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Doctors in the PCCC

PCCC Specialists

Top row: Karen Powers, Jill Cholette, Joseph Kuebler, Erin Barker. Seated: Taylor Wheaton, Susan Martin, Heather Reyes. Photo taken pre-pandemic.

The highest level of care is provided by pediatric cardiac intensivists, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric congenital heart surgeons, specially trained nurses and advanced practice providers. The majority of our nurses have achieved pediatric critical care accreditation by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Jill Cholette, M.D., Chief

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Jill Cholette received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College and completed medical school and Internal Medicine/Pediatric Residency at the University of Rochester. She is a double-boarded pediatric cardiac intensivist who completed her Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowships at the University of Rochester. Her primary clinical research interests are in patient blood management, blood conservation and modification, and coagulation and hemostasis. She is on the executive committee of the PALISI BloodNet subgroup and on the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) research committee. She is the Program Director for the Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the University of Rochester, and is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care

Erin Barker, M.D.

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Erin Barker graduated from University of Notre Dame, completed medical school at St. Louis University and her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Washington University, and a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship at the University of Rochester. Her academic work focuses on quality improvement, patient safety, and implementation science. She has additional training in quality improvement via the miniATP Course at Intermountain Healthcare.

Joseph D. Kuebler, M.D.

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Joseph D. Kuebler is a pediatric cardiac intensivist with board certifications in both pediatric critical care and pediatric cardiology. He attended medical school at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Kuebler completed his pediatric residency at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital including a year as a chief resident. He completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School including a year of advanced cardiac imaging (TEE, fetal echocardiography and cardiac MRI). Returning to western NY, Dr. Kuebler became a pediatric critical care fellow at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Golisano Children's Hospital and is now an assistant professor of pediatrics in pediatric critical care and cardiology. His clinical focus is in the pediatric cardiac care center as well as transthoracic echocardiography, fetal cardiology, and cardiac MRI. Dr. Kuebler is the local clinical champion for the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4), a national quality improvement collaborative.

Susan Martin, M.D.

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Susan Martin received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Louisville. She completed Pediatric Residency training at Saint Louis University, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training at the University of Louisville and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship at the University of Rochester. Her academic interests lie in optimizing quality of acute renal care, and she is part of multidisciplinary medical center team aimed at researching management of patients with acute kidney injury. She provides support for nursing-lead quality improvement initiatives such as PICU Liberation and the Developmental Care Team.

Karen S. Powers, M.D.

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Karen Powers is a pediatric cardiac intensivist who completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston and medical school and pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training was at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and has received the Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She has served on the American Board of Pediatrics Critical Care subboard, including chairman for two years. She is a member of Golisano Children’s hospital board, and is interested in fellow and advanced practice provider education.

Heather Reyes, M.D., M.Eng.

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Heather Reyes completed her undergraduate and graduate training in biomedical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and graduated from medical school from Temple University. She completed Pediatric Residency, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship training at the University of Rochester. Her research interests are in using machine learning and data analytics to improve alarm fatigue, and she has an appointment at the UR Health Lab. Heather received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Star Research Achievement Award for her presentation on creating smarter PICU alarms using neural networking.

Taylor S. Wheaton, M.D.

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Dr. Taylor Wheaton received her undergraduate degree from Wager College and completed medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine. She then completed her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Intensive Care fellowship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She went on to complete a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wheaton’s clinical interests include the peri-operative care of patients with congenital heart disease and their subsequent neurodevelopment. She is also passionate about resident and fellow education.  She is the Director of our GCH Pediatric Critical Care Simulation Program and is interested in developing novel and non-traditional applications of simulation.

Our Fellows

Our fellows are a diverse group of intelligent and talented doctors who have graduated from a pediatric or medicine-pediatric residency and are board-eligible/board certified pediatricians. They are are furthering their medical education in the area of Pediatric Critical Care. They are receiving pediatric critical care training and work alongside the other members of our provider team (Attendings and APPs) in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Cardiac Care Center.

Meet Our Critical Care Fellows