About UW Pediatric Residency

Program Leadership

Heather McPhillips, MD, MPH

Heather McPhillipsHeather McPhillips, MD, MPH, is the Pediatric Residency Program director and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a general pediatrician who is a continuity clinic preceptor and primary care physician at our UW Roosevelt clinic; she is also an inpatient attending on our general medicine service and newborn nursery. Prior to becoming the program director, she was our associate program director for 14 years. She is nationally recognized as a leader in pediatric graduate medical education and has focused on reducing burnout, promoting resident wellness and balancing career and families. Outside of work, she loves to play indoor soccer with the team she has been playing with for 10+ years and hang out with her husband and two teenage sons along with their two dogs. Shopping, concerts, great food, hiking, watching basketball, cooking and listening to music occupy most of their weekends.

Maneesh Batra, MD, MPH

Maneesh BatraManeesh Batra, MD, MPH, has been an associate program director and co-director of our Global Health Pathway and our Community Pediatrics and Advocacy Pathway since 2008. He is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and an adjunct associate professor of global health. His educational interests include resident well-being, professionalism and professional development. Additionally, he is involved with research aimed at improving newborn care in resource-poor settings. He has been involved with developing guidelines of care in a special care nursery in central Uganda since 2002 and has several research projects active there and in Kenya. He loves riding his bike on the Burke-Gilman Trail, coaching soccer teams for his two boys, dance parties with his family, the Seattle Sounders FC and wake surfing on Lake Washington.

Mollie Grow, MD, MPH

Mollie Grow Mollie Grow, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and general pediatrician in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She serves as an Associate Program Director with the UW Pediatrics Residency Program and Director of the Continuity Clinics, and is faculty with the REACH Advocacy Pathway. She is passionate about providing effective, evidence-based general outpatient pediatric care for all ages at the Roosevelt Pediatric Care Center. She enjoys supporting families with newborns as an inpatient attending at the UW Newborn Nursery. Dr. Grow also mentors and teaches medical students with the UW School of Medicine Colleges program. Dr. Grow’s scholarly focus is to promote child wellness by training clinicians to apply effective communication strategies with parents, advocate at the community level, and develop collaborative community partnerships. Her particular interests include promoting healthy childhood weight, early childhood relationships, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in care. Her research has been funded by the NIH, Academic Pediatric Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Dr. Grow loves working with residents to discern their own path and find fulfillment in their pediatric careers.

Abena Knight, MD

Abena Knight Abena Knight, MD, is the course director for the Advanced Pediatrics elective and a clinical associate professor of pediatrics. She serves as a faculty advisor for the Residency Diversity Committee and is the chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee. Her educational interests include medical student education, diversity recruitment in pediatrics, and cultural humility training. She is also interested in faculty career development and serves as the medical director of the Team 8 & Resource Hospitalists Sections. She enjoys mentoring and advising trainees at all levels. In her spare time, she loves watching sports; enjoying local restaurants and concerts; and spending time with her family and friends.

Celeste Quitiquit, MD

Celeste Quitiquit-173 2018 Celeste Quitiquit, MD, is an associate program director and acting assistant professor in General Pediatrics and Sports Medicine/Orthopedics. She leads our residency recruitment. She is a former chief resident for our program and rejoined the UW community after completing fellowships in sports medicine and medical education in 2014. Her educational interests include injury prevention, community advocacy and wellness. She enjoys meeting with learners to discuss personal and professional development. She loves to play, watch and cover sports of all kinds. Spending her life on the West Coast, she loves being by the water, trail-running to find a lake, ocean view or waterfall. Her happy place is spending time outdoors with her husband, three young children and extended family.

Sahar Rooholamini, MD, MPH

Sahar RooholaminiSahar Rooholamini, MD, MPH, is an associate program director and assistant professor of pediatrics. Her educational and research interests include improving medical education and lifelong professional and clinical development using direct observation, peer coaching and quality improvement methods; developing residents-as-teachers and high-value care curricula to address gaps in medical education; and assessing the value and impact of clinical standard work pathways. She plays an active role in the residency’s inpatient ward rotations and inclusion, equity and diversity curriculum.

Chief Residents

Jonathan Awori, MD, MS, MFA, Chelsea Del Rosso, MD, Kelly Graiziger, MD, and Megan McGeehan, MD are our Chief Residents for 2020-21.

Support Staff

Drake Kendermore, JD

Drake KendermoreDrake Kendermore, JD, is the residency program manager and is responsible for day-to-day management of the residency program team and overseeing the recruitment process. She received her BA from UCLA and her law degree from USC. After practicing at a local law firm for a number of years, she joined the graduate medical education team at Seattle Children’s and has loved getting to know and work with many wonderful residents. She loves wine tasting, barbecuing, gardening and spending time with her wife and two adorable dogs.

Lauree Herrmann

Lauree HerrmannLauree Herrmann is one of the pediatric residency coordinators. She has worked in a variety of capacities at Seattle Children’s since she started in 2010, but finds her work with the pediatric residents the most rewarding. She works extensively with the Clinical Competency Committee, intern orientation, lunch conferences, special events and day-to-day workings of the residency program. She comes to Seattle by way of North Carolina, where she graduated from Meredith College. She enjoys volunteering with cancer patients and their families, as well as exploring all that Seattle (and the great Pacific Northwest) has to offer. She has been known to design a weekend getaway for residents and would love to help you discover the Emerald City, as well.

Scott Olson

Scott Olson Scott Olson, one of our pediatric residency coordinators, has been with the program since 2008. He works with the program manager to coordinate recruitment, directs intern orientation and is the “go-to” person for resident questions throughout the year. He was born and raised in the Seattle area and is a graduate of the University of Washington. He enjoys bike commuting, philosophy and participating in advocacy as chair of the hospital’s LGBTQ employee group. 

Theresa Vu

Theresa Vu is one of the pediatric residency coordinators. She previously worked in the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department at Seattle Children’s. She currently works with the Diversity Committee and continuity clinics and on special events, and helps with daily on-goings of the residency program. She grew up in Spokane WA and received her BFA at the University of Washington and her MFA at New Mexico State University. She was an instructor at Bay Area colleges for nearly 10 years before moving back to Washington in 2012. In her free time, she enjoys hiking all over the PNW, knitting socks, and working in her garden.