Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Cardiology Fellows

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Advanced Training Fellows

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Vincent Gonzalez, M.D. (Adult Congenital Heart Disease)
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Malena Gutierrez, M.D. (Electrophysiology)
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Residency: University of Alabama

Sonia Kaushal, M.D. (Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy & Transplant and QI)
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Sam Keller, M.D. (Advanced Imaging)
Medical school: University of California, San Diego
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Categorical cardiology fellowship: University of California, San Francisco

Melodie Lynn, M.D. (Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy & Transplant)
Medical School: University of North Texas
Residency: Emory University

Doaa Shahbah, M.D. (Interventional Cardiology)
Medical School: Zagazig University College of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Stephen Williams, M.D. (Advanced Imaging)
Medical School: University of Texas Houston
Residency: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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Third-Year Fellows

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Michael Bruno, M.D.
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Ryan Byrne, M.D.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Vanderbilt University

Patrick Connell, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Graduate School: Rice University (Bioengineering)
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Edward “Teddy” Jones, M.D. 
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Ruthie Morrison, M.D.
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Michelle Pelka, M.D.
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Residency: UCLA

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Second-Year Fellows

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Ryan Bishop, M.D.
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern

Julie Lovin, M.D.
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Ran Xiao, M.D.
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Peoria
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Natalie Craik, M.D.
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Phoenix Children’s

John Shabosky, M.D.
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Hanna “John” Tadros, M.D.
Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University of Bahrain
Residency: University of Florida – Gainesville

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First-Year Fellows

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Joseph Burns, M.D.
Medical School: Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Residency: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
at Cohen Children's Medical Center Program

Paul Cooper, M.D.
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago

Patrick Day, M.D.
Medical School: McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at Houston
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Alexander Kiener, M.D.
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Washington/Seattle Children's

Derek Norton, M.D.
Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Residency: University of Minnesota Medicine School

Mounica Rao, M.D.
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Residency: Children's Hospital, Los Angeles

Carlos Sanchez, M.D.
Medical School: Medical Univerisyt of South Carolina College of Medicine
Residency: University of South Florida

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The faculty, staff, and trainees of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our success. All diversity, including diversity of race, ethnicity, experience, age, gender, geographic origin, sexual orientation, and religion, is celebrated within our program. We aim to recruit and retain diverse individuals and create an environment of unity in which our members learn and benefit from one another while equipping themselves to provide high-quality, culturally competent care to every patient.

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Map of Hometowns

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Our pediatric cardiology fellows come to us from all around the globe.

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Fellow Life

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Our fellows provide information about why they chose the program, life in Houston and other interesting facts about themselves.

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