3rd Year Fellows

Aunum Akhter, MD

Aunum Akhter, M.D.

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine, 2017
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2020
Research Topics: Perspectives of Language Barriers and Interpretive Services Use in the NICU Among House Officers and Clinicians
Mentor: Kate Stanley, M.D.

About Aunum:
Aunum is an Omaha native who enjoys traveling to national parks, taking hikes, drinking tea, and cheering on her Creighton Bluejays whenever she gets the chance. She chose University of Michigan due to the high clinical excellence, amazing faculty mentors, and beautiful Ann Arbor. 


Kayla Seedial, M.D.

Kayla Seedial, M.D.

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, 2017
Residency: University of Chicago, 2020
Research Topics: Assessment of Human Milk and Breastfeeding Education Deficits Among Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellows Curriculum to promote breastfeeding among mothers of preterm infants in the NICU
Mentor: Kate Stanley, M.D.

About Kayla:
Kayla is originally from Minnesota but has bounced around many states in effort to complete her medical training always liked the Midwest vibe best, and the University of Michigan crew felt like home. She moved to Michigan with her family of four (welcoming a second baby boy, Elliott, during her third year of fellowship). Kayla enjoys baking, art, and traveling.

Arlene E. Haigh, M.D.

Arlene E. Haigh, M.D.

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, 2008
Residency: University of Illinois - Chicago / Children's Hospital at UI Health, 2014
Gap Year Activities: Neonatal Hospitalist, Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children NICU, 2014-2018; Neonatal Hospitalist, Research Topics: Cardiorespiratory Effects of Loading Antiseizure Medications in Neonates
Mentor: John Barks, M.D.

About Arlene:
Arlene is an adventurous Filipina who loves trying new cuisines, hiking, and kayaking with her family. She chose Michigan because of the exceptional teaching and clinical experience.

2nd Year Fellows

Arlene E. Haigh, M.D.

Emman Dabaja, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine, 2018; University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2017
Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan, 2021
Gap Year Activities: MPH during Medical School
Research Topics: Health Disparities in Neonatal Follow Up/Developmental Clinic
Mentor: John Barks, M.D.

About Emman:
Emman is originally from Michigan and completed all of her education and training in the mitten state. Her hometown is Dearborn, MI. She enjoys hanging out with her daughter and family in her free time. 

Sheri VanOmen, M.D.

Sheri VanOmen, M.D.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2018
Residency: University of Michigan Pediatrics Residency, 2021
Research Topics: Establishing the Relationship between Circulating Infant Bioactive Levels and Early Postnatal Growth; Mentor: Lindsay Ellsworth, MD. Growth and Metabolic Outcomes of Neonates with Hyperinsulinism
Mentor: Lindsay Ellsworth, M.D.

About Sheri:
Sheri grew up in West Michigan and went to undergrad at University of Michigan, med school at MSU, then back to University of Michigan for residency and fellowship! She and her husband couples-matched here for residency, and she wanted to stay for NICU fellowship knowing that we see a wide variety of clinical cases/conditions, had great faculty and fellows, and robust training with deliveries/procedures/etc. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog, friends, playing games, running, traveling, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

1st Year Fellows

Adrienne Bruder MD

Adrienne Bruder, M.D.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2019
Residency: University of Minnesota, 2022
Research Topics: Breast milk composition
Mentor: Lindsay Ellsworth, M.D.

About Adrienne:
Adreinne is from northern Michigan and is excited to be back in the mitten. She's super into getting outside, running, skiing and trying out all of Ann Arbor's best lattes. 

Beau Hunsinger, MD

Beau R. Hunsinger, M.D.

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2019
Residency: Rush University Medical Center, 2022
Research Topics: Health Inequities Project

About Beau:
Beau grew up in Maryland and attended University of Michigan for undergrad. He is excited to be back in Ann Arbor!

Mikki-Ann Martin, MBBS

Mikki-Ann Martin, MBBS

Medical School: University of the West Indies at Mona, 2014
Resdiency: University of Miami/Holtz Children's Hospital, 2022
Gap Year Activities: Between medical school and residency Mikki worked as a general practitioner, doing ENT, pediatric surgery, primary care and pediatric ER until finally deciding to take the USMLE.
Research Topics: Antenatal Counseling Qualitative Methods Research
Mentor: Marin Arnolds, M.D.

About Mikki:
Mikki is from Kingston, Jamaica. She enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures and swimming. She was tired of the sunshine, so she willingly moved to the winter wonderland state, LOL. She chose Michigan because this program is great - we see everything! Here we have a Level 4 NICU which would provide incomparable experiences and opportunities to learn and grow as a competent neonatologist.

2023 Incoming Fellows

Nicole Larson, MD

Nicole Larsen, M.D.

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
Residency: Rush University Medical Center, 2022
Gap Year Activities: Chief Resident, 2022-2023
Research Topics: Nicole is interested in simulation research and medical education as well as breastfeeding research! We will see!

About Nicole:
Nicole is a Chicago native who is a Taylor Swift fanatic, dog lover and the world's most proficient napper. She takes advantage of any opportunity to spend time on the water or tailgate a sports game. She chose Michigan because of the complexity of the patient population and the wonderful people she met during the interview process. She looks forward to converting all her Chicago family members to Michigan sports fans. 

Lisa Lavelanet, M.D.

Lisa Lavelanet, M.D.

Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, 2020
Residency: Children's Hospital of New York at Columbia, 2023
Research Topics: Breast milk and barriers to mother's own milk use

About Lisa:
Lisa is a Michigan native who spends most of her free time playing board games and table top role playing games. She chose Michigan because she wanted to come back hoMe. 

Catherine Siew, D.O.

Catherine Siew, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2020
Residency: Advocate Children’s Hospital - Park Ridge, 2023
Research Topics: Use of simulation for palliative care in medical education

About Catherine:
Catherine was born in Malaysia and has lived in Canada, North Carolina, Florida, and Chicagoland before venturing to Michigan for fellowship. Her love language is food, she believes accomplishments should be celebrated with ice cream cake, and her favorite thing is making people laugh!