Endocrinology and Diabetes | Fellowships | Fellows

Current Fellows

Jennifer May, MD, PGY6

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency: Washington University
Expected Fellowship Grad Year: 2022

Jennifer May has clinical interests in high-risk diabetes care, diabetes technology and metabolic bone disorders. Her research project is analyzing the growth and brain development in children who have Wolfram Syndrome. She was drawn to endocrine at SLCH due to the wide variety of patient cases we see; from bread and butter all the way to just a handful of case reports in the literature! The endocrine division at SLCH is a warm and welcoming group who all have the same goal, which is to provide excellent patient care while continuing to learn from one another.

Katie Burgener, MD, PGY5

Medical School:St. Louis University
Residency:University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky
Expected Fellowship Grad Year:2023

While Katie Burgener enjoys all aspects of diabetes and endocrinology, she has a special interest in transgender care and medical/patient education. There were many aspects of the pediatric endocrine program here that drew her in. She felt very welcomed on her interview day by the attendings, fellows, even down to the security guard at the front entrance. She could quickly deduce that she would be well supported in her fellowship training! While Washington University is well known for their research interests, Burgener also found the variety of patient experiences, both the common and the rare cases, a wonderful plus, especially considering her interests lie predominantly in clinical work and education. As for research, her project involves mental health outcomes in pediatric Transgender Center patients. Having lived here prior to moving away for residency, Burgener knew already the wonderful opportunities present outside the hospital, including the diverse restaurant and brewery scene, the magnificent Forest Park (which is beautiful itself, but also has a zoo, science center, art museum, history museum and one of the largest outdoor municipal theaters in the country, all of which have free general admission!), and some awesome baseball and hockey teams. Looking back, she would still choose SLCH/WashU over again for fellowship.

Samuel Cortez Granados, MD, PGY5

Medical School:Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador Facultad de Medicina
Residency:University of Kansas School of Medicine
Expected Fellowship Grad Year:2023

Samuel Cortez Granados' overall career goal is to further develop a combine expertise as a clinician and as a researcher in the field of gender-affirming medical care for youth and young adults, with an active patient-oriented research program that provides new knowledge on health outcomes related to gender-affirming hormone therapy. He found the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University to provide the perfect environment to help him achieve his goals. Their assistance facilitated the process for him to conduct a pilot, randomized clinical trial looking at the effectiveness and safety of the most common 17 beta estradiol presentations over the next two years.

Melanie Bryan, MD, PGY4

Medical School:University of Missouri - Columbia
Residency:Washington University
Expected Fellowship Grad Year:2024

Melanie Bryan has clinical interest in health equity and novel care delivery models for children and adolescents with diabetes. For her fellowship project, she plans to study the impact of improved food access on glycemic control in kids with T1DM affected by food insecurity. As a resident at St. Louis Children’s and now as a fellow, she feels fortunate for the exposure to a wide variety of patients and disease processes and the opportunity to work with and learn from an outstanding Pediatric Endocrinology team. Her co-fellows were a major part of her decision to stay for fellowship training at Washington University and have been a huge support during the transition to fellowship.

Former Fellows - Where are they Now?

Amy Clark, DO St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
Jennifer Ikle, MD, PhD Stanford University, Stanford, California
Nadim A. Kanafani, MD Medical Director, Centene Corporation
Rachel K. Lescher, MD Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska
Kyle McNerney, MD Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Paula Newton, MD University of Maryland Medical Center, College Park, Maryland
John Oberlin, MD UPMC-Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas
Stacie P. Shepherd, MD, PhD Senior Medical Director, AbbVie, San Francisco, California
Pamela Smith, MD Phoenix Children’s Hospital/University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona
Jennifer Sprague, MD, PhD Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Stephen Stone, MD Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Mareen Thomas, MD University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia
Lori Wagner, MD Mission Health, Ashville, North Carolina
Arpita Vyas, MD Assistant Dean for Research, California Northstate University College of Medicine
Aurelia Wood, MD Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Nana-Hawa Yayah, MD University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
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