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 Discovery and Innovation (CDI)

The Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) resides in 58,000 GSF of newly renovated space with core facilities including high-end imaging, mass spectrometry, gene editing, cell sorting, flow cytometry, tissue banks and biocontainment. The high-tech auditorium, Board Room and video conferencing center serve as venues for speakers to present their research to CDI scientists, professors and medical students. An additional ~60,000 GSF of lab space is available for fellows to be active members of their chosen laboratory, attend journal clubs and laboratory meetings, and pursue independent research projects under the supervision of their mentors.

CDI Research

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 Emergency Department
  • Pediatric Sedation Service led by the Critical Care team


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.


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 four individuals, including the research mentor, a mentor for clinical and career development, and additional mentors with expertise in the particular area of scholarship that is being pursued by the fellow. Fellows have a choice of basic, clinical or quality improvement research. Our faculty is involved in clinical research, basic science and QI science/methodology. We have been members of Vermont Oxford for over 15 years.

The specific goals of the SOC are:

1. To meet with the fellow a minimum of 2 times per year. In the first year, the SOC will meet quarterly to ensure adequate development of the program and at least biannually in the second and third year.

2. Complete evaluation/progress reports after each meeting to assess progress and detail accomplishments.

3. Review and approve the proposed research plan for the first-year fellows.

4. Evaluate the fellow’s written product of scholarly activity.

Each fellow is expected to formalize their hypothesis and submit their written proposal by the end of year one and will present their research proposal/initial data at the yearly research seminar at the end year. SOC is committed to ensure progression of the fellow’s project and that their research is on trajectory for completion by the end of the 3rd year of training. Fellows are expected to present research at the yearly research seminar and at local, regional, and national meetings. Manuscript submission at the end of the training program is required. The research mentor oversees all research presentations.

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.

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
Quality/Morbidity & Mortality Conference Quarterly
Fellowship Lecture Series Bi-monthly
Journal Club Monthly
Statistics in Medicine Self-paced
Fellowship Quality Improvement Course Series Monthly
Grand Rounds Weekly
Morning Report Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Interdisciplinary team meetings Varies
Coursework toward advanced degree Optional; time commitment varies


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