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Fellowship Graduates 2020

 

Kristyn BeamKristyn Beam
Dr. Beam completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and her medical education at Uni- versity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her pediatric residency training at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. During fellowship, she was accepted into the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Fellowship, through which she is obtaining her Mas- ters of Public Health in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests include using machine learning to improve neonatal outcomes, specifi- cally focused on bronchopulmonary dysplasia, with hopes to expand this technique to other neonatal morbidities throughout her career. She currently serves as an attending neonatolo- gist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

 

Gaby Cordova RamosGaby Cordova Ramos
Dr. Cordova Ramos completed her residency training at the Boston Combined Residency Pro- gram in Pediatrics. A native of Peru, she obtained her medical degree from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima. Her fellowship scholarship work focused on the perfor- mance of preterm growth references to predict outcomes. She will join the faculty at Boston Medical Center and pursue health services research with a focus on health literacy as it per- tains to outcomes of NICU graduates. She currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Boston Medical Center.

 

Patricia DavenportPatricia 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 Uni- versity. She currently researches the effects of neonatal thrombocytopenia and platelet transfusion under the mentorship of Dr. Martha Sola-Visner. Dr. Davenport is currently serv- ing as Chief Fellow. She currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

Samantha EnstadSamantha Enstad
Dr. Enstad obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the Uni- versity 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 clinical research focusing on the impact of maternal obesity on lactational programming. She currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.

 

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. Her research focuses on the diagnosis of neonatal encephalopathy and the best early predictors of short and long term outcome, and she has a particular interest in EEG. She cur- rently serves as Chief Fellow. When she isn't at the hospital you can likely find her at her local Pure Barre studio! She currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Omri David SofferOmri David Soffer
Dr. Omri David Soffer, a native of Israel, graduated summa cum laude from Semmelweis Uni- versity of Hungary, receiving his medical degree. He completed his pediatric residency training at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Staten Island University Hospital. He is cur- rently a clinical fellow at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program and a Bioethics fellow at the Center for Bioethics in Harvard Medical School. His clinical research focuses on evaluating the utility of quantitative measurements in infants exposed to neuromuscular block- ade. He is also pursuing bioethics fellowship. His research and scholarly interests in ethics focus broadly on instilling ethical principles and interpersonal competence and knowledge in medical trainees during counseling to care-takers of critically ill patients. He currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha.

 

Julie ThaiJulie 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 re- search in nutrition and the microbiome as they pertain to neonatal morbidities. She cur- rently serves as an attending neonatologist at UCLA Medical Center.

 

Alejandra Barrero-CastilerroAlejandra 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 Master’s in Pub- lic Health from Boston University, with a concentration in Biostatistics and International Health. She is currently on her second year at the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship. Ale is working in characterizing and assessing psychosocial stressors of infants and families in the NICU with a particular interest in immigrant families. She currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

 

Jonathan LevinJonathan 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 Pedi- atrics. He is pursuing a combined fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Pediatric Pulmonology. He performs research with the Computational Health Informatics Program and is interested in medical innovation and long term pulmonary outcomes of premature infants. He currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Fellowship Graduates 2019

 

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 accepted a faculty position as an attending neonatologist at CHLA and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, where her research is focused on growth restriction and its health outcomes.

 

Cicely Fadel
Dr. Fadel received a BA in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. She obtained her MD and a PhD in Neuroscience from Yale University before completing her pediatric residency training and a chief residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. As a Clinical Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Donald Ingber at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, she studies how gut bacteria of premature infants leaves them vulnerable to disease and helped validate an in vitro microfluidic cell culture device for stably co-culturing living human intestinal epithelium with complex microbiota. She received a Marshall Klaus Award from the AAP section on neonatology and a Harvard Catalyst KL2 Award to support this research. Dr. Fadel served as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship and was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

 

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 currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

 

 

 

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. She currently serves as an attending neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

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.

 

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. During his time in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program, he participated in the Pediatric Scientist Development Program and received research funding from the AAP and March of Dimes. Upon graduation from fellowship, he joined the faculty in the Boston Children's NICU. 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.

 

Fellowship Graduates 2018

 

Susanne HaySusanne 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 fellowship research, conducted under the mentorship of Dr. John Zupancic, was focused on evaluating the efficacy and trends of current research. Dr. Hay was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

 

Carmen Monthé-DrèzeCarmen 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 pursued 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. Dr. Monthé-Drèze served as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship, and was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

 

Marianna ParkerMarianna Parker

Dr. Parker 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. As part of the Children’s Brain Dynamics research group, she investigated 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’s hobbies include presenting a monthly indie-pop radio show at the MIT radio station, exploring the Boston food scene and practicing yoga. Dr. Parker was recruited as an attending neonatologist at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

 

Matt Smith-RaskaMatt 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 performed his fellowship research in the lab of Dr. Eric Greer on the molecular mechanisms of genomic imprinting. Dr. Smith-Raska served as Co-Chief Fellow during his third year of fellowship, and was recruited as a faculty neonatologist at Weill Cornell Medical College.

 

Fellowship Graduates 2017

 

Newborn_Asimenia AngelidouAsimenia Angelidou

Dr. Angelidou graduated with an MD and a PhD in Immunopharmacology from the University of Athens, Greece. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Theoharis Theoharides at Tufts University School of Medicine and has published extensively on the role of immunobiology, and particularly mast cell activation, in autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Angelidou completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern and Children's Medical Center at Dallas. During fellowship, she conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Ofer Levy, focusing on newborn innate immune ontogeny and the role of vaccine-induced "heterologous protection" against unrelated pathogens (also termed trained immunity). During her second year of fellowship, she received the Marshall Klaus Perinatal Research Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her work on neonatal trained immunity, and served as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship. She was recruited to join the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Newborn_Katherine Bell Katherine Bell

Dr. Bell graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Biophysical Chemistry. She obtained her MD from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Bell completed her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland where she also served as Chief Resident. Her clinical research under the mentorship of Dr. Mandy Belfort investigates neonatal body composition - the relative contribution of fat and lean mass to body weight - and its relationship to long-term outcomes; her work was supported by a Klaus award from the American Academy of Pediatrics during her fellowship. Dr. Bell served as Co-Chief Fellow during her third year of fellowship, and was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

 

Juan Matute Juan Matute
Dr. Matute received his MD from the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia, where he earned 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 identifying a new genetic subgroup of chronic granulomatous disease. Dr. Matute pursued his residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center.  His research under Dr. Richard Blumberg’s mentorship was focused on mechanism of intestinal inflammation. Dr. Matute is supported by the Pediatric Scientist Development Program and will join the academic faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

Newborn_Paulomi Mehta Paulomi Mehta

Dr. Mehta graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, and she obtained her MD with honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine. During medical school, she spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a member of the Clinical Research Training Program, completing research investigating the link between telomere biology and the development of cirrhosis.  She also conducted clinical research during her time in medical school on neonatal opioid tolerance.  She was recruited as a general pediatrics resident at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, where she conducted clinical research on bronchopulmonary dysplasia under Dr. Vineet Bhandari.  In fellowship, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Xianhua Piao, conducting basic science research on the roles of adhesion G-protein coupled receptors in the development and maintenance of the peripheral nervous system.  Dr. Mehta was recruited by Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis as an attending neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatric.

 

Newborn_Amy O'Connell
Amy O'Connell

Dr. O’Connell obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry from Merrimack College. She received her combined M.D./Ph.D. degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University with a focus in immunology, and completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Vermont. She is board certified in Allergy and Immunology and completed her A/I fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her current research focuses on determining mechanisms of disease in patients with novel genetic anomalies identified by whole exome sequencing, and her current projects focus on translational quality control and intestinal stem cell signaling. She received a Klaus Award from the AAP section on neonatology to support this research. Dr. O'Connell will be transitioning to a faculty neonatologist position at Boston Children’s Hospital following her neonatology fellowship.

 

Newborn_Emily WhiteselEmily Whitesel
Dr. Whitesel completed her undergraduate studies at Vassar College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry. She spent a year in Santiago, Chile on a Fulbright before obtaining her MD from Harvard Medical School.  She completed her pediatric residency training at Columbia, New York. As a fellow, Dr. Whitesel worked with mentors Dr. Cynthia Ortinau and Dr. Terrie Inder working on congenital heart disease and brain development, with a focus on fetal imaging, presenting her research at PAS 2016. In addition, she has an interest in simulation, and she served as the fellow simulation liaison and presented her work on the fellow simulation boot camp at the 2017 IPSS conference.  Dr. Whitesel was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.