Training Program Alumni

Academic General Pediatrics 

Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training Program

Other programs 


Academic General Pediatrics

Senbagam Virudachalam, MD, MSHP
Research: Understanding and improving home food preparation practices, with the goal of preventing obesity starting from early childhood
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Catherine Zorc, MD
Research: Improving health systems for vulnerable children
Last known position: Attending Pediatrician, Nemours duPont Pediatrics Saint Francis

Erica Just, MD
Research: Equity and access to healthcare, health services research
Last known position: Instructor of Medicine, Tulane University 

Elizabeth Wallis, MD
Research: Exploring parents’ and clinicians’ perspectives on the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of recurrent abdominal pain in children
Last known position: Medical Director, Friedman Center for Eating Disorders, Medical University of South Carolina

Deepak Palakshappa, MD, MSHP
Research: Policy and population-based interventions targeting childhood and adolescent obesity and food insecurity
Last known position: Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Stephanie Doupnik, MD, MSHP
Research: Improving clinical outcomes for hospitalized children with mental health needs
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania. Co-medical director, Inpatient Medical Behavioral Unit, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training Program

Ana-Johanna Giaccone, MD, MSCE
Research: Use of the Spontaneous Breathing Trial to Extubate Very Low Birth Weight Infants Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN).
Last known position: Attending Neonatologist, Reading Hospital

Tamar Springel, MD, MSHP
Research: Health Literacy of Pediatric Transplant Patients and Their Caregivers.
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Nephrology, Case Western Reserve University

Aimee Parnell, MD, MSCE
Research: Empiric Evaluation of the APR-DRG Diagnostic Classification System
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, The University of Mississippi Medical Center

Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE
Research: The Association of Depression and Anxiety with Outpatient Medical Services Utilization in Pediatric Lupus and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease Patients
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Toronto

Elizabeth Foglia, MD, MSCE
Research: Effect of Skin Pigmentation on the Accuracy of Pulse Oximetry in Infants
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Neonatology, University of Pennsylvania

Gregory Tasian, MD, MSCE
Research: Nephrolithiasis Risk Assessment Score: Establishing the Foundation for a Risk-Based Imagining Strategy
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Urology, University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Bates, MD, MSHP
Research: Improving handoffs between front line providers in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan

Erik Jensen, MD, MSCE
Research: Inter-observer agreement of the respiratory exam in former premature infants
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Kate Henry, MD, MSCE
Research: Evaluation of Accidental and Abusive Neck Injuries in Young Children
Last known position: Fellow, Child Abuse Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Dava Szalda, MD, MSHP
Research: Current Practices in Primary Care Training: Opinions of providers learning to care for cancer survivors
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania 

Lena Winestone, MD, MSHP
Research: Disparities in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and pediatric bone marrow transplants
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant, Benioff Children’s Hospital

Laura Figueroa-Phillips, MD, MSCE
Research: Development of a Clinical Prediction Tool for Pediatric Outpatients at Risk for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
Last known position: Pediatrician, Indian Health Service, Gallup, NM

Hari Narayan, MD, MSCE
Research: Detection, Prevention and Management of Cardiotoxicity of Cancer Therapies in Children
Last known position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cardiology, University of California San Diego

Nicolas Bamat, MD, MSCE
Research: Assessment of hospital variation in PEEP level use among extremely low birth weight infants
Last known position: Instructor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen Chiotos, MD, MSCE
Research: Epidemiology of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Pediatric Patients
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania

Allison (Barz) Leahy, MD, MSCE
Research: Feasibility of collecting patient-reported symptoms routine pediatric chemotherapy
Last known position: BMT Fellow, Cancer Immunotherapy, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Charles Phillips, MD, MSHP
Research: Outcomes associated with nutritional support in pediatric oncology
Last known position: Instructor, Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

Natalie (Stavas) Laub, MD, MSHP
Research: The impact of child abuse clinical pathways on disparities in occult injury testing  
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania


Other Programs

David I. Chu, MD, MSCE
Training Program: Clinical Research Training in Kidney Disease program
Research: Comparative effectiveness of strategies to reduce complications after pediatric urologic surgery, specifically the preservation of renal function and how health disparities in pediatric urologic diseases influence long-term renal health
Last known position: Attending physician in urology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and assistant professor of urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Amanda DiNofia, MD, MSCE
Training Program: Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology Training Program
Research: Cost Analysis and Resource Utilization by Treatment Arm on the Phase 3 High-Risk B-precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Trial AALL0932
Last known position: Instructor,  Hematology/Oncology, University of Pennsylvania

Karen James, MD, MSCE
Training Program: Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology Training Program
Research: Treatment and Outcomes of Children Hospitalized with ANCA-Associated Vasculitis
Last known position: Instructor,  Pediatrics, University of Utah

Tamara Miller, MD, MSCE
Training Program: Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology Training Program
Research: Adverse event reporting in pediatric oncology clinical trials
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Pediatrics,  Emory University School of Medicine

Jennifer Wilkes, MD, MSCE
Training Program: Pediatric Pharmacoepidemiology Training program
Research: Hospital Volume and Outcomes and Prescription Practices in Pediatric Acute Leukemia
Last known position: Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatrics, Hematology / Oncology, and Medical Director for Quality Improvement,  Pediatric Hematology / Oncology