Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows

Emily Whitgob, Class of 2018

MD: University of California, Davis School of Medicine in Davis, CA

Residency Program: Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA

Mentor: Irene Loe, M.D.

Research: My research examines the school and academic outcomes of children with chronic diseases who are served by the child welfare system. With guidance from Dr. Loe, I am analyzing data from a national longitudinal study of children who have come in contact with the child welfare system. I am particularly interested in the development of foster children.   

Prior experience: Before I became a doctor, I was a teacher, focusing mainly on special education grades K-3. I earned my master's degree in education and dual certification in elementary general and special education from Teachers College, Columbia University. I decided to come to medicine in order to better achieve the goals I had as a teacher, namely furthering the successful inclusion of children with developmental disabilities in the general education community.

Dana Won, Class of 2018

MD: Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University in New York, NY

Residency Program: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in San Francisco, CA

Mentor: Lynne Huffman, M.D.

Research: I have an interest in sleep disorders and their relationship to developmental and behavioral problems in children. It is well documented that sleep problems are very common in children with special needs, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is also known that sleep problems have a major negative impact on family functioning and stress. The recognition of sleep concerns is limited, however, even among trained subspecialists. My research examines the extent to which Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians in DBPNet (a research network of 12 academic health centers including Stanford) consider, diagnose, and treat sleep problems in children being evaluated in the clinic. Further, I am examining both patient and clinician factors that may influence whether a sleep problem is explored and/or identified. I hope to use this information to develop a quality improvement project to enhance clinician practice related to identification and treatment of sleep problems in children.

Prior experience: Before I came to Stanford for fellowship, I practiced pediatrics in the community for 13 years. For the past decade I have focused on the evaluation and diagnosis of ASD, and I have had the opportunity to work with families of children with ASD to treat their sleep problems. I also served on the Autism Treatment Network sleep committee, which developed an algorithm to manage insomnia in children with ASD.

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, M.D.

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, M.D.

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: TBD

Research: TBD