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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

General pediatrics research


Robert Byrd, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Byrd conducts research on the epidemiology of early school failure, promotion of school readiness, enuresis, uninsured children, adolescent risk behavior, blood lead exposure, ear infections, and asthma.

Caroline Chantry, M.D.

Dr. Chantry conducts research on infant nutrition, breastfeeding, and term newborn care particularly with regards to the effects of HIV.  She studies the risks, benefits, difficulties, and promotion of breastfeeding, home pasteurization of HIV-infected breast milk for women in resource-poor areas, and growth, body composition, and metabolism in HIV-infected children.

Kevin Coulter, M.D.

Dr. Coulter's research includes the detection of physical abuse injuries, diagnostic studies in physically abused children, and the health status of children placed in protective custody due to abuse and neglect.

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, M.D.

Dr. Fernandez y Garcia's research interests include investigating the effects of parental depression on the medical care of infants and children.

Nathan Kuppermann, M.D., M.P.H. (Emergency Medicine)

Dr. Kuppermann's research interests include the epidemiology of meningococcal disease in children, laboratory evaluation of pediatric trauma patients, radiography of the cervical spine in pediatric trauma, and pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis and risk of cerebral edema.

Eric Kurzrock, M.D., Ph.D. (Urology)

Dr. Kurzrock's research interests include reconstructive techniques, stem cell biology, and tissue engineering specific to the bladder.

Su-Ting Li, M.D.

Dr. Li is interested in determining how to best use information technology to put evidence-based pediatrics into practice, and methods to teach medical students and residents to apply the best available evidence to the care of patients.  She has also published on the efficacy of various treatments for empyema in childhood, and on the rising incidence of inpatient admissions for pediatric empyema in spite of the pneumococcal vaccine.

Craig McDonald, M.D. (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Dr. McDonald's research has focused on new approaches to managing spasticity in children with cerebral palsy and the role of exercise in childhood progressive neuromuscular disease.  Other areas of interest include energy expenditure during locomotion, qualitative measures of physical activity, pediatric trauma, and spina bifida.

David Pleasure, M.D. (Neurology)

Dr. Pleasure's research focuses on the role of neural stem cells in the generation of oligodendroglia.  He also studies how inflammation of white matter contributes to certain autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and several inherited childhood diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy.

Patrick Romano, M.D., M.P.H. (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Romano's research interests include comparative evaluation of health care outcomes, the use of outcomes data to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care, and the role of physicians, nurses, and other professionals in optimizing the quality and safety of health care.

Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Shaikh conducts research aimed at improving healthcare quality, specifically with respect to pediatric nutrition.  Her research broadly deals with identifying factors that influence physician decision-making with respect to pediatric nutrition, and evaluating health system and telehealth applications (e.g., clinical telemedicine, distance education, internet communication) in improving the quality of clinical care in pediatric obesity.

Daniel Tancredi, Ph.D.

Dr. Tancredi's research interests include developing efficient statistical design and analysis plans for observational and experimental clinical research studies, especially studies that involve correlated data, as arise in cluster-randomized trials, longitudinal studies, and survey that use complex probability designs.

Alice Tarantal, Ph.D.

Dr. Tarantal's research program primarily centers on fetal diseases and corrective in utero therapies with a focus on stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.  Translational activities using the nonhuman primate model includes: (1) gene therapy; (2) cell-based therapies/tissue engineering; (3) fetal/infant models of human congenital and acquired diseases of the blood and kidney; (4) fetal:maternal microchimerism; and (5) in vivo imaging.