Colleen P. Ditro, DNP, CPNP


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 Appointment: (800) 416-4441

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

Colleen Ditro is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), certified nurse practitioner, and the lead Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) for the orthopedics, pain and wound care teams at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is on the medical advisory board of the Little People of America, is the camp nurse for Camp Seneb, a summer camp for children with skeletal dysplasia, and teaches nursing students as an adjunct faculty member at West Chester University. She’s been a pediatric nurse since 1987, and is a past board member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Practitioners Society (POPS). Colleen joined Nemours in 2004, and earned Nurse of the Year honors for all of Nemours in 2013. 

Why I Treat Children

I have wanted to be a pediatric nurse since I was 16 years old, when my brother passed away from leukemia. His nurses took such great care of him, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.  I jumped at the chance to join the skeletal dysplasia team at Nemours. I saw that it was an opportunity to be part of a close-knit team and something I could jump into whole-heartedly. I really feel passionate about taking care of the families and children we see.

What I'm Passionate About

I’m passionate about providing high-quality care to families — family-centered care, where we make sure the whole family is included and provided for. Our families often come quite a distance for care and I want to make sure they leave feeling it was worth the trip, that everything fell into place for them and they’re satisfied with the care they got.  I’m also passionate about nurses. I teach nursing at West Chester University, and do all I can to help them become great nurses and know how to provide high-quality care for families and children.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I really try to help families in our skeletal dysplasia program connect with resources and with other families with similar conditions and circumstances. We have families from all over the world, so if I can make the connection for a family on the west coast, for instance, with another family of a child with a similar condition in their part of the world, they don’t have to feel like they’re out there by themselves.

Education & Training

Medical/Dental School

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Thomas Jefferson University/School of Nursing, 2013

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board/Primary Care

Awards & Recognition

  • 2013 Nurse of the Year, Nemours
  • 2002 Nurse Excellence Award, Abington Memorial Hospital
  • 2013 Susan Schrand Award for Professionalism, Leadership and Advocacy, Jefferson College of Nursing

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Aetna Better Health PA Kids HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Amerihealth Caritas Delaware
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Carefirst MD Community Health Plan Mcaid
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Cigna/Great West HMO EPO POS
  • Cigna/Great West PPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Delaware First Health
  • Delaware Medicaid/Diamond State
  • Delaware Medicare
  • Devon Health Services
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • Fidelis Care NJ Medicaid HMO
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • First Health/Affordable PPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Geisinger Health Plan Commercial
  • Global Medical Managment DE/PA
  • Health First Health Plans
  • Health Partners Medicaid/Kidz Partner HMO
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware
  • Highmark Medicaid Health Options
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Independance Blue Cross/Amerihealth/Keystone Health Plan
  • INTEGRA Administrative Group (ClaimsBridge)
  • Keystone First Medicaid HMO
  • Lifetrac Transplant
  • Maryland Medicaid
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • New Jersey Medicaid
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Plan Vista/NPPN PPO
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Qualcare HMO/POS/PPO
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO
  • Wellpoint Maryland Medcaid

  • Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Hand and Upper Extremities
  • Skeletal Dysplasia

Research Activities

  • Quality of life in children with skeletal dysplasias

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