The people who comprise the University of Michigan Pediatric Residency Program come from many geographical locations and diverse backgrounds.
Please use the links in this section to learn about the people who make up our team.
Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D. Program Director Pediatric Residency Program.
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2003
MD/Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2000
Dr. Heather Burrows is a general pediatrician and practices at our East Ann Arbor General Pediatrics site, where she sees her own patients as well as supervises residents and students. She served as the Continuity Clinic Director for many years before becoming Program Director. She oversees a monthly primary care morning report series as well as a regular evening series on parenting topics. She is involved in resident quality improvement education and serves as a mentor for the resident outpatient QI group. She is involved in the medical school learning communities (the MHome) where she oversees a course on professional identity and balance and leads the Healer’s Art course. She is engaged in expanding the humanism and wellness curriculum within the residency. Her interests include quality improvement, patient education, and physician wellness. She is a member of the University of Michigan League of Education Excellence.
Associate Pediatric Residency Program Directors
David A. Stewart, M.D. - Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2012-13
Chief Resident, Med-Peds, University of Michigan, 2011-12
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2012
M.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2008
David Stewart, M.D. serves as an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program. He works as a pediatric and adult hospitalist and is an active member of the Patient Safety Learning Program for the Department of Internal Medicine. He has received a number of teaching awards, including the 2014 Faculty Teaching Award from the Department of Pediatrics and the Senior Award from the Medical School’s 2017 graduating class. David hails from the great state of Texas, and in his free time he enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, kayaking the mighty Huron River, and buying bow ties.
Shane Quinonez, M.D. Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director
Pediatrics Medical-Genetics Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2013
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2011
M.D., University of Michigan, 2008
Shane C. Quinonez M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Michigan where he also completed his pediatrics, medical genetics, and biochemical genetics training. In additional to delivering clinical care in multiple genetics clinics at Michigan Medicine, he also provides outreach care both domestically through clinics in Traverse City and Marquette, as well as internationally through in-country and telemedicine services in Ethiopia. His research interests include the introduction and expansion of community genetics services into low- and middle-income countries. For this, Dr. Quinonez has active research, clinical, and educational programs at multiple institutions in Ethiopia and Ghana. As lead of the global health efforts of the pediatrics residency program he strives to increase and improve the educational and research experiences for all pediatrics residents.
Tom Saba, M.D. Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director
Pediatrics Pulmonary Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2014
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital, 2010-2011
Pediatrics Residency, Montreal Children's Hospital, 2011
M.D., McGill University, 2008
Tom Saba, M.D. has had a focus on education and mentorship throughout his career. He is therefore very happy to take on a greater role in the Pediatric Residency program. Tom was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and completed his undergraduate and medical training at McGill University. He did his Pediatric Residency at the Montreal Children's Hospital and was Chief Resident in 2010-2011. He came to Michigan for his Pulmonary Fellowship, during which he also completed the Medical Education Scholar's Program and published a manuscript on pre-clerkship student shadowing. His current practice is mostly clinical with many weeks on service and a specific focus on ciliary dyskinesia. Tom is hoping that his experience in a different healthcare system, his role as education lead in the Pulmonary division, contribution to the Graduate Medical Education Committee, contribution to the Pediatrics Board Review course, frequent interactions with residents on the floor and medical education scholarship will help him to provide a valuable service to our residents and help them develop into some of the best Pediatricians and sub-specialists in the country. He will have a specific focus on the procedural content specifications.
Assistant Pediatric Residency Program Directors
John P. Schmidt, M.D. - Assistant Pediatric Residency Program Director
Director, Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine
Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., University of Michigan, 1998
John Schmidt, M.D. serves as Assistant Director of Pediatric Education. Dr. Schmidt is a 2002 graduate of our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. He currently serves as Educational Lead for General inpatient Pediatrics and the Director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program. Dr. Schmidt has won numerous accolades for his teaching ability, including the Senior Award, Galen’s Silver Shovel, and Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Schmidt is heavily involved with resident recruiting, improving inpatient rounding, conference curriculum, and work-hour compliance. He also volunteers as the physician for the Michigan Marching Band.
Lauren Helms, M.D. - Assistant Pediatric Residency Program Director, Director of Continuity Clinics
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Virginia, 2008-2009
Pediatric Residency, University of Virginia, 2008
M.D., University of Virginia, 2005
Lauren Helms, M.D. completed medical school, pediatric residency as well as a chief year at the University of Virginia. Her chief year solidified her commitment to stay in academic medicine to continue teaching and mentoring residents and medical students. She joined the University of Michigan General Pediatrics faculty in 2009 as an outpatient general pediatrician at the Briarwood Center for Women, Children, and Young Adults. She is involved in resident recruitment, the humanism in medicine curriculum, and is a quality improvement mentor for the residents in addition to serving as the continuity clinic director for the program. Outside of work she enjoys running, reading, triathlons, and watching her young sons become avid Wolverine fans (though it might be nice if they occasionally cheered for UVA. Go Hoos!)
Pediatric Chief Residents
Mike Anacker, M.D.
Wright State University
About Me: I was born in Connecticut, but after moving around a lot as a youngster, was ultimately raised in Dayton, OH. I attended college at Miami University of Ohio (the ORIGINAL Miami, not the school in Florida) and studied Zoology and Neuroscience. While at Miami, I met my wife Lisa, who was also pre-med. Together, we love exploring Ann Arbor, including the delicious food and beautiful parks. In my spare time, I enjoy all sports and outdoor activities – golf, baseball, broomball, and long-distance running, having recently run my first half-marathon. In addition to playing sports, I am a huge sports fan—and while I support Maize and Blue, my #1 team is and will always be from my family’s original home state, Wisconsin (go Pack go!) After residency, I am thinking about pursuing a career as a general pediatrician or a pediatric hospitalist.
Why I Chose Michigan: My wife and I made a deal to attend medical school by my family in Ohio, and residency near her family in Michigan—and it worked out! We attended Wright State University in Dayton, OH for medical school, and then couples-matched with Lisa here at Michigan, where she is now an adult psychiatry resident. In addition to being near family, Michigan was also their top choice because of the great academic reputation and the friendly atmosphere—when Mike visited for his interview day, the staff and residents already felt like family.
Morgen Govindan, M.D.
University of Michigan
About Me: I grew up in Seattle before moving to the Midwest to attend college at Washington University in St. Louis. While there, I studied Biochemistry and Anthropology, pole-vaulted for the school’s track team, and met my husband, Sush. After finishing college, I spent two years teaching high school chemistry in Kansas City through Teach for America. Sush and I then moved to Ann Arbor to start medical school and residency, respectively, at the University of Michigan. Since that time, we have welcomed two additions to our family – our dog, Rue, and our son, Jai. We love to spend family time together, play outside, and explore our neighborhood in Ypsilanti. After residency, I am planning to pursue a career in general pediatrics with an emphasis in medical education.
Why I Chose Michigan: During our first 4 years in Ann Arbor, Sush and I built an incredible community of close friends and mentors. In addition to its welcoming environment, Michigan offers rigorous academic training and learning opportunities in a wide range of specialties. I also loved my primary care site as a medical student and was thrilled to get to stay there as a resident.
Jennifer Hemberg, M.D.
University of Michigan
About Me: I grew up about 45 minutes outside of Ann Arbor, in West Bloomfield, MI. Given a strongly positive family history of bleeding maize and blue, I ventured over to Ann Arbor for my undergraduate education. Since my first day of freshman year, I haven’t been able to pry myself away from Michigan, staying for medical school and residency, and now a chief resident year. When I am not at the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family at my parent’s lake house, reading, playing soccer, traveling to see my niece and nephews, and attending as many Michigan Football games as possible during the fall. After this year, I am planning to pursue a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Why I Chose Michigan: During medical school I figured that I would end up venturing away from Ann Arbor for residency. During my third year, I grew to love the idea of going into pediatrics and felt at home with the pediatric residents that I was working with. While on the interview trail, I found myself comparing all of the programs I was visiting to Michigan and couldn’t find the same positive feelings I had had as a medical student or at my Michigan interview. I knew that I would receive wonderful training here, with a broad range of patients and diseases to learn from and about, and I have not been disappointed. Additionally, the colleagues and mentors that I have had the opportunity to work with have shaped who I have become as a physician in the most amazing way possible and I haven’t second guessed my decision once.
Our residents receive in-depth training in all facets of pediatrics from faculty who are committed to providing an exceptional residency experience. Please click on the links below to see a full list of our residents.
Resident Assistants are a crucial part of every inpatient team and are a hallmark of the innovative, resident-responsive pediatric residency program here at the University of Michigan. Resident Assistants optimize resident learning by taking responsibility for a huge number of administrative tasks that traditionally were assigned to residents. Residents, therefore, are able to spend more time on direct patient care and education.
Resident Assistants keep rounds running smoothly, schedule patients for follow-up appointments, obtain and follow lab results and medical records from referring institutions, call pharmacies and send in prescriptions, obtain radiology studies and place them into our computer system, ensure families have appropriate discharge planning, coordinate specialty nursing escorts for our patients, and much more. These are no small tasks!
Beyond all of this, Resident Assistants serve as moral support for our residents and have become an important part of our residency family. We love them and remain continually thankful for their help and assistance.
The Department of Pediatrics at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is committed to the health, well-being, and professional growth of our trainees. We recognize that mentorship is crucial to the professional growth of residents, and pair residents immediately when they begin training. Our resident advisors serve as advocates, career-guides and academic and personal counselors throughout residency. Residents meet with their advisors quarterly.