New Senior Faculty and Program Leaders

Friedhelm Hildebrandt, MD
Chief of Nephrology Boston Children's Hospital 

Dr. Friedhelm Hildebrandt, a distinguished clinician and HHMI investigator, has recently joined the Boston Children's Hospital staff as the Warren Grupe Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Nephrology. He replaces Dr. William Harmon, who has recently stepped down from his position as division chief after a long and distinguished career. Dr. Hildebrandt did his clinical training in general pediatrics and pediatric nephrology at Freiburg University Children's Hospital, and did postdoctoral research with Peter Aronson and Peter Igarashi at Yale. He came to the US and Michigan in 2001. In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hildebrandt is an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research focuses on identifying novel genes mutated in kidney diseases of children. He has received multiple awards for his research including the E. Mead Johnson Award for Pediatric Research from the Society for Pediatric Research, the highest research award given in pediatrics. 

Ariel Winn, MD
Associate Program Director, Boston Children's Hospital

Ariel Winn is a recently graduated Chief Resident for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) and a newly appointed Associate Program Director for the BCRP. She grew up in Newton, MA and has lived in Boston area for her entire life other than the four years she was in New York for medical school. Ariel is a member of the Boston Children’s Academy, an educational organization within the hospital. Over the past year has helped to design and launch the BCRP Academies — a separate educational program and a scholarly home within the BCRP — which facilitates and supports resident’s career plans. In her role as an Associate Program Director, she will direct the Academies moving forward. Ariel has also been involved in a number of other medical education endeavors including milestone assessments and various curricular initiatives.  She is particularly interested in trainee professional development. She has recently been named the medical educator in the Graduate Medical Education office and is excited to expand her work with other Boston Children’s Hospital trainees. At home, Ariel enjoys spending time with her very energetic toddler, Jonah and Golden retriever, Nora. She spends many weekends on Cape Cod. 

Kate Distler, MD
Co-Program Director, Boston Medical Center

Kate Distler is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Medical Center and Co-Program Director in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Kate is originally from Leawood, KS, attended the University of Notre Dame for college, and obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kate completed her residency and chief residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Beginning in July 2014, she began a two year Medical Education Fellowship, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Medical Sciences in Medical Education from Harvard Medical School. Kate’s interests lie in curriculum design, program evaluation, and various simulation applications. In the residency program, she has been involved in implementing and evaluating the Keystone Quarter, a longitudinal, integrated block that trains interns in advocacy, development behavioral medicine, adolescent medicine, and ambulatory pediatrics. She is also a proud member of the Medical Education Academy. Kate currently lives in the South End and enjoys commuting by bike when weather permits.