Hasbro Children’s Hospital is home to talented clinicians and physician-scientists who deliver excellent pediatric care to the greater Rhode Island and Southern New England population. As a tertiary care center and affiliate of the Alpert Medical School, many of Hasbro’s faculty members pursue basic, translational, and clinical research, with impactful contributions to the medical community. 

There are ample opportunities for residents to participate in scholarly activities, both as collaborators/co-investigators, and as primary investigators.

For even more information about the research opportunities and resources for resident research at Brown, visit our Department of Pediatrics research webpage here!

Faculty support

  • One faculty member appointed in each division as resident contact for any resident interested in pursuing mentorship and/or scholarly activity in the field
  • Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE is Director of Postgraduate Academic Career Development for the Department. He works with all pediatric fellows and helps support residents with various activities including:
    • Developing research skills
    • Assisting with development and execution of scholarly projects
    • Guiding manuscript writing and submission
    • Providing guidance on mentorship and academic collaborations
    • Providing evidence-based guidance on time management and productivity
    • Tracking scholarly output (including publications, chapters, and pilot grant writing)

research curriculum

Offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine, it is a quarterly seminar open to all trainees in the Department of Pediatrics with the main objectives of helping learners to develop an understanding of the principles of conducting and reviewing academic research, how to design and defend a study, various analytical tools for data presentation, how to write a quality manuscript in a timely manner, and ethical principals in conducting research


Research Elective

  • One month elective experience mentored by a faculty member
  • Completed project is presented at our Pediatric Scholarship Day

Resident Scholarly fund

  • Many of our residents successfully submit posters and abstracts to national meetings
  • Our program provides financial support for travel and housing costs – $11,000 available annually to support residents to attend local and national conferences where they have had work accepted for presentation

Successful Resident Research

2022-2023 Publications:

Bryant MC (PGY-3), Massingham LJ, Yalcindag A. Inflammatory Arthritis in a 19-month-old with Von Hippel-Lindau Disease. R I Med J (2013). 2023 Jun 1;106(5):30-33. PMID: 37195158.

Bryant MC (PGY-3), Terry Spencer L, Yalcindag A. Letter to the editor: Response to “COVID-19 associated pediatric vasculitis: A systematic review and detailed analysis of the pathogenesis” by Batu et al. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2022 Dec;57:152092. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2022.152092. Epub 2022 Sep 9. PMID: 36152462; PMCID: PMC9458777.

Bryant MC (PGY-3), Spencer LT, Yalcindag A. A case of ANCA-associated vasculitis in a 16-year-old female following SARS-COV-2 infection and a systematic review of the literature. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2022 Aug 13;20(1):65. doi: 10.1186/s12969-022-00727-1. PMID: 35964067; PMCID: PMC9375072.

M Zimmerman, LP Zapata, K Bachiller, JL Devera (PGY-1), TA Hall, SM Casey, N Pierre-Joseph, RB Perkins “Comparison of attitudes toward routine maternal vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines among pregnant patients in an urban safety-net setting” Journal of National Medical Association. Accepted. 04 2023. 

Wachman EM, Snyder-Cappione J, Devera J (PGY-1), Boateng J, Dhole Y, Clarke K, Yuen RR, Parker SE, Hunnewell J, Ferraro R, Jean-Sicard S, Woodard E, Cruikshank A, Sinha B, Bartolome R, Barnett ED, Yarrington C, Taglauer ES, Sabharwal V. Maternal, Infant, and Breast Milk Antibody Response Following COVID-19 Infection in Early Versus Late Gestation. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Mar 1;42(3):e70-e76. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003802. Epub 2022 Dec 12. PMID: 36729773; PMCID: PMC9935237.

Donner JR (PGY-3), Quinn V (PGY-3), Cheli A, Ottiano C, Lewis C. ‘Give Me a Boost!’ Pediatric Car Safety Seat Program. R I Med J (2013). 2022;105(3):67-69. Published 2022 Apr 1. 

Donner J (PGY-3), Ruest S. Neonate with Seizures After Consuming Star Anise Tea. R I Med J (2013). 2021 Oct 1;104(8):8-10. PMID: 34582506.

Donner JR (PGY-3), Ding A , Herzlinger M, Subedi S, Alverson B. Pen Foreign Body Ingestion Mimicking Crohn’s Disease in a Pediatric Patient. R I Med J (2013). 2022 May 2;105(4):41-43. PMID: 35476735.

Donner JR (PGY-3), Corwin DJ, Master CL, Zonfrillo MR. Documented Visio-Vestibular Examination and Anticipatory Guidance for Pediatric Concussion Patients. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2023 Mar 1;39(3):179-183. PMID: 36109009. Donner JR, Has P, Topor LS. Increased Incidence and Severity of New Graves Disease Diagnoses in Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Endocr Pract. 2023 Feb 2:S1530-891X(23)00031-9. PMID: 36736538.

Donner JR (PGY-3), Ganta A, Polikoff L, Snelling L, Serrano-Gonzalez M. A Case of Severe Neonatal Hypocalcemia Treated with Continuous Enteral Calcium. AACE Clinical Case Reports 2023. In press.

Durfey SNM (PGY-3), Gadbois EA, Meyers DJ, Brazier JF, Wetle T, Thomas KS. Healthcare and community-based organization partnerships to address social needs: Medicare Advantage plan representatives’ perspectives. Med Care Res Rev; 2022; 79(2):244-254.

Rivera Perla KM, Tang OY, Durfey SNM (PGY-3), Vivas-Buitrago T, Sherman WJ, Parney I, Uhm JH, Porter AB, Elinzano H, Toms SA, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Predicting access to postoperative treatment after glioblastoma resection: an analysis of neighborhood-level disadvantage using the area deprivation index (ADI). J. Neuro-Oncol; 2022; 158(3):349-357.

Sweatman, H, Lewis-de los Angeles , CP (PGY-4, Triple Board), Zhang, et al. Development of the neural correlates of recollection. Cerebral Cortex. . May 2023. 

Osinubi, A., Lewis-de los Angeles, CP  (PGY-4, Triple Board), Poitevein, P, Swartz Topor, L. Are Black Girls Exhibiting Puberty Earlier? Examining Implications of Race-Based Guidelines. Pediatrics. August 2022. 

Lewis-de los Angeles, CP (PGY-4, Triple Board), Lewis-de los Angeles, WW. Kamath, S, Heinly, A, Elliott, S, Daniels, T, Watts, DJ. Differences in Work-Life Experiences of Physicians by Parenting Status, Gender, and Training Level During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rhode Island Medical Journal. May 2022.

Quinn V (PGY-3), Luks F, Constantine E. Infected Urachal Cyst Masquerading as Acute Appendicitis on Point-of-care Ultrasound. Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2022;6(2):186-188. doi:10.5811/cpcem.2022.1.55243


2022-2023 Conference Presentations: 

RI Trans Health Conference:  Gender Affirming Surgical Procedures: A Review for the Primary Care Provider (Carrie Bryant, PGY-3)

RI Trans Health Conference:  Gender Affirmative Care in Pediatrics: An Overview (Carrie Bryant, PGY-3)

New England Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference: Sinusitis and Weight Loss Presenting as a “not miss” Diagnosis in a Pediatric Patient (Joanna Barkas, PGY-2)

American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Conference: Iron Deficiency Anemia and Stroke in Children (Lillie Haxton, PGY-2)

Pediatric Endocrine Society: Increased Incidence and Severity of New Graves Disease Diagnosis in Youth Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Julia Donner, PGY-3)

Long Term Treatment of Pediatric Metastatic Papillary Thyroid Cancer with Lenvatinib (Julia Donner, PGY-3)

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Learning Environment in Consult/Liasion Psychiatry (Ashley Adams,PGY-4, Triple Board)

Alpert Medical School Medical Education Poster Session: Building the Beloved Healthy Community: Collaborating with a community-based organization to train pediatricians about youth violence prevention (Yvorn Aswad, PGY-4,Triple Board & Paula Lewis-de los Angeles, PGY-4, Triple Board)

AAP Legislative Advocacy Conference (Victoria Quinn, PGY-3)




teaching opportunities

During their training, many of our residents engage in teaching opportunities. Residents are expected to teach medical students on a daily basis while on inpatient services and there are several other structured teaching opportunities, including resident morning reports or noon conferences. During the PGY-3 year, residents are expected to complete a teaching month that is exclusively focused on teaching resident peers. As part of this teaching resident curriculum, residents are expected to work with faculty mentors to create 4 morning report presentations as well as run a monthly journal club. 

Several of our residents also extend their teaching efforts into the community, and elect to teach lectures at Johnson and Wales University and/or Bryant University on various pediatric topics. Many of our residents have been given formal faculty appointments at these institutions for their commitment.