Kremsdorf Robin MD 2014

welcome from our program director

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Hasbro Children’s Hospital! Thank you for your interest in our program.

Our mission at Brown is to provide a world-class education for our residents in an environment which fosters self-directed learning, meaningful mentorship and collaboration. We are passionate about the care of children, and our residents have the opportunity to learn, teach and provide state-of-the-art care in multiple clinical settings with a diverse patient population.

Just as each patient is unique, so is each trainee. We strive to create a learning environment that is dynamic and responds to the individual needs of each resident while remaining anchored to our core values of advocacy, inquiry, diversity and innovation. The residents who choose to train with us graduate with a mastery of clinical skills, but also a deep understanding of how social responsibility,  community engagement, research and activism are all powerful tools to help further children’s health.

Robin Kremsdorf, MD
Interim Residency Program Director
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Hasbro Children’s Hospital


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. 

Our very own infectious disease fellow Dr. Katrina Byrd 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. Read more here!

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. Olutossin 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!

Rhodeside Attractions
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-2) 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 Rachel Buckle-Rashid (’22) and Cristina Alcorta MD (’22) will be the 2022-2023 Pediatric Chief Residents.

Congratulations to Rebecca Raymond-Kolker (Med/Peds PGY-2) and Jessica Pourian (PGY-3) 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-3)  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 (2022 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 (PGY-3) 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 (2022 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-4) & 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-Elect of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).