Meet Our Fellows

Angelique Boutzoukas

Angelique Boutzoukas, MD, is a third-year fellow. She graduated from the University of Florida and obtained her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Nationwide Children's Hospital at The Ohio State University. Her research during residency focused on La Crosse virus encephalitis in children, identifying predictors of disease severity and evaluating long-term neurological and behavioral outcomes. She held an active role in QI efforts to reduce duration of antibiotics for acute otitis media in the urgent care systems. She also developed an antimicrobial stewardship curriculum for medical students on their pediatric rotation. Her research interests include identifying predictors of outcomes in children, informing best management of common infections, and stewardship efforts. Outside of the hospital she loves spending time with her family, her dog, cooking, traveling, and hiking.

Ganga Moorthy

Ganga S. Moorthy, MD, is a third-year fellow, pursuing the Global Health/Pediatric ID Pathway. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma and obtained her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Duke University where she also served as a chief resident. During residency, her research focused on outcomes for pediatric infectious diseases and health disparities. She has led QI work focused on appropriate antibiotic management of community-acquired pneumonia. During fellowship, Ganga plans to pursue the Global Health Pathway and Master of Science in Global Health through the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. Her fellowship research will focus on global antimicrobial stewardship. When she isn’t working, Ganga enjoys being outside (especially hiking and gardening), traveling, eating ice cream, and OU football.  

Hani Hatab

Hani Abou Hatab, MD, is a second-year fellow. He obtained his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine at Damascus University in Syria. He then went to complete a year of preliminary pediatric residency at the American University of Beirut, where he had the opportunity to provide care in refugee camps. He completed pediatric residency at Harlem Hospital Center where his research focused on adherence to screening guidelines in the outpatient clinic and appropriate antibiotic management for skin and soft tissue interests. His research interests include infections in global and refugee health settings and antimicrobial stewardship. During his pediatric infectious diseases fellowship, he plans to pursue a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics degree. Outside of work, Hani enjoys playing basketball, ping pong, hiking, and politics. 

Brianna Ter Haar

Brianna K. Ter Haar, MD, is a second-year fellow. She graduated from Baylor University and obtained her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She then completed pediatric residency training at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. After residency, she joined the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and worked in Botswana for over a decade in pediatric HIV medicine and global health. In addition to clinical care, she worked on PEPFAR- and Ministry of Health-supported programs aimed at identifying barriers to HIV treatment success and evaluating their impact/effectiveness in improving care of children and adults with HIV. She was also involved in HIV training, mentorship, and capacity building, as well as medical education and quality improvement efforts. During fellowship, Brianna plans to pursue the Global Health Pathway and Master of Science in Global Health through the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. Outside of the hospital, Brianna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, camping, and anything involving karaoke.

Tessa Barclay

Tessa Barclay, MD, is a first-year fellow, starting in July 2022. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and obtained her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She is currently a third-year resident in the pediatrics residency program at Duke University. During her residency, she worked on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, NM as part of a global health elective through the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. Her interests within infectious diseases include antimicrobial stewardship and global health. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys reading, hiking, pie-making, and spending time with her family.  

Adam Blatt

Adam Z. Blatt, MD, PhD, is a first-year fellow, starting in July 2022. He graduated from Penn State University before completing a combined MD/PhD program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. His graduate school dissertation was focused on the mechanisms by which the complement alternative pathway affects the formation of platelet-leukocyte aggregates. After medical school, he went on to complete his pediatrics residency training at Duke University, where he is currently serving as a chief resident. His research during residency focused on the human transcriptomic response to Dengue virus and Leptospira infections. During fellowship, Adam plans to become more involved with clinical trials conducted by the Duke Human Vaccine Institute, and he has an interest in addressing vaccine hesitancy in the community. Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, hiking, reading, and being perpetually disappointed by Penn State sports teams and the Chicago Cubs.


Infectious Diseases Fellows Graduation

Congratulations to our most recent fellowship program graduates--Areej Bukhari, MD and Sarah Heston, MD!

Select Current Fellow Publications

Thomas SJ, Young RT, Steinbach WJ, Lugo DJ. Risks and outcomes of adenovirus disease in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients -comparison of current antiviral treatment options. Transpl Infect Dis. 2020 Nov 10:e13505. doi: 10.1111/tid.13505. [Epub ahead of print.] PMID: 33174293.

Thomas SJ, Kilgore JT, Becken BA, Cunningham CK, Thompson AB. Raltegravir-associated Drug-Reaction With Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms Syndrome in a Pediatric Patient Without Characteristic Human Leukocyte Antigen B*57:01 or B*53:01 alleles. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Aug 7:piaa089. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piaa089. [Epub ahead of print.] PMID: 32766769.

Singh T, Heston SM, Langel SN, Blasi M, Hurst JH, Fouda GG, Kelly MS, Permar SR. Lessons from COVID-19 in children: Key hypotheses to guide preventative and therapeutic strategies [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 8]. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa547. doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa547

Akinboyo IC, Young RR, Spees LP, Heston SM, Smith MJ, Chang YC, McGill LE, Martin PL, Jenkins K, Lugo DJ, Hazen KC, Seed PC, Kelly MS. Microbiology and Risk Factors for Hospital-Associated Bloodstream Infections Among Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020;7(4):ofaa093. Published 2020 Mar 16. doi:10.1093/ofid/ofaa093

Kelly MS, Ward DV, Severyn CJ, Arshad M, Heston SM, Jenkins K, Martin PL, McGill L, Stokhuyzen A, Bhattarai SK, Bucci V, Seed PC. Gut Colonization Preceding Mucosal Barrier Injury Bloodstream Infection in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Recipients. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2019;25(11):2274‐2280. doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2019.07.019

Heston S, Arnold S. Syphilis in Children. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2018;32(1):129‐144. doi:10.1016/j.idc.2017.11.007

Karlström A, Heston SM, Boyd KL, Tuomanen EI, McCullers JA. Toll-like receptor 2 mediates fatal immunopathology in mice during treatment of secondary pneumococcal pneumonia following influenza. J Infect Dis. 2011;204(9):1358‐1366. 

Zimmerman KO, Akinboyo IC, Brookhart MA, Boutzoukas AE, et al. Incidence and Secondary Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Schools. Pediatrics. Jan 8 2021;doi:10.1542/peds.2020-048090 PMID: 33419869.

Boutzoukas AE, Akinboyo IC, Wong CA, Benjamin DK, Jr., Zimmerman KO. Impact of COVID-19-related School Closures on the Drivers of Child Health. NC Med J. Jan-Feb 2021;82(1):50-56. doi:10.18043/ncm.82.1.50.

Boutzoukas AE, Kussman A, Bajwa RPS, Ouellette CP. Disseminated Toxoplasmosis in a Child Following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. Jan 16 2021;doi:10.1093/jpids/piaa163.

Boutzoukas AE, Kusma J, Watson JR, Fung B, Ouellette CP. Fever and a Multifocal, Erythematous, Nodular Rash in an 18-month-old Boy. Pediatr Rev. Oct 2020;41(Suppl 1):S85-S88. doi:10.1542/pir.2018-0271.

Whitmer G, Moorthy G, Arshad M. The pandemic Escherichia coli ST131 strain is acquired even in the absence of antibiotic exposure. PLoS Pathog 15(12), 2019. PMID: 31856254.

Select Past Fellows

Name:  Dorothy E. Dow, MD, MScGH*
Fellowship Years:  2010 - 2014
NIH Career Development (K) Award: K01
Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics / Duke University Medical Center

Name:  Mehreen Arshad, MBBS
Fellowship Years:  2011 - 2015
NIH Career Development (K) Award: K08
Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics / Northwestern University

Name:  Jessica E. Ericson, MD, MPH*
Fellowship Years:  2012 - 2015
Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Pediatrics / Pennsylvania State University

Name:  Matthew S. Kelly, MD, MPH
Fellowship Years:  2013 - 2016
NIH Career Development (K) Award: K23 
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics / Duke University Medical Center

Name: Frances M. Saccoccio, MD, PhD
Fellowship Years: 2016 - 2019
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics / University of Florida - Gainesville

Indicates degree(s) earned during fellowship