Our Team

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.

 

Program Director

 

Heather Burrows, M.D.

Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D. 

Program Director Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Chair of Education, Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
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 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.  Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, quilting, baking, and backpacking.  And her backyard chickens.

Program Leadership 

Associate Pediatric Residency Program Directors

Lauren Helms, M.D. 

Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director, Director of Continuity Clinics
Associate Director of Education, Division of General Pediatrics 
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 her training at the University of Virginia and her chief year there solidified her commitment to stay in academic medicine as a way to combine clinical medicine with teaching and mentorship. She joined the University of Michigan General Pediatrics faculty in 2009 as a 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, swimming, hiking and watching her sons become avid Michigan sports fans.

 

Dr. Quinonez

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 addition 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.

 

David A. Stewart, M.D. 

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
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

After obtaining his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Dr. Stewart relocated to Ann Arbor to pursue a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the University of Michigan.  He served as Chief Resident for the Med-Peds program followed by a year as a Chief Resident for the Pediatrics Residency Program.  He joined the faculty at Michigan Medicine as a hospitalist and teaching physician on the adult and pediatric wards, and has been recognized for his teaching in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.  He is an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and a facilitator and Assistant Course Director for the Doctoring course in the medical school.  His academic interests include curricular development, competency assessment, remediation and coaching.

 

Margaret Wolff

Margaret Wolff, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Fellowship, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2009-2012
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Boston 2008-2009
Pediatrics Residency, Boston Combined Residency Program 2005-2008 M.D., Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2005

Dr. Meg Wolff is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician.  She loves having the opportunity to work closely with fellows, residents, and students in the Pediatric Emergency Department.  Dr. Wolff serves as the program director for the Medical Education Fellowship in Emergency Medicine.  Her academic interests include coaching, self-directed learning, and wellness.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, and going Up-North!

 Assistant Pediatric Residency Program Director 

Thomas Saba, M.D.

Tom Saba, M.D.

Assistant 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. is a Pediatric Pulmonologist with a focus on ciliary dyskinesia, heterotaxy syndrome and medical education.  Tom was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and completed his undergraduate and medical training at McGill University. He did his Pediatrics 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.  Tom also serves as the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program Director.  Tom’s main focus in his role with the residency program is procedural training.  His medical education research is in procedural competency, resident burnout and resilience and mentorship.

 

 

John P. Schmidt, M.D. 

Assistant Pediatric Residency Program Director
Director, Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., University of Michigan, 1998

 

John Schmidt, M.D. serves as Assistant Director of Pediatric Education. He came to the University of Michigan as part of the Inteflex program, a combined undergraduate and Medical school program, receiving his medical degree in 1998. He remained here for residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, completing in 2002. He currently serves as the Division Director for Pediatric Hospital Medicine. 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.

Pediatric Chief Residents

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Emile Muallem, MD

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan 2022-2023
Pediatric Residency, University of Michigan 2019-2022
M.D., Oakland Univ, William Beaumont School Of Medicine 2019

I was born and raised in Southern California and completed my undergraduate studies at UC Irvine and spent time abroad studying Marine Biology at the University of Queensland in Australia. After college I took a few gap years working as an MCAT instructor in Los Angeles and then moved to Boston to work as a pediatric residency coordinator (where my love of peds first began). I traded LA freeway traffic and fires for snowstorms and warm cider and moved to Michigan for medical school at OUWB. I’m a huge fan of the mitten state and I now orient others of the Michigan map with my right hand. I enjoy spending time with my wife, who is med-peds resident here, spending time with friends, walking our 2 puppies, working out, meal prepping, and watching the LA Lakers!

Michigan Difference: Michigan made a lot of sense for me both personally and professionally, I immediately clicked with the faculty and chief residents during my interview and I appreciated the “work hard, play hard” mentality. I also loved that the program celebrated and encouraged resident creativity and felt as though my passions and interests would be fostered in this environment. C.S. Mott is top tier leaning children’s hospital with fantastic, hard-working people, nestled in a fun town with a lot of energy. My significant other is also from the area and attended medical school here in Michigan so the decision was easy. Go blue!

 

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Courtney Nugent, MD

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan 2022-2023
Pediatric Residency, University of Michigan 2019-2022
M.D., R Franklin Un Of Med & Sci/Chicago Medical School 2019

I grew up in Elmhurst, IL and for college I wanted to explore somewhere new so I went down to New Orleans, LA to attend Tulane University. In college I double majored in Neuroscience and Spanish and even had the opportunity to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Right after college I moved back closer to home to attend medical school at the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. Now, I’m so excited to be spending the next part of my adventure here in Michigan. Outside of the hospital I love practicing yoga, reading by the pool, trying out different recipes from Trader Joes, exploring different restaurants here in Ann Arbor, and spending time with my family and friends. After chief year I am planning to pursue a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine.

Michigan Difference: I wanted a strong academic program that would challenge me and give me great education in all different areas of pediatrics while at the same time providing a supportive learning environment. My favorite part of the program is that I was able to work with an incredible group of co-residents who became my residency family!
  

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Megan Zakerski, MD

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan 2022-2023
Pediatric Residency, University of Michigan 2019-2022
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School 2019

I grew up in Pinckney, Michigan which is a small town about 30 minutes from Ann Arbor. My husband and I met when we were in high school. I studied Biology and Psychology at the University of Dayton, go Flyers! I went to medical school at the University of Michigan. It was great to move back to Michigan to be closer to family. We have a 1-year old daughter and 2 dogs. I enjoy spending time with family, exploring new parks, and gardening.

Michigan Difference: I loved my pediatric rotations during medical school here! There was a great team atmosphere and I could tell that education was a priority. I knew that I would be able to see a good balance of common and rare conditions to prepare me to be a general pediatrician. We also love Ann Arbor!

 

House Officers

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.

Pediatric House Officers PGY - 1 

Pediatric House Officers PGY - 2

Pediatric House Officers PGY - 3

Pediatric House Officers PGY - 4

Program Administrators

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Andrea DelGuidice

 

 

 

 

 

LaGail Green

LaGail Green

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosalind Moffitt

 

 

 

 

 

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants are a crucial part of every inpatient team and are a hallmark of an innovative, resident-responsive pediatric residency program. They optimize resident learning by taking responsibility for a significant number of administrative tasks that traditionally were assigned to residents including scheduling follow-up appointments, obtaining outside hospital lab results, imaging, and records, coordinating multidisciplinary rounds, and much more.

Beyond all of this, Resident Assistants serve as moral support for our residents and have become an integral part of our residency family. We love them and remain continually thankful for their help and assistance. Please meet the team!

Alicia

Alicia: Hematology/Oncology Resident Assistant

I started at Michigan Medicine in 2012 and became a Resident Assistant in 2022.  I have really enjoyed my time here with the Hematology /Oncology team! I will always try to help my residents to the best of my ability with a smiling face.  My husband and I have a beautiful baby boy who is almost a year and half old! We love to travel, camp, garden, and snowboard!

 

 

Deb M Resident Assistant

Brittany: General Maize Resident Assistant
I started working at Michigan Medicine in 2021 at the Northville Health Center and became a Resident Assistant at Mott in 2022. I am very grateful to be working with our wonderful Residents and fellow RAs. I graduated from Madonna University and got married in 2021. My husband and I keep busy with our little puppy Luna. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and coaching.

  

 

Deb M Resident Assistant

Deb M: General Blue Resident Assistant
I joined Michigan Medicine after a lifetime of many adventures. I owned and operated restaurants for over 27 years. I also worked for a school district managing four kitchens, camps, and catering events for 10 years. On an exciting note, my husband and I joined our local fire department as Medical Responders and FireFighters. My family loves boating, biking and “Day Trips.” In the fall and winter Friday night’s are reserved for family game nights.

  

 

KC Resident Assistant

KC: GI/Endo Resident Assistant
I came to the residency program in 2019 and have really enjoyed working with all the residents; previously, I worked at Michigan Medicine’s Interpreter Services for 12 years. I went to school at Eastern Michigan University and still live in the area with my partner and way too many cats. I like to read, knit, and make baskets and jewelry out of wire.

 

  

Kim Resident Assistant

Kim: NICU Resident Assistant/Resident Assistant Supervisor
I started at Michigan Medicine in 2002 and became a Resident Assistant in 2007. I enjoy meeting the new residents every year and watch them progress through the program. I also accepted the supervisor position in 2018. I like to travel, camp with family, bike, and tube with friends.

 

 

Kimberly

Kimberly: Newborn/Weekend Coverage Resident Assistant

I have worked in medicine since 2013 and started at the University in 2019. I am new to the RA role but,  I love what I do. My first 2 years was in care management, followed by a short run in the PCTU and PICU as an inpatient unit clerk. I look forward to spending many more years working with the doctors and residents in achieving patient satisfaction and continuity of care.

 

 

Lori resident assistant

LaKetra: Cardiology Resident Assistant
I started working at Michigan Medicine in 2019 as a temp. clerk on 11W-Congential Heart floor & became permanent in Feb. 2020. I was on 11W for only a short time when I became really interested in Peds. Cardiology and the amazing work they do, so in 2022 when I was given a change to become a Resident Assistant for their team, it felt like it was meant to be. I pride myself on bringing a positive vibe into the team room every day. I’m here to lighten the residents load in any way I can, even just being a listening ear or the one you can vent to. Fun Fact: I prefer to be called Ketra (pronounced key-tra ). I love listening to audio books, traveling, riding rollercoasters, and spend quality time with my husband and 13 yr. old son.

 
 
 

 

Lori resident assistant

Lori: Float / PICU Resident Assistant
I was born in Flint, Michigan and have a degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan Flint. I taught 3rd grade in St. Johns, Michigan and then moved to the Ann Arbor area in 1987. I’ve been employed by the University of Michigan for 33 years and have been a Resident Assistant since 2006. My husband is a pediatric nurse at C.S. Mott’s Children Hospital. I have a son who works as a lab technician and a son who is a law student. I love traveling, hiking, riding bikes and reading.

 
 

 

Lori resident assistant

Madison: Pediatric Surgery Resident Assistant
I started working at Michigan Medicine in 2021 at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Cancer Center. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Children's & Young Adult Literature with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Michigan. I live in Canton, and I have 2 younger siblings – a sister and a brother. When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, and playing trivia games.

 

 

Rachel

Rachel: General Wolverine Resident Assistant
I know resident life can be stressful. I enjoy doing my best to take tasks off your plate each day. Music, candy, snacks, laughs or an ear to listen are always readily available in my team room.

 

 

Sandy Resident Assistant

Sandy: Nephro/Pulm Resident Assistant
I have been married for 37 years. I have three children and one granddaughter. I love to read, bowl, and facetime with my granddaughter. I grew up in Detroit and have worked a variety of jobs. I worked as a clerk on 12W for 7 years before transitioning to the Resident Assistant role. There are always sweets in my room.

  

 

Theresa Resident Assistant

Theresa: Well Newborn Resident Assistant
I graduated from the University of Michigan and have been working at Michigan Medicine since 2007. For five years I worked as a clerk in Pediatric Surgery and thereafter as a Resident Assistant in the newborn service. My favorite part of the job is its fast-paced environment, laughing with the team and meeting the wonderful mix of people. My hobbies are running, yoga, hiking, traveling, and playing Bananagrams or Scrabble.