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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Fellowships

Office of Fellowship Programs

Meet the Office of Fellow Programs team and contact us with your questions.

Meet the team

Fellows College

All fellows attend this lecture series, held every four months.

Curriculum

Fellowship Programs

The Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offers a broad range of subspecialty fellowship programs designed to train academically-minded physicians with a strong foundation in research. Explore the pages and programs listed below for more information.

Fellow Scholarly Activity

See research activity from some of our pediatric fellows.

Elisa Ochfeld, MD

Elisa Ochfeld, MD

Allergy and Immunology
Research

Primary immunodeficiency, KRECs (kappa- deleting recombination excision circles) and joining code DNA in patients with B cell immunodeficiencies

Abigail Lang, MD

Abigail Lang, MD

Allergy and Immunology
Research

Development of food allergy and tolerance in breastfed infants, Alpha-Tryptase TPSAB1 gene copies and severity of reactions in nut allergic children

Kelsey Gregory, MD

Kelsey Gregory, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics
Research

Scholarly interests include intergenerational abuse, maltreatment prevention, and medical education.

 For those considering a career in Child Abuse Pediatrics I would recommend getting to know all aspects of the job. The daily life of a Child Abuse Pediatrician can be quite different than any other field of medicine. Each day can bring something new, which makes our job so much fun! There are so many possible career trajectories and by immersing yourself in the field now, you can experience firsthand all of the ways you can develop your career through this field."

Sundes Kazmir, MD

Sundes Kazmir, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics
Research

Research interests include medical humanities and cultural competency.

 Fellowship has been absolutely incredible. I love being part of a close-knit, diverse multi-disciplinary team made up of individuals with a broad range of clinical expertise. I have learned so much from every single team member and it is great to have everyone’s support as we work on challenging, but rewarding cases."

Jessalyn Shaw, MD

Jessalyn Shaw, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics
Research

Research interest include cultural issues, language barriers, and the use of medical interpreters

 I have really enjoyed working in a relatively small and interdisciplinary team made up of friendly, passionate and smart people. We are large enough that we are constantly learning from one another, yet small enough that we have a strong sense of community within our division. "

Audrey Young, MD

Audrey Young, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrics
Research

Primary and Secondary Prevention, Early Adverse Experiences, Epigenetics, Child Development & Parent-Child Relationships, Psychosocial Risk Factors, Child Trafficking

 As a newer board-certified subspecialty, there is tremendous opportunity to shape the future of the field and contribute to the health and well-being of children for years to come. You'll surely be asked by peers and colleagues, "how could you do that for a living?" but we like to think, "how could you not?""

Cara Cecil, MD

Cara Cecil, MD

Critical Care
Research

“Identifying pre-admission predictors of deterioration for children following inter-facility transport” and “Utilizing telemedicine to optimize rapid response team calls and code events”

Elitsa Nicolaou, MD

Elitsa Nicolaou, MD

Critical Care
Research

Vasoactive-Inotrope score trajectory as a predictor of outcome in the PICU

Andrew Prigge, MD

Andrew Prigge, MD

Critical Care
Research

Differences in T-cell response to influenza infection in juvenile and adult mice

Lauren Rissman, MD

Lauren Rissman, MD

Critical Care
Research

Prognostic discussion with parents of high risk critically ill pediatric patients

Jessica Christiano, MD

Jessica Christiano, MD

Critical Care
Research

The impact of chloride load on chloride levels and outcomes in critically ill pediatric patients

Rustin Meister, MD

Rustin Meister, MD

Critical Care
Research

Pre-action Team Reflection Exploration and Effect on Shared Mental Model and Team Preparedness in Health Care

Sarah B. Walker, MD

Sarah B. Walker, MD

Critical Care
Research

Arterial elastance to predict fluid responsiveness in hypotensive children

Alicia Williams, MD

Alicia Williams, MD

Critical Care
Research

The effects of post intensive care syndrome on quality of life in children with critical congenital heart defects

Selina Varma, MD, MPH

Selina Varma, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine
Research

I’m interested in access to care, specifically capacity building in low resource areas. My research project is on strengthening our community partners via telemedicine on the front end of interfacility transfers. I've also had the opportunity to work on projects that looks at pediatric care in the prehospital setting.

 I’ve enjoyed training at Lurie due to its high volume and diversity in patient population; there is never a dull moment."

Amy Zhou, MD, PhD

Amy Zhou, MD, PhD

Emergency Medicine
Research

In residency, I became interested in point-of-care ultrasound, and used it to image the inferior vena cava in children who presented to the ED with gastroenteritis symptoms. We wanted to see if ultrasound would inform us of their degree of dehydration. We showed that ultrasound was a reliable way to gauge IVC collapse, and in turn correlated the collapse to the clinical outcome of IV versus PO rehydration. In fellowship, I hope to continue working on diagnostics and decision-rules in the ED in order to the expedite the care of our little ones.

 As a trainee, it is inspiring to see the faculty here so committed to their research in addition to being such great clinicians and mentors."

Anisha Kshetrapal, MD, MSEd

Anisha Kshetrapal, MD, MSEd

Emergency Medicine
Research

I have a master’s in medical education and am specifically interested in how entrustment decisions are made. I love teaching medical students and residents about communication and am involved in teaching problem-based learning to first year medical students. I am also interested in healthcare disparities and how they affect utilization of the emergency department.

 Humility and compassion for our patients have been my best teachers; they continue to teach me in fellowship. I’m grateful to be in a place where fellow education is the cornerstone of the division!"

J Whitehead, MD (pronouns: they/them)

J Whitehead, MD (pronouns: they/them)

Endocrinology
Research

My clinical and research interests are in the endocrine care of transgender kids and kids with intersex conditions or differences of sex development. I am also interested in patient/family education, health literacy, and social determinants of health.

 The best thing about Lurie is the people, and I love the culture of teamwork which is particularly apparent in the collaborative nature of the multidisciplinary clinics. Outside of work, I like to run, play soccer and volleyball, and wander the lakefront with my dogs."

Sean Delacey, MD (pronouns: she/her)

Sean Delacey, MD (pronouns: she/her)

Endocrinology
Research

My clinical and research interests are in the endocrine care are primarily in transitions of care, diabetes, health disparities, patient education, and obesity. I am currently on the T32 grant through Northwestern University. I am researching DNA methylation as a potential mediator for maternal gestational diabetes’ influence on childhood adiposity outcomes. I am also working on a transition pilot program for our Turner syndrome population.

 The best thing about pediatric endocrinology at Lurie is the spirit of camaraderie and humility within the department- all the faculty are always eager to ask questions and teach. There is a real focus on making sure the fellow experience is optimized for education and that our workload does not get in the way of that. Outside the hospital I like to stay active and be outside as much as possible with swimming, running, and hiking."

Apoorva Aekka, MD (pronouns: she/her)

Apoorva Aekka, MD (pronouns: she/her)

Endocrinology
Research

I have a long-standing interest in public health and look forward to contextualizing my training in endocrinology within the framework of population and international health dynamics.

 I was drawn to Lurie because of the opportunities and the people. Having just started fellowship recently, I can already say I've seen rare pathology, but also developing a strong foundation in bread and butter endocrinology. I feel well supported by everyone I've come across. Excited to be here during these formative years. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews, exploring new bike trails, and cheering on the Detroit Lions (no matter how many times they break my heart). "

Alexander Newman, MD

Alexander Newman, MD

Infectious Diseases
Research

The Use of Inulin to Prevent Dysbiosis in Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

Ryan Carpenter, MD

Ryan Carpenter, MD

Neonatology
Research

Direct, quantitative, right ventricular echocardiographic measurements to predict non-invasive respiratory support failure in infants with BPD

Maxwell Mathias, MD

Maxwell Mathias, MD

Neonatology
Research

The Role of Extracellular Superoxide Dismutase in Hyperoxia States

Monti Sharma, MD

Monti Sharma, MD

Neonatology
Research

Placental influences on fetal monocyte function in a progenitor cell model of neonatal pulmonary hypertension

Davlyn Tillman, MD

Davlyn Tillman, MD

Neonatology
Research

African American Women’s Upward Economic Mobility and Preterm Birth Rates: The Effect of Paternal Socioeconomic Position

Ivana Brajkovic, MD

Ivana Brajkovic, MD

Neonatology
Research

Impact of Spatial Social Polarization on Placental Pathology Among Preterm Births

Jacqueline Meadow, MD

Jacqueline Meadow, MD

Neonatology
Research

"Trial of Therapy” in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Riana Riffle, MD

Riana Riffle, MD

Neonatology
Research

Compilation and Analysis of Global Trends in Neonatal Mortality Rates

Dan York, MD

Dan York, MD

Neonatology
Research

Nailed It! Neonatal Nailfold Capillary Imaging to Non-invasively Detect Evidence for Microvascular Diseases

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