Program Director's Message
The fellows of the Pediatric Pulmonary Division are an integral part in the care of infants and children with pulmonary disorders at Winthrop-University Hospital. They are involved in the diagnosis and management of children with a vast array of respiratory diseases in the intensive care units, the general pediatrics units, and in our outpatient offices.
The fellows actively participate in the education of the pediatric residents and medical students in both structured didactic sessions as well as informal patient discussions. The Pediatric Pulmonary fellows work closely with the gastroenterologists, neonatologists, allergy/immunologists, surgeons as well as the general pediatricians in a multidisciplinary setting. They are involved in both clinical and bench research during their fellowship training as well as several QI projects.
- Rich case mix that includes patients with asthma, bronchiolitis, chronic lung disease of infancy, apnea, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, immunodefiencies, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and ventilator-dependant patients
- Hands-on experience in the PICU and NICU including ventilator management of acute and chronic respiratory failure
- Fiberoptic bronchoscopy training for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric respiratory disease
- Pulmonary exercise testing facility, Pulmonary function laboratory and Sleep Disorders laboratories for clinical investigations and patient evaluations
- Access Winthrop-University Hospital's CardioPulmonary Research Institute where fellows can learn state of the art techniques of molecular biology and they can have access to faculty doing research on basic mechanisms of lung injury, apoptosis, formulatory of new antimicrobials, and the interactions of respiratory viruses with the lung
- Housing and complimentary meals
The fellowship is a three-year program that in the first year is heavily weighted towards developing clinical acumen and in the second two years is devoted towards pursuing the fellow's research interests. There are twice weekly conferences within the division and the fellows are invited to participate in the adult pulmonologists conferences. The close interaction with the house staff, other pediatric fellows and at research conferences allows ample opportunity to perform and collaborate on sophisticated and significant basic science and clinical research. An introduction to research course is offered to help fellows develop their ability to ask, answer, and analyze research questions. Our present group of fellows have recently presented their research findings at international conferences.
Rotations in Months
- Melodi Prizada, MD, F.C.C.P Chief of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Director, Pediatric Bronchoscopy, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics School of Medicine, SUNY Stonybrook
Research Interest: Childhood asthma, bronchiolitis
- Christina Valsamis, MD, D.A.B.S.M Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine
- Mary Cataletto, MD, Associate Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Research interests: Sleep Apnea
- Claudia Halaby, MD., F.C.C.P Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
- Kathy McKillop-CPNP, Pediatric Pulmonary Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric certified asthma educator
Research interests: compliance issues in chronically ill children