Resident Scholarship

2014 Graduates

Dr. Melinda Murphy, Dr. Elimarys Perez-Colon, Dr. Shalini Patel and Dr. Amarilis Sanchez-Valle presented “Mesenteric Gaucher Cell Pseudotumor – A Rare Cause for Diarrhea and Tetany in a 19 Year-old Gaucher Type 3B Patient” at the International Congress of Inborn Errors of Metabolism in Barcelona, Spain in September, 2013. 

Dr. Laura Blood had a paper accepted for publication in Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice entitled "Daptomycin Prevention of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus Bacteremia in Colonized Patients with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia”.  She also published a case report entitled "A 12-Month-Old Boy with Pneumonia and Hepatitis”in Clinical Infectious Diseases.


Dr. Noah Grams published a paper in Consultant for Pediatricians in 2012 entitled "Catfish Spine Evenomation".


Dr. Philip Matar published a paper in Consultant for Pediatricians entitled “SAPHO Syndrome: Emergency Room”.


Drs. Kim Chau and Jacqueline Nguyen worked on a project entitled "Quality Improvement: Parent and Provider perception and education of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the NICU and outpatient setting." Drs. Chau and Nguyen presented this paper at several meetings and have a manuscript in progress.


Dr. Mariah Gillispie (2015 graduate) has been awarded The Ephraim P. Engleman Research Preceptorship through the American College of Rheumatology by the Rheumatology Research Foundation for 2013. Her project focuses on comparing the time to clinical remission in patients with systemic JIA on disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as Methotrexate to patients with systemic JIA on biologic therapies (specifically Etanercept). The primary goal is to determine if time to clinical remission is shorter for patients on biologics compared to those who are on DMARDs.


Dr. Erika Pasciuta has submitted a case report to Pediatric Emergency Care reviewing Luxatio Erecta. She also is currently working on a consecutive series comparing adequacy of immobilization and neutral spine position between long spine board and vacuum mattress spinal motion restriction methods. Quality Improvement projects include analgesia during minor abscess management in the ED, and efficacy of evaluation following rotations to improve rotations.


Dr. Kelly Montgomery is conducting a study entitled “Retrospective Review of Patients with Trauma Admitted and Re-Admitted to the Emergency Room”.


Dr. Shaila Siraj is actively working on a research project in Bangladesh entitled “Assessing Malnutrition Among Children Under Five Years of Age in the Meghna River Char Island Community in Bangladesh Using MUAC”. 


2013 Graduates

Dr. Catherine Kubiak presented a poster at the 2013 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Conference entitled, MBL polymorphisms in a US cohort of children with recurrent infection.


Dr. Tony Sochet presented his paper at the 2012 AAP National Conference and the 2013 PAS meeting entitled "Small for Gestational Age Is An Important Pre-Operative Risk Factor for the Management of Patients with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome". He also presented a paper entitled "Trepostinil Therapy for Pulmonary Hypertension" in May, 2012 and published a Case Report of a 3 year old boy with severe anemia and neutropenia in Pediatric Annals in Jan, 2013.  He also published a paper entitled “Long Term Management of Adults with Conotruncal Lesions” published in Cardiology in the Young.


Dr. Elimarys Perez-Colon, Med-Peds resident, published a case report entitled "Mesalamine Induced Myocarditis and Coronary Vasculitis in a Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Patient" and presented "NMDA Receptor Antibody Associated Encephalitis" in 2011. She also published a paper entitled "Diagnosis and Screening of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Children" in 2011.


Dr. Aguayo-Hiraldo, Med-Peds resident presented a poster on "Hypercoagulable State due to High Factor 8 Activity at the ACP Florida meeting in 2011.

2012 Graduates

Dr. Katherine Braley, chief resident during 2012-13, published and presented many papers during her residency in the field of cardiology. They include "Long-term Management of Patients with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: the Diagnostic Approach at All Children’s Hospital" published in Cardiology in the Young in 2011. She also submitted several papers for publication in 2012 including: "Utilization of Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in the Long-term Follow-up of a Patient with Anomalous Origin of The Left Coronary Artery From The Pulmonary Artery (ALCAPA)" and a paper to Cardiology in the Young entitled "The Utility of Pre-operative Screening in Infants with Conotruncal Heart Defects." A paper was also submitted to the American Heart Association Meeting entitled "Peri-Operative Morbidity and Mortality of SGA Infants with Conotruncal Heart Malformations." Dr. Braley presented a paper at the CHOP Cardiology Conference in 2012 entitled "Cardiovascular Screening Enhances Detection of Occult Cardiovascular Disease In Healthy Adolescent Athletes" and will present a paper at the AAP National Conference in 2012 entitled "Small for Gestational Age is an Important Pre-operative Risk Factor for the Management of Patients with Hypo plastic Left Heart Syndrome."

Dr. Stefanie Honigbaum published a paper in Fetal Pediatric Pathology on the "Successful Treatment of Primary CMV Enterocolitis in a Congenitally Infected Infant with Oral Valganciclovir". She also presented a poster on the "Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis in a Child Heterozygous for the N34S SPINK1 Gene Mutation" at the NASPAGAN meeting in 2010.

Dr. Jonathan Metts presented a poster at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in 2011 entitled "A Successful Quality Initiative to Improve Pain and Anxiety Treatment Associated with Lumbar Punctures in a Pediatric Emergency Department."

Dr. Caroline Meyer published a case report entitled "Primary Burkitt's Lymphoma of the Colon, an Uncommon Cause of Pediatric Constipation and Abdominal Pain."

Dr. Sara Prupas published a case report on the "Atypical Presentation of Krabbe Disease" and presented at the American College of Medical Genetics Conference in 2012.

Dr. Precious Serna had two publications in Neonatology on the "Leukomoid Reaction in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants" and on "The Effect of a Standardized, Computer-Based Multimedia NICU Curriculum on Resident Education."

Dr. Chelsea Tehan published a case report in Pediatric Emergency Care.

2011 Graduates

Dr. Paola Dees, a graduate and current ACH hospitalist, is a contributing author on an AAP guide book entitled "Becoming a Pediatrician: Your Guide to Exploring Pediatrics, Matching for Residency and Starting Intern Year". She also co-authored a chapter on "Pyloric Stenosis" that will soon be published in a new AAP Hospitalist Handbook. She completed both of these projects during her third year of residency.

Dr. Jeannine Del Pizzo, current CHOP ER fellow and chief during 2010-11 year, presented "Efficiency in Sedation for Forearm Fracture Reduction in Children: Propofol vs. Ketamine-Propofol vs. Ketofol" at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in 2011.

Dr. Kiersten Hartlage along with several faculty presented a workshop entitled "There's an App for That" and a poster entitled "Use of Electronic Resources Among Pediatric Residents" at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Meeting in 2011.

Dr. Daniel Leonard presented a poster at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in 2011 entitled "Fast Sequence MRI for the Evaluation of Ventricular Shunt Malfunction in the Pediatric Emergency Department."

Dr. Ali Menchise published a case report entitled "Myocarditis in the Setting of RSV Bronchiolitis" in 2011.

Dr. Dan Desrochers, Med-Peds graduate published a paper entitled"Isoniazid-Induced Severe Hepatolxicity: An Infrequent but preventable Cause of Liver Failure in Children Treated for Latent Tuberculosis Infection" in 2011.