Our Fellows

Third-Year Fellow

Whitley Hulse, MD

Whitley Hulse, MD

Residency: University of Colorado

Dr. Hulse was born and raised in Kansas until she ventured out west for residency in Colorado and a little further west to Utah for fellowship.  She has two children: her fur baby named Konza and her son named Hudson.  Along with her husband, Andrew, she has enjoyed everything that Utah has to offer, from gorgeous national parks to award-winning ski slopes.

Dr. Hulse’s research interest is in neurodevelopmental outcomes.  Many of the practices of the NICU can negatively affect the neurodevelopmental outcomes of the infant.  Thus, she has teamed up with her research mentors, Dr. Robert Christensen and Dr. Tara Dupont, to investigate any NICU practice than can positively affect brain growth and development.  Her current investigations include describing the Erythropoietin/Erythroferrone/Hepcidin axis to improve how we evaluate iron metabolism for blood production and brain growth.  Additionally, she is investigating the utility of early intervention to determine if there are clinical outcomes, such as the severity of the gross motor assessment (GMA), which would increase parental follow up for long term neurodevelopment.  Dr. Hulse has additional interest in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).  She is beginning a project with Dr. Belinda Chan on using abdominal ultrasound in the diagnosis of necrotizing enterocolitis.     

 

Second-Year Fellows

Adrienne Cohen, MD

Adrienne Cohen, MD

Residency: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL

Dr. Cohen grew up in Michigan but considers herself a Western transplant. After completing her education and training in Texas, Indiana, and Illinois, she is glad to be within driving distance of her family for once! She is thrilled to have the opportunity to train with so many wonderful and knowledgeable individuals at the University of Utah. She and her fiancé, Jonathan, have been enjoying the many outdoor activities available in the summer and look forward to taking advantage of the legendary Utah powder.

Dr. Cohen’s research interest is in lung development, with an emphasis on the pathogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia. She is working with her mentor, Dr. Lisa Joss-Moore, using a rat model to investigate the roles of intrauterine growth restriction, postnatal growth restriction, and DHA supplementation on lung fatty acid metabolism and the development of BPD.

Allison Fisher, MD

Allison Fisher, MD

Residency:  Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Fisher grew up in Wisconsin and moved out west after completing undergraduate studies. She attended University of Colorado Medical School and completed her residency in Phoenix, Arizona, before returning to a mountain landscape for fellowship. She has enjoyed the natural beauty of Utah, accompanied by her husband, Ben, their daughter, Charlotte, and their two dogs. Dr. Fisher’s research interest is in nutrition and feeding practices in the NICU. She is mentored by Dr. Camille Fung and Dr. Peter Grubb.

Ariel Tarrell, MD

Ariel Tarrell, MD

Residency:  St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Tarrell is from Omaha, Nebraska. She attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her pediatrics residency at St. Louis University at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Her research interests include optimizing growth to mitigate risks of chronic disease including BPD. Her mentor is Dr. Brad Yoder. Her favorite things about the fellowship program are the opportunity to care for infants with a wide range of illnesses, the amazing faculty and their mentorship, and getting to enjoy Salt Lake City. When not at work, she enjoys finding new things to explore, from new recipes to hiking in the outdoors.

Samuel Zoucha, MD

Samuel Zoucha, MD

Residency:  Rush University, Chicago, IL

Dr. Zoucha was born and raised in Nebraska, attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, then went on to complete pediatric residency training at Rush University in Chicago, IL. He decided to complete neonatology training at Utah after meeting the amazing faculty with varied clinic interests, hearing about all the unique clinical and research opportunities available to the fellows, and experiencing all the beauty Utah has to offer. His research interests include bioinformatics and clinical informatics. His current research is centered on evaluating trends in genetic testing in the NICU to identify the characteristics of infants who will benefit from genetic analysis.  Outside of the NICU, he enjoys rock climbing, biking, hiking, camping, and skiing, all of which are in no short supply here in Utah. 

First-Year Fellows

Mark Nolan, MD

Mark Nolan, MD

Residency: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

Kelsey Simek, MD

Kelsey Simek, MD

Residency:  University of Colorado, Denver, CO

Brandon Tomlin, MD

Brandon Tomlin, MD

Residency:  University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Recent Graduates

Tim Bahr, MS, MD

Tim Bahr, MS, MD

Current Location: Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

Residency: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Sam Bircher, MD

Sam Bircher, MD

Current Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Residency: Oregon Health & Science University

Matt Douglass, MD

Matt Douglass, MD

Current Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Residency: University of Nebraska

Kristina Gulliver, MD

Kristina Gulliver, MD

Current Location: Northwest Newborn Specialists, Portland, OR

Residency: University of Utah

Michelle Yang, ND

Michelle Yang, ND

Currently Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Residency: University of Vermont

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CHRISTIAN CON YOST, MD

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Email: angie.horne@hsc.utah.edu
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