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PICU Specialists

From left: Kathryn Palumbo, Karen Powers, Adam Dziorny, Jill Cholette, Myke García, Elizabeth Nocera, Steven Bondi, Jake Deines, Natalie Wilson.

The medical, nursing, and ancillary staff are specifically trained to provide continuous observation and comprehensive care for children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The highest level of care is provided by pediatric intensivists working closely with other pediatric subspecialists and surgeons and specially trained nurses.


Steven Bondi, J.D., M.D.

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Steve Bondi is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Harvard Law School and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed Pediatric Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center followed by Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Bondi is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management and is a frequent contributor to the AAP News column “Pediatricians and the Law.” He writes and speaks on topics regarding law, malpractice, finance and pediatrics.

Jake J. Deines, M.D.

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Jake Deines received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and graduated from the George Washington School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric and Chief Residency at the University of Florida, and a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Duke University. He is currently the Pediatric Sub-Internship Director. He completed a fellowship in Pediatric Neurocritical Care at The University of Rochester in 2021. Dr. Deines' interests include pediatric neurocritical care, traumatic brain injury, and medical education from medical students to fellows. His research has focused on transcranial ultrasound in the assessment of children with TBI and optimizing the fourth year of medical school for students matching in Pediatrics. Outside the hospital he is the happy father of four children.

Adam Dziorny, M.D., Ph.D.

Adam Dziorny, M.D., Ph.D. View Dr. Adam Dziorny's Profile

Adam received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He earned his M.D. Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and a certificate in Clinical Informatics at the Oregon Health and Science University. He completed his Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he also was a Chief Resident and stayed on for his dual subspecialty training in Pediatric Critical Care and Clinical Informatics. His research interests lie at the intersection of data science and pediatric clinical care. He has developed a data-driven software platform to automatically attribute patients to trainees and has received several foundation grants to support this multi-institutional program to enhance graduate medical education. Additionally he is interested in effective clinical decision support in the critical care environment and has ongoing collaborations to understand the current state as well as test improved decision support methods.

Mykael García, M.D., M.S. Ed.  

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Myke García is a native of Rochester, NY. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Boston College, and his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Myke went on to complete his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Chief Residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA. He returned to Rochester where he completed his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Golisano Children’s’ Hospital, and his M.S. in Health Professions Education from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education and Human Development. Myke’s academic interests are focused on improving medical education through adult learning preferences, education theory, and the incorporation of innovative teaching methods.

Andrea Hinkle, M.D.

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Andrea Hinkle received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from Brown University. She completed her internship at the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, residency at Boston City Hospital, and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center. She is double- board certified in pediatric critical care and hematology/oncology. Dr. Hinkle was a faculty member in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Rochester until joining the Critical Care Division upon completion of her fellowship in pediatric critical care at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hinkle’s primary academic interest is in education, and she serves in multiple roles at all levels of medical education including course director in the medical school, divisional education representative for the pediatric residency program, and fellowship director for the pediatric critical care fellowship.

Elizabeth Nocera, D.O.

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Elizabeth Nocera, D.O.Elizabeth Nocera is a native of Western New York. She received her undergraduate degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. After earing her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine she completed her Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. During that time she took an active role in resident and medical student education, she and her co-chief residents created a noon conference curriculum, and she ran the simulation program for the pediatric residency program. Elizabeth completed her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is board certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. She worked as a Pediatric Intensivist in Indianapolis, IN before joining our faculty this year. Elizabeth’s interests include teaching, transporting critically ill children, and simulation.  She is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team.

Kathryn Palumbo, M.D.

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Katie Palumbo received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo and completed medical school at the University of Texas. She completed her internal medicine/pediatric residency at Brown University and is double-boarded in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She completed her Pediatric Critical Care and Palliative Care Fellowships at Columbia University. Katie specializes in chronically ill and technology-dependent children and those with special needs. She is also a member of the Pediatric Palliative Care division and is medical director for the integrated NICU/PICU care unit. Her interests are in compassionate communication, family and patient support and chronic mechanical ventilation.

Jeffrey S. Rubenstein, M.D., M.B.A.

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Jeff Rubenstein received his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Northwestern University and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rubenstein received his MBA from the University of Rochester. He served as division chief for twenty years expanding the division from three faculty members to our current numbers and expanding the original eight-bed combined unit to the current PICU/PCCC units with 28 -bed capacity. He served on the subboard of Pediatric Critical Care, including chairman where he continues as the Medical Editor. He also is a member of the physiology and test committee for the USMLE. Dr. Rubenstein continues to be an active teacher in the medical school as the block leader for the Cardiovascular Physiology and Human Structure and Function section where he has received numerous accommodations and teaching awards.

Natalie Wilson, M.D.

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Natalie Wilson MDNatalie Wilson earned her B.S. at Portland State University, and her M.D. at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. Natalie completed her pediatric residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT and went on to a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine where she also was Chief Fellow. Natalie’s academic interests are in graduate medical education and point-of-care ultrasound, and she has done research measuring functional outcomes as standard of care in pediatric critical illness. Outside the hospital, Natalie enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and one-year-old son.

Our Fellows

Our fellows are pediatricians who are furthering their medical training as Critical Care specialists.

Meet our Critical Care Fellows