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

Maria Pliakas

Maria Pliakas, M.D.

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan 2021-2022
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan 2018-2021
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School 2018

I grew up in Ann Arbor and have been fortunate enough to complete all my training here. I did my undergraduate at University of Michigan with a double major in Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology with a minor in Modern Greek. I then went to the University of Michigan Medical School where I discovered my interests were in health policy and medical education. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling to see friends and family, crocheting, spending time with co-residents and their dogs, going on walks in Ann Arbor and exploring other areas of Michigan. After chief year, I will be pursuing a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine.

Michigan Difference: Prior to starting medical school, I knew Pediatrics was for me. By the time of my clinical rotations, my experiences with all the residents confirmed how much I loved the field of pediatrics. The residents were so inclusive, fun and seemed to really enjoy each other in a way that felt like the community I wanted to join. Throughout my interview trail, I found myself comparing every program to Michigan and at the end of the day, I knew that Michigan was where I wanted to stay. I was ecstatic when I matched here and have found this residency program very supportive during times of great clinical training and experiences.


Ben Pritz MD

Ben Pritz, M.D.

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan 2021-2022
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan 2018-2021
M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 2018

I’m originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, where I grew up with my now-wife, Laura. I studied Biomedical Engineering at Boston University before returning home to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Outside of work, my hobbies include running, cooking, skiing, playing the piano and saxophone, listening to a vast and perpetually expanding library of podcasts, bleeding black and gold for Pittsburgh sports (Go Stillers! Go Pens!), and spending time with our three baby nieces. Following chief year, I’m planning to pursue a fellowship and career in pediatric cardiology.

Michigan Difference: On the residency interview trail, Laura and I felt so at home in Ann Arbor, and we were drawn to the warm Midwestern culture both inside and outside the hospital. The cardiology department here is fantastic, and I knew I would get lots of excellent clinical experience in cardiology as a resident. Living in Michigan was a huge draw for us as well: the numerous Ann Arbor parks, great restaurants in Detroit, and tons of places to explore throughout the state - Lake Michigan, Traverse City, the UP, Mackinac Island, and more!

Alex Sliwicki, M.D

Alex Sliwicki, M.D.

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan 2021-2022
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan 2018-2021
M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin 2018

I grew up in Neenah, WI, a city about 45 minutes south of Green Bay renowned for producing a majority of the nation’s manhole covers. I went to the University of Wisconsin for my undergraduate degree where I studied Biochemistry and then went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In my free time, I like to run the many trails of Ann Arbor, fish on the Huron, go camping/backpacking (shout-out to the UP), cheer on the various Wisconsin sports teams and explore the restaurants/breweries of Ann Arbor and Detroit. After chief year, I am planning to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Michigan Difference: Throughout the interview process, I knew I was looking for a larger, academic medical center to continue my training and Michigan was a perfect fit! As someone who was unsure of what my post-residency career path would be, at Michigan we are able to rotate through both general pediatric and sub-specialty services early during our intern year, which proved vital in helping to figure out my career path. Ann Arbor is a fun, vibrant college town with an excellent mix of restaurants, cultural events and outdoor activities while also having all the benefits that a large university offers (i.e. I can still watch the Badgers live occasionally!). Also, the close proximity to Detroit makes short trips manageable, even just for the evening.


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

Andrea DelGuidice

Andrea DelGuidice






LaGail Green

LaGail Green






Rosalind Moffitt

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: 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!



Celeste Resident Assistant

Celeste: Pediatric Surgery Resident Assistant
I started working at Michigan Medicine in 2004 as a Medical Assistant and joined the Pediatric Surgery team in 2011. I became the Resident Assistant for Pediatric Surgery in 2019 in addition to serving the NICU. I enjoy my new role and find working with the PAs and Residents in the inpatient setting very exciting! My hobbies are cooking, reading, gardening and I enjoy meeting new people.




Deb L

Deb L: Cardiology Resident Assistant
Welcome to Michigan Medicine! I have been here since 2001, with most of that time spent in the adult cath lab. In 2016, I had the opportunity to join the Resident Assistant team as a float. While I enjoyed that position, cardiology has always been my jam so when I had the chance to be the Cardiology Resident Assistant I grabbed it!

When you rotate onto cardiology, you will quickly learn that I love to bake. My retirement dream is to own a muffin truck! I also enjoy kayaking, camping, floating down the Huron River, and spending time with my family and friends. I live in Brighton with my husband (who also work here), two sons, two cats and my dog.



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.



Jasmine Resident Assistant

Jasmine: PICU/Float Resident Assistant 
I joined Michigan Medicine in 2016 in the Otolaryngology clinic where I did medical records for three years. I then transitioned into the role as a part time float Resident Assistant. I am currently a senior at Eastern Michigan University seeking my BSW. I hope to enroll in the MSW program here at the University of Michigan and join the Michigan Medicine Social Work team.



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: 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

Lori: General Maize 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.




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.