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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
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2003
M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000

Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the Program Director. She practices at our East Ann Arbor General Pediatrics site, where she supervises residents and students. She has implemented a monthly primary care morning report series as well as a telemedicine experience for our residents. She is involved in resident quality improvement education and serves as a mentor for the resident outpatient QI group. Her interests include quality improvement and patient education.


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.  


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

Dr. Shane C. Quinonez 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.

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

Dr. Tom Saba 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 subspecialists in the country.  He will have a specific focus on the procedural content specifications.


John P. Schmidt, M.D.

Associate Director of Pediatric Education

Director, Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., University of Michigan, 1998

John Schmidt, M.D. serves as Associate 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
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.

Jessica Fealy, M.D.

Associate Co-Director of Education, General Pediatrics
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2011
M.D., University of Cincinnati, 2008

Dr. Jessica Fealy got her BS in Zoology at Miami University and graduated from Medical School at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  She completed her Pediatrics Residency at The University of Michigan and now works at the Briarwood Clinic where she is the site lead for the M3 clerkship and Pediatrics Interest Group advisor as well as a Lactation Champion.  She lives in Dexter with her husband and 3 kids where she enjoys running along the Huron river, baking, and indoctrinating her kids with a love of Michigan Football.  

Lauren Helms, M.D.  

Associate 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. 


Michael Lukela, M.D.

Program Director for Medicine-Pediatrics Program
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2002-03
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1998

Michael Lukela, M.D. is the Director of the Med-Peds program and a hospitalist in the Department of Internal Medicine. He volunteers his time at the HOPE clinic, a local resource for adult and pediatric patients without insurance. He has been extensively involved in Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the University of Michigan and nationally through the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director Association (MPPDA) where he served also served in the capacity as President in 2012-13. Dr. Lukela is also involved at Medical School as a member of the Admissions Executive Committee and Director of the M2 Clinical Comprehensive Assessment. In his spare time, he coaches his sons’ competitive soccer teams, competes in marathons and distance triathlons, and attempts to train his dogs.


Namita Sachdev, M.D.

Associate Director for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 1993
M.D., University of Michigan, 1989

Namita Sachdev, M.D. is Associate Program Director of the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program. She is a faculty mentor in the Clinician Educator Program at the medical school and is also a member of the M2 Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (CCA) committee. She practices both internal medicine and pediatrics at East Ann Arbor in the medicine-pediatrics faculty practice, and is involved in ambulatory education. Dr. Sachdev’s areas of clinical interest are infectious diseases, preventative medicine, and chronic care of disease.

Steven Leber, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Director, Child Neurology Residency
Child Neurology Fellowship, Washington University, 1989

Pediatrics Residency, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, 1986
M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1984

Steve Leber has been at the University of Michigan since 1990.  He is active in the Pediatrics, Child Neurology, and Neurology residency programs, and is teaching medical students in the new Doctoring course.   He has been awarded departmental faculty teaching awards from both Pediatrics and Neurology, and was the second recipient of the Blue Bell Circle Training Director Award from the Child Neurology Society and Professors of Child Neurology, recognizing outstanding performance by a child neurology or neurodevelopmental pediatrics training director.  He was awarded the University of Michigan Dean’s Outstanding Clinician Award in 2013.   In addition to education, his interests include brain malformations, headache, fetal neurology, hypnosis, medical informatics, and how children develop a sense of humor.  He also loves logic puzzles.

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