Promotions & Appointments – September 2017

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Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhD is appointed as Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care.  She is Chief of the Division of Critical Care.  Dr. Wardenburg comes to Washington University from the University of Chicago where she was Chief of the Section of Pediatric Critical Care and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology.  She completed her BA, MD, and PhD degrees at Washington University where she was a Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Medical Scientist Fellow and received the Marion Smith Spector Award for Undergraduate Research.  Afterwards she was a pediatrics resident and fellow in critical care at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital as well as a Pediatric Scientist Development Program Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Olaf Schneewind.  She was named both Pediatric Intern of the Year and Pediatric Senior Resident of the Year as a trainee.  Dr. Bubeck Wardenburg is an internationally recognized expert in the interaction of host and pathogen in Staphylococcus aureus infections in critically ill children, identifying A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease 10 (ADAM10) as the receptor for the alpha toxin and delineating the pathophysiology of toxin action, providing the opportunity for novel interventions and preventive measures for infection.  Her work also involved study of Bacteroides fragilis and its role in gastrointestinal disease, malignancy, and sepsis.  She is frequently invited to speak or to lead conferences on her work including the 2017 Gordon Conference on Staphylococcal disease, of which she was Section Leader. She received the Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award as a junior faculty member. Her work has been supported by the NIH and Burroughs Wellcome and has resulted in more than 38 peer-reviewed publications and two patent applications.  Dr. Bubeck Wardenburg has also had extensive educational contributions, both in providing didactic lectures for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees at the University of Chicago and in mentoring numerous undergraduates, graduate students, residents, and fellows.  Her educational work was recognized with the Richard M. Rothberg Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care and Resident Education at the University of Chicago. 

Abby Hollander, MD, is promoted to Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinical Track in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.  Dr. Hollander received her BA from Cornell University and her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Following a residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern University, she came to Washington University to complete her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Hollander has served the university and the community in many capacities for many years, including serving as Medical Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Ambulatory Services since 2004, participating in the planning and execution of the establishment of the West County outpatient practice at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and then the Children’s Specialty Care Center as well as the implementation of Allscripts in the outpatient areas and now the transition to Epic.  For five years she was the Interim Division Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.  She was on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council, the Faculty Practice Plan Board of Directors, the Gender Equity Committee, President of the Academic Women’s Network, and is a longstanding member of the Institutional Review Board (Human Research Protection Office).  In the community, she has served as Medical Director of Camp EDI, the Gloria Hirsch Camp for Children with Diabetes since 2001 and has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Diabetes Association since 2006 including a term as President.  For her service, she was selected to receive the Distinguished Community Service Award, Washington University School of Medicine, in 2009.

In addition to her community service, Dr. Hollander is also a distinguished clinician with expertise in several areas including neuro-oncology, having been an organizing member of the Pediatric Neuro-oncology team since 1994.  She also was a founding member of the Pediatric Diabetes team and the Disorders of Sex Development team, of which she is co-leader.  With the DSD team, she has assembled a multidisciplinary team that has established a multidisciplinary clinic, joining the DSD Translational Research Network with 12 other institutions.  Her clinical work has been recognized by being named in “America’s Top Pediatricians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, the “The Leading Physicians of the World” by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, the “Best Doctors in St. Louis” by St. Louis Magazine, and the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors, Inc., and has resulted in eleven peer-reviewed publications, two invited papers, and two book chapters. Dr. Hollander’s educational contributions include numerous lectures and talks both at Washington University and at other institutions for all levels of learners, most recently on the topic of diabetes camps and care for campers with diabetes at the American Camp Association in Chicago and at the Diabetes Education and Camping Association in Vancouver.  She was the co-chair of the Annual Washington University symposium on Contemporary Women’s Health Issues and she has developed curriculum for several initiatives including an extensive program for poorly controlled diabetes patients.  She has enthusiastically mentored a huge number of students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty, including most of the current members of her division.

Mark C. Johnson, MD, is promoted to Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Cardiology.  Dr. Johnson received his MD from Johns Hopkins and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, then practiced pediatrics for a number of years before coming to Washington University for a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, after which he joined the faculty.  He serves a Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program and, in that position, has mentored more than three dozen fellows.  He is a member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Down Syndrome Clinic.  He has published more than twenty peer-reviewed articles, most recently a study to establish normal values in echocardiographs of premature infants entitled, “Normative Left Ventricular M-Mode Echocardiographic Values in Preterm Infants up to 2 kg,” in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD, is appointed Professor of Pediatrics on the Investigator Track in the Division of Gastroenterology.  Dr. Lowe will serve as Vice Chair of clinical affairs and strategic planning for the Department of Pediatrics. He received his undergraduate degree at Washington University and his medical degree at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida, then completed his fellowship and residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Lowe is returning to the Department of Pediatrics, where he was previously a faculty member for more than ten years.  He comes from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was Vice Chair for Post-Graduate Training and was awarded the Carol Ann Craumer Endowed Chair for Pediatric Research.  In addition, he was the Director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology.   Dr. Lowe’s research has included work on chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic lipase.  His current R01 grants are entitled, “Proteotoxicity in the Pathophysiology of Chronic Pancreatitis,” and “Mechanisms of Dietary Fat Digestion by Pancreatic Lipases.”  He also serves as site PI for the study entitled, “INSPPIRE to study pediatric chronic pancreatitis.” His work has been recognized with the Mead Johnson Nutritionals Award from the American Institute of Nutrition and the Courage for the Cure Award from the National Pancreas Foundation and has produced more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters.  In the area of education, Dr. Lowe has mentored numerous postdoctoral trainees and graduate students, served as Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology Training Programs at Washington University and in Pittsburgh, and served as course master of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 4th Year Medical Student Rotation during his previous tenure at Washington University.  As Vice chair, Dr. Lowe will focus on expanding pediatric outpatient programs in satellite locations, restructuring ambulatory clinics to improve access to care and improving communications with referring pediatricians.

Peter Michelson, MD, is promoted to Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College in Maine, Dr. Michelson earned his MD at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.  He remained in Philadelphia for his Residency in Pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and then completed fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  He later earned an MSc at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and an AA degree at Northwestern University.  For five years between residency and fellowship, he was working for the Indian Health Service in Anchorage, AK, where he was awarded an Achievement Medal from the US Public Health Service.   Care of patients with cystic fibrosis is a focus of his clinical and scholarly work.  He is the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, which is one of the ten largest CF programs and the only one to provide management of end-stage lung disease and lung transplantation, in addition to offering clinical trials.  Dr. Michelson participates in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Learning and Leadership Collaboratives” quality improvement initiative.  He is principal or co-principal investigator for a list of clinical trials including pharmaceutical trials related to CF, nutrition in children with CF, and Staph Aureus infections in CF, resulting in more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications.  In addition to his clinical and research work, Dr. Michelson serves the wider CF community as a member of the National CF Center Committee and the CF Newborn Screening Oversight Committee for the CF Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gateway Chapter of the CF Foundations.  Locally, his service includes Co-Chairing the Ethics Committee and membership on the Quality and Safety Coordinating Subcommittee of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Conflict of Interest Review Committee for the University.


Stephanie Ann Fritz, MD, MSCI, is promoted to Associate Professor with tenure on the Investigator Track in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Originally from Wisconsin, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, her MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  She then came to Washington University as a Fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, where she also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation. Her scholarly work focuses on Methicillin resistant Staph Aureus, with current projects including two R01 awards entitled “Epidemiology and Eradication of MRSA in Households with Children” and “Integrating Personal and Household Environmental Hygiene Measures to Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection.”  In addition, she will be working with Dr. Bubeck-Wardenburg on a project titled Role of Staphylococcus aureus Alpha-Hemolysin in Disease.  For her work, she has received the Infectious Diseases Society of America / National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Pfizer Fellowship in Clinical Diseases Award, the Young Investigator Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and a Faculty Scholar Award from the Children’s Discovery Institute and she has published more than thirty peer-reviewed papers.  She has been invited to speak at numerous scientific conferences, including serving as a session moderator at the Fifty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Diego, CA, and the American Society for Microbiology in Boston.  She is an active educator, having trained half a dozen students, residents, and fellows.

Tasnim Najaf, MBBS, is promoted to Associate Professor on the Clinician Track in the Division of Newborn Medicine.  Dr. Najaf completed her MBBS at Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, then her Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, before coming to Washington University for a fellowship in Neonatology.  Dr. Najaf makes major clinical contributions to her division, including attending in the NICU for three months and Missouri Baptist nursery for four months each year.  She is also a member of the Fetal Care Center team and perinatal outreach.  Her scholarly work and special clinical expertise is in congenital diaphragmatic hernia treatment, including extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).  She leads a multidisciplinary team working to improve outcomes in babies with congenital diaphragmatic hernia including surgery, cardiology, maternal-fetal medicine, and newborn medicine.  In addition, she staffs a follow-up clinic for these patients.  This team approach has improved survival of infants with diaphragmatic hernia from 50% to 70% at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and has led to participation in the DHREAMS Study: Diaphragmatic Hernia Research and Exploration, Advancing Molecular Science, which aims to understand the molecular basis of diaphragmatic hernia.  She participates in the Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Database-Children’s Diaphragmatic Hernia Collaborative Study.  In addition to her work with diaphragmatic hernia, she works on the NICU ECMO consult service and contributed to development of the NICU ECMO care guidelines and fellow training session.

Rakesh Rao, MD, is promoted to Associate Professor on the Clinical Track in the Division of Newborn Medicine.  Dr. Rao completed an MBBS with a Gold medal in Biochemistry at the University College of Medical Sciences in Delhi, India, (after being ranked 143rd out of ~60,000 in the MBBS entrance examination) and an MD in Pediatrics at the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India.  He then served as a Junior Resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and in Ophthalmology at GTB Hospital in Delhi, and as a Registrar in Pediatrics at Apollo Hospital in Delhi and Senior Resident in Pediatrics at LNJP Hospital, New Delhi.  He then came to Kentucky for a Fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Residency in Pediatrics, staying on the faculty thereafter as Assistant Professor.  He joined Washington University in 2006 as Instructor in Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine.  He has been active in clinical research, publishing 47 abstracts, 22 peer-reviewed publications, and 10 book chapters, particularly in the area of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and therapeutic hypothermia in neonates.  He has also been a leader in the STEPP IN project (Safe Transitions & Euthermia in the Perioperative Period in Infants & Neonates), for which he received the Golden Collaborative Award and the Silver Sustainability Award by the Children’s Hospital Association/ Children’s Hospitals Neonatal Database (CHA/CHND).  He serves on the Institutional Review board of the Human Studies Research Protection office and is a frequent reviewer for Pediatrics, Critical Care, and Perinatology journals.  Dr. Rao also is a committed educator, frequently speaking at CME courses locally and with the CHA/CHND Collaborative and providing lectures and mentoring to medical students and trainees.

Shabana Shahanavaz, MBBS is promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Cardiology.  After earning her MBBS at Kasturba Medical College, India, Dr. Shahanavaz completed her Residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn.  She then went to the University of California San Francisco for a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology and then to New York/Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital for a 4th year Advanced Fellowship before joining the faculty at Washington University.  Her faculty website points out that her “clinical interests lie within the field of interventional cardiology; performing complex diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations in lieu of open heart surgery or as an adjunct to surgical procedures.”  She has performed over a thousand cardiac catheterizations, the majority interventional, and has particularly notable expertise in transcatheter placement of valves. In addition to caring for children with structural heart defects, she also provides services to adults with congenital heart defects and her expertise earns frequent referrals from other centers for specialized procedures.  Dr. Shahanavaz is active in clinical research, serving as PI of a more than ten intervention studies and serving as co-investigator in a multi-center study of complications related to cardiac catheterization and as site director the American College of Cardiology (ACC) IMPACT quality improvement registry, a national registry that the ACC states “assesses the prevalence, demographics, management and outcomes of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease (CHD) patients who undergo diagnostic catheterizations and catheter-based interventions,” and C3PO, Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Project on Outcomes, a national database for cardiac catheterization data. She is the QI director of the Cardiac Cath Lab.  Her educational contributions include frequent didactic lectures and mentorship of trainees in interventional cardiology and development of the curriculum for the cardiology fellowship cath rotation and the 4th year interventional cardiology fellows’ training.

Jennifer N. Silva, MD, is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Cardiology.  After earning her undergraduate degree at Union College, in Schenectady, NY, Dr. Silva received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Granada.  She then completed her Pediatrics Residency at Miami Children’s Hospital, her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Washington University, and her Pediatric Electrophysiology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, before returning to Washington University to join the faculty as Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology.  Her clinical and research interests focus on electrophysiology diagnosis and treatment, particularly using augmented reality technology, and has resulted in ten peer-reviewed publications.  She and Jonathan Silva in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University, have founded Sentiar, Inc., an augmented reality startup making holograms of patients’ hearts to help surgeons during surgery and she holds two US patents for a System and Method for Virtual Reality Data Integration for Medical Procedures within the Human Body and for a Disposable Patch to Provide Security and Position Data for Surgical Procedures that are Enhanced by Augmented Reality. She is a frequent speaker at cardiology, arrhythmia, and electrophysiology conferences and she has mentored several fellows in Pediatric Cardiology and in Electrophysiology.

Indi Trehan, MD, MPH, DTM&H, is promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Divisions of Emergency Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Trehan completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and his MD and MPH at Northwestern University.  He completed his DTM&H (Diploma in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Hygiene) at Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, Instituto de Medicina Tropical, “Alexander von Humboldt”, Universidad Perunana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.  He served his residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and completed a dual fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Washington University.  Dr. Trehan has a longstanding commitment to global health that encompasses clinical, educational and research efforts. Currently, he serves as Medical Director of Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, Laos, an organization that provides free medical care and health education to children.  He has also served as a Consultant Paediatrician at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi; as an Ebola Response Clinician with Partners in Health acting as Clinical Lead at the Maforki Ebola Holding and Treatment Centre, Port Loko, Sierra Leone and as a Consultant Paediatrician at Port Loko Government Hospital, Port Loko, Sierra Leone; as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Mirebalais, Haiti; as a Volunteer Physician for the City of St. Louis Medical Reserve Corps;  as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department, HIV Clinic, Medical/Surgical Ward, Outpatient Clinics, Pediatrics Ward, and Tuberculosis Clinic at the J. J. Dossen Hospital, Harper, Liberia; and as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department, Female Ward, HIV Clinic, Male Ward, Outpatient Clinics, Tuberculosis Clinic at the Pleebo Health Center, Pleebo, Liberia.  As part of his educational contributions, he is Director of the Pediatric Residency Global Health Track at Washington University as well as Course Master and Core Faculty of the WUMS IV Introduction to Global Health course.  He is a Faculty Scholar of the Washington University in St. Louis Institute for Public Health.  His scholarly work has also focused on global health studies and he is an international expert on child malnutrition for his work with Mark Manary as well as current work on therapeutic foods to improve neurocognitive development in malnutrition.  He is also an expert on environmental enteropathy and noninvasive diagnosis of malaria.  His work has resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and he has authored two clinical practice guidelines for the World Health Organization, three for UpToDate, and one for the British Medical Journal.  He is frequently invited to speak on his work, including lectures at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition, Section on International Child Health Symposium, and he is a member of a number of national and international boards and committees including the Trial Steering Committee of a “Randomised controlled trial of a reduced carbohydrate formulation of F75 therapeutic milk among children with severe acute malnutrition”, a Member of the Guideline Development Group for Nutrition Actions of the World Health Organization Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit, a Member of the Guideline Development Group for Implementation Considerations on HIV and Infant Feeding in the Context of Emergencies for the World Health Organization Evidence and Programme Guidance Unit, and a Scientific Committee Member of the Clinical and Operational Research Alliance (CORAL).

Sri Sankar Chinta, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Chinta received his medical degree at Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, India.  He completed a residency in Pediatrics in India followed by additional pediatric training as a Pediatric Intern in Brook Dale University Hospital and Medical center and Pediatric Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   He then served his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Washington University. He participates in the Septic Shock QI Program and helped developed the Transfer Intake Form which standardizes the collected information for patients being transferred to SLCH. He is the SLCH site Principal Investigator for NIH consortium study through the PECARN network focusing on establishing treatment for status epilepticus.  His educational contributions include mentoring Journal club session, evidence based didactic fellowship lectures, coordinating the weekly Division CME conference and co-chaired a regional Pediatric Emergency Medicine symposium.

Andrea Coverstone, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Pulmonology.  Dr. Coverstone completed her Bachelor’s degree at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA and her medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She then served her Pediatric Residency at the University of North Carolina and her fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at Washington University.  Her particular interest is in the area of pediatric asthma and Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and has several publications on these topics. She participates in the Cystic Fibrosis QI team and helped create the CF Nutritional Algorithm, used for evaluation and management of CF patients with nutritional failure.  She is a co-investigator in multiples studies from the CF Therapeutic Development Network and multiple asthma studies including Severe Asthma Research Program, AsthmaNet and Inner-City Asthma Consortium. Her administrative duties include serving as the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship.  Her educational contributions include being a preceptor in the POM II.

Aarti Dalal, DO, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Cardiology.  Dr. Dalal completed her Bachelor’s degree at Boston University and her medical degree at Rowan University, School of Osteopathic medicine. She then served her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.  Her Pediatric Cardiology fellowship was at Emory University and her Pediatric Electrophysiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University.  Her special clinical expertise is in electrophysiology has stimulated participation in multiple division studies that have contributed to publications of several papers and book chapters. Her educational contributions include the development of a guideline to help fellows read EKG and implementation of a daily telemetry review session for fellows.

Shannon Joerger, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr. Joerger completed her Bachelor’s degree at Washington University and her medical degree at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.  She then served her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at Washington University.  Her clinical expertise in in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Gastrointestinal Motility and has been recognized as an outstanding clinician by Best Doctors in America. Her clinical contributions have included the creation of a Motility Center and participation in the Rett Syndrome multidisciplinary clinic.  Her educational and community contributions include serving as the faculty mentor for the pediatric GI fellow’s board review course and lecturing in the WUSM III Pediatric Clerkship.  She also serves as a member of the WUSM Committee on Admissions.


Samuel Julian, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Julian completed his Bachelor’s degree at University of Texas and his medical degree at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He then served his Pediatric Residency, Chief Residency and Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University where he was awarded the STLC High Five Award, Triple Crown Award and the Barbara R. Cole MD Quality Award.  He is a member of multiple QI committees including Trends in Retinopathy of Prematurity and CLABSI Prevention. He has various administrative duties including efforts in the SLCH Newborn Outreach Network, aimed to improve partnerships with community healthcare facilities, NICU Safety Committee and NICU Antibiotic Stewardship Program.  He created a guide on IV Fluid and Electrolyte Management in the Neonate and participates in the Newborn Fellowship Curriculum Evaluation Committee and Clinical Competency Committee.  His numerous community service activities include serving as a member of Pediatric Fellows Academic Career Retreat Organizing Committee, NRP instructor, NICU Medical Model of Care Committee, NICU Unit Base Joint Practice Team and NICU infection Control Committee.

Maleewan Kitcharoensakkul, MD, is promoted to Assistant Professor of Pediatrics on the Clinician Track in the Division of Rheumatology and Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Kitcharoensakkul received her medical degree at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. She completed a residency in Pediatrics in Thali and followed by additional Pediatric Residency, Fellowship training and a MSCI at Washington University.  She received multiple awards during her training including Chief Resident Award, James P. Keating Outstanding Resident Award, Gilstrap Award for Immunology Research, Distinguished Young Investigator at the Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigator’s Forum and Best Abstract in Clinical Research at the 2015 WU Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Retreat.  With her special expertise in rheumatology and immunology, she participates in multiple studies including RSV Bronchiolitis in Early Life Study and Inner City Asthma Consortium.  She has multiple publications within her scope of expertise. Her educational contributions have included development and participation of multiple CME courses, creation of a guideline for the evaluation of patients with positive newborn screening for SCID.  Her community contributions include participation as an abstract reviewer in multiple annual meeting and part of the interviewing committee for the SLCH Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program (PePSTP).


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