M.D., Dartmouth College
Director of the Martin Health Center
Work Phone: 860-945-7762
Year Appointed: 2012
Dr. Diane Fountas is certainly not new to Taft. In assuming the role as director of the Martin Health Center, she makes the transition from Taft’s consulting pediatrician to being on campus full-time as our health director and physician. She believes that medicine has been and continues to be her calling. At age five, she announced to a patriarchal family that she would be a doctor, and she has never wavered from that position. She graduated valedictorian of her Attleboro, MA, high school class, and then became a member of the second class of woman accepted to Dartmouth College. She graduated with a B.A.in Biology and then earned an M.D. from Dartmouth’s medical program. From there, she completed a pediatric internship and residency at the Primary Care Pediatric program in Waterbury, CT, a primary care program under the oversight of the University of Connecticut; and then served as chief resident for this program. She worked for the Department of Public Health on a public health scholarship, became board certified and a fellow in the Academy of Pediatrics, and then opened her own private practice in Watertown, CT. She moved her private practice to larger office space in Waterbury, CT, where she works through the present. During her 25 years of medical practice, she has been chair of the pediatricians of the Greater Waterbury area and acting chair of the Department of Pediatrics at St Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. She has participated on many boards as a child advocate, including the Child Guidance Clinic and Special Olympics of Connecticut. In 2004, she was named Woman of the Year by Girls Inc. of Waterbury. She continues as a medical director to the Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Team of Greater Waterbury and has been trained to perform forensic medical exams. She has been named by the Woodward/White researchers as a “Top Doctor of Connecticut” twelve times; and she’s been named to the “Top Doctors in America” four times. In addition to serving Taft as its consulting pediatrician since 2005, she has served and will continue to serve as medical director of Westover School. In addition to her academic and professional achievements, she brings an understanding of the connection of academics and athletics, having been a collegiate All-American in swimming, having been inducted into the Attleboro High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and having earned the distinguished Dartmouth honor of the “Wearers of the Green.” She brings a desire for wellness and health and believes that secondary schools need to have model of a primary care akin to private practice. This model began when Lisa Keys and she began their work in the Taft Health Center; and her goal is to improve this model by making Taft’s Health Center one to be emulated.