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Fellows

Class of 2025, First Year Fellows

Errica Capossela, DO

Undergraduate | University of Delaware
Post-graduate | Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency | Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Cohen Children's
Email | ecapossela@health.ucsd.edu

Clinical and Research Interests | To explore breast milk donation at the UC Health Milk Bank by bereaved mothers with her mentors, Dr. Lisa Stellwagen and Dr. Krishelle Marc-Aurele.

Kevin Heringman, MD

Undergraduate | 
Post-graduate | Universidad de San Martin de Porres Facultad de Medicina Humana, Peru
Residency | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Elmhurst Hospital
Email | kheringman@health.ucsd.edu

Clinical and Research Interests | To evaluate clinical characteristics of babies with hypoxia ischemic encephalopathy with his mentors, Dr. Jose Honold and Dr. Jeff Gold.

Ryan Sanchez, MD

Undergraduate | Spring Hill College
Post-graduate | Saint Louis University School of Medicine 
Residency | Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital/Case Western Reserve University
Email | rysanchez@health.ucsd.edu

Clinical and Research Interests | Clinical and research ethics. Planning to apply to the nine-month Mercy Children’s Hospital Pediatrics Bioethics Certificate Program for his mentored scholarly project.

Class of 2024, Second Year Fellows

Betty Pham, MD

Undergraduate | Stanford University
Post-Graduate | Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency | University of California, Irvine/Children's Hospital Orange County
Email | b6pham@health.ucsd.edu 

Clinical and Research Interests | To determine the genetic and molecular mechanisms responsible for lung defects in congenital diaphragmatic hernia with her mentor, Dr. David McCulley. Dr. McCulley has generated new mouse models of Congenital Diaphragmic Hernia to identify the mechanisms of abnormal lung and pulmonary vascular development. 

Carolyn Fall, MD

Undergraduate | University of California, Berkeley
Post-Graduate | University of California, Irvine
Residency | Loma Linda University
Email | cfall@health.ucsd.edu 

Clinical and Research Interests | To explore the epidemiology of perinatal outcomes with her mentor, Dr. Tina Chambers. Dr. Chambers is a professor of pediatrics at UCSD and Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics. She is a perinatal epidemiologist, whose research is focused on environmental exposures and pregnancy and child health outcomes including birth defects.

Ishani Jhamb, MD

Undergraduate | Government Medical College Chandigarh
Post-Graduate | Government Medical College Chandigarh
Residency | University of Nebraska Medical Center
Email | ijhamb@health.ucsd.edu 

Clinical and Research Interests | To study pediatric brain disease conditions and understand causes to develop new treatments with her mentor, Dr. Joe Gleeson. Dr. Gleeson has directed research that has led to the identification of over 100 genetic causes of pediatric brain disease. His lab has spearheaded the Middle East Pediatric Brain Disease Cohort with more than 5000 families with recessive disease.

Class of 2023, Third Year Fellows

Sandra Aziz, MD

Undergraduate | University of Texas at El Paso
Post-Graduate | Texas Tech University School of Medicine – El Paso
Residency | University of New Mexico 
Email | saaziz@health.ucsd.edu 

Clinical and Research Interests | Evaluating the feasibility of role playing for fellows to practice skills for giving serious news using a virtual platform. In this pilot study, trainees (neonatal and obstetrics/gynecology fellows) will be video recorded while participating in a simulation scenario with a standardized patient to learn skills for delivering serious news. In each session, one neonatal fellow and one obstetrics/gynecology fellow will be selected to give serious news to the standardized patient, and the remaining will observe and debrief after the session. Descriptive statistics will be used for numeric data obtained from the survey. For open-ended answers, thematic analysis will be utilized.  

Jennifer Barnard, MD

Undergraduate | University of California, Los Angeles
Post-Graduate | Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Residency | University of California, San Diego
Email | jmbarnard@health.ucsd.edu 

Clinical and Research Interests | To evaluate the impact of prenatal and maternal characteristics, neonatal practices, post-NICU medical care, and outcomes for children born prematurely with and without BPD. To identify risk factors for development of BPD and to characterize subtypes of BPD.

Keriann Schulkers Escalante, DO, MPH

Undergraduate | University of Minnesota
Post-Graduate | Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus
Residency | Inova Children’s Hospital
Email | kschulkersescalante@health.ucsd.edu 

Clinical and Research Interests | In collaboration with the Center for Microbiome Innovation, her scholarly project study proposes to use milk, saliva and stool samples collected from a cohort of preterm infants from the study: "The Association Between Milk Feedings, the Microbiome and Risk of Atopic Disease in the Preterm Population (MAP) Study."