Clinical Trainee Awards

"As an electrical engineer, computer scientist and physician with type 1 diabetes, my primary research interest is the design, development and testing of new diabetes technology and therapies.  I am deeply grateful for the MCHRI support of my research training.  As a Stephen Bechtel endowed fellow, I can receive dedicated research time to continue my journey as a physician-scientist pursuing translational, clinical and basic science research so that I can help those with diabetes."

Rayhan A. Lal, MD
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Endocrinology and Diabetes)


FY 2021 Awards

Haejun Ahn, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Nephrology)
Study Title: Application of a Novel Acute Kidney Injury Severity Score in Neonates with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Anne Berens, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)
Study Title: Early Life Stress as a Risk Factor for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adolescence: Mechanistic Pathways and Clinical Implications

Bhavika Chepuri, MD
The Stephen Bechtel Endowed Fellow in Pediatric Translational Medicine Fellow
Clinical Fellow Pediatrics (Pediatric Gastroenterology)
Study Title: The ENGaGe Curriculum: Evidence Based Non-Pharmacologic Gastroenterology Curriculum

Maria Peinado Fabregat, MD, MS
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)
Study Title: Prevalence and Nutritional Risk Factors Associated with Obesity Among Children with Medical Complexity

John Feister, MD
Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine)
Study Title: The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Health Outcomes of Very Low Birthweight Infants in California

Neha Joshi, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine)
Study Title: Towards Identifying Optimal NICU Admission Criteria for Late Preterm Infant

Lauren Kushner, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Study Title: Application of the FUNGAL CELL-FREE DNA (cfDNA) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Assay to Invasive Fungal Disease Evaluation in the Neutropenic Pediatric Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Population

Lori Lee, PhD, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Pulmonary Medicine)
Study Title: Role of CFTR Mutations in Adaptive Immunity

Talia Lester, MD
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics)
Study Title: Primary Care Provider Use of Evidence-based Treatments for Anxiety and Depression

Sara Patrizi, DO
Ernest and Amelia Gallo Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Pediatric Rheumatology)
Study Title: The Effects of Extra-Renal Manifestations at Diagnosis on Renal Response in a Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Cohort

Valerie Peicher, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)
Study Title: Si Se Puede: Medicaid for All and Measurable Health Outcomes

Rameshwar Rao, MD, PhD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology)
Study Title: Bioengineering Osteosarcoma

Cathy Tsin, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology)
Study Title: Thrombotic Microangiopathic Changes in Kidney Biopsies of Childhood-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematous Patients with Severe Hematologic Disturbances: A Single Center Retrospective Case Control Study

Luisa Valenzuela Riveros, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Pediatric Endocrinology)
Study Title: Trabecular Bone Score in a Healthy Pediatric Population

Crystal Wang, MD
Paul and Yuanbi Ramsay Endowed Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology)
Study Title: Characterizing the Relationship Between Cellular Adhesion and Quiescence in Central Nervous System Involvement of B-cell ALL

Xixi Zhao, MD
Rosa A. Wann and Marjorie Shannon Fellow
Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Nephrology)
Study Title: Using Machine Learning to Predict Intradialytic Hypotension in Children with Kidney Failure Requiring Hemodialysis

Past Awards