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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.


Marieka Helou, MD, MPHMarieka Helou, MD, MPH
Interim program director
Barry V. Kirkpatrick Vice Chair of Education
Associate professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology

Email: Marieka.Helou@vcuhealth.org

Education:

  • Medical school: University of Tennessee School of Medicine
  • Residency: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Helou has been involved in pediatric medical education since she joined the CHoR faculty in 2012. She first served as the M3 clerkship co-director and associate program director of the pediatric hematology and oncology fellowship program. She is now the fellowship program director, as well as the Barry V. Kirkpatrick Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics. She is serving as interim pediatric residency program director while a national search is underway for a new director.  


Carter_3311Kerri Carter, M.D. 
Associate program director
Program director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship
Assistant professor, Division of 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.


Chahin_3803Nayef Chahin, M.D.
Associate program director
Assistant professor, Division of Neonatal Medicine 

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.


Tseng_3452Ashlie Tseng, MD
Associate program director
Assistant professor, Division of Hospital Medicine 

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, MD
Associate Program Director
Assistant professor, Division of General Pediatrics

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.