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Brian Lurie, MD,MPH


We are thrilled to share that Dr. Brian Lurie will join Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the pediatric residency program director starting May 30, 2023. Dr. Lurie graduated from Tufts University and received his medical degree from The Sackler School of Medicine, New York State American Program in Tel Aviv, Israel.  He went on to complete his residency at North Shore University Hospital in New York and obtain his Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. Dr. Lurie has dedicated his career to academic medicine, serving as the Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director at three institutions, most recently Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC.  In Charlotte, Dr. Lurie also served as the Division Director of General Academic Pediatrics.  He has also served in regional and national leadership positions for organizations such as the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and the Academic Pediatric Association. Dr. Lurie’s sense of purpose is centered around advancing health for children through equity-focused leadership, medical education, and faculty development.  

The residency leadership team for AY 23-24 (and beyond) will be comprised of Dr. Brian Lurie (Program Director), Dennisse Reyes (Program Manager), Deb Pratas (Program Coordinator) Dr. Sarah Welsh (Associate Program Director), Dr. Allison Heinly (Associate Program Director), Dr. Sabina Holland (Associate Program Director/DEI Officer), Dr. Robin Kremsdorf (Associate Program Director), Dr. Danielle Cirillo (Chief Resident), and Dr. Tania Rodriguez (Chief Resident).

This transition in leadership allows for tremendous opportunities for pediatric trainees at Hasbro. Dr. Lurie will arrive at Hasbro in plenty of time to provide a warm and energetic welcome for our new intern class.  He looks forward to appraising our program, setting educational priorities, advancing our academic mission, and continuing building the already strong community within our program. Dr. Lurie is tremendously excited to begin working with the current and future pediatric residents at Hasbro.

Please be on the lookout for more information about Dr. Lurie’s arrival and opportunities to get to know him.

Looking forward to a great future,

Pediatric Residency Leadership Team


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!

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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 of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).