Global Pediatric Fellowship

Each year, we choose three to four fellows to participate in the Department of Medicine’s Global Pediatric Fellowship, a two-year training program in which fellows rotate in six-month blocks between a field placement in Haiti, Rwanda, Ghana or Laos and a clinical placement at Boston Children’s Hospital. The fellowship’s focus is on skills training in global health service delivery, including clinical care, medical education, program development, management, outcome evaluation, quality improvement, and implementation of focused research.

Current fellows and Field Sites

 

Meghan Craven, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
University Hospital in Mirebalais, Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health 
Mirebalais, Haiti


Sindu Govindapillai, MD
University of Toronto
Laos Friends Hospital for Children 
Luang Prabang, Laos

 

Rebecca Krey, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
University Hospital in Mirebalais, Zanmi Lasante/Parters in Health 
Mirebalais, Haiti

 

Neera Narla, MD
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Laos Friends Hospital for Children 
Luang Prabang, Laos

Edwin Palmer, MD
Ross University
Laos Friends Hospital for Children
Luang Prabang, Laos

Leah Ratner, MD
St. George’s University School of Medicine
Rwanda


Shela Sridhar, MD
Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida
Kirehe District Hospital, Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners in Health

 

Past fellows

Vanessa Wolfman, MD
2010-2012

Dr. Wolfman worked as a district clinical advisor in pediatrics in rural Rwanda during her fellowship. Her activities included clinical mentorship and health systems strengthening. Dr. Wolfman works for the International Medical Corps of Los Angeles and has continued her active role in global health response. She served as the Emergency Medical Director of the International Medical Corps in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.

Molly Moore, MD
2010-2012

During her fellowship, Dr. Moore served as a district clinical advisor in pediatrics in rural Rwanda. She worked on national pediatric oncology protocols, supported a pilot program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and ran an HIV education program for nurses. She is currently the Direct of Global Health for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she is heavily involved with global health medical education.

Sara Gonzalez, DO
2011-2013

During her fellowship, Dr. Gonzalez worked at the St. Marc’s Hospital in rural Haiti providing inpatient clinical services. She carried out several projects on neonatal nursing education. She had a special interest in programs that promoted breast feeding to prevent malnutrition in infants. She is a trained HBB instructor. Dr. Gonzalez is currently an attending physician at the St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, MA.

Chris Carpenter, MD, MPH
2011-2013

During his fellowship, Dr. Carpenter worked in Haiti where he improved pediatric care by training local doctors and nurses at St. Marc’s district hospital. At the end of his fellowship, he co-founded the Kay Mackenson clinic for children with chronic diseases in Pierre Paven. He is the Pediatric Department Chair and Vice Chief of Staff of a UCSF affiliated hospital. He continues as a close colleague and consultant to the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatrics Program.

Jill Veselik, MD
2012-2014

Dr. Veselik worked in rural Rwanda during her fellowship where she provided pediatric care and participated on the teams that wrote the protocols for the newly established Pediatric Development Clinic. The PDC is an innovated program of non-communicable disease care for children with chronic illnesses and complex medical problems. Dr. Veselik has worked as a hospitalist and chronic care physician since her graduation.

Brittany Potts, MD
2013-2015

Dr. Potts spent her fellowship serving as a pediatrician at St. Nicholas Hospital in St. Marc, Haiti. She focused on acute care delivery and on improving the delivery of nutritional support to severely malnourished children. She also assisted colleagues at the St. Damien Hospital in Port au Prince with their programming around children with severe chronic health conditions. Dr. Potts is currently the Associate Director of Pediatric Global Health at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Theresa Strong, MD
2013-2015

Dr. Theresa Strong spent part of her fellowship working at the JFK Hospital in Liberia on the partnership medical residency training program. During the Ebola outbreak, she was redeployed to Indonesia and to Laos to support program development. After fellowship, Dr. Strong joined the staff of the South Shore Hospital.

Xinshu She, MD
2014-2016

Dr. She spent 6 months of each year of fellowship in Saint Marc, Haiti, working with Partners in Health to pilot a participatory art project aimed at reducing stress, enhancing patient self-expression, and prompting community bonding. She also helped start an Early Childhood Development Program using a home-based intervention for malnourished children. She is currently a pediatric hospitalist in California.

Ophelia Adipa, MD
2014-2016

Dr. Adipa traveled to Mbale, Uganda as a consultant pediatrician at the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda and was in Liberia as pediatric faculty, teaching and mentoring residents and interns at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia and the Phebe Hospital in Suakoko. Dr. Adipa is currently a hospitalist in the Children’s National Hospital community network. She is also a faculty member at the University of Ghana, where she supports pediatric residency training.

Jen Werdenberg, MD
2014-2017

Dr. Werdenberg’s fellow placement was in Rwinkwayu, Rwanda. She provided clinical care and participated in the rollout of the All Babies Count Program. From 2016-2017, she was a staff member of the PIH Rwanda team. She returned to Boston in the fall of 2017 to complete her MPH and later moved to Texas. She is currently on staff at the Texas Children’s Hospital. She recently published a paper on nutritional care for children in low resource global settings.

Sajithya Perera, MD
2015-2017

During her fellowship, Dr. Perera provided care, supervision, and teaching to patients and staff at Hospital St. Nicolas in Haiti. Her work was centered around development of an early childhood development program for malnourished children. She is currently joining the faculty of Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she will practice pediatric academic hospitalist medicine and assist with global health programming.

Jessica Bradford, MD
2015-2017

Dr. Bradford spent her fellowship expanding to the Pediatric Development Clinic from Southern Kayonza to the Kirehe District Hospital in Rwanda. She met with hospital leadership, ensured equipment and supply availability, identified a space for the clinic, and served as a mentor for oncoming staff. After fellowship, Dr. Bradford stayed on with Inshuti Mu Buzima and Partners In Health as a pediatric district clinical advisor.

Unami Mulale, MD
2015-2017

After completing her college education in Botswana, Dr. Mulale attended medical school in Grenada and subsequently did Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowships in New York, with a longstanding vision to contribute to building Botswana’s first children’s hospital. She spent her fellowship providing care in Liberia and Rwanda to learn systems she can incorporate as the Head of Pediatric Critical Care and Lecturer at the University of Botswana School of Medicine.

Virginie Clavel, MD
2016-2018

During her fellowship, Dr. Clavel spent her time at the Mirabalais University Hospital site working in conjunction with Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health (Mirebalais, Haiti). She focused her work primarily on neonatal intensive care and resident teaching. She conducted a study using the Pediatric Early Warning Score in the Pediatric Ward. She is currently a staff physician at Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Bianca Quinones, MD
2017-2018

Dr. Quinones spent her fellowship working at the Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, Laos where she primarily focused on a multidisciplinary simulation-based resuscitation curriculum for the hospital. Dr. Quinones-Perez will be starting her new position as a Pediatric Hospitalist for Boston Children’s Hospital in November.

Chiquita Palha de Sousa, MD
2016-2018

Dr. de Sousa spent her global clinical time at Kirehe District Hospital, Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners in Health in Rwanda. She provided neonatal pediatric care and provided trainings to the local clinic staff on malnutrition, resuscitation, and neonatology. Her scholarly project was on “Promoting Breast Feeding in the Neonatal Care Unit and Strengthening Linkage to Care after Discharge.”