Many of our residents engage in research during training, with experiences ranging from case reports to mentored projects with extramural funding. The academic strengths of our diverse faculty, the flexibility of our curriculum, and an incredibly supportive institutional environment provide ample opportunities to succeed in research during residency. With 6 months of elective time, residents can choose to schedule dedicated research elective months or may also apply for the Integrated Research Pathway or the Accelerated Research Pathway through the American Board of Pediatrics.

Record of Excellence

  • Number of residents presenting posters/abstracts at national meetings 2020-21: 32
  • Number of publications involving residents during the academic year July 2020 to June 2021: 18
  • Pratt Resident Research Symposium submissions in 2021: 51
  • Three of the seven national awardees for the Pediatric Scientist Development Program in 2020 were recent residency graduates from Cincinnati Children's:
    • Nina Prasanphanich, MD, PhD—Infectious Diseases fellow
    • Andrew Cox, MD, PhD—Infectious Diseases fellow
    • Francis LeBlanc, MD, PhD—Hematology-Oncology fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grants: 2
    • Erin McCann and Elizabeth Lendrum: Improving Immunization Rates in Underserved Neighborhoods. Mentors are Drs. Melissa Klein and Mary Carol Burkhardt
    • Scott Call and Tony Casillas: Utilizing digital screening questionnaires to generate automated community referrals. Mentor is Christine Burrows, MD
  • American Board of Pediatrics integrated research pathway residents: 2
    • Joshua Sheak, MD, PhD and Aanish Raees, MBBS
  • No current American Board of Pediatrics accelerated research pathway residents

Winners of RISE awards

  • Investigation of the Association between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccination Rates surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic - Melissa Day, MD
    • Mentors: Elizabeth Schlaudecker MD and Melissa Klein MD
    • Infectious Diseases and General Pediatrics
  • Determining Health-Related Social Needs and Injury Prevention Risks Among Patients Presenting to an Urban Pediatric Urgent Care - Elizabeth Lendrum, MD
    • Mentors: Michael Gittelman MD, Wendy Pomerantz MD - Division of Emergency Medicine
    • Mentors: Melissa Klein MD, and Andrew Beck MD - Division of General Pediatrics
  • Longitudinal Assessment of the Molecular Mechanisms underlying Developmental Inflammatory Lung Injury - Joshua Sheak, MD, PhD
    • Mentor: William Zacharias MD PhD - Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology
  • Retrospective Correlations for Diagnosis and Treatment of Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) - Bethany Verkamp, MD
    • Mentor: Michael Jordan MD, PhD - Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency
  • Characterization of TSCl human mutations on mTOR signaling and cellular function - Aynara Wulsin, MD, PhD
    • Mentor: Steve Danzer PhD - Department of Anesthesiology and Pediatric Neurology

Winners of GROW awards

  • Determining the Efficacy and Utility of a Point-of-Care Ferritin Testing Device to Quickly and Accurately Diagnose Iron Deficiency in the Clinical Setting - Alison Celello, MD
    • Pat McGann and Luke Smart - Hematology
  • Assessing the Feasibility of Sweat Chloride Testing In Ghanaian Populations - Deawodi Ladzekpo, MD
    • Mentor: John Brewington, MD - Cincinnati Children's Division of Pulmonology
    • Mentor: Sandra Kwarteng-Owusu, MBChB - Ghana, Pulmonology
  • Clean water for rural Guatemala: An assessment of the practicality and microbiological efficacy of point-of-use water filters in the Boca Costa region - Libby Ireson, MD
    • Mentor: Dr. Christy O’Dea, MD, MPH - University of Cincinnati Department of Family & Community Medicine
    • Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Schlaudecker, MD, MPH - Division of Infectious Disease

Recent Resident Research projects

  • Abby Russi, MD, PhD - IL-33 and Amphiregulin Induce Cholangiocyte Proliferation in Biliary Organoids Derived from Healthy Controls, But Not in Those from Patients with Biliary Atresia
  • Nimrah Baig, MD - Impact of Gestational Age at Birth on Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality
  • Jodie Odame, MB BCh - Assessing the Feasibility and Accuracy of Point-of-Care Testing for Hemoglobin Variants in a Low-Resource Setting
  • Kristen Reilly, MD, MSW - Healthcare Reutilization following a Telemedicine Encounter in a Pediatric Primary Care Clinic