Hospital Medicine

About the Division

Granted recognition by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2018, pediatric hospital medicine is one of the newest subspecialties in health care. The VCU Department of Pediatrics is proud to be at the forefront of this emerging field, offering a team-oriented, evidence-based and family-centered approach to taking care of children during their hospital stay and the only ACGME-accredited fellowship in the Commonwealth of Virginia to complement our dedication to education of anyone who provides clinical care to children.

With compassion and clear communication, our faculty and trainees collaborate with physicians, nurses, therapists and other specialists across the broad spectrum of pediatric health care to treat children with the following:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Complex medical conditions
  • Recovery from injuries (accidental or inflicted) and surgeries

The department is dedicated to partnering with community sites to provide care for children across the Greater Richmond Region. Faculty in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine staf the inpatient unit within the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU in downtown Richmond and Mercy Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, located in the city’s West End.

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“We just want the kids in Richmond to get the best care.”

David Marcello, M.D.

Education

Medical Students

Medical students rotate through the inpatient floors during their M3 clerkship and M4 acting internship. Students learn alongside residents and get face-to-face feedback from the hospital medicine attending or fellow.

We also facilitate simulation sessions for students, which allows them to gain practical experience and confidence in handling the first five minutes of an emergency before the ICU team arrives.

Read about electives for medical students

Residents

Pediatric residents gain exposure to hospital medicine during all three years of the program. In addition to extensive inpatient experience and bedside teaching, trainees receive thorough evaluations during what is known as Feedback Friday.

Designed to foster individual interests, the pediatrics residency curriculum includes elective rotations each year, with the opportunity to choose hospital medicine as a subspecialty track.

Learn more about our residency

Fellows

Started in 2015 and recently accredited by the ACGME, our pediatric hospital medicine fellowship is the only one of its kind in Virginia.

The two-year program trains the next generation of pediatric hospitalists with a curriculum based on five pillars: clinical care, medical education, research, quality improvement and leadership.

Explore our pediatric hospital medicine fellowship

Research

Research efforts in our division focus primarily on education and quality improvement. Faculty and trainees innovate medical education methods, examine the clinical outcomes of inpatient therapies and participate in hospital-wide quality improvement committees. We also publish and present our findings at national and international conferences and meetings.Explore other research opportunities

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Faculty

David Marcello III, M.D. [View Image]

David Marcello III, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

David Marcello III, M.D. [View Image]

David Marcello III, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine
Director, Inpatient Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Clinical Decision Unit

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David Marcello III, M.D., FAAP on CHoR

Matthew Keane, M.D [View Image]

Matthew Keane, M.D

Hospital Medicine

Matthew Keane, M.D [View Image]

Matthew Keane, M.D

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Matthew Keane, M.D. at CHoR

Clifton Lee, M.D. [View Image]

Clifton Lee, M.D.

Co-Director, M3 Pediatric Clerkship

Clifton Lee, M.D. [View Image]

Clifton Lee, M.D.

Co-Director, M3 Pediatric Clerkship

Pediatrics

Associate Professor
Program Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

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Clifton Lee, M.D., FAAP, SFHM at CHoR

Jose Munoz, M.D. [View Image]

Jose Munoz, M.D.

Vice Chair, Quality and Safety

Jose Munoz, M.D. [View Image]

Jose Munoz, M.D.

Vice Chair, Quality and Safety

Pediatrics

Professor

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Jose Munoz, M.D. at CHoR

Michael Ryan, M.D. [View Image]

Michael Ryan, M.D.

Vice Chair, Education

Michael Ryan, M.D. [View Image]

Michael Ryan, M.D.

Vice Chair, Education

Pediatrics

Professor

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Michael Ryan, M.D., MEHP at CHoR

Matthew Schefft, D.O. [View Image]

Matthew Schefft, D.O.

Hospital Medicine

Matthew Schefft, D.O. [View Image]

Matthew Schefft, D.O.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor
Quality and Safety

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Matthew Schefft, D.O., MSHA at CHoR

Ashlie Tseng, M.D. [View Image]

Ashlie Tseng, M.D.

Director, Resident Quality Improvement Education

Ashlie Tseng, M.D. [View Image]

Ashlie Tseng, M.D.

Director, Resident Quality Improvement Education

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics Residency and Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

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Ashlie Tseng, M.D. at CHoR

Allison Young, M.D. [View Image]

Allison Young, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Allison Young, M.D. [View Image]

Allison Young, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

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Allison Young, M.D. at CHoR

St. Mary’s Hospital Faculty

Elizabeth Aarons, M.D. [View Image]

Elizabeth Aarons, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Elizabeth Aarons, M.D. [View Image]

Elizabeth Aarons, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Associate Clinical Professor

Elizabeth Aarons, M.D. at CHoR

Kidist Alemu, M.D. [View Image]

Kidist Alemu, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Kidist Alemu, M.D. [View Image]

Kidist Alemu, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Associate Clinical Professor

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Kidist Alemu, M.D., FAAP at CHoR

Sandra Benanti, D.O. [View Image]

Sandra Benanti, D.O.

Hospital Medicine

Sandra Benanti, D.O. [View Image]

Sandra Benanti, D.O.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Associate Clinical Professor

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Sandra Benanti, D.O., FAAP at CHoR

Julia Kayce Brantham, M.D. [View Image]

Julia Kayce Brantham, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Julia Kayce Brantham, M.D. [View Image]

Julia Kayce Brantham, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Clinical Professor

Julia Kayce Brantham, M.D. at CHoR

Michael Burbridge, D.O. [View Image]

Michael Burbridge, D.O.

Hospital Medicine

Michael Burbridge, D.O. [View Image]

Michael Burbridge, D.O.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Associate Clinical Professor

Michael Burbridge, D.O. at CHoR

Priya Gyani, M.D., [View Image]

Priya Gyani, M.D.,

Hospital Medicine

Priya Gyani, M.D., [View Image]

Priya Gyani, M.D.,

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Clinical Professor
Medical Director

Priya Gyani, M.D. at CHoR

Christine Cook, M.D. [View Image]

Christine Cook, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Christine Cook, M.D. [View Image]

Christine Cook, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Clinical Professor

Christine Cook, M.D. at CHoR

Brittany McGowan, M.D. [View Image]

Brittany McGowan, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Brittany McGowan, M.D. [View Image]

Brittany McGowan, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Clinical Professor

Brittany McGowan, M.D. at CHoR

Nipa Shah, M.D. [View Image]

Nipa Shah, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Nipa Shah, M.D. [View Image]

Nipa Shah, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Clinical Professor

Nipa Shah, M.D. at CHoR

Melissa Smith, M.D. [View Image]

Melissa Smith, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Melissa Smith, M.D. [View Image]

Melissa Smith, M.D.

Hospital Medicine

Pediatrics

Assistant Clinical Professor

Melissa Smith, M.D. at CHoR

St. Mary’s PRN Clinical Staff

Olatokunbo M. Famakinwa, M.D.

Brittany McGowan, M.D.

Jessica Mirakov-Cohen, M.D.

Advanced Practice Providers

Amanda Bane, CPNP

Kristen Hooker, PA-C

Jennifer Schrecengost, DNP, CPNP

Amy Spinella, CPNP

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