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Chief Residents

Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to visit our website! As chief residents, we are responsible for a lot of the administrative and behind the scenes tasks of the residency but, to be honest, that wasn't the reason we took the job. After three years of residency, it was really the people and the program that kept us around. In looking at our growth, both as physicians and individuals, a great deal of the credit has to go to the people that surrounded and supported us throughout residency. Whether it was fellow residents and program directors who helped us to maintain our sanity (believe us, everyone needs it at one point or another) or attending physicians who consistently pushed us to ask questions and expand our knowledge, we always felt like the goal was our continued improvement and advancement. We also had the experience of working with people who genuinely enjoy being at Rush and teaching residents, which was very rewarding on both a personal and professional level.

Our program is small enough that it has a very comfortable feel and allows for a lot of individual attention, yet not so small there is ever a sense of operating in isolation or without support. The administration is acutely aware of issues pertaining to the residents and takes steps to ensure concerns are addressed and the environment is as conducive as possible to learning and growth. We are extremely proud and excited to be a part of this setting, even if it is only for a year. We look forward to helping continue to provide the residency experiences here at Rush we found so valuable over the previous three years.

If you would like more information about the program, or if there are any questions we can answer as you move forward in the residency application process (we're not so far removed that we can't remember most of that stuff), please don't hesitate to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Photo caption: Chief residents Lizzie McBride, MD and Brittany Radcliffe, MD.

Lizzie grew up in the northern Chicago suburbs and completed her undergrad education at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She met her husband, Joseph, in medical school at Loyola. When they're not in the hospital, you'll likely find Lizzie and Joseph cheering on the Blackhawks at the United Center, just across the street. .

Brittany is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Notre Dame and then moved back to home to attend medical school at the University of Oklahoma. She now loves living in Chicago with her husband, Tim, an emergency medicine resident.

Photo caption: Future chiefs Karina Shah, MD and Christine Schroeder, MD.

The chief residents at Rush are selected during their second year and in the past have been chosen from both the pediatric and med-peds residency programs. Christine Schroeder and Karina Shah will be sharing the chief residency for the 2014-2015 academic year. They hope to continue the tradition of teamwork and a strong commitment to resident advocacy.

PL 3 Residents

Magdalena Kobierska Michigan State University
Stephanie Olson Chicago Medical School
Neil Patel Saint Louis University
Cyndi Sosnowski University of Illinois at Chicago
Elizabeth Dabrowski Tulane University
Melissa Holmes Medical College of Wisconsin
Daniel Rainwater SUNY -Downstate
Joshua Lennon (Med-Peds) Albany Medical College
Christine Schroeder Loyola University
Stanley Sonu (Med-Peds) Medical College of Georgia
Marlon Joseph (Med-Peds) Vanderbilt University
Michael Muriello (Med-Peds) Rush Medical College
Karina Shah Chicago Medical School
Divya Murthy Ohio State University
Abigail Angulo University of Illinois at Chicago

PL 2 Residents

Sylvia Robinson (Med-Peds) University of Chicago
Catherine Kramp University of South Carolina
Sarah Rusch
Rush Medical College
Christine Jensen
Rush Medical College
Felicia Scaggs
Rush Medical College
Benjamin Briggs (Med-Peds)
Kristen Padilla Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Paul Lukac Columbia University
Anna Vu Albany Medical College
Adannia Enyioha University of Minnesota
Kelly Coulomb Loyola University
Jonathan Weber Temple University
Jon Paul Youakim University of Illinois-Peoria
Art Kastl (Med-Peds) Michigan State University
Ajay Bhasin (Med-Peds) Penn State University
PL 1 Residents  
Barbara Amakye Morehouse School of Medicine
Jessica Hui (Med-Peds) Rush Medical College
Matthew Hamilton University of North Texas Health Science Center
Lauren Ford Wright State University
Marc Elias Rush Medical College
Dan Leimann (Med-Peds) Indiana University
Sherry Abraham (Med-Peds) Medical College of Wisconsin 
Inessa Normatov Albert Einstein/Yeshiva University
Andrew Franklin Rush Medical College
Jennifer Wicks Rush Medical College
Angela Samuel Chicago Medical School
Teresa Kuhta Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brandon Sparks Indiana University
Kasey Chaszczewski Stony Brook University
Shalini Bhattacharya (Med-Peds) Southern Illinois University


After graduation, Rush pediatric residents have pursued careers in primary care, hopsital-based medicine and pediatric subspecialties. The strong message from our graduates is about their appreciation for the opportunities they received to make independent decisions. 

Class of 2013

Categorical Pediatrics
Payal Adhikari Primary care, Chicago 
Yasmin Akhtar Primary care, Pittsburgh, PA
Sapna Brogan Primary care, Detroit Metro area 
Marielle Fricchione Infectious Diseases fellowship, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Emily Glogower Primary care, Skokie, IL
Lizzie McBride Pediatric chief resident
Kristina Mitton Primary care, Chicago
Brittany Radcliffe Pediatric chief resident
Kerby Samuels Hospitalist, LaRabida Children's Hospital, Chicago
Kilby Yarbrough PM&R residency, University of Washington
Bree Zimmerman Dermatology residency, UCSF
Graduating Chief Residents
Yasir Kazmi Primary care, Wheaton, IL
Abigail Karth Primary care, Champaign, IL
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Sandra Jackson Primary care, Lockport, IL
Vickie Nopachai Rush Med-Peds practice
Sarah Oddsen Internal Medicine chief resident
Khin Win Med-Peds hospitalist, Downers Grove, IL
Recent graduates have matched in outstanding fellowship programs, such as:  
Allergy/Immunology Rush University Medical Center
General Academic Pediatrics Lurie Children's  Hospital of Chicago
Cardiology Columbia University
Child Abuse Pediatrics
John H. Stroger Hospital, Chicago
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Child Neurology University of Utah
Critical Care Lurie Children's Hopsital of Chicago
Rush University Medical Center
Emergency Medicine
Lurie Children's Hopsital of Chicago
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
University of Pittsburgh
Ohio State University
Endocrine Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Gastroenterology Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Genetics Boston Children's Hospital
Hematology/Oncology Children's National Medical Center, DC
Oregon Health and Science University
Infectious Diseases Emory
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Neonatology Tufts Floating Hospital for Children
University of Washington
University of Chicago
St. Louls Children's
Nephrology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Washington
Rehabilitation Medicine University of Washington
Rheumatology Washington University, St. Louis

Life Outside of Residency

Although clinical responsibilities take up a significant amount of time, our residents have a wonderful life outside the hospital! With Rush's location in Chicago, our residents have limitless options for activities to fill their free time.

Photo caption: Faculty and residents enjoy the annual intern welcome party.

The social scene in Chicago cannot be beat. In the summer our residents enjoy outdoor concerts, neighborhood festivals, and sports leagues, while in the winter common activities include visits to our many museums and sporting events. Throughout the year, they enjoy sampling the many excellent eating and drinking establishments throughout the city. Also, Chicago's Michigan Avenue offers some amazing shopping!

Photo caption: Summer softball (Team "Crush").

Every year, Rush residents enjoy a variety of residency planned social events. Each fall, the chief residents collect donations from attending physicians for a resident social fund, and use this funding to sponsor a variety of events over the course of the year. Some of these activities have included Whirlyball, bowling, happy hours, and a Halloween party. In addition to these larger events, each class gathers at least once a month at the end of each rotation for their "switch party." These gatherings often take place at residents homes, restaurants or bars. These social events help to build the lasting friendships our residents enjoy with each other.

Photo caption: “Hamming it up” at the PL 2 and PL 3 retreats.

The residency program sponsors annual retreats for each class, allowing them to enjoy a respite from clinical duties. These one day retreats occur at different points throughout the academic year and focus on various professional development topics pertinent to the level of training for each group. During the evenings of the retreats, the residents plan a social event of their choosing to end the day. As an added bonus, residents are freed from all call duties on the night of the retreat with coverage provided by the other classes.


Photo caption: Residents celebrate the holidays.

Another annual event is the holiday party held at our pediatric chairman's house. This is a time for residents to celebrate the season with each other and with the faculty and other staff of the department. Coverage is provided by attendings so residents on duty may be relieved to join in the festivities.

In June, all are invited to the annual graduation party. The event is held to spotlight the graduates, highlight resident achievements and celebrate the close of another academic year. The event culminates with the traditional comical skits prepared by the intern and senior classes, which are highly anticipated by residents and attendings alike!


Residents at Rush enjoy the expertise of a diverse group of pediatric faculty. Because there are not many fellows at Rush, residents interact frequently with the entire faculty and find them knowledgeable, available and enthusiastic. Our faculty provides both structured teaching sessions in the form of daily rounds and teaching conferences, as well as more informal teachable moments. The size of our residency program lends itself to a close relationship between the faculty and residents, where residents feel supported by the entire faculty.

View a list of our faculty.


Kenneth Boyer, MD

Chair of Pediatrics

Jane Kramer, MD

Program Director of Pediatrics

Margaret Scotellaro, MD
Associate Program Director of Pediatrics

Bridget Voigt, MD
Associate Program Director of Pediatrics

Wendy Shulman, MEd
Program Manager, Pediatric and Med-Peds Residency Programs

Kathy Robinson
Administrative Assistant, Pediatrics Residency Program



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