About the Program
Welcome from the Pediatric Residency Program Director!
Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Residency Program of the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University located at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. I am both proud and honored to be a part of the training opportunities offered here.
Perhaps our strongest selling point is our residents. They are universally an exceptionally bright, collegial, fun group that develops friendships that last for life. Their idealism and efforts to make the world a better place for children is truly unique and remarkable. It is an absolute joy to rub shoulders with them on a daily basis.
The clinical breadth and educational opportunity here are hard to match anywhere in the country. Hasbro Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital for our state and surrounding region. Consequently, each and every child with medical need, be it a new concern, a chronic problem, or an obscure diagnosis, comes through our doors. In addition, this is a hospital that depends upon its residents to provide care, rather than taking a back seat simply to observe and take orders. The diversity of our patient base is astonishing. We care for children and adolescents who have recently arrived from all corners of the earth, and from Rhode Island’s culturally, ethnically, and economically varied neighborhoods.
Finally, it is equally important to me that residents are as happy in the hospital as they are in their time off. Providence is a wonderful place to live, and continues to be recognized for its outstanding quality of life. Housing remains affordable, commutes are easy, and the ocean beaches, ponds, and woods are all a stone's throw away. The multiple colleges throughout the city and state contribute to the art, culture and delicious food found here. To date, our residents are so happy with their training and lifestyle that they frequently opt to stay in the area for their life's career.
Ultimately, I want each and every resident here at Brown to be successful. It's my job and philosophy to help you to define what that success is, and work with you to attain that goal.
Adam Pallant, MD/PhD
Pediatric Residency Director
Brown Medical School
Adam Pallant, MD, PhD: Program Director
Adam Pallant has been the residency director at Brown Medical School since 1998. He completed his graduate and medical training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, followed by pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Pallant continues to practice and precept general pediatrics and refugee health in the primary care clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He was in a community pediatric practice for two years prior to being invited to work with the residency program at Brown. He chose Providence as the location to settle for its unique mix of coastal beauty and access, cultural and ethnic diversity, great food, and reasonable lifestyle with ready entrance to urban and rural activities without the expense and congestion of many larger cities. Dr. Pallant has put a priority on bringing a humanistic and family-centered focus to resident education and patient care. He received the Brown Pediatric Award for Outstanding Dedication to Patient Care in 2009 in addition to earlier receiving both the Teaching Recognition Award and The Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award at Brown University. Previously he received the Neossi Award at the end of his chief residency at UCSF, given in recognition of caring interactions with medical staff while providing outstanding and humanistic medical care. Dr. Pallant is currently interested in fostering a meaningful and pragmatic educational approach to humanistic health care in the context of a busy residency-training environment.
Vanessa Toomey: Chief Resident 2016-2017
Vanessa grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, home of the pilgrims. She attended college at Clark University where she studied Biology. She stayed at Clark for a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management. After working a few years in the pharmaceutical field, she attended UMass Medical School which shaped her future in pediatrics. Her passion outside of medicine is Pit Bull Awareness and Rescue. She is hoping to get more involved with the Providence Animal Shelter as she settles into intern year. She enjoys snowboarding, sitting on the beach, and cuddling with her pitties while watching Boston sports.
After Residency: PICU Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital
Jeffrey Riese, MD: Associate Program Director
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.
Brian Lee: Chief Resident 2016-2017
Brian earned a BS in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He is an AOA graduate of Jefferson Medical College. During medical school, Brian served as Chapter President of the Gold Humanism Society and was active in the JeffHOPE student clinics as well as an organizer of the SquashSmarts program providing tutoring and squash training to middle school youth in Philadelphia. We’re waiting on his re-establishing his interest in winemaking in his post-duty hour time.
Robin Kremsdorf, MD: Associate Program Director
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!
Dennisse Reyes: Program Coordinator
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 little old 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 12 years she has been with the Pediatric Residency Program. She loves talking with and helping people which is just one of the reasons she truly enjoys her job. When Dennisse is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and her immediate family. She loves the fact that everything in Rhode Island is close and enjoys the change of seasons! Above all, she enjoys the fact that there are lots of places to buy cheap and expensive bling, but of course the cherry on top is the Pediatric Residency.
Donna Glittone: Program Coordinator
Donna is a home grown Rhode Islander who grew up with all the favorite things Rhode Island is noted for: Dell’s lemonade, coffee milk and Allie’s donuts. She has worked in the residency program for the past 24 years. She is a true sun worshipper whose favorite place to relax is in Aruba. She enjoys spending time at the Rhode Island Beaches, raking leaves and shoveling snow.
Lori Moniz: Program Assistant
Lori started working at Rhode Island Hospital in 1985. Since 1992, she has worked with the Pediatric Residency Training Program and in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. In 2007, she also took over as the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Coordinator. She is happily married with 3 adult sons and 2 dogs. She has lived in Rhode Island her whole life and loves it here! She bought her childhood home in Barrington where she currently resides. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking and Zumba. She is also a volunteer with Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island and The American Cancer Society. Her favorite things about Rhode Island include the small towns and charming beaches. She finds the parks to be “picturesque” and the restaurants “delectable.” She tries to make sure that everyone who lives in Rhode Island tries quahogs, Iggy’s doughboys, Del’s lemonade, hotwieners and a glass of coffee milk!
Website by Art in silico
Adam Pallant, MD, PhD
Associate Program Directors
Jeffrey Riese, MD
Robin Kremsdorf, 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