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

Office: (804) 828-9602

Contact the residency program team

Suzanne Lavoie, M.D. 
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.


Kerri Carter, M.D. 
Assistant 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.


Nayef 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 with train