Third Year Fellow
Jenniffer Herrera, M.D.
I am originally from Panama City, Panama, and am a native Spanish speaker. I completed my medical degree at the Facultad de Ciencias Medicas y de la Salud at the Universidad Latina de Panama in 2008. I completed two years of medical internship before becoming licensed as a general physician there in 2010.
I worked as a paralegal at a civil rights and disabilities law firm in Washington, D.C., for two years before moving to New Jersey for pediatric residency in 2012. I'll always be thankful for my experience at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ, as it was my first exposure to Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. I am board-certified in General Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Fellowship at the University of Rochester has provided me with the incredible opportunity to complete the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, our University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. I also served a term as co-chair of the School of Medicine and Dentistry's Student/Resident Chapter of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. I've been trained in administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition. My fellowship scholarly project focuses on the disparities in diagnosis and care of Hispanic children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), specifically age of referral and diagnosis of young children with ASD in the Western New York region (mentor: Susan L. Hyman, M.D.), and am the recipient of the 2017-18 Clausen Fellowship in support of this project. I am also involved in the development of a curriculum for Spanish-language interpreters on how to more effectively serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community, funded through the Special Hope Foundation (mentors: Stephen B. Sulkes, M.D., and Melissa Pennise, M.P.H.).
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