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Brian Lurie, MD,MPH

MESSAGE FROM our program director

Welcome to the Brown Pediatric Residency Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  Thank you for considering our Pediatric Residency Program as part of your journey to becoming a Pediatrician.  Please explore our website to learn all about the amazing opportunities our program will provide, learn about our innovative curriculum, meet our talented residents and faculty, and experience why we all fell in love with Providence and Rhode Island.

The Brown Pediatric Residency Program is an academic program geared towards training clinically skilled, empathetic pediatricians who will become tomorrow’s leaders in child health.  All training occurs in an environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and which supports, yet challenges our residents to grow and develop the foundational skills to be strong Pediatricians, leaders, and advocates for social change.  One of our best attributes is the people who work and train here, fostering a culture of family, collegiality, and support.  As medicine advances and program requirements change, we always value the suggestion and ideas of our house staff to ensure their wellbeing while continually growing our program.

At Brown, we aim to sharpen our residents’ clinical skills through evidence-based medicine while embracing a collaborative team-based approach when caring for our patients and their families.  We provide our learners with opportunities to explore various specialties within Pediatrics and help them engage in academic scholarship in their areas of interest.  Our residents are taught the leadership, advocacy, and research skills that will allow them to thrive within their future careers. 

Providence, with its diverse population and multiple opportunities to enjoy life outside the hospital, is an excellent place to do residency.  Known as the “Ocean State”, Rhode Island offers beaches, outdoor activities, great restaurants, fun cultural festivals, and easy access to all of New England.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program.  We look forward to meeting you during the interview season so we can further share with you everything our program and Rhode Island has to offer!

Brian Lurie, MD MPH

Director, Pediatric Residency Program


Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the first in the region to provide monoclonal antibody therapy for children! Check out this article to learn more about our first patient to receive this life-saving treatment. 

Dr. Katrina Byrd (Infectious Disease, 22′) was recently featured on Boston 25 News discussing the approval of the COVID vaccine for pediatric patients, and why as a clinician she thinks this vaccine is important for our kids. Check out the full article here!

Hasbro is excited to welcome Dr. Patrick McGann, pediatric hematologist/oncologist and new director of the Pediatric and Adult Sickle Cell and Hemoglobinopathy Program. He was recently featured on local NBC 10 news discussing improvements in the treatment options for sickle cell disease. Dr. McGann has been involved in research studies looking to optimize hydroxyurea dosing for patients. 

Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been chosen to help advance health equity – we are one of 12 pediatric practices in the country chosen to participate in the “Accelerating Child Health Care Transformation” initiative. These 12 practices will be working with the Center for Health Care Strategies to come up with a road map to make pediatric health care more equitable. Check out our very own Dr. Carol Lewis and Dr. Olutosin Ojugbele in the news here.

Hasbro Primary Care’s Dr. Celeste Corcoran was recently featured in the news discussing the obesity epidemic happening within the pandemic. Dr. Corcoran – a child obesity specialist in addition to seasoned primary care physician –  runs our HEALTH clinic, focusing on healthy eating and lifestyle changes for our pediatric patients and their family. Read more about this epidemic and what Hasbro Primary Care is doing about it here!

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Hasbro Children's Hospital, via Rhodeside Attractions

Dr. Francois Luks, Hasbro’s pediatric surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery, is the artist behind Rhodeside Attractions – fun notecards featuring Ocean State-centric vignettes that benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He was recently featured in Rhode Island monthly – read the full interview here!

Check out Cribsider’s new podcast episode on “Gender Affirming Care: Gender Care for the Primary Care Pediatrician” written and produced by Becca Raymond-Kolker (Med-Peds PGY-3) featuring Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University) as the guest speaker! Dr. Forcier teaches us how to use a developmental model of gender identity for all of our patients, how clinics can create a safe and supportive environment, breaks down the variety of social, legal, medical, and surgical options that can be a part of gender affirmation, and how to support families in loving and supporting their kids and adolescents.

Gender Affirming Care

We are pleased to announce Brianna Dillon and Gregory Lopez will be the 2024-2025 Pediatric Chief Residents.

Congratulations to Rebecca Raymond-Kolker (Med/Peds PGY-3) and Jessica Pourian (23′) on being selected as a “positive champion of the learning environment” of Alpert Medical School. They were nominated by students who identified faculty members who represent the most positive examples of teaching and doctoring.  

Congratulations to our 2021 graduates on becoming board certified pediatricians! 100% of our Peds residents passed the boards!

Rhode Island made Travel + Leisure’s Top 50 Places to Travel to in 2021! https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-202

Congratulations to Bruna Olson (’22) for her image publication on the Journal of Pediatrics. https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(20)31089-1/fulltext

Check out Cribsider’s new podcast episode on “Race Correction in the UTI Guidelines” produced by Justin Berk (Med-Peds Faculty, Hospitalist Attending) featuring Patricia Poitevien (Senior Associate Dean of DEI at BMS) as the guest speaker! So proud to have such a strong advocate as our program director who is committed to health equity and anti-racism!
The Brown Internal Medicine-Pediatrics podcast produced by our very own Justin Berk (Faculty, Hospitalist Attending) is officially up and running! Below are links to the podcast (it can also be found on any podcast app when searching Brown Pediatrics) and an MP3 attachment. 

Congratulations to Stephanie Wagner (Triple Board PGY-5)  on her publication in Pediatrics titled “A Progression of Gender Dysphoria in Children and Adolescents: A Longitudinal Study”. Well done Steph! The full article can be found here.

Adam Kronish (’22) and Cristina Alcorta (22’Chief) had their article titled “Escherichia Coli Bacteremia and Rapidly Progressive Cellulitis in a Child with Newly Diagnosed Nephrotic Syndrome” published in IDCases. Congratulations to Adam and Cristina! Article can be found here.

Mehtap Haktanir Abul (’22) is the co-author of a recently published paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology titled “Associations of Snoring and Asthma Morbidity in the School Inner-City Asthma Study”. Full article can be found hereWonderful job Mehtap!

Congratulations to Shayla Durfey (23′) who was selected to give a MedEd Talk at Brown University on interesting and innovative education ideas. MedEd Talks will be on held virtually on November 5th.

Rachel Buckle-Rachid (22′ Chief) was selected as a 2020 ASN Kidney STARS award recipient.

Aaron Brug (’22) was selected for the position of District Resident CATCH Liaison (DRL) to represent the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program in District I.

Paula Lewis-de los Angeles MD, PhD (Triple Board PGY-5) & William Lewis-de los Angeles (Primary Care Attending) published their 55-word story from our wellness report and was featured on the new AAMC website. Click here to read her story

Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc (Senior Associate Dean of DEI at BMS) was featured on Medscape for her commentary on racism in medicine. Click here to read the full commentary.

We are delighted to share that our own Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc is President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).