About Us


Edward Rippel, MD, FACP, graduated from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, interned at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and did his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. He was an Attending Physician with the United States Public Health Service, serving as a Commissioned Corps Officer in diverse locations, from Littleton, Colorado, to Spanish Harlem.

In 1993 Dr. Rippel joined the largest primary care group in Hamden. When the owners dissolved that practice in 1999, he established Quinnipiac Internal Medicine, P.C. His work has since received top national recognition.

Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian, Dr. Rippel also provides care to patients in their native languages.

Dr. Rippel’s interests outside the practice of medicine include spending time with family and friends, gardening, and exploring other cultures, learning their languages and enjoying their foods. Recognizing the importance of self-care, Dr. Rippel engages in physical activity on a regular basis, including strength and stability training and cardiovascular exercise. In addition, he practices Tai Chi and Qigong, which provide gentler forms of exercise that promote the health and wellness of the mind as well as the body.


Christa Mann, MSN, APRN, is a Nurse Practitioner with a unique skill set. In addition to her experience in traditional Primary Care Medicine and as a Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, Christa has done care planning for Thoracic Surgery, led hospital Rapid Response and Code Blue Teams, and managed many team efforts. She adds a special dimension to the care our practice provides.

Quinnipiac Internal Medicine Staff

Elizabeth Clifford, Practice Manager, oversees operations, demonstrating her expertise in all day-to-day issues, including administration, insurance, human resources, and information technology.

Our medical assistants subscribe to a gentle approach in preparing patients for their visit with the practice’s providers, performing diagnostic testing, making specialist appointments, and following up diagnostic testing.

All our staff use the practice’s state-of-the-art electronic health records (EHR) system to quickly address patient questions.


Dr. Edward Rippel, MD, FACP

Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian, Dr. Rippel also provides care to patients in their native languages.