Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, established in 1991 at Norton Children’s Hospital is a three year program which prepares fellows for a future in pediatric emergency medicine with both an academic and clinical focus. The fellowship training program provides in-depth education and experience in clinical care, teaching, administration, and research. Our fellowship program is available to pediatrics and internal medicine/pediatrics trained applicants.

Norton Children’s Hospital is the region's primary pediatric referral facility. The emergency department evaluates and treats more than 70,000 patients a year.  Fellows receive exposure to a large variety of acuity, clinical problems, and diseases.  In addition, fellows receive a broad exposure to a large cross section of medical and surgical sub-specialty services.

Through progressive autonomy fellows supervise and teach residents as well as students in the emergency department. Fellows also receive formal instruction in lecture design and teaching methods.

Fellows have the opportunity to further their education through a variety of programs that offer the ability to obtain a certificate or masters. These didactic sessions supplement their research mentoring by faculty.  This rich experience provides fellows with a framework for understanding clinical research in addition to the area of focus.

With faculty supervision, fellows are expected to design and execute one or more independent research projects and are encouraged to participate in additional investigations. This independent research project fulfills the required board eligibility for Scholarly Activity.

University of Louisville Pediatric Fellowships

Visit the Pediatric Fellowships webpage to learn more about:

  • How to apply for a pediatric fellowship
  • Compensation & benefits for pediatric fellows
  • Facilities where our fellows see patients, perform research, and learn
  • What is it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky?

Year 1 Curriculum

Pediatric Emergency Medicine 6 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
*PICU1 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Pediatric Anesthesia1 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Adult Emergency Medicine1 monthUniversity of Louisville Hospital   
Research/ Elective1.5 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Pediatric Orthopedics.5 month

Norton Children's Hospital

*Trauma1 month

University of Louisville Hospital

Year 2 CurriculumDurationLocation
Pediatric Emergency Medicine8 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Adult Emergency Medicine1 monthUniversity of Louisville Hospital
Toxicology1 monthKentucky Regional Poison Center
Research/ Elective1.5 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Child Abuse.5 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Year 3 CurriculumDurationLocation
Administration1 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Transport/EMS.5 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Research/ Elective9.5 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Adult Emergency Medicine     1 monthUniversity of Louisville Hospital     

*No assigned PEM shifts during 1st and 2nd year

Vacation: four weeks each year

Electives available:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Dental/OMFS
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease

As part of the fellowship program, fellows have the opportunity to complete certain Master’s Degree or certificate programs through the University of Louisville Graduate School

Tuition, Fees and Books associated are paid through the division. 

General Education Opportunities:

  • Completion of the IHI Quality Improvement Curriculum
  • Radiology Series; Interactive Didactic Session with Pediatric Radiologist reviewing real cases from the Emergency Department
  • Strong Ultrasound Curriculum; includes hands on scanning sessions and didactics with Pediatric Ultrasound Fellowship Trained physicians
  • Simulations
  • M&M
  • ECG Series; reviewing real ECG cases with a Pediatric Cardiology Electrophysiology Attending
  • Board Review
  • Grand Rounds
  • Vascular Lab
  • Procedure Lab


During training, fellows will be required to design, conduct, analyze and interpret data from their individual research projects.  From this experience, they will have fulfilled the research requirements to sit for the sub-board examination in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Fellows are expected to generate a research question during their first year of fellowship, using designated research months to conduct background research and to begin designing their project.  During the first or second year of fellowship, fellows are expected to submit their proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and begin enrolling patients or acquiring data.  The curriculum during the third year of fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with ample opportunity to complete their research project and prepare and submit a manuscript for publication.

During each year of fellowship, fellows will meet regularly with the Research Director and the Scholarly Oversight Committee to discuss their project and the project’s current status.


By the completion of their training, fellows will be:

  • Proficient in critically reviewing research proposals and investigations published in the medical literature related to Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Eligible for sub-specialty certifying examination

Current Fellows

1st Year Fellow

Ben Lyvers, MD (2026)
Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine



Jennifer Overfield, MD (2026)
Medical School: University of Louisville
Residency: Vanderbilt University

Ivory Shelton, MD (2026)
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency: Vanderbilt Pediatric Residency


2nd Year Fellows

Michele Bresler, DO (2025)
Medical School: Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: St Christophers Hospital for Children

Sarah Grout, MD (2025)
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University

Naomi Warnick, MD, JD (2025)
Medical School: St Georges University
Residency: University of Louisville




3rd Year Fellows

Aakriti Bhargava, M.D., M.P.H. (2024)
Medical School: St Georges University, School of Medicine Grenada
Residency: Childrens Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (Rutgers University affiliate) , Newark, NJ, Pediatrics

Victoria Magloire, M.D. (2024)
Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
Residency: Monroe Carrell Jr Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, Pediatrics




Esper Wadih, M.D. (2024)
Medical School: University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine
Residency: University of Louisville, Norton Children's Hospital, Pediatrics


Past Fellows and their Employment


Julie Klensch, MD - Indiana University Ultrasound Fellowship - Indianapolis, IN
Samantha Lucrezia, MD - John Hopkins All Children's Hospital - St. Petersburg, FL
Akwesi Poteh, MD - Childrens Scottish Rite Hospital - Atlanta, GA



Kasi Eastep, DO - Norton Children's Medical Group - Louisville, KY
Dominique Elmore, DO - Norton Children's Medical Group - Louisville, KY


Rosina Hussain, MD, MSc - Children's Minnesota - Minneapolis,MN
Timothy Roach, DO - MSc, Penn State College of Medicine - Hershey, PA 
Johanna Sasid, DO - MSc, Norton Children's Hospital - Louisville, KY 


Robert Clemons, MD, MPH - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Veronica Sepulveda, MD, MSc - Puerto Rico 
Shiva Zargham, MD, MSc - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC 


Megan Evers, DO, MS, MSc - Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital - Cleveland, OH
Becca Hart, MD, MSc - Norton Children's Hospital - Louisville, KY 
Beth Spurlin, MD, PhD - Norton Children's Hospital - Louisville, KY 


Ben Nti, MD, MSc - Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Erika Pasciuta, MD, MSc - University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY 
Adam Patterson, MD, MSc - Norton Children's Hospital - Louisville, KY 


Danielle Graff, MD, MSc - Norton Children’s Hospital - Louisville, KY

Fellowship Program Leadership


Danielle Graff, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Johanna Said, D.O., M.Sc.
Associate Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship


For information about the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Krystal Kaufman
Fellowship Coordinator