CHIPS Fellows

Lisa Buckley, MD

Lisa Buckley, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2017-2019

Dr. Buckley is a pediatric rheumatology fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Georgia.  She graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Medical College of Georgia and subsequently completed her pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Buckley is currently working to improve patient outcomes in polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis by decreasing variation in treatment approach.  She is interested in continuing this focus on patient outcomes and methods to reduce variability in care specifically in adolescents with systemic lupus erythematosus.


Phillip Dowzicky, MD

Phillip Dowzicky, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2017-2019

Dr. Dowzicky is a general surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and graduated AOA from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research interests include resource utilization in the operating room and improving efficiency in the perioperative setting.  He is also interested in broader implementation of enhanced recovery after surgery protocols.


Tara Kaushal, MD

Tara Kaushal, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2017-2019

Dr. Kaushal is a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cornell University and her MD from UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  She completed pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, where she served as resident representative on the Morbidity and Mortality Committee.  She is interested in patient safety and quality improvement in the hospitalized patient.  Within Endocrinology, her interests lie in behavioral interventions to manage Type 1 Diabetes self-care in adolescents.


Jessica Meisner, MD, MS

Jessica Meisner, MD, MS
CHIPS Fellow 2017-2019

Dr. Meisner is a fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and subsequently completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the HIV Primary Care and Global Health tracks. Prior to her medical training, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Additionally, she was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies with the Committee for International Security and Arms Control. Her research interests include improving access to care for underserved populations and issues related to quality of care for HIV positive patients.


Amit Shah, MD

Amit Shah, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2017-2019

Dr. Shah is a pediatric fellow in the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey and graduated AOA from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which was followed by a hospitalist year in the division of General Pediatrics. During this time, he helped develop CHOP’s inpatient and emergency department constipation clinical pathways.  He is interested in decreasing variability in care and plans to focus specifically on pediatric liver diseases such as biliary atresia.


Jennifer Webster, DO

Jennifer Webster, DO
CHIPS Fellow 2016-2018

Dr. Webster is Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University, completed medical school at The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Pediatric residency at Inova Children's Hospital. She continued at Inova as Chief Resident where she focused on resident education, healthcare quality improvement and patient satisfaction. Jennifer is interested in utilization of resources within gastroenterology and methods to decrease cost.


Shazia M. Siddique, MD

Shazia M. Siddique, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2016-2018

Shazia M. Siddique, MD is a current second year gastroenterology fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She has had a long-standing interest in health policy and advocacy, and previously served as the National Policy Chair and National Legislative co-Director for the American Medical Student Association. She has also conducted research in patient safety at the World Health Organization during an internship in Geneva, Switzerland, and has written articles for ABC News medical unit on women's health issues. Her current research focus is on health care financing – specifically looking at preventable readmissions and reducing costs of hospitalizations, as well as proposed mechanism of payment through health care legislation. Her goal is to specifically study readmissions in patients with cirrhosis and develop quality improvement initiatives for this population.


Srinath Adusumalli, MD

Srinath Adusumalli, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2016-2018

Dr. Adusumalli is a chief fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from the Medical College of Virginia and subsequently completed his internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  During his internal medicine training, he co-led the residency program's quality and safety educational and operational efforts. He has continued similar work during his fellowship training and is currently spearheading fellowship program efforts to design and implement a quality and safety curriculum.  His additional scholarly interests include rigorously examining the role of emerging technologies in improving the quality, value, and delivery of cardiovascular medicine.  He ultimately plans to pursue advanced clinical training in the fields of heart failure/transplant and pulmonary hypertension.


Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD

Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD
CHIPS Fellow 2016-2018

Dr. Vajravelu is a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and graduated AOA from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is interested in healthcare quality improvement and decision making, both by physicians and patients. Her research focuses on patient outcomes and methods to reduce variability in care.



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