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Faculty

Pediatric CVICU Fellowship Program

Shilpa Vellore Govardhan, MD
Program Director

Dr. Vellore Govardhan received her medical education at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. She completed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. She also completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Ericka Scheller-McLaughlin, DO
Associate Program Director

Dr. Scheller McLaughlin received her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She also completed an Advanced Fellowship in Non-Invasive Imaging at the Sibley Heart Center/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joshua D. Koch, MD, MBA
Division Chief, CVICU

Dr. Koch attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Health/UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.

Paul R. Bakerman, MD

Dr. Bakerman earned his medical degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Children’s Hospital of Denver.

Dr. Bakerman recently published the 5th edition of Bakerman's ABC's of Interpretative Laboratory Data, which has been an invaluable resource for clinicians for more than 32 years. He is a co-section editor for Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Intensive Care, which involves editing text regarding cardiology and critical care.

Kevin P. Engelhardt, MD

Dr. Engelhardt received his medical degree from and completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He completed back-to-back fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas

Lisa M. Grimaldi, MD

Dr. Grimaldi received her medical degree from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey School Medical School. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Grimaldi serves as a Professional Advisor in the Student Affairs department at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. She is working with the division's Research Supervisor to facilitate the participation of the part proposed that Phoenix Children's participate in a multi-center study of extubation failure after cardiothoracic surgery in neonates.

Nicholas G. Huggins, MD

Dr. Huggins received his medical degree from and completed his residency in Pediatrics from UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. He also completed back-to-back fellowships in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UT Southwestern.

John E. Lane, MD

Dr. Lane earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Chicago and earned his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his Pediatrics residency and fellowships in both Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Cardiology at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Sharad P. Menon, MD

Dr. Menon started his medical career in Nagpur, India, earning his medical degree at the Government Medical College and worked in private practice. He came to the United States to complete his residency at the John M. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He recently graduated from the W.P. Carey Executive MBA program at Arizona State University.

Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd
Chief Medical Education Officer and DIO

Dr. Willis received his medical education at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his Pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

In addition to his responsibilities as the Designated Institutional Official for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and coverage in the CVICU, Dr. Willis remains interested in lung disease, specifically the examination of alveolar-epithelial interactions in disease processes such as bronchiolitis obliterans. This area has major correlation to lung disease noted in patients with need for ECMO as well as one of the most common illnesses that bring patients to the ICU.

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