Since our first class of fellows started in 2011, our fellows and graduates have had great success. Current fellows and recent graduates continue to impact the field of pediatric hospital medicine in many positive ways. They have presented 11 workshops and 15 platform presentations at national and international meetings. Research performed by our fellows has led to 25 peer-reviewed publications with more under review and in development. On average, our fellowship graduates have each presented 2 workshops and 2 research platforms at national meetings and authored 5 peer reviewed research publications from their fellowship projects.

Current Fellows

Sanyukta Desai.Sanya Desai, MD (class of 2019)
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Residency Program: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Projects: Overutilization of diagnostic imaging in children with cervical lymphadenitis, Duration of antibiotic therapy in young infants with bacteremic urinary tract infections, Improved prediction model to identify young febrile infants with invasive bacterial infection, Evaluation and management of young febrile infants with skin and soft tissue infections.
Research Interests: Decreasing variation of care and overutilization in patients hospitalized with common childhood infections.
Angela Choe.Angela Choe, MD (class of 2019)
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Residency Program: Kosair Children’s Hospital, University of Louisville
Projects: Understanding utilization of interpreter services for care of hospitalized children; Optimizing hospital-to-home transition for patients and families with limited English proficiency
Research Interests: Immigrant health, hospital-to-home transition, health literacy, social determinants of health
Ashley Jenkins, MD
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency Program: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s and University of Cincinnati Medical Centers
Projects: Inpatient Health Care Transition for Adolescent and Adult Patients with Chronic Conditions of Childhood, Spina Bifida Action Research: Using Concept Mapping to Assess the Health Needs of Individuals with Spina Bifida Transitioning to Adulthood, Shared Decision Making Tool for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis
Research Interests: Community-based participatory research, social determinants of health, health care transitions, health services research, shared decision making
Trisha Marshall, MD
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency Program: General Pediatrics Residency, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Charleston, SC
Projects: Improving the measurement and evaluation of diagnostic error in pediatric hospital medicine, Analysis of patients with diagnostic uncertainty, Optimizing the patient-family experience by improving family perception of physician and nurse communication
Research Interests: Quality improvement, patient safety, and diagnostic safety
Sonya Tang Girdwood.Sonya Tang Girdwood, MD
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency Program: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Chief Resident: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Projects: Beta-lactam exposure throughout different stages of sepsis; Enteral absorption of antibiotics in infants; Timely transition from intravenous to enteral antibiotics in hospitalized children
Research Interests: Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics, Critical Illness, Sepsis, Infectious Disease, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Abigail Musial, MD (class of 2021)
Medical School: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency Program: General Pediatrics Residency, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Tina Sosa.Tina Sosa, MD (class of 2021)
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Chief Residency Program: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Rebecca Steuart.Rebecca Steuart, MD (class of 2021)
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency Program: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Recent Fellowship Graduates

Erik Hoefgen, MD (Graduated of 2018)
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Residency Program: St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine 
Projects: Standardization of inhaled corticosteroid ordering during admission for asthma exacerbation; Healthcare Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Non-Complex Chronic Conditions
Research Interests: Promotion of High Value Care in the pediatric population

Mike Tchou, MD (Graduated of 2018)
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency Program: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University
Chief Resident: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University
Projects: Reducing Overuse of Electrolyte Testing using Quality Improvement Methods, Predicting Low-value Electrolyte Testing, Understanding and Benchmarking Repeat Electrolyte Testing in Children’s Hospitals, High-value Care Residency Curriculum, Reducing Inappropriate use of iStats in the Intensive Care Unit, Reducing Time to Adequate Antibiotic Therapy in Gram-positive Cocci Bacteremia
Research Interests: High-value care, quality improvement, overuse of medical resources, risks and benefits of routine laboratory testing 

Katie Forster, MD, MS (Graduated June 2017)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospitalist Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center
Research Interests: Identification of biomarkers to identify UTI in children with neurogenic bladders

Anita Shah, DO (Graduated June 2017)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Research Interests: Pediatric Advocacy, Parental adversity and resilience and its impact on pediatric health outcomes, Using quality improvement to decrease family stress in the inpatient setting

Laura Brower, MD (Graduated June 2016)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Research Interests: Implementation of process improvements and impacts of clinical operations

Aarti Patel, MD (Graduated June 2016)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of California, San Diego and PHM Fellowship Co-Director
Research Interests: Inpatient care of acutely ill children, medical education, quality improvement

Amy Rule, MD (Graduated June 2016)
Current Position: Instructor of Neonatology
Research Interests: Quality Improvement and Medical Education Models for Low Resource Settings, Global Health Ethics

Amanda Schondelmeyer, MD, MS (Graduated June 2015)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Research Interests: Reducing overuse in the care of the hospitalized patient; Alarm fatigue; Care of the febrile infant

Lauren Solan, MD, MEd (Graduated June 2014)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, University of Rochester
Research Interests: Provider and family communication as it impacts transitions of care, specifically a patient's transition from the hospital environment to home

Joanna Thomson, MD, MPH (Graduated June 2014)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine & Affiliate Faculty with Anderson Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Research Interests: Parents of Children with Medical Complexity – Hardships and Work of Care, Pneumonia in Children with Neurologic Impairment, Improving care coordination and discharge for children with medical complexity