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Current Fellows

2022-2023 Peds Pulm Fellows
38184-Averill, Sam

Sam H. Averill, MD

PGY 6

Hometown: Edgewood, Kentucky

Research interests: High risk asthma, stem cell transplant patients

Hobbies: Running, Orange Theory, concerts, cooking, bourbon

Why Peds Pulm?
I chose pediatric pulmonology for so many reasons. I loved the patient population, how you can have life-time continuity with patients in and out of the hospital. Additionally, there are so many opportunities for scholarly activity and interesting research.

Why IU/Riley?
Choosing Riley was the obvious choice to continue my training because of all of the amazing physicians that work here. I knew that I would receive excellent training and grow in my relationships with my colleagues. Riley serves patients from all over the region and I knew I would see not only the "bread and butter" of pulmonology but also the rare diseases. During my residency I was able to witness the strong relationships between fellows, faculty and and their research mentors.

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38333-Krasinkiewicz, Johnny

Johnny M. Krasinkiewicz

PGY 6

Hometown: I am originally from Windsor, Ontario in Canada.

Research interests: Although I am currently undecided on the specific facet of research I wish to pursue, my interest within pulmonary lies in bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary arterial hypertension. We have a large repository of patients and I am excited to meet with my mentors to start discussing potential projects!

Hobbies: I enjoy going for runs and hikes, playing and recording music (I play guitar, piano, and sing), playing video games, and going for brunch with friends. 

Why Peds Pulm?
I’ve always had to understand “why” things work in order to remember them, and I feel that mindset has attracted me to the specialties that are more physiology-based. In addition, pulmonary is a broad field that offers fun procedures, challenging diagnostic mysteries, and great continuity of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Why IU/Riley?
Everyone has their own values when it comes to what’s important to them and, for me, it was a combination of numerous factors. I felt that Riley fell into this “Goldilocks zone” where it was big enough of a program to have many opportunities, but not so big that I felt overwhelmed and develop a “choice paralysis”. Because I was undecided in my exact niche within pulmonary, I felt this was the perfect place for me as there is a high faculty-to-learner ratio and everyone I had interacted with was so willing to invest in me and help me reflect on my experiences to truly decide what’s most fulfilling for me.  In addition, we perform a substantial number of bronchoscopies and our research is quite well-funded. And finally, I loved the collegial environment that everyone here helps create and the proximity to my family as well.

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38199-Saunders, Jessica

Jessica L. Saunders, MD

PGY 6

Hometown: I grew up in a small town in Indiana about an hour outside of Indianapolis - Rushville, IN.

Research interests: I am interested in CF research and received the first year Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fellowship Grant this year. During residency I worked on a project looking at factors associated with poor nutritional outcomes in patients with meconium ileus and in fellowship I plan to expand on this project with Dr. Sanders using the PHIS database to review more patients nutritional and pulmonary outcomes. I have also helped with a QI project looking at FEV1 indicated CF exacerbation signals and cannot wait to choose a fellowship project that will allow me to explore my interests in CF further.

Hobbies: Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my dog and my husband, going out to eat, swimming on the Indiana Master’s team, cooking, traveling and exercising. 

Why Peds Pulm?
My fascination with pulmonology also started at a young age, as I watched one of my cousins suffer from asthma and was able to see first-hand the impact that diagnosis can have on a family. My decision to pursue pediatric pulmonary medicine as a career was solidified when I traveled to Australia for three months during medical school and contributed to an asthma research study and had the chance to work on a project looking at factors that may impact the severity of asthma exacerbation and hospitalizations. Although I learned a lot about asthma that summer, the most memorable part of the trip was meeting a CF and double lung transplants. During my time there, I gained and intimate understanding of a patient’s life and how future research is essential to improving the care of CF patients.

Why IU/Riley?
I was a Riley kid growing up, I completed my residency here and I loved it so much I wanted to stay! The Pulm faculty here are the most amazing group to work with and there is no place else I would rather be!

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42160-Almeda, Marco

Marco S. Almeda, MD

PGY 5

Undergraduate School: Loyola University Chicago      

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Residency: Indiana University

Why did you pursue a Peds Pulm fellowship?  The pulmonary population is at an (obvious) increased risk of respiratory failure -- and as a Pulmonologist, I'd like to be part of the team that helps prevent it! I know their care can be particularly complicated (daily medications, different breathing treatments, vents, etc.), so I'd like to work closely with families to turn an overwhelming disease into something more manageable.

What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program? Having done residency here, I knew I'd get good exposure to the Pulmonary patient population - and the faculty and staff are some of the best I've ever worked with! We get both primary service and consult experience at a busy institution, but work-life balance never seems to be compromised - as evidenced by how cool, calm, and collected all the fellows are.

Research/QI interests? Aerodigestive, Neuromuscular, Chronic Vent patients

Future plans?  I'd like to stay involved with medical education (and possibly some administration work) in addition to caring for the patient populations above.

Hobbies/ Interests? Concerts, breweries, and tacos.

What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? Biking along the Cultural Trail, canal, or Monon. Going out to the different neighborhoods. And finally, the Rooftop Bar in Fountain Square!

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44077-Adaikalam, Stephanie

Stephanie A. Adaikalam, MD

PGY 4

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University      

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 

Residency: Indiana University

Why did you pursue a Peds Pulm fellowship?  I started medical school thinking I wanted to do neonatology, but quickly I realized I enjoyed more patient interaction and more longterm relationships with my patients. During my residency at Riley, I came to love learning about lung physiology, vent management, and helping premature babies thrive. I was also drawn to the balance of inpatient time, clinic, and procedures. I couldn't see myself doing anything else!

What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program? During my pulmonary rotations as a resident, I realized that our pulmonary department has amazing faculty that are both great teachers, as well as just fun people to work with. On top of that, our research opportunities have grown dramatically, and our faculty are doing amazing work, creating so many opportunities for fellows to participate. Finally, our leadership truly cares about fellow education, and advocates for our time to be used well. They quickly respond to feedback, and the program is constantly changing to provide us with the best education possible.

Research/QI interests? My clinical interests include treatment of infants with BPD, chronic trach/vent, and patients with aerodigestive disorders. My previous research has primarily used UTE MRI in patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia or bronchopulmonary dysplasia. During fellowship, I am exploring the inhibition of S-nitrosoglutathione reductase in the airway of patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia as a possible intervention to help with airway malacia.

Future plans?  I hope to continue to specialize in BPD, chronic vent management, and aerodigestive disorders, depending on how my interests evolve during fellowship. I also plan to continue working in research, possibly as a physician scientist.

Hobbies/ Interests? I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 kids, cooking, eating at whole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants, crossfit, and serving in kids ministry at my church. I've recently started growing an herb garden as well!

What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? We love the restaurants and international grocery stores near Layfayette road, walking on the canal, exploring Garfield park, and living close to downtown. We also have an awesome children's museum and zoo!

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44367-Gonzales Cordova, Jorge

Jorge M. Gonzales Cordova, MD

PGY 4

Undergrad: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru)

Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heridia (Peru)

Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: I am from Lima, Peru and came to Indy for my pediatric residency. 

Research interests: My interest in Cystic Fibrosis was one of the reasons I decided to become a pulmonologist. CF is a tremendous example of how research can truly impact the life of our patients. Physicians working alongside scientists from different fields have been able to understand, theorize and ultimately modify the disease course of CF. My work so far has revolved around meconium ileus and its correlation with disease severity. I am also currently involved in a project that utilizes Lung clearance index (LCI) measured by multiple breath washout as an alternative to assess pulmonary function in young patients with CF. 

Hobbies: I am an avid fan of Formula 1 racing. I also enjoy biking and spending time with my wife, dog and two cats! 

Why Peds Pulm?
My exposure to pulmonology was very limited before residency, however the pulmonary division and rotation at Riley are so robust that allowed me to get all the experience needed to really understand (and fall in love with) it. The pathophysiology of respiratory illnesses allows physicians to objectively assess the degree of care and support patients need. Understanding this really took my interest in the field to another level and made my decision to pursuit a career in pulmonology very easy.

Why IU/Riley?
Riley is such an impressive academic center. It provides all the tools a fellow need to become a successful pulmonologist including vast exposure to all the different types of pulmonary diseases, procedural experience, amazing research infrastructure and teaching opportunities. Also, working alongside my wonderful co-fellows, attendings and everyone within the pulmonary division gives me a joy I wouldn't change for anything. 

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