Conference Faculty


Chris Amato, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Chair, Advanced PEM Assembly Planning Committee
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Dr. Amato has been the director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Morristown Medical Center since its inception in 2006 and is medical director of pediatric advanced life support for Atlantic Health System. He is also the past chair of the pediatric section of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Dr. Amato has been an active member of the ACEP Pediatric Section for over 10 years and served on the ACEP Education subcommittee and currently is the ACEP Pediatric Section ACEP liaison to PREP:EM.
Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Bajaj directs the Clinical Effectiveness program. This program brings together process improvement, data and analytics, and program management in order to perform and measure success with large scale improvement projects. Dr. Bajaj is known for publications in procedural sedation, bronchiolitis, appendicitis, head injury, quality improvement, and informatics. Dr. Bajaj completed his undergraduate training at UC Davis in 1991, followed by his MD and MPH in 1996 from the University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley. He then came to Colorado, and completed a residency in Pediatrics in 1999, and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2003.
Todd P. Chang, MD, MAcM
Associate Professor
Associate Fellowship Director, Director of Research and Scholarship
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Todd’s primary research interests are in judicious best practices for educational technologies, including simulation, serious games, and virtual reality. His involvement in academics include serving on the leadership committees of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee, Pediatric Emergency Research Networks, and the International Simulation in Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education Network. Much of his non-clinical time is spent performing data analyses, mentoring fellows and junior faculty, and trying to get his 2 cats to lose weight.
Christine Cho, MD, MPH, MEd
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Cho’s research interests are in the education and maintenance of professionalism in medicine and has additional interest in cognitive errors in decision making and design thinking in innovation. Before CHLA, Dr. Cho was the medical director and interim chief of pediatric emergency medicine at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Stephanie Doniger, MD, RDMS
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Co-Director of Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound
New York-Presbyterian, Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Dr. Doniger was the first physician to complete an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship following a Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. She has lectured extensively on local, national, and international levels. Dr. Doniger has authored several manuscripts and book chapters on Pediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound and is the editor of the textbook “Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound” (2014). Dr. Doniger has been extensively involved with WINFOCUS, the AAP, and ACEP in further promoting the use of pediatric point-of-care ultrasound to improve the care of children.
Jay Fisher, MD, FAAP
Director of Pediatric Emergency Services
Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC

Dr. Fisher has received the Excellence in Teaching Award by the University of Nevada School of Medicine Pediatric Residency class three times and the Bernard Feldman Distinguished Lectureship Award. He has authored 10 peer-reviewed publications during his tenure at University Medical Center. Most recently, he co-authored an abstract presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Utility of EKG in Children with Chest Pain and A Retrospective Study on Mortality Associated with ALTE, published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

In his free time, Dr. Fisher and his wife help their two teenage daughters navigate the challenges of young adulthood, visit their local auto body shop with remarkable frequency, and try to prevent their two dogs and two cats from destroying the house.

Todd Florin, MD, MSCE
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Florin’s work focuses on improving the diagnosis, management and outcomes of children with common, serious infections in the emergency department. His current efforts are concentrated on pediatric lower respiratory tract infections, namely bronchiolitis and pneumonia. His work has also centered on resource utilization, variation in care, and use of clinical trials to improve treatments for respiratory tract infections. Outside of medicine, Dr. Florin continues to work semi-professionally in his musical life as a conductor and singer, having received his musical training at the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music.
Susan Fuchs, MD
Co-Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference
Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Dr. Fuchs did her pediatric residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, (now demolished), and her Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship under Dr. David Jaffe at Children’s Memorial Hospital (also demolished). Her first attending position was at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, but she returned to Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago), where she is an Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine and EMS Medical Director. She is also Chair of the Illinois EMSC Advisory Board. She is still celebrating the Cubs winning the World Series!
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Director of Emergency Medical Services
Director of the EMS and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowships
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Gausche-Hill is nationally known for her work as EMS researcher and educator, and for her leadership in the field of pediatric emergency medicine. In 2004 she was awarded the ACEP National Education Award in Emergency Medicine, in 2005 was awarded the Martha Bushore-Fallis APLS award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, in 2007 was awarded the Emergency Medical Services for Children Heroes Award for Lifetime Achievement, in 2008 was named one of the Heroes of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians, and in 2010 was a finalist for the Daily Breeze Healthcare Provider of the Year.
Michael Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

Over the last twenty five years Dr. Gerardi has served the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics on numerous committees and task forces. He lectures regularly throughout the United States and internationally on health policy, emergency medicine practice, pediatric emergency medicine and risk management issues. In October 2008, Dr. Gerardi was elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He served as President of ACEP in 2014-2015 and just finished his term on the Board as Immediate Past President. He is also part of the team of leaders of ACEP representing Emergency Medicine in the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Michael Gerardi is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and practices clinically in adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He is the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital and faculty in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship and the Residency in Emergency Medicine at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey.

Steven Green, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Loma Linda University Medical Center & Children’s Hospital

Dr. Green is a Deputy Editor of Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Robert Hickey, MD
Director of Research in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical and Translational Science
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Dr. Hickey is a principal investigator in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) and has authored over 95 peer-reviewed publications, 13 book chapters and has served on seven editorial boards. He has participated in 25 research grants, including co-investigator for eight NIH grants and principal investigator for three NIH grants. He has served on study sections for both the Maternal Child Health Bureau and the NIH. He is also a longstanding volunteer for the American Heart Association and has participated in numerous national and international committees related to CPR, including co-chairing the 2010 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Conference on Emergency Cardiovascular Care and CPR.
David Jaffe, MD, FAAP
Senior Vice President, Education and Publishing
American Academy of Pediatrics

His major research interests include diagnosis and management of febrile infants, emergency evaluation and management of head and spine trauma, and procedural sedation. He is a founding member of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN). He has co-authored more than 70 publications.

David has been a member and recent past chair of the Pediatric Residency Review Committee of the ACGME, past president of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), past chair of the Section on Pediatric Emergency Medicine of the AAP, past member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and current Chair of the Credentials Committee of the ABP. He is also a founding co-chair of the Special Interest Group on LGBTQ Health and Well-being of the APA. He is the recipient of the James Seidel Distinguished Service Award from the AAP Section on Emergency Medicine (2006), and the PEMSOFT Achievement Award (2013)

Deborah Liu, MD
Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles

After spending seven winters struggling with the ice and snow, Dr. Liu was ready to move back to Los Angeles. She has been an attending at CHLA for over 11 years and has served as Fellowship Director for over 8 years. Her research interests include Just-In-Time Training for Medical Education, ED Utilization for non-urgent complaints, and Analgesia. She has authored 15 PEM or EM textbook chapters in the previous years. Dr. Liu has been an active member of AAP Section of Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director subgroup, as well as numerous CHLA committees.

If she is not thinking about work, she is often thinking or talking about food or her children.

Charles Macias, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief Clinical Systems Integration Officer
Texas Children’s Hospital

Dr. Macias has and continues to chair or co-chair a number of Quality Improvement collaboratives. In addition to creating QI collaboratives for the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, he has also initiated a number of activities involving emergent sepsis care. He is a co-chair of the Improving Pediatric Sepsis Outcomes quality improvement collaborative of the Children’s Hospital Association- a collaborative of over 40 institutions dedicated to decreasing mortality and morbidity from sepsis.His national interest in improving the care for children has led to his role as the executive director of the national Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center, utilizing improvement science to support the EMSC program in 58 states and territories.
Eileen Klein, MD, MPH
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dr. Klein grew up on the East Coast and did her medical school training at Johns Hopkins. She moved to Seattle for Pediatric residency (and fellowship) and never left! She has been the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director since 1999, and also Co-Directs the Fellows College for her institution and Co-Directs the research program for their Emergency Medicine Division. She loves the Pacific NW and doesn’t even mind the rain.
Connie McAneney, MD, MS
Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program
Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

She joined the newly formed Division of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1991. Connie was the Founder of the Pediatric Transport Team and continued as Director until 1998. She was a member of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine Admission Committee for seven years and was the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship for 16 years. She served as Program Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine National Conference and the Chair of the Subcommittee for PEM Fellowship Directors. Dr. McAneney received a B.S. in Nursing from Georgetown University and completed her Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Lise Nigrovic, MD, MPH
Co-director for the Population Science
Institutional Centers for Clinical and Translational Research (ICCTR)
Division of Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Nigrovic’s research focus has been in the approach to diagnosis and management of children with infectious and traumatic emergencies. Her significant research contributions include the development and multi-center validation of a clinical prediction model to distinguish between bacterial and viral meningitis. She serves as the site principal investigator for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Applied Research Network (PECARN) and current chair of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Collaborative (PEM CRC). Her current research focuses on the diagnosis of Lyme disease in children with the establishment of a multi-center pediatric Lyme disease network (Pedi Lyme Net) with a pediatric biorepository.
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Pediatrics in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Section
Baylor College of Medicine
As Head of the Section of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine from 1991-2012, she was Director of the Emergency Department and the first Director of Baylor’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. In 2012, she refocused her time on being Texas Children’s Hospital’s Chief Safety Officer and Chief Clinical Officer Deputy Chief Quality Officer. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Administrative Science at Rice University. Dr. Shook received a BA from Brown University, MD from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her MBA from University of Houston, with a Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
Sr. Research Administrative Coordinator
Texas Children’s Hospital
National Coordinator
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference
Connie is known as the “busy bee” that handles all of the details of the conference. She began working in this capacity immediately following the 2013 PEM Fellows Conference in Austin, TX with Co-Directors Charles Macias, MD, MPH and Susan Fuchs, MD. She has worked with Baylor College of Medicine since January 2013 and previously was employed at Texas Children’s Hospital beginning February 1997. She received a BA in Marketing at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.
Jacob Snow, MD
Attending Physician
MEDNAX, Nevada

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2004, he came to Cincinnati Children’s and subsequently completed a residency in pediatrics, a year as a chief resident, and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. In addition to his clinical work in the Emergency Department, Dr. Sobolewski serves as the rotation director for the 250+ residents rotating through the ED. It is in this role that he oversees a broad curriculum involving didactic and simulation based sessions, an asynchronous online platform consisting of a widely read Pediatric Emergency Medicine blog,, and ongoing research projects focused on the use of technology in resident education.
Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA
Division Chief for Emergency Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dr. Stanley is the principal investigator of the Great Lakes EMSC Research Node of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) since 2008. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is currently a member of the PECARN node that Dr. Stanley leads.

Dr. Stanley’s general research interests include traumatic brain injury and multi-center clinical trials in pediatric emergency medicine. She also has a strong interest in mentoring and developing the next generation of academic pediatric emergency physicians.

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