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Pediatric Chief Residents

Amy Burris, M.D.

Amy Burris, M.D.

Medical School:
SUNY Upstate

Jon-Ryan Burris, M.D.

Jon-Ryan Burris, M.D.

Medical School:
Penn State

Jacquie Fable, M.D.

Jacquie Fable, M.D.

Medical School:
University of Connecticut

Sarah Ventre, M.D.

Sarah Ventre, M.D.

Medical School:
SUNY Upstate

PL-1 Residents

David Alten, MDDavid Alten, M.D.

Medical School: Ohio State University

Special Projects/Interests: I am passionate about preventative medicine and primary care.

Caitlin Burzynski, MDCaitlin Burzynski, M.D.

Medical School: University of Rochester

Special Projects/Interests: I am interested in preventative health, especially as it related to nutrition and childhood obesity prevention.

Danielle Davis MDDanielle Davis, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: I am currently interested in hematology/oncology but am very excited to explore other subspecialties! I am also interested in clinical research, patient advocacy, and medical education.

Andrea Gero MDAndrea Gero, M.D.

Medical School: Dartmouth

Special Projects/Interests: Interested in music in medicine, art in medicine, and as many procedures as I can manage.

Cindy Hernande MDCindy Hernandez, M.D.

Medical School: Indiana University

Special Projects/Interests: Child neurology

 

Jessica Johnson MDJessica Johnson, D.O.

Medical School: Touro NY College

Special Projects/Interests: I enjoy working with children to improve their confidence, mobility, and independence through healthcare education and community outreach programs that involve sports, rehab, and social development.

 

Stephanie Krom MDStephani Krom, D.O.

Medical School: NECOM

Special Projects/Interests: I am really interested in PICU-NICU and possibly cardiology!

 

Jennifer Liano MDJennifer Liano, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: I love kids!

 

Mehek Mehta MDMehek Mehta, M.D.

Special Projects/Interests: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects: Global Health, using dance to promote health, infectious diseases.

 

Dan-Than Nguyen MD

Dan-Thanh Nguyen, M.D.

Medical School: East Carolina University

Special Projects/Interests: I am currently interested in Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine, or a career teaching in academic medicine.

 

Joshua Noel MDJoshua Noel, M.D.

Medical School: University California, San Francisco

Special Projects/Interests: I have a broad variety of interests that includes critical care, medical education, and quality improvement of hospital care.

 

Suzanne Ramazani MDSuzanne Ramazani, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - LECOM

Special Projects/Interests: I am interested in providing care to underserved populations both locally here in Upstate NY and abroad.

 

Jennifer Silverstein MDJennifer Silverstein, D.O.

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology - NYIT

Special Projects/Interests: Interested in the care of children with sickle cell disease and heme/onc in general.

 

Alex Strzalkowski, M.D.Alex Strzalkowski, M.D.

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson U

Special Projects/Interests: I am currently interested in allergy/immunology and infectious disease. I have done extensive teaching in the past and education is currently one of my passions.

 

Karina Vattana MDKarina Vattana, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo

Special Projects/Interests: My passions include primary care, refugee health, adolescent medicine and teaching.

 

Bryan Weed MDBryan Weed, M.D.

Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth

Special Projects/Interests: I am currently interested in cardiology, heme/onc, and nephrology. I have been involved in community projects related to smoking cessation and health literacy.

PL-2 Residents

Stella Deng, M.D.

Stella Deng, M.D.

Medical School: New York University

Special Projects/Interests: Child Neurology

 

Alison Emmitt, M.D.Alison Emmitt, M.D.

Medical School: Central Michigan

Special Projects/Interests: I’m interested in hospitalist medicine, PICU, and nephrology.

 

Meagan Goates, M.D.Meagan Goates, M.D.

Medical School: Texas A & M

Special Projects/Interests: I am interested in working with children with chronic illnesses.  

 

Erin Gosekamp, M.D.Erin Gosekamp, D.O.

Medical School: NECOM

Special Projects/Interests: I’m interested in messages in medicine – how we communicate with the population at large. Ideally, Id like to work on a project that involves local schools to improve health and wellness literacy via video and on the web. Clinically, Im interested in the PICU. I love the intersection of clinical medicine, ethics, and communication that exists in the PICU.

 

Victoria Jaynes-Fuller, M.D.Victoria Jaynes-Fuller, M.D.

Medical School: University of Buffalo

Special Projects/Interests: I am very interested in adolescent medicine specifically sexual health and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy. I am also interested in allergy/immunology/rheumatology.

 

Emily Leshen, M.D.Emily Leshen, M.D.

Medical School: Creighton University

Special Projects/Interests: HIV Research, Critical Care and Neonatology

 

Meghan McLaughlin, M.D.Meghan McLaughlin, M.D.

Medical School: University of Buffalo

Special Projects/Interests: I recently traveled to Cuba to study their medical system and have an interest in global health. I also have an interest in bench research, and am particularly interested in getting some experience in nephrology research. I also have an interest in community health.

 

Shane O'Brien, M.D.Shane O'Brien, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: Currently interested in heme/onc and cardiology.  Also passionate about refugee/global health.

 

Julia Primo, M.D.Julia Primo, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: Still unsure and very much have an open mind.

 

Sandhya Rangarajan, M.D.Sandhya Rangarajan, M.D.

Medical School: Eastern Virginia

Special Projects/Interests: I am currently interested in Hematology/Oncology.

 

Nicola Ross, M.D.Nicola Ross, M.D.

Medical School: University of Rochester

Special Projects/Interests: I am currently working on research about Infantile Batten Disease (aka CLN1 Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis), a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects mostly children. I am passionate about furthering our understanding of childhood neurologic conditions.

 

Adam Sawyer, M.D.Adam Sawyer, M.D.

Medical School: Wayne State

Special Projects/Interests: I have interests in pediatric intensive care, palliative care, and developmental & behavioral pediatrics.

 

Alexandra Taffany, M.D.Alexandra Taffany, M.D.

Medical School: University of Buffalo

Special Projects/Interests:  I am interested in medical education and preventative medicine, but am also excited to learn more about pediatric palliative care.

 

Yulia Vabishchevich, M.D.Yulia Vabishchevich, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: I’m interested in cardiology and neonatology in conjunction with palliative care. I am also interested in Refugee and global health.

 

Katherine Vermilye, M.D.Katherine Vermilye, M.D.

Medical School: University of Rochester

Special Projects/Interests: I'm not sure at the moment. I like everything too much to have just one or two passions.

PL-3 Residents

Sakina AttaarSakina Attaar, M.D.

Undergrad: The College of New Jersey
Medical School: Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Special Projects/Interests: PICU and NICU

 

Nicole CifraNicole Cifra, M.D.

Undergrad: Grove City College
Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: I'm interested in adolescent medicine and more specifically the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. I'm currently wrapping up a qualitative study exploring parental experiences of their child's eating disorder treatment.

 

Michelle CookMichelle Cook, M.D.

Undergrad: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: Case Western

Special Projects/Interests: Interested in community related projects and patient advocacy.

 

Kaissi Maha, M.D.Maha Kaissi M.D.

Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: University Texas – Houston

Special Projects/Interests: Global health, increasing the rate of breastfeeding.

 

Michael KantorMichael Kantor, M.D.

Undergrad: Stony Brook University
Medical School: University of Buffalo

Special Projects/Interests: Improving healthcare delivery and appropriate utilization of medical resources, medical/resident education.

 

Caroline KirbyCaroline Kirby, M.D.

Undergrad: Duquesne University
Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: I’m interested in Refugee Health, global health as well as Pediatric Gastroenterology.

 

Veronica KwiatkowskiVeronica Kwiatkowski, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: Jagiellonian University (University of Rochester Sister School Scholar)

Special Projects/Interests: Current professional passions: preventing and treating childhood obesity, nutrition, and advocacy. I’m looking forward to exploring subspecialties though.

 

Monika GajdekMonika Gajdek, M.D.

Undergrad: Boston University
Medical School: Jagiellonian University (University of Rochester Sister School Scholar)

Special Projects/Interests: Primary care

 

MillerKelsey Miller, M.D.

Undergrad: University of California, Davis
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University

Special Projects/Interests: I'm very interested in preventative health, particularly physical activity and adolescent health. I'm also excited to be working in an academic center with learners at all stages of training.

 

Sylvia Nowak Sylwia Nowak, M.D.

Undergrad: University of Chicago
Medical School: Jagiellonian University (University of Rochester Sister School Scholar)

 

Kristy SemenzaKristy Semenza, M.D.

Undergrad: SUNY Geneseo, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Special Projects/Interests: I had a strong connection with the Refugee Center in Syracuse for 5 years at Upstate and hope to continue that work in Rochester.

 

Olga VarechtchoukOlga Varechtchouk, M.D.

Undergrad: SUNY Geneseo, NY
Medical School: University of Buffalo

Special Projects/Interests: Working in an academic setting.

 

Adriana VerweyAdriana Verwey, M.D.

Undergrad: Le Moyne College
Medical School: SUNY Upstate, Syracuse, NY

Special Projects/Interests: I am really interested in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics.

 

Hilary WhelanHilary Whelan, M.D.

Undergrad: College of William and Mary
Medical School: Penn State

Special Projects/Interests: I am interested in heme/onc and neonatology.