Emergency Medicine | Fellowship | Meet the Fellows

First 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
Hobbies: Needlework, science fiction TV and movies particularly Dr. Who, Star Wars, and Star Trek, Frisbee golf, DIY/home improvement projects, cooking.

Joseph Finney, M.D.
josephfinney@wustl.edu
Residency: Rush Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Hobbies: Trail running with my two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, running with my sister and wife, 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
Hobbies: Horticulture, painting, drawing, fishing, adventure/obstacle course racing, running

Nina Zanaboni, M.D.
czanaboni@wustl.edu
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Hobbies: Playing with my dog, Blue, and taking him to the dog park, cooking for family and friends, exploring new recipes and discovering new restaurants, fantasy football league (champion of 2016-2017 season), going to local sporting event activities including Sporting KC and St. Louis Cardinals games. Experiencing local wineries and breweries

Second 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
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors with my husband and two dogs, home improvement projects, horseback riding, pizza, watercolor painting, fishing, team sports, baking, traveling to Colorado to see family.

John Graham, M.D.
grahmje@wustl.edu
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Hobbies: Space exploration/medicine, flying/pilot, camping/hiking, piano, 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
Hobbies: Gardening and non-competitive running events such as marathons and triathlons.

Third Year Fellows

Lindsay Jaeger, M.D.
lindsay.jaeger@wustl.edu
Residency: Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Hobbies: CrossFit, reading, piano, cooking, spending time with family and friends

Kathryn Spectorsky, M.D.
kaspectorsky@wustl.edu
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, travel, travel photography, womens’ Lacrosse

Tama Thé, M.D.
tama.the@wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine / St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Hobbies: Rock climbing, Stand-up, Constitutional Law, Podcasts

Fourth Year Fellows

Marissa Cantu, M.D.
mcantu@wustl.edu
Residency: Tulane-Ochsner Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Research:
Hobbies: Zumba, baking and cooking.

Past Fellows

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
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Reading and creative writing. Running

Kayleigh Fischer, M.D. (2016-2019)
k.fischer@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine-Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Rochester
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Research: Hormonal Contraception, Reproductive Health
Hobbies: Rock climbing, archery, swimming, running and scrapbooking.

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
Hobbies: Armed with a guitar and accompanied by her partner and three Labrador retrievers, she seeks solace in the great outdoors. Enjoys kayaking, ultralight hammock camping, trail riding, fly fishing and hiking.

Melissa Puffenbarger, M.D. (2014-2017)
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
Hobbies: Co-ed sports, running, cooking, and rock climbing

Tara Copper, M.D. (2014-2017)
tara.copper@wustl.edu
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
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.
Hobbies: scuba diving, boating, traveling, spending time with my family and friends, and attending local festivals and other events

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, Washington University School of Medicine
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.
Hobbies: include running, taking my dogs to the park, hockey, sporting events, concerts and going to new restaurants.

Jennifer Horst, M.D. (2013-2016)
jhorst@wustl.edu
Current Position: Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine
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 and Assistant Program Director, PEM Fellowship
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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