Nina Deutsch, MD
Dr. Nina Deutsch is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. She also serves as Vice-Chief of Academic Affairs for the Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine. She has been successful in both clinical and education-based research throughout her career. In addition to this, she greatly enjoys working with and mentoring junior faculty in both research and educational projects, and she has implemented a faculty development program within her division. Nationally, Dr. Deutsch is the current President Elect of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia. Involved with WELI since its inception as Co-Chair, she has watched WELI grow into a thriving community for women in pediatric anesthesiology and is dedicated to expanding its resources and endeavors in the future. She is married to her husband Andrew and has two children, Alex and Olivia.
Jamie M. Schwartz, MD
Dr. McElrath Schwartz is Co-Chair of WELI and an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Her clinical practice includes both pediatric critical care and anesthesia, with emphasis on patients with cardiac disease. She is a program builder who values people and teamwork. In her role as Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit, she works with a large team of faculty and staff to develop and maintain the system required to care for children with critical illness. She was recently named Co-Director of the Blalock Taussig Thomas Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Johns Hopkins where she oversees an interdepartmental system that cares for children with cardiac disease from birth to adulthood. To succeed in these roles, she utilizes an approach that intentionally brings leadership and business principles into the clinical arena. She has benefitted from the trailblazing of great women leaders before her and formal mentorship and business coaching. WELI has provided an avenue for Dr. Schwartz to share her excitement about women’s leadership through program building, coaching, networking and shared growth. WELI also gives her tools to that she uses in her other job, parenting her two children, Taryn, age 14 and Max, age 11.
Jennifer K. Lee, MD
Dr. Lee is the Founder of WELI and an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care medicine, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. She is a clinician-scientist who believes mentoring is one of the most important parts of her job. Jenny has had tremendous mentors and coaches in her life, and she hopes that she can similarly help others. Her research is focused on improving neuroprotection after neonatal and pediatric hypoxic brain injury. She conducts translational research on cerebrovascular blood pressure autoregulation, the effects of hypothermia and rewarming, cell death mechanisms, proteostasis, and white matter injury in clinical and laboratory studies. Her research has been funded by the NIH and several foundations, including the American Heart Association, International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. Jenny is married to an attorney, and they have two sons.
WELI Steering Committee
Laura K. Diaz-Berenstain, MD
I have been a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist since 1989, initially in private practice, followed by academic practice at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am currently a member of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and I have just experienced two of the most exciting years of my career! After years of teaching trainees and colleagues how to care for patients with congenital heart disease I thought…Why not write a book about cardiac care OUTSIDE the cardiac OR? No one has done that. And so, as the year ends, I am watching that dream come to life as the chapters flow in and I happily edit. With luck by the end of 2020 there will be a book to hold in my hands: Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia: A Practical Approach. In addition to practicing pediatric cardiac anesthesia, my other major interests are physician wellness and resiliency, and mentoring, particularly for women. Having the opportunity to be part of the Steering Committee member for the Women’s Empowerment Leadership Initiative (WELI) and watching this amazing endeavor come to life has been invigorating, exciting and a privilege. I have enjoyed learning to add coaching skills to my mentoring. Since I firmly believe that we can benefit from coaching/mentoring at all stages of our career, I jumped at the chance to be both a WELI advisor and protégé this year. My WELI advisor was instrumental in helping me to define my goals and strategize my plan for the year, with the result that I was promoted to Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology in September. We have decided that the first year was such a success that we will continue in a mentor-advisor/protégé relationship for the coming year as well.
Having taught Mind-Body Seminars and created a Wellness Curriculum for our pediatric anesthesia fellows this year I look forward to taking a leadership role in our department in the coming year as we continue to expand our efforts to promote wellness and resiliency. WELI has already provided me with terrific networking opportunities to learn more about wellness initiatives at other institutions, and my next challenge to look forward to will be creating and sustaining a program for our department and institution.
John Fiadjoe, MD
Dr. Fiadjoe is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is dedicated to advancing patient care by investing in and developing clinical, research and education teams, mentoring and coaching individuals to be their best possible selves and encouraging and facilitating collaboration and cooperation across diverse institutions to help advance pediatric care.
Dr. Fiadjoe’s leadership values include life-long learning, empathy, and grit. His favorite quote is by the author Simon Sinek “What good is having a belly if there is no fire in it. Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work”
Randall P. Flick, MD, MPH, FAAP
Randall Flick, M.D., M.P.H., is a consultant in the Department of Anesthesiology with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Flick is Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and in his role oversees all pediatric activity across the Mayo Clinic Enterprise reporting directly to both the Mayo Clinic Dean for Practice and the CEO. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Anesthesiology and Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Flick received the R.N. diploma from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and the B.A. degree in biology from Moorhead State University. He earned the M.D. degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine (AOA) and the M.P.H. degree from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. He is holds board certification in four specialities including pediatrics and pediatric critical care (ABP) as well as anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology (ABA). He is past president the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Board of Directors and for the United States Food and Drug Administration,served as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Anesthetics and Analgesic Drug Products and as a member of the Pediatric Advisory Committee. His research interests include outcomes in pediatric anesthesia, neurodevelopment effect of anesthetic exposure. Dr. Flick has an extensive track record of mentorship. Serving as coach and mentor to many anesthesia residents, fellows and junior faculty at Mayo Clinic. In addition he for many years has mentored young members of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and young anesthesiologists from around the world including Colombia, South Korea and China. Dr. Flick and his wife Loree have three sons Bryant (Sara), Garrett (Tori), Grant (Emily) and a grandson (Owen).
Eugenie S. Heitmiller, MD, FAAP
Dr. Genie Heitmiller is the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Professor and Chief of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. She joined Children’s National in 2015 after 35 years at Johns Hopkins, where she completed her residency training in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology as well as fellowships in cardiac and pediatric anesthesiology, then served as faculty in the Departments of Anesthesia, Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatrics with expertise in pediatric cardiac anesthesia. She was Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine prior to accepting the position at Children’s National. Dr. Heitmiller has contributed to the field of anesthesia in numerous ways. She has authored or co-authored over ninety publications, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, invited publications, book chapters and an anesthesia handbook. She was on the leading edge of the national health quality movement and served as an original member of “Wake-Up Safe”, a federally certified patient safety organization and was a long-time member and then Chair of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Quality and Safety Committee. She also facilitated the development of the original PediCrisis checklists and app, which have subsequently been revised along with a more robust and easier to use app. During her time at Johns Hopkins, she served as the departmental Physician Advisor for Clinical Quality Improvement, was a long-time member and then Chair of the Hospital Risk Management Committee and was a core faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Additionally, her work in cardiac anesthesia was on the leading edge when, in 1990, she led the Transesophageal Echocardiography Program at Johns Hopkins. In 2006, she was one of the founding charter members of the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society. At Children’s National, in addition to her role as Chief, she is currently a member of the Appointment, Promotions and Tenure Committee, oversees the Hospital Pain Committee, and is on the Advisory Board of the Case Western Anesthesiology Assistants Masters Program.
Dr. Heitmiller has mentored many throughout her career and finds her most reward in the successes of her protégés.
Anita Honkanen, MD
Dr. Anita Honkanen has been at Stanford University since 2003, after spending time in research at the MGH, followed by 4 years in private practice in Florida. As the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Stanford for 13 years, she became committed to developing the careers of her division faculty, mentoring several junior faculty members, fellows, medical and undergraduate students. She has also been a member of Stanford School of Medicine’s Peer Supporter network for several years, now known as Physician Resource Network, providing one-on-one support to fellow physicians with a variety of concerns. She has been coaching for WELI since the fall of 2018, and serves on the WELI Steering Committee. Her other interests include work for the AAP, on the Section for Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, MOCA simulation training, physician-centered creative writing, music, weight lifting, and biking. She is widowed and the mother of five adult daughters (and two small dogs – adopted!).
Helen Lee, MD, MPH
Childhood caries is a largely preventable disease process and use of operating rooms and associated resources can be an expensive, inefficient use of scarce resources. Dr. Lee’s broad research goals are to improve outcomes and reduce utilization of tertiary oral health services for children with severe caries. Dr. Lee’s research interests include the impact of policy on utilization of tertiary oral health services (ED and OR); testing interventions in the perioperative period to improve oral health outcomes; and factors that contribute to dental sedation safety. Her research training includes T32 Research Fellowship (University of Washington), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Mentored Training Grant in Health Services (PI), and UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science Affiliate Scholar (CATS, an institutional K-level award). Dr. Lee currently serves on the steering committee of an NIDCR clinical trial to test a community health worker-led intervention to prevent caries in young Chicago-area children. She has presented across multiple disciplines including the International Anesthesiology Research Society, Academy Health, International Association of Dental Research, Pediatric Academic Society, and the Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Her interest in faculty and career development stems from the extensive mentoring network she has benefited from in the last decade, as well as focused career development workshops as a CATS Scholar. She has applied this interest in her role as the director of academic development for pediatric anesthesia at UIC (work in progress conferences, departmental panels on career development and mentoring) as well as within the SPA (developed a panel on mentoring, SPA 2018 and developed “Emerging Research” panel, SPA 2020).
Shobha Malviya, MD, FAAP
I am a Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Director of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, CS Mott Children’s Hospital. After completing medical school in India, I immigrated to the US in 1981 and completed residencies in pediatrics, anesthesiology and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology. I have been on faculty at University of MI for 31 years. I have been fortunate to have received several leadership opportunities in my home institution as well as at the SPA. I currently have nine faculty protégés in my institution and I have enjoyed helping my protégés achieve their career goals. I completed my term as SPA president in 2016. During my tenure in the SPA leadership track, I acquired several protégés from other institutions, mostly women seeking SPA leadership opportunities. I am proud of their success as committee members, committee chairs, board members and officers of the SPA.
On a personal note, I am one of seven sisters with 47 immediate family members most of whom live in India. I have two adult children who became my President’s advisory board, edited my newsletter messages and came to several SPA meetings just to hang out with me. I am very excited to be a part of WELI and I hope to facilitate the career development of my SPA friends.
Scott Markowitz, MD
Scott Markowitz, MD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and an associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Markowitz has dedicated his academic time extensively to faculty development, working as the director of faculty development in his department, and as an executive leadership advisor, a leadership consultant for teams, and faculty in the Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) program on the medical campus of the University of Colorado. Dr. Markowitz represents the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He also collaborates on faculty development and faculty diversity projects with the Dean’s Office in Faculty Affairs. Dr. Markowitz earned his coaching credential from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University because of the growing evidence of benefit from and desire for coaching among healthcare faculty. Dr. Markowitz is also a Gallup-trained Cliftonstrengths Coach and is certified in assessments relevant to leadership development for faculty in healthcare.
Larry Schwartz, MD
Dr. Larry Schwartz, MD received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed residency and fellowship training in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatric Anesthesiology. He has served as medical director of the cardiothoracic ICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and as the Director of Education at both NCH and Children’s Hospital Colorado. He currently practices as a pediatric congenital cardiac anesthesiologist in Colorado, where he continues to serve at the Program Director for the 2nd Year Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Fellowship. His clinical and academic interests lay in pediatric cardiac anesthesia and critical care, education, and professional development of trainees and young faculty. Dr Schwartz serves on the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Board of Directors, and sees WELI as a valuable tool to both assist women in pediatric anesthesiology advance their careers, and also improve the culture within medicine regarding gender equity. This will lead to a more successful and innovative field, and ultimately improve care for children.
Samuel Yanofsky, MD
Samuel D. Yanofsky serves as Director of Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). He is a graduate of McGill University, Montréal, Québec (Baccalaureate of Science in Physiology) and St. Louis University Medical School. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at University of Connecticut Health Center followed by a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2004, Dr. Yanofsky received a Master of Science in Education from the USC Rossier School of Education. He is the Faculty Development Director for Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine. His areas of research interests are in assessment and evaluation related to ACGME milestones for Graduate Medical Education as a national collaborative project with the ACGME milestones unit. He teaches leadership and organizational change within the Master of Academic Medicine program at USC Keck School of Medicine. On a national level, he serves as a member of the board of directors of SEA and is a member of the education committee for SEA and SPA. Furthermore, within the SPA organization, he serves on the executive education and ACCME committee. In the past, he has served as President of the PAPDA leading in the development of the first national goals and objectives for all six ACGME competencies for pediatric anesthesiology trainees. In addition, he assisted as a member of the working group for the first design of the ACGME Pediatric Anesthesiology Milestones that were released in July 2015. Finally, he has mentored in establishing and is a member of the new physician well-being SIG. Dr. Yanofsky has provided numerous educational workshops and presentations for his anesthesia colleagues including sessions for SEA, Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology and ACGME including topics on teaching the ACGME competencies, career development and well-being for the academic anesthesiologist.