Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Steering Committee Welcomes Trainees

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The Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Steering Committee is excited to welcome six fellows to our group. These fellows will serve on the general steering committee and/ or one of the three subcommittees for a two-year term. We had an overwhelming response and were very impressed by the number and quality of applicants. We are excited to get to know them and work with them over the next few years to improve care for children along the emergency care continuum!

Angelica Cercone, MD


Angelica Cercone, MD is a third year Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and she is currently completing a prehospital focused track as part of her fellowship. Her love of prehospital medicine started when she became an EMT in high school and volunteered with a local ambulance service while also working as an EMS communications specialist. She then went on to pursue medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Since becoming a fellow, she has been involved in prehospital education, clinical experiences, QI projects and research, as well as disaster preparedness. She is extremely excited to join a motivated and highly accomplished group as part of the Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Steering Committee who shares the same goal of enhancing pediatric care within the prehospital setting.

Tabitha Cheng, MD


Dr. Tabitha Cheng is a Southern California native. She attended UCLA for undergraduate studies, graduating with a BS in chemical engineering. During that time, she worked as an EMT in Inglewood and at UCLA from 2004 to 2011. She graduated medical school from David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as part of the joint PRIME-Charles Drew University medical education program. During this time, she spent one year as a research fellow at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, studying the epidemiology of pediatric traumatic brain injury. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at UCLA, graduating as chief resident in 2018. Then she completed an EMS fellowship in 2019 at UCSD, during which time she participated on California’s EMSC technical advisory committee. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Cheng is pursuing her second fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA.

Lindsay Jaeger, MD


Dr. Lindsay Jaeger is originally from Boston and went to undergraduate school and medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. She then moved to Chicago for pediatric residency at Lurie Children's Hospital. She completed pediatric emergency medicine fellowship and emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis Children's Hospital). Lindsay is now doing an EMS fellowship at the University of Chicago, and just had her first baby!

Katherine Kotharti, MD


Dr. Katherine Kotharti is an EMS fellow at Denver Health and previously completed her PEM fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She had no experience or knowledge of the world of EMS prior to her fellowships. As a PEM fellow, she was introduced to EMS through a research project and have never looked back. Dr. Kotharti loves working with prehospital providers and learning about how to improve pediatric prehospital care. Outside of work she likes to travel, hike, dabble in cooking Indian cuisine, and enjoy time with her husband and twins. She’s so excited to serve on the committee and can’t wait to “virtually” meet everyone!

Anne Runkle, MD


Anne Runkle is a first year Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She grew up in Minnesota, and went to medical school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center. Her academic interests include quality improvement, simulation, and improving pediatric emergency care in the prehospital and community ED environments.

Hoi See Tsao, MD


Dr. Hoi See Tsao is originally from Hong Kong and is a third-year pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Brown University. Her research interests in fellowship have involved performing a needs assessment on pre-hospital pediatric analgesia in Rhode Island, and designing an educational intervention to improve the management of pain among children. Outside of fellowship, she enjoys watching musicals, traveling and exploring new neighborhoods for good restaurants.

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