About the Program
Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Hasbro Children’s Hospital! Thank you for your interest in our program.
Our mission at Brown is to provide a world-class education for our residents in an environment which fosters self-directed learning, meaningful mentorship and collaboration. We are passionate about the care of children, and our residents have the opportunity to learn, teach and provide state-of-the-art care in multiple clinical settings with a diverse patient population.
Just as each patient is unique, so is each trainee. We strive to create a learning environment that is dynamic and responds to the individual needs of each resident while remaining anchored to our core values of advocacy, inquiry, diversity and innovation. The residents who choose to train with us graduate with a mastery of clinical skills, but also a deep understanding of how social responsibility, community engagement, research and activism are all powerful tools to help further children’s health.
Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc
Pediatric Residency Program Director
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Dr. Patricia Poitevien has recently been named Residency Program Director for the Department of Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Pat graduated from Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in 1998 and went on to complete Pediatric Residency Training at NYU Langone Health / Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She was chosen to serve as a Chief Resident there and stayed on as a Pediatric Hospitalist for 15 years. During much of this time, she was the Section Chief and Medical Director for Pediatric Inpatient Medicine at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. In 2013 she earned a Masters of Clinical Science from NYU and was subsequently chosen to be the Residency Program Director for NYU Langone Health / Bellevue Hospital Center. In 2018, Pat was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to lead the Pediatric Residency Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and serve as an Assistant Dean of Diversity an Inclusion for the Warren Alpert Medical School.
Pat is passionate about medical education, particularly around issues of mentorship, diversity and evaluation. She believes that how we teach and how we care for patients must be informed by an environment that is inclusive and representative. Although she will always be a girl from Brooklyn, she is excited to return to Rhode Island with her husband and two boys to explore all the Ocean State has to offer.
Jeffrey Riese graduated from Bowdoin College in 2002 and then spent 3 years in a non-traditional path before entering medical school. He spent 12 months working and living in Yokohama, Japan teaching conversation English to middle school children, then traveled throughout Southeast Asia before returning to the Boston area where he grew up. While applying to medical school, he worked as a pediatric nursing assistant before entering University of Massachusetts Medical School. At UMass, Jeff met his current wife who couples matched to the Pediatric Residency at Brown. In residency, Jeff completed clinical research about factors related to readmission in bronchiolitis and was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award by Brown Medical School. After his year as chief resident, he is now a pediatric hospitalist.
Robin Kremsdorf completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland. After residency, Robin spent 2 years moonlighting as a pediatric hospitalist and a home-visit doctor and also raising her daughter. She returned to her native West Coast to complete a nephrology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. During fellowship, Robin conducted clinical research relating to chronic kidney disease/mineral bone disorder, completed epidemiology coursework at the University of Washington, and had another daughter. She is now here at Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital as a pediatric nephrologist and has joined the pediatric residency leadership team as an Associate Program Director!
Sabina Holland earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency in Orlando, Florida at the University of Florida Pediatric Residency Program at Orlando Health. After residency, she moved her family to Rhode Island where she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Following her fellowship, Sabina joined the faculty and the pediatric residency team where she is working on developing innovative ways to increase diversity in the residency program. She is now the Diversity Officer for the Department of Pediatrics and an active member of the Pediatric Leadership team.
Undergraduate: Smith College
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dana grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and traveled just down the street to attend Smith College. After graduating with a degree in biology, she worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit for a year before moving to the Bronx for medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was inducted into AOA. She is thrilled to be back in New England for residency, and was drawn to Brown by its supportive family of residents and faculty and diverse patient population. Outside of work, she enjoys live music and exploring Rhode Island with her husband and baby.
She is applying for a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology.
Undergraduate: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Nina grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and attended the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for her undergraduate degree. She then worked for a year doing research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She attended the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She is excited to return to New England for residency at a program that is both close to home and known for quality education and training. She enjoys listening to great music, reading, and traveling to new and exciting places.
Dennisse has been living in Providence almost her entire life, but please don’t ask her for directions. She was born in Puerto Rico and came to live in Providence while just a toddler. She is the typical Rhode Islander, which means anything more than a 30 minutes drive is too far. She’s been working at Rhode Island Hospital since the age of 15 and has worked in many areas in the hospital, but for the past 16 years she has been with the Pediatric Residency Program. She loves working with the residents, talking with and helping people. When Dennisse is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, her dog named King Bling Reyes, and her immediate family. She loves the fact that everything in Rhode Island is close and enjoys the change of seasons! Dennisse enjoys the fact that there are plenty of places to buy inexpensive and expensive bling. The thing Dennisse loves most about her job, is the life long relationships she builds with her residents!
Deb is a lifelong Rhode Islander and currently lives in North Providence. She will be working with the Med-Peds residents for the four years of residency preparing schedules, extra clinics and various activities. The thing she enjoys the most about her job is to see the individual growth and transformation that takes place during the four years of residency here at RIH and at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She has 3 beautiful adult children, grand-puppies and enjoys spending time with them, hiking, running and training for the next race! It is her passion to constantly advance the field of graduate medical education during such an exciting time and love working with the residents, faculty and coordinators every day. She is also excited to transfer her medical education and training skills to her role of providing support and coordinating the primary care training program and ensuring that the residents benefit from unique world class and innovative training.
Patricia Poitevien, MD
Associate Program Directors
Jeffrey Riese, MD
Robin Kremsdorf, MD
Sabina Holland, MD
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Brown University Pediatric Residency Program
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Primary Care
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
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