Meet our team

Meet our team

Our program leadership, team of residency and fellowship coordinators and faculty members are here to help you prepare for your dream career in pediatric medicine. Learn more about our team and contact us with any questions.

Lavoie_1678Suzanne Lavoie, MD
Pediatrics Residency Program Director
Interim Vice Chair for Education
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Division Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Email: suzanne.lavoie@vcuhealth.org 
Phone: (804) 828-1808 

Education:

  • Medical school: University of Massachusetts
  • Residency: Pediatrics residency, Albany Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Virginia Commonwealth University

Biography: Dr. Lavoie has been engaged in medical education for over 30 years. Her favorite parts of medical education are to teach the residents to engage with the patients on a personal level and use those encounters to teach medical and interpersonal concepts.


Chahin_3803Nayef Chahin, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director

Email: Nayef.chahin@vcuhealth.org

Education:

  • Medical school: Escuela de Medicina Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Residency: The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fellowship: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Chahin has been involved in resident education for 5 years. His favorite interactions with residents and medical education include teaching during rounds and during NRP simulation. His passion for pediatrics and neonatology allows him to share his knowledge.

 


Marshall_3410Katherine Donowitz, MD
Associate Program Director
Associate Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine

Email: Katherine.Donowitz@vcuhealth.org 

Education:

  • Medical school: University of Virginia
  • Residency: University of Virginia
  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: In addition to clinical care, Dr. Donowitz is passionate about health equity, global health and medical education. She participates in several ongoing research projects related to health equity and diversity, equity, inclusivity and anti-racism. Nationally, she is involved with the Global Health Education, Equity, Anti-racism, and Decolonization working group.


Friedel_1431David Friedel, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director

Email: david.friedel@vcuhealth.org

Education:

  • Medical school: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Biography: Dr. Friedel is med-peds trained in infectious diseases with a primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and an affiliate appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine. He joined the faculty in 2009 as a founding member of the pediatric hospital medicine program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. In 2014, he transitioned his clinical focus solely to the practice of both pediatric and adult infectious diseases. His clinical areas of expertise include pre-travel consultation and transitions of care for youth and young adults living with HIV infection.


Carter_3311Kerri Carter, M.D. 
Assistant Associate Program Director
Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology

Email: kerri.carter@vcuhealth.org

Education:

  • Undergraduate school: College of William and Mary
  • Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Carter's favorite interactions with residents and students are the moments that she can see the “lightbulb” flash on. She tries to teach in a way that highlights the strengths of her mentors and also adds some innovation in ways that she wishes she had been taught.


Tseng_3452Ashlie Tseng, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Email: Ashlie.tseng@vcuhealth.org

Education:

  • Medical school: WVU School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV
  • Residency: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Tseng earned the David A. Draper Award in 2012 and a post-baccalaureate certification in medical education in 2017. She serves as Associate Program Director and QI Tract Director for the Pediatrics Residency and is the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship. She serves various roles in both undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as hospital/departmental committees.

Dr. Tseng is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and is also a member of the APA Educational Scholars Program. She has been recognized as Richmond Magazine Top Docs in 2020.


Trowbridge_4112Kyle Trowbridge, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor

Email:  kyle.trowbridge@vcuhealth.org

  • Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Biography: After serving as chief resident, Dr. Trowbridge joined the faculty at CHoR in 2020. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics Association and Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

Dr. Trowbridge earned the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018 and was an Alpha Omega Honor Medical Society Resident Inductee in 2019.

 


Location: Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
1000 East Broad Street Box 980646
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0646

Office: (804) 827-0534