Clinical Fellows Scholars

The Hassenfeld Research Scholars Program for Clinical Fellows selects two clinical fellows annually for a two-year program in which the fellows gain valuable research experience working in the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, receive mentorship from Institute faculty, and participate in the Clinical and Translational Research Certificate program at Brown University.  Clinical fellows from Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital will be eligible to apply for the program.  They play active roles in the work of the Institute under the direction of Institute faculty, while gaining outstanding training opportunities for their future career in maternal and child health.  

Application for the 2019 Clinical Fellows program will be open in June.

Current Clinical Fellows​

Catherine Buck, MD 

Catherine (Caty) Buck is a pediatric fellow in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Women and Infants Hospital/Alpert Medical School. Caty grew up in Connecticut and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut. She also attended medical school at UConn, where she became interested in  pediatrics. Caty completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where she also served as chief resident. Her research interests include the intersection of maternal health and neonatal and child health outcomes. She recently completed a project investigating the association between maternal stress and breastfeeding outcomes among postpartum women and is currently working with the child environmental health group at the School of Public Health, studying how prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals may alter infant birthweight and child growth trajectories. Caty is interested in pursuing an academic career in Neonatology and is looking forward to continued collaboration with the Hassenfeld Institute for the duration of her fellowship training.

Maureen S. Hamel, MD 

Maureen Hamel is the rising third year Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at Women & Infants Hospital. Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, Maureen received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Providence College. She then continued on to Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Women & Infants Hospital. Maureen's primary research interest is in clinical obstetrics. She currently has two ongoing prospective trials, one investigating antibiotic use in labor and the other investigating how to best manage labor for women with gestational diabetes.

Martha Kole, MD

Martha Kole is a first year Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at Women & Infants Hospital. Prior to fellowship, she completed residency at Women & Infants Hospital and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Martha is primarily interested in healthcare quality, specifically, how new practice guidelines are implemented at a hospital-wide level. Additionally, she has a passion for reducing maternal mortality and optimizing maternal health. 

Nicole Muhlbauer, MD

Nicole Muhlbauer is a second year pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Prior to fellowship, she completed residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona. Nicole is currently completing a spatial analysis project which seeks to understand the relationship between environmental exposures and the development of pediatric cancer in Rhode Island.  She hopes that her research will impact pediatric health policy in the future.

Starrina Gianelloni, DO, FAAP