Emergency Medicine | Fellowship | Meet the Fellows

First Year Fellows

Lindsay Jaeger
lindsay.jaeger@wustl.edu
Residency: Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Hobbies: CrossFit, reading, piano, cooking, spending time with family and friends

Kathryn Spectorsky
kaspectorsky@wustl.edu
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Hobbies: Cooking, travel, travel photography, womens’ Lacrosse

Tama Thé
tama.the@wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine / St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Hobbies: Rock climbing, Stand-up, Constitutional Law, Podcasts

Second Year Fellows

MaryBeth Brice
mbrice@wustl.edu
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Research: Gun Violence
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. Reading and creative writing. Running

Marissa Cantu
mcantu@wustl.edu
Residency: Tulane-Ochsner Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Research:
Hobbies: Zumba, baking and cooking.

Kayleigh Fischer
k.fischer@wustl.edu
Residency: University of Rochester
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Research: Hormonal Contraception, Reproductive Health
Hobbies: Rock climbing, archery, swimming, running and scrapbooking.

Mandy Hayes
hayes_m@wustl.edu
Residency: University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Medical School: University of Oklahoma college of Medicine
Hobbies: Armed with a guitar and accompanied by her partner and three Labrador retrievers, she seeks solace in the great outdoors. Enjoys kayaking, ultralight hammock camping, trail riding, fly fishing and hiking.

Third Year Fellow / PEM Ultrasound Fellow

Melissa Puffenbarger
m.puffenbarger@wustl.edu
Residency: University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Research: Regional Implementation of a Minor Head Trauma Decision Support Tool at Community Emergency Departments
Hobbies: Co-ed sports, running, cooking, and rock climbing

Past Fellows

Tara Copper (2014-2017)
tara.copper@wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Research: Implementation and Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Guideline for Management of Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations in Community Emergency Departments.
Hobbies: scuba diving, boating, traveling, spending time with my family and friends, and attending local festivals and other events

Alison Curfman (2014-2017)
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Research Projects: Transport Telemedicine; Neonatal HSV; National Pediatric Telemedicine Assessment and Global Fusobacteria Study
Current Position: Medical Director of Pediatric Telemedicine, Mercy Hospital Systems; Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Mercy Hospital in St. Louis

Lindsay Clukies (2014-2017)
lindsaydavidson@wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Medical School: New York Medical College in Valhalla.
Research: Identifying patients requiring early transfer to the PICU following admission from the ED. We plan to characterize these patients and create a clinical decision tool to help triage patients from the ED.
Hobbies: include running, taking my dogs to the park, hockey, sporting events, concerts and going to new restaurants.

Jennifer Horst (2013-2016)
Horst_J@kids.wustl.edu
Current Position: Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine

Kathryn Leonard (2013-2016)
Leonard_K@kids.wustl.edu
Current Position: Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine and Assistant Program Director, PEM Fellowship
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Research Interests: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Clinical Skills Bootcamp for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows

George Abraham (2012-2015)
Residency: East Tennessee State University
Medical School: University of the West Indies
Research Interests: Pediatric Medical Simulation in Education and Quality improvement.
Hobbies: Photography, Traveling and Reading

Ryan McKee (2012-2015)
McKee_R@kids.wustl.edu
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: Univeristy of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Research Projects: Predictors of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
in Children, Quality improvement in Sepsis
Hobbies: reading, golf, hockey

Ruth Hwu (2011-2014)
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University in Atlanta
Research Project: The Use of Massive Transfusion in Pediatric Trauma

Hannah Smith (2011-2014)
Residency: Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas
Research Projects: Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation Ameliorates
Environmental Enteropathy in Malawian Children aged 12-35 months;
A randomized controlled clinical trial.
Hobbies: Traveling, painting, photography and reading

Sri Sankar Chinta (2010-2013)
schinta@wustl.edu
Medical School: Andhra Medical college, Visakhapatnam, India
Research Projects: Median effective dose of rapidly administered
ketamine for brief pediatric procedural sedation: A dose finding study
Hobbies: running, listening to audio books, travel

Indi Trehan (2010-2013)
Current position: Associatet Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine
Research Project: Indi used his T32 grant time to further research in malnourished children in Malawi
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