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Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Wisconsin is highly dedicated to not only maintaining the tradition of excellence within our training program but also leading the way in clinical, scholarly and educational offerings for our trainees.  All of us at MCW/Children's have made a promise to our patients to remain lifelong learners so we may always provide the best and safest care possible.  We also promise to foster the growth and development of our trainees by providing them with a truly exceptional, well-rounded educational experience while constantly re-examining not only what we teach, but how we teach it.  
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Leadership Statement

As Fellowship Director, it is my privilege and honor to foster the ongoing growth and development of the next generation of Pediatric Critical Care providers. Recognizing that leadership is truly a relationship built upon reciprocated respect and trust, we strive to provide our adult learners with an immersive educational experience that provides graduated autonomy. In the ever-advancing medical field, it is our mission to remain at the forefront of innovation while respecting the importance of securing a strong foundation in the core principals of Pediatric Critical Care.

Tara Petersen, MD, MSEd


Tara Petersen, MD, MSEd
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Critical Care




Pediatric Critical Care Fellow Tour

See the spaces and places you will spend time in as a pediatrics critical care fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

As a fellow, you will...

  • Experience a 36-month curriculum that is divided roughly into 16 months of clinical work and 20 months of research activities.   
  • The first year of fellowship is divided into 2- and 4-week blocks.  This first year of Critical Care Training is highly clinically focused with exposure to a diverse patient population across the medical, surgical/trauma and cardiac pediatric ICUs.  All first-year fellows receive PALS and ATLS certification as well as attend the National Pediatric Critical Care First Year Fellow Simulation Bootcamp.
  • Clinical service during the second and third years is done one week at a time, which allows for increased time dedicated to your scholarly project and ongoing career development including the opportunity to attend classes scheduled at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, programmatic development, allowance for increased blocks of time in the laboratory, etc.  Second year fellows attend the Clinical Research Course at the semi-annual Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) Conference.  Third year fellows attend the National Pediatric Critical Care Senior Fellow Simulation Bootcamp which is hosted right here at MCW/Children’s Wisconsin.


About the Program

Our fellows receive the majority of their training at Children's Wisconsin. Our 72-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit has approximately 2,000 admissions per year.

The 36-month curriculum is divided roughly into 16 months of clinical work and 20 months of research activities as follows:

The first year is conducted in four-week blocks. Clinical service during the second and third years is done one week at a time, which allows for increased time dedicated to your scholarly project and ongoing career development including the opportunity to attend classes scheduled at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, programmatic development, allowance for increased blocks of time in the laboratory, etc.

First Year

  • PICU – 25 weeks
  • Anesthesiology – 8 weeks
  • Research – 16 weeks
  • Transport – 2 weeks
  • Transport Medical Control – throughout the year
  • In-house call frequency, average – Every fifth night
  • Number of call nights/month – 5–6

Second Year

  • PICU – 14 weeks
  • Electives Available: bronchoscopy, neuro-critical care, procedural sedation, toxicology
  • Research – 34 weeks
  • Transport Medical Control – throughout the year
  • In-house call frequency, average – Every fifth night
  • Number of call nights/month – 5–6

Third Year

  • PICU – 15 weeks
  • Electives Available: bronchoscopy, neuro-critical care, procedural sedation, toxicology
  • Research – 36 weeks
  • Transport Medical Control – throughout the year
  • In-house call frequency, average – Every sixth night
  • Number of call nights/month – 4–5

Mentorship during fellowship is considered very important. Mentors offer unique guidance because they have been in your position and are using their experience for your benefit. Throughout the pediatric critical care fellowship training you will work closely with faculty members who will offer advice, guidance and feedback along the way.

Once you start your research rotation you will have scholarly meetings. This is a multidisciplinary meeting where you have the opportunity to talk about your interests and projects you would like to pursue. Based on your interest, you will be encouraged to meet up with several faculty at MCW who have common goals. Ultimately, you and your team will highlight someone as your primary research mentor. This is someone who shares a similar research interest who can offer guidance in the planning phase of your research project. They will help to keep your research project on track and will meet with you during your research time to collaborate on ideas and progress. Each Fellow also has one of the primary administration faculty as their go-to resource throughout fellowship. They will be present at faculty meetings as well as semi-annual reviews. Although all of the primary administration directors are involved with the progress of each Fellow, this is someone who is dedicated to knowing specific details of your fellowship experience. This is your Advisor who not only helps to ensure you are meeting all of the criteria for graduation but helps to keep your long-term goals in consideration.

Educational Conferences

In addition to practical clinical experience we provide other structured opportunities for learning, including:

Critical Care Section Conferences:

  • Core Conference
    A foundational weekly conference including didactics and group discussions with multiple disciplines on core principles within basic and advanced pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics.

  • RESCQ Conference (Research, Ethics, Safety, Career Development and Quality Improvement)
    Weekly presentations/discussions on Research (such as: study design, statistics, databases, organization and interpretation of literature, manuscript writing and editing, oral and poster presentations, evidence-based medicine, journal club, and research in progress updates), Ethics (including: clinical, professional and research), Patient Safety Science, Career Development for Fellows (such as: work-life balance, career longevity, resiliency, how to choose a mentor, career selection panels) and Quality Improvement (including project updates, QI methodology, etc.)

  • Code Conference
    A monthly multidisciplinary, faculty mentored/fellow- and advanced practice provider-led objective data-driven review and discussion of the previous month’s Code Blue Activations within the Pediatric Critical Care Unit.

  • Neuro-Critical Care Conference
    A monthly multidisciplinary (critical care, neonatology, neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, infectious disease and physical medicine and rehabilitation) case-based discussion focused on highlighted our shared Neuro-Critical Care patient population.

  • Systems Improvement Conference
    A monthly, faculty mentored/fellow-led discussion focused on practice-based medicine, quality improvement, patient safety science and system-wide improvement opportunities within Pediatric Critical Care.

Additional Conferences:

  • “Tuesday Conference” - A rotating schedule comprised of:
  • PICU Bedside Rounds
    Case-based discussions with fellows and local "experts," occurs in the medical/surgical ICU twice per month

  • CICU Bedside Rounds Lecture Series
    Case-based discussions with fellows and local "experts," occurs in the Cardiac ICU twice per month

  • Fellow’s Simulation Lab
    These are monthly hands-on learning sessions focused on a fellow’s development of critical thinking skills including crisis resource management and awareness of situational and cognitive biases that we all hold in some regards. Additional multi-disciplinary simulation offerings occur throughout the year during in-situ mock codes and procedural workshops. First year fellows also receive funding (through a grant from the Wisconsin Dairy Cares Foundation) and service coverage to attend the National Fellowship Bootcamp where several of our faculty members and nurse practitioners are instructors!
  • PICU Fellow Board Review
    A monthly, faculty mentored/fellow lead session comprised of a brief didactic followed by practice of sample questions from American Board of Pediatrics: Pediatric Critical Care Board Exam and an in-depth team discussion of answers. These sessions assist in not only building one’s fund of knowledge but also on solidifying test taking skills.

  • Cardiac Cath Conference
    Weekly multidisciplinary review of upcoming cardiothoracic surgery procedures, presented by cardiologists and surgeons.

  • Joint Fellowship Curriculum (JFC)
    A required monthly presentation of topics for academicians-in-training from all disciplines.

  • Multidisciplinary Surgical Conference
    Bi-monthly fellow-led conference for critical care, general surgery, and anesthesiology.

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
    Weekly lecture for staff physicians, trainees, and students.

  • Professor Rounds
    A weekly, interactive hospital-wide clinical case presentation conference presented by a senior pediatric resident. A beloved tradition at the Children’s Wisconsin!!

  • Trauma Grand Rounds
    Monthly lecture on trauma-related topics.

Other Conferences and Meetings:

  • Fellow Administrative Meeting
    Required monthly meeting directed by the Fellowship Director. The objective is to learn and practice administrative and leadership skills, focusing on issues that impact the fellowship.

  • Lunch with the Leaders
    Informal meeting over lunch with the Fellowship Leaders (Program Director, Associate Program Directors and Fellowship Research Directors). Discussions vary from career development, to getting to know your team members and more!

  • Other Committee Meetings
    Second- and third-year fellows may be appointed to a committee relevant to their clinical or research interests by the Section Chief or Fellowship Leaders.
In the Life of a Critical Care Fellow


  • We have 3 multidisciplinary units:
    • West 3: The cardiac ICU where you will manage pre- and post-operative patients with congenital heart disease and complex airway malformations, patients with cardiac transplants, various ventricular assist devices, and ECMO (VV and VA).
    • West 4: Focused on trauma/surgical ICU care where you learn post-op management for variety of post-op patients with neurosurgery, general surgery, ENT, and solid organ transplant (predominantly liver and kidney)
    • West 5: Focused on sepsis and oncology including bone marrow transplant/hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients
  • Work directly with residents and nurse practitioners in teams on each floor
  • Respond to Code Blue alarms throughout the hospital and actively participate in the trauma bay resuscitation
  • Develop skills in triaging admissions and transport patients through our “3939” pager
  • Develop presentation skills through journal club, systems improvement conference, etc


  • 7:00 am receive sign-out from the overnight team
  • 12:00 pm conference mostly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday
  • Board review on some Fridays
  • There are some other opportunities for conferences other days of the week
  • 4:00 pm sign out to the overnight team


  • Get immersed in clinical care for gaining comfort and confidence in the PICU early
  • Begin learning and mastering routine procedures: arterial lines, peripheral IVs, central venous lines, chest tube placement, and intubation both in the unit and on 2 months of anesthesia
  • Travel with our transport team to various regions during a 2 week rotation


  • Clinical time is significantly decreased to allow for time to focus on your research project
  • Participate in a quality improvement project
  • Gain more autonomy during your service weeks
  • Twice monthly transport shifts where you may go by ground or air
  • Serve as members of committees such as Code Review, Death Review, etc
  • Get involved in activities that achieve personal goals and professional development such as facilitate mock codes, teach PALS (pediatric advance life support) or PFCCS (pediatric fundamental critical care support)

  • Work on finishing your research project and/or completing additional projects
  • Present your research at a conference
  • Twice monthly transport shifts where you may go by ground or air
  • Consider electives such as Neuro-Critical Care, bronchoscopy, procedural sedation, palliative care, or toxicology. Past fellows have also spent extra time with cardiology in cath lab, echo, or EP
  • Supervise residents, NPs, and junior fellow’s procedures
  • Transition to becoming an attending
  • Continue to serve in committees and get involved in activities that achieve personal goals and professional development
Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum
The Joint Fellowship Curriculum (JFC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a series of longitudinal educational experiences designed to cover topics required for all pediatric fellows. While specialty-specific education is covered within each section, the JFC endeavors to cover the remainder of topics that are common to all fellowship trainees. Fellows not only gain insight on these topics from campus-wide experts, but also do so in a collaborative learning environment with their same level fellow peers from across the pediatric enterprise. 

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Our Faculty
Our experienced, talented faculty are excited to support you throughout your fellowship.

Meet Our Faculty

Our Institutions

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 4.0 million patients annually.

About Children’s Wisconsin

Children’s Wisconsin is the region’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in nine specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. In 2019, Children’s invested more than $130 million in the community to improve the health status of children through medical care, advocacy, education and pediatric medical research. Children’s achieves its mission in part through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is proud to be a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Diversity and Inclusion

At MCW and within the Department of Pediatrics, we have several programs and resources focused on fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. Our departmental and institutional focus is confronting negative perceptions and welcoming our community. Below is just a sampling of the efforts across our institutions to embed the principles of diversity and inclusion into our culture.

  • DOP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council | Our Diversity Council, led by Dr. Mike Levas, the DOP Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion, and comprised of faculty, staff, administration, and trainees, is focused on connecting with partners across our system and within the community to ensure the DOP is a diverse, equitable and inclusive employer.
  • DOP Fellowship and Residency Diversity and Inclusion Committees | In a city filled with its own diversity and rich cultural history, our fellows and residents recognize the importance of addressing diversity, health equity, and inclusion within our programs. As such, the program is proud to recognize the presence and work of its Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • DOP Unconscious Bias Training | The AAMC has partnered with Cook Ross, Inc., a leading consulting firm, to create training focused on the science behind unconscious bias to help academic medical staff and faculty mitigate disparities. Seven members of our team have earned a certification as unconscious bias trainers through Cook Ross. These trainers have translated what they’ve learned into a two-hour training for our faculty and staff. By learning how to identify and confront unconscious bias, it is possible to mitigate the impact and promote respect for all groups.
  • Trauma-Informed Workplace Training | This committee has undertaken actions including a department-wide survey and the creation of four online training modules sharing the principles of trauma-informed approach and how to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in ourselves and others. This group started as part of Fostering Futures, a state-wide initiative aimed at infusing a trauma-informed approach into all the systems and organizations that touch the lives of Wisconsin citizens with the goal of expanding across the state to make Wisconsin the first trauma-informed state in the nation.
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion | Established in March 2016, the MCW Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) partners within MCW and with community partners to foster and drive inclusion excellence as an effective, empowering enabler of MCW mission and strategic goals.
  • Spring Festival of Cultures | The annual Spring Festival of Cultures encourages an increased awareness and celebration of the visible and non-visible identities among our MCW community. This three-day event is an opportunity to promote the fostering of diversity, inclusion and unity at MCW.
  • President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award | MCW’s President's Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, residents, trainees, and community members in contributing to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership.
  • Institute of Health and Equity | The Institute for Health & Equity is focused on researching the root causes of health disparities in our communities, and advancing the best ideas to foster health equity throughout the world. We target populations with abnormally high rates of disease and injury – urban and rural alike – and then we find out why. Partnering with community health collaborators who live and work closest to the most vulnerable populations, we are making an impact on reducing those disparities, one community at a time.
  • GMF-MCW Partnership | Through their overall partnership, MCW and GMF will bring complementary expertise on a range of strategies to invest in the health, equity and economic well-being of people across Milwaukee, beginning with the neighborhoods adjacent to the new development. Guided by community priorities and data, the GMF-MCW Partnership will be a catalyst for additional investment and community impact. Together, the partners will:
    • Engage resident and community partnerships
    • Improve social determinants of health
    • Catalyze change that leverages resources and investment

Learn about MCW's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Thoughts from Our Fellows

"'Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.’ Without question, I can say that there are so many great teachers here at Children's that I think even an entire fellowship is a short time to learn from all of them.”

"I think that, in addition to our high volume and acuity exposure, we have unique experiences with our transport and trauma involvement."

"Training to become a pediatric intensivist at Children's has been a great adventure. One of the primary reasons that has made fellowship such a positive experience has been the leadership and support of the fellowship program. Being a critical care fellow comes with several challenges that go well beyond taking care of the critically ill child. While I knew I would receive excellent clinical experience here at Children's as the foundation of my training, the fellowship program has really helped me grow in ways that go beyond these clinical aspects. Areas of focus, such as professional development, mentoring, critical thinking, and work-life balance are not just discussions that get you through one day to the next but lessons that perpetually push me to grow in ways that are both unexpected and genuine. I am truly grateful to be the part of this process at Children's and feel better prepared to be a pediatric intensivist in more ways than I ever imagined because of it."

“The program here has such a wide variety of pathology among its patients as a fellow you feel prepared to care for all patients following your time here. The support from faculty in regard to clinical experience and research is the best, ultimately preparing you for nothing but success in future endeavors.”

“Working with faculty from different training backgrounds helps develop familiarity with different practices and management approaches.”

“The fellowship training has high patient volume, exposing you to a variety of disease processes and medical complexity. There are also multiple institutional affiliations, which create a wide array of research opportunities.”

“My favorite thing about the PICU fellowship program here at Children's is definitely the people I work with. It’s more like a family than anything. I consider myself extremely lucky to have such and amazing leadership, faculty, co-fellows, NPs and nurses.”

Living and Training in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets and a prime location for the Medical College of Wisconsin’s main campus. A one-of-a-kind city with a vibrant and diverse culture, this charming, yet metropolitan must-see is just 90 minutes north of Chicago and nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you’re catching a show at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, immersing yourself in the old world charm of the Historic Third Ward or taking in the sights and sounds of one of the many cafés, beer gardens or restaurants that line the city’s riverbank and shoreline, Milwaukee never disappoints. Find out why MCW students, faculty and employees take pride in calling Milwaukee home.

Where do the current fellows live?

  • Brewer's Hill in downtown Milwaukee
  • Wauwatosa
  • Oak Creek
  • Third Ward
  • Brookfield
  • Lower East Side

Favorite places fellows have visited in Wisconsin:

  • Devil’s Lake near Madison
  • Whetherby Cranberry Company
  • Lakefront
  • Summerfest
  • Door County
  • Two Rivers
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Sunrise at Cave Point County Park
  • Wisconsin State Parks

Favorite restaurants in Milwaukee:

  • Odd Duck
  • Elephant Cafe
  • Ca’lucchenzo 
  • Carnevor 
  • La Masa 
  • Anmol
  • Stella Van Buren
  • Celesta
  • Amilinda
  • Dorsia
  • The Original
  • Kin by Rice and Roll

MCW is a great choice for your work. And your life. Learn more about housing and rental options.

More about Milwaukee

Application Process and Visa Information

Our 3-year fellowship program is ACGME accredited and begins on July 1 each year. We accept four fellows each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants must have completed a US-accredited residency program. Applications from prospective applicants are accepted from July through October via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will access your application and contact you to make interview arrangements.

Complete applications should include the following:

  • ERAS application form
  • At least 3 letters of reference including Program Director letter
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • MD Applicants: USMLE scores - Steps 1, 2, and 3 or
  • DO Applicants: COMLEX scores – Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • ECFMG certificate for foreign medical school graduates (see visa information below)

Our program currently accepts the following visas:

  • Permanent Resident Visa
  • Visitor Exchange Visa sponsored by ECFMG (J-1)
  • Temporary Professional Workers (H-1B)

For additional visa information please visit MCW’s office of Graduate Medical Education.

Apply on ERAS

Benefits, Conditions and Terms of Employment
Fellows are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH).

See MCWAH Benefits, Conditions & Terms of Employment for information regarding vacations, leaves, insurance, stipends and professional liability.

I find immense value in the ability to work as a multidisciplinary group within the PICU. Our institution has many great minds and leaders in their respective fields. The opportunity to have an open and collegial discussion with other subspecialties regarding not only patient care but ongoing research and education has been instrumental in my growth and development as a fellow. There is a great respect for the fact that our hospital is a teaching institution on many levels and faculty take every opportunity to teach and mentor trainees.”

A former Fellow

Our Third Year Fellows (2019-2022)

John Benson, MD

Benson John Bill 201922

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas

Favorite ice cream: Cookie Dough
Favorite hobby: Music
Favorite Disney movie: Star Wars Episode V Empire Strikes Back

Kathryn Higdon, MD

Higdon Katy 201922

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Pediatric Residency: Spectrum Health - Michigan State University

Favorite ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Half Baked
Favorite hobby: Dancing
Favorite Disney movie: Beauty and the Beast

Vickren Pillay, MD

Pillay Vic 201922

Medical School: Medical University of the Americas – Nevis
Pediatric Residency: Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Favorite ice cream: Cotton Candy
Favorite hobby: Spending time with twin girls
Favorite Disney movie: Winnie the Pooh

Kelsey Wehrenberg, DO

Wehrenberg Kelsey 201922

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Pediatric Residency: University of Florida at Orlando Health

Favorite ice cream: Jeni's Brambleberry Crisp
Favorite hobby: Scuba Diving and Running
Favorite Disney movie: Mulan

Besma Jaber, MD

Jaber Besma 201923

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Pediatric Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals

Favorite ice cream: Leon’s Butter Pecan 
Favorite hobby: Makeup Artistry
Favorite Disney movie: Aladdin

Our Second Year Fellows (2020-2023)

Fatima Ajmal, MD

Ajmal Fatima 20200701

Medical School: University of Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Residency: AdventHealth Orlando

Favorite ice cream: Stracciatella
Favorite hobby: Painting
Favorite Disney movie: The Lion King

Cameron Kasmai, MD

Kasmai Cam 20200701

Medical School: Meharry Medical College
Residency: Spectrum Health/Michigan State University/Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

Favorite ice cream: Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip
Favorite hobby: Golf
Favorite Disney movie: Robin Hood 

Christena McBride, MD

McBride Christena 20200701

Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Residency: Oregon Health & Science University

Favorite ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite hobby: Skiing
Favorite Disney movie: Coco

Merritt Tuttle, MD

Tuttle Merritt 20200701

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin

Favorite ice cream: Peanut Butter
Favorite hobby: Hiking
Favorite Disney movie: The Emperor’s New Groove

Our First Year Fellows (2021-2024)

Melissa Chiu, MD

Chiu Melissa

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals

Favorite ice cream: Black Sesame
Favorite hobby: Making my own earrings
Favorite Disney movie: Lilo and Stitch

Angelica Ostrowski, DO

Ostrowski Angelica

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency: Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn

Favorite ice cream: Classic chocolate or anything from Jeni’s
Favorite hobby: Travelling
Favorite Disney movie: Moana

Krista Parran, MD

Parran Krista

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals

Favorite ice cream: Pistachio
Favorite hobby: Outdoor recreation of all types (hiking, biking, paddling, running, swimming, skiing) and growing plants.
Favorite Disney movie: I was deprived of Disney movies as a child, so my favorite is still probably the first one I saw...a French dubbed version of little mermaid in French class.

Meaghan Reany, DO

Reaney Meaghan

Medical School: Lincoln Memorial DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Favorite ice cream: Mint Chocolate Chip
Favorite hobby: Running
Favorite Disney movie: Moana

Our Team

Tara Petersen, MD, MSEd

Tara Petersen, MD, MSEd

Director, Fellowship Program

Favorite ice cream: Kopp’s Red Raspberry
Favorite hobby: Exploring new places – both close to home and further away!
Favorite Disney movie: Moana 

Shilpa Narayan, MD


Associate Director, Fellowship Program

Favorite ice cream: Cookies and Cream
Favorite hobby: travelling and painting
Favorite Disney movie: Moana 

Maggie Reichertz

Reichertz Maggie Professional Portrait

Fellowship Coordinator

Favorite ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Favorite hobby: Hiking
Favorite Disney movie: Mulan 


Contact Us

Department of Pediatrics

Critical Care
9000 W. Wisconsin Ave. MS 681
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Maggie Reichertz

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Pediatrics Critical Care
(414) 337-6773