Erica Stevens is a pediatric pulmonology fellow at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She completed her pediatrics residency training at the University of Louisville, where she had the opportunity to participate in multiple QI projects. Given her interest in public health, she is pursuing a Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health at Pitt Public Health during her fellowship. Her immediate career goals are to become a skilled and knowledgeable investigator of pulmonary disease through experience and training as a T32 postdoctoral fellow. Through this training period Stevens plan to significantly advance her expertise in her knowledge and understanding of risk factors and management of asthma. Exploring these associations could potentially greatly affect our future management of asthma. S
Stevens plans to work with Juan Celedon, chief of service in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, and Immunology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, professor of human genetics and epidemiology, and an expert in asthma that has provided excellent mentorship to several pediatric pulmonology fellows. Her project will explore the effects of vitamin D deficiency and cockroach allergen exposure on morbidity in children with asthma. The MMPH will provide additional training in biostatistics, epidemiology, and genetics that can be applied directly to research. After completion of her fellowship, Stevens plans to continue to pursue research as a pediatric pulmonologist in an academic setting. Ultimately, she hopes to combine her passion for medicine and patient care with opportunities to potentially benefit patients on a larger scale.