Pediatric Research: Hospital Medicine

Maribeth Chittkara, MDMaribeth Chitkara, MD

Research Interests

Main research interests are regarding undergraduate and graduate medical education, implementation and assessment of novel curricula in medical education, as well as quality of pediatric inpatient care.


Maribeth Chitkara is the Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University as well as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook Children’s.  She has an academic interest in medical education, evidence-based medicine and the care of the hospitalized and medically complex pediatric patient.   


No current funding



Chitkara, MB, Ryan LM, Stockwell D, Wiedermann, BM.  Can a Clinical Decision Rule Decrease Antibiotic Use in Viral Meningitis?  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, December, 2002; 156(12):1195-8, DOI:10.1001/archpedi.156.12.1195.

Manning SE, Lee E, Bambino M, Ackelsberg J.  Weiss D, Sathyakumar C, Kornblum J, Barbot O, Johnson D, Kaplan EL, Layton M.  Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infection in High School Football Players, New York City, 2003.  Emerging Infectious Disease, 2005 Jan; 11(1):146-9, DOI: 10.3201/eid1101.040559.

Chandran L, Chitkara MB. Vomiting in Children: Red Flag, Reassurance or Referral. Pediatrics in Review 2008;29:183-192.  DOI:

Lye PS, the Committee on Hospital Care and the Section on Hospital Medicine.  Physicians’ Roles in Coordinating Care of Hospitalized Children.  Pediatrics, Oct 2010; 126:829-832.**

Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management and the Committee on Hospital Care.  Principles of Pediatric Patient Safety:  Reducing Harm Due to Medical Care.   Pediatrics, 2011; 127:1199-1209.**

Committee on Hospital Care and Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care.  Patient- and Family-Centered Care.  Pediatrics, 2012; 129:394-404. **

Rausch D, Committee on Hospital Care and Section on Hospital Medicine.  Medical Staff Appointment and Delineation of Pediatric Privileges in Hospitals.  Pediatrics, 2012, 129:782-787.**

Connors GP, Melzer, SM, Committee on Hospital Care, and Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Pediatric Observation Units.  Pediatrics, 2012; 130:172-179. **

Kenefick CK, Boykan R, Chitkara M.  Partnering with Residents for Evidence-Based Practice.  Medical Reference Services Quarterly, Nov 2013; 32(4):385-395, PMID 24180647.

Boykan R, Chitkara M, Kenefick C, Messina C. An Integrated Practical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum for Pediatric Residents: Two Small Group Sessions to Teach PICO Question Formation and Searching Strategies. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:

Brown C, Chitkara, MB, Committee on Hospital Care and the Child Life Council.  Child Life Services.  Pediatrics, 2014; 133; e1471-1478.**

Neibur H, Balliu E, Kim M, Akhter J, Boykan R, Chitkara MB, Bag-Ozbek A, Azzam RK, Hageman J.  Index of Suspicion, Pediatrics in Review, 2014; 35(2): 88-93. DOI:

Chitkara M, Boykan R, Messina C. An Integrated Practical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum for Pediatric Residents, Critical Appraisal: Diagnostic Test. MedEdPORTAL; 2014. Available from:

Chitkara M, Boykan R. An Integrated Practical Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum for Pediatric Residents, Critical Appraisal: Therapy. MedEdPORTAL; 2014. Available from:

Boykan R, Chitkara M. An Integrated Practical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum for Pediatric Residents, Critical Appraisal: Harm/Causation and Prognosis. MedEdPORTAL; 2014. Available

Chitkara M, Boykan R. An Integrated Practical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum for Pediatric Residents, Critical Appraisal: Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses. MedEdPORTAL; 2014. Available from:

*Chitkara M, Boykan R, Messina C.  A Longitudinal Practical Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum for Pediatric Residents.  Academic Pediatrics, 2016; 16(3):305-307, PMID:  26780176.

*Chitkara MB, Satnick D, Lu, WH, Fleit H, Go FA, Chandran L.  Can Individualized Learning Plans in an Advanced Clinical Experience Course for Fourth Year Medical Students Foster Self-Directed Learning?  BMC Medical Education, 2016; 16:232.  PMID:  27585493.

*Pravder HD, Leng-Smith A, Brash A, Elkin DJ, Attard M, Rose B, Messina CR, Chitkara MB. A Magic Therapy Program to Alleviate Anxiety in Pediatric Inpatients.  Hospital Pediatrics, Dec 2019; 9(12), PMID: 31676585.

Kirschen GW, Seidman R, Chitkara M, Cherian J.  Progressive bilateral lower extremity weakness and muscle soreness in a 17-year old dancer.  Pediatrics in Review, Oct 2020; 41(51): S99-S100.;

Gordon M, Rodriguez VM, Balk S, Chitkara M, Halpern A, Geller A, Hay J.  Skin Cancer risk-reduction counseling with adolescents:  Pediatrician perspectives.  Psycho-Oncology, 2020; 20:1363-1365.

Chitkara MB, Pongvitayapanu R, Lu WH.  Integrating iPads into Team-Based Learning in the Pediatrics Clerkship:  Do They Provide Any Value?  J of Med Educ and Curr Dev, 2020;

Gendelman R, Preis H, Chandran L, Blair RJ, Chitkara M, Pati S.  Healthcare workforce transformation: Implementing patient-centered medical home standards in an academic medical center.  BMC Medical Education, 2021; 21:310, DOI://

Rideout M, Dawlett M, Plant J, Chitkara M, Trainor J.  Essential Yet Ill-Defined: Leadership Roles to Support Fourth-Year Medical Students in Pediatrics.  Medical Education Online, 2021; 26:1, 1950108, DOI:  10.1080/10872981.2021.1950108.

Pravder H, Elkin D, Post S, Chitkara M.  An innovative program using magic to provide early clinical experiences for preclinical medical students;  goals, experiences, and results of the MagicAid program.  Medical Science Educator, 2021, in press.m using magic to provide early clinical experiences for preclinical medical students;  goals, experiences, and results of the MagicAid program.  Medical Science Educator, 2021, in press.



Josette Bianchi-HayesRachel Boykan, MD

Research Interest 

Overall research interests include prevention of second and third hand tobacco smoke and aerosol, vaping prevention and cessation in teens; resident education


Rachel Boykan is a pediatric hospitalist and Associate Pediatric Residency Director. Her work has focused on addressing tobacco use of patients admitted to the hospital, and admitted patients’ families/caregivers who smoke/vape. In addition to this work in the inpatient setting, she has partnered with Alison Eliscu (Adolescent Medicine) to address vaping in the outpatient setting and in Suffolk County school districts. As a member of the Stony Brook Nicotine Cessation Workgroup, Dr. Boykan is currently exploring potential partnerships with others to address tobacco use in Suffolk County shelters and the Shinnecock Nation in Eastern Long Island. She looks for opportunities to engage residents in her work, sometimes in collaboration with MPH students and medical students.


No current funding

Completed Research Support (Past funding)

  • Department of Pediatrics Intramural Grant Boykan (PI) 


Nicotine Exposure from ENDS and Tobacco Products among Youth

Compared survey results (n=517) with measured urinary biomarkers of a subset of those surveyed (n=265).

Role: PI

  •  American Academy of Pediatric Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, AAP/FAMRI 

Boykan (PI) 


New Investigator Grant

$12,000 grant: Compared parents of infants in newborn nursery with those in NICU regarding intention to quit smoking and acceptance for NYSSQL services through newly-implemented Opt-to-Quit™ program

Role: PI

  • American Academy of Pediatric Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, AAP/FAMRI 

Boykan (PI) 


Visiting Lectureship Grant

Brought expert in tobacco control for two-day visit 

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Josette Bianchi-HayesJosette Bianchi-Hayes, MD

Research Interests 

The relationship between asthma and increased weight status, leveraging technology to support children with increased weight and asthma, physician wellness


Josette Bianchi-Hayes is a pediatric hospitalist here at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. She has an interest in the relationship between children with co-morbid increased weight status and asthma, how to leverage technology to support children with increased weight status and asthma, and healthcare utilization for these populations. She also has a strong interest in physician wellness, especially in the context of COVID-19. She currently serves as the director of the Dept of Pediatric Residency Research and Scholarship program and is the chair of the Resident Scholarship Oversight Committee.


No current funding

  • Department of Pediatrics Intramural Grant


A Novel Intervention for Childhood Obesity and Chronic Illness

Role: co-PI

  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine Targeted Opportunities Grant


Development of a multimodal intervention for adolescent obesity

Role: PI



Houlin, H, Hou, W, Kaur, S, Bianchi-Hayes, J. The association of co-morbid asthma and increased weight status with healthcare utilization in children 4-17 years, an NHANES study. Journal of Asthma. 2021 Apr 22;1-7. PMID: 33827355.

Bianchi-Hayes J, Cataldo R, Schoenfeld E, Hou W, Pati, S. Caregivers’ perceptions of the relationship among weight, health status, and asthma in their children. Journal of Child Healthcare. 2020 Dec; 25 (4): 647-658. PMID: 33382353.

Bianchi-Hayes J, Schoenfeld E, Cataldo R, Hou W, Messina C, Pati S. Combining Activity Trackers With Motivational Interviewing and Mutual Support to Increase Physical Activity in Parent-Adolescent Dyads: Longitudinal Observational Feasibility Study. JMIR Pediatric Parent. 2018 Apr 12;1(1):e3. PMID: 31518313.

Bianchi-Hayes JM, Schoenfeld ER, Cataldo R, Huang J, Pati S. Caregiver Preferences regarding Technology's Role in Supporting Adolescent Weight Management. Int Sch Res Notices. 2015;2015:153723. PMID: 27347500.

Cataldo R, Huang J, Calixte R, Wong AT, Bianchi-Hayes J, Pati S. Effects of overweight and obesity on motor and mental development in infants and toddlers. Pediatric Obesity. 2016;11(5):389-396.PMID: 26487592.

Bianchi-Hayes J, Calixte R, Huang J, Cataldo R, Wong A, Pati S. Healthcare utilization by obese and overweight children. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2015;166(3):626-631.e622. PMID: 25575421.

Lisa Wilks-Gallo, MDLisa Wilks-Gallo, MD

Research Interests

Medical Ethics, Communication in Medicine, Inpatient clinical Pediatrics, Psychosocial impact of hospitalization


Lisa Wilks-Gallo is a Pediatric Hospitalist here at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. She has a broad interest in all clinical aspects of inpatient Pediatric medicine and a particular interest in Medical Ethics. Dr. Wilks-Gallo is a member of the Stony Brook Medicine Institutional Ethics Committee and a member of the Ethics Consult Service. She has an interest in the psychosocial impact of hospitalization and an interest in how communication in medicine impacts the patient experience and quality of care.


No research funding.



  • Rayna Tian, Joshua Glass, Shantel Apeseche, Lisa Wilks-Gallo; Index of Suspicion: Ascending Right-Sided Abdominal Pain in an Adolescent Female. Submitted for publication awaiting revision. 
  • Allen Tingjun Yu, Kate Shapiro, Christy A. Beneri. Lisa S. Wilks-Gallo; Streptococcus lutetiensis neonatal meningitis with empyema. Access Microbiology. September 2021, 3:000264.
  • Narendra Yallanki MD, Lisa Wilks-Gallo MD, Jennifer Lutz DO, Leslie Small-Harary MD; H. Pylori Infection Causing Hiccups in a Pediatric Patient. Pediatrics in Review. August 2020, 41 (8): 423-426.
  • Lisa Wilks-Gallo MD, Chaim Z. Aron DO, Catherine R. Messina, PhD; “Hi Mommy” Parental Preferences of Greetings By Medical Staff.  Clinical Pediatrics (phila) 2018 April, 57(4): 398-402. 


Lisa Wilks-Gallo, MDCandice Foy, MD

Research Interests

Quality Improvement – including projects on intradisciplinary team communication, medication reconciliation, and medication errors; care of medically complex children; medical student and resident education.


Candice Foy is a pediatric hospitalist at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, and is also the Director of the Pediatric Resident Quality Improvement Curriculum. She has a particular interest in using QI methodology in decreasing medication errors, and has lead projects on improving medication reconciliation and medication ordering procedures. She also has an interest in research on medically complex children, specifically their long-term outcomes.


No current funding.



  • Pagano, M.E., Maietti, C.M., Levine, A.D., (2014, August). Risk factors of repeated infectious disease among substance- dependent girls and boys court-referred to treatment. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Epub 2014 Aug 20
  • Foy, C.M., Koncicki, M.L., Edwards, J.D.. (2020, August). Liberation and mortality outcomes in pediatric long-term ventilation: A qualitative systematic review. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 2]. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020;10.1002/ppul.25003. doi:10.1002/ppul.25003

Book Chapters

  • Spivey, J., Maietti, C., & McVoy, M. Communication Disorders. Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 5th Edition, Chapter 2, 2014
  • Maietti Foy, C. Failure to Thrive and Newborn Screen. In D. A. Rauch, S. N. Osorio, J.G. Ono & J. Oshimura, Challenging Cases in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (pp. 221-6). Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. 2020


Lisa Wilks-Gallo, MDTaly Glaubach, MD

Research Interests

Medical education, pediatric hospital medicine.


Dr. Taly Glaubach is a board-certified pediatrician with additional sub-specialty board certifications in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She has been a pediatric hospitalist since 2014 and has since shifted her clinical and research interests to medical education. She is a dedicated teacher and educator, for which she completed a Master Clinical Educator fellowship program. Her clinical and academic interests include graduate and post-graduate medical education, with a particular focus on educational approaches that foster critical thinking. 

Dr. Glaubach is the course director for the senior resident pediatric hospital medicine elective, the medical student pediatric transition to residency course and participates in multiple medical education committees to develop and implement educational initiatives, both at the local and national levels.  She also continues to serve on various study sections and trainee award committees for the American Society of Hematology (ASH).


No current funding.



1. Rezwan, Tasmia; Hulfish, Erin; Diener, Barry; Romard, Lisa; Glaubach, Taly. The Effect of Protocolization of Status Asthmaticus Treatment in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Critical Care Medicine: January 2020 - Volume 48 - Issue 1 - p 5 doi: 10.1097/01.ccm.0000618536.12169.0c 

2. Wojdyla T, Mehta H, Glaubach T, Bertolusso R, Iwanaszko M, Braun R, Corey SJ, Kimmel M. Mutation, drift and selection in single-driver hematologic malignancy: Example of secondary myelodysplastic syndrome following treatment of inherited neutropenia. PLoS Comput Biol. 2019 Jan 7;15(1):e1006664. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006664. PMID: 30615612 

3. Mehta HM, Futami M, Glaubach T, Lee DW, Andolina JR, Yang Q, Whichard Z, Quinn M, Lu HF, Kao WM, Przychodzen B, Sarkar CA, Minella A, Maciejewski JP, Corey SJ. Alternatively spliced, truncated GCSF receptor promotes leukemogenic properties and sensitivity to JAK inhibition. Leukemia. 2014 May;28(5):1041-51. doi: 10.1038/leu.2013.321. PMID: 24170028 

4. Glaubach T, Robinson LJ, Corey SJ. Pediatric myelodysplastic syndromes: they do exist! J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Jan;36(1):1-7. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000046. PMID: 24345881.  

5.  Mehta HM, Glaubach T, Corey SJ. Systems approach to phagocyte production and activation: neutrophils and monocytes. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2014;844:99-113. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2095-2_6. PMID: 25480639 

6. Glaubach T, Minella AC, Corey S. Cellular stress pathways in pediatric bone marrow failure syndromes: many roads lead to neutropenia. J.Pediatr Res. 2014 Jan;75(1-2):189-95. doi: 10.1038/pr.2013.197. PMID: 24192702  

7. Tidwell T, Wechsler J, Nayak RC, Trump L, Salipante SJ, Cheng JC, Donadieu J, Glaubach T, Corey SJ, Grimes HL, Lutzko C, Cancelas JA, Horwitz MS. Neutropenia-associated ELANE mutations disrupting translation initiation produce novel neutrophil elastase isoforms. Blood. 2014 Jan 23;123(4):562-9. doi: 10.1182/blood-2013-07-513242. PMID: 24184683 

8. Tomasz Wojdyła, Taly Glaubach, Seth Corey, Marek Kimmel. Application of the stochastic Moran Model of population genetics to understanding the timing of a driver mutation in Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). IFAC Proceedings Volumes, Volume 47, Issue 3, 2014, Pages 11542-11546, ISSN 1474-6670, ISBN 9783902823625, 

9. Mehta HM, Glaubach T, Long A, Lu H, Przychodzen B, Makishima H, McDevitt MA, Cross NC, Maciejewski J, Corey SJ. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor receptor T595I (T618I) mutation confers ligand independence and enhanced signaling. Leukemia. 2013 Dec;27(12):2407-10. doi: 10.1038/leu.2013.164. PMID: 23739288 

10. Batra S, Sharathkumar A, Glaubach T, Gamerman S, Green D. Autoimmune hemophilia in a teenager. Haemophilia. 2013 Nov;19(6):e386-8. doi: 10.1111/hae.12251. PMID: 23992250 

11. Karaba AH, Cohen LK, Glaubach T, Kopp SJ, Reichek JL, Yoon HH, Zheng XT, Muller WJ.J Longitudinal Characterization of Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Isolates Acquired From Different Sites in an Immune-Compromised Child: A New HSV Thymidine Kinase Mutation Associated With Resistance. Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2012 Jun;1(2):116 24. doi:10.1093/jpids/pis009. PMID: 23687576 

12. Glaubach T, Corey SJ. From famine to feast: sending out the clones. Blood. 2012 May 31;119(22):5063-4. doi: 10.1182/blood-2012-04-417287. PMID: 22653952 


Lisa Wilks-Gallo, MDMargaret Connolly, MD

Research Interests

Care of the well newborn, breastfeeding education and advocacy, quality improvement – specifically implementation of culture change and guideline-based care, prevention of hospital acquired conditions. 


Margaret Connolly is the Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery, member of the division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, as well as the Patient Safety Officer for Solutions for Patient Safety at Stony Brook Children’s.  Her academic interests include newborn medicine with a focus on breastfeeding advocacy and support, prevention and recognition of early onset neonatal sepsis, evaluation and management of febrile infants, and quality improvement for inpatient pediatric care through the application of evidence-based guidelines and standardization of care. 


No current funding.



Connolly M.  (2020). Infant with Fever. In D. A. Rauch, S. N. Osorio, J.G. Ono & J. Oshimura, Challenging Cases in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (pp. 233-6). Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.