Faculty Scholars Program

"The Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar Award presents a remarkable opportunity for me to cultivate new skills in cost-effectiveness methods through didactic coursework and experiential training. With this award, we are collaborating with national experts to gather cost data for an ongoing R01 study (Water First) that we are conducting to examine how promoting fresh water intake in schools impacts childrens' intake of sugary drinks and obesity. This data will support future proposals to estimate the long-term cost-effectiveness and population health impacts of the Water First intervention."

Anisha I. Patel, MD, MSPH, MSHS
Arline and Pete Harman Endowed Faculty Scholar (2018-2021)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

2021 Awardees

Tamar Green, MD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry - Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences
Study Title: A Dyadic Modeling Approach to Improve Prognosis for Children at High Risk for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Christin Kuo, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Pulmonary Disease
Study Title: Elucidating lung developmental pathways in the pathogenesis of pediatric respiratory diseases

Kelly Mahaney, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery - Pediatric Neurosurgery
Study Title: Role of iron-mediated injury in post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH) following severe neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH)”

Katherine Elizabeth Travis, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Developmental Behavioral
Study Title: Towards improving brain health and neurodevelopmental outcomes in children born preterm: Leveraging clinical MRI and medical records data for research and for clinical care

2021 Awardees

Danton Char, MD, MAS
Laurie Kraus Lacob Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Study Title: Integration of Pediatric Palliative Care and Cardiac Ventricular Assist Device Care for Children.

Sushma Reddy, MD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Faculty Scholar
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Study Title: A Non-invasive Signature of Myocardial Signaling in Children with Single Ventricle Heart Failure

Bo Yu, MD, MS
Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine
Assistant Professor,  Obstetrics & Gynecology (Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility)
Study Title: Non-Invasive Preconceptual Chromosomal Diagnosis in Living Sperm

2020 Awardees

Valerie Chock, MD, MS
Arline and Pete Harman Endowed Faculty Scholar
Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatal & Developmental Medicine)
Study Title: Targeted Cerebral Saturations in Extremely Preterm Infants (Brain Oxygenation or BOX Study)

Manish Saggar, MD, PhD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Study Title: A Computational Neuropsychiatry Approach Towards Characterizing Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development

Peter Santa Maria, MD, PhD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology (Otology & Neurotology)
Study Title: Sensory Hearing Loss in Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media

Pervez Sultan, MD, MBChB
Arline and Pete Harman Endowed Faculty Scholar
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
Study Title: Development and Validation of a New Postpartum Quality of Recovery Patient-Reported Outcome Measure

Suzanne Tharin, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine
Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
Study Title: Microrna Control of Connectivity in the Developing Central Nervous System

Jiangbin Ye, MD, PhD
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Faculty Scholar
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology (Radiation & Cancer Biology)
Study Title: Targeting Pediatric Cancer Epigenome with Metabolic Intervention

2019 Awardees

Rosa Bacchetta, MD
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2019-2024)
Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation)
Study Title: Harnessing FOXP3 Genome Editing Towards Innovative Treatment of IPEX syndrome

David Hong, MD
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Faculty Scholar (2019-2024)
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research)
Study Title: A Novel Investigation of Sex Steroid Influence on Mood Neurocircuitry in the Pubertal Period

Vittorio Sebastiano, PhD
Woods Family Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2019-2024)
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Reproductive Biology)
Study Title: A Platform to Study and Generate Human Autologous Germ Cells

Kevin Wang, MD, PhD
Bechtel Faculty Scholar Awards in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2019-2024)
Assistant Professor, Dermatology
Study Title: Interleukin Modulation by Noncoding RNAs as Novel Therapeutic Targets in Preterm Labor

Keith Van Haren, MD
Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2019-2024)
Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics
Study Title: Multi-omic Modeling of Vitamin D in the Blood and Brain of ALD Boys and ABCD1-null Mice

2018 Awardees

  • Kara Davis, MD
    Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Diseases (2018-2023)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology)
    Study Title: Relapse Prediction and Mechanism of Drug Resistance of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Elizabeth Egan, MD, PhD
    The Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology & Immunology
    Study Title: Investigating Novel Host Erythrocyte Determinants of Malaria Infection
  • Irene Loe, MD
    Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)
    Study Title: Promoting Growth Mindset: A School-Based Intervention Targeting Health, Behavior, and Learning in Underserved Communities
  • Anisha Patel, MD
    Arline and Pete Harman Faculty Scholar (2018-2021)
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)
    Study Title: Assessing the Cost of Water First: A School-Based Water Intervention to Prevent Childhood Obesity
  • Avnesh Thakor, MD, PhD
    Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
    Assistant Professor of Radiology (Pediatric Radiology)
    Study Title: A Novel Approach for Treating Diabetes Using Pulsed Focused Ultrasound and Intra-Arterial Delivery of Mesenchymal Stem Cells, and their Associated Exosomes, Directly into the Pancreas
  • Yang Sun, MD, PhD
    Laurie Kraus Lacob Faculty Scholar in Pediatric Translational Medicine (2018-2023)
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
    Study Title: Repurposing Drug to Treat Oculocerebal Renal Syndromeo Lowe