leadership

Dr. Barbara Ostrov, MD

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Martha Lepow, MD, Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Med-Peds Theumatology

I received my medical degree from the University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; my master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and my bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I completed my internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine; my fellowship in rheumatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; and my fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at the Children’s Seashore House and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its Sub-board of Pediatric Rheumatology as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Sub-board of Rheumatology. I practice pediatric rheumatology at Albany Med.

I’m well-published in the field of rheumatology. My recent work has centered on patient-focused treatment of rheumatic diseases.

Service has been one of the cornerstones of my career. As a rheumatologist, I have served the Arthritis Foundation, both regionally and nationally. In my leadership capacity in pediatrics, I’ve been a board member for the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics. I’ve also served the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Children’s Miracle Network, both at the Central Pennsylvania chapters, and the Four Diamonds, a philanthropy in support of pediatric cancer care and research.

Dr. H. Alex Nagle, MD

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Med-Peds Hospitalist

Born and raised in Eastern Massachusetts, I migrated to Albany, NY for medical school where my wife and I found we loved the area (the open spaces, the cost of living and combination of good restaurants and genuine people– without the Boston traffic!).  We stayed for my residency in Med-Peds, bought a house (got 2 dogs…), and I discovered a passion for teaching and started on my path in medical education.  

I have benefitted from great mentors in Albany. I became the chief resident for Med-Peds, then joined the faculty as Albany Med’s first Med-Peds hospitalist while serving four years as the Associate PD for the Med-Peds Program.  I learned a lot about recruitment, resident remediation, and curriculum design while revamping the inpatient Internal Medicine curriculum and the General Pediatrics research curriculum (which would become PedSTAR).  In 2016, I was offered the incredible opportunity to become the Program Director of our General Pediatrics Residency Program– a dream job. I maintain clear, honest, and open lines of communication and I welcome new ideas for the program.  One of our mottos in the office is Solve everything– Albany Med is a great place and we constantly strive to make it better for the Peds and Med-Peds residents.

At home, my wife Camille and I have twin daughters, Violet and Charlotte, who are now just starting Kindergarten. In my free time (rare as it is) I train in Judo and Jiu-jitsu (my specialty is arm bars) and enjoy reading diverse non-medical topics ranging from the Economist magazine to the comic book Hellboy. I love the Red Sox and mourn the loss of Tom Brady.

Dr. Suzanne Barry

Associate Program Director
Pediatric Intensivist

Dr. Anna Grattan-Flik

Associate Program Director
Director, Gen-Peds Ambulatory Rotations
General Pediatrics

Dr. Lauren Weintraub

Associate Program Director
Director, Brain Tumor Program
Pediatric Hematology
/Oncology

Dr. Meghan Aabo

Associate Program Director
Director, Community Health & Advocacy
Pediatric Hospitalist

Chief Residents

Dane Nickel, MD

Chief Resident
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Molly McGuiggan, MD

Chief Resident
General Pediatrics

Meet Some of Our Faculty

Nikki Allmendinger, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Undergraduate School: Trinity College
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Pediatric Residency: University of Connecticut (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center)
Subspecialty Fellowship: Dupont Hospital for Children

Shashikanth Ambati, MBBS

Director, Pediatric Residency Simulated Mock Code Curriculum
Pediatric Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Narayana Junior College for Boys, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
Medical School: Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India
Pediatric Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship: Cohen Children’s Medical Center, North Shore LIJ Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY

Shannon Andrews, MD

Medical Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Pediatric Infectious Disease

Undergraduate School: Oberlin College
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Pediatrics Residency: Baystate Medical Center, Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency
Infectious Disease Fellowships: University of Minnesota, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Maria Boucher, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico
Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
Pediatric Residency: Baystate Medical Center
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology Oncology at University of North Carolina

Lilliana Barillas-Arias, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology

Undergraduate: Universidad de Costa Rica
Medical School: Universidad de Costa Rica
Pediatric Residency: New York Methodist Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College

Rebecca Butterfield, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatrics
Child Abuse Medicine

Undergraduate School: Union College 
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: University of Rochester/Strong Memorial

Jena Burgner, DO

General Pediatrics

Undergraduate: University of Rhode Island
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pediatric Residency: The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center

David Clark, MD

Neonatal Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: SUNY Binghamton
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse
Pediatric Residency: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Neonatology Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland; SUNY Upstate Medical Center

Jennifer Cerone, MD

Associate Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
Neonatal Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Fairfield University
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center
Fellowship: Albany Medical Center

Philip Cook, DO

Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Undergraduate: University of New England
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pediatric Residency: The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center

Melinda Clark, MD

General Pediatrics

Undergraduate School: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center

Dorothy Damore, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Medical School: Upstate Medical University

Leah D'Agostino, MD

Clerkship Director, Pediatrics
Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Undergraduate School: Binghamton University
Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Pediatric Residency: Mercer University

Stephen de Waal Malefyt, MD

Undergraduate School: State University of New York at Albany
Medical School: Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Pediatric Residency: Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Chief Resident:  Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Melissa Doyle, PhD, LCSW-R

Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Undergraduate School : Siena College BA English
Graduate School: SUNY at Albany, MSW in Social Work
Graduate School: Smith College, PhD Social Work 

Carrie Danziger, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Residency: Cornell Medical Center
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: New York University, Bellevue

Ronald Dick, MD

Director, Patient Safety & Quality Improvement
Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Pediatric Residency: Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington

Walter Edge, MD

Division of Pediatric Pulmonology

Medical School: Albany Medical College
Medicine/Pediatrics Residency: Albany Medical Center
Pediatric Intensive Care Fellowship: Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

Marilyn Fisher, MD

Chair of Institutional Review Board, Neonatal Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Medical School: Universidad del Noreste, Tampico, Mexico and SUNY Downstate
Pediatric Residency: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland
Neonatology/Perinatology Fellowship: Albany Medical Center

Sarah Garcia, DO

Director of Newborn Nursery
Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Undergraduate School: University of San Francisco
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center

Adam Gicewicz, MD

Director, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee
General Pediatrics

Undergraduate School: Tulane University, NOLA
Medical School: Tulane University, NOLA
Pediatric Residency: The Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center

Gina Geis, MD

Director of Ethics Consult Service, Neonatal Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Siena College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pediatric Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bioethics
Fellowship: Harvard University

Patricia Hopkins, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Undergraduate School: Siena College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center

Benjamin Infantino, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Undergraduate School: Union College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center
Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Emily Knuth, MD, PhD

Director of Hospitalist Sedation Program
Director, Pediatric Acting Intern Rotation
Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Undergraduate School: Xavier University of Louisiana
Graduate School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center

Jennifer Lindstrom, MD

Chief, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Group
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery Program

Undergraduate School: University of Rochester
Medical School: University of Rochester
Medicine/Pediatrics Residency: Albany Medical Center
Faculty Development Fellowship: Michigan State University

James Listman, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology Director, Second Year Nephrology Theme

Undergraduate School: Alfred University Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital

Judith Lucas, MD

Director of Neonatal Follow Up Clinic
Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Undergraduate School: Siena College
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Pediatric Residency: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Christopher Malabanan, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fellowship: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Sohail Malek, MD

Pediatric Neurology

Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Tufts New England Medical Center
Pediatric Neurology Fellowship: Tufts New England Medical Center

Amy Mitchell-Van Steele, PharmD, AE-C, BCPPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Women and Children’s Services

Undergraduate school:   Albany College of Pharmacy
Graduate school: University of Rhode Island
Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Residency: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital)

Kristen Morrissey, MD

Director, Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Program
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Residency: University of Connecticut
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: New York Methodist

Meredith Monaco-Brown, MD

Director, PedSTAR Research Curriculum
Neonatal Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
Pediatric Residency: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Pearce, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Undergraduate School: The Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of Michigan
Pediatric Residency: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Joaquim Pinheiro, MD, MPH

Program Director, Neonatology Fellowship Program
Neonatal Intensive Care 

Undergraduate School: Rutgers University
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Neonatology & Developmental Physiology Fellowship: Yale

Karen Powers, MD

Pediatric Neurology

Medical School: St. George’s University College of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center
Pediatric Neurology Fellowship: Virginia Commonwealth University

John Pugh, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Program

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Pediatric Neurology Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cary Qualia, MD

Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Undergraduate School: SUNY Binghamton
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Pediatric Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Gastroenterology Fellowship: University of Rochester/Strong Memorial

Jess Randall, MD

Cardiology

Undergraduate School: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship: University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
Post Fellowship Training: Pediatric and adult congenital interventional cardiology, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Javier Sanchez, MD

Chief: Division of Pediatric Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Manhattan Collge
Medical School: CETEC University of Santo Domingo
Pediatric Residency: Westchester County Medical Center
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Elisabeth Simon, MD

Director of Pediatric Dialysis
Co-Director, Second Year Nephrology Theme, Pediatric Nephrology

Medical School: University of Aachen, Germany
Pediatric Residency: Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Boston

Carrin Schottler-Thal, MD

Director, Autism Spectrum Disorders Medical Home
General Pediatrics

Undergraduate School: Siena College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Albany Medical Center

Daniela Sima, MD

Pediatric Endocrinology

Medical School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” Bucharest, Romania
Pediatric Residency: St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship: St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY

Kate Tauber, MD

Director of Neuro NICU
Neonatal Intensive Care

Undergraduate School: Wellesley College
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: University of Michigan
Neonatology Fellowship: Albany Medical Center

Debra Tristram, MD

Chief: Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease

Undergraduate School: University at Albany
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Pediatric Residency: Upstate Medical Center
Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship: Upstate Medical Center
Chief Resident: Assistant Chief Resident, Upstate Medical Center

George Waterman, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Residency: New York Medical College
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Christopher Woll, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fellowship: Yale New Haven Hospital