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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

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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 trainees, creating a safe and engaging learning environment.


David Friedel, M.D. 
Program Director, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency Program

Email: david.friedel@vcuhealth.org
Phone: (804) 827-2586 

Education:

  • Medical school: University of Connecticut, 2000
  • Internship/Residency: Combined internal medicine-pediatrics, VCU Health, 2004
  • Fellowship: Combined medicine-pediatrics infectious diseases, VCU Health, 2009

Biography: Dr. Friedel has been involved in graduate medical education since 2009. He has participated in numerous local GME committees.

His favorite thing about being a Pediatrics Department Associate Program Director is the opportunity to work with amazing residents who constantly impress him with their intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm for learning, humanism, resiliency and volunteerism. His hobbies include running, family time and any activity at the James River Park System (nature walks, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and more!)


Beth Marshall, M.D. 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases
Associate Program Director – Intern Recruitment

Email: beth.marshall@vcuhealth.org 

Education:

  • Undergraduate school: Duke University, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Marshall became Program Director for the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program in February 2004, 7 months after becoming a faculty member, and has been involved in resident education ever since! She feels that one asset she brings to medical education is the broad experiences she has had, both in UME and GME. In graduate medical education, Dr. Marshall has experienced leadership as the fellowship Program Director for a very small program, and now as Associate Program Director, she gets to experience medical education for a large residency program.

For 5 years, she has served as a co-course director for a longitudinal preclinical UME course, which helped her to experience education at the complete opposite end of medical training.


Michael Ryan, M.D. 
Associate Program Director 
Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education 
Associate Professor – Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Email: michael.ryan1@vcuhealth.org 

Education:

  • Undergraduate school: University of Virginia
  • Medical school: Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Residency: Pediatrics, University of Chicago
  • Master of Education Health Professions (MEHP), Johns Hopkins University

Biography: Dr. Ryan went “back to school” in 2013 to learn more about teaching methods, curriculum development and medical education research. As a result, he tries to bring the perspective he learned in that coursework to his daily interactions with residents, students, fellows and faculty.


Kyle Trowbridge, M.D.
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics
Associate Program Director

Email: Kyle.trowbridge@vcuhealth.org 

Education:

  • Undergraduate school: University of Virginia
  • Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Trowbridge fell in love with Richmond almost a decade ago now and he says he is not planning on ever leaving if he can help it. He loves being an Associate Program Director, but his favorite way to be involved in resident education is actually as a preceptor in our resident clinic. He loves watching residents progress from July of their intern year and build on their skills over the course of their residency.


Ashlie Tseng, M.D.
Associate Program Director, QI Tract Director
Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Email: Ashlie.tseng@vcuhealth.org 

Education:

  • Medical school: West Virginia University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Biography: Dr. Tseng is a graduate of the Teaching in Medication Education (TiME) certificate program at VCU and also a scholar in the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Educational Scholars Program. Her areas of interest in resident education include developing and promoting autonomy and teaching quality improvement techniques to trainees.


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