Two women wearing PPE masks standing in front of each of their research posters.

Integral to the mission of the OHSU Department of Pediatrics is to improve child health through multiple avenues of inquiry, including research and quality improvement.  The residency program has chosen to emphasize scholarly work on childhood disease as a priority for its residents.

Residents participate in longitudinal curriculum that introduces them to the many domains and logistics of scholarship, including data collection and processing, grant writing, database management, project planning, evidence review, and manuscript preparation. With increased exposure and opportunities to network with a variety of mentors, our aim is that over the course of three years residents will complete meaningful projects that have a lasting impact on child health and align with a resident’s professional goals.

Presentations at local and national meetings is encouraged. Local opportunities to disseminate scholarly work include small group workshops, institutional conferences, and a departmental research night. Residents are supported to attend national meetings with individual travel funds and department-wide travel grants.

Selection of recent projects completed by residents


Patel A.R., Patel D.N., Tu Y.N., Yeagley M., Chobrutskiy A., Chobrutskiy B.I., Blanck G. Chemical complementarity between immune receptor CDR3s and candidate cancer antigens correlating with reduced survival: evidence for outcome mitigation with corticosteroid treatments. Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics. 2022

McWhirter L., Lou Y., Reingold S., Warsh S., Thomas-Gale T., Haynes C., Rinehart D., Wendel K.A., Frost H.M. Rates of Appropriate Treatment and Follow-Up Testing After a Gonorrhea and/or Chlamydia Infection in an Urban Network of Federally Qualified Health Center Systems. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 2022: 49(5):319-324.

Young C.F., Mullin R., Moverley J.A., Shubrook J.H. Associations between diabetes-related distress and predicted cardiovascular complication risks in patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. 2022: 122(6):319-326.

Canty E., Carnahan B., Curley T., Anususinha E., Hamdy R.F., Ericson J.E. Reduced Vancomycin Susceptibility, MRSA and Treatment Failure in Pediatric Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2021: ():429-433.

Valenzuela-Araujo D., Godage S.K., Quintanilla K., Dominguez Cortez J., Polk S., DeCamp L.R. Leaving Paper Behind: Improving Healthcare Navigation by Latino Immigrant Parents Through Video-Based Education. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2021: 23(2):329-336.

Demartino P., Haag M.B., Hersh A.R., Caughey A.B., Roth J.A.  A Budget Impact Analysis of Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease: The Medicaid Perspective.  JAMA Pediatrics Volume 175, Issue 6, Pages 617 – 623 June 2021.

Heard-Garris N., Ekwueme P.O., Gilpin S., Sacotte K.A., Perez-Cardona L., Wong M., Cohen A. Adolescents' Experiences, Emotions, and Coping Strategies Associated with Exposure to Media-Based Vicarious Racism. JAMA Network Open. 2021.

Gall E.T., Laguerre A., Noelck M., Van Meurs A., Austin J.P., Foster B.A. Near-field airborne particle concentrations in young children undergoing high-flow nasal cannula therapy: a pilot study. Gall E.T., Laguerre Journal of Hospital Infection. 2021: 113():14-21.

Penning A.J., Al-Ibraheemi A., Michal M., Larsen B.T., Cho S.-J., Lockwood C.M., Paulson V.A., Liu Y.J., Plank L., Fritchie K., Beadling C., Neff T.L., Corless C.L., Rudzinski E.R., Davis J.L. Novel BRAF gene fusions and activating point mutations in spindle cell sarcomas with histologic overlap with infantile fibrosarcoma. Modern Pathology. 2021: 34(8):1530-1540.

Two women smiling while standing on either side of their research poster.
A woman smiling while standing next to her research poster.

Reuland C.J., Godage S.K., Wu L., Valenzuela-Araujo D., Cortez J.D., Polk S., DeCamp L.R. Information and Communication Technology Access and Use Among Low-Income Latino Immigrant Parents. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2021: 25(12):1807-1813.

Yeager A. Ethical issues raised by intergenerational monitoring in clinical trials of germline gene modification. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2021: 47(4):267-270.

Burford A., Alexander R., Lilly C. Malnutrition and Medical Neglect. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 2020: 13(3):305-316.

Haag M.B., Hersh A.R., Toffey D.E., Sargent J.A., Stecker E.C., Heitner S.B., Caughey A.B., Balaji S. Cost-Effectiveness of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Children with Cardiac Conditions Associated with Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death. Pediatric Cardiology. 2020: 41(7):1484-1491.

Canty E.A., Fogel B.N., Batra E.K., Schaefer E.W., Beiler J.S., Paul I.M. Improving infant sleep safety via electronic health record communication: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics. 2020: 20(1)

Cunningham A.J., Haag M.B., McClellan K.V., Krishnaswami S., Hamilton N.A. Routine Chest Radiographs in Children After Image-Guided Central Lines Offer Little Diagnostic Value. Journal of Surgical Research. 2020: 247():234-240.

Ashfaq A., Leeds H., Shen I., Muralidaran A. Reinforced Ross operation and intermediate to long term follow up. Journal of Thoracic Disease. 2020: 12(3):1219-1223.

Leeds H.S., Smith D.A. Palliative care involvement in patients with operative mortality after cardiac surgery. Heart Surgery Forum. 2020: 23(6)

Yeager A., Shad M.U. Aripiprazole for the Management of Antipsychotic-Induced Hyperprolactinemia A Retrospective Case Series. Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders. 2020: 22(1):-.

Stavitsky Z.H., Nguyen C.H., Johnston J.M. Multifocal Stroke Complicating Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis. Case Reports in Neurology. 2020: 12(2):210-213.

Cunningham A.J., McClellan K.V., Dewey E., Krishnaswami S., Butler M.W., Nolt D., Fialkowski E., Haag M.C., Hamilton. Perioperative neutropenia is not an independent risk factor for infectious complications of central venous line placement in children: A propensity score-matched analysis. N.A. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2020: 55(7):1339-1343.

Erspamer K.J., Jacob H., Hasan R. Practices, attitudes and barriers faced by internists and pediatricians in transitioning young adult patients to adult medicine. International journal of adolescent medicine and health. 2019: 34(3)

Arndt A.L., Madriago E., Huang J., Ronai C., Silberbach M., Broberg C.S., Holmes K.W.  Determination of right ventricular function with adjusted systolic to diastolic duration ratio after transannular patch repair of tetralogy of Fallot.  Echocardiography Sep;36(9):1706-1712. doi: 10.1111/echo.14465. Epub 2019 Sep 6.

DeCamp L.R., Showell N., Godage S.K., Leifheit K.M., Valenzuela-Araujo D., Shah H., Polk S. Parent activation and pediatric primary care outcomes for vulnerable children: A mixed methods study. Patient Education and Counseling. 2019: 102(12):2254-2262.

A group of women smiling while standing next to each other in front of a presentation screen.


Janani Rajkumar, MBBS, Kelli Lund, MD, Trang Hyunh, MD, Amber Hoffman, MSN, RN, Wannasiri Lapcharoensap, MD Telemedicine Exposure and Training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Programs: A National Survey of Fellowship Directors
January 19, 2022 - Western Medical Research Conference- WSPR Annual Meeting

Rachael E. Mullin, DO, Kimberly K. Vidmar, MD, Lisa D. Madison, MD Cushing’s Disease: A case of a tendrilled tumor
April 28-May 1, 2022 – Virtual Pediatric Endocrinology Society Annual Meeting

Rachael E. Mullin, DO, Hayley K. Baines, MD, MCR, Kara J. Connelly, MD, MCR Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation IB: Rare cause of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia treated with oral mannose therapy
April 28-May 1, 2022 – Virtual Pediatric Endocrinology Society Annual Meeting

Doris Valenzuela-Araujo, MD, Silvio de Melo, MD, Chirag Patel, MD, Henry Lin, MD, Sylvia Doan, MD Pediatric Autoimmune Pancreatitis: A Rare Disease Worth Considering in Children with Obstructive Jaundice
December 12-17, 2021, Virtual North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

McRae R, Lyman A, Huang JH. Barriers to Completion of a Novel Pediatric Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
April 28-May 5, 2021, Virtual Pediatric Academic Society Meeting Poster Presentation.

Samuel Lam, MD, Jessica Bailey, MD, Nicole Nadeau, MD, Kamyron Jordan, MD, Hannah Yerxa, MD, Jordan Young, MD, Krista Tenerelli , BS.  The Impact of COVID-19 on United States Pediatric Emergency Departments
April 28-May 5, 2021, Virtual Pediatric Academic Society Meeting Poster Presentation.

Jennifer E. Lane, MD, Byron A. Foster, MD, MPH, Parent Reported Impact of Hospitalization for Infants with Bronchiolitis on High Flow Nasal Cannula Therapy AAP Poster 2020.

Sacotte K. The Intergenerational Influence of Structural racism: The Relationship Between Carceral System Exposure, Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes Conference: May 4, 2021, Virtual PAS Meeting Phase: 1 Session Title: Health Equity/Social Determinants of Health: Racism and Bias Session Type: Platform Presentation.