Peds Faculty

Meet Our World-Class Faculty

Ann Dietrich, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Ohio University

After completing a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Dietrich committed herself to education and excellence for all levels of clinical training. She has worked with medical students, residents, fellows and junior attendings to elevate each learner to the best he/she can be. She has worked in medical education at The Ohio State University for over 25 years and the American College of Emergency Physicians, at the state and national level, for over 20 years. She is currently faculty at the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine. She has worked extensively with curriculum development to assure successful completion of shelf, inservice, certification and recertification exams. She enjoys nothing more than “I did it” from a student.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Paul Jhun, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Vice President, Hippo Education

Dr. Jhun loves learning, developing, and delivering creative educational techniques and leads the content innovation team at Hippo Education. He is one of the most humble and likable educators you will ever meet. We learn something every time he puts together a piece of education. He is an award-winning national lecturer and former assistant program director for the Emergency Medicine residency program at the University of Southern California. Follow him on Twitter @jhunlikefun.

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Dara Albert, DO

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Child Neurology, The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Albert is a child neurologist with expertise in epilepsy and a passion for medical education. She completed 2 years of general pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital, followed by a child neurology residency at Comer Children’s Hospital at University of Chicago. She completed a fellowship in Epilepsy/EEG at Nationwide Children's Hospital, where she joined the faculty in 2015. She is the neurology rotation and education director for the pediatric residents and is working on a Master’s in Medical Education at the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Columbus with her husband and two kids.

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Solomon Behar, MD

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Attending Physician, Miller Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Voluntary Faculty, University of California Irvine
Medical Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Reviews and Perspectives

Dr. Behar is the Medical Editor-in-Chief of the pediatric CME podcast Pediatric Reviews and Perspectives (Peds RAP). He is currently a staff physician at Long Beach Memorial Miller Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He thinks medical education should be practical, should be fun, and should make you excited to do what you do...because what you do is amazing!

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Roy Benaroch, MD

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Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University

Dr. Benaroch sees general pediatric patients at his practice near Atlanta, GA. He likes to read and obsessively keep up on current medical guidelines, and sometimes even follows them. In his spare time, he teaches, blogs, and tries to keep bunnies out of his vegetable garden.

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Eyal Ben, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California
Program Director, Pediatric Residency, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Ben-Isaac has been the Pediatric Residency Program Director at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) since 1994. He is a general pediatrician in the Division of General Pediatrics at CHLA, where he attends on the inpatient wards, precepts housestaff in the continuity clinic, and has a clinical practice of his own. He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He has a long standing interest in education of all trainees and has several related responsibilities and appointments within the medical school, Department of Pediatrics, and the hospital. He has developed several educational tools used by the residency program including Objective Structured Clinical Exams, a Pediatric Board Review course, a general pediatric educational CD-Rom, a web portal, a Cultural Competency learning module, a Nutrition learning module, and General Pediatric competency exams. He also lectures on a variety of general and subspecialty pediatric topics throughout the year.

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Cameron Berg, MD

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Director, Clinical Operations and Acute Care Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, North Memorial Health Care, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Berg lives with Dr. Laura Berg (emergency physician extraordinaire), two kids, a big dog, a big yard, and lots of computers. He likes making medicine better (and cheaper).

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Aaron Bright, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California
CEO/Co-founder, Hippo Education

Dr. Bright completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, where he served as a chief resident. From there, he went into community practice in the Los Angeles area, working as a medical director at a major metropolitan hospital. He later returned to academics as the medical director of the emergency department at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hippo Education.

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Rachel Cramton, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Arizona
Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Residency, The University of Arizona

Dr. Cramton works at Banner University Medical Center/Diamond Children's Hospital, where she is a pediatric hospitalist, palliative care provider, and a member of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) team. She is also an Assistant Program Director for the Pediatric Residency at The University of Arizona. When she is not wearing her professional hats, she is a spouse, a parent, and one heck of a baker!

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Matt DeClerck, MD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California

Dr. DeClerck completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center in 2010. Since then, he has worked in multiple emergency room and urgent care settings in Colorado and California. He completed a fellowship in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine at Stanford University in 2013, prior to returning to his home town of Los Angeles. He is the course director for a Wilderness & Survival Medicine course at the University of Southern California.

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David Foster, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Hofstra University
Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Foster completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Kings County and Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys teaching, caring for patient of all ages, and advocating for judicious use of resources.

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Wayne Franklin, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics, Loyola University
Director of Pediatric Cardiology, Loyola University

Dr. Franklin enjoys serving as the Director of Pediatric Cardiology and the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. In his spare time, Dr. Franklin runs (or really just plods) an optimal distance of 13.1 miles, watches his son's swim and water polo meets, and volunteers for a non-profit, Snow City Arts (snowcityarts.org).

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Lindsey Gould, MD

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Associate Director, Pediatric Emergency Department, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Gould's interests include any activities that involve teaching, including debriefings and lectures at the local fire stations to simulation labs with seasoned physicians. When she isn't taking care of patients and teaching, she enjoys traveling to see her 9 nieces and nephews and any sport in the water or snow.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Doris Greenberg, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Mercer University

Dr. Greenberg is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician in private practice in Savannah, Georgia. She has been a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatric specialist practicing for over 50 years. Residents in Pediatrics and Family Medicine rotate through her office for their Developmental Pediatrics requirements.

Doris Greenberg, MD states that she has received a fee for her role as a Consultant for Iron Horse Therapeutics; Owns small amounts of pharmaceutical stocks in her pension from Johnson and Johnson, AbbVie, Inc., Novartis and Abbott Labs.

Noelle Hammerbacher, MS

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Editor/Medical Writer

Noelle started her career as an editor and was trained on item writing methodologies at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) in Philadelphia, PA, where she worked for 13 years in various roles in several different departments. For the next 10 years, Noelle telecommuted as the Managing Editor at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) in Johns Creek, GA, where she managed the editing and production of all of NCCPA's computer-based examinations. As part of her role at NCCPA, Noelle taught item writing methodologies to the faculty at various colleges and universities in the United States as well as internationally. For the past year, Noelle has been working independently as a freelance editor and writer for various clients, including Hippo Education. When she's not editing or doing item writing workshops, Noelle enjoys teaching yoga and mindfulness at several studios and spending time with her family and friends.

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Eugene Izsak, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Toledo
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Promedica Toledo Children's Hospital

Dr. Izsak completed his residency at Akron Children's Hospital in 1980 and practiced pediatrics in the United States Navy for four years. He has been practicing Pediatric Emergency Medicine since 1984. He is also a grandfather to two wonderful grandchildren who adore him.

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Daniel Joseph, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale University

Dr. Joseph is passionate about medical education, pre-hospital care, and wilderness medicine. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center and a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at Denver Health. He is faculty at Yale University's Department of Emergency Medicine as of 2018. Follow him on Twitter @DanJosephMD.

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Liza Kearl, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California
Medical Director and Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California

Dr. Kearl graduated from The Chicago Medical School/University of Health Sciences in 1988. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She currently practices at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, as well as Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Susan Kirelik, MD

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Attending Physician, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Medical Director, Rocky Mountain Center for Concussion

Dr. Kirelik completed a Pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center and a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Oakland. She developed an ED-based concussion program, which eventually led to a career change, where she joined the Center for Concussion as a concussion specialist while still enjoying shifts in the pediatric emergency department. When not working, she enjoys hiking, gardening and time with her husband and 3 adult kids.

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Aaron Leetch, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, The University of Arizona
Program Director, Combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, The University of Arizona

Dr. Leetch is an Arizona native who cannot handle the cold and has focused his training in places where there is no chance of snow. He completed the combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics residency at The University of Arizona and is double-boarded in Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. With a passion for medical education, his areas of interest include pediatric critical care, recognition of sick children, and distilling the complexities of medicine into something patients (and he) can understand. Dr. Leetch is the host of the AZEMCast emergency medicine podcast and is the program director for the combined EM/Peds residency at The University of Arizona. On the off chance he has free time, he is a die hard Arizona Wildcats basketball fan and enjoys spending time with his family and keeping them from becoming one of his patients.

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John Leipsic, MD

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Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The University of Arizona
Medical Director, Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Service Palo Verde Behavioral Health

Dr. Leipsic is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, medical director for the Palo Verde Behavioral Health adolescent inpatient unit. He is clinical affiliate faculty with The University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he supervises residents and child fellows. He enjoys outpatient practice and telepsychiatry as well as hiking and exploring the trails of Tucson, Arizona.

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Chan Lowe, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Arizona
Division Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, The University of Arizona/Diamond Children’s Medical Center

Dr. Lowe completed medical school and residency at The University of Arizona, where he subsequently became a faculty member as a pediatric hospitalist. He was appointed chief of pediatric hospital medicine in 2013. His interests include child abuse, eating disorders and the care of the acutely ill child.

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Chad McCalla, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University

Dr. McCalla is originally from northwest Ohio, went to medical school at the University of Cincinnati, and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. He and his family currently reside in Winston Salem.

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Cy Rangan, MD

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Director, Bureau of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment, County of Los Angeles, Public Health

Dr. Rangan is a pediatrician and medical toxicologist. He serves as the Assistant Medical Director with the California Poison Control System and medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Suzanne Reed, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency, The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dr. Reed is a longtime Buckeye, completing her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT fellowship at The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she is now faculty. She splits her professional time between caring for her beloved patient population as a clinician, and caring for her equally beloved trainees as an Associate Program Director of the pediatric residency program. Currently, she spends most of her free time singing Wheels on the Bus with her toddler (and husband!).

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Emily Rose, MD

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California

Dr. Rose is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She was a chief resident at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center and then completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has been faculty at the University of Southern California since 2010, where she was named Faculty of the Year by both the residents and medical students. Dr. Rose is an award-winning national lecturer with research interests in medical education.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Laura Sells, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah

Dr. Sells is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at the University of Utah, Primary Children's Hospital. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and her fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University (Nationwide Children's Hospital).

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Candace Smith-King, MD

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Program Director, Pediatric Residency, Michigan State University/GRMEP Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Dr. Smith-King is an academic general pediatrician who has been a Pediatric Residency Program Director since 2012. She truly enjoys working with residents and medical students. In addition to working in general pediatrics, she dabbles 1 day a week at her institution’s Adolescent Clinic. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family, reading, watching HGTV and running. Her children, who range in age from 6-20, keep her on her toes!

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Mizuho Spangler, DO

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California
Executive Editor, Hippo Education

Dr. Spangler is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and practices both adult and pediatric emergency medicine. She also practices community emergency medicine in Orange County, CA. Dr. Spangler serves as the Executive Editor of Hippo Education’s medical podcasts and is the co-host of Pediatric Reviews and Perspectives and Urgent Care Reviews and Perspectives. In 2014, Dr. Spangler also co-founded 3MD | THREE MOMMY DOCTORS, which produces first-aid kits for kids using hospital-grade supplies and provides education to parents. Mizuho loves exercising and spending time with her two children.

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Michael Stoner, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University
Associate Medical Director, Transport Team, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Stoner is an attending physician in the emergency department at Nationwide Children's Hospital and associate medical director of the transport team. His areas of interest include transport medicine, procedural sedation and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). When not transporting sleepy kids in DKA, Dr. Stoner is getting away from the fluorescent lights and getting outdoors with his family.

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Michelle Thompson, MD

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Thompson is a general pediatrician and Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). In addition to her administrative and teaching responsibilities, she manages a busy clinical practice as a member of the Division of General Pediatrics at CHLA. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and moved to the west coast in 1995 to complete her Pediatrics residency training at CHLA. Her academic interests include graduate medical education and care for the medically underserved.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Andrea Thorp, MD

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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Loma Linda University

Dr. Thorp completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. The enjoyment of teaching and pediatric trauma launched her early career working in the academic arena and she has recently switched focus to administrative pursuits developing pediatric emergency care in the community setting, while continuing to enjoy the clinical time. She attends in the pediatric emergency department at Kaiser Permanente in the San Bernardino service area.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Jennifer Walls, MD

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Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado
Attending Physician, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Dr. Walls started her career as an information technology consultant and after 8 years transitioned to medicine, where she knew she belonged. She began her career in medicine in research at the University of Kansas in the Department of Rheumatology before starting medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine. During medical school, she trained in Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, and the United Kingdom. She accepted a pediatric residency position at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and went on to complete a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is now based in the Denver Metro area and affiliated with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. When not saving the lives of kiddos, you can find Dr. Walls enjoying all that beautiful Colorado has to offer.

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Melissa Winterhalter, MD

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Attending Physician, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Dr. Winterhalter completed her residency in Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State Medical Center. She practices pediatric medicine with the Ambulatory Network at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

Ronen Zipkin, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Southern California
Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Residency, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Zipkin is a pediatric hospitalist and assistant residency program director at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His passions lie within resident education, quality improvement and evidence-based medicine.

This faculty member reports no conflicts or financial disclosures.

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