Pediatric Emergency Medicine | Fellowship | Meet the Fellows

First Year Fellows

Julia Ciurria, M.D.
juliac@wustl.edu
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Professional Interests: Systems-based improvements and sustainable innovations for limited resource settings
Hobbies: Travel , scuba diving, and playing sports
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Courtney Hibbs, M.D.
hibbs@wustl.edu
Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville
Medical School: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Adolescent Health
Hobbies: Soccer, baking, arts and crafts, and playing trivia with friends.

Louise Malburg, M.D.
lmalburg@wustl.edu
Residency: University of Arizona
Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City
Professional Interests: Adolescent Health
Hobbies: I enjoy eating out with friends, going to the movies, and attending concerts, music festivals, and musical theater performances.
   Theresa Timm, M.D.
theresamtimm@wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Medical School: Oakland University Williams Beaumont School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Global Health, Gun Safety Advocacy
Hobbies:  I enjoy backpacking without a trail, hiking to waterfalls, and playing pickle ball

Second Year Fellows

Amelia Bray Aschenbrenner, M.D.
a.bray-aschenbrenner@wustl.edu
Residency: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
Professional Interests: QI and social media development as a conduit for patient and professional outreach.
Research: Increasing utilization of dexamethasone for mild-moderate asthma exacerbations in the pediatric ED.  Utilization of ultrasound to improve urinary collection rates with bladder catheterization and bladder massage techniques.
Hobbies: Playing with her sons and husband, science fiction TV/movies particularly Dr. Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek, DIY projects.

Joseph Finney, M.D.
josephfinney@wustl.edu
Residency: Rush Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Professional Interests: EMS
Research: Utilization of MRI for diagnosis of appendicitis.  Pediatric CT Utilization in urgent care setting
Hobbies: Trail running with my two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, running with my sister and wife, and home brewing beer

George Hoganson, M.D.
gmhoganson@wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Professional Interests:  Improving health and well-being of individuals, families and vulnerable populations, both locally and internationally. Current projects span emergency medicine, global health, gun violence, infectious disease, medical education, neurology, palliative care, pediatrics, quality improvement and social determinants of health.
Research: Penicillin allergy mischaracterization and de-labeling
Hobbies: Art, ethics, exercise, music, non-profit organizational development, and spending time with family & friends

Nina Zanaboni, M.D.
czanaboni@wustl.edu
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Professional Interests:
Research:
Self directed longitudinal emergency medicine curriculum for pediatric residents 
Hobbies: Playing with my dog, Blue, cooking for family and friends, and going to local sporting event activities.

Third Year Fellows

Lauren Buxbaum, M.D.
lauren.buxbaum@wustl.edu
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Professional Interests: Pediatric Trauma, Gun Safety
Research: Platelet function after rapid transfusion
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors with my husband and two dogs, home improvement projects, horseback riding, and traveling back home to Colorado.

John Graham, M.D.
grahmje@wustl.edu
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Professional Interests: EMS
Research: Comparing efficacy of pain control between ibuprofen and oxycodone in pediatric forearm injuries with suspected fracture
Hobbies: Space exploration/medicine, flying/pilot, camping/hiking, piano, and leisure reading

Allie Grither, M.D.
grither_a@wustl.edu
Residency: Saint Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: POCUS and education
Research: Utilizing inhaled nitrous ad hematoma blocks for distal forearm fracture reduction. Critical event debriefing
Hobbies: Gardening and non-competitive running events such as marathons and triathlons.

 

Past Fellows

Lindsay Jaeger, M.D.
lindsay.jaeger@wustl.edu
Current Position: EMS Fellowship, University of Chicago
Residency: Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Ultrasound, EMS
Research: “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Screening and Referral Program in the Pediatric Emergency Department”

Kathryn Spectorsky, M.D.
kaspectorsky@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director for Disaster and Mass Casualty Preparedness, Assistant Director Global Health Track-Pediatric Residency Program, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Global Health
Scholarly Activity: Development and Evaluation of a Longitudinal Pediatric Global Health Curriculum

Tama Thé, M.D.
tama.the@wustl.edu
Current Position: Faculty, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine / St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Ultrasound
Scholarly Activity: Pediatric Anaerobic Blood Culture Practices in Industrialized Countries" 

Marissa Cantu, M.D.
mcantu@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor at UT Health San Antonio
Residency: Tulane-Ochsner Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Professional Interests: Child Abuse Pediatrics
Scholarly Activity: "Physician Recommendations for Medical Care of Children Reported to Child Protective Services" 

MaryBeth Bernardin, M.D. (2016-2019)
m.brice@wustl.edu
Current Position: Pediatric Emergency Department-University of Missouri School of Medicine
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Research: Gun Violence

Kayleigh Fischer, M.D. (2016-2019)
k.fischer@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine-Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Residency: University of Rochester
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Research: Hormonal Contraception, Reproductive Health

Mandy Hayes, M.D. (2016-2019)
hayes_m@wustl.edu
Current Position: Pediatric Emergency Department-Oklahoma University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Medical School: University of Oklahoma college of Medicine

Melissa Puffenbarger, M.D. (2015-2018)
Current Position: Mercy Emergency Department-Mercy Hospital St. Louis
Residency: University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Research: Regional Implementation of a Minor Head Trauma Decision Support Tool at Community Emergency Departments

Tara Copper, M.D. (2014-2017)
tara.copper@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor or Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Research: Implementation and Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Guideline for Management of Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations in Community Emergency Departments.

Alison Curfman, M.D. (2014-2017)
Current Position: Medical Director of Pediatric Telemedicine, Mercy Hospital Systems; Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Mercy Hospital in St. Louis
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Research Projects: Transport Telemedicine; Neonatal HSV; National Pediatric Telemedicine Assessment and Global Fusobacteria Study

Lindsay Clukies, M.D. (2014-2017)
lindsaydavidson@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: New York Medical College in Valhalla.
Research: Identifying patients requiring early transfer to the PICU following admission from the ED. We plan to characterize these patients and create a clinical decision tool to help triage patients from the ED.

Jennifer Horst, M.D. (2013-2016)
jhorst@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine

Kathryn Leonard, M.D. (2013-2016)
leonardk@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Division Director of Education, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Clinical Skills Bootcamp for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows

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