Pediatric Residency Program

  • Who We Are

    Meet the team here at Cincinnati Children's. Here you will find information about our Pediatric Residency Leadership and current Chief Residents. You can also find information about our current residents, including their medical school training and their contact information.

    Be sure to check out each resident's biographies for their reasons for choosing Cincinnati for residency.

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    Directors

    A photo of Javier Gonzalez del Rey.

    Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, MEd
    Director, Pediatric Residency Program

    513-636-4906

    javier.gonzalez@cchmc.org

    Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, MEd

    Director, Pediatric Residency Program

    Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4906

    Fax: 513-636-7905

    Email: javier.gonzalez@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Procedural sedation; analgesia

    Research Interests

    Medical education; quality improvement

    Biography

    Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, MEd, is currently professor of pediatrics, associate director for the Division of Emergency Medicine and director of the Pediatric Residency Training Programs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center / University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    He received his university and medical school education at the National University Pedro Henriquez Ureña in the Dominican Republic, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Primary Care Program, and Fellowships training in General Academic Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. He has completed a Master’s of Medical Education and advance training in Quality Improvement Methodology (I2S2).

    He has won numerous teaching awards including the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Faculty Teaching Award, the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine Golden Apple Award and most recently the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. Under his leadership, the Cincinnati Children’s Residency Program received a nomination for “best practices” by the Pediatric RRC / ACGME. He was recently nominated and elected to the US Medical School's Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter and Golden Humanism Society for outstanding contributions to residents and medical students’ education.

    He is currently a member of the National Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference and the organizer of many international educational exchange programs. He is currently a board member at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and executive committee member at the American Academy of Pediatrics Section in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He was a member and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP - EM Planning Committee course for 10 years. Gonzalez del Rey’s major areas of interests include resident and subspecialty medical education, and improvement science methodology applied to medical education and training.

    Education and Training

    MD: National University Pedro Henriquez Urena, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1984.

    Residency: Pediatric Primary Care Track, University of Connecticut, Waterbury, CT, 1985 - 1988.

    Fellowships: Ambulatory and Community Pediatrics - Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1988-1991.  

    Master Medical Education: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2002. 

    Certifications (Active): Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

    Publications

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    Sue E. Poynter, MD, MEd
    Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-4259

    sue.poynter@cchmc.org

    Sue E. Poynter, MD, MEd

    Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Medical Director, Respiratory Care

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4259

    Fax: 513-636-4259

    Email: sue.poynter@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Graduate medical education; acute lung injury/ARDS

    Education and Training

    MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1997.

    Residency/Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2001.

    Fellowship: Critical Care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care.

    MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

    Publications

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    Educational Leadership

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    Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP
    Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Weihl Professor of Pediatrics

    513-636-5932

    tom.dewitt@cchmc.org

    Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP

    Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Weihl Professor of Pediatrics

    Medical Director, Every Child Succeeds

    Associate Chair for Education

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5932

    Fax: 513-803-9245

    Email: tom.dewitt@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Generalist pediatrics; community-based education and research; faculty development; medical education research

    Biography

    Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP, is the Carl Weihl professor of pediatrics, director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, and associate chair for education in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has served as president of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, chair of the steering committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network and Committee on Pediatric Education, as well as on the National Academies of Science Board on Children, Youth, and Families. He currently sits on the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. He is nationally and internationally known for his publications and presentations in the areas of faculty development and community-based education and research.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1976.

    Residency: Yale, New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.

    Chief Resident: Yale, New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.

    Fellowship: General Academic Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CN.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1982.

    Publications

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    Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd
    Director, Residency Primary Care and Community Pediatrics

    513-636-4506

    melissa.klein@cchmc.org

    Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd

    Director, Residency Primary Care and Community Pediatrics

    Associate Program Director, Education Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

    Director, General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    Fax: 513-636-4506

    Email: melissa.klein@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Medical education; health disparities; primary care pediatrics

    Biography

    Melissa Klein, MD, Med, is an associate professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She completed her medical training at Albany Medical College and her pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She more recently earned her Master's of Education at the University of Cincinnati. Her main interests are medical education, specifically related to teaching residents how to address social determinants of health in pediatric settings. She is involved in education within the institution as one of the associate directors of the Pediatric Residency Training Program and the education section director in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics. 

    Dr. Klein is also interested in investigating and addressing health disparities. As part of this role, she serves as the physician champion of education for Child HeLP, the Medical-Legal Partnership serving patients in the pediatric primary care centers. She is also involved a program, collaborating with the FreeStore FoodBank, to reduce food insecurity in infants seeking care in the outpatient primary care center. 

    Education and Training

    MD: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, 1995.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998.

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-1999.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1999; recertification, 2006.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Affordable Care Act Primary Care Residency Expansion (PCRE) Program. Principal Investigator. Health Resources and Services Administration. Oct 2010 - Oct 2015. #T89HP20766.

    Public Health Service Act, Title VII. Health Resources and Services Administration. Principal Investigator. Oct 2011 - Oct 2016. #D55HP23195.

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    Charles J. Schubert, MD
    Director, Residency Global Child Health

    513-636-7966

    chuck.schubert@cchmc.org

    Charles J. Schubert, MD

    Director, Residency Global Child Health

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7966

    Fax: 513-636-7967

    Email: chuck.schubert@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Global Child Health; service of underserved; vaccination program; vulnerable populations

    Biography

    Dr. Schubert is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  He has always had an interest in delivering quality medical care to patients living in poverty both in this country and in Africa.  He was one of the founders of Crossroad Health Center, a faith-based community health center located in one of Cincinnati’s poorest communities.  His time in Africa included a year long stint at a mission hospital in rural Zambia where he not only provided clinical care but worked with staff in the area of leadership development. As Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program, he is developing the Global Health Track for pediatric residents.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1979.

    Residency:
    Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1983-1987.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1987; Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1996; Clinical Tropical Medicine, 2010.

    Publications

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    Diane M. Skeen, C-TAGME
    Manager, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-4315

    diane.skeen@cchmc.org


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    Ndidi I. Unaka, MD
    Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program

    513-636-4506

    ndidi.unaka@cchmc.org

    A photo of Dr. Ndidi Unaka.

    Ndidi I. Unaka, MD

    Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program

    Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4506

    Email: ndidi.unaka@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Resident education; advocacy; community outreach; diversity

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2007.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2007-2010.

    Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2010- 2011.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2010.

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    Kathryn A. Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD
    Director, Residency Research Program

    513-803-0239

    kathryn.wikenheiser-brokamp@cchmc.org

    Kathryn A. Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD

    Director, Residency Research Program

    Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    Phone: 513-803-0239

    Fax: 513-636-7868

    Email: kathryn.wikenheiser-brokamp@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pathology; pulmonary pathology

    Education and Training

    BS: Mathematics/Natural Science, Secondary Education Minor, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, 1988.

    PhD: Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology and Medical Science Scholars Programs, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1994.

    MD: Medical Science Scholars Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1996.

    Residency: Anatomic Pathology, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University-Barnes/Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1996-2002.

    Clinical Training/Postdoctoral Research: Department of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1999-2002.

    Licensure: State of Ohio, 2003.

    Certification: Anatomic Pathology, The American Board of Pathology, 1999.

    Publications

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    Chief Residents

    A photo of Alicia Alcamo.

    Alicia M. Alcamo, MD, MPH
    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-0663

    alicia.alcamo@cchmc.org

    Alicia M. Alcamo, MD, MPH

    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Phone: 513-636-0663

    Email: alicia.alcamo@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2011.

    MPH: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2011.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

    A photo of Brandy Blackwell-Ford.

    Brandy N. Blackwell-Ford, MD
    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-8291

    brandy.blackwell@cchmc.org

    Brandy N. Blackwell-Ford, MD

    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Phone: 513-636-8291

    Email: brandy.blackwell@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Brandy Blackwell-Ford, MD, chose Cincinnati Children's because it was the place where she had “a moment.” She felt it was going to be a good fit for both her husband and her to train. She also felt it was a place where she would be challenged to be better and fully supported!

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2011.

    Residency: Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.


    Matthew E. Kelleher, MD.

    Matthew E. Kelleher, MD
    Chief Resident, Medicine / Pediatrics, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-0962

    matthew.kelleher@cchmc.org

    Matthew E. Kelleher, MD

    Chief Resident, Medicine / Pediatrics, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Phone: 513-636-0962

    Email: matthew.kelleher@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

    Residency: Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2014.

    A photo of Jacob Redel.

    Jacob M. Redel, MD
    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-8290

    jacob.redel@cchmc.org

    Jacob M. Redel, MD

    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Phone: 513-636-8290

    Email: jacob.redel@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.


    A photo of Charles Varnell Jr.

    Charles D. Varnell Jr., MD
    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    513-636-4352

    charles.varnell@cchmc.org

    Charles D. Varnell Jr., MD

    Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program

    Phone: 513-636-4352

    Email: charles.varnell@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2011.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.

  • Residents

    “I chose Cincinnati Children’s because, while it offered all the elements of a superb program with respect to teaching, research and other ample opportunities, it also stood out from other programs which possessed similar qualities. The enthusiasm and energy of the residents was palpable and the faculty and staff seemed genuinely dedicated to fostering a welcoming, healthy and stimulating learning environment. I felt Cincinnati Children’s would simultaneously challenge and nurture me to become a great pediatrician while allowing me to pursue my passions. I left my interview wanting to belong to their inspiring community. And if that wasn’t enough, the cups music video we saw on interview day sealed the deal!” Sarah de Loizaga Carney, MD, PL-1 Categorical Resident


    “The most important reason I chose Cincinnati for residency was the people I met while interviewing. Everyone here looks out for one another; this is a culture that is difficult to find anywhere else in the country, especially at a large academic center. This aspect of the residency was enough to pull me away from my family for three years and potentially longer. The second reason that drew me to Cincinnati was the strength in the research programs. As an MD/PhD, I needed to find a place where I could obtain the best clinical pediatrics training possible, while still offering the opportunity to remain involved in research as I traverse my years of residency and fellowship. The program administrators go so far as to recommend mentors and set up introductions with whomever, whenever possible. This made finding the right people and the right project extremely easy. One of the final reasons I chose Cincinnati Children's were the intangibles, the overwhelmingly positive feelings I experienced at my first visit. I knew I would be happiest matching here and I was lucky enough to see that come to fruition.” Benjamin S. Mantell, MD, PhD, PL-2, Categorical Resident


    “When I interviewed at Cincinnati Children's, I immediately felt welcomed and was awestruck by camaraderie among the residents. I saw far more smiles than panicked expressions as I toured the hospital and heard more laughter during conference than complaints about work hours. By the time my interview day ended, I knew that Cincinnati Children's was a very special place. My experience as a Cincinnati Children's resident has far exceeded even my high expectations for the residency program. The program directors create an ideal environment for learning (Example: free, hearty lunches and 24/7 coffee) that allows residents to focus on caring for patients and developing their skills as a new physician. I can't imagine completing my residency training anywhere else!” F Joseph Real, MD, PL-3, Categorical Resident

    Please click on the PDF file to view a list of our current residents, where they went to medical school, and how to contact them.