Department of Pediatrics - Gastroenterology/Nutrition Fellowship

Our Fellows

Current Fellows

T. Matthew Shields, M.D.Third Year Fellow

Matthew Shields, M.D.
Matthew_Shields@urmc.rochester.edu

Matt was born in New York City and grew up in New England. He received his medical degree from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico in 2008 and completed his pediatric residency training at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

While a resident, Matt received a national honor, the Arthur P. Gold Award for “Humanism in Medicine.” He also received the Henry Baird Award presented by faculty for demonstrating “excellence in teaching, spirit of inquiry and compassion for patients and families.”

Since becoming a fellow in 2011, Matt has presented nationally at NASPHGAN and co-authored an abstract published for the 2012 Digestive Disease Week meeting. He is also first author on a case report published in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.

Matt’s professional interests include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and cholestatic liver disease. In 2012, he received an ICare Award for his outstanding commitment to patient and family-centered care.

Outside of medicine, Matt plays on the hospital hockey team, the Med Wings, made up of residents, fellows and attendings from different subspecialties. He also enjoys running, skiing, golf, playing the guitar and watching football with his dog, Bruce.

Vibha Sood, M.B., B.S.Third Year Fellow

Vibha Sood, M.B.B.S.
Vibha_Sood@urmc.rochester.edu

Vibha was born and raised in India and received her medical degree from the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla, India. She completed her pediatric residency training at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn in 2006 and was in private practice in Maryland for 5 years before resuming subspecialty training.

Since becoming a fellow in 2011, Vibha has received a competitive T32 “Bench to Bedside to Curbside” grant award and presented nationally at Digestive Disease Week (DDW). She is the lead author on both an abstract published for the 2012 DDW meeting and a case report published in the June 2012 Pediatric Annals. Vibha was recently involved in a case that received national coverage and called attention to magnetic toys that could pose a serious threat to children when swallowed.

Vibha’s professional interests include childhood nutrition, short gut and intestinal rehabilitation, and inflammatory bowel disease.

In her free time, Vibha enjoys traveling, running, biking, swimming and listening to Indian classical music.

Mariana Middelhof, MDFirst Year Fellow

Mariana Middelhof, M.D.
Mariana_Middelhof@urmc.rochester.edu

Mariana was born and raised in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and moved to Puerto Rico when she was 18 to pursue undergraduate and medical training. She received her medical degree from San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in 2010 and completed her pediatric residency training at San Juan City Hospital in 2013.

While a resident, Mariana received several awards presented by faculty acknowledging her clinical excellence in outpatient care, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, and teaching. She received the Excellence in Academic and Clinical Skills Award for Continuity Clinics for three consecutive years.

Mariana is the lead author of four case reports, one of which was presented nationally at the 2012 Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) annual meeting and published as an abstract. Mariana is looking forward to embarking on her career as an academic pediatric gastroenterologist, pursuing research in the area of hepatology. Besides medicine, Mariana enjoys reading, swimming and spending quality time with her family. She also likes volunteering and taking part in community service.

Recent Graduates

Prita H. Mohanty, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Prita H.Mohanty, M.D.

Osama F. Almadhoun, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Megan E. Gabel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Megan E. Gabel, M.D.

Husam S. Mallah, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Lutheran Children's Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN

Wahaj M. Zaidi, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Memorial Children's Hospital, South Bend, IN

Cary M. Qualia, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

Juan Villalona, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA