Drs. Hamilton, Fuhrman and Ghassemzadeh Promoted to New Education Roles

The Office of Education has promoted three faculty members to leadership roles within the Pediatric Critical Care Training Program. Melinda Hamilton, MD, MS is promoted to pediatric division chief of the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Training Program (MCCTP). Dana Fuhrman, DO, MS is promoted from associate program director to program director of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Rod Ghassemzadeh, MD will take over from Dr. Fuhrman as the associate program director. All promotions are effective January 1, 2022.

“Over the last eight years, Mindy has grown our pediatric fellowship into one of the top programs in the country. She was a natural choice to become the division chief and I know she will take this program to even greater heights,” said Lori Shutter, MD, vice chair for Education in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

An esteemed clinician, medical educator and simulation expert, Dr. Hamilton is recognized internationally for her work in pediatric critical care education and pediatric simulation. She is also a 2003 graduate of the UPMC Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship program. Dr. Hamilton’s new role will include oversight and development of all pediatric critical care education, including residents, medical students, fellows, and advanced practice providers. She will lead the MCCTP alongside Jason Moore, MD, MS, who is chief of MCCTP’s Adult Division.

“I am honored to continue my work with this fellowship and have a larger role in training our pediatric critical care fellows and other trainees,” said Dr. Hamilton, who is a professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, and the president-elect of the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh professional staff.

After five years as the associate program director, and a 2015 alumna of the pediatric fellowship program, Dr. Dana Fuhrman has the experience to grow the program and provide strong mentorship to fellows. She is a practicing pediatric nephrologist and pediatric intensivist, as well as a NIH-funded nephrology investigator, who studies pediatric acute kidney injury.

New associate program director Dr. Rod Ghassemzadeh, is a clinician in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU. In assuming the associate program director role, he becomes the first fellowship educator with pediatric cardiac credentials. He joined the department in 2019 as an assistant professor of Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics after completing his Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Stanford University. He also completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Children’s in 2017.

“I am thrilled to have Dana and Rod leading our Peds fellowship program. It is incredible to have Dana continue to gain leadership experience, while Rod’s insight as a pediatric cardiac intensivist will bring a fresh perspective that will benefit all our fellows,” said Dr. Shutter. “New leadership at different levels of MCCTP brings exciting opportunities for innovation. I look forward to watching their successes.”

The MCCTP trains fellows from various specialties, including neurology, pediatrics, surgery, internal medicine/emergency medicine, and anesthesiology, who gain hands-on clinical experience and research skills in addition to simulation-based education. MCCTP offers two pediatric fellowships in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care in addition to five fellowships focused on adult care.