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Meet the team here at Cincinnati Children's. Here you will find information about our Pediatric Residency Leadership and Track Directors and the 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.
Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, MEd Director, Pediatric Residency Programs
Director, Pediatric Residency Programs
Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine
Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Procedural sedation; analgesia
Medical education; quality improvement
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.
Benito J, Mintegi S, Ruddy R, Gonzalez del Rey J. Changing Clinical Practices and Education in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Through Global Health Partnerships. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Mar 2012;(13)1:37-43.
Holland C, Gonzalez del Rey JA, DiGiulio GA. Pediatric Lacerations. In Trott A., ed. Wounds and Lacerations. Elsevier Mosby. Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
Sun GH, Harmych BM, Dickson M, Gonzalez del Rey J, Myer CM, Greinwald JH. Characteristics of Children Diagnosed as Having Coagulopathies Following Posttonsillectomy Bleeding. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(1):65-68.
Mittiga M, Schwartz H, Iyer S, Gonzalez del Rey J. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Residency Experience: Requirements vs. Reality. JGME. Dec 2010;(2)4:571-576.
Pruden K, Kerrey B, Mittiga M, Gonzalez del Rey J. Procedural Readiness of Pediatric Interns: Defining Novice Performance Through Simulation. JGME. Dec 2010;(2)4:513-517.
Sue E. Poynter, MD Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Surfactant biology, lung immunity and acute lung injury
MD: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1997.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-2000.
Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2001.
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, Feb 2001-July 2004.
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2000, 2007; Pediatric Critical Care, 2004.
Wheeler DS, Dunsmore KE, Denenberg AG, Muething L, Poynter SE, Wong HR. Biological activity of truncated C-terminus human heat shock protein 72. Immunol Lett. 2011 Mar 30;135(1-2):173-9.
Wong HR, Wheeler DS, Tegtmeyer K, Poynter SE, Kaplan JM, Chima RS, Stalets E, Basu RK, Doughty LA. Toward a clinically feasible gene expression-based subclassification strategy for septic shock: proof of concept. Crit Care Med. 2010 Oct;38(10):1955-61.
Wheeler DS, Chase MA, Senft AP, Poynter SE, Wong HR, Page K. Extracellular Hsp72, an endogenous DAMP, is released by virally infected airway epithelial cells and activates neutrophils via Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4. Respir Res. 2009 Apr 30;10:31.
Wheeler DS, Lahni PM, Denenberg AG, Poynter SE, Wong HR, Cook JA, Zingarelli B. Induction of endotoxin tolerance enhances bacterial clearance and survival in murine polymicrobial sepsis. Shock. 2008 Sep;30(3):267-73.
Poynter SE, LeVine AM. Surfactant biology and clinical application. Crit Care Clin. 2003 Jul;19(3):459-72. Review.
Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Weihl Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Weihl Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Every Child Succeeds
Associate Chair for Education
Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine
Generalist pediatrics; community-based education and research; faculty development; medical education research
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.
Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd Director, Education Section of General and Community Pediatrics
Director, Education Section of General and Community Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Primary Care Track and Community Pediatrics
Director, Master Educator Fellowship
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Medical education; health disparities; primary care pediatrics
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.
Klein M, O’Toole JK, McLinden D, DeWitt TG. Training Tomorrow’s Medical Education Leaders: Creating a General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship. J Pediatr. 2013 Mar;162(3)440-441.
Klein M, Niebuhr V, D’Alessandro D. Innovative Online Faculty Development Utilizing the Power of Social Media. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec;13(6): 564-69.
O’Toole JK, Solan LG, Burkhardt MC, Klein MD. Watch and Learn: An Innovative Video Trigger Curriculum to Increase Resident Screening for Social Determinants of Health. Clinical Pediatrics, 2013; 52(4): 344-350
Klein MD, Beck AF, Henize AW, Parrish DS, Fink EE, Kahn RS. Doctors and Lawyers Collaborating to HeLP Children - Outcomes from a Successful Partnership between Professions. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Aug;24(3):1063-73.
O’Toole JK, Burkhardt MC, Solan LG, Vaughn L, Klein MD. Resident Confidence Addressing Social History: Is It Influenced By Availability of Social-Legal Resources? Clinical Pediatrics, 2012; 51(7): 625-631.
Beck AF, Klein MD, Schaffzin JK, Tallent V, Gillam M, Kahn RS. Identifying and treating a substandard housing cluster using a medical-legal partnership. Pediatrics. 2012;130(5):831-8.
DeMartini TL, Beck AF, Klein MD, Kahn RS. Access to Digital Technology Among Families Coming to Urban Pediatric Primary Care Clinics. Pediatrics. 2013 Jul;132(1):e142-48.
Burkhardt MC, Beck AF, Conway PH, Kahn RS, Klein MD. Enhancing Accurate Identification of Food Insecurity Using Quality Improvement Techniques. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb;129(2):e504-10.
Klein MD, Kahn RS, Baker RC, Fink EE, Parish DS, White DC. Training in Social Determinants of Health in Primary Care: Does it Change Resident Behavior? Acad Pediatr. 2011 Sep-Oct;11(5):387-93.
Klein M, Vaughn L. Teaching Social Determinants of Child Health in a Pediatric Advocacy Rotation: Small Intervention, Big Impact. Medical Teacher. 2010; 32(09), pp. 754-59.
Charles J. Schubert, MD Associate Program Director, Global Health Track
Associate Program Director, Global Health Track
Global Child Health; service of underserved; vaccination program; vulnerable populations
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.
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.
Shapiro RA, Schubert CJ, Myers PA. Vaginal Discharge as an Indication of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Infection. Pediatric Emergency Care. 9(6):341-345. 1993.
Shapiro, R, Schubert, CJ, Siegel, R. Neisseria gonorrhea Infections in Girls Younger than 12 years of Age Evaluated for Vaginitis. Pediatrics. 104(6) e72. 1999.
Bullock B, Schubert CJ, Brophy P, Johnson N, Reed M, Shapiro R. Etiology and Characteristics of Rib Fractures in Infants. Pediatrics. 105(4) e48. 2000.
Schubert CJ, Chambers P. Building the Skill of Delivering Bad. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 6:165-172. 2005
Yee EL, Staat MA, Azimi P, Bernstein DI, Ward RL, Schubert CJ, Matson DO, Turcios RM, Parashar U, Widdowson MA, Glass RI. The Burden of Rotavirus Disease among Children visiting Pediatric Emergency Departments in Cincinnati, Ohio and Oakland, California, 1999-2000. Pediatrics. 122 (5) 971-77. Nov, 2008.
Schubert CJ, Valek B, Kiesler J, Klein MD. Teaching Advocacy to Physicians in Multicultural Settings. The Open Medical Journal. 2, 1-8. 2009.
Diers T, Montauk SL, Vaughn LM, Lehman C, Kiesler J, Schubert CJ, Smucker D, Valek B. Competencies for the Adaptable Physician: Training Residents to Care for Vulnerable Populations. The Open Medical Education Journal. 2, 26-35. 2009.
Gittelman MA, Pomerantz WJ, Schubert CJ. Implementing and evaluating an injury prevention curriculum within a pediatric residency program. Journal of Trauma. 69(4 Suppl): 8239-44. Submitted, 2010.
lyer S, Schubert C, Schoettker P, Reeves S. Use of Quality-improvement Methods to Improve Timeliness of Analgesic delivery. Pediatrics. Vol. 127 No. 1 pp. e219-e225. Jan, 2011.
Diane M. Skeen Manager, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Arnold W. Strauss, MD BK Rachford Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
BK Rachford Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Director, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation
Chief Medical Officer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Arnold Strauss, MD, joined Cincinnati Children's in April, 2007, as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine, chief medical officer of Cincinnati Children's and director of the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation. He is the seventh B.K. Rachford Memorial Chair in Pediatrics.
Dr. Strauss is a distinguished pediatric cardiologist, scientist, educator and leader. Prior to his arrival at Cincinnati Children's, he was the chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and medical director of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a position he held from 2000 to 2007. Under his leadership, the university built and opened a new hospital for children, expanded its pediatric faculty and increased grant funding for pediatric research. From 1981 to 2000, Strauss was director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University/St. Louis Children's Hospital.
A respected scientist, Dr. Strauss' research focuses on understanding the molecular basis of disorders of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation and the genetic causes of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathies. He is the recipient of two of the most prestigious awards in research. In November 2006 he was awarded the American Heart Association's Basic Science Research Award for groundbreaking work that led to finding genetic defects that can cause heart failure and sudden death in infants and children. In 1991 he received the E. Mead Johnson Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research.
Liebig M, Schymik I, Mueller M, Wendel U, Mayatepek E, Ruiter J, Strauss AW, Wanders RJ, Spiekerkoetter U. (2006) Neonatal screening for very long-chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency: enzymatic and molecular evaluation of neonates with elevated C14:1-carnitine levels. Pediatrics 118:1065-9.
Khuchua Z, Yue Z, Batts L, Strauss AW. (2006) A zebrafish model of human Barth syndrome reveals the essential role of tafazzin in cardiac development and function. Circ Res 99:201-8.
Exil VJ, Gardner CD, Rottman JN, Sims H, Bartelds B, Khuchua Z, Sindhal R, Ni G, Strauss AW. (2006) Abnormal mitochondrial bioenergetics and heart rate dysfunction in mice lacking very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 290:H1289-97.
Bennett MJ, Russell LK, Tokunaga C, Narayan SB, Tan L, Seegmiller A, Boriack RL, Strauss AW. (2006) Reye-like syndrome resulting from novel missense mutations in mitochondrial medium- and short-chain l-3-hydroxy-acyl-CoA dehydrogenase. Mol Genet Metab 89:74-9.
Strauss AW. (2005) Surprising? Perhaps not. Long-chain fatty acid oxidation during human fetal development. Pediatr Res 57:753-4.
Spiekerkoetter U, Tokunaga C, Wendel U, Mayatepek E, Ijlst L, Vaz FM, van Vlies N, Overmars H, Duran M, Wijburg FA, Wanders RJ, Strauss AW. (2005) Tissue carnitine homeostasis in very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase-deficient mice. Pediatr Res 57:760-4.
Shekhawat PS, Matern D, Strauss AW. (2005) Fetal fatty acid oxidation disorders, their effect on maternal health and neonatal outcome: impact of expanded newborn screening on their diagnosis and management. Pediatr Res 57:78R-86R.
Djouadi F, Aubey F, Schlemmer D, Ruiter JP, Wanders RJ, Strauss AW, Bastin J. (2005) Bezafibrate increases very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase protein and mRNA expression in deficient fibroblasts and is a potential therapy for fatty acid oxidation disorders. Hum Mol Genet 14:2695-703.
Browning MF, Larson C, Strauss A, Marsden DL. (2005) Normal acylcarnitine levels during confirmation of abnormal newborn screening in long-chain fatty acid oxidation defects. J Inherit Metab Dis 28:545-50.
Strauss AW. (2004) Tandem mass spectrometry in discovery of disorders of the metabolome. J Clin Invest 113:354-6.
Spierkerkoetter U, Khuchua Z, Yue Z, Strauss AW. (2004) The early-onset phenotype of mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency: a lethal disorder with multiple tissue involvement. J Inherit Metab Dis 27:294-6.
Spiekerkoetter U, Tokunaga C, Wendel U, Mayatepek E, Exil V, Duran M, Wijburg FA, Wanders RJ, Strauss AW. (2004) Changes in blood carnitine and acylcarnitine profiles of very long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase-deficient mice subjected to stress. Eur J Clin Invest 34:191-6.
Spiekerkoetter U, Khuchua Z, Yue Z, Bennett MJ, Strauss AW. (2004) General mitochondrial trifunctional protein (TFP) deficiency as a result of either alpha- or beta-subunit mutations exhibits similar phenotypes because mutations in either subunit alter TFP complex expression and subunit turnover. Pediatr Res 55:190-6.
Spiekerkoetter U, Bennett MJ, Ben-Zeev B, Strauss AW, Tein I. (2004) Peripheral neuropathy, episodic myoglobinuria, and respiratory failure in deficiency of the mitochondrial trifunctional protein. Muscle Nerve 29:66-72.
McKinney JT, Longo N, Hahn SH, Matern D, Rinaldo P, Strauss AW, Dobrowolski SF. (2004) Rapid, comprehensive screening of the human medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase gene. Mol Genet Metab 82:112-20.
Strauss A, Lock JE. (2003) Pediatric cardiomyopathy--a long way to go. N Engl J Med 348:1703-5.
Spiekerkoetter U, Sun B, Zytkovicz T, Wanders R, Strauss AW, Wendel U. (2003) MS/MS-based newborn and family screening detects asymptomatic patients with very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency. J Pediatr 143:335-42.
Spiekerkoetter U, Sun B, Khuchua Z, Bennett MJ, Strauss AW. (2003) Molecular and phenotypic heterogeneity in mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency due to beta-subunit mutations. Hum Mutat 21:598-607.
Shekhawat P, Bennett MJ, Sadovsky Y, Nelson DM, Rakheja D, Strauss AW. (2003) Human placenta metabolizes fatty acids: implications for fetal fatty acid oxidation disorders and maternal liver diseases. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 284:E1098-105.
Khuchua Z, Wozniak DF, Bardgett ME, Yue Z, McDonald M, Boero J, Hartman RE, Sims H, Strauss AW. (2003) Deletion of the N-terminus of murine map2 by gene targeting disrupts hippocampal ca1 neuron architecture and alters contextual memory. Neuroscience 119:101-11.
Exil VJ, Roberts RL, Sims H, McLaughlin JE, Malkin RA, Gardner CD, Ni G, Rottman JN, Strauss AW. (2003) Very-long-chain acyl-coenzyme a dehydrogenase deficiency in mice. Circ Res 93:448-55.
Zytkovicz TH, Fitzgerald EF, Marsden D, Larson CA, Shih VE, Johnson DM, Strauss AW, Comeau AM, Eaton RB, Grady GF. (2001) Tandem mass spectrometric analysis for amino, organic, and fatty acid disorders in newborn dried blood spots: a two-year summary from the New England Newborn Screening Program. Clin Chem 47:1945-55.
Ibdah JA, Paul H, Zhao Y, Binford S, Salleng K, Cline M, Matern D, Bennett MJ, Rinaldo P, Strauss AW. (2001) Lack of mitochondrial trifunctional protein in mice causes neonatal hypoglycemia and sudden death. J Clin Invest 107:1403-9.
Barycki JJ, O'Brien LK, Strauss AW, Banaszak LJ. (2000) Sequestration of the active site by interdomain shifting. Crystallographic and spectroscopic evidence for distinct conformations of L-3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase. J Biol Chem 275:27186-96.
Ibdah JA, Bennett MJ, Rinaldo P, Zhao Y, Gibson B, Sims HF, Strauss AW. (1999) A fetal fatty-acid oxidation disorder as a cause of liver disease in pregnant women. N Engl J Med 340:1723-31.
Ndidi I. Unaka, MD Associate Program Director, Advocacy and Community Outreach, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Associate Program Director, Advocacy and Community Outreach, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Resident education; advocacy; community outreach; diversity
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.
Matthew Carroll, MD Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Jessica B. Foster, MD Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Ever since interviewing at Cincinnati Children's, Jessica Foster, MD, knew there was something special about this place. Everyone here is so friendly, helpful and down-to-earth – from residents to maintenance staff to world-famous pediatric specialists. No other institution combines the academic excellence and teaching of a premier children’s hospital with the genuine support and intimacy of its residency program. The people are what make this program, and she continues to be amazed at how brilliant, helpful, compassionate and fun they all are.
BA: Columbia University, New York, NY.
MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
Andrea M. Gross, MD Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Dr. Gross came to Cincinnati Children’s because after interviewing here she couldn’t imagine herself being happy doing her training anywhere else!
Philip A. Hagedorn, MD Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Philip Hagedorn, MD, came to CCHMC because it provided an opportunity to train at a world-class institution in the field of pediatrics which also offered the kind of people and relationships he yearned for in residency yet had previously found only in smaller programs. This is a place that has all the resources you could ask for, world-class faculty, the best fellows you could imagine and co-residents you can count on – not only when it comes to work inside the hospital but life outside it as well.
Benjamin R. Kinnear, MD Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Benjamin Kinnear, MD, picked Cincinnati because it has a great Med-Peds program, awesome PDs, and it’s a cool city.
Dr. Kinnear was AOA president at the University of Missouri SOM in 2008-2009, National Med-Peds Residents' Association president in 2012-2013, and Med-Peds chief resident selection for 2013-2014.
MD: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
Residency: CCHMC, Cincinnati, OH.
“I chose Cincinnati because I felt like I was joining a family, not just a residency program. On my interview day I could feel the energy and pride the residents had for their program and each other. I knew there was something special here and that over the next three years, I would be surrounded by an amazing group of people who would support, encourage, and challenge me to be the best pediatrician possible. “- Jennifer Tasman, PGY-1
“Cincinnati Children's is filled with people who love their jobs, including the patients they care for and their co-workers. The amount of respect the program has for the residents is absolutely amazing and immediately apparent. The residents truly love and are devoted to the program, which helps to create such a sense of community and teamwork. These are the people I want to work with and the place where I want to be — that's why I chose Cincinnati.” – Michael Sherenian, PGY-2
“I have been in the program for more than 2 years now, and every day I feel very grateful to be at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. We take care of a wide range of children, from simple bronchiolitis to multi-visceral transplants. This fantastic balance makes our program very unique. Our program also offers unique opportunities for research with expert mentors that are available to help us succeed, and we are encouraged to attend national and international conferences. As I was applying for fellowship, it became even more clear how respected our residency program is at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.” – Tarek Alsaied, PGY-3 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.
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