A female pediatric resident smiling while standing in front of a research poster that she is presenting.

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


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.

Virk K, Foster BA, Orwoll B, Schelonka R, Balaji S. Can point of care ultrasound accurately identify pre- vs post-pyloric feeding tube placement in children? Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting; May 2020 (cancelled due to COVID).

Mamidi R, Huynh T, Lapcharoensap W. Impact of repeated simulated neonatal resuscitation training on NRP algorithm adherence in a community hospital. AAP National Conference and Exhibition, Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program; October 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Beaver M, Phelps K, Garg S. Suboptimal pain control in post-operative Glenn patients leads to increased afterload on the single ventricle. 30th Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology (WSoPC); May 2019; Las Vegas, NV.

O’Neill A, Seideman C, Connelly K. Standardizing urology follow up and patient education for girls with classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting. April 2019; Baltimore, MD.

Saladik M, Gilmore B, Fisher C, Waagmeester L, Bailey B, Aylor M. Increased exposure to procedural training in residency. Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Annual Spring Meeting; March 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Gilmore B, Fisher C, Saladik M, Weddle M, Aylor M. Early exposure to behavioral, mental and adolescent health in general pediatrics. Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Annual Spring Meeting; March 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Gardiner H, Wilcox (Lanocha) N, et al. Reducing unnecessary testing of viral respiratory pathogens in pediatric patients. Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Annual Spring Meeting; March 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Lanocha, N. Reassessing the role for dialysis in a neonate with progressive illness. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Conference; March 2019; Orlando, FL.

Mamidi R. Impact of repeat simulated neonatal resuscitation training on NRP algorithm adherence in a community hospital. Western Medical Research Conference; January 2019; Carmel, CA.


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. 10.1007/s10903-020-00969-9 PMID: 31939061.

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 doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.7140  PMID: 33749717.

Huang J.H., Elkhal C., Eliapo-Unutoa I., Armsby L.R., Madriago E.J. Relationship between patient understanding and timeliness of penicillin prophylaxis in rheumatic heart disease prevention programmes in American.  Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health Volume 57, Issue 4, Pages 513 – 518 April 2021  PMID:  33099838.

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: ():-. 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.13522  PMID: 34129023.

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. 10.1016/j.jhin.2021.04.002  PMID: 33864892.

Rufener, Christina; Kopstick, Avi J.; Orwoll, Benjamin E.  Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Clinician Recognition Since the Release of The Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference Definition. CHEST Vol. 158 Issue 4A1856 Published in issue: October 2020.

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. 10.1016/j.pec.2019.07.004 PMID: 31288957.

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. 10.1007/s00246-020-02395-y  PMID: 32623612.

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. 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2019.08.005 PMID: 31515110.

Mamidi RR, Austin JP, Roberts C. Recurrent episodes of hypotonia, encephalopathy, and quadriparesis in a 3-year-old female. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2020 Feb;59(2):211-215. doi:10.1177/0009922819886872.

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.  PMID: 31490578.

Mariam Assi, Brittany Cornfield, Dominic Engracia, Harold Chung, William Clark, John McCarty, Fernanda P. Silveira, Catherine Roberts, Amir Toor & Oveimar De la Cruz.  Are We Overlooking the Use of Oral Ribavirin for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation? Current Treatment Options in Infectious Diseases volume 11, pages188–198 (2019).