Current Fellows

Third Year Fellows

Brianna MacQueen, MD

Brianna MacQueen, MD

Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo-School of Graduate Medical Education

Research interests: Dr. MacQueen's research focuses on several areas of neonatal hematology. She has evaluated the difference between automated versus manual differential leukocyte counts in identifying infection in infants, examined the immature platelet fraction in neonates, and assessed the iron status of newborns at risk for iron deficiency. She also completed a study looking at the use of fecal calprotectin in the work up to rule out necrotizing enterocolitis. She is currently working on multiple projects including creating reference intervals for fecal calprotectin in preterm infants and defining iron deficiency among high-risk neonates. Dr. Robert Christensen serves as her research mentor.

Leslie Ruybal, MD

Leslie Ruybal, MD

Medical School: Creighton University  School of Medicine
Residency: University of Nebraska

Research interests: Dr. Ruybal's primary research focus is in Quality Improvement, specifically on early recognition of shock and sepsis in the neonate. Dr. Ruybal is establishing a standardized bedside screening tool to identify signs of shock and sepsis early, as well as treatment and management protocol. Her specific aim is to decrease recognition time and initiation of interventions for neonatal shock and sepsis in the NICU and to improve outcomes. Dr. Con Yee Ling is her research mentor.

Second Year Fellows

Jennifer Murphy, MD

Jennifer Murphy, MD

Residency: University of Arizona

Research interests: Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on the development of an integrated user platform, designed specifically for the neonatal intensive care practice environment. Her goal is to create a system that allows for improved research protocol compliance, better utilization of best practices, early identification of critical clinical changes and improved provider satisfaction.  With improvements in human systems interactions, the use of predictive algorithms and a well-designed interface, high value information is presented in a clear and concise manner, thereby allowing providers to make better decisions with greater ease and efficiency.

Maggie Sekhon, MD

Maggie Sekhon, MD

Residency: University of Arizona

Research interests: Dr. Sekhon's research interests include neonatal nutrition and quality improvement. She is implementing a prospective, randomized trial investigating whether zinc supplementation of preterm infants at risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia leads to improved growth in this population. She is also leading a quality improvement project utilizing probiotics to reduce rates of necrotizing enterocolitis in our NICU. As part of this project, she is also collaborating with an outside institution to investigate the effect of probiotics on the instestinal environment of preterm infants. Her research mentor is Dr. Bradley Yoder.

Nora Switchenko, MD

Nora Switchenko, MD

Residency: University of Utah

Research interests: Dr. Switchenko's research is in the area of global health. She is collaborating with pediatricians at Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya to investigate the feasibility of using CPAP in a low resource setting. Her work aims to improve neonatal outcomes and reduce mortality from respiratory illness. Dr. Bernhard Fassl is her research mentor.

First Year Fellows

Matthew Douglass, MD

Matthew Douglass, MD

Residency:

Research interests: To Be Determined

Kristy Gulliver, MD

Kristy Gulliver, MD

Residency: University of Utah

Research interests: To Be Determined

Michelle Yang, MD

Michelle Yang, MD

Residency:

Research interests: To Be Determined

PROGRAM DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN CON YOST, MD

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Angie Horne
Email: angie.horne@hsc.utah.edu
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