Neonatology Fellowship Meet Our Fellows :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Meet Our Neonatology Fellows

We are pleased to welcome our fellow class of 2017-2020: Julie Dillard, Avante Milton and Leeann Pavlek.

Maria Ferrara, MDMaria Ferrara, MD

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Medical School: The University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research/ Scholarly Project: Translational research measuring antimicrobial peptide expression in neonatal urine and its utility as a diagnostic marker for neonatal UTIs
Mentor: Brian Becknell, MD, PhD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Travel, hiking, skiing, reading
Fellowship Dates: 2016-2019


Regan, DOChris Regan, DO

Hometown: Denver, CO
Medical School: Rocky Vista University COM
Research/ Scholarly Project: Role of the ErbB family in the activation of EGF/EGFR signaling pathway, leading to vascular remodeling in hypoxia induced pulmonary hypertension
Mentor: Leif Nelin, MD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Spending time with my wife and kids, running, skiing, camping, hiking, trying new restaurants and breweries
Fellowship Dates: 2016-2019


Hevil Shah, MDHevil Shah, MD

Hometown: Auburn, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Research/ Scholarly Project: Dysphagia and motility disorders research with the Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program
Mentor: Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Spending time with the wife, traveling around the world, taking photographs, watching movies, trying new places to eat
Fellowship Dates: 2016-2019


Brianna BertoniC. Briana Bertoni, MD

Hometown: Owego, New York
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
Research/ Scholarly Project: A Quality Improvement Based Approach to Improving Resident Resuscitation Skills in the Delivery Room and NICU
Mentor: Tom Bartman, MD, PhD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Family, my dogs, exercise, soccer, snowboarding
Fellowship Dates: 2015-2018


Kristopher RosburgKristopher (K.C.) Rosburg, MD

Hometown: Fountain Hills, Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Research/ Scholarly Project: The role of the Src Family Tyrosine Kinases in endothelial apoptosis associated with acute lung injury 
Mentor: Leif Nelin, MD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Watching movies, reading, hiking, mountain biking and discovering new restaurants/places in Columbus
Fellowship Dates: 2015-2018


Kristen Benninger, MDKristen Benninger, MD

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Research/ Scholarly Project: The spectrum and neurodevelopmental outcomes of intracranial venous thrombosis and infarction in infants and children
Mentor: Nathalie Maitre, MD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Buckeye football, running, reading, Brutus, exploring new restaurants and breweries, Urban Meyer, Script Ohio 
Fellowship Dates: 2015-2018


Natasha SwierNatasha Swier, MD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Medical School: University of South Dakota
Research/ Scholarly Project: Pulmonary Vein Stenosis in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Mentor: Leif Nelin and Carl H. Backes
Interests outside of fellowship:  Hanging out with my boyfriend and dog. Watching my little sisters’ basketball/volleyball games. Participating in Crossfit, traveling, and shopping
Fellowship Dates: 2014-2017


Angela Firestine, MDAngela Firestine, MD

Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky
Medical School: University of Louisville
Research/ Scholarly Project: To Be Determined
Mentor: Pablo Sanchez, MD
Interests outside of fellowship:  Spending time with my husband Marc and my dog Cooper, Kentucky Basketball, cooking, yoga
Fellowship Dates: 2014-2017


Amina Habib, MDAmina Habib, MD

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL
Medical School: Rush Medical School
Research/ Scholarly Project: Golden Hour Quality Improvement
Mentor: Tom Bartman and Rick McClead
Interests outside of fellowship:  family, friends, and faith
Fellowship Dates: 2014-2017

Contact Us

If you need more information or have questions about the Neonatology Fellowship, please contact:

Diana Crenshaw
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722.4559
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