CHRI Fellows

Elizabeth Burgener, MD
Jack and Marion Euphrat Pediatric Translational Medicine Fellow (2016 - 2018)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Education:
BA, Stanford University, 2005
MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2011
Residency, Stanford University, 2014
Chief Resident, Stanford University, 2015

Research focus:
Dr. Burgener’s research interests include cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease characterized by the build-up of mucous in the lungs that leads to chronic infection, inflammation, and irreversible damage to the lungs; and pseudomonas, Gram-negative rod bacteria commonly found in soil, groundwater, plants, and animals. A pseudomonal infection can cause necrotizing inflammation in immunocompromised individuals. Because Pseudomonas aeruginosa infects most patients with cystic fibrosis by adulthood and is associated with higher mortality and faster decline, Dr. Burgener studies a bacteriophage that infects P. aeruginosa. This bacteriophage has been implicated in the formation of biofilms—slimy layers of bacteria and polymers that are difficult to treat with antibiotics. She is investigating how the levels of this bacteriophage correlate to the severity of clinical disease in patients with cystic fibrosis. 

Mentors:
Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology and Immunology

Carlos Milla, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary Medicine)


Maria Chang, MD
Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay Endowed Fellow (2017-2019
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Endocrinology

Education:
BS, Biology, Stanford University, 2006
MD, SUNY Upstate Medical School, 2012
Pediatric Residency, Harbor-UCLA, 2015

Research focus: Control of blood sugar levels is essential to preventing complications from diabetes. Continuous glucose monitors (CGM) are a newer technology that improves blood sugar control when used consistently. My research focuses on factors that may increase CGM use in underserved youth with type 1 diabetes.

Mentors:
Darrell Wilson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)


Laura Nally, MD
Elizabeth and Russell Siegelman Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Endocrinology

Education:
BS, Rice University, 2005
MD, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 2010
Surgical Internship, University of Rochester, 2011
University of California, Irvine and Children's Hospital of Orange County, 2015

Research focus:
Dr. Nally’s research will focus on the use of continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) in newborn infants to detect hypoglycemia, the most common metabolic problem faced after birth. Glucose is the predominant source of energy for the developing brain; therefore, low blood sugar levels can be associated with poor neurological and developmental outcomes, including severe, lifelong disability. Current blood testing methods are not only frequent and painful, but also provide limited information about the duration, persistence, and severity of these episodes. CGMs are safe and effective devices that help children and their families manage diabetes at home on a daily basis. Dr. Nally hypothesizes that CGMs will quickly and accurately detect blood sugars in newborn infants born to mothers with diabetes that would otherwise go undetected. She also expects that using CGMs to intervene on low blood sugars will shorten the duration of time spent during a low blood sugar event. Additionally, CGMs may not only enhance safety, but also allow for faster responses to low blood sugar levels and improve quality of life for infants by lessening pain caused by frequent blood tests.

Mentors:
Darrell Wilson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

Bruce Buckingham, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)


Talal Seddik, MD
Elizabeth and Russell Siegelman Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)
Second-Year Fellow – Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Education:
MD, Cairo University School of Medicine, 2009
Residency, Aleppo Children’s Hospital, 2012
Residency, Florida State University, 2015

Research focus:
Dr. Seddik’s research focuses on bloodstream infections in children with short bowel syndrome. This condition usually affects children born prematurely or with congenital intestinal anomalies, resulting in resection or loss of most of their intestinal mass, rendering them dependent on intravenous nutrition. These children are at risk for acquiring bloodstream infections due to contamination of the long-term intravenous lines used for nutrition or due to migration of bacteria through the compromised intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. Dr. Seddik’s goal is to study the risk factors, type of causative organisms and their susceptibility to antibiotics, and the outcomes of these infections to target prevention and treatment strategies. He also plans to assess the burden of these bloodstream infections on healthcare to provide appropriate resources for their prevention and treatment.

Mentor:
Hayley Gans, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)

Past Holders

  • Elysia Alvarez, MD, MPH
    Arline and Pete Harman Fellow (2015-2017)
    Second-Year Fellow – Hematology/Oncology
  • Stephanie Crossen, MD, MPH
    Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay Pediatric Endowed Fellowship (2014 – 2015)
    Currently: Assistant Professor, UC Davis - Pediatric Endrocrinology
  • Erin Kim, MD
    Marion and Jack Euphrat Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2014-2017)
    Second Year Fellow – Pediatric Nephrology
  • Noah McKittrick, MD
    Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay Expendable Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2016-2017)
    Third-Year Fellow – Infectious Diseases
  • Frank O’Brien, MBBCH BAO, BMedSci
    Jack and Marion Euphrat Pediatric Translational Medicine Fellow (2016-2017)
    Third-Year Fellow – Nephrology
  • Joseph Park, MD, PhD
    Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay Pediatric Endowed Fellowship (2014 - 2015) Second-Year Fellow – Hematology/Oncology
    Currently: Clinical Research Senior Medical Scientist, Hematology/Oncology, Amgen
  • Travis Piester, MD
    Harry Lyon Machen Fellow (2015-2017)
    Second Year Fellow – Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology