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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 Felicia Scaggs Huang, MD and Stan Sonu, MD.

Stan received his undergraduat degree at Vanderbilt University, medical school degree at the Medical College of Georgia, and recently completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Rush. His career interests include addressing health disparities at a community level as well as better understanding social determinants of health among underserved populations. He and his wife, Eileen, recently had a son, Elliott, who is finally sleeping through the night after five long months! Stan enjoys all sports, playing guitar, The Atlantic magazine, coffee, and the occasional scary movie.

Felicia is originally from St. Louis and moved to Chicago to attend Rush Medical college after completing her undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She is a big Cardinals fan! She enjoys bike riding, Intelligentsia coffee, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and trying new restaurants. After her chief year, Felicia plans on pursuing a pediatric infectious disease fellowship.

Photo caption:  Future chief residents Kasey Chaszczewski, MD and Matt Hamilton, DO

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. Kasey Chaszczewski and Matt Hamilton will be sharing the chief residency for the 2016-2017 academic year. They hope to continue the tradition of teamwork and a strong commitment to resident advocacy.

PL 3 Residents

Barbara Amayke 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

PL 2 Residents
Marilyn Featherston Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christina Tarazi Rush Medical College
Jenna Reichel Medical College of Wisconsin
David Nguyen (Med-Peds) Northeast Ohio Medical University
Maheen Siddiqi Medical College of Wisconsin
Svetlana Melamed Northwestern University
Heather Rizvi Loyola University
Jessie Hu Saint Louis University
Brianna Brei Saint Louis University
Jacqueline Korpics Loyola University
David Tapke Northwestern University
Varun Shetty (Med-Peds) Tulane University
Jared Rispens (Med-Peds) Michigan State University
Laura Rogers Rush Medical College
Travis Ludwig (Med-Peds) Penn State University

PL 1 Residents
Angela Li (Med-Peds) Penn State University
Ashley Buchanan (Med-Peds) Rush Medical College
Lili Montoya
Northwestern University
Xixi Zhao (Med-Peds) UIC/Chicago
Katie Kaenkumchorn Rush Medical College
Chelsey Weil Indiana University
Sadia Hussain A.T. Still University/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hilary Bleier New York Medical College
Joanna Hui
Rush Medical College
Carly Stokar Chicago Medical School
Shreya Kanabar UIC/Peoria
Alice Hackett
Saint Louis University
Robert Hartemayer Rush Medical College
Joyce Elugbadebo SUNY-Upstate
Aaron Hart (Med-Peds)
UT-Texas Southwestern

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 2015

Categorical Pediatrics
Kelly Coulomb Urgent care, Lurie Children's Hopsital of Chicago
Adannia Enyioha Primary care, Minnesota
Christine Jensen Hospitalist, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Catherine Kramp Primary care, Charleston, SC
Paul Lukac Hospitalist, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Kristen Padilla Primary care, Chicago
Sarah Rusch Hospitalist, Walnut Creek, CA
Felicia Scaggs Huang Chief resident
Anna Vu Primary care, Chicago
Jonathan Weber Endocrine fellowship, CHLA
Jon Paul Youakim Pimary care, Champaign, IL
Graduating Chief Residents
Christine Lipinski Primary care, Wheaton, IL
Karina Shah Allergy/Immunology fellowship, MCW
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Marlon Joseph Primary care, Boston
Joshua Lennon Hospitalist, Northwestern
Michael Muriello Genetics fellowship, Johns Hopkins
Stanley Sonu Chief resident
Recent graduates have matched in outstanding fellowship programs, such as:  
Rush University Medical Center
General Academic Pediatrics Lurie Children's  Hospital of Chicago
Cardiology Columbia University
Rush University Medical Center
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
Development and Behavior
Rush University Medical Center
Denver Children's
Emergency Medicine
Lurie Children's Hopsital of Chicago
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
University of Pittsburgh
Ohio State University
Phoenix Children's
Endocrine Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Nationwide, OSU
University of Chicago
Boston Children's Hospital
Johns Hopkins
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 Inside and Outside of Residency

Our residents are dedicated to providing excellent medical care for our patients, and we do so in a way that promotes a positive work environment for all residents, students and staff. Each day we strive to advance medical education and patient care, but do so having a little fun along the way! 


Photo caption:  Our floor teams work together well in the hospital; sometimes even coordinate clothing for holidays and parties!

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 in Greek Town.

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" (left) and a group of interns ice skating at Millennium Park (right)!

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 different 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 a PL 3 retreat (left) and catching a White Sox ball game at US Cellular (right).

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.


Photo caption: Residents celebrate during the 2014 graduation party at the Signature Room in the John Hancock!

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.


Anna Spagnoli, 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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