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Faculty & Current Fellows

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Shilpa Vellore Govardhan, MD
Associate Program Director, CVICU

Dr. Vellore Govardhan received her medical education at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. She completed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. She also completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

F. Anthony Willyerd, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Dr. Willyerd received his medical degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Phoenix Children's and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC. In addition to his clinical duties, he conducts research into the transport of medications across the blood brain barrier of the injured brain.

Dr. Willyerd is interested in the transport of medication across the blood brain barrier of the injured brain, an area of vital interest for pediatric critical care clinicians. His work on ATP binding cassettes as transporters of medications is opening new avenues of understanding of this complex process. He also serves as the point-of-contact for resident education in the PICU, which includes overseeing the PICU Resident Conference and providing resident feedback to the Medical Education department.

Michele M. Munkwitz, MD
Associate Program Director, PICU

Dr. Munkwitz received her medical education at the University of Arizona. She completed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona and her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Utah. She serves as the chair of the Clinical Competency Committee. She has also published articles in the field of ethics and is interested in ECLS.

Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd
Chief Medical Education Officer and DIO

Dr. Willis received his medical education at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his Pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

In addition to his medical schoolwork and coverage in the CVICU, Dr. Willis remains interested in lung disease, specifically the examination of alveolar-epithelial interactions in disease processes such as bronchiolitis obliterans. This area has major correlation to lung disease noted in patients with need for ECMO as well as one of the most common illnesses that bring patients to the ICU.

Vincent Curley, MBA
Program Administrator

Vincent Curley is the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from Arizona State University.

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