BBCH Scholarship Academy Members

Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH

Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH

Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH is an environmental health researcher at CORE, a pediatric endocrinologist at Maine Medical Center, and a member of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Scholarship Academy steering committee. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fleisch received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. She completed residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center and fellowship in endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital. She participated in the Harvard-wide pediatric health services research fellowship and received a Masters of Public Health from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. After serving on faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital for 3 years, she joined MMC in 2016.

Dr. Fleisch’s research is focused on the extent to which early life exposures to environmental toxicants such as air pollution and household chemicals are associated with childhood obesity and bone health. Dr. Fleisch is the principal investigator of an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist R01 award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She received the Academic Pediatric Association Michael Shannon Research Award in 2012 and an Endocrine Society Early Career Investigator Award in 2016.

Dr. Fleisch is a peer mentor for the Harvard Medical School-Harvard Catalyst Grant Review and Support Program and an affiliated faculty member and advisor to the New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. She sees endocrinology patients at the Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic at MMC.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: childhood obesity, bone health, early life environmental exposures

Allison Zanno, MD

Allison Zanno, MD

Allison Zanno, MD is a board-certified neonatologist at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and Maine Neonatology Associates. She is currently the Director of Neonatal Simulation at Maine Medical Center, as well as a leader in a number of committees throughout the NICU. She received her medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She subsequently completed her Pediatrics residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served as chief fellow and then attending physician prior to her arrival at Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Zanno’s clinical interests include improving care and support of infants born at rural and community hospitals, neonatal resuscitation, simulation, telesimulation, neonatal encephalopathy, and chronic lung disease. She enjoys teaching and education especially through simulation.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: Improving neonatal resuscitation in all communities through simulation and tele-simulation

Project Name:  Simulation and Telesimulation for Neonatal Resuscitation Training in Community Hospitals

Amanda Goddard, MD

Amanda Goddard, MD

Amanda Goddard, MD is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Maine Medical Center and Maine Medical Partners. She received her medical education at University of Massachusetts Medical School followed by pediatric residency training through University of Connecticut School of Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. In 2011 after completing her pediatric infectious disease fellowship at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital she worked as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and continues to be an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. Over 20 years after obtaining her undergraduate degree from Colby College she was happy to move back to Maine in 2019.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: Complicated pediatric infections, emerging infectious diseases, quality improvement, infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology

 

Brian Youth, MD

Brian Youth, MD

Brian Youth, MD is the Program Director of the Maine Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program, a primary care pediatrician at Maine Medical Partners Westbrook Pediatrics, an EPIC Physician Leader, and a member of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Scholarship Academy steering committee.

Dr. Youth graduated from the Brown University School of Medicine as part of the Dartmouth-Brown Program in 1992, and completed his Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in 1996. He joined MMC and MMP in 1996 and has called Maine home ever since. He was the medical director of the newborn nursery from 2000-2020, has been the pediatric residency director since 2004, and has been an EPIC physician builder and clinical lead since 2011. Dr. Youth finds great satisfaction in working with residents and medical students through his leadership role in the residency program as well as through serving as a continuity clinic preceptor at the Pediatric Clinic at MMC.

Dr. Youth lives in Scarborough with his wife, Jane, and is the father of three sons. He enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking and all things food related in and around Maine.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: newborn medicine, the use of electronic health records to improve care, quality improvement, and medical education

Project Name: Evaluation of point of care testing for glucose management in asymptomatic neonates at risk of hypoglycemia

Elizabeth Snow, BSN, RNC-OB

Elizabeth Snow, BSN, RNC-OB

Elizabeth Snow, BSN, RNC-OB is a Level IV staff nurse on Labor and Delivery at Maine Medical Center where she has worked since March of 2000. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Georgetown University in 1998 and returned to Maine in March of 1999. Elizabeth has been actively involved in staff education and leadership on the unit having oriented many new staff members as well as being a unit coordinator from 2003 to 2016. She is an active NRP and BLS instructor in the institution. Elizabeth participated in Maine Medical Center’s Clinical Scholar Program in 2017 which provided the springboard for her research and scholarship interests. She has received multiple Moment to Shine Awards and a Healthcare Hero Award for her patient care.

Elizabeth is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She has presented at the Maine OMNE conference in 2019 and has been accepted to present at the National AWHONN conference, being held virtually, November 2-4, 2020. Her innovative project has been to initiate the use of low dose IV ketamine post-operatively in opioid dependent C-section patients. Elizabeth has also been asked if she would present this work at the Maine AWHONN section meeting in 2021.

When not at the hospital, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters either swimming in the ocean or skiing in the mountains. In a rare moment of free time, she loves to curl up with her Corgi and Lab and read her favorite book series.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: post-operative pain management in obstetrics

Project Name: Ketamine to the Rescue-An Innovative Approach to Treating Post-Cesarean Section Pain in Opioid Dependent Patients

Janice Dudley, DNP, MSN, MHA, CPNP-AC/PC

Janice Dudley, DNP, MSN, MHA, CPNP-AC/PC

Janice Dudley, DNP, MSN, MHA, CPNP-AC/PC is a pediatric nurse practitioner currently working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center. She has worked for 23 years at MMC in various roles including Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Neurology. She actively participates in MMC’s Rules and Regulations Committee, MMC Provider Audit and Education Committee, the Neonatal Encephalopathy Workgroup, and the Advanced Practice Provider Advisory Council.  She is an active member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association where she has served on the Board of Directors, including President of the organization.

Dr. Dudley received her undergraduate nursing degree at McMurray University, graduate nursing degree from University of New York at Stonybrook, Master’s degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a post-graduate certificate in Pediatric Acute Care from Rush University.  Her clinical and scholarly interests include improving the health care of neonatal and pediatric populations through local quality improvement and advocacy at the state and national levels.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: early recognition and management of neonatal and pediatric delirium among hospitalized patients and the early implementation of neuroprotective strategies for all patients in the neonatal intensive care unit

Project Name: Implementation of Pediatric Delirium Screening in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center

Jillian Gregory, DO

Jillian Gregory, DO

Jillian Gregory, DO is a Pediatric Intensivist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center, where she was also a Co-Chief resident. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gregory is an Academy Scholar of the Maine Medical Center Institute for Teaching Excellence and was accepted to the Academic Pediatric Association QI Scholars Program for 2020. She enjoys teaching and was proud to receive the “Rookie of the Year” honor from the pediatric residents at Maine Medical Center as a new attending. In her spare time, she enjoys the abundance of Maine outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: delirium, early mobilization, and quality improvement

Project Name: Improving Access and Education of Pediatric Critical Care Evidence-Based Guidelines to Pediatric Residents and Referring Providers

Julia Price, PhD

Julia Price, PhD

Julia Price, PhD is a per diem Pediatric Psychologist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Price is also a Research Scientist at the Nemours Center for Healthcare Delivery Science (N/CHDS) in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as an Assistant Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. Dr. Price completed her American Psychological Association-accredited internship at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children, where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship.

Dr. Price is dedicated to improving the reach of evidence-based psychosocial care for children with chronic and acute medical conditions and their families. In her research role at N/CHDS, she was awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the NIDDK to (1) examine barriers and facilitators of delivering a brief version of Behavioral Family Systems Therapy for Diabetes (bBFST-D). Dr. Price will also (2) develop and (3) test implementation strategies to increase integration of this evidence-based care into standard practice in pediatric type 1 diabetes.

In collaboration with Dr. Tom Miller, Pediatric Cardiologist at BBCH, Dr. Price aims to create a clinical program that offers evidence-based neurodevelopmental screening for children with congenital heart disease and evaluate strategies for scaling up these services to meet the needs of families in Maine and northern New England. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Maine and the restaurants in Portland, as well as spending time with her husband and their two rather loud dogs.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: evidence-based care, psychosocial care, implementation science

Project Name: Development and Implementation of a Neurodevelopmental Screening Program for Congenital Heart Disease Utilizing Telehealth and In-Person Evaluations
Leah Mallory, MD

Leah Mallory, MD

Leah Mallory, MD is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine in 2003, and a graduate of Stanford University in 1997.  Prior to beginning medical school, Dr. Mallory worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter.  Dr. Mallory completed her residency in Pediatrics, in the Boston Combined Residency Program (a collaborative program between Children’s Hospital Boston/ Harvard University and Boston Medical Center/ Boston University), staying an extra year to serve as Chief Resident.  Dr. Mallory is currently a Pediatric Hospitalist at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.  She is a member of the TUSM Maine/Track admissions committee and director of the pediatric simulation program.  Dr. Mallory’s teaching responsibilities encompass both undergraduate and graduate medical education as well as pediatric simulation-based interprofessional team training in the hospital setting.  Other academic interests include simulation-based assessment of trainees and quality improvement issues in pediatric hospitalist medicine, specifically hospital-to-home transitions.

Dr. Mallory’s interests outside of the hospital include surfing, triathlon training and ocean kayaking as well as enjoying a busy family life.  Her husband is a Pediatric Surgeon at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.  They have 3 spirited children ages 7, 9 and 11, a dog, 2 cats, 2 lizards, and 1 bird. 

Michael Dedekian, MD

Michael Dedekian, MD

Michael Dedekian, MD is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and hold an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also currently the Medical Director of Pediatric Specialty Care at Maine Medical Partners and the Vice Chair of Pediatrics at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Dedekian received his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He trained at UMass Memorial Children’s Hospital where he was Chief Resident in Pediatrics. He completed his fellowship in endocrinology and diabetes at Children’s Hospital, Boston and Joslin Diabetes Center where he was involved in basic research on type 1 diabetes.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: obesity, diabetes, lipid disorders

Project Name: Genetics of early onset obesity

Michele LaBotz, MD

Michele LaBotz, MD

Michele LaBotz, MD is a sports medicine physician at InterMed seeing patients at their South Portland and Yarmouth offices. She holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. LaBotz graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her pediatric internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her pediatric residency at Maine Medical Center, and her fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After fellowship and before returning to Maine, she served as team physician and associate director of the sports medicine fellowship at the University of Hawai’i.

Dr. LaBotz is currently on the editorial board for Pediatrics and the Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She previously served on the Executive Committee of the AAP’s Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and was the council’s policy coordinator. Dr. LaBotz is also on the Board of Directors for the Taylor Hooton Foundation, and is a TrueSport Expert through the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Dr. LaBotz is a recreational runner and paddler and enjoys the trails and waterways of Southern Maine. She is married to a retired golf professional, and their daughter is in college.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: Physical literacy and physical activity in children and adolescents, exertional heat illness, mental health in young athletes

Project Name: Physical Literacy for All Youth in Maine (PLAY-ME)

Misty Melendi, MD

Misty Melendi, MD

Misty Melendi, MD is a Neonatologist at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center and Maine Neonatology Associates, and is the Division Director of Neonatology and Associate Medical Director of Angel Transport.  She received her medical degree from Rutgers Medical School and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Yale University and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was chief fellow.  Prior to becoming Division Director in 2020, she was the Medical Director of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Melendi’s clinical interests include care of the micro-premature infant, neonatal neuro-critical care, neonatal resuscitation, improvement of neonatal care in rural communities, and telemedicine.  She enjoys teaching and bringing simulation, telehealth and education to community partners.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time exploring nature in Maine with her family.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: neonatal therapeutic hypothermia, the use of telemedicine to eliminate outcome disparities for rural-born newborns, neonatal resuscitation, simulation and tele-simulation, and quality improvement

Project Name: Simulation and Telesimulation for Neonatal Resuscitation Training in Rural Community Hospitals

Pamela Dietz, MD, FAAP

Pamela Dietz, MD, FAAP

Pamela Dietz, MD, FAAP is currently Associate Program Director of BBCH Pediatric residency with a dual focus on Resident Wellness and Outpatient Ambulatory Pediatrics. She practices as a Preceptor in the BBCH Pediatric Clinic, as Preceptor and clinician at Portland School Based health centers and has a practice at the MMC Weight and Wellness Program working with Childhood Obesity treatment.

Dr. Dietz graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for medical school and completed her Pediatric Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital. After residency she was in private practice for a year and then at South Boston Community Health Center for 8 years where she mentored and precepted residents from both Boston City Hospital and Tufts before relocating to Maine.

Current research interests reside in the arena of resident wellness. Dr. Dietz has been involved in two national studies of resident wellness and the affects of Mindfulness through the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and her current study originated through collaboration with Hasbro Children’s hospital as part of a New England Pediatric Program Directors project.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: resident wellness and burnout

Project Name: Narrative “Passports” as a Method for Reflecting on Meaning in Medicine

Thomas Miller, DO

Thomas Miller, DO

Thomas Miller, DO is a pediatric cardiologist at Maine Medical Center and the Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology. He received his medical degree from the University of New England, completed his residency in Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center, and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Utah. He underwent an additional year of subspecialty training in Advanced Imaging, focusing on fetal cardiology as well as research. He previously developed and directed the Heart Center Neurodevelopmental Program at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Miller continues to be Adjunct Faculty at the University of Utah, collaborating on research initiatives regarding cardiac neurodevelopment and neonatal neurobehavior. He has been a co-investigator in NHLBI-sponsored Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium (PCGC) and Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) research activity. He is active in the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative (CNOC) serving on both the Research Committee and Steering Committee. Dr. Miller’s clinical interests include fetal cardiology, echocardiography and general pediatric cardiology.

Scholarship Areas of Interest: cardiac neurodevelopment, the application of concepts of developmental programming to explain and provide novel mechanisms to treat the heterogeneity in outcomes that affects much of pediatric cardiovascular care

Project Name: Development and Implementation of a Neurodevelopmental Screening Program for Congenital Heart Disease Utilizing Telehealth and In-Person Evaluations

Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO

Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO

Thomas Q. Reynolds, DO has always known that he wanted to be a pediatrician since he was a child. It was during medical school that he became supremely interested in the brain and the nervous system. Dr. Reynolds in “from away” but had come to Maine for college and stayed for medical school. During his time there, he developed a love for neuroanatomy but stayed true to his original interests and first pursued general pediatrics training at Maine Medical Center. He realized during that time that he needed to become a pediatric neurologist, not only for his own interests in the nervous system but also because there were not enough pediatric neurologists in the state at that time. Since returning to Maine in 2011 as a pediatric neurologist, he has grown his practice and ability to take care of children with nervous system disorders, ranging from extremely premature babies in the NICU to adolescents and young adults with both common and rare neurological disorders. Thomas is very proud of the work we have done at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital over the years and looks forward to continuing to serve the children of the state of Maine for decades to come.

Clinical Interests: Movement Disorders, Narcolepsy, Neurocritical Care, NeuroMetabolic and Mitochondrial Disease, Sleep Disorders, Tics Tourette Syndrome.

Project Name: Analysis of and Improvement in Scholarly Activity in the Department of Pediatrics