80 postdoctoral trainees in 16 subspecialty training programs

The Department of Pediatrics and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital have more than 80 postdoctoral trainees in 16 subspecialty training programs, with multiple NIH T32 grants. Fellows have extensive clinical responsibilities and are encouraged to participate in local and national activities including conferences, journal clubs, and seminars to complement the activities of their specific programs.

The focus of all programs is clinical, translational, and basic investigative endeavors, and we ensure that mentorship and scholarly oversight of fellows is a high priority. The subspecialty training programs in endocrinology, gastroenterology, and infectious disease are supported by Institutional National Service Awards (NIH T32), and those in anesthesiology, bioinformatics, genetics, and patient safety are supported by additional T32 training grants.

Fellow's Academy

Through the Fellows’ Academy, fellows attend monthly professional development workshops. Topics for discussion include negotiation, leadership in a crisis, writing a CV and cover letter, networking in professional organizations, and difficult conversations.

Selected Honors and Awards

Joshua Motelow, MD, PhD

  • Selected Nominee, APS SPR Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research, The American Pediatric Society (APS) and the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR), May 2020

Nooralam Rai, MD

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Fellowship, 2017-2019

Neha Patel, MD

  • American Thoracic Society Aspire Fellowship, 2020

Morgan Finkel, MD

  • Rustin McIntosh Fellow Award, which honors a pediatric postgraduate fellow who best exemplifies the attributes of Dr. Rustin McIntosh, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Service from 1933-1960

Selected Publications

Nees SN, Chung WK. The genetics of isolated congenital heart disease. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics. 2020 Mar; 184(1): 97-106.

Farooqi K, Nees SN, Smerling J, Senapathi SHV, Lorenzoni R, Pavlicova M, Einstein A, Bacha E, Kalfa D, Chai P. Assessment of anomalous coronary arteries by imagers and surgeons: Comparison of imaging modalities. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020 May 23; S0003-4975(20): 30742-6.

See SB, Mantell BS, Clerkin KJ, Ray B, Vasilescu ER, Marboe CC, Naka Y, Restaino S, Colombo PC, Addonizio LJ, Farr MA, Zorn E. Profiling non-HLA antibody responses in antibody-mediated rejection following heart transplantation. Am J Transpl. 2020 Mar 19.

Piccininni J, Killinger J, Hammad H, Gerber L, Dayton J. QT interval prolongation in the pediatric oncologic population on methadone. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2020 Mar; 42(2): e121-e124.

Woo JL, Anderson BR. Administrators: Do you know how your pediatric cardiac surgeries are reimbursed? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Apr 13: S0022-5223(20)30887-4.

Lipton M, Kavanagh CR, Mahajan R, Jain NG, Uy NS, Dogra S, Lin F. Role of pediatric nephrologists in managing adults with AKI due to COVID-19. Pediatric Nephrology. 25 June 2020. Advance online publication.

Zachariah P, Halabi K, Johnson C, et al. Symptomatic infants have higher nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 viral loads but less severe disease than older children. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 May 20.

Zachariah P, Johnson C, Halabi K, et al. Epidemiology, clinical features and disease severity in a series of patients with COVID-19 in a children’s hospital in New York City, New York. JAMA Pediatr. 2020 Jun 3; e202430. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2430. Online ahead of print.

Derespina KR, Kaushik S, Plichta A, Conway Jr. EE, Bercow A, Choi J, Eisenberg R, Gillen J, Sen AI, Hennigan CM, Zerihun LM, Doymaz S, Keenaghan MA, Jarrin S, Oulds F, Gupta M, Pierre L, Grageda M, Ushay HM, Nadkarni VM, Agus MSD, Medar SS. Clinical manifestations and outcomes of critically ill children and adolescents with COVID-19 in New York City. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.07.039.

Wang X, Dhindsa R, Povysil G, Zoghbi A, Motelow J, et al. Transcriptional inhibition of host viral entry proteins as a therapeutic strategy for SARS-CoV-2. March 2020. doi:10.20944/preprints202003.0360.v1.

Miller J, Cantor A, Zachariah P, Ahn D, Martinez M, Margolis K. Gastrointestinal symptoms as a major presentation component of a novel multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) that is related to COVID-19: A single center experience of 44 cases. Gastroenterology. 2020 Jun 4: S0016-5085(20)34753-3.

Jazayeri A, Park KT. How to Write an Effective Business Plan in Medicine. Gastroenterology. 2019 Apr; 156(5): 1243-1247.

Fellow Spotlight

Morgan Finkel, MD, an Academic Pediatrics Fellow in primary care, is undertaking a Research Fellowship in Community Health.

Dr. Finkel’s research focuses on drivers and protective factors impacting socioeconomic disparities in early child development, with the goal of understanding how primary care pediatricians can help level the developmental playing field of all children. Her research projects found:

  • A significant positive relationship between the number of social services utilized by families and infant language skills for families living in deep poverty
  • That infants from homes with lower income and less parental education were at higher risk for poor sleep quality. Infants from lower socioeconomic status homes were more likely to co-room, and infants who co-room are at higher risk for poorer sleep quality

Dr. Finkel’s future research will focus on how the home environment contributes to infant sleep quality and its impact on child development, and how primary care interventions can improve the home environment to decrease socioeconomic disparities in early childhood development.