Cy Chavez, MD

  • Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, United States of America

The St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been an incredible place to work. The faculty are all very welcoming and friendly. They are very focused on creating the next batch of excellent fellows by taking the time to teach and explain their thought process throughout the day.

Cardiac/Thoracic cases are plentiful and complex. The cardiac staff (on the anesthesia, surgical, perfusion, and nursing side) are all a pleasure to work with during your rotation. You’ll also get a great dedicated regional experience. The fact that the surgeons and OR staff get to know you by your first name really shows the cohesive nature of this hospital. Overall, I’ve had a positive time during my stay here at WashU. The attendings, co-fellows, and hospital staff have all been helpful and I am glad to have chosen this institution.

Renee Doherty, MD

  • Residency: UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine

I chose WashU because of the faculty and the previous fellows that I met. When I came to interview everyone was very open and welcoming. Their commitment to education in a busy education system was impressive and it felt like they new me so well from the minute I arrived. The fact that they had a dedicated time to unite the incoming and going fellows made me feel like I was very important to the program as an individual. 

Jessica Dominic, MD

  • Residency: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
  • Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, United States

I made the decision to pursue pediatric anesthesiology early on during residency. When it came time to choose a fellowship program, WashU/St. Louis Children’s stood out as a strong academic program that fostered fellow education especially in the realm of career planning and goal-driven projects. There were many programs that fit the bill when it came to case complexity and numbers, however WashU did so in an especially collegiate and supportive environment.

Now, a month into fellowship, I am impressed by the thought and effort put into ensuring that fellows are utilized for complex and unique cases. Furthermore, fellows gain strong training in the field of regional anesthesia as the techniques employed at St. Louis Children’s are some of the most innovative in pediatric perioperative pain management. WashU truly offers strong and well-rounded training in pediatric anesthesiology. 

As a bonus, St. Louis is a beautiful city to call home. It has so much to offer adults, children, nature lovers, foodies, and the like. My husband and I have enjoyed exploring the various neighborhoods in the city on long bike rides and hikes. We have also had some of our favorite meals at restaurants in the area

Anna Hartzog, MD

  • Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Medical School: University of Mississippi School of Medicine

When looking for a pediatric anesthesia fellowship program, a solid support system was extremely important to me. During my interview at WashU, it was very evident to me that I would have a solid support system at this program. I knew that not only would I be supported during fellowship but that my future career goals would be nurtured as well. I also was very impressed by, and continue to be impressed by, the educational program that is offered. This department truly values education and has multiple days dedicated weekly to educational endeavors.

Aside from the program, St. Louis has been a fun city to live in and offers all of the amenities of a larger city with a small city feel. I enjoy the many outdoor activities that are available, and I also like that the city is bike-friendly so that I am able to bike to work on nice days.

Ahalya Kodali, MD

  • Residency: Boston Medical Center
  • Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Greg Miller, MD

  • Residency: Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Medical School: University of Missouri- Kansas City

As a St. Louis native who completed residency at Washington University, choosing St. Louis Children’s Hospital for fellowship was an easy choice. I had the advantage of working with previous fellows for the last 3 years. All of them had great things to say about the program and several stayed on as faculty, demonstrating the strength of the program and the department. The faculty are very dedicated to fellow development and are enjoyable to work with. The didactics at St. Louis Children’s is already strong, and future classes can look forward to more components being added by the education faculty, as early as this year.

In addition to the clinical and educational strength, staying with Washington University offered me the opportunity to continue pediatric anesthesiology research projects I started during residency. For those interested in research, Washington University offers plenty of opportunities. For those focused on other aspects of fellowship opportunities,  St. Louis Children’s offers academic roles in education, QI, leadership, and subspecialty training.  As a mid-sized city, there are plenty of activities to occupy your free time in St. Louis. Sports are taken very seriously here. For those who like outdoor activities, there are several bike trails (both road and gravel), plenty of hiking spots, and the hospital overlooks Forest Park. Breweries and outdoor restaurants are everywhere, especially in the Central West End surrounding the hospital. For those with families, my fiancée and I have taken advantage of the affordable cost of living and purchased a house with a large backyard (for the dog). No matter what hobbies you enjoy, St. Louis has you covered. 

Stephanie Shin, DO

  • Residency: St. Louis University Hospital
  • Medical School: A.T. Still – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Collegiality is one of the most important aspects of the work environment for me. The friendliness that I sensed during the fellowship interview is real in the anesthesia department in addition to the OR staff. I chose St. Louis Children’s Hospital because I wanted a comprehensive program that emphasizes pediatric regional and cardiothoracic anesthesia. After only a couple of months, this program has already helped me become a stronger anesthesiologist while building relationships with people who are down-to-earth and have a good sense of humor.

St. Louis has an awesome food scene and many activities (e.g., Forest Park!) for people in all stages of their lives. Having completed residency in St. Louis, this big city with a smaller city vibe has really grown on me. This fellowship program follows this pattern as I continue to meet good people and make some life-long friendships.