Program Leadership

The University of Michigan Pediatric Residency Program is wholly committed to providing our residents with a phenomenal pediatric education. We are highly responsive to our residents’ needs and are continually adjusting our program and making changes to best provide the optimal training experience for the Leaders of Tomorrow.

Here is our core leadership team:

Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D. - Program Director

David A. Stewart, M.D. - Associate Director of Pediatric Education

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2012-13
Chief Resident, Med-Peds, University of Michigan, 2011-12
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2012
M.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2008

David Stewart, M.D. serves as an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program.  He works as a pediatric and adult hospitalist and is an active member of the Patient Safety Learning Program for the Department of Internal Medicine.  During his training at the University of Michigan, he was awarded the Steve T. Koeff, M.D. Resident Teaching Award from the medical students and was co-founder of the House Officer Quality and Safety Council.  As a faculty member, he was awarded the 2014 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Teaching Award.  David hails from the great state of Texas, and in his free time he enjoys watching college football, kayaking the might Huron River, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.  

Tom Saba, M.D. - Associate Director of Pediatric Education

Pediatrics Pulmonary Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2014
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital, 2010-2011
Pediatrics Residency, Montreal Children's Hospital, 2011 
M.D., McGill University, 2008

Tom Saba, M.D. has had a focus on education and mentorship throughout his career.  He is therefore very happy to take on a greater role in the Pediatric Residency program.  Tom was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and completed his undergraduate and medical training at McGill University.  He did his Pediatric Residency at the Montreal Children's Hospital and was Chief Resident in 2010-2011.  He came to Michigan for his Pulmonary Fellowship, during which he also completed the Medical Education Scholar's Program and published a manuscript on pre-clerkship student shadowing.  His current practice is mostly clinical with many weeks on service and a specific focus on ciliary dyskinesia.  Tom is hoping that his experience in a different healthcare system, his role as education lead in the Pulmonary division, contribution to the UMHS Graduate Medical Education Committee, contribution to the Pediatrics Board Review course, frequent interactions with residents on the floor and medical education scholarship will help him to provide a valuable service to our residents and help them develop into some of the best Pediatricians and sub-specialists in the country.  He will have a specific focus on the procedural content specifications.

Lauren Helms, M.D.  Assistant Co-Director of Education, General Pediatrics

Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Virginia, 2008-2009

Pediatric Residency, University of Virginia, 2008 

M.D., University of Virginia, 2005

Dr. Lauren Helms graduated medical school from the University of Virginia in 2005.  She stayed on at UVA for her pediatric residency and chief resident year.  Her chief year solidified her desire to stay in academic medicine to continue teaching and mentoring residents and students.  In 2009,  she moved with her family to Ann Arbor for her husband’s cardiology fellowship and was fortunate enough to join the General Pediatrics faculty at the University of Michigan, initially as a float pediatrician then as a regular provider at Briarwood.  Her clinical interests include breastfeeding medicine, international adoption, and sports medicine. 

Shane Quinonez, M.D. - Associate Director of Pediatric Education

Pediatrics Medical-Genetics Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2013
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2011
M.D., University of Michigan, 2008

Shane C. Quinonez, M.D. received his medical degree from The University of Michigan where he also completed his pediatric residency. Following this he remained at the University of Michigan for Medical Genetics Residency and then further training in Clinical Biochemical Genetics. He currently provides clinical care in the general pediatric genetics, biochemical genetics, adult medical genetics and cancer genetics clinics. He also serves as the co-director of the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory in the Michigan Medical Genetics Laboratories. Dr. Quinonez has displayed a commitment to medical education throughout his training and faculty years and is currently participating in the Medical Education Scholars Program at The University of Michigan. His academic educational interests include global health training of pediatric residents and the optimization of medical genetics education for genetics trainees, pediatric residents and faculty. His additional academic interests consist of the introduction of community genetics into low- and middle-income countries and the implementation of Pompe disease follow-up/management into the Michigan newborn screening program.

John P. Schmidt, M.D. - Assistant Director of Pediatric Education

Director, Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002 

M.D., University of Michigan, 1998

John Schmidt, M.D. serves as Assistant Director of Pediatric Education. Dr. Schmidt is a 2002 graduate of our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. He currently serves as Educational Lead for General inpatient Pediatrics and the Director of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Program. Dr. Schmidt has won numerous accolades for his teaching ability, including the Senior Award, Galen’s Silver Shovel, and Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Schmidt is heavily involved with resident recruiting, improving inpatient rounding, conference curriculum, and work-hour compliance. He also volunteers as the physician for the Michigan Marching Band.

Hilary M. Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E. - Associate Chair of Pediatrics

Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1994

Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, Albany Medical College, 1990 

M.D., Albany Medical College, 1986

Hilary Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E. has been the Associate Chair for Pediatric Education after serving as the Pediatric Program Director. Dr. Haftel received a master’s degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. She directed the Communication Skills and Professionalism program at the University of Michigan Medical School from 2003 to 2007. Dr. Haftel has served on numerous Medical School and national committees for undergraduate and graduate medical education. Her research interests include the quality of clinical education, performance assessment, medical decision-making, and autonomy in the changing medical climate.