OUr Faculty

We take a very personal approach with all of our residents. From the time you interview, to the time you join our program, through the time you graduate (and beyond), we aim to understand your needs and help you meet your professional and personal goals. As an intern, you will be assigned a Med-Peds advisor who will help guide you through all four years of training. Regularly scheduled meetings with advisors and the Program Directors provide you with valuable advice on conquering obstacles, finding balance in life, and career development. Residents are also provided numerous opportunities to seek out additional advising and mentoring from our Internal Medicine and Pediatrics faculty. Our attrition rate is one of the lowest in the country, and can be attributed to the mentoring and role modeling of our Med-Peds faculty, extensive involvement of our Program Directors in your education, and strong support from the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

 

James N. Azim, J.D., M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2007
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2003

Professional Interests: He graduated from the University of Michigan and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in our program. Currently, he is a hospitalist in the Department of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include the care of hospitalized patients, palliative care, resident and student education, and quality improvement.

Linda M. Balogh, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 1999
M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, 1995

Professional Interests: I am a primary care physician who practices both adult Internal Medicine and General pediatrics at the University of Michigan Canton Health Center. I am the lead Medicine-Pediatrics physician at the Canton Clinic, and also the coordinator for Canton Health Center’s Medicine-Pediatrics Residency outpatient program. My clinical interests are primarily based in Preventative Medicine. By promoting healthy lifestyles for all ages, we help our patients live fuller, happier lives. I am currently co-chair of the Pediatrics Quality Improvement Committee, whose goal is to improve the health of our patients who are 21 years or younger in age.

Personal Interests: I am married to Michael Balogh, and the mother of two middle school-aged sons, Zachary and Joshua. I support Michael’s efforts coaching soccer, and I transport my sons to and from soccer, basketball and robotics practices, as well as Boy Scouting events. I am an active member of my church and my sons’ school, where we are currently fund-raising to send the eighth graders to Washington DC next spring. I am a runner and love biking, cooking and gardening.  As a family, we are avid travelers. We have visited many places in the United States and Canada. This past June, together with their grandmother, two aunts and a cousin, my family visited Ireland and England on “the trip of a lifetime.”

What I enjoy about our community: As a lifelong Michigan resident and UM fan, I feel privileged and blessed to be able to live and practice in the only place that I ever wanted to be. Our colleagues are truly supportive of one another, and we foster an atmosphere of continued learning and growth in our profession.

Greta Branford, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1998
M.D., University of Cincinnati Medical School, 1994

Professional Interests: I practice as a primary care physician for all ages at the Canton Health Center. I particularly enjoy caring for adolescents and working to improve the health of patients with diabetes, hypertension and multiple chronic medical conditions. Additionally UM has recently upgraded to a new electronic medical record system called MiChart and over the past several years I have worked as a MiChart Physician Champion. This includes helping to build the system, train staff and continued work to improve how it is used by staff and patients. I enjoy working on this challenging project in order to smoothly integrate the benefits of technology into patient care.

Personal Interests: At home, I love doing activities with my family, which generally includes a lot of my two daughters’ swim practices and swim meets. I enjoy cooking with fresh veggies from my garden or the farmer’s market and trying out new recipes or working on home improvement projects. I have tried to find and embrace my inner athlete with regular pilates and walking which I actually enjoy now! Additionally I co-teach a comprehensive sexual education class for middle-school students through my church, which I feel is of great value (and also highly amusing).

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: I enjoy the variety of patients that I take care of everyday. Every age, culture, socioeconomic status and a wide variety of diagnoses are represented daily. There are always interesting stories, cute babies, spunky seniors and interesting cases to be had.

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Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Director of Pediatric Education
Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2003
M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000

Heather Burrows, M.D., Ph.D. serves as Associate Director of Pediatric Education and is the Continuity Clinic Director for our program. She practices at our East Ann Arbor General Pediatrics site, where she supervises residents and students. She has implemented a monthly primary care morning report series as well as a telemedicine experience for our residents. She is involved in resident quality improvement education and serves as a mentor for the resident outpatient QI group. Her interests include quality improvement and patient education.

Jean C. Carstensen, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 2007
M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003

Professional Interests: : I am in clinical practice at the Canton Health Center and enjoy seeing a wide and diverse panel of patients. I am also interested in medical education, medical decision making and curriculum development.

Personal Interests: My current interests include exploring Ann Arbor and surrounding areas, keeping up with my 2 kids and figuring out what to do with concord grapes. Hopefully, we will finish our house remodel and have a home, but that goal keeps getting father and father away.

What I enjoy about our community: The people are wonderful. We moved back to Michigan to be closer to our families - and so my husband could attend football games more regularly!

Aaron Daniel, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, University of Rochester, 2008
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2004

Professional Interests: I have great interest in the primary care of adults and children. I spend part of my time with my own panel of patients in the underserved area of Ypsilanti at the Neighborhood Family Health Clinic, and I spend part of my time as faculty in the Academic Internal Medicine Clinic for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. I particularly enjoy teaching residents about primary care and the techniques of the medical interview. I have a special interest in children with special needs.

Personal Interests: I spend most of my personal time with my wife and 3 boys. We like Legos and dragons and ninjas and superheroes and superhero dinosaurs and Lego ninja dragons. When I can pull myself away, I enjoy running and reading.

What I Enjoy about Living in Our Community: I enjoy the restaurants and the culture. I like kayaking down the Huron River. I like the energy of the university and the young people. I like skiing in Brighton. I like the friendliness of the people. I like being able to drive to places, and I like being able to park without much hassle.

Matthew Davis, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Children's Hospital/Brigham & Women's Hospital, 1998
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1994

Professional Interests: Dr. Davis' current work focuses on vaccination policy issues, child and family health insurance issues, innovations in health care delivery, and bringing the public voice to the national dialogue about child and family health and health policy issues. He is director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health and the National Voices Project, faculty lead for the MD/MPP dual-degree program at the University of Michigan, and faculty lead for an upcoming Coursera (open online curriculum) course about health policy in the United States. He also serves as a mentor for research fellows and graduate students, and as an active clinician within the U-M Health System.

Pamela Davis, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2003
M.D., Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, 1999
M.S., Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 1992

Professional Interests: I split my clinical time between the inpatient and outpatient settings. As an outpatient provider, I practice at the Canton Med-Peds clinic where I staffs resident continuity clinic. In addition, I practice at The Corner Health Center located in Ypsilanti where I provide care for adolescent patients from disadvantaged backgrounds. My interests in providing care for the underserved population have led me to become involved in several community health clinics for the uninsured. In addition, I teach physical examination and interviewing skills to first and second-year medical students. I enjoy teaching both residents and students and was awarded the John G. Frohna Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching in Medicine-Pediatrics in 2013.

What I enjoy about our community: There is a wide variety of art, theater, and live music nearby. If you enjoy sports, there are fantastic opportunities with UM and in the Detroit-metro area. Great camping, hiking, or fishing is available within in Ann Arbor and locally. I also enjoy my colleagues and the residents. UM is a great atmosphere for learning. We are a highly motivated group with regards to providing top patient care.

Corey Dean, M.D., C.A.Q.

Sports Medicine Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Baystate Medical Center,
2003
M.D., Michigan State College of Human Medicine, 1999

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is primarily outpatient as a Primary Care Physician at the Neighborhood Family Health Center (NFHC). At NFHC, I am the clinical site coordinator of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residents outpatient clinic. In addition, I am the Associate Program Director of Ambulatory Education of the St. Joseph Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. I have a special interest in Sports Medicine. I completed a sports medicine fellowship at Michigan State University KCMS. I volunteer at Saline, Ypsilanti-Lincoln, and Clinton High Schools covering their Sidelines in sports medicine. I have an interest in community medicine and curricular innovation and design.

Personal Interests: Outside of the clinic, I enjoy coaching my children in a variety of sports and participate in sprint triathlons.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan and St. Joseph Hospital, IHA: The Relationships, both my patients and my colleagues. I especially love teaching our amazing residents and getting to know about they and their families over their residency.

Hilary M. Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E.

Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Program Director
Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency, Albany Medical College, 1990
M.D., Albany Medical College, 1986

Hilary Haftel, M.D., M.H.P.E. has been the Pediatric Program Director and Associate Chair for Pediatric Education for 6 years after serving as an assistant/associate program director for 11 years. Dr. Haftel received a master’s degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004. She directed the Communication Skills and Professionalism program at the University of Michigan Medical School from 2003 to 2007. Dr. Haftel has served on numerous Medical School and national committees for undergraduate and graduate medical education. Her research interests include the quality of clinical education, performance assessment, medical decision-making, and autonomy in the changing medical climate.

Mark Hakim, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Wayne State University, 2007
Chief Resident, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Wayne State University, 2007-2008
M.D., Chicago Medical School, 2003

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is at the Canton Health Center, where I have my primary care medicine and pediatrics practice and staff residents in their continuity clinic. I have interests in care for the whole family, prevention, and longitudinal care. I also have a special interest in resident teaching and education, and a desire to help the underserved.

Personal Interests: Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, traveling, and sports, particularly the Wolverines and any Detroit sports.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: I enjoy the people at U of M, especially getting to know the residents- an amazing group and a pleasure to work with.

Annissa J. Hammoud, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2004
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2000

Professional Interests: She is currently appointed within the Department of Internal Medicine. She maintains a fully outpatient practice, based at the University of Michigan Brighton Health Center. Her clinical interests include women’s health, preventative health initiatives, and care of both adults and children with chronic illnesses.

Personal Interests: In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Amy E. Hepper, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2009
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2005

Professional Interests: After residency, she became a hospitalist at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI where she spent time taking care of both adult and pediatric patients as well as being a clinical faculty member for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She is excited to return to the University where she hopes to continue to focus on medical education, palliative medicine, family centered rounds, improved communication and use of protocols for common disease processes.

Personal Interests:Her hobbies include yoga, pilates, reading, gardening, skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Jason Kahn, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2003
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2003-04
M.D., University of Rochester, 1999

Professional Interests: My professional interests include primary care for the whole family, medical education, and health disparities. I practice at the East Ann Arbor Med-Peds clinic where I also staff the resident clinic. My clinical interests include preventive medical care, with a special interest in vaccines as well as men’s health.  I enjoy being involved in early medical education and am currently teaching in the Family Centered Experience course at the medical school. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy exploring near and far with my wife and daughter, especially discovering new places to hike, camp, kayak and eat, both in Michigan and around the globe. After realizing I would not make it to the major leagues (around age 8), I continue to follow those who have, especially the Tigers and Cubs.  

What I Enjoy About Living in Our Community:  I love living in Ann Arbor.  I especially enjoy the ability to be in town in a few minutes enjoying live music, theater or great food while being so close to natural areas that offer year round outdoor enjoyment. 

Patricia Keefer, MD

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan and St Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2007
Chief Resident - Internal Medicine, St Joseph Mercy Hospital 2007-2008
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2003

Professional interests: I enjoy working with a variety of patients, from newborn to geriatrics. My primary clinical practice is Pediatric Hospitalist. I am also a member of the adult and pediatric palliative care teams and previously worked as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist. In addition, I volunteer monthly at the HOPE clinic, seeing uninsured adult patients as their primary care provider. I have academic interests in care of the in newborn, palliative care, medication safety, and medical education. I also serve as the MPLAN medical director of the 12E inpatient unit, promoting quality of care and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Personal interests: I have a wonderful husband and two delightful and active children. I spend much of my time with them watching their various activities and exploring Ann Arbor and Michigan. In my free time, I enjoy training for triathlons, wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, and reading.

What I Enjoy about Living in our Community: The people, the community, the range of activities. Having lived here, or near here, since college, I have enjoyed the cultural diversity, vibrant downtown, and athletic/outdoors activities. For each phase of my time here, Ann Arbor constantly opens new doors for me and my family to explore.

Christopher Kim, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2004
M.D., University of Chicago- Pritzker School of Medicine, 2000
M.B.A., University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 1999

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is in hospital medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine. In addition, I work on several institutional initiatives to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and service for our patients. I enjoy working with students, residents, faculty, and staff in our health system to work on systems improvement ideas that span across our organization.
Personal Interests: Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and working to improve my golf and tennis games.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: Definitely the people. The people that you come across in our organization constantly amaze me in their commitment, compassion, and friendliness as we all work together in our mission to improve patient care, education, and research.

Kristen A. Krieger, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 1996
M.D., University of Chicago- Pritzker School of Medicine, 2000
M.B.A., University of Michigan Medical School, 1991

Professional Interests: Rheumatologic diseases and preventive medicine for adults and children. Her clinical interests include the special issues around caring for the entire family and also disorders of the immune system.

Personal Interests:Dr. Krieger enjoys being with her children and husband as well as training and showing Morgan horses. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Thuy b. LeDesai, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 1995
M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1991

Professional Interests: Dr. Thuy LeDesai is an attending at the East Ann Arbor Health Center Med-Peds clinic. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her med-peds residency at the U-M.

Personal Interests: She is involved in teaching internal medicine-pediatric residents, speaks Vietnamese and enjoys spending time with her children.

Patricia Mcnally, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Ohio State University, 2003
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2003-04
M.D., Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, 1999

Professional Interests: Dr. Patricia McNally graduated from Michigan State Medical School and then completed residency in our program. Patty was awarded the Real-World Pediatrician Award and also Medicine Resident of the Year Award. She served as Chief Resident in Medicine and afterward began teaching both inpatient and outpatient medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She is an Associate Program Director in Internal Medicine at St. Joe's.

Jennifer Meddings, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Ohio State University, 2006
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Ohio State University, 2006-07
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2002

Professional Interests: My clinical interests include helping children and adults manage complex chronic illness, and prevention of healthcare-associated complications in complex patients requiring multiple medications, procedures and hospitalizations. I practice at the East Ann Arbor Adult Medicine and Pediatrics clinic and the Taubman General Medicine Clinic, in addition to serving as a General Medicine inpatient attending at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.  My research focuses on the impact of quality improvement programs (including pay-for-performance and patient safety initiatives) on the care of patients with chronic and complex illness. 

Personal Interests: I enjoy gardening, biking, spoiling her pup, spending time with family, and enjoying the artistic talents of others at concerts, art fairs and museums.

Rebecca M. Northway, M.D.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Providence Hospital Athletic Medicine, 2010
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2009
M.D., Michigan State College of Human Medicine, 2005

Professional Interests: I work as an outpatient primary care physician at University of Michigan Canton Health Center where I see both adults and pediatrics. I have a special interest in sports medicine and completed a sports medicine fellowship at Providence Athletic Medicine. In addition to seeing sports medicine patients, I am one of the team physicians for USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

Personal Interests: Outside of clinic, I enjoy running, participating in 5ks to marathons, spinning, and swimming. I absolutely love Michigan’s four seasons and enjoy spending time with my husband, son and our dogs, especially in Northern Michigan and on Lake Michigan.

Kimberly O’Donnell, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2005
M.D. University of Michigan Medical School, 2001

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is primarily outpatient as a Primary Care Physician at the East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center.  I have the privilege of caring for patients from the first days of life and through all life stages.  I particularly enjoy the opportunity to care for families, and getting to know my patients personally over time.  I enjoy supervising and working alongside the Medicine-Pediatrics Residents in our clinic.  In addition, I devote time to the Medical School, serving as a Clinical Skills Instructor for Medical Students in their first through third years of training. 

Personal Interests: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, our two dogs, and 1 cat.  We enjoy family activities, being outdoors, and artistic projects.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: I appreciate the opportunity to work with so many amazing, accomplished, and caring individuals, especially my Medicine-Pediatrics Colleagues, our residents, and the students at our Medical School.

Bridget Pekrul, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2011
M.D. Penn State College of Medicine, 2007

Personal Interests: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. 

Sara Platte, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Chicago, 2007
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2003

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is Med-Peds primary care at the Neighborhood Family Health Center. We are an outpatient office that specializes in the care of patients from birth through the whole spectrum of life. We are able to serve patients with very limited resources, including those without insurance. I am very interested in preventive health and in transitions of care, such as from adolescence to adulthood, especially for patients with special health care needs. I enjoy teaching with the Med-Peds residents and working with them at their continuity clinic here at NFHC.

Personal Interests: I have 2 young children and a bunch of pets to keep me busy. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes with my family.

What I enjoy about living in our community: There are always new events and activities to try in the area. The outdoor activities are endless, and the parks numerous. But, I most enjoy the people I get to meet every day and the relationships I am able to build with patients and colleagues from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area.

Latonya A. Riddle-Jones, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, 2012
M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2008

Professional Interests: I enjoy teaching medical students and residents. My major professional interests are in primary prevention, obesity, diabetes and asthma. Health policy and public health are also areas of interest.

Personal Interests: Traveling the world and experiencing other cultures first hand has always been exciting to me.  Now that I have completed medical school and residency, I hope to engage in more international travel.  I've studied abroad in Russia and Mexico and traveled various other places. Being a graduate of Michigan State University, Big Ten Conference sports and professional sports have always been a great interest.

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan: This program has phenomenal faculty and residents. Everyone has a vested interest in exceptional patient care and physician education. The program and university have a great reputation and are located in a fun and diverse metropolitan area.

John Schmidt, M.D.

Associate Director, Pediatrics Residency Program
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 1998

Professional Interests: I have joint appointments as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, working as a hospitalist. I serve as one of the Associate Directors of Pediatric Education and the Associate Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist program. In addition, I volunteer as the physician for the Michigan Marching Band and have a vested interest in medical education, teaching, and hospital administration.

Personal Interests: I enjoy scuba diving, snowboarding, watching movies, and spending time with my wife, daughter, and son.

David A. Stewart, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2012
M.D., University of Texas Medical School, 2008

 

 

 

Jennifer Stojan, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2010
M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 2006

Professional Interests: My clinical practice is as a hospitalist both in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  I participate in the Family Centered Experience Course in the medical school which is designed to enhance a student's understanding of the personal side of medicine and the impact of illness on a patient/family. I am extremely interested in medical education and am currently pursuing my Masters in Education for Health Professionals. I also have an interest in patient safety with a focus on the handoff process that occurs between physicians.

Personal Interests:  Outside of the hospital, I enjoy traveling, swimming, and U of M football games.  Go Blue!!

What I Enjoy About Practicing at the University of Michigan:  I most enjoy the people that I work with.  We have a close knit Med-Peds faculty who are not only my colleagues, but also my friends.  We also have the most wonderful group of talented residents.  I could not be more fortunate than to work with this group of people every day.

Jennifer Vredeveld, M.D.

Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, University of Michigan, 2009
M.D., Medical College of Ohio, 2005

Professional Interests: I work as a hospitalist in both the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The majority of my time is spent in the direct clinical care of patients. I am very interested in the education of both students and residents and focus on teaching clinical care as well as quality improvement. I serve as a quality improvement faculty mentor as well as a residency advisor.

Personal Interests: All my time away from the hospital is spent with my wonderful husband and 3 children as well as my sometimes wonderful (often naughty) 3 dogs.

What I enjoy about practicing at the University of Michigan: Working with and participating in the education of our students and residents.