Professional background

Dr La Rosa is a consultant paediatrician and endocrine specialist. She graduated from the University of Catania in Italy, completed specialist training in general paediatrics and sub-specialised in paediatric endocrinology focusing on the endocrine care of the young adult, with most of her core training based in a tertiary paediatric and adult endocrine unit at University College Hospital London. 

Dr La Rosa’s clinical interests lie mainly in the field of reproductive endocrinology, particularly polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian function, disorders of sexual development and Turner syndrome. She is involved in the hospital’s dedicated service for young adults as they transition from paediatrics to adult endocrine care, in specialist clinics for women with Tuner syndrome and in the long-term care of patients with other rare genetic conditions.

Dr La Rosa has been also involved in a new project documenting the long-term consequences of disorders of reproductive development, launched in 2014. The Reproductive Life Course Project has now become a UK-wide, multi-centre audit of health in pregnancy in women with Turner syndrome and congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

Research interests

  • Turner syndrome
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Disorders of pubertal development and pubertal induction
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Languages spoken




C Cardona Attard, A Cameron-Pimblett, D Puri, C La Rosa, VS Talaulikar, MC Davies, HI Learner, LM Liao, GS Conway “Relationships and sexual experiences in women with early-onset oestrogen deficiency: Comparison between women with Turner Syndrome and premature ovarian insufficiency”. J. Clin. Endocrinol. (Oxf) Jun 24 2020. . 

AC Pimblet, MC Davies, E Burt, VS Talaulikar, C La Rosa, TFJ King, GS Conway “Effect of oestrogen therapy on outcomes in Turner Syndrome: assessment of induction of puberty and adult oestrogen use”. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab. 2019.

A C Pimblett, C La RosaTFJ King, MC Davies, G S Conway “The Turner Syndrome life course project: Karyotype phenotype analyses across the lifespan”. J. Clin. Endocrinol. 2017; 87(5):532-538.

C La Rosa, G I Baroncelli, P Pavone, A D Pratico, A Di Cataldo, M Caruso-Nicoletti “Ganglioneuroblastoma-associated Vitamin D deficiency rickets” J. Paed. Hematol. Oncol. 2009; 31: 502-504.

C La Rosa, V De Sanctis, A Mangiagli, M Mancuso, V Guardabasso, MC Galati, M Caruso “Growth hormone secretion in adult patients with thalassemia”  J. Clin. Endocrinol. 2005; 62: 667-671.

A Polizzi, P Pavone, E Ciancio, C La Rosa, G Sorge, M Ruggeri “Hypertricosis Cubiti (Hairy Elbow Syndrome): A clue to Malformation Syndrome” JPEM 2005; 18:1019-1025.

C La Rosa, R Stanhope R “Use of growth hormone in children and adolescents” Association of Primary Care Groups and Primary Care Trust in the New NHS 2002; pp80-82.

Book chapters

La Rosa C, Traggiai C, Stanhope R “Normal childhood, puberty and adolescence” in The multidisciplinary approach to the management of paediatric and adolescent gynaecology.

La Rosa C, Stanhope R “Pituitary and hypothalamic tumour syndromes in childhood”. Online chapter commissioned by Professor G Basser: