Meeting Faculty

Carlson, MD, Douglas
Washington University /St. Louis Children's Hospital
Dr. Carlson is a professor of Pediatrics at Washington University. He has led the pediatric hospital medicine program at St. Louis Children's Hospital since 1996. In 2009 the hospital medicine program became an academic division within the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University. Dr. Carlson was co-director of the pediatric clerkship from 2006-2010. He is the current chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine Pediatric Committee. His research interests include sedation safety, career satisfaction and practice management.

Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, Denice
Ambulatory Services; Children's National Medical Center; Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health;
George Washington University

Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA is the Acting Executive Vice President of Ambulatory Services and the Senior Vice President of the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children's National Medical Center. As Acting EVP of Ambulatory Services, she leads the operations of seven pediatric specialty ambulatory regional outpatient centers in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Maryland as well as all hospital-based ambulatory clinics. In her role as Senior Vice President, Dr. Cora-Bramble leads the clinical, research, education and advocacy activities of a multi-site staff of approximately 280, including more than 45 medical and dental faculty members. She also provides leadership to and oversees the integration of all CNMC primary care product lines: Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health, Children's Pediatricians and Associates (37 pediatricians in six pediatric practices owned by CNMC) and Children's National Health Network (region's largest dedicated pediatric provider network with approximately 1,000 pediatricians). Dr. Cora-Bramble is a Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University and the 2009 Health Care Delivery Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. In 2007 she received the highest national honor in community pediatric education, the Academic Pediatric Association and American Academy of Pediatrics' National Pediatric Community Teaching Award.

DeWitt, MD, FAAP, Thomas G.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP, is the Carl Weihl Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has served as President of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network and Committee on Pediatric Education, as well as on the National Academies of Science Board on Children, Youth, and Families. He currently sits on the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. He is nationally and internationally known for his publications and presentations in the areas of faculty development and community-based education and research.

Dreyer, MD, Benard P.
New York University School of Medicine
Benard P. Dreyer, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine and Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics there. He is President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). He is on the Program Committee for the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) national meeting. He is also very active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where he is Co-Chair of the AAP Health Literacy Program Advisory Committee and the Past President of the AAP NY Chapter 3. He has been a member of the AAP Council on Communications and Media (COCM) and a liaison member of the Committee on Pediatric Research (COPR). His research interests include improving outcomes in early childhood development in young children, exploring the effects of media violence on child behavior, understanding the impact of the home environment on child development, and testing ways to improve health literacy and decrease medication errors. His research group has been instrumental in documenting the improved outcomes seen in children exposed to early literacy programs such as Reach-Out-And-Read, and has been on the forefront of studying ways to improve communications between providers and families with lower literacy/health literacy and limited English proficiency, and has received NIH and foundation funding for this research. He and his colleagues are also studying interventions to prevent obesity in early childhood, as well as the impact of media exposure on young children. He is co-editor of the book, Plain Language Pediatrics: Health Literacy Strategies and Communication Resources for Common Pediatric Topics, which was published by the AAP, and is on the editorial board of the journal Ambulatory Pediatrics. Dr. Dreyer has led workshops at three of the APA Leadership Conferences, and has presented on leadership at PAS Annual meeting regional meetings.

Felice, MD, Marianne E.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Marianne E. Felice is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Physician-in-Chief of the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center. She has held these positions for nearly 14 years, except for an 11 month period in 2001-2002 when she was the Interim CEO of the UMass Memorial Health Care System. As the Chair at UMass, she has started three hospitalist programs for the department, one at the university site and two at community hospitals with relationships with UMass Memorial Health Care. Dr. Felice specializes in Adolescent Medicine and has been active in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), formerly the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Felice is a past president of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and SAHM. In the Fall, 2012, Dr. Felice will step down as the Chair of Pediatrics at UMass and work part time pursuing her interest in Black Infant Mortality and International Health for Children, and will continue as the Principle Investigator of the UMass based National Children's Study. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis and practicing her drums.

Hain, MD, FAAP, Paul D.
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Dr. Paul D. Hain is the founder of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He is also the Associate Chief of Staff and the Medical Director of the Performance Management and Improvement team that handles quality and safety for the hospital. Dr. Hain has spoken at various Children's Hospitals about patient throughput and has published in the quality literature on the subjects of ID band errors and causes of adverse events.

Jaffe, MD, David M.
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine / St. Louis Children's Hospital
Dr. Jaffe is the Dana Brown Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and Medical Director of Emergency Services at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Jaffe's research interests are on the febrile child, occult bacteremia and viral etiologies. He also has a focus on children with head and neck injuries and on management of pain and anxiety in children with emergencies. Dr. Jaffe is a founding member and site P.I. of the PECARN research network. Dr. Jaffe has been on the Editorial Board of Pediatric Emergency Care since 1984 and Decision Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine from 1997-2002 and Associate Editor since 2002. He is past chair of the Section on Emergency Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, past chair of the Subboard of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and president-elect of the Academic Pediatric Association. Dr. Jaffe is also a member of the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the ACGME. He has been co-chair of the annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows' Conference since 1998. In 2006, he received the Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award.

Kaminski, MS, DA, Gerry
Improvement Science Education, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Dr. Kaminski has a Doctor of Arts degree in microbiology from Catholic University, Washington, D.C and a Masters of Science in Organizational Development and Strategic Change from Pepperdine University. Dr. Kaminski was a clinical laboratory manager, a faculty member, program director, and Dean of Health Technologies in higher education & responsible for the corporate-wide implementation of the TQM process at Bethesda, Inc. Since April 2002 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center she worked on the RWJ funded "Pursuing Perfection" initiative developing the infrastructure to drive the Quality Transformation. Since April, 2006 Dr. Kaminski has focused on building improvement capability including the development of a full spectrum of courses. The courses include basic on-line modules, a rapid cycle improvement collaborative to teach fundamentals & an Intermediate Improvement Science Series. Current efforts include an advanced improvement leaders programs on viewing the academic division as a system of care delivery.

Muething, MD, Stephen
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Muething is Vice President for Safety at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and a practicing pediatric hospitalist. He spent the first decade of his clinical career building a pediatric practice and inpatient unit in rural southeastern Indiana. Over the past decade at Cincinnati Children's he has been at the forefront of multiple transformations in care delivery including family-centered rounds, systematic adoption of evidence-based practice, and most recently patient safety. He has successfully lead multiple national and regional quality improvement collaboratives in partnership with the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and the Association of Ohio Hospitals. He is a frequent contributor to quality improvement teaching programs at CCHMC and has presented multiple workshops at national meetings including Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

Ozuah, MD, PhD, Philip O.
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)
Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, Professor and University Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Montefiore. A nationally recognized physician, leader, executive, researcher, teacher and author, Dr. Ozuah completed his residency in social pediatrics at Montefiore. He also holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration. As the leader of CHAM and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, he expanded access for underserved communities, recruited and cultivated outstanding talent, advanced programs of excellence, fostered innovations in medical education, quadrupled specialty case volumes and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, enhanced CHAM's regional and national reputation, and improved financial and operational performance. Under his leadership, the Department of Pediatrics became a Top-20 ranked NIH-funded department, and CHAM became one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." Dr. Ozuah will continue to serve as Chair of Pediatrics until a successor has been appointed.

Serwint, MD, Janet R.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Janet Serwint, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her medical degree at Northwestern University School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Riley Children's Hospital at Indiana University. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson General Academic Pediatric Fellowship at Johns Hopkins and currently serves as the Director of Pediatric Resident Education and the Associate Pediatric Program Director at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Serwint has participated in national faculty development initiatives and has facilitated multiple workshops at the national meetings of the Pediatric Academic Societies, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association for Pediatric Program Directors. These workshops have focused on faculty development and included the topics of giving effective feedback, sharing bad news, mentoring, assessing competencies in pediatric residency, development of educational goals and curriculum, leadership skills and scholarship. Dr. Serwint is the Immediate Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association, serves as chair of the APA Mentoring Task Force and serves as the Network Director of CORNET, a national pediatric research network whose research goals are to study health care of underserved children, healthcare disparities and resident education.

Simon, MD, MSPH, Tamara D.
University of Washington/ Seattle Children's Hospital
Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH graduated from Colgate University in 1994, served in the US Peace Corps in Ghana from 1994 to 1996, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2001 (go Tarheels!). She completed a pediatrics residency in 2004, followed by a master's degree and research fellowship in 2006, at the University of Colorado/ Children's Hospital Denver. She spent her first four years as faculty at the University of Utah/ Primary Children's Medical Center. During this time she obtained a career development award from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke focused on conduct of multi-center studies of cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. She has been an active investigator in both the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network since 2007 and PRIS Executive Council since 2009. She has also served as the Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group co-chair for the Academic Pediatric Association since 2009. In July 2010, she moved to her current position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington/ Seattle Children's Hospital. In addition to her work on CSF shunt infections, her academic focus is on improving the quality of evidence in the inpatient care we provide to pediatric medical and surgical patients, in particular, the vulnerable medically complex child.

Snelling, MD, Linda
Alpert Medical School at Brown University ; Hasbro Children's Hospital
Linda K. Snelling, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery (Clinical), and Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She completed her M.D. degree at Oregon Health Sciences University, residencies in pediatrics at University of Utah and anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and fellowship in pediatric critical care, also at Hopkins. She was recruited to Providence RI in 1992, after three years in Pediatric Critical at Yale University. In her current role, Dr. Snelling is medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, pediatric inpatient medicine, and the pediatric sedation service at Hasbro Children's Hospital, a Brown teaching affiliate. At Brown, Dr. Snelling serves on the advisory board for Women in Medicine and Science. She is recognized nationally for her approach to negotiation as an integral part of faculty development, financial success, collaborative program evolution and personal fulfillment, and teaches regularly to broad and varied audiences on all matters of negotiation and career development.

Spector, MD, Nancy D.
Drexel University College of Medicine; St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Dr. Spector is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency, chief residency, and general academic pediatrics fellowship at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Dr. Spector is Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, the Associate Residency Program Director and the Associate Chair for Education and Faculty Development at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She supplemented her educational portfolio with a Fellowship in Faculty Development at Michigan State University and course work in leadership and faculty development at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Harvard Macy Institute. She was a Fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM). Dr. Spector's expertise extends broadly in academic pediatrics in the areas of curriculum design and implementation, evaluation methodology, faculty and professional development, and leadership and mentoring program development. She has developed peer mentoring programs at her home institution and at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) and the APA.

Stapleton, MD, F. Bruder
University of Washington; Seattle Children's
Dr. Stapleton, a pediatric nephrologist, has been Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's for 16 years following chairmanship at SUNY Buffalo for 7 years. He also is currently Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Seattle Children's. He has served as President of Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs and American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and currently is the President of the American Pediatric Society. He also has served on the American Board of Pediatrics and as Treasurer of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. He received the Founder's Award from the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and the Distinguished Medical Alumni Award from the University of Kansas.

Strauss, MD, Arnold
Department of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine; Cincinnati Children's Hospital
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.

Thompson, Jr., MD, MMM, E. Douglas
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children; Drexel University College of Medicine
E. Douglas Thompson, Jr., M.D., M.M.M. is the Chief of the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and the Director of Inpatient Services at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his M.D. at Temple University School of Medicine and a Pediatric Residency and Chief Residency at St. Christopher's Hospital. He was a leader in the start-up and development of two pediatric hospitalist programs in the community hospital setting prior to returning to St. Christopher's. In his current role, he led the development of a hospitalist program in an academic setting including leadership roles in numerous operational, quality improvement, utilization management and hospital committee efforts. He completed a Masters of Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University and has led the Business of Medicine curriculum for the hospital's fellowship programs.

Wilson, MD, MPH, Karen M.
Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Wilson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from St. Lawrence University, and a Master's in Public Health, and MD from the University of Rochester. She completed her pediatric residency and academic general pediatric fellowship also at the University of Rochester. She is currently the Section Head for Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the Children's Hospital Colorado where she is an Assistant Professor of pediatrics. Her primary research interests are in understanding the relationship between secondhand tobacco smoke exposure and severity of illness in children hospitalized for respiratory illness, and how to improve outcomes in hospitalized children. She is involved nationally as an executive council member of the Pediatric Inpatient Settings Network, the Co-chair of the research subcommittee of the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine, and as Co-Chair of the AAP provisional Section on Tobacco Control.




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