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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.
Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, MEd Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
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, MEd Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Medical Director, Respiratory Care
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Graduate medical education; acute lung injury/ARDS
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.
Narayan AP, McPhillips HA, Anderson MS, Gardner L, Larrabee J, Poynter S, Mann KJ, Spector ND. Strengthening the associate program director workforce: needs assessment and recommendations. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Jul-Aug;14(4):332-4.
Schumacher DJ, Spector ND, Calaman S, West DC, Cruz M, Frohna JG, Gonzalez Del Rey J, Gustafson KK, Poynter SE, Rosenbluth G, Southgate WM, Vinci RJ, Sectish TC. Putting the Pediatrics Milestones Into Practice: A Consensus Roadmap and Resource Analysis. Pediatrics. 2014 Apr 14. Epub ahead of print.
Willson DF, Thomas NJ, Tamburro R, Truemper E, Truwit J, Conaway M, Traul C, Egan EE; Pediatric Acute Lung and Sepsis Investigators Network. The relationship of fluid administration to outcome in the pediatric calfactant in acute respiratory distress syndrome trial. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Sep;14(7):666-72.
Willson DF, Thomas NJ, Tamburro R, Truemper E, Truwit J, Conaway M, Traul C, Egan EE; Pediatric Acute Lung and Sepsis Investigators Network. Pediatric calfactant in acute respiratory distress syndrome trial. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2013 Sep;14(7):657-65.
Wong HR, Cvijanovich NZ, Allen GL, Thomas NJ, Freishtat RJ, Anas N, Meyer K, Checchia PA, Lin R, Shanley TP, Bigham MT, Wheeler DS, Doughty LA, Tegtmeyer K, Poynter SE, Kaplan JM, Chima RS, Stalets E, Basu RK, Varisco BM, Barr FE. Validation of a gene expression-based subclassification strategy for pediatric septic shock. Crit Care Med. 2011 Nov;39(11):2511-7.
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.
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, Division of 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, Residency Primary Care and Community Pediatrics
Director, Residency Primary Care and Community Pediatrics
Associate Program Director, Education Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Director, General Pediatrics Master Educator Fellowship
Medical education; health disparities; primary care pediatrics
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.
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 MD, Alcamo AM, Beck AF, O’Toole JK, McLinden D, Henize A, Kahn RS. Can a Video Curriculum on the Social Determinants of Health Affect Residents’ Practice and Families’ Perceptions of Care? Acad Pediatr. 2014 Mar-Apr;14(2):159-66.
Klein MD, Schumacher DJ, Sandel M. Assessing and Managing the Social Determinants of Health: Defining an Entrustable Professional Activity to Assess Residents’ Ability to Meet Societal Needs. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Jan-Feb:4(1):10-3.
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):564-9.
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. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Apr;52(4):344-50.
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? Clin Pediatr (Phil). 2012 Jul;51(7):625-31.
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 Nov;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):e142-8.
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.
Charles J. Schubert, MD Director, Residency Global Child Health
Director, Residency Global Child Health
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.
Ndidi I. Unaka, MD Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
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.
Kathryn A. Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD, PhD Director, Residency Research Program
Director, Residency Research Program
Associate Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pathology; pulmonary pathology
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.
Chlon TM, Hoskins EE, Mayhew CN, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Davies SM, Mehta P, Myers KC, Wells JM, Wells SI. High-risk Human Papillomavirus E6 protein promotes reprogramming of Fanconi Anemia patient cells through repression of p53 but does not allow for sustained growth of induced Pluropotent Stem Cells. J Virol. 2014 Oct 1;88(19):11315-26.
Adams AK, Hallenbeck GE, Casper KA, Patil YJ, Wilson KM, Kimple RJ, Lambert PF, Witte DP, Xiao W, Gillison ML, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Wise-Draper TM, Wells SI. DEK promotes HPV-positive and -negative head and neck cancer cell proliferation. Oncogene. 2-14 Mar 10. Epub ahead of print.
Cundiff WB, McCormack FX, Wikenheiser-Brokamp K, Starnes S, Kotloff R, Benzaquen S. Successful management of a chronic, refractory bronchopleural fistula with endobronchial valves followed by talc pleurodesis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Feb 15;189(4):490-1.
Akeno N, Miller AL, Ma X, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA. p53 suppresses carcinoma progression by inhibiting mTOR pathway activation. Oncogene. 2014 Jan 27. Epub ahead of print.
Zafar MA, McCormack FX, Rahman S, Tencza C, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Young LR, Shizukuda Y, Elwing JM. Pulmonary vascular shunts in exercise-intolerant patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Am J Respir Cri. Care Med. 2013 Nov 1;188(9):1167-70.
McCormack FX, Wilmott C, Young LR, Wikenheiser-Brokamp K. An atoll variant that mocks. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Jul 1;188(1): 110.
Meraj R, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Young LR, Byrnes S, McCormack FX. Utility of transbronchial biopsy in the diagnosis of lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Front Med. 2012 Dec;6(4); 395-405.
Hill DA, Ivanovich J, Priest JR, Gurnett CA, Dehner LP, Desruisseau D, Jarzembowski JA, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Suarez BK, Whelan AJ, Williams G, Bracamontes D, Messenger Y, Goodfellow PJ. DICER1 mutations in familial pleuropulmonary blastoma. Science. 2009 Aug 21;325(5943):965.
Simpson DS, Mason-Richie NA, Gettler CA, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA. Retinoblastoma family proteins have distinct functions in pulmonary epithelial cells in vivo critical for suppressing cell growth and tumorigenesis. Cancer Res. 2009 Nov 15;69(22):8733-41.
Mason-Richie NA, Mistry MJ, Gettler CA Elayyadi A, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA. Retinoblastoma function is essential for establishing lung epithelial quiescence after injury. Cancer Res. 2008 Jun 1;68(11):4068-76.
Alicia M. Alcamo, MD, MPH Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
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.
Brandy N. Blackwell-Ford, MD Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
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!
MD: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2011.
Residency: Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Matthew E. Kelleher, MD Chief Resident, Medicine / Pediatrics, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Chief Resident, Medicine / Pediatrics, Pediatric Residency Training Program
MD: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
Residency: Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2014.
Jacob M. Redel, MD Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
MD: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Charles D. Varnell Jr., MD Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Training Program
MD: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2011.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2014.
“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.
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