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Andy Aligne MD, MPH
Andy Aligne M.D., M.P.H.

Hoekelman Center Director

Andrew_Aligne@urmc.rochester.edu

Primary Responsibilities

  • Teaching evidence-based public health.
  • Mentoring CARE residents.
  • Leading the LARC Initiative.
  • Directing strategy and planning for the Center.
  • Supporting the faculty and staff of the Center to help them accomplish our various missions.
  • Doing research to evaluate our impact.
  • Partnering with community based organizations to promote evidence-based initiatives for children and families.

Passionate About

  • Addressing socioeconomic segregation.
  • Causewave Community Partners and Staytrue2u campaign.
  • Bicycling
  • Books (member of Rochester French book club for 20 years)
  • Star Trek, Crossword puzzles,etc

Fun Facts

  • None: always serious.

Marc Lavender, M.D.

Marc Lavender, M.D.

PLC Rotation Director

Marc_Lavender@urmc.rochester.edu

Primary Responsibilities

  • PLC Rotation Director at the Hoekelman Center
  • Primary Care Physician at East Ridge Family Medicine
  • Curating an educational experience of the Rochester community through a community health lens

Passionate About

  • Child, Family and Community Health in Rochester
  • Cycling
  • Education and Advocacy
  • Nap Pods and Legos

Fun Facts

  • Can successfully wrangle three children out the door and dressed for school... sometimes
  • Can give a tour of the Ohio State University campus while walking backwards.
  • Brews beer when not parenting three children

Andrew Sherman, MD, MPH

Andrew Sherman, M.D., M.P.H.

Global CARE Assistant Director

Primary Responsibilities

  • Pediatric instructor at the Hoekelman Center focusing on global health
  • Primary care pediatrician at Bay Creek pediatrics in Webster
  • Founder and co-president of nonprofit Netlife (see first passion)

Passionate About

  • Helping the people of Senegal prevent and fight malaria
  • Mentoring kids to see the magic of empathy, kindness, and humor
  • Karaoke
  • Blinky lights

Fun Facts

  • Worked at Wrigley Field for the Cubs
  • Visited all 50 states
  • Proud member of the West Fargo High School Hall of Fame!
Sarah Collins-McGowan, M.D.

Sarah Collins-McGowan, M.D.

Assistant Director of PLC

Sarah.Collins.Mcgowan@gmail.com

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assistant Director for the PLC Rotation
  • Primary Care Pediatrician at Genesee Pediatrics
  • Partnering with community-based organizations to improve child health in Rochester

Passionate About

  • Addressing social determinants of health with my patients
  • Physician wellness
  • Reading
  • Dark chocolate (70% or higher please)

Fun Facts

  • Plays the violin
  • Took bowling and belly dancing as my PE classes in college
  • Responsible for the care and feeding of two beautiful children
Rosa Lloyd MBA

Rosa M. Lloyd, M.B.A.

Hoekelman Center Manager

Rosa_Lloyd@urmc.rochester.edu

(585) 273-3737

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for efficient operation of the Hoekelman Center Office
  • Assists with coordination of the Pediatric Links with the Community (PLC) Program
  • Provides support with program/project implementation

Passionate About

  • Serving as the Missionary Chairperson of the NY, PA, New England States (NYPANE) Council of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith (PCAF)
  • Visiting with the sick and engaging in activities that support social action programs like feeding the less fortunate
  • Educating and empowering church congregants on improving their health through the church’s health ministry with support from the Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition

Fun Facts

  • Builds dollhouses and miniature furniture

Jessica Cranch, M.P.H.

Jessica VanScott, M.P.H.

Health Project Coordinator for the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative

Jessica_VanScott@urmc.rochester.edu

(585) 276-6234

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all aspects of scheduling and conducting LARC talks.
  • Manage quarterly data collection, analysis and preparation of program reports to the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
  • Represent the LARC Initiative at community meetings, conferences, health fairs and other events.

Passionate About

  • Sexual and reproductive health, Women’s health
  • Finding the best soft pretzel in Rochester (suggestions welcome)
  • Boating on the Finger Lakes with family and friends

Fun Facts

  • Will ask to pet your dog
  • Patiently waiting for a Buffalo Bills Super Bowl appearance
  • Favorite Disney movie is Hercules

Kelly McDermott, M.A.

Kelly McDermott, M.A.

Community Liaison

Kelly_McDermott@urmc.rochester.edu

(585) 273-5952

Primary Responsibilities

  • Developing and nurturing partnerships between the Hoekelman Center and the Rochester community
  • Supporting the sustainability of CARE projects and the amazing residents who create them
  • Creating and managing content for the Hoekelman Center website 

Passionate About

  • Equity and education
  • Voting
  • My three babies: one toddler who thinks she’s a dog, one dog who thinks he’s a cat and one cat who could care less about anyone else

Fun Facts

  • Political Junkie
  • Jeopardy Enthusiast
  • Once spent a month and a half living in a car on a cross country road trip

Faculty Partners

  • Caren Gellin, M.D. is a Senior Faculty Advisor of the Hoekelman Center, Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program, and Assistant Director of the Primary Care Clerkship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
  • Jeffrey Kaczorowski, M.D. is the Vice Chair of the Golisano's Children's Hospital Vice Chair of Community and Government Affairs.
  • Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, M.D. is the LARC initiative assistant Director and Assistant Professor, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology.
  • Nirupama Laroia, M.D. is the Global CARE Assistant Director for the Hoekelman Center and Professor Pediatrics/Neonatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Section Chief- Neonatology, Medical Director of Special Care Nursery at Rochester General Hospital.

Community Physician Partners

  • Megan Callanan-Lasaponara, M.D. is a pediatrician at English Road Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She is also the Executive Director for KidsThrive585 a child-focused Rochester, NY area non-profit that highlights good works occurring throughout the community and improves access to resources for children, caregivers and child advocates.
  • Steven A. Schulz, M.D. is a pediatrician at Finger Lakes Medical Associates. He is a member of the board of Success for Geneva's Children which collects and analyzes data to understand the needs and interests of Geneva children and parents while coordinating resources to improve their quality of life. He also serves as a preceptor for first and second year medical students and pediatric residents.
Dr. Hoekelman

Dr. Robert A. Hoekelman

As chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Hoekelman was an innovator in medical education, moving physicians out of the academic medical center and into the outpatient private practice setting.

During his retirement, “Dr. H” was the senior mentor, first champion and early benefactor of Pediatric Links with the Community and the Community Advocacy Resident Education track since their inception. With PLC/CARE, Dr. Hoekelman helped us take the next step and go beyond the walls of the doctor’s office into the community. He was an advocate for what he called “pre-primary care pediatrics,” that is to say changing health maintenance and disease prevention from the individual child to the community level. In 2015 the PLC/CARE program was renamed the Hoekelman Center. The Hoekelman Center is dedicated to fulfilling his vision.