Faculty

Brief Bio

Michelle Huddleston, MD
Michelle B. Huddleston, MD

Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: East Carolina School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Adolescent medicine, teenage parents, bedside teaching and physical exam skills

Brief Program Overview from the Director

 

Heather Bartz, DO
Heather Bartz, DO

Associate Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Adolescent medicine, transition of care/handoffs, wellness

 

Jennifer Nelson, DO
Jennifer Nelson, DO

Associate Program Director
Academic Hospitalist and Outpatient Academic Faculty, Banner – University Medical Center of Phoenix
Outpatient Academic Faculty, Phoenix Children's Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Undergraduate: Clark University
Medical School: Western University of  Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Areas of Interest: Adolescent patients, cystic fibrosis, academic medicine and clinical reasoning
Personal Interests: Spending time with family, trying new foods/restaurants, hiking and Peloton

Cheryl O'Malley, MD

Cheryl O'Malley, MD

DIO of Graduate Medical Education, Banner – University Medical Center of Phoenix

Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Residency: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program

Elizabeth Zorn, MD

Elizabeth Zorn, MD

Division of Pediatric Critical Care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Medical School: The University of South Dakota School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care LeBonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee
Areas of Interest: Pediatric critical care, quality improvement efforts, institutional contact for Donor Network of AZ, past president of the Phoenix Children's Hospital Medical Staff 

Gerald Gong, MD

Gerald Gong, MD

Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Director
Cystic Fibrosis Program Phoenix Children's Hospital

Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Fellowship: ​Pediatric Pulmonology, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Areas of Interest: Pediatric asthma, cystic fibrosis, pediatric bronchoscopy 

Da-Wei Liao, MD

Da-Wei Liao, MD

Cystic Fibrosis Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: Albany Medical College in New York
Fellowship: National Institute of Health, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Areas of Interest: Cystic fibrosis, diagnostic and therapies in bronchoscopy 

Teresa Shaw, MD

Teresa Shaw, MD

Director of Palliative Medicine at Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Palliative medicine/end of life care for children, resident and fellow education

Sarah Beaumont, MD

Sarah Beaumont, MD

Medical Director of Homeless Youth Outreach (HYO) Program
Director Pediatric Chronic Pain Program, Division of Adolescent Medicine Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Adolescent medicine, homeless youth, integrative medicine, complex and chronic pain

Paul Tafoya, MD

Paul Tafoya, MD

Clinical Director for Telemedicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Division of PICU,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Areas of Interest: Telemedicine, medical education

Kaleo Ede, MD

Kaleo Ede, MD

Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Fellowship: Pediatric Rheumatology, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Areas of Interest: Systemic lupus erythematosus, pediatric vasculitis, transition care, anti-phospholipid syndrome

Raegan Vanderput, MD

Raegan Vanderput, MD

Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: Saint Louis University College of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Transition care, medical education

Amanda Mihalik, MD

Amanda Mihalik, MD

Division of Pediatric Palliative Care Medicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Fellowship: The Mayo Clinic Arizona, Palliative Care
Areas of Interest: Transition care, medical education

 

Sara Stimson, MD
Sara Stimson, MD

Division of Ambulatory Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston 
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Area of Interest: Wellness

 

Lori Porter, DO
Lori Porter, DO

Division of Hospital Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: VTE prevention and management, quality improvement

Noreen Ruane, DO

Noreen Ruane, DO

Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Pediatric hospital medicine, medical education

Julie Crawford, MD

Julie Crawford, MD

Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, core Med-Peds Program Faculty
Division of Hospital Medicine, Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine 
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Area of Interest: Hospital medicine

Vishal Gunnala, MD

Vishal Gunnala, MD

Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Phoenix Children's Hospital,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Fellowship: Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Sepsis, TBI research, simulation education

Ann Tran, DO

Ann Tran, DO

Division of Hospital Medicine, Banner University Medical Center,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Medical School: College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Fellowship: Medical Toxicology, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Elizabeth Bay, MD

Elizabeth Bay, MD

Division of Hospital Medicine, Banner University Medical Center,
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: The University of Nebraska School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program

Robert Martinez, MD

Robert Martinez, MD

Division of Hospital Medicine, VA Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: University of Southern California  Keck School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program

Jason Brown, MD

Jason Brown, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Banner Health Transfer Services, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program

Jordan Merz, MD

Jordan Merz, MD

Division of Hospital Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, POCUS Faculty

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix/Phoenix Children's Hospital Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: High-value care, point of care ultrasound, beta-lactam allergies

Meg Groom, MD

Meg Groom, MD

Med-Peds Hospitalist, Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Medical Group
Clinical Assistant Professor 

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Residency: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Med-Peds Program
Areas of Interest: Transitions of care, hospital medicine, medical education

Ashley Higashi, MD

Ashley Higashi, MD

Division of Hospital Medicine, Med-Peds Hospitalist, Phoenix Children’s Hospital