Faculty

Chair of the Department of Pediatrics

Marlene Miller, MD, MSc

  • Dr. Miller earned her bachelor’s and medical degrees at Case Western Reserve University. She completed her pediatrics residency and fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and obtained her Master of Science degree in clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • She came to Rainbow in 2018 from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, where she served as vice chair of quality and safety, and as chief quality officer, pediatrics, for the health system. During Dr. Miller’s 19-year tenure at Johns Hopkins, she became a recognized pioneer in pediatric patient safety, and authored more than 100 publications on pediatric quality and patient safety. She served as principal investigator on numerous multi-institutional research grants focused on improving pediatric care and served as vice president of quality for the Children’s Hospital Association, an international organization representing more than 200 children’s hospitals, from 2007-2014. Her accomplishments include selection to leadership roles for numerous national healthcare organizations

Pediatric Pulmonology Division Faculty

Kristie Ross, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: division chief, funded asthma and sleep clinical research, clinician-educator
  • Division Chief, Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy / Immunology and Sleep Medicine 8/2018 to present
  • Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program 2012-2018
  • Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy/Immunology and Sleep Medicine
  • Co-Director, Rainbow Asthma Center
  • Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine trained
  • Fellow Training Role: SOC / research training mentor, inpatient service attending, pulmonary and sleep clinic preceptor, lecturer core lecture series, journal club preceptor
  • Academic interests include asthma, health disparities, obesity, clinical asthma research, sleep medicine
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2006

Tracey L. Bonfield, PhD, D(ABMLI), Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: basic science and translational research
  • Titles: Director of the Bioanalyte Core and the Lung Infection and Inflammation Modeling Core
  • Fellow Training Role:
    • Fellow Scholarly Activity Mentor
    • Lecturer Fellows Course and Summer Fellows Course, journal club mentor
  • Academic Interests/Research Focus: Immune dysregulation in allergy and lung diseases.
  • Faculty Member at Case/Rainbow since 2006

Calvin Cotton, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: Basic science research
  • Titles: Director Epithelial Cell Culture Core
  • Fellow Training Role: Lecturer Fellows Course and Summer Fellows Course, journal club mentor
  • Academic Interests/Type of Research/Research Focus: Epithelial Cell Physiology/ Electrophysiology/ CFTR Modulator Efficacy/ Epithelial Cell Culture
  • Undergraduate: Duke University; Graduate: University of North Carolina
  • Faculty member at Case/Rainbow since 1990

Daniel I. Craven, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: clinician educator
  • Director of several clinical programs: Childhood Interstitial and Rare Lung Disease program, Director of Technology Dependent Clinic, Co-Director, Rainbow Asthma Center
  • Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy
  • Fellow Training Role:
    • Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program - will become Director in Fall 2018
    • Director of Fellows Course, outpatient clinic preceptor, inpatient service attending
  • Academic interests include asthma, technology dependent children, lung disease associated with sickle cell anemia and Down Syndrome, Rare diffuse lung disease
  • Research interests: quality improvement, recruit patients for clinical studies including rare lung disease registry
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2000

Amy DiMarino, DO, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: clinician educator
  • Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program
  • Fellow Training Role: inpatient service attending, lecturer fellow's course, journal club preceptor, pulmonary hypertension rotation training, ventilator clinic attending
  • Academic interests: technology dependent children, BPD, asthma and pulmonary hypertension
  • Research interests: clinical trials in pediatric pulmonary hypertension, BPD, quality improvement
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2013

Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD

  • Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine since 2007
  • Academic interests include cystic fibrosis, gene therapy, basic science and translational research in CF
  • Prolific internationally recognized researcher and pioneer in CF discovery. Recognized 2018 by CHEST Foundation as a “Giant of Chest Medicine.”
  • Fellow Training Role: Built the Pediatric Pulmonology Division research / clinical collaborative as division chief after joining Rainbow from the NIH in the early 1980s

Mitchell Drumm, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: basic science and translational research
  • Titles: Director of Basic Research, Cystic Fibrosis Center; Director, Research Institute for Children's Health
  • Academic Interests/Research Focus: Genetics of human disease, molecular biology/gene regulation, cystic fibrosis
  • Faculty Member at Case/Rainbow since 1992

Olivia Giddings, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: translational research, adult CF transition, clinician educator
  • Fellow Training Role: adult CF rotation attending, Lecturer fellows core lecture series
  • Academic interests: Cystic Fibrosis, transitions of care
  • Research interests: translational and clinical research, CF quality improvement
  • Faculty Member at Rainbow since 2018

Craig Hodges, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: basic science / animal models research
  • Titles: Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Mouse Models Core
  • Fellow Training Role: lecturer Fellows Course and Summer Course, Fellow Scholarly Activity Mentor / SOC
  • Academic Interests/Research Focus: Cystic Fibrosis, mouse models, intestine, therapies
  • Faculty Member at Case/Rainbow since 2009

Thomas Kelly, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: basic science research
  • Fellow Training Role:
    • Fellow Scholarly Activity Mentor / SOC
    • Lecturer Fellows Course and Summer Course, Journal Club Preceptor
  • Academic Interests/Research Focus: Cell biology with a focus on cystic fibrosis inflammation and growth regulation, identifying mechanisms linking loss of CFTR function to CF phenotypes for therapy development, and biomarker development.
  • Faculty Member at Case / Rainbow since 1993

Michael W. Konstan, MD, Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: Funded CF clinical and translational research, CF program advisor, CF clinician educator
  • Vice Dean for Translational Research, CWRU School of Medicine
  • PI, CWRU Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland
  • Dr. Konstan was the 2013 recipient of CWRU School of Medicine's highest award, the Medal for Excellence in Health Science Innovation, for bringing new therapies to patients with CF.
  • Director, Bryan Pulmonary Diagnostic Center
  • Fellow Training Role: CF clinic preceptor, Core lecture series CF lectures
  • Academic interests: Dr. Konstan has spent his entire professional career in the care and research of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). He and his team are among the world's most innovative researchers in pediatric pulmonology, developing new treatments and leading the search for a cure for CF. He has led numerous national and international clinical trials of potentially new therapies for CF, and his seminal work has led to several therapies that are in use today, including the only recommended therapy for treating the lung inflammation in CF using high doses of ibuprofen
  • Research interests: CF therapeutic development, CF outcomes, CF translational research, inflammation
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 1988

Stephen Lewis, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: basic science research
  • Titles
    • Executive Committee Member, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center;
    • Associate Director, Autonomic Nervous System, FES Center
  • Fellow Training Role: Fellowship research SOC
  • Academic Interests/Type of Research/Research Focus: Role of brain and peripheral neural circuits in the control of breathing and the cardiovascular system; development of novel thioesters that reverse the deleterious effects of opioids such as morphine and fentanyl on breathing and arterial blood-gas chemistry
  • Faculty member at Case / Rainbow since 2013

Carol Lietdke, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Dept. Pediatrics and Dept. Physiology & Biophysics

  • Titles:
    • MSMP Administrative and Admission Committees,
    • Fellow American Physiological Society Mentor, Society for Advancement of Chicanos, Native Americans in STEM
  • Academic interests: Masters in Medical Physiology Program (Advisor)
  • Research focus: Membrane transport of ions and signal transduction
  • Faculty member at Case / Rainbow since 1979

Kimberly McBennett, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: CF Center Director, Adult CF clinician educator
  • Director, LeRoy Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Fellow Training Role: Adult CF rotation, Core lecture series CF lectures
  • Academic interests: adult cystic fibrosis, palliative care, nutrition
  • Research interests: use of MRI to detect early systemic disease in CF, CF quality improvement, involved in multiple CF clinical trials
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2014

Ross Myers, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: clinician educator
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program
  • Fellow Training Role:
    • Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program
    • Outpatient CF and pulmonary clinic preceptor, inpatient service attending, summer and core lecture series lecturer, journal club preceptor
  • Academic interests: medical education, pulmonary infections
  • Research interests: medical education research, specifically curriculum design and assessment medical education, quality improvement
  • Nationally recognized educator and educational scholar with multiple workshops, platform and poster presentations given at regional and national education meetings
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2011

Erica Roesch, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: translational research, clinician educator
  • Director, Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Care Center
  • Fellow Training Role: Outpatient CF and pulmonary clinic preceptor, inpatient service attending, summer and core lecture series lecturer, journal club preceptor
  • Academic interests: pediatric cystic fibrosis, bronchoscopy
  • Research interests: CF / Pulmonary translational research, quality improvement
  • Multiple publications and book chapters, workshops, platform and poster presentations given at regional and national education meetings
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2016

Carol L. Rosen, MD, Professor of Pediatrics

  • Carol L. Rosen, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Primary Role: sleep research, sleep medicine clinician-educator
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Center, UHC (trained in pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine)
  • Endowed Chair
  • Fellow Training Role: research training mentor, monthly polysomnogram interpretation education, PAP education, sleep clinic preceptor, lecturer core lecture series, journal club preceptor
  • Academic interests: sleep disordered breathing, respiratory control, infant apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disturbance
  • Research interests: health outcomes with SDB and treatment; narcolepsy management, SDB and sickle cell disease
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 1999

Kathryn Ruda Wessell, DO, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: clinician educator
  • President of Cleveland Allergy Society
  • Fellow Training Role: allergy clinic preceptor, fellow core lecture series lecturer
  • Academic interests: allergic rhinitis/uncontrolled asthma and immunotherapy, food allergy, chronic urticaria, and primary immunodeficiency
  • Research Interests: severe atopic dermatitis
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2016

Robert C. Stern, MD, Emeritus Professor

  • Academic interests include cystic fibrosis, clinical research
  • Fellow Training Role: lecturer fellows course

Steven Strausbaugh, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

  • Primary Role: clinician educator, CF clinical trials
  • Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
  • Director, Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program
  • Director, Adult PCD Center
  • Fellow Training Role: adult CF rotation attending, Lecturer fellows core lecture series
  • Academic interests include adult cystic fibrosis, adult PCD, adult critical care, clinical research, transition of care in adolescents
  • Research interests: CF clinical trials, medical education
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2006

Seth Walker, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

  • Primary Role: clinician educator, CF clinical trials
  • Therapeutics Development Network Director
  • Adult Program Director of LeRoy Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center
  • Fellow Training Role: adult CF rotation attending, Lecturer fellows core lecture series
  • Academic interests: Cystic Fibrosis, non-CF bronchiectasis
  • Research interests: CF Clinical Trials
  • Outside Medicine: cooking, cycling, basketball, traveling, enjoying products of fermentation
  • Faculty member at Rainbow since 2018

OTHER BASIC SCIENCE FACULTY

Nadzeya Marozkina, MD, PhD

  • Nitric oxide signaling

Khalequz Zaman, PhD

  • Academic interests include S-nitrosylation signaling in Cystic Fibrosis

OTHER DIVISION MEMBERS: Aerodigestive NNP, Asthma NNP, Pulmonary-Allergy-Sleep RNs and LPNs, CF RTs, CF nutritionists, CF social workers, CF program coordinators, Clinical research coordinators and staff, Database coordinator

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