About the Program
Welcome from the Pediatric Residency Program Director!
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the pediatric residency program of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, located at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. I am both proud and honored to be a part of the training opportunities offered here.
Without question our strongest selling point is our residents. They are universally an exceptionally bright, collegial, fun, hard-working group; friendships developed here last a lifetime. Our residents’ idealism and efforts to make the world a better place for children are truly unique and remarkable. It is an absolute joy to rub shoulders with them on a daily basis.
The clinical breadth and educational opportunities here are hard to match. Hasbro Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in 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 take ownership of their patients’ 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 and towns.
Finally, it is 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. World-class colleges and universities help contribute to the art, culture and delicious food found here. Our residents are so happy with their training and lifestyle that they frequently opt to stay in the area to continue their careers.
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.
Chris Merritt, MD, MPH
Pediatric Residency Director
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Eric Chow: Chief Resident 2017-2018
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Graduate: Stanford University (MS), Eastern Virginia Medical School (MPH)
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School (GHHS)
Residency: Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown University (AOA)
Eric received a BA from Stanford University in international relations and also a BS and MS in biological sciences. He completed his MD/MPH at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society as well as the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society in medical school. He was the 2013 recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. In medicine, he has a passion for infectious diseases, epidemiology and global health. He has traveled to various countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo where he studied modifiable risk factors causing obstetric fistulas. He has also worked on projects regarding nosocomial viral infections. He is also passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion and has developed MED Talks at Brown University to connect patient communities and their healthcare providers. With an affinity towards languages and an adventurous spirit, Eric enjoys travel and tasting new foods. He is excited to serve as pediatric chief resident from 2017-2018!
After Chief Year: Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellowship at the CDC
Christopher Merritt, MD, MPH: Program Director
Dr. Chris Merritt has been recently named as residency director at Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He completed his medical training at Tulane University School of Medicine, followed by pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University in Chicago, and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine here at Brown.
After moving to Providence to complete his specialty training, Dr. Merritt fell in love with the city and the region, and continues to enjoy the cultural and ethnic diversity, great food, local music, and pace of the city without the expense and congestion of many other urban centers. Easy access to the Rhode Island coast, Cape Cod and islands, and short drives to access outdoor pursuits of the mountains and lakes of New England and other cities in the northeast are just icing on the cake.
Dr. Merritt’s vision is of sustainable child health and excellence in care of children, and educating a networked community of lifelong learners and child advocates. He was the inaugural recipient of his department’s Clinical Excellence Award, as well as departmental awards for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Merritt’s interests include fostering entrustment and autonomy in learners in medicine, and entrance into the community of professional practice in pediatrics. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Health Professions Education. Dr. Merritt cares for patients and teaches students, residents and fellows in the pediatric emergency department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Nizar Dowla: Chief Resident 2017-2018
Undergraduate: University of Maryland
Medical School: University of Maryland
Residency: Categorical Pediatrics at Brown University
Nizar is originally from rural southern Maryland, and double majored in Chemistry and Spanish in college. After a year doing research at the NIH Clinical Center, he went to medical school in Baltimore, where he taught medical Spanish and volunteered at a local immigrant health center. In residency, he was able to do month-long away rotations in Córdoba, Argentina and Cape Town, South Africa during call-free selective months, and loves to travel internationally both for work and vacations. Despite the New England winters, he enjoys living in RI, especially for the numerous options for his favorite pastime—beach napping. Nizar is a member of the National Health Service Corps, and after chief year, plans to have a career in academic medicine and pediatric primary care.
Jeff 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.
Sabina Holland, MD: Department of Pediatrics Diversity Officer
Sabina Holland earned her medical degree 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.
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.
Deb Pratas: Program Coordinator
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.
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!
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!
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Chris Merritt, MD, MPH
Associate Program Directors
Jeffrey Riese, MD
Robin Kremsdorf, MD
Hasbro Children's Hospital
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