Current Fellows

Jaclyn Altshuler, MD

  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Program (Anesthesiology – General) – Baylor College of Medicine
  • Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio

WashU/St. Louis Children’s Hospital immediately stood out to me. I spoke with attendings, current fellows, and graduates. Everyone I spoke with responded with vibrant positivity and praise for the program. Complex cases, career development, and outstanding training in regional anesthesia were among the many reported strengths of the program. Most of all, a supportive and collegiate environment was consistently mentioned.

Since starting this fellowship, I have been pleased to find all of my expectations met and exceeded. The faculty are especially welcoming and foster an extremely motivating and enjoyable work environment. A lot of work goes in daily to ensure fellows are assigned the most complex cases for the day. Feedback and evaluation are taken very seriously, and I have already made great strides in my practice in such a short amount of time. In addition, the department makes a point to get to know everyone and faculty host events throughout the year for everyone to get together.

Outside of work, St. Louis has been a hidden gem. There are many beautiful trails for running, biking, hiking, and being outside. I love walking my dog and am grateful to live in such a dog-friendly place! If you’re into trying new restaurants, St. Louis has plenty of delicious options. The city has many of the big city activities, but with a small city feel, and it’s been a great experience living here.

Megan Dewey, MD

  • Residency: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Staying at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for fellowship was an easy decision for me. As a residency graduate of WashU, I felt confident I would receive the best clinical training and mentorship by staying in St. Louis. My opportunities to perform fellow index cases even as a resident demonstrated that SLCH has not only an abundance and variety of cases but also the appropriate support to learn and grow. I have been lucky enough to develop mentor relationships with SLCH faculty which I know will last far beyond residency, and it has been a rewarding transition to remain with these teachers as a fellow.

Outside of the hospital walls, St. Louis is an ideal place to call home. It’s convenient and affordable to purchase a home, which my husband and I did in 2019; we now have a one-year-old Labrador and close friends throughout our neighborhood. We love taking our dog to the local park, walking to restaurants in downtown Clayton, and hosting dinners (mostly taco nights) for our friends. 

Tamanna Huda, MD

  • Residency: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Medical School: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine

Having graduated from residency from WashU, I chose to stay for fellowship due to the wonderful experience I had during residency. The faculty, co-fellows, acuity, wide variety of cases made it all worth it! Outside of work, I am a foodie who loves trying new restaurants/different cuisines, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with friends/family.

Alumni Testimonies

I was immediately drawn to the Wash U fellowship at the start of my interview day. People were welcoming, approachable, and the case variety they offered was large. I have now been practicing pediatric anesthesia at a major Children’s hospital for 5 years. Wash U prepared me for this task with what they offer in clinical experience and didactics. I would hands down choose WashU again if I had to do it again. I made lifelong relationships with my teachers turned into colleagues, and I am forever thankful for all they have given me.

— Anne Kancel, DO

My relationship with Washington University in St. Louis goes all the way back to 2011 when I worked as a Clinical Researcher in the Pediatrics Anesthesiology department. I had just arrived in the US from India. I felt very welcomed in the department by the amazing people around me. After a couple of years, I moved to the east coast to do my residency at Rutgers. When the time came for choosing a fellowship, I knew where exactly I would like my training to be.

I chose the Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital because I knew that it offers a very good mix of clinical and research opportunities. I knew I would be able to train in handling complex cases. I also knew I could develop skills in regional anesthesia, which I am especially interested in. I knew I could learn from the very best faculty and co-fellows.

During my training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, I learned a lot from my faculty, co-fellows, and the APRNs. I had a wonderful experience and training with a very sick population, complex cases, and loads of index cases. I loved my pain rotations, as they made me very confident with acute pain management and regional anesthesia skills. Outside of work, I enjoyed the huge central park, restaurants in the Central West End, and loads of fun activities for my then 6-year-old.

I am currently working as an assistant professor at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a stand-alone children’s hospital for the state of Arkansas, with level 1 trauma, NICU, PICU, and burns unit. Training at St. Louis Children’s Hospital has made my journey as a faculty very smooth and made me confident in my skills. If I had to choose my fellowship journey again, I would not hesitate to be back in St. Louis, I love the place and the people.

— Kavya Narayana Reddy, MD
Assistant Professor Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Fellow 2019-2020