After Graduation

Tara Glenn, MD (2018): Dr. Glenn is from New Jersey and completed medical school and residency at Washington University in St. Louis. During fellowship she worked with Anna Maria Hibbs, MD, examining risk factors for wheezing in premature infants with the support of the division’s T32 grant. She also worked with Monika Bhola, MD, on quality improvement efforts centered on intubation in the NICU. After fellowship she is continuing work in the area of quality improvement as an assistant professor at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Allison Peluso, MD, MPH (2018): Dr. Peluso is originally from Tucson, Ariz., completed medical school at Boston University, and completed residency at Baylor/Texas Children’s Hospital. During fellowship she worked with Dee Wilson-Costello, MD, and Ellie Ragsdale, MD, (MFM) examining maternal-infant dyad lead exposure. Dr. Peluso was a 2017 VON Scholar. Dr. Peluso’s ongoing interests include neonatal nutrition and long-term outcomes.

Brittany Schwarz, MD (2018): Dr. Schwarz is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., completed medical school at Creighton University, and completed her residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, she worked with Allison Payne, MD, and Dr. Wilson-Costello to validate a parent questionnaire for neurodevelopmental screening among preterm infants. Dr. Schwarz is also interested in medical education and developed a case-based learning tool into the resident curriculum and received a Marshall Klaus Newborn Medicine Education Award for this project. After fellowship, Dr. Schwarz will be joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University as an assistant professor with continued interests in medical education and neonatal outcomes.

Vidhi Shah, MD (2018): Dr. Shah is from Portsmouth, Va. She attended medical school at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed residency at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. Her fellowship research focused on investigating intermittent hypoxemic events in moderate preterm infants and lipid peroxidation markers of oxidative stress. Her mentors were Juliann Di Fiore and Dr. Martin and she was supported by the Fellows Research Award in Pediatrics (FRAP) and NIH T32 training grant. She also worked on a quality improvement project developing an inhaled nitric oxide protocol in the NICU with Dr. Stork and Dr. Crowley. After fellowship, Dr. Shah is joining the Neonatology faculty at Rainbow.

Kimberly Larson, MD (2017): Dr. Larson is originally from Manchester, N.H., attended medical school at Drexel University, and completed residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. During residency, Dr. Larson worked with Monika Bhola. MD. with a focus in the delivery room on temperature regulation and neonatal course correlation of a modified delivery room score. Following fellowship, Dr. Larson joined the Neonatology faculty at Children’s Hospital of Oakland.

Bianca Leonardi, MD (2017): Dr. Leonardi is originally from Hartville, Ohio, attended medical school at Northeastern Ohio Medical University and completed residency at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va. During fellowship, Dr. Leonardi worked with Anna Maria Hibbs, MD, and Gerry Taylor, MD, on sleep disordered breathing in preterm infants. She was also named a 2016 VON Scholar for her work on implementing the Neonatal Sepsis Calculator at Rainbow and had a platform presentation at Hot Topics 2016 related to this work. After fellowship, Dr. Leonardi joined the neonatology faculty at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Danielle Parham, MD (2017): Dr. Parham is from Westerville, Ohio and is a graduate of the pediatric residency program at Rainbow. During her fellowship, she worked with Dr. Kristin Voos looking at ways to optimize family-centered care and how we communicate with families in the NICU setting. She is now a member of the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and continues to focus her research efforts in family-centered care and communication with specific interest in quality improvement and curriculum development.

Cory Darrow, MD, Maj (USAF) (2016): Dr. Darrow is originally from Brunswick, Ohio, attended medical school at The Ohio State University, and completed residency at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. During fellowship, Dr. Darrow worked with Michele Walsh, MD, and used his background in nutrition to improve Rainbow’s neonatal TPN and TPN protocols. After fellowship, Dr. Darrow has returned full-time to the US Air Force and is stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a neonatologist.

Andrew Dylag, MD (2016): Dr. Dylag is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., attending medical school at Stony Brook University, and completed residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, Dr. Dylag worked with Peter MacFarlane, MD, focusing on the effects of intermittent hypoxia and hyperoxia on respiratory function in a mouse model. He won a Marshall Klaus Award in Perinatal Research for this work. After fellowship, Dr. Dylag joined the neonatology faculty at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and continues with a focus on basic science pulmonary research.

Stephanie Ford, MD (2016): Dr. Ford is originally from Bay Village, Ohio, attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, and completed residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, Dr. Ford began working with Michiko Watanabe, MD, and Michael Jenkins, MD, in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, exploring the effects of abnormal function on cardiac development. This novel research has earned Dr. Ford many accolades and led to two publications. Following fellowship, Dr. Ford joined the neonatology faculty at Rainbow and continues her research in cardiac embryology.

Meggan Kuper-Sasse, MD (2016): Dr. Kuper-Sasse is originally from Cleveland, attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati, and completed residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, Dr. Kuper-Sasse worked with Dr. MacFarlane on airway and pulmonary vascular reactivity. Following fellowship, Dr. Kuper-Sasse joined the neonatology faculty at Rainbow and is working on the implementation of neonatal telemedicine.

Christopher Nitkin, MD (2016): Dr. Nitkin is originally from Kinnelon, N.J., attended medical school at Mount Sinai (N.Y.), and completed residency at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. During fellowship, Dr. Nitkin worked with Tracy Bonfield, MD, exploring the use of stem cell therapy for bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Following fellowship, Dr. Nitkin joined the neonatology faculty at Mercy Children’s, University of Missouri Kansas City and continues to research neonatal applications of stem cells.

Arielle Olicker, MD (2015): Dr. Olicker is originally from Pembroke Pines, Fla., attended medical school at the University of Miami (Fla.), and completed residency at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, she worked with Dr. Hibbs examining respiratory outcomes before and after changes to Synagis administration guidelines. Following fellowship, Dr. Olicker joined the neonatology faculty at Rainbow with a focus on neonatal outcomes and the Neonatology Continuity Clinic.

Chris Stryker, MD (2015): Dr. Stryker is from Bethlehem, Pa. and was a pediatric resident at Rainbow. His research mentor was Dr. Peter MacFarlane and he studied the role of extracellular matrix in respiratory neural development. He has joined Mid-Atlantic Neonatology Associates in Morristown, New Jersey.

Chayatat (Co) Ruangkit, MD (2015): Dr. Ruangkit is from Bangkok, Thailand and completed his residency at Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center (N.J.). During fellowship, Dr. Ruangkit worked with Dr. Viswanathan investigating UTI in premature infants. He also worked with Dr. Bhola on the clinical implementation of delayed umbilical cord clamping. Following fellowship, Dr. Ruangkit returned to his native Thailand and joined the neonatology faculty at Ramithibodi Hospital, Mahidol University. He continues to research delayed umbilical cord clamping, neonatal echocardiography, and hemodynamics in addition to QI efforts to improve care in developing countries.

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