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Pediatric Chief Residents & Junior Faculty

David Alten, M.D.

David Alten, M.D.

Hometown: Loveland, OH
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Andrea Gero, M.D.

Andrea Gero, M.D.

Hometown:
Thousand Oaks, CA
Medical School: Dartmouth
 

Suzanne Ramazani, M.D.

Suzanne Ramazani, D.O.

Hometown: Burlington, VT
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jennifer Silverstein, D.O.

Jennifer Silverstein, D.O.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

PL-3 Residents

Danielle Ackley, M.D.

Danielle Ackley, M.D.

Hometown: Oswego, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Best Program Feature: The people! I wouldn't want to work alongside anyone else. Also, having the ability to work at both Strong and RGH giving a wide variety of pathology and experiences.
Career Aspirations: Neonatology fellowship, nutrition of micro-preemies, procedural education/simulation

Tala Altaji, M.D.

Tala Altaji, M.D.

Hometown: Doha, Qatar
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar
Best Program Feature: How supportive everyone is!
Career Aspirations: Would like to subspecialize, possibly heme/onc fellowship

 

Samuel Bado, D.O.

Samuel Bado, D.O.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Medical School: Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Best Program Feature: UR Pediatrics gives you the opportunity to pursue any career you want in pediatrics. You will be supported whether you want to be involved in research, subspecialty medicine or general pediatrics.
Career Aspirations: Sleep Medicine Fellowship

Jennifer Baxter, M.D.

Jennifer Baxter, M.D.

Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Best Program Feature: The people - my co-residents, chiefs, Caren, the APDs, admin staff, and faculty are like a supportive family who have helped me grow as a physician.
Career Aspirations: Primary Care

Disi Chen, M.D.

Disi Chen, M.D.

Hometown: Queens, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Best Program Feature: The residents and faculty are approachable and super helpful. People watch out for each other.
Career Aspirations: Pediatric Critical Care

Katrina Dwyer, D.O.

Kate Dwyer, D.O.

Hometown: Penfield, NY
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Best Program Feature: The people!!
Career Aspirations: Primary Care with special interest in Global Health

 

Miranda Gathright, D.O.

Miranda Gathright, D.O.

Hometown: Springfield, OR
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Best Program Feature: The people here are the best!
Career Aspirations: Neonatology

 

Michael Krafft, M.D.

Michael Krafft, M.D.

Hometown: Charleston, SC
Medical School: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine
Best Program Feature: Every rotation is filled with amazing people. I am constantly amazed by and thankful for the people I get to work with on each rotation.
Career Aspirations: Academic Medicine, with a focus on primary care.

Sophia O'Rourke, M.D.

Sophia O'Rourke, M.D.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Best Program Feature: The people! From my co-residents and residency program leadership, to faculty and other members of the healthcare team, everyone is dedicated to furthering education/teaching, fostering wellness and resilience, and truly shows up everyday "for the kids."
Career Aspirations: Primary Care with focuses on community health and education.

Lauren Palicki, D.O.

Lauren Palicki, D.O.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Best Program Feature: All of my co-residents and people I work with! Everone supports each other.
Career Aspirations: Chief year, and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. Also interested in focusing on patient advocacy and working with community organizations.

Matthew Present, M.D.

Matthew Present, M.D.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Best Program Feature: UR Peds is the Goldilocks program. We straddle the very best of so many things - a large, stand-alone children's hospital that nevertheless thrives on community; lots of specialized care mixed in with bread-and-butter pediatrics; expert researchers who still see themselves as clinical teachers.
Career Aspirations: Chief resident, then hospitalist/outpatient with a focus on academics.

Terace Thomas, M.D.

Terace Thomas, M.D.

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Medical School: Central Michigan College of Medicine
Best Program Feature: The people especially my co-residents who are supportive.
Career Aspirations: Pediatric pulmonology

Quinn Watt, D.O.

Quinn Watt, D.O.

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Best Program Feature: The atmosphere and the folks you work with!
 Career Aspirations: Cardiology, general pediatrics/adolescent medicine

 

PL-2 Residents

Erica Alexander, M.D.

Erica Alexander, M.D.

Hometown: Landing, NJ
Medical School: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Best Program Feature: Aside from the awesome people, I love the 2-week block schedule! It gives you the opportunity to come back to rotations after having learned more. It also makes tougher rotations easier to get through - you can do anything for 2 weeks!
Career Aspirations: Primary Care. I love outpatient and seeing kids for well child checks!

James Barry, M.D.

James Barry, M.D.

Hometown: Asbury, NJ
Medical School: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Best Program Feature: I love that you can feel the intimate connection between the hospital and the surrounding community.
Career Aspirations: A sub-specialty that blends outpatient visits, as well as seeing patients in an acute setting. PICU or ED.

Monica Gonzalez Loperena, M.D.

Monica Gonzalez Loperena, M.D., M.M.S.

Hometown: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
Medical School: Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine
Best Program Feature: The best thing is that Meliora (Ever Better) is a constant feeling that everyone strives for; inclusion and diversity is always present
Career Aspirations: Hematology-Oncology, Hispanic/Latin advocacy

Richa Gupta, M.D.

Richa Gupta, M.D.

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Medical School: University at Buffalo
Best Program Feature: The people! Incredible mentorship and support from both attendings and co-residents. It truly feels like you're part of a family here.
Career Aspirations: GI or Allergy/Immunology, medical education, considering Chief Residency year

Bryan Jan, M.D.

Bryan Jan, M.D., M.M.S.

Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Best Program Feature: The focus on resident wellness and the accessibility of hospital leadership to resident feedback.
Career Aspirations: Neonatology and/or Palliative Care; work in a metropolitan area.

Hope Kile, M.D.

Hope Kile, M.D.

Hometown: Bloomsburg, PA
Medical School: University at Buffalo
Best Program Feature: Everyone is super friendly and approachable (and also free lunches everyday)!
Career Aspirations: Cardiology, considering Chief Resident year

Andrew Pulfer, M.D.

Andrew Pulfer, M.D.

Hometown: Wayne, NE
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Best Program Feature: All of the residents and attendings I have worked with have been super nice and very patient.
Career Aspirations: Cards, PICU, PHM

Jessica Riese, M.D.

Jessica Riese, M.D., M.P.H

Hometown: Severna Park, MD
Medical School: University of Utah

Best Program Feature: Caring faculty and staff. Supportive leadership and senior residents.

Career Aspirations: Primary care, CARE track

Hollie Schaffer, M.D.

Hollie Schaffer, M.D.

Hometown(s): Saint Charles, IL
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Best Program Feature: I love having a designated children's hospital- that was something I was really looking for in a residency program. I like how easy it is to get outside and enjoy Rochester. I was pleasantly surprised how kind and welcoming the other residents were.
Career Aspirations: Pediatric Critical Care. It is my hope to stay in academic medicine and to incorporate ethical and sustainable global health into my practice.

Sarah Smith, D.O.

Sarah Smith, D.O.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Best Program Feature: The people! Everyone is so kind and encouraging.  They are people you genuinely enjoy spending time with, in and outside of work.
Career Aspirations: I plan to stay in the area for primary care, but particularly in a more rural setting.

Rachel Tullio, M.D.

Rachel Tullio, M.D.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Medical School: University at Buffalo
Best Program Feature: Dr. Gellin/enthusiastic and supportive administration that makes you feel really welcomed, valued as a learner, and at home. Living closer to loved ones. Great teaching and hospital reputation. Bio psychosocial model and well-developed advocacy experiences.
Career Aspirations: PHM, Genetics. Considering Chief Resident year

Anji Vara, M.D.

Anjili Vara, M.D., M.S.

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Medical School: University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School Australia
Best Program Feature: The dedication towards supporting their residents and providing exceptional training.
Career Aspirations: Child Neurology

 

Julissa Veras, M.D.

Julissa Veras, M.D.

Hometown: Edison, NJ
Medical School: Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Best Program Feature: The administration's attentiveness to resident feedback and constant efforts towards improvements made me feel confident that this program would not only suit my needs, but support all aspects of my education.
Career Aspirations: Child Neurology at an academic institution.

Alina von Korff, M.D.

Alina von Korff, M.D.

Hometown: Westfield, NY
Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland
Best Program Feature: Sense of community combined with a wide range of specialists.
Career Aspirations: Primary Care involved in advocacy work within the community.

 

Claire Wyman, D.O.

Claire Wyman-Rozestraten, D.O.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Best Program Feature: I chose Rochester for the excellence in clinical training and strong academics within a warm, collaborative, and supportive environment.
Career Aspirations: Likely primary care, perhaps in an academic setting with a component of clinical research. Considering Chief Resident year.

Jenna Yoo, D.O.

Jenna Yoo, D.O.

Hometown: East Meadow, NY
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Best Program Feature: A large academic center with a focus on medical education. Supportive faculty, a team-oriented and respectful work environment.
Career Aspirations: Primary care (potentially urgent care), digital health track

 

PL-1 Residents

Eric Balta

Eric Balta, M.D.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: I grew up in Rochester and loved the city. I've been away for 8 years, but always wanted to come back.
Career Aspirations: Interested in health ethics and public health. Still figuring out the rest.

Name of Resident

Jennifer Battaglia, M.D.

Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: University of Rochester
Why I Chose Rochester: I chose to stay at Rochester because all of the residents, attendings, and staff are so kind and willing to teach.
Career Aspirations: One of my most significant professional passions is the role of medical humanities and bioethics in medical education and patient care.

Name of Resident

Katelyn Cappotelli, M.D

Hometown: Caledonia, NY
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: Strong commitment to working with and beside the local community that I call home. Access and exposure to both a large medical center and community hospital. Dedicated and supportive faculty within a collaborative learning environment. Ultimately, I knew that choosing Rochester for residency would give me the opportunity to pursue and excel in both my academic and clinical interests.
Career Aspirations: I'm passionate about community health, school-based medicine, and academic medicine and serving as a child advocate in those fields.

Name of Resident

Marissa DeSanto, D.O.

Hometown: Canfield, OH
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: The values of this program and the faculty!
Career Aspirations: Legislative advocacy mainly regarding reproductive justice and healthcare

 

Name of Resident

Catherine Gleed, D.O.

Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: The supportive and collaborative environment
Career Aspirations: Caring for kids with epilepsy

 

Name of Resident

Elizabeth Jilek, M.D.

Hometown: Two Rivers, WI
Medical School: Medical School of Wisconsin
Why I Chose Rochester: Welcoming feel, good programs for both my partner and I
Career Aspirations: Providing patient-centered care to families. Advanced care planning

 

Name of Resident

Sarah Khan, M.D.

Hometown: Columbia, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: I liked everyone that I met on my interview day and it seems like a place with great mentors
Career Aspirations: Currently, I'm interested in caring for the underserved and/or global health.

Name of Resident

Catherine Nicholas, M.D.

Hometown: Mount Kisco, NY
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Why I Chose Rochester: I chose Rochester for the program's supportive and collegial academic environment, emphasis on patient-centered care and dedication to the community. I was also very interested in the PLC/CARE track opportunities.
Career Aspirations: Global/immigrant health, Latinx and underserved patient populations, rural health, adolescent medicine, palliative care

Name of Resident

Stephanie Nonawski, D.O.

Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: The camaraderie, anti-racism commitment, diverse and underserved patient population, track options, advocacy opportunities, size and opportunities, the resources, and it felt like the best fit overall.
Career Aspirations: Social justice work, including anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-LGBTQ+ efforts. Advocacy both on an individual and larger, governmental level.

Lauren Ozdowski

Lauren Ozdowski, D.O.

Hometown: Clovis, NM and South Weber, UT
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Why I Chose Rochester: I knew Rochester would be fantastic for training based on the conversations I had with residents as well as the reputation I had heard. The biggest reason I chose it was because I felt like they were serious about making changes to the issues in our communities and nation in regards to DEI work. I felt like I would be able to be changed as well as make changes at UR and that I would end up a strong but also well rounded individual and pediatrician.
Career Aspirations: I am interested in the PICU and Peds EM, and I would like to work on LGBTQ advocacy in medicine.

Anjali Patel

Anjali Patel, D.O.

Hometown: South Plainfield, NJ
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: I loved seeing how the residents interacted with each other and applicants, the opportunity to work at both an academic institution and community hospital, involvement in community, and variety of electives/fellowships available
Career Aspirations: Mentoring pre-medical and medical students, passionate about trauma-informed care, disease prevention/preventative care, peds GI, peds EM, and primary care.

Name of Resident

Tiffany Sheng, M.D.

Hometown: Santa Clara and Fremont, CA
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: Great interview experience overall! The children's hospital has a great reputation and I enjoyed my interactions with my faculty interviewers. Residents were very friendly and I felt I would fit very well with the team. I liked the curriculum and schedule which had many opportunities for advocacy as well.
Career Aspirations: I am interested in being involved in advocacy especially related to social determinants of health, mental health, and toxic stress. In addition I am also passionate about medical education as well.

Name of Resident

Mary Helen Simpson, M.D.

Hometown: Morganton, NC
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: I couples matched with my partner, and this was an excellent fit for the two of us!
Career Aspirations: Medical related project: currently working on submitting research on recurrence rate of febrile seizures   Professional passions: LGBTQ and transgender care in the pediatric population

Name of Resident

Kayla Staub, M.D.

Hometown: Spring Grove, PA
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Why I Chose Rochester: I was blown away by the empathy and well-roundedness I experienced on my interview day. The emphasis on the biopsychosocial approach and resident wellness closely aligns with my own perspectives and my goal to treat patients as a whole person, not a collection of medical diagnoses. The people I had the opportunity to meet on my interview days were bright, friendly, and extremely accomplished in their field. I knew I found a place where I would be challenged and grow as a physician and as a person.
Career Aspirations: I recently presented at the Premier Breakthroughs conference the results of my QI project that I did through my four years of medical school about the neonatal sepsis calculator in neonates born to mothers with chorioamnionitis. I really enjoy QI work and seeing improvements as they happen. I am particularly interested in the world of communication - how we communicate with patients, other teams, other professions, etc, and how we can make communication even stronger. I am also very interested in palliative care and want to practice medicine through a palliative lens at every level of care.

Name of Resident

Angelica Trybulska, M.D.

Hometown: San Diego, CA
Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College (Poland)
Why I Chose Rochester: Among many reasons: the vibe and interactions during my interview  (even though it was virtual). The residents and faculty seemed like a big supportive family! In addition, it is an outstanding, balanced, and supportive residency program that shapes independent and well rounded physicians.
Career Aspirations: Interested in fellowship (for example Neonatology), community outreach, and research.

Adrianna Wurster

Adrianna Wurster, D.O.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why I Chose Rochester: It's home for me. More importantly it was the camaraderie shared between each resident and the support for each other both professionally and personally that made Rochester a great fit for me.
Career Aspirations: My professional passions include deaf medicine and advocacy. I am undecided on any specialty but keeping all options open.

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