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Meet the Fellows

2020-2021 Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellows
3rd Year Fellow
Pediatric Critical Care fellow Hani Alsaedi

Hani Alsaedi, MD

PGY 6

Undergraduate School: King Abdul-Aziz University
Medical School: King Abdul-Aziz University
Residency: Michigan State University
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters. We enjoy exploring parks, museums, and new restaurants.
Research/QI Interests: I am interested in simulation in the medical field. My first research is an observational in-situ simulation to assess early recognition and management of neonate cardiogenic shock. My second research is measuring the impact of an in-situ simulation-based program on clinical outcomes of pediatric DKA in the community emergency department.

Why PICU? 
Taking care of a diverse patient population with different pathophysiology is very enjoyable. Rounding on complex patients and creating treatment plans in a multidisciplinary setting while thinking of the pathophysiology of the most convoluted cases is very enriching. Additionally, the impact I can make by taking care of the most vulnerable patient population is very rewarding. 

Why IU/Riley? 
I made my decision to choose Riley after my interview day. It was apparent to me the friendly atmosphere between people in the program. I also like to have faculty with different training backgrounds and different areas of interest as it will help me to explore the field better and build up my own style. Riley Hospital for Children considers the only tertiary children hospital for the state of Indiana, which provides an excellent opportunity to see diverse patient populations with different pathophysiology in my field. On the other hand, the affordable cost of living and the availability of plenty of indoor and outdoor activities makes Indianapolis a perfect city for my family and me.

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3rd Year Fellow
Pediatric critical care medicine fellow Dan Cater

Daniel Cater, MD

PGY 6

Undergraduate School: Central Michigan University
Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency: Indiana University
Hobbies: Outside of work I spend time with my wife and daughter. We live in one of the northern neighborhoods of the city with many restaurants and breweries that we like to frequent with our friends. I also enjoy golfing and going to concerts.
Research/QI Interests: I am currently investigating two novel biomarkers of islet cell stress and death and its relation to hyperglycemia in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass in the cardiac intensive care unit.

Why PICU? 
The thing that attracted me most to PICU was the broad scope of problems faced in the PICU. Going through my various rotations in medical school and pediatric residency I really enjoyed every organ system, and PICU requires a wide knowledge on all organ systems. I appreciate the ability to work closely with different specialists and manage complex critically ill patients. I also enjoy having to think and troubleshoot problems quickly for the crashing patients seen in the ICU. 

Why IU/Riley? 
Riley is the biggest children’s hospital in Indiana and because of this has a wide catchment area. Riley is a busy unit and has a wide diversity in patient populations that we service. I appreciated the graduated autonomy and the ability for senior fellows to care for patients overnight without in-house attendings.  I believe that the level of autonomy given makes our fellowship unique. As someone who did residency here, I was fortunately able to see how the staff interact with fellows and residents and found them to be great teachers, personable, and respectful of their fellows. Indianapolis itself has plenty of things to do outside of work and has a low cost of living compared to other similar sized cities.

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2nd Year Fellow
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Stefan Malin, MD

PGY 6

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: Indiana University
Hobbies: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, two dogs, and 1 cat. We enjoy hiking, spending time outdoors, and visiting new eateries and breweries around the Indianapolis area. We are also currently expecting our first child!
Research/QI Interests: I am currently evaluating residents response to simulation using an EMR through a qualitative interview. I am also hoping to reduce the frequency of daily chest radiography for critically ill patients.

Why PICU? 
I fell in love with the diversity of diseases that you see in the ICU and was fascinated with their pathophysiology. I enjoy moments where you have to think and act quickly and the PICU was the perfect fit for me.

Why IU/Riley? 
I chose Riley because of the people that I have the opportunity to work with. The staff are eager to teach and extremely knowledgeable, not to mention very personable. We have wonderful people helping to support our learning and development and they make going to work everyday fun and exciting!  Indianapolis is also a great city to live in.  It is big, but affordable, with many different neighborhoods that each have their own feel and attractions.

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1st Year Fellow
Anna Kegel, pediatric critical care medicine fellow

Anna M. Kegel, DO

PGY 4

Undergraduate School: Grand Valley State University
Medical School: A.T. Still Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Western Michigan University Home Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Hobbies: I enjoy all forms of outdoor adventuring. My dog, Molly, loves to go for long walks and hikes. During the warmer months, I spend as much time as I can on the water doing things like kayaking, waterskiing, and windsurfing. I also enjoy playing violin and finding local orchestra/symphony concerts to attend.
Research/QI Interests:  My academic interests include the integration of palliative care practices into the pediatric ICU setting. I am also interested in utilizing simulation training to improve provider competence in managing ethically difficult clinical situations and in facilitating difficult conversations.

Why PICU?
The diversity, pathophysiology, and medical complexity of cases managed in the ICU is unparalleled. I enjoy the opportunity that it provides to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team; there is always something new to learn from other medical specialties and care team members. Additionally, working in the pediatric ICU setting is rewarding in that it provides the opportunity to care for both critically ill patients and their families.

Why IU/Riley?
I think it goes without saying that Riley is a leader in providing exceptional medical care for the pediatric population. Because of the large catchment area, variety of pediatric services provided, and extensive academic/research involvement, I knew this would be a place that would make me a well equipped and well rounded physician. However, the factor that most influenced my decision was the people. The faculty members demonstrate a genuine interest in us as individuals and are committed to supporting us in achieving our clinical, academic, and personal goals.

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1st Year Fellow
Pediatric critical care medicine fellow Yahya Nomaan

Yahya R. Nomaan, DO

PGY 4

Undergraduate School: University of Arizona
Medical School: Midwestern University Arizona School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Phoenix Children's Hospital
Hobbies: hiking, traveling, archery, and poetry
Research/QI Interests: Pathophysiology of autoinflamatory processes in critical ill children, and Feedback implementation for physician learners in the critical care unit.

Why PICU? 
PICU is the perfect blend of the art and science of medicine that comes with the privilege of taking care of little people.

Why IU/Riley? 
The people. The faculty is strongly committed to fostering a culture of mentorship and growth. The high volume and diversity of patients serves as an exceptional learning environment.

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1st Year Fellow
Pediatric critical care medicine fellow Rachel Gahagen

Rachel E. Gahagen, DO

PGY 4

Undergraduate School: University of Southern Indiana
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Peyton Manning Children's Hospital
Hobbies: running short/medium course races, yoga, traveling to experience new culture and cuisine, and reading (for fun...not just to prep for rounds)
Research/QI Interests: Palliative care within the PICU and early enteral feeding in post-op CV repair

Why PICU? 
I appreciate the vast pathology and complexity of the pediatric ICU patient. As long as I can remember, my favorite question was always "but why?" and nowhere else is the "why" more important and more applicable than the ICU. Children are so resilient and to have the opportunity to play a role in their recovery is invaluable and incredibly gratifying.

Why IU/Riley? 
I rotated in Riley's PICU and CVICU as a PGY3 and immediately felt at home. The values of their program aligned perfectly with my own. I valued the strong emphasis on education and was interested in training at a program that promoted a culture of strong relationships and collaboration among the healthcare team. I watched as the fellows and faculty worked alongside each other in a supportive and collegial manner, similar to the small program from which I came from. Riley Children's Hospital is consistently nationally ranked amongst the top children's hospitals in the nation and I was confident my training would be exceptional after spending three years working in their robust and well established PICU and CVICU. I am certain I will reach my fullest potential after my time spent working at Riley because of their investment in me not just as a fellow, but as an individual.

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