Educating the next generation of pediatric experts at CHoR
January 07, 2022
CHoR fellow physician checking boy's heart

    Pediatric experts get their training at CHoR

    Families throughout Virginia and beyond turn to our doctors for the best care. As our pediatric subspecialists diagnose and treat some of the most complex conditions, they’re also training the doctors following in their footsteps. This is an especially exciting time of year as many new physician specialists begin to take the next big step in their medical training.

    Once doctors compete their medical school and residencies, many go on to complete fellowships for the additional education and training required to specialize in a specific type of medicine.

    “Education is a critical part our mission at CHoR. Our faculty are drawn to work at CHoR not only for the opportunity to provide exceptional care for children, but also to conduct research and mentor the future generations of pediatricians and pediatric specialists,” said Dr. Michael Ryan, vice chair of education. “This commitment to education includes 11 fellowship programs, providing advanced training in specialty areas of pediatric research and practice.”

    This year, seven of our third-year pediatric residents have matched into fellowships, which means one of the fellowship programs they were interested in also identified them as a candidate they would like to welcome into their program.

    Congratulations to the following resident physicians from CHoR who will be furthering their training in esteemed fellowship programs.

    Name

    Specialty

    Fellowship program

    Jacob Humphrey, MD

    Nephrology

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Danielle Fayad, MD

    Infectious Diseases

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Robbie Parks, MD

    Emergency Medicine

    CHoR

    Meredith Mitchell, MD

    Hospital Medicine

    CHoR

    Jerica Gee, MD

    Neonatology

    The Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

    Hannah Hollon, MD

    Obesity Medicine

    CHoR

    Nada Darwish, MD

    Neonatology

    Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

     

    As we bid farewell to several of our hardworking residents, we also welcome seven physicians who have completed their residencies and are preparing to begin their fellowships here at CHoR.

    Name

    Specialty

    Fellowship program

    Christopher Chow, MD

    Cardiology

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    Nicole Pietras, DO

    Hematology and Oncology

    Palms West Hospital

    Meredith Mitchell, MD

    Hospital Medicine

    CHoR

    Grace Mueller, MD

    Neonatology

    CHoR

    Kelly Stanley, MD

    Neonatology

    University of Arizona

    Kevin Leal, DO

    Critical Care

    Carilion Clinic - Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Fatima Mejia-Connolly, 

    Critical Care

    SUNY Upstate Medical Center


    “Becoming a pediatric subspecialist requires equal parts passion, commitment and hard work – and these graduating residents exhibit them all. They’ve been shining stars during their time with us and amid the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic. I’m proud of their perseverance and confident they will further excel as they continue their training and begin their careers,” said Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, residency program director.

    Discover all the medical education opportunities at CHoR.

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