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Welcome, First-Year PCCM Fellows

Thu, 09/08/2016

The Department of Critical Care Medicine and the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine welcomes the new Pediatric Critical Care Medicine first year fellows. The PCCM fellowship program is under the direction of Melinda Hamilton, MC, MSc, with Dennis Simon, MD, as Associate Program Director.

 (L to R) Justin Azar, Katie Madurski, Zac Aldewereld, Katie Even

Zac Aldewereld: Dr. Aldewereld joins PCCM after completing one year of Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship and pediatric residency at Northwestern in Chicago. Zac attended medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and undergrad at Auburn University where he double majored in Aerospace Engineering and Physics. (An Auburn and Alabama alum: quite the conundrum during football season!) Working with mentor Mark Wainwright, Zac performed a retrospective chart review that attempts to associate outcomes in pediatric post-cardiac arrest patients to trans-cranial Doppler ultrasound measurements taken in the first 72 hours post-cardiac arrest. In his free time, Zac enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching college football with his wife, Lauren Aldewereld, MD, who is an internist at Craig Medical Associates.

Justin Azar: Born and raised in Virginia, Dr. Azar comes to us by way of George Washington University School of Medicine and Hampden-Sydney College. He completed pediatric residency and chief residency at DC Children’s Hospital. During his chief year, Justin spent a month in Malawi through the Baylor Pediatric AIDS initiative providing HIV/AIDS care to patients. Justin enjoys the outdoors in his free time-kayaking, boating, fishing, camping and hiking as well as refinishing furniture and woodworking. But nothing brings him greater joy than his dog, Penny.

Katie Even: A Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC residency alum, Dr. Even is a native of Worcester, MA, (yes, making her a Patriots fan). Katie attended undergrad at Boston University and medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During college, Katie participated in a study abroad program and worked with a neonatologist in a busy hospital in Dublin, Ireland. She completed a retrospective chart review on cases of necrotizing enterocolitis and presented her findings to a group of neonatologists. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, baking, and watching and attending sporting events.

Katie Madurski: Originally from California, Dr. Madurski took an interesting path to fellowship training. Training first as a nurse, Katie earned a BS in Biology at The College of William and Mary and a BSN at Columbia University. Knowing she was meant for a career in medicine, she attended medical school at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Katie completed pediatric residency at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Katie enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting in her free time.

Cardiac Critical Care Fellows

 (L to R) LaTasha Lewis, Julia Niebauer (2nd year CICU fellow), and Wonshill Koh

Wonshill Koh: Born and raised in Korea, Dr. Koh joins PCCM after completing a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and pediatric residency at Cohen Children’s Medical Center/NSLIJ Health System. Wonshill attended undergrad at Texas A&M where she earned a BS in biomedical engineering. She then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, in the MD/PhD track. Wonshill’s PhD thesis focused on the molecular control of endothelial lumen formation by Rho GTPases in three dimensional collagen matrices and is continuing on in her research as a Pediatric Cardiac ICU Fellow.

LaTasha Lewis: After six years as a Pediatric Intensivist, Dr. Lewis has returned to training in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU.  LaTasha attended Tuskegee University for undergrad and Meharry Medical College for medical school.  She completed pediatric residency at Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University and a three year pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University. LaTasha’s academic interests include simulation and the study of lactic acidosis in children with severe acute asthma. She enjoy spending time with her husband, David Lewis, MD, and their two dogs, watching sports, and shopping.