Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows

Hannah Perrin, Class of 2019

MD: University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI

Residency Program: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, CA

Mentor: Irene Loe, MD

Research: My research aims are to identify and understand barriers to educational success in young children and inequities in access to health care services. My research focuses on school readiness skills in preschool-aged children with biologic risk factors. Using a combination of direct observations and parent questionnaires, I am comparing school readiness skills in children born preterm, children born full-term with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms, and children born full-term without ADHD symptoms. In addition, I am examining the receipt of therapeutic intervention services in these three groups of children.

Yair Bannett, Class of 2019

MD: Hadassah School of Medicine, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

Residency Program: Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Tel Aviv University in Zerifin, Israel

Mentor: Lynne Huffman, MD

Research: My scholarly project investigates clinical practices of primary care providers in the identification and management of developmental and behavioral (DB) conditions. This project involves the quantitative analysis of objective data from electronic health records; I also plan to use qualitative research methods to further clarify current trends and barriers to the provision of DB-related care. Ultimately, I will translate the results of this research experience, in combination with my clinical training, into solutions developed to address current primary care challenges. To accomplish this, I will be involved in QI interventions designed to explore different health care models, both in the United States and in Israel, with the long-term goal of improving DB-related care in the community. 

Prior Experience: Before coming to Stanford for fellowship, I practiced for several years as a primary care pediatrician in Israel. I became increasingly interested in expanding my role as a community-based pediatrician, and completed a two-year certification course in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. In the year before fellowship, I divided my time between primary care practice and a community-based Child Development Center, where I worked as a developmental pediatrician. 

Sarah Dubner, Class of 2020

MD: University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in Philadephia, PA

Residency Program: University of Washington in Seattle, WA

Mentor: Heidi Feldman, MD, PhD

Research: My research interests involve understanding how biological and environmental experiences shape children’s neurobiology in order to design early interventions to promote positive neurodevelopmental trajectories. My fellowship research focus is on diffusion MRI as a tool to understand associations between perinatal inflammation and neurodevelopmental outcomes in premature infants. With guidance from an interdisciplinary team lead by my mentor, Dr. Heidi Feldman, I developed a retrospective cohort study of children born preterm at LPCH, examining the relationships between clinical markers of perinatal inflammation, near-term age diffusion tractography measures of white matter, and cognitive, language, and motor outcomes at 2 years.

Prior Experience: Before entering fellowship at Stanford, I practiced as a neonatal hospitalist and as a general pediatrician in the High Risk Infant Follow-Up and Neurodevelopmental Foster Care Clinics in the Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at Stanford.  My interest in understanding perinatal factors contributing to common cognitive and behavioral outcomes led me to seek out additional educational opportunities.  I entered developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellowship at Stanford for advanced clinical and research training to better care for my patients, understand the etiology of their strengths and differences, and eventually design interventions to enhance developmental outcomes.

Myong-Sun Choe, Class of 2021

MD: Tokyo Women's Medical University in Tokyo, Japan

Residency Programs: Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan & St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, New York Medical College in Paterson, NJ

Research: TBD

Prior Experience: Before pursuing advanced educational opportunities in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, I conducted infant brain research in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. My research used MRI to perform volumetric brain analysis in infants who were growing normally.