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Welcome to the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow Class of 2017!

Tue, 07/08/2014

A warm welcome to the six Pediatric Critical Care Medicine first year fellows, the largest PCCM fellow class to date. The PCCM fellowship program is under the direction of Dr. Melinda Hamilton.  

(Photo left to right: Jamie Bell, Idris Evans, Brad Podd, Kendra Woods, Catherine Gretchen, Jessica Wallisch)

Jamie Bell: Dr. Bell completed undergrad and medical school at the University of Michigan and residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  A native of Michigan, Dr. Bell is an avid reader and enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her daughter.

Idris Evans: Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Dr. Evans took an interesting path to fellowship training. He completed undergrad at Penn State and medical school at Drexel University.  Before completing residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, he earned an MS in statistic at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and worked as a statistician for several years at the University of Pittsburgh Epidemiology Data Center. Dr. Evans and his wife look forward to welcoming their first child in August.

Catherine Gretchen: Dr. Gretchen hails from New Orleans. She completed undergrad at Providence College, earned an MS in Neuroscience from Tulane University prior to completing medical school at the University of Louisiana and residency at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gretchen enjoys outdoor festivals, travel, and blogging.

Brad Podd: Dr. Podd completed undergrad, medical school, and PhD in Immunology all from the University of Virginia. A native of Connecticut, he returned to New England for residency and chief residency at Boston Children’s.  Dr. Podd enjoys flying and is an instrument-rated pilot with his own plane. He and his wife, an Anesthesiology Resident, are the proud parents to Olivia.

Jessica Wallisch: Dr. Wallisch completed undergrad and medical school in her home state of Kansas at Kansas State and the University of Kansas.  Like three of her co-fellows, Dr. Wallisch completed residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  She enjoys baking, yoga, and is a pianist.

Kendra Woods: Dr. Woods completed undergrad at Truman State, medical school at Southern Illinois, residency and chief resident at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  Born in Illinois, Dr. Woods is an avid reader and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.