, CU School of Medicine, Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum, (2012)
  • Nominated for Best Role Model, Golden Stethoscope Award, CU School of Medicine, Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum, (2011)
  • Teaching Award for Favorite Clinical Correlate for Down Syndrome and Prader-Willi lectures, CU School of Medicine Class of 2014, (2011)
  • Citation, AAP, (2011)
    in recognition of distinguished service rendered as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Children with Disabilities 2003-2010

Research Interests

My research involves clinical management of children with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome. I also have two current research projects involving patients with Down syndrome, one looking at underlying genetic mechanisms associated with Autism in patients with DS, and the other looking at genetic etiologies for autoimmune disorders.

Publications

  • Elias ER. The Trials of Transition: How Well We Are Doing, and How We Can Do Better. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Apr;9(2):228-230. PubMed PMID: 28439358
  • Rachubinski AL, Hepburn S, Elias ER, Gardiner K, Shaikh TH. The co-occurrence of Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder: is it because of additional genetic variations?. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27859447
  • Rachubinski AL, Hepburn S, Elias ER, Gardiner K, Shaikh TH. The co-occurrence of Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder: is it because of additional genetic variations?. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27859447
  • Yu HC, Coughlin CR, Geiger EA, Salvador BJ, Elias ER, Cavanaugh JL, Chatfield KC, Miyamoto SD, Shaikh TH. Discovery of a potentially deleterious variant in TMEM87B in a patient with a hemizygous 2q13 microdeletion suggests a recessive condition characterized by congenital heart disease and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 May;2(3):a000844. PubMed PMID: 27148590
  • Yu HC, Coughlin CR, Geiger EA, Salvador BJ, Elias ER, Cavanaugh JL, Chatfield KC, Miyamoto SD, Shaikh TH. Discovery of a potentially deleterious variant in TMEM87B in a patient with a hemizygous 2q13 microdeletion suggests a recessive condition characterized by congenital heart disease and restrictive cardiomyopathy. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 May;2(3):a000844. PubMed PMID: 27148590
  • Adams RC, Elias ER, COUNCIL ON CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, COUNCIL ON CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. Nonoral feeding for children and youth with developmental or acquired disabilities. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6):e1745-62. PubMed PMID: 25422022
  • Adams RC, Elias ER, COUNCIL ON CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, COUNCIL ON CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES. Nonoral feeding for children and youth with developmental or acquired disabilities. Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6):e1745-62. PubMed PMID: 25422022
  • Liu W, Xu L, Lamberson CR, Merkens LS, Steiner RD, Elias ER, Haas D, Porter NA. Assays of plasma dehydrocholesteryl esters and oxysterols from Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome patients. J Lipid Res. 2013 Jan;54(1):244-53. PubMed PMID: 23072947
  • Liu W, Xu L, Lamberson CR, Merkens LS, Steiner RD, Elias ER, Haas D, Porter NA. Assays of plasma dehydrocholesteryl esters and oxysterols from Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome patients. J Lipid Res. 2013 Jan;54(1):244-53. PubMed PMID: 23072947
  • Liu W, Xu L, Lamberson CR, Merkens LS, Steiner RD, Elias ER, Haas D, Porter NA. Assays of plasma dehydrocholesteryl esters and oxysterols from Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome patients. J Lipid Res. 2013 Jan;54(1):244-53. PubMed PMID: 23072947
  • Elias ER, Murphy NA, Council on Children with Disabilities. Home care of children and youth with complex health care needs and technology dependencies. Pediatrics. 2012 May;129(5):996-1005. PubMed PMID: 22547780
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Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Human Genetics, Member
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • Society for Developmental Pediatrics, member
  • American College of Medical Genetics, Fellow

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Children's Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-6739

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1985)
  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD), Board Certification (1993, 2009)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Board Certification (2001)
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Board Certification (2001)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Genetic Conditions and Testing
Clinical Interests
I am interested in treating children with underlying genetic problems, developmental delay, feeding issues and birth defects. I am particularly interested in caring for patients with Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome, and Autism

Care Philosophy
I have been a pediatrician for over 35 years and have devoted my career to caring for children with developmental disabilities and medical complexity. I am proud to be the Medical Director of the Special Care Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado, where we provide a medical home to children with complex medical issues and support their families in a number of ways.

Personal Interests
I am a violinist and play in the Arapahoe Philharmonic orchestra. I also play chamber music in many different groups

Public Speaking
Yes
I have given a number of lectures on topics including the genetic causes of intellectual disabilities and autism, and Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Disorders.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, New York University School of Medicine (1980)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Princeton University (NJ) (1976)
Internships:
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program (1981)
Residency Programs:
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Program, Pediatrics (1983)
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Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-General Pediatrics
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