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

2019-2020 Manuscripts:

Adams AV (PGY-2, Triple Board), Van Mater, H, Mooneyham, GL, Gallentine, W. Evaluation of Diagnostic Criteria for Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy among Children and Adolescents. Pediatric Neurology. Feb 8 2020.

Brug AM (PGY-2), Nix LM, Fitzgerald CB, Jones CE, Counts CR (2020). Fighting Health Care Provider Stigma: A Novel Approach to Understanding the Impact of Medical School Exposures. Journal of Student-Run Clinics, 6(1). Retrieved from


Brug AM (PGY-2), Green G, Mayer SI, Gregersen M, Kanter J, Jones CE. Meeting Patients Where They Are: Evaluating a Student-Run Shelter-Based Model for Connecting Homeless Patients with a Medical Home. Journal of Student-Run Clinics,6(1). 2020. 

Tran, T., Briones, C., Gillet, A.S., Magrath J., Mayer, S., Brug AM (PGY-2). Knowing your population: who are we caring for at Tulane University School of Medicine’s student-run free clinics? J Public Health (Berl.) (2020).

Barbian ME, Buckle R (PGY-2), Denning PW, Patel RM. To start or not: Factors to consider when implementing routine probiotic use in the NICU. Early Hum Dev. 2019

Ding A (PGY-4, MedPeds). Double Crossed: A Case of La Crosse Encephalitis. National Medicine Pediatrics Residency Association Conference 2020. Presented on November 26, 2019.

Ding A (PGY-4, MedPeds), Shen B (Graduated)Elliott S (PGY-3, Triple Board)Joshi K (PGY-4, Triple Board), Coghlin D, McLaughlin S. Double Crossed: A Case of La Crosse Encephalitis. R I Med J (2013). 2020;103(3):5962. Published 2020 Apr 1. 

Ding A (PGY-4, MedPeds), Ratcliffe TA, Diamond A, et al. Ready to collaborate?: medical learner experiences in interprofessional collaborative practice settings. BMC Med Educ. 2020;20:85. Published 2020 Mar 23. doi:10.1186/s12909-020-1992-1

Binder, G., Donner, J.R. (PGY-1), Becker, B., Bauer, J.L., Schweizer, R. Changes in body composition in male adolescents with childhood-onset GH deficiency during transition. Clinical Endocrinology. May 2019.

Donner, J.R. (PGY-1) and Topor, L.S. (2020). Thyroid Studies. T. Stanley, M. Misra (eds.), Endocrine Conditions in Pediatrics (pp. 149-156). Springer International Publishing.

Durfey, SNMD (PGY-1), White J, Adashi, EY. Pregnancy and Parenting in Medical School: Highlighting the Need for Data and Support. Academic Medicine. In press 2020.

Durfey, SNMD (PGY-1), Gadbois EA, Meyers DJ, Brazier JF, Wetle T, Thomas K. Healthcare and Community-Based Organization Partnerships to Address Social Needs: Medicare Advantage Plan Representatives’ Perspectives. In press 2020.

Edward, H (PGY-3), Alissa M. D’Gama, Monica H. Wojcik, Catherine A. Brownstein, Margaret A. Kenna, P. Ellen Grant, Joseph A. Majzoub, and Pankaj B. Agrawal. “A novel missense mutation in TFAP2B associated with Char syndrome and central diabetes insipidus.” American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A 179, no. 7 (2019): 1299-1303.

Schwartz, Talia S., Monica H. Wojcik, Renee C. Pelletier, 
Edward, H (PGY-3), Jonathan D. Picker, Ingrid A. Holm, Meghan C. Towne, Alan H. Beggs, and Pankaj B. Agrawal. “Expanding the phenotypic spectrum associated with OPHN1 variants.” European journal of medical genetics 62, no. 2 (2019): 137-143.

Harney S (PGY-3)
, Kahn J, Jin Z, Wong P, McKetta S, Satwani P. Race and socioeconomic status in pediatric allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for non-malignant conditions. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020;67(9). 

Gaffin, MD, M JM, Hauptman M, Petty C, 
Haktanir Abul M (PGY-2) , Gunnlaugsson S, Lai PS, Baxi S. et al. Effect of school-based pollution exposure in children with asthma born prematurely. Chest. 2020 Oct;158(4):1361-1363. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.05.533

Haktanir, Abul M (PGY-2)
, Naja AS, Fitzpatrick A, Phipatanakul W, Fleming L. Evaluation and management in children. European respiratory Society Monograph on Severe Asthma. 2019 Apr; 68(2): 150-157. Doi: 10.1016/j.alit.2018.11.007.Epub 2019 Jan 14.

Levine AE (Graduated)
, Chi LY, Sobcyzk P, Bousvaros A, Trenor CC III, & Zitomersky NL. (February, 2019). “Risk-stratification to increase venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.” Gastroenterology. 2019 Feb;156(3) Suppl 1:S50-51. Poster presented at: Crohn’s and Colitis Congress, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

Lewis-de los Angeles CP (PGY-2, Triple Board) , CP, Williams PL, Jenkins LM, Huo Y, Uban KA, Herting MM, Malee K, Csernansky JK, Nichols S, Van Dyke RB, Sowell ER, Wang L for the Pediatric Imaging Neurocognition and Genetics Study (PING) and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). 2020. Brain morphometric differences in youth with and without perinatally-acquired HIV: a cross-sectional study. Neuroimag: Clinical, 102246.

Whitmire P, Rickertsen CR, Hawkins-Daarud A, Carrasco E, Lorence J, De Leon G, Curtin L, Bayless S, Clark-Swanson K, Peeri N, Corpuz C, Lewis-de los Angeles CP (PGY-2, Triple Board), Bendok BR, Gonzalez-Cuyar L, Vora S, Mrugala M, Hu L, Wang L, Porter A, Kumthekar P, Johnston SK, Egan KM, Gatenby JR, Cannoll P, Rubin JB, Swanson KR. Sex-specific impact of patterns of imageable tumor growth on survival of primary glioblastoma patients. BMC Cancer 20, 447 (2020).

Quinn (Schwartz), V (PGY-1), Marvasti, J. “Psychopharmacology for Primary Care Physicians (PCP’s).” Connecticut Medicine, The Journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society. 2019 September; 83(8):393-400.       

Shen BH (Graduated), Bledsoe TA. An Infectious Triple Play: Three Separate Infections in an Elderly Patient. R I Med J. 2019 Feb 1;102(1):58-59.

Tucci, M (PGY-3), Gill, N., Ziegler, J. and Allister, L. (In Press). Tachycardia and Anxiety in a 14 Year-Old Boy. Pediatrics in Review.


2019-2020 Other Scholarly Work (online publications, editorials, images, podcasts, etc.)

Alverson B (Hospitalist Attending), Kelly J (PGY-3), Chui C, Berk J (Hospitalist Attending). “Go with the High Flow: Bronchiolitis with Dr. Brian Alverson”. The Cribsiders Pediatric Podcast.


Andrews C (PGY-4), Alverson B. A Room Without a View: Toward the Evidence. Hosp Pediatrics Commentary. 2019;9(6):479-481.


Donner J. (PGY-1) Residency application factors related to success in pediatric internship. COMSEP Journal Club (Review). May 2020.  


Donner J. (PGY-1) Resident capability and comfort in caring for children with medical complexity. COMSEP Journal Club (Review). June 2020

Kelly JM (PGY-3) Lumba-Brown A, Chui C, Berk J (Med-Peds Hospitalist). “Concussion: The Diagnosis and Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children.” The Cribsiders Pediatric Podcast. February, 2021


Olson B (PGY-2), Zonfrillo M (ED Attending), Allister L (ED Attending). Peritonsillar Abscess in an Infant. J. of Pediatrics. August 2020.


Wagner ES (PGY-4, Triple Board) and Pierce K. Why PACs Are an Essential Part of Advocacy. JAACAP Connect, 7(3), 23-25, Summer 2020.

2019-2020 Presentations at Conferences:

AAP National Conference:


Cathcart, A. (PGY-3), Harney, S. (PGY-3), McKinney, R (PICU Attneding). Hiding Behind a Cough: Guillain-Barre Syndrome Masquerading as Community-Acquired Pneumonia. Poster in the Section on Pediatric Trainees.


Cathcart, A. (PGY-3), Harney, S. (PGY-3), McKinney, R (PICU Attneding). Hiding Behind a Cough: Guillain-Barre Syndrome Masquerading as Community-Acquired Pneumonia. 2020 AAP Poster in the Section on Pediatric Trainees.


Lorenz, M. (Graduated, Current Hospitalist Attending) and Vakharia, J (Graduated) – “The Sweet Scent of Encephalopathy” – 2019 Oral Podium Presentation


Mahoney L (PGY-3, MedPeds) IgA Vasculitis: Not Just a Pediatric Diagnosis. A Case of Systemic IgA Vasculitis in a 62-year-old Man. 2019 AAP Oral Podium Presentation.


Masur, S. (PGY-3, MedPeds), Sanders, C, Hayward, A (Immunology Attending), Farmakiotis, DHiding Behind a Cough: Karius-ity and the Cat: Diagnosing Hepatosplenic Bartonella Using Next Generation DNA Sequencing and Imaging. 2020 AAP Abstract and Poster.


Schmidt, C. (PGY-3), Thompson, A (PGY-4), Welsh, S (PICU Attending), Simas, D., Carreiro, P., Rozenfeld, R (PICU Attending). Use of Transport Illness Severity Scores to Predict Risk of Clinical Deterioration in Transported Patients. 2020 AAP Oral Abstract Presentation in the Section on Transport Medicine.


Sanker S (Graduated), Shen B (Graduated), Feit L (Cardiology Attending). Fontan of Youth: Adult Medical Issues for Adolescents. 2019 AAP Poster presentation


Schmidt, C. (PGY-3) – “The Safety of Recommended Vaccinations in Children with Inborn Errors of Metabolism”. 2019.


Shen B (Graduated), Egan-Sherry D (Graduated), MacDonell-Yilmaz R (Graduated H/O Fellow), Renaud T (Surgery Attending). A 23-year-old with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Treat Me Like a Child. November 2019. Poster presentation at the AAP National Conference.


National Pediatrics Hospital Medicine Conference:


Andrews, C. (PGY-4).  “Hot and Heavy for Air”. 2019 Oral Presentation.


Genser, I. (Graduated). “Not Another MONOtonous Day on the Wards”. 2019 Poster Presentation.


Levine, A. (Graduated). “To have and to Burk-hold-eria: X-chromosome deletion and fever of unknown origin.” 2019 Poster presented 


Silva, B. (Graduated). “Be Beriberi Diligent When Checking Outside Records”. 2019 Poster Presentation.


Victor, C. (PGY-4, Triple Board). “Mind on the Micro, Myco on the mind”. 2019 Poster Presentation.


Yeboah, D, Lorenz, M. “Striking a Nerve”- Case Report of HSV Associated Trigeminal Neuralgia. Poster Presentation at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Virtual Conference 2020 

Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting


New England Regional Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Conference


Shen B (Graduated), McLaughlin (Med Peds Program Director). Call Me Maybe: A Quality Improvement Project on Nursing-Intern Communication. 2019 Poster Presentation.


Academic Pediatric Association Regional Society Meeting:

Riese A (Pediatric Primary Care Attending), Kelly J (PGY-3), Tzu-Chun C, Heinly A (Primary Care Attending), Kamath S (Primary Care Attending), Golova N (Primary Care Attending), Watts DJ (Primary Care Attending). 

Visits for Possible COVID-19 in a Pediatric Primary Care Practice Early in the Pandemic. Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting. Presented on March 28, 2020.

Kelly J (PGY-3), Watts DJ (Primary Care Attending), Heinly A (Primary Care Attending), Kamath S (Primary Care Attending), Tzu-Chun C, Golova N (Primary Care Attending), Riese A (Primary Care Attending). 

Changes in Sick Visits in an Academic Pediatric Primary Care Practice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Academic Pediatric Association Regional Meeting. Presented on March 28, 2020


Arnautovic, T. (Graduated): Antenatal Betamethasone treatment associated with Spontaneous Intestinal Perforation (SIP) among Infants receiving post-natal Indocin? 2019.

Shen B (Graduated), Aoyama B (Graduated), Lee B (Graduated). “When Can I Go Home?”: Safe Asthma Discharge Criteria. April 2019. Poster presentation. 

Academy Health 2020 Annual Research Meeting


Durfey SNM (PGY-1)Meyers D, Thomas KS, Trivedi AN. Enrollee Socioeconomic Disadvantage in Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Supplemental Meals Benefits. Poster presented at: AcademyHealth 2020 Annual Research Meeting; Boston, MA: June, 2020.


Women in Medicine Conference:


Baroni, E. (PGY-4, MedPeds): LGBTQ+ Youth


American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting:


Haktanir Abul M (PGY2), Gaffin JM, Guo N, Metwali N, Hauptman M, Thorne P, Gold D, Adamkiewicz G, Redline S, Phipatanakul W. Effect of Indoor Climate on Allergen Levels and Microorgan-ism-Associated Molecular Patterns. AAAAI March 13-16, 2020 Philadelphia, PA. 


American Thoracic Society: 


Gaffin JM, Hauptman M, Petty C, Haktanir Abul M (PGY2),  Gunnlaughsson S, Lai PS, Baxi S. et al. Classroom Based Air Pollution Effects on Asthma Morbidity in Inner City Children with a History of Prematurity. ATS May 15-20, 2020 Philadelphia, PA


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting: 


Healing Health Care: A Trainee’s Perspective on What It Will Take to Defeat Physician Burnout. Life Members’ Wisdom Clinical Perspectives: Physician Burnout, a Generational Perspective. Douglas Kramer, MD, Martin Drell, MD, David Keith, MD, Anupriya Schnapp, MD, Elizabeth Wagner, MD MPH (PGY-4, Triple Board). AACAP’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. October 2020. 


Seventh Annual MedEd Talks. 


Durfey SNM (PGY-1). Topic: Parenting During Medical School: Rethinking the MedEd System to Support this Unique Group. Brown Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI, 2020. 


AMS Future Faculty Teaching Competition 

Durfey SNM (PGY-1)Topic: Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects. Brown Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI, 2020. (Event cancelled due to COVID pandemic).

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 complete a “Capstone Senior Presentation” with the goal of working with a faculty member on creating a high-level presentation focusing either on a challenging clinical question or current evidence on the topic of their choice.

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.