Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Cardiology Fellows

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Fourth-Year Fellows

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Emily Backes, M.D.
Sub-specialty: Electrophysiology
Medical School: The University of Texas Medical Branch
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

Lindsay Eilers, M.D.
Sub-specialty: Interventional Cardiology
Medical School: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Residency: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

Vincent Gonzalez, M.D.
Sub-specialty: Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Medical School: Ohio State University
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

Mira Trivedi, M.D.
Sub-specialty: Quality Improvement and Advanced Non-Invasive Imaging
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Residency: University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh

Anna Venardos, M.D. 
Sub-specialty: Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Medical School: Texas Tech University
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

Kevin Wilkes, M.D.
Sub-specialty: Advanced Non-Invasive Imaging
Medical School: Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine Medical School: Louisiana State University in Shreveport

Talha Niaz, MBBS
Sub-specialty: Advanced Non-Invasive Imaging
Medical School: Punjab Medical College
Residency: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Jessie Yester, M.D., Ph.D.
Sub-specialty: Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Transplant
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: University of Pittsburgh
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh

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Third-Year Fellows

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Maria Gutierrez, M.D.
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Residency: University of Alabama

Sonia Kaushal, M.D.
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Melodie Lynn, M.D.
Medical School: University of North Texas
Residency: Emory University

Jillian Olsen, M.D.
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania
Residency: University of Washington – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Amna Qasim, M.D.
Medical School: Aga Khan University
Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch

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

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

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Second-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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First-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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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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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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