Third Year Fellow

Elizabeth Burgener, MD
Marion and Jack Euphrat Pediatric Translational Medicine Fellow

MD: University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio, TX

Residency Program: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Mentor:  Paul Bollyky, MD

Research: I am currently researching the links between Pf phage levels and clinical outcomes in Cystic Fibrosis. I am interested in both the role of infection and the genetic variation within Cystic Fibrosis. .

Prior Experience: Prior to attending medical school I spent 2 years working as a clinical research coordinator for a pediatric infectious disease group. It was my first experience with clinical research and a nice introduction to patient care. The interactions I had with families confirmed my interest in becoming a pediatrician. This is also where I had a wonderful mentor who inspired my interest in infectious disease. However, it was my personal experience with cystic fibrosis which led me to the field of pulmonology. I completed my residency here at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and spent an extra year as a chief resident (making me the 4th consecutive pulmonary fellow to have been a chief resident!) gaining more experience in general pediatrics, teaching and administration before starting fellowship in July of 2015. 

Why I love what I do

 "Medicine is an exciting field.  I learn something new, often multiple things, every day and will for the rest of my career.  We have the privilege of being allowed into our patients’ lives while we work together to treat their chronic illness whether it is asthma, cystic fibrosis or a lung transplant.  I love pulmonology because it is the perfect mix of clinic, procedures and inpatient medicine.  I especially like that we have have excellent continuity with our patients, we share patients with every other medical specialty and that we routinely consult in every unit in the hospital."

Publications and Presentations

  • 2016    Burgener E, Milla C. Eosinophilic Pneumonitis as Initial Presentation of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. American Thoracic Society Annual Internation Conference. San Francisco, CA
  • 2016    Burgener EB, Waggoner J, Pinsky BA, Chen SF. Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with CMV DNA Detection in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid. Pediatric Pulmonary. Accepted for publication May 2016.
  • Tan SK*, Burgener EB*, Waggoner JJ, Gajurel K, Gonzalez S, Chen SF, Pinsk BA. Molecular and Culture-based Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Testing for the Diagnosis of Cytomegalovirus Pneumonitis. Open Form Infectious Diseases. Accepted January 2016. * co-first authors

Second Year Fellow

Eric Hamberger, MD

MD: New York Medical College

Residency Program: Cohen Children's Medical Center

Mentor: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, MD

Research: The transition gap between pediatric and adult care represents an especially tenuous period for patients with chronic disease, in which patients are vulnerable to non-adherence, loss of follow up, and risk taking behavior. My research focuses on adolescent, parent, and provider perceptions of these risk behaviors, proper counseling, and ensuring successful transition to adult care. 

Prior Experience: My interest in pulmonary medicine stems from my passion for biophysics and respiratory physiology. Through my residency training at North-Shore LIJ in New York, I refined that passion in the pediatric population, where pulmonary diseases remain the most common reason for hospitalization in children.  For me, pulmonary medicine and cystic fibrosis embody a broader theme in pediatrics: disease entities of systemic significance which combine basic science with multiple physiologic processes. Though I have spent most of my life on the East coast, I’m more than excited to venture West to start my pulmonary fellowship at Stanford and its community of caring, compassionate life-long learners.

First Year Fellow

Lea Steffes, MD

MD: Medical College of Wisconsin

Residency Program: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Prior Experience: My decision to complete a fellowship in pulmonary medicine was driven by my desire to take care of medically complex children. Throughout my residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin I was drawn to the intricacy of each patient’s unique physiology and gained an immense appreciation for the complexity of care these patients received at home. I hope to complete clinical research throughout my fellowship aimed at improving communication between providers who care for patients with chronic pulmonary diseases.  

Incoming Fellows
Class of 2021

Marisol Temech

MD: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Residency Program: Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Si Xin

MD: Baylor College of Medicine

Residency Program: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital