Leah Mallory, MD is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine in 2003, and a graduate of Stanford University in 1997. Prior to beginning medical school, Dr. Mallory worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter. Dr. Mallory completed her residency in Pediatrics, in the Boston Combined Residency Program (a collaborative program between Children’s Hospital Boston/ Harvard University and Boston Medical Center/ Boston University), staying an extra year to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Mallory is currently a Pediatric Hospitalist at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. She is a member of the TUSM Maine/Track admissions committee and director of the pediatric simulation program. Dr. Mallory’s teaching responsibilities encompass both undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as pediatric simulation-based interprofessional team training in the hospital setting. Other academic interests include simulation-based assessment of trainees and quality improvement issues in pediatric hospitalist medicine, specifically hospital-to-home transitions.
Dr. Mallory’s interests outside of the hospital include surfing, triathlon training, and ocean kayaking, as well as enjoying a busy family life. Her husband is a Pediatric Surgeon at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. They have 3 spirited children ages 7, 9 and 11, a dog, 2 cats, 2 lizards, and 1 bird.
Special Interest Group Leadership Area: Simulation Research
Thomas Miller, DO is a pediatric cardiologist at Maine Medical Center and the Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology. He received his medical degree from the University of New England, completed his residency in Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center, and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah. He underwent an additional year of subspecialty training in Advanced Imaging, focusing on fetal cardiology as well as research. He previously developed and directed the Heart Center Neurodevelopmental Program at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Miller continues to be Adjunct Faculty at the University of Utah, collaborating on research initiatives regarding cardiac neurodevelopment and neonatal neurobehavior. He has been a co-investigator in NHLBI-sponsored Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium (PCGC) and Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) research activity. He is active in the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative (CNOC) serving on both the Research Committee and Steering Committee. Dr. Miller’s clinical interests include fetal cardiology, echocardiography and general pediatric cardiology.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: cardiac neurodevelopment, the application of concepts of developmental programming to explain and provide novel mechanisms to treat the heterogeneity in outcomes that affects much of pediatric cardiovascular care
Project Name: Development and Implementation of a Neurodevelopmental Screening Program for Congenital Heart Disease Utilizing Telehealth and In-Person Evaluations
Special Interest Group Leadership Area: Children’s Health Service Line Regional Access and Equity in Utilization
Annie Coates, MD is a pediatric pulmonologist in the MMP Pediatric Specialty Care practice. Her first introduction to Maine was as a medical student where she quickly learned that she wanted to practice here one day! Dr. Coates graduated from the University of Vermont Larner School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her residency at the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and fellowship at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in 2013. She loves being a Pediatric Pulmonologist and feels honored to serve our community at large. Dr. Coates also finds enormous satisfaction in working with residents and medical students.
Dr. Coates lives outside of Portland with her husband, Tim and their four children. She enjoys hiking, running, yoga, cooking and all things food related in and around Maine.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Asthma, quality improvement and medical education
Project Name (Collaboration with Noah Diminick): Inter-professional Educational Intervention to Improve the Accuracy of HASS Assessments of Pediatric Asthma Across Hospital Clinicians
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Spring 2022 – Spring 2023 with Pediatric Resident Amanda Gagnon & Fall 2023 – Fall 2024 with Pediatric Resident Sean Patterson
Genevieve Whiting, MD is a general pediatrician at Maine Medical Partners- Westbrook and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for Tufts University.
Dr. Whiting received her BA in English Literature from Pomona College and her MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During medical school, she completed a year as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow. After graduation, Dr. Whiting continued at Columbia University- New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital for her residency and Chief Residency. Dr. Whiting first came to Maine as pediatric locum tenens in search of a community in which to practice high quality, evidenced based primary care with an interest in leveraging technology to meet families where they are. Immediately, Dr. Whiting felt Maine was the place to build a home, family and practice amongst dedicated and brilliant colleagues.
Since joining the MaineHealth community, Dr. Whiting has served on county wide developmental screening projects, precepted medical students and residents, and joined the board of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for which she now serves as Secretary. She completed the Hanley Center Physician Executive Leadership Course and served as the Assistant Clerkship Director for Pediatrics for the Tufts University Medical School.
Currently, Dr. Whiting is the primary care lead for Project CORE, a partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), implementing e-Consults and enhancing the referral process for pediatrics across MaineHealth. She is an Academic Pediatric Association and Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Research Scholar investigating health access equity. She is also associate medical director for Pediatrics at MMP-Westbrook and a subject matter expert in e-consult implementation advising Stanford Children’s Hospital as they engage with the AAMC Project CORE.
Outside of her work, Dr. Whiting loves every minute with her husband, a dedicated 8th grade English teacher, and her 4- and 6-year-old sons. She shares with them her fanaticism for the game of baseball, especially the Baltimore Orioles. She enjoys running, biking, boating, skiing, cooking and eating.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Health Care Equity and Access; leveraging technology in primary care
Project Names: Increasing Equitable Access to Pediatric Specialty Care in Maine through Implementation of E-Consultation
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Fall 2023-2024 with Pediatric Resident Rachel Rockers
Julia Fritz, MD is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Maine Medical Partners and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) in 2011 before completing her pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center. She then moved to Milwaukee to complete her fellowship training in GI at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin before returning to MMC in 2017. She is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and the rotation director and inpatient service director for pediatric gastroenterology at BBCH. In addition to her clinical work and role in medical education, she is active in advocacy, serving on the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition committee of Public Affairs and Advocacy.
When not at work, Dr. Fritz is with her husband, daughter, son, and dog – sailing, adventuring, and eating their way through Maine and beyond.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Multidisciplinary care and outcomes research, quality improvement, and medical education
Project Name: The Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Retrospective Study
Meredith Jackson, MD is a pediatric and newborn hospitalist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jackson completed her BS at the College of William and Mary and received her MD from The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. She then came to Maine to complete her pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center where she was honored to receive both the “Resident as Scholar” and “Resident as Teacher” awards at graduation. She joined the Pediatric Hospitalist group at BBCH upon graduation, thrilled to stay in a place where care and education are such core values. She is excited to expand her expertise to include research in addition to her passion for clinical medicine and resident teaching.
She enjoys exploring all that Maine has to offer with her family, especially anything involving the ocean.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Evidence-based care, quality improvement, graduate medical education
Project Name: Alignment of the Evaluation and Management of Febrile Infants at MMC with National Guidelines
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Spring 2022 – Spring 2023 & Winter 2023 – Winter 2024 with Pediatric Resident Gabriela DeOliveira
Mike Zubrow, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Zubrow graduated from Vassar with a BA in Biology and went to Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency in 2014 at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and completed his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2017. Dr. Zubrow received the Faculty Teaching Award from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Division of Pediatrics in 2018 and SCCM Critical Care Congress Star Research awards in 2017 and 2018 respectively. He enjoys distance running, hiking, and all things food.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Point of Care Ultrasound, the use of advanced technologies such as augmented reality for medical education
Project Names: 1) The feasibility of using eye tracking to measure levels of expertise in pediatric point of care echocardiography & 2) Real Time Diagnostic Ultrasound Tele-monitoring for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Faculty Using Mixed Reality
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Fall 2021 – Fall 2022 with Internal Medicine Pediatric Resident Emily Kelly
Noah Diminick, MD, FAAP is a Pediatric Hospitalist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Tufts University, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of New England College of Medicine.
Dr. Diminick graduated with a BA from University of Virginia and received his MD at the University of Vermont. Residency was completed in 2011 at Pediatric Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He received the Excellence in Teaching Citation, Pediatric Clerkship, 2018, 2019 at Tufts University School of Medicine, Maine Medical Center.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: To improve the management of pediatric illness to benefit patients and families as well as increase collaborative care through different phases of the hospital system and provide an opportunity to advance education and close knowledge gaps among all care team professionals and learners.
Project Name (Collaboration with Annie Coates): Inter-professional Educational Intervention to Improve the Accuracy of HASS Assessments of Pediatric Asthma Across Hospital Clinicians
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Spring 2022 – Spring 2023 with Pediatric Resident Amanda Gagnon & Fall 2023 – Fall 2024 with Pediatric Resident Sean Patterson
Roslyn Gerwin, DO is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Maine Medical Center’s Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Rotation Director for the 4th year medical student CAP Elective for Tufts University, adjunct faculty and a residency application advisor for University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a core faculty member for the Child and Adolescent Fellowship at MMC.
Dr. Gerwin graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 and completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency (2014) at Berkshire Medical Center, and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship (2016) at Maine Medical Center. She joined MMC in 2016, as the Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service.
Dr. Gerwin lives in Falmouth with her husband, Will, who is a clinician at MMC’s Early Psychosis (PIER) Program, and their 4 cats, Zeke, Pippin, Lulu, and Sebastien. She is an avid gardener, gamer, and unexpected lover of hiking.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Care of Medically Complex Children, Youth Suicide, Feeding and Eating Disorders, and Media
Project Name: A Retrospective Chart Review of Youth Attempts Admitted to Inpatient Pediatrics: 2016-2021.
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Spring 2022 – Spring 2023 with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow Hannah Burley & Fall 2023 – Fall 2024 with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows Kayla McMahon and Katie-Joy Zimmerman-Winslow
Alan Picarillo, MD is a neonatologist and the medical director of the level 4 NICU at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. He joined Maine Neonatology Associates in 2017 and provides clinical care at both Maine Medical Center and Mercy Northern Light Hospital.
Dr. Picarillo graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1998 and completed both his pediatrics residency and neonatal-perinatal fellowship at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Previous work experience Chief of Neonatology at UMass Memorial Healthcare and medical director of the level 3 NICU at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. He also had a corporate position of Director of Clinical Quality for Women’s and Children’s service line for Envision Healthcare. In addition, he is national faculty for Vermont Oxford Network and has been involved in advocacy at the state and national level for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome infants.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Picarillo is involved in the creation, implementation and data analysis of multiple quality improvement efforts in newborn medicine. He is also a member of the neonatal leadership structure for the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN) and Maine Perinatal Collaborative (PQC4ME). He is the chair of the Maine CDC Maternal, Fetal, Infant Mortality Review (MFIMR), chair of the MMC Patient Safety Committee and active member of multiple hospital-wide and unit specific committees.
His areas of interest include implementation of LEAN methodology for quality-improvement projects, introduction of quality improvement measures to clinicians and perinatal quality collaboratives. Dr. Picarillo lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Jennifer, and two high school aged sons.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: quality improvement, regional perinatal collaboratives, NOWS, newborn medicine
Project name: Use of Just-in-Time Morphine Administration for the Pharmacological Treatment of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
Allison Zanno, MD is a board-certified neonatologist at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and Maine Neonatology Associates. She is currently the Director of Neonatal Simulation at Maine Medical Center, as well as a leader in a number of committees throughout the NICU. She received her medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She subsequently completed her Pediatrics residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served as chief fellow and then attending physician prior to her arrival at Maine Medical Center.
Dr. Zanno’s clinical interests include improving care and support of infants born at rural and community hospitals, neonatal resuscitation, simulation, telesimulation, neonatal encephalopathy, and chronic lung disease. She enjoys teaching and education especially through simulation.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Improving neonatal resuscitation in all communities through simulation and tele-simulation
Project Name (Collaboration with Misty Melendi): Simulation and Telesimulation for Neonatal Resuscitation Training in Community Hospitals
Amanda Payne MSN, FNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently the coordinator for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006. After graduation, her first nursing job was at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital for children with chronic complex medical needs. Amanda believes her passion for caring for medically complex children originated from this initial experience. She has also worked in multiple other inpatient nursing roles, including positions at Boston Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She moved to Maine in 2011, where she took on a nurse coordinator role at Maine Medical Partners Pediatric Specialty Care. She received her Master’s in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2015, and then worked in school-based health and primary care before taking on her current role. She is an active member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys gardening, cooking, running, warm days at the beach, and hiking in the mountains.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Cleft lip and palate care; the management of children with medical complexity, including improvement of quality of life for the whole family
Project Name (Collaboration with Logan Murray): Facilitators and Barriers to Quality Care for Children with Medical Complexity: A Qualitative Study
Amy Buczkowski, MD is a Pediatric and Newborn Hospitalist at Maine Medical Center’s Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Rotation Director for the Advocacy and Senior Teaching rotations for the Maine Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, leader of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Group’s Hospital-to-Home Transition Quality Improvement Initiative, a core member of the Residency Program’s Scholarship Oversight Committee, and a board member of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Buczkowski graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2015 and completed her Pediatric Residency (2018) and Chief Residency (2019) at Maine Medical Center. She joined MMC and MMP in 2018, finding fulfillment in her ability to be involved in resident and medical student education, advocacy, quality improvement, and other scholarship, while remaining part of the close-knit pediatric community of Maine.
Dr. Buczkowski lives in Freeport with her husband, Andrew, and their three pets, Noodle, Maple, and Forest. She enjoys cooking, crafting, reading, and spending time in the beautiful Maine outdoors.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Hospital-to-Home Transition, Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome, Medical Education, Advocacy (particularly Social Media Use)
Project Name (Collaboration with Jamie Fey): A Qualitative Study of Parental Experience of the Eat, Sleep, Console Protocol for Management of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Fall 2021 – Fall 2022 with Pediatric Resident Aaron Wallace
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Brandy Brown, DSW, LCSW (she/ her, they/ them) is the Senior Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/ The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She provides assessment, therapy, coordination of medical and mental health services, and program development within a multidisciplinary setting. Brandy is a lifelong advocate for improving LGBTQ+ healthcare with a clinical focus on best practices in transgender health within pediatrics, as well as improving overall systemic competency and functionality within a large healthcare system. Brandy received her BSW and MSW at the University of Southern Maine and her Doctorate in Social Work at Capella University. She has worked within different systems of care, including psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, residential settings with vulnerable populations including homeless youth, severe psychiatric disorders, veterans and neurorehabilitation. Brandy is the first person in Maine to become a Certified Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. In addition, Brandy is a MaineHealth Innovation Clinical Coach and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of Medicine and a Clinical Instructor of Primary Care for University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She leads Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committees at MMC and with the National Association of Social Workers, where she is the immediate past President of the Maine Chapter. Brandy is a Past Academy Scholar of the MMC Institute for Teaching Excellence (MITE) at which time she worked on a project called “Affirming Care Through Education: Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) People”. Brandy’s awards include the Rainbow Award from the Children’s Miracle Network and the MITE Innovation in Teaching Award in 2022.
Brandy lives in Southern Maine where she prefers to stay close to the ocean with her family. She enjoys being outside at the beach or on a trail, hiking, camping, reading and cooking.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Transgender and Queer/ LGBTQ+ Healthcare; Justice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Interprofessional Healthcare Education; Social Justice & Advocacy; Clinical Innovation
Project Name: MaineHealth Sexual & Gender Minority Center of Excellence
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Charlotte Helvie, MD is a pediatrician at Memorial Hospital, North Conway, a critical access hospital in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Dr. Helvie graduated from University of California, Davis with a BS in Genetics and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings’ Daughters in 2002. Following residency, she moved to rural California where she practiced for sixteen years. Dedicated to providing high quality newborn, inpatient and outpatient pediatric care in that remote setting she collaborated with local schools, county government and community organizations to optimize health outcomes for every child in the community. She was Medical Director of Pediatrics and an active member of the medical staff, leading progressive quality initiatives. She received that healthcare district’s Physician of the Year designation in 2018. In 2021 she relocated to New Hampshire where she continues her work using a collaborative whole-of-society approach to providing high quality pediatric care in a rural setting. She lives in North Conway with her two sons and enjoys hiking and skiing in the beautiful White Mountains.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Development of innovative care models to improve application of evidence-based guidelines to real world settings
Project Names: 1) Pediatric Well Care Companion: the innovative use of Epic Care Companion for preventative healthcare & 2) Wellness Guide Project: empowering medical home clinical staff to support healthy lifestyle change for families of children with, or at risk for, obesity
Christopher Turner, MD earned a BS in Chemistry at the University of Virginia and an MD at Columbia University. He completed residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. In the middle of residency, he completed a three-year research fellowship in fetal tissue engineering at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. He then completed a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He joined Maine Medical Center in the fall of 2016. He is currently an Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency and the Pediatric Trauma Director.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Trauma and education
James Bohnhoff, MD is a general pediatrician at MMP Portland Pediatrics, and a health services researcher through the Center for Interdisciplinary Population Health Research.
He completed his medical training and pediatrics residency at the University of Pittsburgh and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and then went on to complete a research fellowship and masters in science through the University of Pittsburgh. His research asks how access to pediatric health services is impacted by the structures of our society and healthcare systems. When he came to Maine in 2022, James was enthusiastic to apply this research focus towards addressing the state’s unique challenges of rurality, socioeconomic disparities, and a limited healthcare workforce.
At home, James enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son. They all love hiking, beaches, snow forts, and books. James’ son also loves trucks.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Access to care, pediatrics health services, healthcare workforce, disparities
Project Name: Impact of pediatric subspecialty outreach clinics on travel barriers in Maine
Jamie Fey, MD is a pediatric hospitalist at Maine Medical Center, the director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Newborn Teaching Service, and the co-director of the Pediatric Team Training Simulation Program. She grew up in Maine and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in American Literature in 2006. After graduation, she spent a year as a middle school English and Science teacher, dorm parent and field hockey and track coach at an independent school in central Maine, and from there went on to Albany Medical College, from which she graduated in 2011. She completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at Tufts Children’s Hospital (formerly the Floating Hospital for Children) and worked for a year as a community hospitalist in northeastern Massachusetts before joining the PHM group at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Fey loves working with residents in the clinical setting, in both the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital inpatient unit, as well as in the newborn nursery and was honored to receive the “Rookie of the Year” honor from the pediatric residents after her first year at Maine Medical Center. She is a participant in the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program.
Dr. Fey lives in Portland with her husband, two feisty children and one naughty dog. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading novels, riding her Peloton and travelling (in non-pandemic times).
Project Name (Collaboration with Amy Buczkowski): A Qualitative Study of Parental Experience of the Eat, Sleep, Console Protocol for Management of Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
Janice Dudley, DNP, MSN, MHA, CPNP-AC/PC is a pediatric nurse practitioner currently working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center. She has worked for 23 years at MMC in various roles including Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Neurology. She actively participates in MMC’s Rules and Regulations Committee, MMC Provider Audit and Education Committee, the Neonatal Encephalopathy Workgroup, and the Advanced Practice Provider Advisory Council. She is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association where she has served on the Board of Directors, including President of the organization.
Dr. Dudley received her undergraduate nursing degree at McMurray University, graduate nursing degree from University of New York at Stonybrook, Master’s degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a post-graduate certificate in Pediatric Acute Care from Rush University. Her clinical and scholarly interests include improving the health care of neonatal and pediatric populations through local quality improvement and advocacy at the state and national levels.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: early recognition and management of neonatal and pediatric delirium among hospitalized patients and the early implementation of neuroprotective strategies for all patients in the neonatal intensive care unit
Project Name: Implementation of Pediatric Delirium Screening in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center
Jason Patregnani, MD, MBA is the Division Director of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Patregnani graduated from Boston College in 2004 with his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in philosophy. He went on to Albany Medical College where he received medical degree in 2008. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at University of Connecticut, followed by fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s National Hospital in 2016. He recently finished his Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University in 2021.
Dr. Patregnani joined MMC and MMP over the summer of 2020 and has loved his new career and life in the greater Portland area. Dr. Patregnani resides in Cape Elizabeth with his wife Monica and his son Nico. They have come to love the outdoor life that Maine provides including hiking, the beach, and kayaking as well as the amazing food.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Thrombosis prevention in patient’s undergoing cardiac surgery, the role of the receptor for advanced glycation end products in acute bronchiolitis and its connection to chronic the development of chronic asthma.
Project Name: Unit Practices and Association with Central Line Thrombosis Outcomes in Pediatric Cardiac ICUs
Jillian Gregory, DO is a Pediatric Intensivist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center, where she was also a Co-Chief resident. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Gregory is an Academy Scholar of the Maine Medical Center Institute for Teaching Excellence and was accepted to the Academic Pediatric Association QI Scholars Program for 2020. She enjoys teaching and was proud to receive the “Rookie of the Year” honor from the pediatric residents at Maine Medical Center as a new attending. In her spare time, she enjoys the abundance of Maine outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: delirium, early mobilization, and quality improvement
Project Name: Improving Access and Education of Pediatric Critical Care Evidence-Based Guidelines to Pediatric Residents and Referring Providers
Faculty Resident Scholarship Program: Fall 2021 – Fall 2022 with Internal Medicine Pediatric Resident William (Bill) White
Julia Price, PhD is a per diem Pediatric Psychologist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Price is also a Research Scientist at the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (N/CHDS) in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as an Assistant Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Dr. Price completed her American Psychological Association-accredited internship at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children, where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship.
Dr. Price is dedicated to improving the reach of evidence-based psychosocial care for children with chronic and acute medical conditions and their families. In her research role at N/CHDS, she was awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the NIDDK to (1) examine barriers and facilitators of delivering a brief version of Behavioral Family Systems Therapy for Diabetes (bBFST-D). Dr. Price will also (2) develop and (3) test implementation strategies to increase integration of this evidence-based care into standard practice in pediatric type 1 diabetes.
In collaboration with Dr. Tom Miller, Pediatric Cardiologist at BBCH, Dr. Price aims to create a clinical program that offers evidence-based neurodevelopmental screening for children with congenital heart disease and evaluate strategies for scaling up these services to meet the needs of families in Maine and northern New England. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Maine and the restaurants in Portland, as well as spending time with her husband and their two rather loud dogs.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: evidence-based care, psychosocial care, implementation science
Dr. Diamond-Falk, MD is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics physician. She enjoys caring for patients at all ages of life, guiding families as they transition from parenting their children to supporting them as young adults, and enjoys problem solving and treating all types of disease. On the pediatric hospitalist service, Kathryn cares for children from birth until 21 years of age at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. When she wears her hat as an adult hospitalist, she is able to care for an even larger age spectrum from young adults to geriatric patients. Kathryn has an interest in working with patients from diverse backgrounds both in the hospital, local community and when she is able to find the time internationally.
When not at the hospital, Kathryn enjoys time with her family which includes three active children and their dog. Her family enjoys time swimming, skiing and anything that gets them outside.
Scholarship Area of Interest: Medical Education
BBCH Scholarship Academy Project Name: X+Y Block Schedule Integration in the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program
Laura Amar-Dolan, MD, MPH, is a Pediatric Intensivist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Amar-Dolan graduated from Harvard College in 2006 with a degree in neurobiology and received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in 2011. She completed her Pediatric residency in 2014 at the Boston Combined Residency Program (a collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center) and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in 2019 at Boston Children’s Hospital. She completed the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship in 2020 supported by a National Research Service Award (T32) from the Agency Healthcare Research and Quality, receiving an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Amar-Dolan has an interest in health services research focused on improving outcomes and optimizing healthcare utilization for chronically critically ill and medically complex children. She enjoys teaching medical students and residents and was honored to receive the “Rookie of the Year” award from the MMC Pediatrics Residency as a new attending in 2021. She currently serves at the PICU Medical Director for the BBCH Critical Care Transport Team.
She grew up in Old Town, Maine and now lives in South Portland with her husband and 2 year-old daughter. They enjoy playing outside and exploring the Maine outdoors together.
Scholarship Area of Interest: Hospital-to-home transitions for children with technology dependence and medical complexity
Project Name: Transition Problems in Pediatric Discharge from the ICU (TraPPed ICU)
Logan Murray, MD is a board-certified Pediatric Hospitalist at Maine Medical Center’s Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Rotation Director for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine elective for the Maine Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, and serves on the MMC Health Information Management and MHMG Provider Audit & Education committees. He is the pediatric representative to the MMC Council on Well-being Directors and a Peer-to-Peer volunteer.
Dr. Murray graduated from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine in 2006 and completed his Pediatric Residency (2009) and Chief Residency (2010) at Maine Medical Center. After 3 years in community pediatrics at Winthrop Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine/MaineGeneral Medical Center, he joined the pediatric hospitalist group at MMC in 2013. He enjoys teaching and feels honored to have received the Generalist of the Year award from the graduating residents four times, most recently in 2022. His research includes serving as principal investigator for a grant-funded study of novel techniques for vaccine-related communication in primary care. More recently, he has focused on children with medical complexity and is currently an Academic Pediatric Association Research Scholars Program Fellow for 2021-2024.
Dr. Murray lives in Freeport with his wife, Mary and their 3 children, 2 pygmy goats, 3 chickens, a Saharan uromastyx, and a cat. He enjoys hiking in the beautiful Maine woods and growing vegetables.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Vaccine education, Inter-facility patient transfers, and care of children with medical complexity
Project Name (Collaboration with Amanda Payne): Facilitators and Barriers to Quality Care for Children with Medical Complexity: A Qualitative Study
Michael Dedekian, MD is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and hold an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Specialty Care at Maine Medical Partners and the Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Dedekian received his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He trained at UMass Memorial Children’s Hospital where he was Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He completed his fellowship in endocrinology and diabetes at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Joslin Diabetes Center where he was involved in basic research on type 1 diabetes.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: obesity, diabetes, lipid disorders
Project Name: Genetics of early onset obesity
Michael Ferguson, MD is a pediatric intensivist at Maine Medical Center. After spending two years teaching high school, he completed medical school in his native Australia. He went on to do two further years of adult medicine before moving to the USA in 2007. Here he completed his residency and chief residency at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. He then went on to pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before moving the Maine in 2015 where he has practiced in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) ever since. Michael’s interests involve his clinical work as well as teaching simulation and piloting a PICU teleconsultation service.
Dr. Ferguson is married with 3 daughters and enjoys running, mountain biking, adventure racing, travelling, guitar and music.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: optimal stress levels during medical simulation, Augmented Reality simulation for medical education
Project Names: 1) Measuring ElectroDermal Activity Levels in Simulation Training: MEDALIST & 2) Augmented Reality Technology for Medical Simulation: ARTforMS
Michele LaBotz, MD is a sports medicine physician at InterMed seeing patients at their South Portland and Yarmouth offices. She holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. LaBotz graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her pediatric internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center, and her fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After fellowship and before returning to Maine, she served as team physician and associate director of the sports medicine fellowship at the University of Hawai’i.
Dr. LaBotz is currently on the editorial board for Pediatrics and the Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She previously served on the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and was the council’s policy coordinator. Dr. LaBotz is also on the Board of Directors for the Taylor Hooton Foundation, and is a TrueSport Expert through the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Dr. LaBotz is a recreational runner and paddler and enjoys the trails and waterways of Southern Maine. She is married to a retired golf professional, and their daughter is in college.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Physical literacy and physical activity in children and adolescents, exertional heat illness, mental health in young athletes
Project Name: Physical Literacy for All Youth in Maine (PLAY-ME)
Misty Melendi, MD is a Neonatologist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and Maine Neonatology Associates, and is the Division Director of Neonatology and Associate Medical Director of Angel Transport. She received her medical degree from Rutgers Medical School and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Yale University and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was chief fellow. Prior to becoming Division Director in 2020, she was the Medical Director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center.
Dr. Melendi’s clinical interests include care of the micro-premature infant, neonatal neuro-critical care, neonatal resuscitation, improvement of neonatal care in rural communities, and telemedicine. She enjoys teaching and bringing simulation, telehealth and education to community partners. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time exploring nature in Maine with her family.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: neonatal therapeutic hypothermia, the use of telemedicine to eliminate outcome disparities for rural-born newborns, neonatal resuscitation, simulation and tele-simulation, and quality improvement
Project Name (Collaboration with Allison Zanno): Simulation and Telesimulation for Neonatal Resuscitation Training in Rural Community Hospitals
Noah Hoffman, MD, MSHP is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Maine Medical Center and the clinical champion for the Children’s Health Service Line Project ECHO.
Dr. Hoffman grew up in Harpswell, Maine and graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2010 and completed general pediatric residency training in 2013 and Pediatric Gastroenterology fellowship training in 2016, both at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. While in fellowship, he completed a Master’s Degree in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. He moved home to Maine and joined MMC and MMP in 2016.
Dr. Hoffman lives in Freeport with his wife, Sarah, and his two sons. He enjoys anything he can do outside with his family including hiking, cycling, skiing, and spending time on the water.
Scholarship Area of Interest: Health Care Delivery Innovation
Project Name: Pediatric Gastroenterology Project ECHO: An Evaluation of Provider Self-Efficacy and Referral Practices
Shelley Jacobs, LCSW is a pediatric palliative social worker on the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at Maine Medical Center. Before joining PACT in 2018, Shelley provided in-home pediatric palliative social work services for children living with medical complexities and their families through Maine Health Care at Home.
Shelley completed her undergraduate degree at Wheelock College in Boston, MA and received her MSW from University of Michigan Ann Arbor School of Social Work in 2005 with a concentration in interpersonal practice. She earned her Social Work Certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care from Smith College in 2020. Throughout her career, Shelley has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including private practice, home based care, school and community based organizations.
Shelley resides in Yarmouth with her husband and three children. She enjoys trail running, paddle boarding and gardening.
Project Name (Collaboration with Rachael Burgess): Pediatric Respite Care for Children with Medical Complexity: Advocating for policy change in Maine
Stephen DiGiovanni, MD graduated from Jefferson Medical College @ Thomas Jefferson University in 1996. He completed his pediatric residency and a pediatric chief year at Maine Medical Center from 1997 to 2001. Dr. DiGiovanni then provided primary pediatric care at Bayview Pediatrics in Yarmouth Maine for 9 years. In 2011, Dr. DiGiovanni returned to Maine Medical Center to teach and provide care at the MMC Pediatric Clinic Residency Clinic.
Since 2013, Dr. DiGiovanni has been the Medical Director for the Maine Medical Center Outpatient Clinics. The Clinics serve a diverse population while providing an excellent platform for primary care medical education for residents and medical students. Dr. DiGiovanni is also the Medical Director for the MaineHealth Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Program. The objectives of the program are to prevent, identify and treat Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma. The MaineHealth ACES Program utilizes a trauma informed model built upon standardized workflows, mental health integration, community collaboration and data utilization to support implementation at the practice level.
Project Name: Screening and Responding to Adversity/Trauma at Pediatric Primary Care Offices
Amanda Goddard, MD is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Partners. She received her medical education at University of Massachusetts Medical School followed by pediatric residency training through University of Connecticut School of Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. In 2011 after completing her pediatric infectious disease fellowship at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital she worked as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and continues to be an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Over 20 years after obtaining her undergraduate degree from Colby College she was happy to move back to Maine in 2019.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Complicated pediatric infections, emerging infectious diseases, quality improvement, infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology
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Elizabeth Blades, FNP is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at MMP Pediatric Specialty Care practice. She is passionate about caring for children and families managing diabetes and is a founding board member for Maine P-PODS (Parents and Providers of Diabetes Support), a non-profit devoted to providing education and community to those managing diabetes in the states of Maine and New Hampshire.
Beth completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts and continued on for her Nursing degree from San Francisco State University. She practiced over 20 years as a registered nurse in pediatrics. She received her Master’s in Nursing from University of Southern Maine in 2022.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: Pediatric Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
Project Name (Collaboration with Amelia Baker): Aligning American Diabetes Associations guidelines with treatment protocol for management of T2D in youth at MMP.
Elizabeth Snow, BSN, RNC-OB is a Level IV staff nurse on Labor and Delivery at Maine Medical Center where she has worked since March of 2000. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1998 and returned to Maine in March of 1999. Elizabeth has been actively involved in staff education and leadership on the unit having oriented many new staff members as well as being a unit coordinator from 2003 to 2016. She is an active NRP and BLS instructor in the institution. Elizabeth participated in Maine Medical Center’s Clinical Scholar Program in 2017 which provided the springboard for her research and scholarship interests. She has received multiple Moment to Shine Awards and a Healthcare Hero Award for her patient care.
Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She has presented at the Maine OMNE conference in 2019 and has been accepted to present at the National AWHONN conference, being held virtually, November 2-4, 2020. Her innovative project has been to initiate the use of low dose IV ketamine post-operatively in opioid dependent C-section patients. Elizabeth has also been asked if she would present this work at the Maine AWHONN section meeting in 2021.
When not at the hospital, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters either swimming in the ocean or skiing in the mountains. In a rare moment of free time, she loves to curl up with her Corgi and Lab and read her favorite book series.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: post-operative pain management in obstetrics
Project Name: Ketamine to the Rescue-An Innovative Approach to Treating Post-Cesarean Section Pain in Opioid Dependent Patients
Pamela Dietz, MD, FAAP is currently Associate Program Director of BBCH Pediatric residency with a dual focus on Resident Wellness and Outpatient Ambulatory Pediatrics. She practices as a Preceptor in the BBCH Pediatric Clinic, as Preceptor and clinician at Portland School Based health centers and has a practice at the MMC Weight and Wellness Program working with Childhood Obesity treatment.
Dr. Dietz graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for medical school and completed her Pediatric Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital. After residency she was in private practice for a year and then at South Boston Community Health Center for 8 years where she mentored and precepted residents from both Boston City Hospital and Tufts before relocating to Maine.
Current research interests reside in the arena of resident wellness. Dr. Dietz has been involved in two national studies of resident wellness and the affects of Mindfulness through the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and her current study originated through collaboration with Hasbro Children’s hospital as part of a New England Pediatric Program Directors project.
Scholarship Areas of Interest: resident wellness and burnout
Project Name: Narrative “Passports” as a Method for Reflecting on Meaning in Medicine
Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO has always known that he wanted to be a pediatrician since he was a child. It was during medical school that he became supremely interested in the brain and the nervous system. Dr. Reynolds is “from away” but came to Maine for college and stayed for medical school. During his time there, he developed a love for neuroanatomy but stayed true to his original interests and first pursued general pediatrics training at Maine Medical Center. He realized during that time that he needed to become a pediatric neurologist, not only for his own interests in the nervous system but also because there were not enough pediatric neurologists in the state at that time. Since returning to Maine in 2011 as a pediatric neurologist, he has grown his practice and ability to take care of children with nervous system disorders, ranging from extremely premature babies in the NICU to adolescents and young adults with both common and rare neurological disorders. Thomas is very proud of the work accomplished at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital over the years and looks forward to continuing to serve the children of the state of Maine for decades to come.
Clinical Interests: Movement Disorders, Narcolepsy, Neurocritical Care, NeuroMetabolic and Mitochondrial Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tics Tourette Syndrome.
Project Name: Analysis of and Improvement in Scholarly Activity in the Department of Pediatrics