Pediatric Emergency Medicine




Bill Lewander, MD, is Vice Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Pediatric EM





Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is a part of the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Our mission is to provide exceptional pediatric emergency care while engaging in academic activities, medical education, and nationally renowned research.

The Hasbro Emergency Department, a pediatric Level I Trauma Center, sees over 50,000 patients per year. The 12,200 square foot facility features trauma and resuscitation bays for critically ill children, dedicated rooms for orthopedics, pediatric sedations and behavioral health.  Dr. Susan Duffy is the medical director.

Faculty and Staff

The department is staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency medicine attendings, all of whom are full faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Clinical care is also provided by staff pediatricians and mid-level providers. 

Pediatric Emergency Medicine 

Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
Linda Brown, MD, MSCE
Charles Callahan, MD
Geoffrey Capraro, MD, MPH
Sarah Case, MD
Lydia Ciarallo, MD
Laura Chapman, MD
Thomas Chun, MD, MPH
Erika Constantine, MD
Susan Duffy, MD
Sadiqa Kendi, MD
Deirdre Fearon, MD
Aris Garro, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Jacobs, MD
William Lewander, MD
James Linakis, PhD, MD
Gregory Lockhart, MD
Christopher Merritt, MD, MPH
Frank Overly, MD
Lynne Palmisciano, MD
Jane Preotle, MD
Dale Steele, MD, MS
Jonathan Valente, MD


Nicole Abrunzo, MD
Elizabeth Bird, MD
Elizabeth Forbes, MD
Rita Nenonen, MD

Mid-Level Providers

Annie Alvarez, NP
Sandy Holt, NP
Rachel Lyons, NP
Amy Riendeau, NP
Mary Sette, NP
Tara Weathers, NP

Medical Education

Medical students at  Alpert Medical School rotate through the Pediatric Emergency Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital during their third-year Pediatric Clinical Clerkship. Students interested in a more comprehensive experience may elect to do a one-month sub-internship in either pediatric emergency medicine or emergency medicine.

The sub-internship will include small group, hands-on workshops on splinting, suturing, and basic procedures, as well as didactic sessions with Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty. Students seeking additional information may contact Gregory Lockhart, MD, at

Residency Program

A variety of resident programs at Alpert Medical School incorporate pediatric emergency medicine into their curriculum through the Pediatric Emergency Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, including PediatricsEmergency Medicine, and Family Medicine.

Residents have opportunities to partake in common ER procedures, such as splinting or suturing, and actively participate in medical and trauma resuscitations. Senior pediatric and emergency residents may become credentialed in pediatric sedation.

The PEM experience covers the range of childhood illnesses including physician and hospital referrals, common childhood maladies, fulminantly ill children and pediatric traumas.

Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship program provides a well-rounded clinical experience at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, complimented by a rigorous research and academic curriculum and opportunities for education at Brown University’s School of Public Health

Fellows receive faculty appointment at Alpert Medical School, which provides an avenue for didactic teaching and mentorship to medical students and residents. Graduates of the PEM fellowship are groomed for a competitive career in pediatric emergency medicine while enjoying all that the Ocean State has to offer.

Emergency Medicine Physician Extender Development

The Emergency Medicine Physician Extender Development program through UEMF/Department of Emergency Medicine trains physician assistants and nurse practitioners to become astute clinicians in emergency medicine.

As part of the 12-month clinical curriculum, EMPED students rotate through the Pediatric Emergency Department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and receive one-on-one instruction with pediatric mid-level providers and PEM faculty.


Faculty members in the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine are productive in a wide breadth of clinical and basic science research, from internal quality improvement to multi-centered trials. The University Emergency Medicine Foundation, the academic practice group of the Department of Emergency Medicine, supports faculty with a research team including a full-time clinical research coordinator, a research administrator, research assistants, and a biostatistician.

The section has research space within the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, fully equipped basic science laboratories at Brown, and co-directs the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center.

Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been an active contributor to the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) since joining in 2011. PECARN’s mission is to conduct high- quality, high-impact, multi-institutional research in pediatric emergency medicine.