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 a nationally recognized 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 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 Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington. She is passionate about partnering with residents 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, and exploring the food scene in Seattle.

Mollie Grow, MD, MPH

Mollie Grow Mollie 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 Knight Abena 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. 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 2018Celeste 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 lifelong professional and clinical development using direct observation, 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 outdoors with her family and friends and bake one-bowl desserts.

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

Jonathan Awori, MD, MS, MFA

Jonathan AworiJonathan Awori is a pediatric chief resident. He has a special interest in global health, humanism and cardiology. During residency training, Jonathan was passionate about the the use of Virtual Reality (VR) to teach residents about congenital heart disease. Outside of work, Jonathan often sings spontaneously and, lately, can be found having intense “Connect 4” competitions with his family! 

Chelsea Del Rosso, MD

Chelsea Del RossoChelsea Del Rosso is a pediatric chief resident. She has a special interest in medical education and child health advocacy.  During residency training, she co-developed an advocacy curriculum for pediatric residents and contributed to a pediatric toxidrome simulation curriculum.  She plans to ultimately pursue a career in pediatric emergency medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, outdoor concerts (even if they are over Zoom), and going on various Pacific Northwest adventures with her husband and two dogs.

Kelly Graiziger, MD

Kelly GraizigerKelly Graiziger, MD is a pediatric chief resident. She has a special interest in medical education and mentorship. In residency she was a strong advocate for innovative learning opportunities for all levels of learners and helped to pilot a virtual curriculum for sub-internship students. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors through running, hiking, gardening and hanging in the backyard with her partner and dog, Bo.

Megan McGeehan, MD

Megan McGeehanMegan McGeehan, MD is a pediatric chief resident. She has a special interest in global health and was part of the REACH Kisii Pathway during her residency training and helped work on emergency medicine curricula for the African Federation of Emergency Medicine. She is also passionate about advocacy and served as an American Academy of Pediatrics Representative and co-designed an Advocacy Curriculum for the residency program. She loves running around Green Lake, backpacking in the Olympics and Cascades, and riding her bike on the Burke-Gilman trail.

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, MHA

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.