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Diane Fountas

Diane Fountas

Titles: Director of the Martin Health Center
Degrees: MD, Dartmouth College
Phone Numbers:
School: 860-945-7754

Diane began at Taft in 2005 as a consulting pediatrician. She has since closed her private practice and now serves full time as the director of Taft’s Martin Health Center. At age five, Diane announced to a patriarchal family that she would be a doctor, and has never wavered from that position. She graduated valedictorian of her Attleboro, Massachusetts, high school class, and then she became a member of the third class of women accepted to Dartmouth College. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts 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, Connecticut, a primary care program under the oversight of the University of Connecticut. She would go on to serve 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, Connecticut. During her 25 years of medical practice, she was 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 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, a model which began when Lisa Keys and she began working in the Taft Health Center. Her goal is to improve this model by making Taft’s Health Center one to be emulated. Diane recently wrote an article (with formed Taft faculty member Emily Adler) about nonexercised-induced anaphylaxis at Taft that was published in the August 2018 issue of Connecticut Medicine.