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. 

Current Clinical Fellows​

Nina Ayala, MD

Nina Ayala is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at Women & Infants Hospital. Nina earned her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Brown University before attending the Warren Alpert Medical School, where she concentrated in medical education. Nina completed her residency in obstetrics/gynecology at McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Bray Fellowship in Humanism in Medicine and the Jack and Edna Saphier Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology while at Alpert Medical School. Her primary research interest is patient-centered outcomes, particularly, how personality characteristics of pregnant women and their physicians impact antepartum and peripartum outcomes. She is interested in how the labor and delivery process, treatment of common pregnancy complications and mode of delivery impact long-term neonatal and childhood outcomes.

Devina Savant, MD

Devina Savant is a developmental and behavioral pediatrics fellow at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Devina graduated with top honors from Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, India. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. Devina is interested in studying food insecurity status and trends, interventions used to combat food insecurity in both India and the United States and how cultural beliefs, eating patterns and access to food stamps and food rations interact with these patterns. Ultimately, Devina aims to work in an academic setting where she can continue her clinical work of supporting children with developmental and behavioral needs and their families.

2018 Clinical Fellows

Starrina Gianelloni, DO, FAAP

Starrina Gianelloni is a developmental and behavioral pediatrics fellow at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her residency in general pediatrics at the Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She is a distinguished graduate of the Commissioned Officer Training School of Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. After completing her residency, she was the chief of pediatric services at Yokota Air Base in Japan and flight commander of Educational & Developmental Intervention Services at Aviana Air Base in Italy. Starrina is interested in the association between the use of developmental services and excess media exposure among young children and understanding why young children with disabilities are using so much digital media.

2017 Clinical Fellows

Martha Kole, MD

Martha Kole is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at Women & Infants Hospital. Prior to this fellowship, she completed her residency at Women & Infants Hospital and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Martha is primarily interested in health care 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 currently a physician in pediatric hematology and oncology at Stony Brook Medicine. Nicole attended St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, before completing her residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona. She was a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where she completed a spatial analysis project that aimed to understand the relationship between environmental exposures and the development of pediatric cancer in Rhode Island. She hopes that her research will impact future pediatric health policy.

2016 Clinical Fellows

Catherine Buck, MD 

Catherine (Caty) Buck is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. She was a pediatric fellow in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Women and Infants Hospital/Alpert Medical School and worked with the child environmental health group at the School of Public Health studying how prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals may alter infant birth weight and child growth trajectories. Caty graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut and also attended medical school at UConn. 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.

Maureen S. Hamel, MD 

Maureen Hamel is currently a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division of UPMC-Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at Women & Infants Hospital, where her primary research interest was in clinical obstetrics, particularly antibiotic use in labor and how to best manage labor for women with gestational diabetes. Maureen received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Providence College before attending Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital.