Third Year Fellow
Adriana Verwey, M.D.
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Adriana was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and raised in a small rural town in Upstate NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in Psychology and Chemistry, and specialization in Neurobiology, from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She then attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY, where she completed additional training in a rural medicine scholars program. Adriana completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Rochester and graduated with distinction in advocacy. She served as a Chief Resident and faculty for the division of General Pediatrics during the following year before starting fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.
During residency, she completed an advocacy project on Inclusive Recreation in the community with support from grants from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Special Olympics, and the Hoekelman Center. Adriana is working on a Master’s in Public Health degree through the University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences. Her interests are in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through local and national advocacy, community engagement and support, and addressing health disparities. She enjoys spending time with her family, dance, yoga, theater, baking, painting/crafting, and exploring the world through the eyes of her young daughter!
Fellowship at the University of Rochester has provided both Emily and Addie with the incredible opportunity to participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, our University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Second Year Fellow
Caroline Kirby, M.D.
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Caroline was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Biochemistry and Art History at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She then attended SUNY Upstate for medical school in Syracuse, NY where she graduate with an academic achievement in Psychiatry. She returned to Rochester for her pediatric residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center graduating with distinction in advocacy and community engagement. The following year she served as a Pediatric Chief Resident as well as a junior faculty member in the division of General Pediatrics. Prior to joining the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for her fellowship, she continued as a junior faculty member in the division of General Pediatrics while in her General Academic Pediatrics fellowship where she focused her research time on improving connections for children ages 0-3 to Early Intervention.
During residency, she worked on an advocacy project that aimed to integrate an advocacy curriculum in to residency training by teaching skills on writing letters to editors, calling public officials, and engaging in discussions with community organizations. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health degree through the University of Rochester Department of Public Health Sciences. Her interests include improving access to services for children with disabilities, integration of developmental pediatrics and primary care, and continuing her work with Early Intervention.