Pediatrics Administration

Dr Donna Martin

Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Ravitz Foundation Endowed Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Professor of Human Genetics



Maclovio James Lopez, M.D., Ph.D.

Maclovio James Lopez M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Chair for Clinical Services
Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology

The Associate Chair for Clinical Services is involved in a variety of activities related to provision of clinical care with C. S. Mott Children's Hospital and communications with community physicians. Maclovio James Lopez, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology.


Chris John Dickinson, M.D. 

Chris J. Dickinson, M.D.

Pediatric Associate Chief Medical Officer (PACMO)
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology 

Chris J. Dickinson, M.D. attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he received a B.A. and M.D. degree. He then completed a General Pediatric Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio followed by a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dickinson became a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics in July 1986 and served as the Chief of the division from July 1999 through June 2011.

Dr. Dickinson was appointed as the Pediatric Associate Chief Medical Officer (PACMO) for the University of Michigan and C.S. Mott Children’s and Women’s Hospital in 2011. In this role he has focused on Patient Safety, Quality of Care, and New Initiatives in Mott Children's Hospital. His efforts include patient safety rounds on all the inpatient units, support for databases to accurately measure our quality of care, assisting the Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in developing a meaningful peer review system for the department, and active participation in bed utilization during times of high census.


Heather Burrows, M.D.

Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Chair for Education
Clinical Associate Professor (Primary Care)

Dr. Heather Burrows obtained both her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program, followed by residency training at the University of Michigan. She is a general pediatrician and practices at the 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 is interested in physician wellness and has been involved in the medical school learning communities (the MHome) where she leads the Healer’s Art course and is a member of the University of Michigan GME Wellness committee. The Associate Chair of Education is responsible for coordinating the educational activities of the department across the educational continuum from medical students through fellowship, ensuring a supportive learning environment for all. This includes oversight of the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds curriculum and the departmental summer faculty development series.


David Olson MD PhD

David Olson, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Chair for Research
Professor, Pediatrics (Pediatric Endocrinology) 

Dr. Olson obtained both his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program. He received general pediatrics training in the Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston City Hospital) followed by subspecialty training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Joslin Diabetes Center. During the research phase of his fellowship and mentored clinician-scientist training, he developed a research program focused on the exploring the neurobiology of energy balance control.

He was recruited back to the University of Michigan in 2010 and has established a successful independent research laboratory funded by both intramural and extramural sources. In addition to being the principal investigator on an R01 award, Dr Olson serves a project leader on an NIDDK-funded Program Project Grant focused on the Gut-Brain Axis with colleagues in Internal Medicine, Pharmacology and Surgery. With several of these same colleagues, he has had success attracting industry support to fund postdoctoral positions and research studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of action of secreted peptides and peptides agonists that engage the brain to alter feeding, body weight regulation and metabolism.

In addition to his primary research endeavors, Dr. Olson is the director of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center’s Molecular Genetics Core, which designs and generates animal models for diabetes research. He is Co-Director of the Pediatric Endocrinology Division’s T32 training grant entitled “Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disease”. Along with acting as a grant reviewer for the NIH and the American Diabetes Association, he serves on the Department’s Intramural Grants Review Committee and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Pediatrics Peer Review process.


Faye Silverstein, M.D.

Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs
Professor, Pediatric Neurology

The Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs primarily supervises, as a non-voting member, the Departmental Advisory Committee on Appointments and Promotions.  The Chair is a member of the Faculty Mentoring Committee, which is devoted toward assuring sufficient supervision of junior faculty in the Instructional Track in terms of their progress in the laboratory.  As needed, the Associate Chair participates in chairing faculty recruits at the Divisional level.  The Pediatric Associate Chair for Faculty Affairs, Faye Silverstein M.D. is a Professor of Pediatric Neurology. 


Durga Singer, M.A., M.D.

Acting Associate Chair for DE&I in 2021-2022
Valerie Castle Opipari M.D. Professor of Pediatrics

Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Associate Director and Faculty Ally for the Graduate Program in Immunology

Dr. Singer is the Valerie Castle Opipari M.D. Professor of Pediatrics and an Associate Professor in Pediatric Endocrinology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology. She is an Associate Director and Faculty Ally for the Graduate Program in Immunology and has a role as a Faculty Advisor in the Office of Faculty Development.  She is serving as the Acting Associate Chair for DE&I in 2021-2022 in the Department of Pediatrics after serving for 3 years as a DE&I lead for Gender focused activities. 

 Gary Freed, M.D.

Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and External and Governmental Affairs
Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics
Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health

The Department of Pediatrics has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We have developed a team of faculty and staff that organizes training programs, mentorship and activities to build a supportive and welcoming environment for faculty, trainees and staff.  Along with Mott Hospital, we also have a strong presence at national meetings of organizations serving pediatrics in general with a specific focus on disadvantaged communities and under-represented in Medicine racial and ethnic groups.  To stay in touch with alumni and friends around the country, we also host receptions at major national pediatric meetings. 

The Department also has a strong commitment to advocacy and frequent interactions with state and governmental officials and elected representatives. Programs throughout the year bring such officials to Ann Arbor to interface and exchange thoughts, ideas and information on children’s health. Through educational programs, both at the annual medical school alumni gathering, as well as several times during the year, we provide opportunities for pediatricians to stay up to date with developments and discoveries within our own department and maintain their knowledge and skills regarding a host of pediatric clinical issues. 

The Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and External and Governmental Affairs is Dr. Gary Freed.  He is a general pediatrician and was the founding director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center at the University of Michigan as well as the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics from 1998-2013.  


Dr. Joyce Lee

Joyce Mee Kyoung Lee, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for Pediatric Research
Associate Chair for Health Metrics and Learning Health Systems
Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology

Dr. Lee is a pediatric translational researcher and obtained her M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and her M.P.H. at the University of Michigan. She completed her residency training at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center and fellowship training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lee was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2017.  In 2016 she was named the Robert P. Kelch Research Professor of Pediatrics.  She was the first recipient of the Paul Kaplowitz, MD, Endowed Lectureship, an award sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. Her current research is focused on the creation of learning health systems using methods of quality improvement, clinical informatics, and patient-centered participatory design. 

In her dual roles with the Department of Pediatrics and the Office of Clinical Informatics she is spearheading activities to develop and track health metrics from the electronic health record that will support clinical care, quality improvement, and research; she is working with the precision health implementation workgroup; and she is creating strategic alignment with quality efforts across the health system (University of Michigan Medical Group, Children and Women’s Hospital).



Matt Stephens, M.S.

Chief Department Administrator

The Chief Department Administrator (CDA) manages the fiscal, administrative, and personnel activities within the Department of Pediatrics in partnership with the Chair. Total annual fiscal operations exceed $53M (clinical and research), and the CDA is expected to maintain the fiduciary integrity of the Department and identify, evaluate, and recommend improvements to existing operations. The CDA also has responsibility for the performance and operational effectiveness of the Department's 17 Divisions. 

Other primary focus areas include: 

  • Development and communication of the strategic plan/objectives for the department.
  • Management of the departmental finances, budget/forecast, internal controls, and analysis.
  • Enhancement of professional Revenue Cycle (pre-service and billing/collections) functions.
  • New program development and external marketing (outreach) activities.
  • Optimization of clinical operations and improved efficiency within patient care services.
  • Development and professional growth of staff within the Divisions and Department.


Division Directors

Terrill D. Bravender Jr, M.D.
Adolescent Medicine

John J. Charpie, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael W. Quasney, M.D.
Critical Care Medicine

Barbara T. Felt, M.D.
Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics

Ram K. Menon, M.D.

M. James Lopez, M.D., Ph.D.

Jill Noble, M.D. (Interim)
General Pediatrics

Catherine Keegan, M.D., Ph.D. (Interim Director)

Rajen Mody, M.D.

John P. Schmidt, M.D.
Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Jason Weinberg, M.D. (Interim Director)
Infectious Diseases

John D. E. Barks, M.D.
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

David B. Kershaw, M.D.

Steven Leber, M.D., Ph.D.

Emily Fredericks, Ph.D.

Carey Lumeng, M.D. (Interim Director)

Ram K. Menon, M.D. (Interim Director)


Chief Residents

Maria Pliakas, M.D.
Ben Pritz, M.D.
Alex Sliwicki, M.D.

Division Administrators

Stacey Babut 
Hematology/Oncology/Infectious Disease/Psychology

Deb Boyd
Ambulatory Care

Cheng-Yu Chang
Endocrinology/Gastroenterology/Rheumatology/Critical Care

Stephanie Stoll

Robin Caulkins

Department Managers

Elizabeth Bills
Administrative Manager for Finance

Ethan Hagen
Administrative Manager

Administrative Staff

Reagan Casteller
Sr. Human Resources Assistant

Michelle Slater
Financial or Business Analyst Sr 

Kristina Johanson
Web Content Administrator

Maria Herbel
Faculty Affairs Manager

Shahara (Shay) Wheeler
Credential/Faculty Affairs Specialist

Alissa Smith
Financial Specialist Associate

Tracy L J Dennis
Facilities Manager

Research Office

Rebecca Youmans, MBA, CRA
Research Administration Sr. Manager

Alfreda Fleming, MBA
Research Administrator Senior

Kaitlyn Marshall
Research  Administrator Lead

Steffenie Merillat
Research Administrator Senior

Jacquelyn Torres
Research Administrator Lead

Nancy Vanderkuyl
Research Administrator Senior

Akeiya Woods
Research Administration Assistant


Denise Alton
Administrative Specialist Associate

Andrea DelGiudice
Administrative Assistant Senior

LaGail Steward
Administrative Assistant Intermediate

Irene Esposito
Admin Coordinator/Project Coordinator

Rosalind Moffitt
Administrative Assistant Senior

Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Education, Pediatrics

Jocelyn Schiller, M.D.
Associate Director for Student Education

John Schmidt, M.D.
Associate Director of Pediatric Education

David Stewart, M.D.
Assistant Director of Pediatric Education