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Education Leadership

University of Michigan’s Pediatric Education Program continues to be one of the top programs in the United States. Our education leadership group has almost 50 years of combined educational administrative experience, and our diversity enables us to have a vision for the program that extends beyond today. The Pediatric Education faculty work continually to monitor and update all aspects of the program – from curriculum changes to the development of innovative approaches that will better train the leaders of tomorrow. Read about our leadership team.


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.


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.

John P. Schmidt, M.D.

Associate Director of Pediatric Education
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002
M.D., University of Michigan, 1998

John Schmidt, M.D. serves as Associate Director of Pediatric Education. Dr. Schmidt is a 2002 graduate of our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. He currently serves as Educational Lead for General inpatient Pediatrics and the Associate Director of the Hospitalist program. Dr. Schmidt has won numerous accolades for his teaching ability, including the Senior Award, Galen’s Silver Shovel, and Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Schmidt is heavily involved with resident recruiting, improving inpatient rounding, conference curriculum, and work-hour compliance. He also volunteers as the physician for the Michigan Marching Band.


David A. Stewart, M.D.

Assistant Director of Pediatric Education
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2012-13
Chief Resident, Med-Peds, University of Michigan, 2011-12
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2012
M.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 2008

David Stewart, M.D. is the newest addition to the program leadership and serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program.  He works as a pediatric and adult hospitalist and is an active member of the Patient Safety Learning Program for the Department of Internal Medicine.  During his training at the University of Michigan he was awarded the Steve T. Koeff, M.D. Resident Teaching Award from the medical students and was a co-founder of the House Officer Quality and Safety Council.  As a faculty member he was awarded the 2014 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Teaching Award.  David hails from the great state of Texas, and in his free time he enjoys watching college football, kayaking the mighty Huron river, spending time with friends, and traveling.

Michael Lukela, M.D.

Program Director for Medicine-Pediatrics Program
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 2002
Chief Resident, Pediatrics, University of Michigan, 2002-03
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1998

Michael Lukela, M.D. is the Director of the Med-Peds program and a hospitalist in the Department of Internal Medicine. He volunteers his time at the HOPE clinic, a local resource for adult and pediatric patients without insurance. He has been extensively involved in Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the University of Michigan and nationally through the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director Association (MPPDA) where he served also served in the capacity as President in 2012-13. Dr. Lukela is also involved at Medical School as a member of the Admissions Executive Committee and Director of the M2 Clinical Comprehensive Assessment. In his spare time, he coaches his sons’ competitive soccer teams, competes in marathons and distance triathlons, and attempts to train his dogs.


Namita Sachdev, M.D.

Associate Director for the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency, University of Michigan, 1993
M.D., University of Michigan, 1989

Namita Sachdev, M.D. is Associate Program Director of the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics program. She is a faculty mentor in the Clinician Educator Program at the medical school and is also a member of the M2 Comprehensive Clinical Assessment (CCA) committee. She practices both internal medicine and pediatrics at East Ann Arbor in the medicine-pediatrics faculty practice, and is involved in ambulatory education. Dr. Sachdev’s areas of clinical interest are infectious diseases, preventative medicine, and chronic care of disease.