Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Our Campus

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center houses state-of-the-art facilities giving residents access to the tools and resources they need to achieve their educational and professional goals.

  • 45-bed inpatient unit
  • 10-12 bed dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department, open 24/7
  • 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • On-site fully renovated Ronald McDonald Room
  • 35-bed Level III – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • One of the top 50 Children’s Hospitals for cancer nationwide, ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • Pediatric Sedation Service led by the Critical Care team

Fellowship Administrative Leadership  

Meet Our Faculty

Jamie M. Pinto, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Residency: Hasbro Children’s Hospital of the Brown Alpert Medical School
Fellowship: PHM; board certified through the practice pathway
Research/Clinical Interests: Graduate medical education, feedback, antibiotic stewardship, value-based care, family-centered care, probiotics, bronchiolitis, asthma

Srividya Naganathan, M.D., FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Vice Chair, Pediatric Education
Residency: Metro Health Medical Center
Fellowship: PHM; board certified through the practice pathway
Research/Clinical Interests: Graduate medical education, antibiotic stewardship, dermatologic conditions, high value care, physician wellness

Harpreet Pall, M.D., MBA, CPE
Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Residency: Memorial University in Canada
Fellowship: Gastroenterology; Boston Children’s Hospital of the Harvard Medical School
Research/Clinical Interests: Liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and endoscopy

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Faculty

Cathleen Ballance, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director of Quality and Safety, Attending Hospitalist
Residency: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Fellowship: PHM; board certified through the practice pathway
Research/Clinical Interests: Quality improvement, minimizing hospital-acquired infections, pediatric dental health

Rose St. Fleur, M.D., FAAP, IBCLC
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director of the Center for Breastfeeding, Attending Hospitalist
Residency: NYU Winthrop Hospital
Fellowship: PHM; board eligible through the practice pathway
Research/Clinical Interests: Breast feeding medicine, baby-friendly initiative, newborn nutrition, resident as teacher, global health

Steven Kairys, M.D., MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Founding Chairman of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Attending Hospitalist, Child abuse specialist, Adolescent medicine specialist
Director of fellowship quality improvement curriculum
Residency: Dartmouth Medical School
Fellowships: Child abuse pediatrics; board certified through the practice pathway. Adolescent medicine; board certified through practice pathway
Research/Clinical Interests: Child abuse & neglect, quality improvement, adolescent medicine, improving access to pediatric mental health services, advocacy, graduate medical education, pediatric curriculum development

Anna Petrova, M.D., MPH, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of research, department of pediatrics
Residency: Children Hospital # 1, Minsk, Belarus
Fellowship: Neonatology; Research Mother and Child Care Institute, Belarus
Doctoral Degree in Pediatrics (Russia)
New Jersey Graduate Program in Public Health, UMDNJ School of Public Health
Research Fellowship: Primary Care/Health Services Research Fellowship Program, UMDNJ-RWJMS
Research Interests: Clinical research in pediatric and neonatology, health-services research, methodology and statistics, research in medical education, ethical consideration in medical research.

Ranbir Kaur, D.O., FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Community Site Director, JFK Medical Center
Associate Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, JFK Medical Center
Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ
Research/Clinical Interests: Graduate medical education, antibiotic stewardship, process improvement, asthma

Practitioner Team
Ghazalah Malik, M.D. – Attending hospitalist
Sarah Rawstron, M.D. — Attending hospitalist, Infectious disease specialist
Janet Schairer, M.D. – Nursery hospitalist
Alan Cabasso, M.D.—Nursery hospitalist
Usha Thomas, M.D. – Nursery hospitalist
Christine Powers, APN – Inpatient
Sarah Sochaczewsky, APN – Nursery

Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning

With a vision to cultivate an organizational environment that is dedicated to interdisciplinary, professional, patient-centered education, HOPE Tower features a high-tech simulation laboratory.

In the 6,500+ square foot, state-of-the-art innovative simulation laboratory, team learning is fostered through experiential and simulation-based technique with an emphasis on patient safety, quality, innovation and patient interaction.

Residents and fellows gain training for various high-risk scenarios, allowing for real-time exposure to high acuity incidents in a controlled environment. The integration of simulation-based and “real-life” experiential learning into interdisciplinary education programs builds upon Hackensack Meridian Health’s continued commitment to leadership in health care education.


Core didactic curriculum covers all major topics in pediatric hospital medicine including physiology/pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, ethics and sub-specialty topics including cardiology, genetics, endocrine, neurology and many others. A Statistics in Medicine course covers major topics in bio-statistics and research methodology. Pediatric hospital medicine fellowship quality improvement curriculum introduces or reinforces process improvement methodology, tailored to each fellow’s needs.

Educational Conferences

During the two-year fellowship, fellows will actively participate in a variety of conferences. The goal of these conferences is to improve:

  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding and interpretation of the literature
  • The management of patients with complex conditions and diseases
  • The understanding of ethical and palliative care principles in the care for hospitalized children.

Major educational conferences are listed below.

Conference Frequency
& Mortality Conference
Fellowship Lecture Series Bi-monthly
Journal Club Monthly
Statistics in Medicine Self-paced
Fellowship Quality
Improvement Course Series
Grand Rounds Weekly
Wednesday, Friday
team meetings
toward advanced degree
Optional; time commitment varies


Clinical Rotations

Clinical training consists of rotations at our tertiary site at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC), with a community rotation at our affiliated hospital, JFK Medical Center. Our hospital has 45 inpatient beds, and approximately 1,300 admissions per year. Additionally, JSUMC houses a well newborn nursery, a 35-bed Level III NICU, and a 10-bed PICU. Fellows will be exposed to a variety of clinical cases, including bread and butter inpatient pediatrics as well as children with medical complexity and unusual presentations. JSUMC has diverse pediatric subspecialty as well as surgical support including:

  • Anesthesia & Sedation
  • Behavior/development
  • Cardiology
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • ENT
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Infectious disease
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

Fellows can choose to do clinical electives, based on their own individualized needs and career goals. Core inpatient rotations are scheduled longitudinally 1 week at a time (as opposed to 4-week blocks) to mirror attending schedules and to provide amble protected time for scholarly pursuits. Fellows will work no more than 1 weekend per month.

Research and Innovation

A formal scholarly oversight committee (SOC) will be established to mentor and guide each fellow during the fellowship program. The SOC will be composed of at least three individuals, including the fellowship director or core faculty member, an expert in biostatistics or quality improvement methodology, and at least one additional mentor with expertise in the particular area of scholarship that is being pursued by the fellow. Fellows can choose a scholarly project in clinical research, quality improvement or medical education. Our faculty is involved in multiple consortiums, including the Pediatric Research in the Inpatient Setting (PRIS), New York City Regional PHM Collaborative, AAP Value in Inpatient Pediatrics (VIP) Network as well as the New Jersey AAP, which offer opportunities for collaborative scholarship.

Each fellow is expected to formalize their hypothesis and submit their written proposal in the first 6 months of fellowship. By the end of year one, data collection should be near completion. Second year of fellowship will be used to analyze data and present results. Each fellow will present their research results at Hackensack Meridian Health’s annual Research Day. Fellows are encouraged and expected to submit to regional and national conferences. Manuscript preparation and submission at the end of the training program is required; submission to a peer reviewed journal is highly encouraged.

Life as a Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Fellow

Today, Hackensack Meridian Health stands as one of the largest, most comprehensive networks in New Jersey, combining academics and research with an extensive continuum of care. We are renowned for our world-class quality, respected for our expert physicians, and admired for our commitment to our communities. As a highly awarded hospital network, Hackensack Meridian Health has been awarded in the top 150 places to work in healthcare.

Our team member page walks through the many amazing individual and family benefits (including child care) of being a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family.

Conveniently located near many major highways and public transportation options, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center is located in central New Jersey, well-known for its many beaches, and the highly populated cities of Red Bank and Asbury Park. The hospital’s campus location is a 5-minute drive to a sprawling shoreline, and near to many popular attractions.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is located in Monmouth County, which has consistently top-rated school systems, expansive parks, lakes, outdoor activities, shopping malls, and of course easy access to the jersey shore. A short drive to Manhattan, Philadelphia and the Poconos, being a fellow at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital provides you the opportunity to easily visit many exceptional destinations.

From the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ to the well-known PNC Bank Art Center in Holmdel, NJ, there are endless options for experiencing local cultural activities, concerts, theater, nightlife and cuisine.

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