Pilot Grant Program

CPCE offers Pilot Grants twice per year to support CHOP investigators in clinical effectiveness studies that will attract external support for larger-scale projects. Investigators from all CHOP departments and divisions, including fellows in their final year of fellowship transitioning to a faculty position at CHOP, are encouraged to apply. Selected proposals will be supported for up to a maximum of $10,000 for one year. Proposals are typically due April 1 and October 1. For more information on how to apply, CHOP staff may visit the Research Intranet. Past Pilot Grant award recipients are listed below.


Spring 2017

Kate Henry, MD, MSCE
Fellow, Child Abuse Pediatrics
Clinical Effectiveness of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Blunt Abdominal Trauma in Young Children

Rachael Ross, MPH
Senior Research Associate, Division of Infectious Diseases
Defining the practice population to inform antimicrobial stewardship interventions in a pediatric primary care network

Jenna Streicher, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Section of Dermatology, Division of General Pediatrics
Inpatient Initiation of Propranolol for Infantile Hemangiomas: A Prospective Cohort Study Utilizing PEDSnet

Fall 2016

Sheila Quinn, DO
Fellow, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Resilience as a Mediator in Healthcare Transitions Among Adolescent and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients

Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine
Determining the optimal frequency of dexamethasone therapy in the treatment of young children with intermittent asthma discharged from the Emergency Department

Yeh-Chung (Daniel) Chang, MD
Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
The effect of a clinical pathway and rapid influenza polymerase chain reaction testing on rates of readmission to the pediatric emergency department and subsequent hospitalizations


Spring 2016

David I. Chu, MD
Pediatric Urology Fellow
Prospective Detection of Early Chronic Kidney Disease among Wilms' Tumor Survivors: A Pilot Study

Sagori Mukhopadhyay, MD, MMSc
Assistant Professor, Neonatology
Linking Neonatal and Pediatric Records to Form a 5-Year Longitudinal Birth Cohort


Fall 2015

Nic Bamat, MD
PHEOT Fellow
Selecting PEEP in ventilated premature infants by reducing ventilation/perfusion mismatch: a pilot feasibility study


Spring 2015

Sandi Amaral, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor, Nephrology
Using a Mobile Game Application to Improve Healthcare of Self-management in Adolescents with Solid Organ Transplants: A Pilot Study

Laura Figeroa-Phillips, MD
PHEOT Fellow
Development of a Clinical Prediction Model for Pediatric Outpatients at Risk for Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

Sabrina Gmuca, MD
Fellow, Division of Rheumatology
Treatment and Outcomes in Neuromyelitis Optica


Fall 2014

Aadil Kakajiwala, MBBS
Clinical Fellow, Division of Pediatric Nephrology
Variability in Measures of Mineral Metabolism in Children on Hemodialysis: Impact on Clinical Decision-Making

Maya Dewan, MD, MPH
Fellow, Critical Care Medicine
Reducing the Risk of Alarm Fatigue through Focused Alarm Management in Safety Huddles


Spring 2014

Andrea Knight, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology
Exploring Perceptions, Preferences and Barriers to Mental Health Care in Pediatric Lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Patients: A Qualitative Pilot Study

Lori Kestenbaum, MD
Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
Predictors of treatment regimens and outcomes for pediatric patients diagnosed with community-acquired pneumonia


Fall 2013

Beatriz Larru, MD
Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases
Combination Antibiotic Therapy for Definitive Treatment of Gram-Negative Bacteremia in Hospitalized Children

Erik Jensen, MD
Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Pilot N-of-1 Multiple Crossover Randomized Trial of Gastric and Transpyloric Feeds in Infants with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia


Spring 2013

Gregory E. Tasian, MD, MSc
Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Urology
Renal Parenchymal Area: Development of a Novel Criterion for Predicting Kidney Failure in Children with Congenital Urologic Disease


Fall 2012

Jennifer K. Walter, MD, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Measuring Parents’ Preferences and Capacities for Shared Decision-Making for Their Chronically Ill Children

Scott L. Weiss, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pediatrics
SPROUT: Sepsis PRevalence OUtcomes and Therapies – an International Point Prevalence Study of Pediatric Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock to Guide Clinical Trials


Spring 2012

Christopher P. Bonafide, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Iterative, participatory design of a mHealth intervention for improving transition readiness among adolescents and young adults with special health care needs


Spring 2011

Todd Florin, MD
Fellow, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Variation in Emergency Department Resource Utilization and Outcomes in Children with Community-Acquired Pneumonia


Fall 2010

Andrea Kelly, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology
Effectiveness of Cholecalciferol in Optimizing Vitamin D Status and Effects on Muscle Function in Obese African-American Children with Hypovitaminosis D

Rebecca Ruebner, MD
Fellow, Division of Nephrology

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Kimberly Lin, MD
Fellow, Division of Cardiology
Assessing the Prevalence of Impaired Kidney Function in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients Using Iohexol Plasma Clearance and Cystatin C, a Novel Kidney Biomarker


Spring 2010

Peter de Blank, MD
Fellow, Division of Hematology-Oncology
Risk Factors for Hospital Acquired Clostridium difficile-Associated Disease Among Children with Malignancy

Michelle Denburg, MD
Fellow, Division of Nephrology
Chronic Kidney Disease and Fracture Risk in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults: A Population-Based Study using The Health Improvement Network (THIN) Database


Fall 2009

Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP
Fellow, Infectious Diseases
The Impact of a Mandatory Influenza Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers at a Pediatric Tertiary Care Medical Center


Spring 2009

Christopher P. Bonafide, MD
Fellow, Academic General Pediatrics
Impact of complex chronic conditions on risk of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute respiratory compromise, and urgent ICU transfer in children hospitalized on general inpatient wards


Fall 2008

Susan Duff, EdD, OT, PT, CHT
Clinical Specialist, Division of Occupational Therapy
Early Identification of Asymmetry in Infants at Risk for Unilateral Upper Limb Dysfunction


Spring 2008

Noah Cook, MD
Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
Pain Assessment in the Neonate (PAIN) Study

Jeffrey Gerber, MD, PhD
Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Is Antibiotic Use a Risk Factor for Community-Onset Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in Children?

Sheila Nolan, MD
Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
The Changing Epidemiology of Rotavirus: Determining the effectiveness and maximizing the impact of rotavirus vaccine