About UW Pediatric Residency

Program Leadership

Troy A. Johnston, MD

Troy JohnstonTroy A. Johnston, MD is the Interim Pediatric Residency Program Director. He is a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in interventional catheterization and has worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital for over 20 years. During that time he has worked extensively in pediatric graduate medical education, including starting the pediatric cardiology fellowship and subsequently serving as fellowship program director for 15 years. He works closely with the pediatric residents during the cardiology elective and has been a clinical coach of residents since the program was initiated. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife, three adult daughters, dog, and two cats. He enjoys going to the gym, photography, and skiing.

Maneesh Batra, MD, MPH

Maneesh BatraManeesh Batra, MD, MPH, has been an Associate Program Director and Co-Director of our REACH Health Pathway since 2008. He is a 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.

Elena Griego, MD

Elena GriegoElena Griego, MD, joined as an Associate Program Director in 2020. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington. She is passionate about partnering with residents in clinical and non-clinical settings and uses these experiences to promote curriculum and faculty development focused on improving teaching and assessment in the clinical setting. Clinically, she spends her time caring for hospitalized children at Seattle Children’s Hospital and strives to ensure every patient and family receives timely and equitable care throughout their hospitalization. Outside of work, she enjoys attending local sporting events (Sounders, Seahawks, etc), spending time on (or near) the water, cooking for friends, discovering new dog parks with her pandemic puppy Zia, and exploring the food scene in Seattle.

Mollie Grow, MD, MPH

Mollie GrowMollie Grow, MD, MPH, is an Associate Program Director, Director of the Continuity Clinics, and is faculty with the REACH Advocacy Pathway. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and general pediatrician in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Washington. She is passionate about providing general outpatient pediatric care for all ages at the Roosevelt Pediatric Care Center and supporting families at the UW Newborn Nursery. She also mentors and teaches medical students with the UW School of Medicine Colleges program. Her interests include promoting healthy childhood weight, early childhood relationships, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in care. She loves working with residents to discern their own path and find fulfillment in their pediatric careers. You can find her with her two daughters and husband biking, hiking, enjoying our wonderful local and national parks, and advocating for climate justice.

Abena Knight, MD

Abena KnightAbena Knight, MD, is the Associate Clerkship Director for Inpatient Pediatrics and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine. She serves as a Faculty Advisor for the Residency Diversity Committee and is the Faculty Coordinator for the funded visiting elective for students underrepresented in medicine. She is the new Associate Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Pediatrics, which includes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her educational interests include medical student education, diversity recruitment in pediatrics, and cultural humility training. 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 QuitiquitCeleste Quitiquit, MD, is an Associate Program Director and Director of residency recruitment. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in General Pediatrics and Sports Medicine/Orthopedics and serves as Co-Medical Director for the athletic training program. She served as a former chief resident for our program and rejoined the UW community after completing fellowships in sports medicine and medical education in 2014. Her professional interests include injury prevention, community advocacy, diversity recruitment, and implicit bias. Celeste grew up locally in South King County and now raises her family there. She loves 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 in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Her scholarship and professional interests include improving medical education and equitable patient outcomes using peer coaching and quality improvement methods. She has helped develop curricula for faculty and residents on Inclusion, Cultural Humility, Diversity, and Equity (INCLUDE), Residents as Teachers and Leaders (RATL), and high-value care. She plays an active role in the residency’s inpatient ward rotations. Sahar grew up in Iran, Iowa and California and is delighted to call Seattle home.  Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, make one-pot meals and catch up on terrible reality shows.

Tara Wenger, MD, PhD

Tara WengerTara Wenger MD, PhD is an Associate Program Director and Director of the Research Track for the pediatric residency program. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine and is the Associate Medical Director of Inpatient Genetic Services.  Her research interests focus on improving outcomes for hospitalized patients with genetic disease through clinical introduction of newly developed methods of genetic testing and precision medicine therapies.  She is passionate about mentorship of resident and fellow pediatrician scientists and is a member of the National Physician-Scientist Training Collaborative Workgroup.  She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Medical Genetics and a consulting editor for GeneReviews.  When she is not in the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, raising backyard chickens, and trying out new recipes using fruits and veggies from local Farmers Markets and veggie co-ops.

Chief Residents

Hannah Deming, MD

Deming_HannahHannah Deming is a pediatric chief resident.Hannah is originally from New Jersey. Hannah came into residency undecided regarding a subspecialty. She developed a particular passion around communication skills and provider wellbeing and resilience. Inspired by these interests she is applying for a Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship. During residency training, Hannah was in the REACH-Toppenish track and helped develop an advocacy course for UW medical students. Outside of work, Hannah likes playing boardgames, traveling, and exploring Seattle’s fantastic restaurants.  

Sarah Hutcheson, MD

Sarah HutchesonSarah Hutcheson is a pediatric chief resident. She has a special interest in medical education, child health advocacy and resident wellness. During residency training, she was an AAP representative and helped to advocate for improved access to pediatric behavioral healthcare, including by testifying to the Washington State Senate. She plans to pursue a career in primary care. Outside of work, she enjoys running with her dogs, swimming and paddle-boarding in Seattle’s amazing lakes and reading (or watching bad reality television)!

Samara Jinks-Chang, MD, MPH, MS

Samara Jinks-ChangSamara Jinks-Chang is a pediatric chief resident. She has special interests in health disparities, adolescent medicine, and child health advocacy. During residency training, Samara was passionate about advocating for incarcerated youth, firearm safety, and our resident Diversity Committee. Outside of work, Samara enjoys attending concerts, hip-hop dance classes, listening to podcasts and watching basketball with her husband and friends.

Emily Kemper, MD

Emily KemperEmily Kemper, MD is a pediatric chief resident. She has special interests in medical education, health equity, and communication in medicine, especially with families who speak languages other than English. She is one of the founding members of Seattle Children’s Health Equity Rounds, and has been involved in advocacy during her time in residency. She is pursuing a career in pediatric critical care. Outside of work, Emily loves reading, cooking, and getting outside through kayaking, hiking, and winter showshoeing with her dog, Fenway. 

David Poole, MD

David PooleDavid Poole, MD is a pediatric chief resident. He has a special interest in medical education, resident wellness, and pediatric immunizations. During his time in residency, he assisted in research on the effects the COVID pandemic had on the rates of immunizations in hospitalized children. He is considering a career in hospital medicine or neonatology. During his personal time, you can find him picnicking in gasworks with his fiancé (PEM fellow extraordinaire), scootering around capitol hill, playing grass volleyball at Green Lake, tending to his ~150 plants, cheering on the Huskies, or paddle-boarding on Lake Union.

Support Staff

Lauree Herrmann

Lauree HerrmannLauree Herrmann serves as the Program Management Specialist. 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, MHA

Scott OlsonScott Olson is the residency program manager. He was raised in the Seattle area and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Washington. He first joined the program in 2008 as a program coordinator. During that time, Scott returned to the University of Washington to earn a Master of Health Administration. After a period managing fellowship programs in the Heart Center, Scott returned to the residency program in 2021 to fill the manager role. He is passionate about applying QI methods to make improvements in medical education, resident well-being, and health equity. Outside of work, Scott enjoys cooking, biking, and family time with his husband, their son, and foster children they’ve had the opportunity to care for.

Brittney Rogers, MBA

Rogers, Brittney.jpgBrittney Rogers serves as a pediatric residency coordinator. She joined our team in 2021 after spending seven years as a patient service specialist at UW Medicine. Brittney is involved in resident recruitment, intern retreat, special projects, and the daily operations of the residency program. She was born in Seattle and is a proud graduate of Washington State University (Go Cougs!). After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Development, she decided to take her passion for healthcare to the next level and pursed her MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. In her spare time, Brittney is a foodie and loves to be in the kitchen. She also enjoys fun outings with her three-year-old daughter and puppy.   

Theresa Vu, MFA

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.