Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program -- Current Fellows

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First Year Fellows

Kristyn Beam
Dr. Beam completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and her medical education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her pediatric residency training at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. She is interested in Medical Education and Health Services Research with a focus on medical decision analysis.

Gaby Cordova Ramos
Dr. Cordova Ramos completed her residency training at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. A native of Peru, she obtained her medical degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru. She is interested in Health Services Research with a focus on nutritional determinants of outcomes.

Patricia Davenport
Dr. Davenport completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and her medical education at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her pediatric residency training at New York University. She is interested in obtaining training in basic science research as it pertains to neonatology.

Samantha Enstad
Dr. Enstad obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and her medical degree from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency at Northwestern University’s Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. She is interested in pursuing training in clinical research and epidemiology with a focus in neonatal interventions in clinical trials.

Emily Herzberg
Dr. Herzberg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Science and Spanish from Georgetown University. She obtained her MD from Georgetown University and completed her pediatric residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital where she also served as chief resident. She is interested in neuroimaging and neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Ravi Raju
Dr. Raju received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Anthropology from Harvard University. He obtained his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and a PhD in Biological Sciences in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Raju completed his pediatric residency training at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. He is interested in the epigenetic effects of early life adversity and their link to social determinants of health and disease.

Omri David Soffer
Dr. Soffer completed his pediatric residency training at Hofstra/Staten Island University Hospital where he also served as substitute chief resident. A native of Israel, he completed his medical education at Semmelweis University in Hungary. He is interested in physiology and training in basic science research.

Julie Thai
Dr. Thai received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and her medical degree from the University of Nevada. She completed her pediatric residency training at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, California. She is interested in basic and translational research in nutrition and the microbiome as they pertain to neonatal morbidities.

Second Year Fellows

Alejandra Barrero-Castillero
Dr. Barrero-Castillero completed her pediatric residency training at Stanford University with a clinical research scholarly concentration. A native of Mexico City, she obtained her medical degree from the Universidad Anahuac school of medicine and a Masters in Public Health from Boston University, with a concentration in Biostatistics and International Health. Ale will be working in the area of health services research with a focus on health disparities and the impact of social determinants of health, particularly in immigrant populations.

Bridget DiPrisco
Dr. DiPrisco completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College where she obtained a Bachelor of Art in Biology and Spanish. She obtained her MD from New York University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is interested in clinical research and quality improvement.

Cicely Fadel
Dr. Fadel graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Cellular and Molecular Biology from University of Virginia. She obtained her MD and a PhD in Neuroscience from Yale University and completed her pediatric residency training in DC Children’s National where she also served as chief resident. She is interested in innovative biologically inspired engineering applications as they pertain to disease modeling.

Jonathan Levin
Dr. Levin completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology. He obtained his MD from Yale University and completed his residency training at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. He is pursuing a combined fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonology. He is interested in medical innovation and long term pulmonary outcomes in neonates with lung diseases.

Fotios Spyropoulos
Dr. Spyropoulos completed his pediatric residency training at the University of Iowa Hospital. A native of Greece, Fotios obtained his medical degree from the University of Athens. He is interested in translational research in the field of developmental origins of health and disease.

Elizabeth Taglauer
Dr. Taglauer received her undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Missouri State University. She obtained an MD and a PhD from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with a research emphasis in placental immunology. She completed her pediatric residency training at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center followed by postdoctoral fellowships at Trinity College Dublin and the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Ireland. Her long term research focus is on placental-based diagnostics and therapeutics to improve neonatal disease.

Third Year Fellows

Susanne Chock
Susanne Hay
Dr. Hay received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University and her MD from Columbia University. She completed her residency training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. She is interested in epidemiologic and health services investigations, and her research, conducted under the mentorship of Dr. John Zupancic, is focused on evaluating the efficacy and trends of current research.

 

Brian Kalish
Brian Kalish

Dr. Kalish completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health. He obtained his MD from Harvard Medical School, and he completed his pediatrics residency on an Accelerated Research Pathway in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics. He is a research fellow in neurobiology under the mentorship of Michael Greenberg. He studies the genomic regulation of synapse maturation and elimination, and his long-term interest is in the neurobiology of preterm brain injury. His research is supported by the Pediatric Scientist Development Program.

 

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Carmen Monthé-Drèze

Dr. Monthé-Drèze graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology from Swarthmore College, and obtained her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She completed her pediatric residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, and she worked as a neonatal hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before joining our fellowship program. Dr. Monthé-Drèze is interested in understanding the mechanisms that underlie the associations between maternal pre-pregnancy obesity and adverse offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes. She is pursuing clinical and translational research pertaining to the effect of maternal obesity-related inflammation and oxidative stress on offspring neural pathways and neurodevelopment, under the mentorship of Dr. Sarbattama (Rimi) Sen. She received a Marshall Klaus award to support her research.

 
Newborn_Marianna Parker
Marianna Parker

Marianna Parker is a final year neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow.  As part of the Children’s Brain Dynamics research group, she is investigating the connection between neonatal brain injury and abnormal infant feeding by combining objective feeding measurement data with multi-modal neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG, DTI).   Marianna grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at MIT and attended medical school at St. George’s University of London.  Marianna’s hobbies include presenting a monthly indie-pop radio show at the MIT radio station, exploring the Boston food scene and practicing yoga.

  

Newborn_Matt Smith-Raska
Matt Smith-Raska

Dr. Smith-Raska graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Human Biology, and received his MD and a PhD in Immunology from Columbia University.  He then completed pediatric residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles on the Physician-Scientist Path.  He is interested in the noncoding genome, and is performing research in the lab of Dr. Eric Greer on the molecular mechanisms of genomic imprinting.

 


Fourth Year Fellow

 
Newborn_Monica Wojcik
Monica Wojcik

Dr. Wojcik received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where she majored in Chemistry with a certificate in French Language and Literature. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency training at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, where she worked on a quality improvement project involving newborn screening. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys baking (particularly sourdough breads), knitting, refinishing and reupholstering furniture, and long-distance running. She is interested in genetics and metabolism and is pursuing a combined fellowship in Neonatology and Medical Genetics. For her research, she studies the use of whole exome and whole genome sequencing for neonatal diagnosis and gene discovery.  ​



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