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
Margaret Wolff, M.D.
Associate Program Director
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.
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
Allyson Garcia, M.D. - About Me: I grew up in Ferndale, MI followed by Escondido, CA before heading to Virginia for my undergraduate studies in History at the College of William and Mary. After graduation, I spent two years teaching English in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer. It was there that I decided to pursue a career in medicine, and after returning to the States and attending medical school in Rhode Island, I made it full-circle and returned to the great State of Michigan for residency. Why I Chose Michigan: The location, the people and the commitment to education at U of M were the major reasons I knew Michigan would be a good fit for me.
Kayla McAleenan, M.D. - About Me: I am a Michigan native and lover of this mitten state. I grew up the oldest of three in a metro Detroit neighborhood with amazingly supportive parents. While we have each explored the world at various time, we now live nearby and get together often! I attended Albion College for undergrad and University of Michigan for medical school, which were very different but wonderful experiences. I married my husband, Geoff, a week before graduation from medical school and we settled into Ann Arbor for residency (he was living in East Lansing for graduate school, so needless to say, we have a house divided). I love gardening, running, exploring parks with our dogs Moose and Islay, traveling, a good cup of coffee, and trying any and all food!
Why I Chose Michigan: Michigan was a seamless fit for my professional and personal life. Professionally, the supportive co-residents, faculty, and staff were a clear strength, and the strong inpatient, outpatient and sub-specialty training provided ample experiences for shaping my future career. Personally, the active city with an excellent food, art, and entertainment scene ideally located between Geoff's family and mine could not be beaten.
Matthew Rees, M.D. - About Me: I grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah, where I learned to love skiing, basketball, soccer, and the mountains. I bled blue from a young age – but it was the royal blue of Brigham Young University, so I headed south to Provo for undergrad. After my freshman year at BYU, I spent two years as a missionary for my church in Southern France, and then returned home to finish my pre-med coursework and major in French Studies. I met my wife, Maria, and we moved to Houston for medical school. We now have three little Texans (Libby, Esther, and Mikey) and a Michigander (Winston), and live in Dexter, just west of Ann Arbor. We enjoy swimming, being outside, and exploring the many parks and lakes around Ann Arbor. Following residency, I plan on pursuing a career in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
Why I Chose Michigan: At Michigan, I knew that the clinical volume and breadth of acuity would challenge me to become an excellent general pediatrician. On top of that, all of my interactions with faculty and residents were positive and supportive, and Ann Arbor is a great place to live. It was the perfect combination!
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.