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Faculty

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

Program Leadership

Erin Shaughnessy, MD
Division Chief, Hospitalist Division

Erin Shaughnessy, MD received her medical degree from Duke University. She completed her residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Until joining the Hospitalist division in 2017, she was the Associate Division Director for Clinical Operations for the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Jamie Librizzi, MD, MSHS
Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Jamie Librizzi, MD grew up in Essex, Vermont and graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then returned to Vermont to attend University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency training at Hasbro Children’s Hospital/Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During residency, she was involved in research on bronchiolitis and serious bacterial infection in hospitalized children resulting in first authorship of a publication in Hospital Pediatrics.  Following residency, she chose to pursue fellowship training in hospital medicine at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. During the three-year fellowship, she completed a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research from George Washington University. Her research interest in fellowship included pediatric hospital medicine core competency achievements of fellowship and non-fellowship trained early career hospitalists, resulting in first authorship of a publication in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. She was also named Fellow of the Year in 2013.  Following fellowship, in 2015, she joined Phoenix Children’s.

Since joining Phoenix Children’s, she has expanded the fellowship program and looks forward to pursing ACGME accreditation. She serves as co-chair of the Curriculum Committee for the national PHM Fellowship Program Director’s Group.  She has also been involved in residency education including creating an inpatient wards simulation curriculum for the residents and serves on the residency Program Evaluation Committee. She was named the Faculty Teacher of the month twice by the residents and awarded the annual Faculty Teaching Award as voted on by the residents in 2017. She served as the PCH site lead for the national QI Collaborative, REVISE (Reducing Excessive Variability in Infant Sepsis Evaluation) which lead to creating an updated institution clinical pathway for Neonatal Fever. Her current research projects include the mentorship of the current fellows’ scholarly work. 

Phoenix Children's Faculty

Kelly Kelleher, MD
Medical Director, Quality and Safety

Kelly Kelleher, MD is originally from Montana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Mathematic from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center. Following completion of her training she served as a Chief Resident.

She is the Creighton University School of Medicine Phoenix Campus pediatric clerkship director. She is also active in resident education including conference participation, curriculum committee involvement, and a faculty advisor participant. She was recognized for her dedication to teaching with the “Mel Cohen Faculty Teacher of the Year” award in 2014. She is also the Director of Clinical Operations for the hospitalist group.  Her other work interests include ventures in patient safety and quality. 

Edith Allen, MD
Co-director, One Call Admission Center and Associate Medical Director of Utilization Review

In her native Reynosa, Mexico, Edith Allen, MD earned her Medical Degree from the Universidad Mexico-Americana del Norte in 1998 and practiced general medicine from 1999-2002 at the Santander Specialty Hospital. She immigrated to the United States to start her pediatric residency training in 2002 at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She later transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center as a third year pediatric resident to be near her husband. Following her general pediatric training, she completed a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and a Faculty Development Fellowship Program through the University of Arizona.

In 2006, she joined the Pediatric Faculty at St. Joseph’s Hospital. With the merger between St. Joseph’s and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, she joined the Hospitalist division in June 2011. She also served as Creighton University’s Pediatric Clerkship Director and currently is the Pediatric Clerkship Director for the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix. She serves on several educational and patient care committees and serves as a mentor for pediatric residents and medical students.

She received the 2006-2007 “Peter M. Cole, MD Teaching Award”, 2007 “Teacher of the Year Award” from the St. Joseph’s Pediatric Residency program, and in 2014, the “Grace L. Caputo, MD, MPH, Faculty Mentor of the Year Award” from the PCH/MMC Residency program. Her professional interests are medical student education, pediatric lung disease and intrauterine drug exposure.

Wendy Arafiles, MD

Wendy Arafiles, MD was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of Southern California and completed medical school at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. She completed her internship and residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center.

She joined the Phoenix Children’s faculty as an Urgent Care physician, and she participated on the Phoenix Children’s Child Protection Team as a Forensic Pediatrician. She found her passion in Hospital Medicine and joined the Hospitalist division in 2009.

She is currently the Director of the Advanced Hospital Medicine as well as the Academic Hospitalist rotations, the former of which allows PGY3 residents to explore the multidisciplinary clinical and non-clinical aspects of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and the latter of which allows PGY3 residents explore the role of an educator in Pediatric Hospital Medicine academics. She is also the Director of the Hospital Medicine Longitudinal Experience, which allows pediatric residents to spend extra time with the Hospitalist division. She is the Hospitalist champion for “Blue Team Curriculum,” an educational curriculum focused on technologically dependent patients with complex cardiopulmonary disease. She was named the Inpatient Teaching Faculty of the year in 2015 by the residency program.

Vasudha Bhavaraju, MD
Phoenix Children's Residency Program Director

In addition to her duties as a regular attending physician with the Hospitalist division, Vasu Bhavaraju, MD fulfills an important role within the Medical Education department, serving as the Program Director for the Phoenix Children’s/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency program. She completed her internship and residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center.

She worked as a Hospitalist at Scottsdale Shea. In 2007, she joined the Hospitalist Division at Maricopa Medical Center where she also served as an Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency program. In 2013, she moved back to Phoenix Children’s to become the Residency Program Director.

Kristi Boles, MD

After completing her internship and pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Kristi Boles, MD joined PHA, a private hospitalist group. She subsequently moved onto a private clinic where she enjoyed taking care of patients in the ambulatory setting. Having missed hospital medicine, she returned to Hospitalist work by joining the Hospitalist division in 2012. She holds the academic appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine and University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.

Bo Borch-Christensen, MD

Bo-Borch Christensen, MD is unusual in that he is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He headed north to attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in English. After moving to Denmark with his extended family, he earned his medical degree from Copenhagen University in 2004 and moved back to the United States to complete his pediatric residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

He subsequently joined Pediatric Hospitalists of Arizona, a private hospitalist group, where he worked for five years. Having missed the academic environment, he joined the Hospitalist division in 2013 and is enjoying being a part of the teaching faculty.

He holds the academic appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine and University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.

Jodi Carter, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Phoenix Children’s Care Network

After growing up in Phoenix, Jodi Carter, MD earned an undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. She returned and earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona. She then completed a pediatric internship and residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire in 2003.

From 2003-2007, she worked as a private practice pediatrician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Wishing to return to academics, Dr. Carter joined the Hospitalist division in 2007. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix and Creighton University School of Medicine.

She is recognized by students and residents for her teaching abilities and was voted “Teaching Attending of the Year” in 2011 and “Teaching Attending of the Month” in 2007 and 2008.

In April 2011 she was given the “Docere Award for Excellence in Patient and Family Education” at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She also serves as the Medical Director for Utilization Review at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Daxa Clarke, MD
Medical Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement and Utilization Review

Daxa Clarke, MD grew up in San Angelo, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and in Genetics. She went onto medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. She completed her internship and residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center, where she served as a Chief Resident in her final year of training.

She joined the Hospitalist division in 2006 after graduating from residency. She is the Associate Medical Director for Utilization Management. She holds faculty positions as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric with the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix and Creighton Medical School. She serves as a mentor for both pediatric residents and students from the University of Arizona campus.

She is well-recognized for her teaching abilities, consistently receiving high scores from residents on her teaching, and was voted Phoenix Children’s Teaching Faculty of the Year in 2009. She started the Division Journal Club in 2010 and continues to lead this monthly academic meeting. She is trained in the PHIS (Pediatric Health Information System) database. She is involved in multiple ongoing research and quality improvement initiatives.

Stephanie Conrad, DO
Clerkship Director, Creighton University School of Medical and Inpatient Residency Rotation Co-Director

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephanie Conrad, DO grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. She completed her internship and residency at the Milton S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center where she was also a chief resident.

Richard Engel, MD

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Richard Engel, MD earned his medical degree at New York University. He then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

He is very active in the Arizona chapter of the American Board of Pediatrics where he currently serves as Chair of the Hospitalist Committee. In that capacity he has worked to develop hospitalist related CME activities and improve networking and collegiality among hospitalists.

He is also actively involved in quality research, particularly as part of the Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuINN) of the AAP and the Value in In-Patient Pediatrics (VIP) Network. He was recently selected to be the Benchmarking Team Leader for the benchmarking pilot project on UTI, and he has had an active role with the Transitions of Care Collaborative within the VIP Network.

Sam Flores, MD

Sam Flores, MD grew up in Texas along the border with Mexico. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas in 2011. He attended residency at Phoenix Children's and was the first Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellow.

During fellowship, his research project studied variation in practice patterns and patient outcomes for pediatric patients hospitalized with functional constipation utilizing the PHIS database. He presented his work at the University of Arizona Academic Excellence Day where he received the second place award. He also presented his work at the 2016 Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Pediatric Conference in the Red Rocks and the 2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, he served as the co-champion for the Phoenix Children’s Functional Constipation Clinical Pathway.

During his fellowship, Dr. Flores co-facilitated workshops entitled BYOMD—Bring Your Own Medical Device and Patient’s Plastic Pieces: Common Technology in Children with Medical Complexity at the 2015 and 2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, respectively.

Lisa Fox, DO

A Phoenix native, Lisa Fox, DO graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology. She went to medical school at Midwestern University—Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona and completed her internship and residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center. She helped develop the Nighttime Curriculum for Phoenix Children’s residents in 2012 and is involved in the development of multiple clinical pathways. She also sits on the Young Physicians Committee of the Arizona chapter of the AAP.

Michael Goodman, MD

Michael Goodman, MD is originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, and completed his medical school training, a surgery internship, and pediatric internship and residency at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was selected by his peers for the Jones Memorial Teaching Award for excellence in teaching during his pediatric residency.

He spent two years as a community pediatric hospitalist in Richmond, Virginia, before making the drive out to Phoenix to join the Hospitalist division. He is interested in education of students and residents and resource utilization in patient care.

John Hartley, DO

John Hartley, DO grew up in Mesa, Arizona. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

After college, he worked in Honduras, Central America, for three years in the communications department of non-profit organization that served subsistence farmers in rural Honduras. He then chose a second career in medicine and graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas in 1998. He completed a rotating internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona in 1999 followed by a pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center.

He joined Phoenix Children’s as a faculty member of the General Pediatrics Division in 2002. He is currently an Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix. He has given three Grand Rounds in the past ten years and is recognized by students and residents for his teaching abilities, being voted “Teaching Attending of the Month” in March of 2011. He enjoys taking care of patients who have complex needs in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas.

Linda Heckler, MD

Linda Heckler, MD grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Purdue University. She worked as a hospital pharmacist for 23 years before receiving her medical degree from the University of Arizona and completing a residency at Phoenix Children’s.

She joined the Hospitalist division to work at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. Now, as a dedicated nocturnist, she enjoys working with the residents and assisting with new admissions.

Maheshwor Kafle, MD

Maheshwor Kafle, MD received his medical degree from Kathmandu University. After working in Nepal, he completed a residency at Mt Sinai/Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York.

He worked in the underserved community of Huntingdon in Pennsylvania as a general pediatrician. He moved to Riley Children’s Hospital to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. After fellowship he worked as a Hospitalist in the Bone Marrow Transplant division at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Jennifer Kovacik, MD

Jennifer Kovacik, MD grew up in Centennial, Colorado and graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2009 and completed her internship and residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center, where she served as a Chief Resident as an additional year of training.

She is a Clinical Instructor for Creighton School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix. Her interests in medicine focus on the whole child and caring for children with multiple and complex pediatric conditions.

Joseph Mangone, DO
Inpatient Residency Rotation Co-Director

Joseph Mangone, DO studied Zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received a Master’s degree in Public Health from St. George’s University in Grenada. He received his medical degree from Midwestern University—Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona.

Before joining the Hospitalist division in 2016, he worked as a hospitalist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Jorge Masuello, MD
Clerkship Director, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Jorge Masuello, MD was born in Argentina in an Italian family, and he earned his medical degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He completed his pediatric training in Argentina, worked there as a practicing pediatrician, and taught students and residents for twelve years before coming to the United States in 1997. After working as a Research Associate in the PICU at Phoenix Children’s for nearly ten years, coordinating several research studies, he completed a pediatric residency with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program.

He worked as a private practice pediatrician in North Phoenix. Wishing to return to academics, he joined the Hospitalist division in 2013.

He is a very well-respected and popular teacher for the Spanish Bilingual Assistant Program in Arizona, teaching Spanish Medical Interpretation since 1999 at Phoenix Children’s and community colleges. Also, he is an instructor for the National Medical Interpreter Project for children’s hospitals. He edited most of the Spanish medical documents and did more than three thousand document translations at Phoenix Children’s.

Andrew McBride, MD

Drew McBride, MD studied Biology and Political Science at Arizona State University. He was teaching science at a local high school prior to pursuing a medical degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix. He subsequently completed his residency at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency program in 2016 and joined the Hospitalist division later that year.

Amanda R. Mihalik, MD

Amanda Mihalik, MD studied Biology at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. She earned her medical degree at the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency training in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program at Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (now known as Banner University Medical Center—Phoenix), which is affiliated with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency program.

Following residency she was a faculty member in Internal Medicine at Banner University Medical Center—Phoenix. She also worked in Internal Medicine at the Saguaro Family Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Before joining the Hospitalist division as a specialist in Palliative Medicine, she completed a Palliative and Hospice Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dustin Rayhorn, MD

Dustin Rayhorn, MD was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He continued his education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine where he received Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his internship and residency with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, where he served as an in-training Chief Resident during his third year of residency and served again as Chief Resident/Junior Faculty following graduation from residency.

He joined the Hospitalist division in 2009 and is the Pediatric Inpatient Clerkship Site Director. He coordinates resident education for the Inpatient rotation at Phoenix Children's and he participated in the National Nighttime Curriculum research study and has investigated Hospitalist roles in pediatric ICU settings. Additionally, he serves as a mentor and advisor to pediatric residents. He has received the Phoenix Children’s/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program Teaching Attending of the Month Award in August of 2009 and September of 2012.

Amanda Reynolds, MD

Amanda Reynolds, MD grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center medical school in 2010 with her medical degree. She completed her internship and residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center, where she was selected to serve as a Chief Resident for an additional year of training, overseeing the resident program and working as a teaching hospitalist.

Her interests in medicine are not limited to a specific organ system, but rather focus on the whole child with a goal of providing complete and compassionate care of children in a hospitalized setting.

Noreen Ruane, DO

Noreen Ruane, DO was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended college in Rhode Island and completed graduate school in Colorado. She continued her westward journey by continuing onto medical school in California. Taking a break after medical school, she travelled around Europe, where she met her husband. Following their return, they settled in Arizona, where she completed her Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Banner Good Samaritan and Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2010.

Michele Scott, MD

At the age of six Michele Scott, MD and her family left Pennsylvania and moved to Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia, a small town on the Arabian Gulf, where her father worked for an oil company called Saudi Aramco. While living there, she traveled with her family throughout the Middle East and Europe until at age 15 she left home to attend a performing arts high school in the Boston area. Along with academics she trained as a competitive gymnast and studied various arts disciplines.

She traveled twice yearly to Saudi Arabia to see her family, take up scuba diving and coach gymnastics until graduating from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry with a Biochemistry emphasis. She attended medical school at the University of Arizona.

She joined the Hospitalist division in 2005. She currently specializes in nocturnist hospital medicine: She works with the residents to do the overnight admissions, handles the cross cover issues, and responds to emergencies. She is actively involved in the Child Fatality review board for Maricopa County and sits on the committees that review natural deaths, accidents, homicides and suicides.

Tressia Shaw, MD
Medical Director, Palliative Care

Tressia Shaw, MD is a Palliative Care Medicine specialist who also has a background in and experience working with children with special health care needs. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Pediatrics.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a double minor in Family Social Science and Life Sciences from the University of Minnesota. She earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona. She completed a combined internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center, Banner Good Samaritan/VA Medical Center program. During her final year of residency, she served as Chief Resident for the Internal Medicine Program.

She joined the Hospitalist division for two years before transitioning to outpatient general pediatrics to establish the Clinic for Children with Special Health Care Needs. She is the director of the Palliative Care Program, which she also created in 2009.

She returned to the Hospitalist division in 2013 and has focused her time on the inpatient palliative care service and her hospitalist role. She is actively involved with medical education through the Educating Physicians in End of Life Care curriculum, required for all residents, and yearly lectures given to medical students regarding palliative care. She has been recognized by the residents in 2006, 2008, and 2011 with the Kipp Charlton Humanitarian Award.

Sarjita Shukla, MD

Sarjita Shukla, MD grew up in Texas and graduated from the combined undergraduate and medical school program at Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Sciences as well as a medical degree. She completed her pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center and served as a Chief Resident in her final year of training.

She joined the Hospitalist division in 2008 after graduating from residency. Her interests include resident and medical student education, IT, and quality improvement (QI), and she is a member of the Care Provider IT committee at Phoenix Children’s. She was voted "Attending of the Month" twice by the residents since joining the division. She has initiated several Quality Improvement projects within her division including consultation forms, electronic order sets, and discharge instructions. She has also organized a series of workshops for both residents and hospitalists at Phoenix Children’s to learn about the various types of medical technology and hardware used for patients.

David Solomon, MD

After graduating from high school in western Pennsylvania, David Solomon, MD attended the University of California, Los Angeles. After obtaining special education, elementary thru junior college teaching credentials, he taught special education classes in Southern California. He then attended the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School and the University of California, Irvine.

Following completion of residency at the Phoenix Hospitals Affiliated Pediatric Program, he joined the staff of Phoenix Children’s where he served as the Director of the Non-Teaching Division. He served on the Medical Executive Committee and on Board committees. He founded the Full Census Committee to direct hospital preparations for high census periods. He also served as Chairman of the Quality Assurance committee, advisor to case management and Chair of Utilization Review committees and for multiple home health companies.

He also worked as an Associate Medical Director for Health Partners Health Plan, was a contributing author for risk modification programs for MMI Insurance company and created PCH’s first pathway for bronchiolitis.

He holds a Certificate in Medical Management from Tulane and an MBA. He has won several awards as “Teaching Attending of the Month” and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Arizona and Creighton University medical schools.

Nicolas Staab, MD

Nicolas Staab, MD was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, focusing on science, technology and international affairs, and a Master of Science degree in public health microbiology and emerging infectious diseases from George Washington University.

He worked for both Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services in their epidemiology divisions before receiving his medical degree at the University of Southern California. He completed a pediatric residency at Advocate Children’s Hospital-Oak Lawn on the south side of Chicago and has worked as a pediatric hospitalist in Chicago prior to returning to his native Phoenix.

He is excited to continue his career in hospital-based pediatrics in an academic environment. His academic interests include general pediatrics, infectious disease epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Raegan Vanderput, MD

Raegan Vanderput, MD grew up in Pasadena, California and graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri with a degree in Anthropology. She attended medical school at Saint Louis University. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital/Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center combined program, where she served as the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Chief Resident during her final year of training.

Jillian Wall, MD

Associate Clerkship Director, University of Arizona College of Medicine and Inpatient Residency Rotation Co-Director

Jillian Wall, MD earned her medical degree from University of Nevada, School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. Fostering her interest in medical student and resident education, she stayed on an additional year as a Chief Resident. Following her chief year, she moved to Austin, Texas to complete a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, she developed an interest in quality improvement, medical education, and patient advocacy-concurrently working towards a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas, Health Science Center.

Jeffrey Weiss, MD

Born in Philadelphia, Jeff Weiss, MD attended Muhlenberg College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences and received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his pediatric residency training at Columbus Children’s Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University. He served in the United States Army Medical Corps, where he was stationed at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Weiss joined the faculty at Thomas Jefferson University where he became a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and served as Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Residency Program Director, Chief of General Pediatrics, and Associate Chairman of the Pediatric Department. For ten years he was Project Director for several grants funded by the Department of Health and Human Services for Residency Training in Primary Care and Faculty Development in General Pediatrics. He moved to Phoenix in 1995 to become the Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Maricopa Medical Center and was appointed Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

In 1995, Dr. Weiss became the Director of General Pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s, initially serving as Chief of the Ambulatory Pediatrics. In 1997, he developed the the Hospitalist division program. His recent research and advocacy interests have been in the area of injury prevention. He developed the Injury Prevention Center, received grants from the Centers for Disease Control and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for improving bicycle helmet and booster seat use, and served for six years on the American Board of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention (COIVPP). He was the lead author for AAP policy statements regarding teen drivers, pedestrian injury, and drowning prevention. In 2012, he was selected to serve on the AAP Board to develop PREP Self-Assessment materials for Pediatric Hospitalists.

Mercy Gilbert Faculty

Heather Antoine, DO
Medical Director

Heather Dunn Antoine, DO holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and initially began her career in public health. After several years in working in public health, she decided to return to medical school to obtain her medical degree. She graduated from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing her pediatric residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital's program, where she served as Housestaff President.

Shannon Kearl, MD

Shannon Curry Kearl, MD studied microbiology and Spanish at Arizona State University before pursuing medical school in her hometown at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency program in 2015.

Aleksandra Laput, MD

Born, raised, and educated in Poland, Aleksandra Laput, MD graduated from the Medical University of Bialystok in 1971 and immigrated to the United States in 1981.

After completing a residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, she practiced general pediatrics at McGreevy Clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for thirteen years. In 2000, she moved to Colorado Springs and practiced pediatric hospitalist medicine. In 2014 she accepted a nocturnist position at Phoenix Children's.

Gary Morris, MD

Gary Morris , MD received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Bioscience from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He then received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix in 2012. He completed his pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Jennifer Quinlan, DO

Jennifer Quinlan, DO grew up in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She graduated from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 and then completed her internship and pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. During residency she received the intern of the year award and participated in an international program in the Bahamas.

After completing her residency training, she joined a private practice in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan for two years before realizing her passion lies within hospital medicine. She moved to Phoenix and joined the Hospitalist division in 2015.

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