First Year Fellows
Dr. Jeanne Carroll graduated summa cum laude from Aquinas College with a triple major in mathematics, chemistry, and biology, and was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in all three subjects (in addition to Physics). She received her MD from University of Virginia School of Medicine and then completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. Her research work to date includes publications with Dr. John Kattwinkel on pulmonary compliance in an artificial lung model, with Dr. Evan Snyder on stem cell biology, and on treatment interventions in a mouse anthrax model. Dr. Carroll plans to pursue laboratory research in stem cell biology at Harvard.
Dr. Sarah Kunz graduated summa cum laude with a BA in biology from Harvard University. She received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine, following which she completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington. Between college and medical school, Dr. Kunz helped to develop and run a national multi-center study addressing predictors of severity of pediatric bronchiolitis. More recently, she published a meta-analysis addressing whether primary fascial closure or delayed closure with silo is a superior method for closure of gastroschisis defects. Dr. Kunz has an interest in ethics and served on the Washington University IRB. Perhaps equally important for fellow conferences, she loves to bake and share her creations with the fellowship group. Dr. Kunz will be pursuing work in the area of health services research, under the auspices of the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship, and will be concurrently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health degree.
Dr. Juan Matute received his MD from the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia, where he received multiple honor scholarships and was one of the top students at the state and national levels in his medicine qualifying examinations. Following medical school, he completed a three-year research fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, during which time he played the leading role in the identification of a new genetic subgroup of chronic granulomatous disease. Dr. Matute did his residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and during his fellowship he plans to continue his basic science research in inflammatory conditions.
Dr. Brian Montenegro graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development, following which he obtained his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, then worked as a staff pediatrician at Travis Air Force Base and as a pediatric hospitalist in Fairfield/Vallejo, California. He holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do; he recently completed the San Francisco Marathon; and he is in the process of learning Korean. Dr. Montenegro is interested in pursuing clinical translational research in Boston.
Dr. Lauren Ruoss received her BS in Biology from Florida State University, where she was on the Seminoles Varsity Diving Team. She completed her MD at Florida State University College of Medicine and her pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was Chief Resident. She has completed clinical research on PDA therapy, post-renal transplant vitamin D insufficiency, and outpatient developmental screening. Dr. Ruoss' research focuses on laboratory oriented translational research that evaluates noninvasive modalities to examine tissue oxygenation in neonates.
Dr. Brian Walsh is an MB ChB graduate of Trinity College, University of Dublin. He completed a combined clinical and research fellowship at University College Cork, and received his PhD in 2013. His PhD proposal, which examined biomarkers of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, was the first successful pediatric application to the competitive Molecular Medicine Ireland Clinician Scientist Fellowship Program. Dr. Walsh is interested in expanding his electrophysiological monitoring research to include aEEG/EEG monitoring of the premature newborn.
Second Year Fellows
Dr. Adam DeTora graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in Biology and a concentration in microbiology, and he received his MD from the University of Massachusetts, where he also completed a pediatric residency. Dr. DeTora is fluent in Spanish and has traveled extensively on both medical and educational expeditions. He has laboratory and quality improvement experience, and his fellowship research project, working with Dr. Karen Puopolo, involves the study of antibiotic practices in the Brigham and Women's Hospital NICU. He also has an interest in medical ethics, and is working with Drs. Christy Cummings and Sad Sayeed to develop a new medical ethics curriculum for fellows.
Dr. Danielle Ehret graduated with honors from Cornell University with a BS in Human Biology, Health and Society. She received her MD from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Following her medical training, she was recruited to the pediatric residency program at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. While at Yale, she completed the Pediatric global health track. As a resident, Dr. Ehret became a Master Trainer in the Helping Babies Breath program, and helped to educate local birth attendants in Rwanda. She shared this research via a podium presentation for the Section of International Child Health at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Currently, Dr. Ehret is working with mentor Dr. Patricia Hibberd, Chief of the Division of Global Health at Mass General Hospital for Children, on research in global maternal child health disparities. They are developing an implementation strategy and analysis for the use of a clean birth kit in an institutional setting in India, as well as completing a secondary analysis on an Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care trial. Locally, Dr. Ehret plans to complete a quality improvement project at BIDMC surrounding the implementation of a timed umbilical cord clamping policy for preterm infants. She is currently an MPH candidate at the Harvard School of Public Health, with expected degree completion in June 2015. Dr. Ehret is honored and excited to be Co-Chief Fellow, along with Dr. Timmy Ho, in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program for the 2015 academic year.
Dr. Hanine Hajj graduated from the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, where she received a Master of Science in biochemistry and genetics, and was a recipient of the Best Honor Student Award for consistently ranking among the top three students for each of the seven years of medical school. She undertook an internship in pediatrics at Hotel-Dieu de France University Hospital in Beirut, and then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hajj acquired clinical research experience in fulfillment of her MD thesis, and also worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Murray, investigating genetic contributions to PDA treatment responsiveness. Her research interests focus on identifying epigenetic biomarkers that may contribute to preterm birth and associated morbidities. She is currently pursuing research training in the laboratory of Dr. Andrea Baccarelli at the Harvard School of Public Health, working on a project entitled, "Novel Epigenomic Biomarkers of Prenatal Risk Factors and Childhood Obesity." Dr. Hajj enjoys dancing, cycling, and traveling, and is reportedly an excellent Lebanese cook.
After receiving his BS in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Timmy Ho obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, and he completed pediatric residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. Concurrent to his neonatology fellowship, Dr. Ho is receiving research training in a joint fellowship between the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. His research interests include exploring mechanisms to improve the efficiency, workflow, and patient experience of health care delivery, and to reduce waste in the care of neonates. He hopes to apply fundamental skills in quality improvement and implementation science to address issues obstructing optimization of health care delivery. Dr. Ho will serve as Co-Chief Fellow during his third year of fellowship. Outside of the hospital, he maintains a regular yoga practice, collects bowties, enjoys single malt Scotch whiskies, and has been a lifelong member of the Fenway Faithful.
Dr. Sarah Morton received her BS from the University of Michigan, where she was a Barry Goldwater Scholar. She later graduated with a combined MD/PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Francisco, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Morton entered the Boston Combined Residency Program in 2010, and she completed the Accelerated Pathway over the following two years. Her doctoral work focused on the role of microRNA in cardiac development in various animal models. During fellowship, Dr. Morton is working with Dr. Pankaj Agrawal to understand the pathophysiology of nemaline myopathy.
Dr. Amit Mukhia graduated from St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India, where he won the distinction of producing the Best Pediatric Post Graduate Dissertation at the State Level. He undertook further training in the United Kingdom which culminated in his membership in the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, and he completed his US pediatric residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Mukhia has experience in both clinical and laboratory-based research, and during fellowship he is working in the laboratory of Dr. Stella Kourembanas on macrophage polarization and chronic lung disease.
Third Year Fellows
Dr. Eileen Cowan obtained her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, where she was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. She received her MD from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and was awarded the Father John Fahey Outstanding Service Scholarship for her many outreach activities in both domestic and international settings. Dr. Cowan completed her residency at the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital, where she investigated the disease-specific effectiveness of ECMO. She is working with Dr. Mark Puder in the Boston Children's Hospital Department of Surgery on a translational research project that focuses on the mechanisms of action of novel nutritional interventions.
Dr. Emoke Deschmann received her MD from Semmelweis University in Hungary, where she also started her pediatric residency. She was awarded a European Union scholarship to undertake a clinical rotation at Karolinska University and Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm, where she stayed to complete her pediatric and neonatology training. During her training, she was involved in an epidemiological follow-up study focusing on the developmental origins of adult disease, and in a study exploring the noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring of early feeding with near infrared spectroscopy. Dr. Deschmann is a recipient of the 2008 Young Investigator's Award from the European Society for Pediatric Research. She is currently working with Harvard neonatologist and scientist Dr. Martha Sola-Visner on translational aspects of developmental differences in human megakaryopoiesis, and on a potential new marker for bleeding risk in neonates. Concurrent with her fellowship, Dr. Deschmann is completing training in the highly competitive Harvard Scholars in Clinical Science Program, a two-year program in translational and clinical research methodology, which will culminate in a Master of Medical Science degree in 2014.
Upon receiving her BA in biochemistry and biology from Oberlin College, Dr. Mayya Geha worked as a research technician in Boston and New Orleans before attending Tulane University School of Medicine. Following two years of surgical residency, she decided to pursue her passion for pediatrics and entered pediatric residency at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. During fellowship, Dr. Geha is studying intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury using a murine model in the laboratory of Harvard immunologist Dr. George Tsokos, and she is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying tissue injury and repair in the gut
Dr. Sailaja Ghanta graduated summa cum laude from the accelerated Physician Scientist Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Albany Medical College, a seven-year program in which students pursue a BS from RPI and an MD from Albany Medical College. For four years during this time, including her first year of medical school, she played Division III Varsity Tennis. Dr. Ghanta then completed her pediatric residency at Brown University, where she worked with Dr. James Padbury examining engraftment, early differentiation, and mRNA expression patterns of umbilical cord hematopoietic stem cells. During her fellowship, she has been working with Dr. Mark Perrella at Brigham and Women's Hospital studying the role of autophagy in mesenchymal stem cells in models of sepsis. Dr. Ghanta is also serving as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship.
Dr. Kyoung Joung received her MD, summa cum laude, as well as her Master's degree from Seoul National University. She completed a pediatric residency at the same institution, then completed her US pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Joung was a member of the Seoul National University Medical and Nursing Chorus. She is currently undertaking translational research on the effects of early life including fetal and postnatal period on circulating levels of adipokines including leptin, adiponectin, osteopontin, and irisin in the laboratory of Harvard endocrinologist Dr. Christos Mantzoros. Concurrent with her fellowship, Dr. Joung is completing training in the highly competitive Harvard Scholars in Clinical Science Program, a two-year program in translational and clinical research methodology, which will culminate in a Master of Medical Science degree in 2014.
Dr. Eniko Sajti completed pre-medical training in Romania and Hungary, then received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She started pediatric residency at University Medical Center in Utrecht, then received a grant from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences to train as a post-doctoral research fellow at the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute, where she worked on basic mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension associated with congenital heart disease. Dr. Sajti completed her pediatric residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program. During fellowship, she is working in the laboratory of Harvard Neonatology Chair, Dr. Stella Kourembanas, on the mechanisms of interaction of mesenchymal stem cells with bronchopulmonary dysplasia.Dr. Sajti is also serving as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship.