Kristin Castorino, DO

Senior Research Physician

Born in the California Central Valley, Kristin Castorino, DO, obtained her medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in the California bay area after graduating with a degree in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Castorino completed an internship in Family Medicine at University of Nevada, Reno, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine in Santa Barbara where she met Dr. Jovanovic and the team here at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

Dr. Castorino joined SDRI in 2009 and has been an instrumental part of many programs including the Diabetes and Pregnancy program, and the Artificial Pancreas program. Currently, Dr. Castorino leads SDRI as the Principal Investigator for many cutting-edge diabetes research projects and is the only United States investigator for JDRF’s CONCEPTT study.

Dr. Castorino is dedicated to ensuring that all women with diabetes and pregnancy receive the care they deserve, thus leading a GDM clinic at the Santa Barbara County’s Health Care Center. One of Kristin’s special achievements at SDRI is the development of the Seeds of Change Program (Semillas de Cambio) – a diabetes prevention program designed for women and taught by Promotoras to improve the health of Latina women in their childbearing years.

Dr. Castorino is married to Ryan Castorino, a nurse at Cottage Hospital and has two children. On the weekend you might find her coaching her kids’ soccer game, volunteering for a PTA event or surfing at Campus point with her family.