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., 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.

Program Leadership

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.

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 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.

Thomas Saba, M.D.

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

Dr. Marie Pfarr

Marie Pfarr, M.D.

About Me: I’m originally from West Texas and went to a small private liberal arts college, Austin College. I graduated from Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX. I completed a Medicine-Pediatric residency here at Michigan Medicine. As a resident, I had a particular interest in transitional medicine and caring for children and young adult with special healthcare needs.  For fun, I enjoy exercising, walking my dog, travelling, and hanging out with friends. 

Why I Chose Michigan: I fell in love with the Michigan Medicine-Pediatric program on my interview day. The program was strong and the residents were happy. My four years of residency were nothing short of amazing. I was exposed to diverse clinical cases, learned from fantastic faculty, and made life-long friends. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to stay on as a Pediatric Chief Resident. After my chief residency year, I plan on completing a fellowship in Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine with a special interest in caring for child with special health care needs. Hail to the little victors!


Kayla Bronder, M.D.

Kayla Bronder, M.D.
Tulane University

About Me: I was raised just outside of Kansas City, Missouri before heading south for undergraduate and medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. I have a Masters of Public Health in Tropical Medicine and spent a year before medical school volunteering as a public health officer in a remote village in Kenya. During medical school, I completed a one year fellowship at the CDC in medical epidemiology.  As a resident, I was an AAP representative and Co-chair of MPACT (Michigan Pediatric Advocacy Collaboration Team) and was involved in global health activities. My career interests include public health both domestically and internationally with a particular interest in social determinants of health and health disparities. For fun, I enjoy cooking, yoga, running, watching basketball, and refinishing old furniture.

Why I Chose Michigan: My husband (boyfriend at the time) got a job in Detroit two weeks before ERAS opened my fourth year of medical school. I had never been to the state of Michigan and couldn’t have found Ann Arbor on a map. But after interviewing here, I knew Michigan was the perfect residency program for me. The residents work hard, have fun, and enjoy spending time together. The hospital is new, beautiful, and busy. The patients are diverse and complex. Ann Arbor is a great city and perfect for residents. I’m so happy I matched at Michigan and loved being a resident so much I stuck around for an extra year to be Chief!


Elise Gross, M.D.

Elise Gross, M.D.
Wayne State University  

About Me: I was born and raised in a suburb about 40 minutes north of Detroit, and have stayed in Michigan my whole life. The first time I moved to Ann Arbor was as an undergraduate at University of Michigan. I majored in Spanish while completing my pre-med courses. I then went to medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, where I was involved in volunteer projects in schools and clinics throughout the city, in addition to traveling to Central America to volunteer internationally. In my spare time, I love to spend time with friends and family, travel, and stay active! I am planning to pursue a career as a pediatric hospitalist.

Why I Chose Michigan: Although the thought of leaving Michigan and living somewhere new for residency crossed my mind, at the end of the day coming back to Ann Arbor and being a member of the pediatrics program here was something that I couldn’t pass up! I was able to do an away rotation here during my fourth year of medical school and knew that as a resident I would be a part of a team of hardworking, supportive, and dedicated pediatricians. Additionally, we are so fortunate to be able to care for patients with a wide variety of conditions. Go Blue!

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

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants

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.

Resident Advisors

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.