Our Team at the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Our multidisciplinary team consists of seven pediatric gastroenterologists trained in every aspect of pediatric gastroenterology including nutrition and liver diseases. The team also consists of registered nurses, a pediatric nurse practitioner, registered dietitians, child psychologists, child life specialists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. We also offer a pediatric feeding team.

 

Clinicians

Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, and the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Neal Leleiko, MD, PhD, is director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, and director of the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology, at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Leleiko is also a professor of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Leleiko and his research at Brown.edu »

Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, Medical Director, Feeding Program

Carolina Cerezo, MD, is medical director of the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases and medical director of the Feeding Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Cerezo is also an associate professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Cerezo and her research at Brown.edu »

Assistant Program Director, Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Michael Herzlinger, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital, assistant program director at the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology, and an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Herzlinger is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Herzlinger and his research at Brown.edu »

Director of the Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Vania Kasper, MD, is director of the Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Kasper is an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Kasper and her research at Brown.edu »

Director of Pediatric Endoscopy

Albert Ross, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Ross is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Ross and his research at Brown.edu »

Director of Quality Improvement for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases

Linda Shalon, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist and director of quality improvement in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Dr. Shalon is also an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Shalon and her research at Brown.edu »

Director, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Director of Research, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases

Jason Shapiro, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist and director of research in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases, director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics and clinician educator at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Shapiro is certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Dr. Shapiro was recognized by the New England Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation with the 2018 Rising Healthcare Leader in IBD award.

Learn more about Dr. Shapiro and his research at Brown.edu »

Co-Director, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Carole Rudman, PNP

Psychologists

Heather Pelletier, PhD

Wendy Plante, PhD, is a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center/Rhode Island Hospital and clinical assistant professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is associate clinical director of SibLink, a clinical research program dedicated to the adjustment of healthy siblings to medical, developmental, and psychiatric disorders in their brothers and sisters. She also provides clinical services to children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, including the pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and liver diseases clinic.

Her clinical interests include individual and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness, pain management, and pediatric clinical hypnosis. Plante participates in the teaching of residents and fellows in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, and gastroenterology. She has an interest in bioethics and psychology practice issues, serving on several hospital, state psychological association, and national psychological association committees devoted to ethics, disaster mental health, and colleague assistance.

Plante earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Clark University, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed a predoctoral clinical internship at duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and a postdoctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She joined the staff of Rhode Island Hospital and Alpert Medical School in 2001.

Research Interests

Wendy Plante’s research interests focus on family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness and disability, with particular attention to the experiences of brothers and sisters. She collaborates with Debra Lobato, PhD, and Barbara Kao, PhD, on projects examining factors (including family and cultural variables) affecting sibling functioning, as well as how siblings influence and support family management of childhood disease.  

Selected Publications

  • Lobato, D., Kao, B., Plante, W., Seifer, R., Grullon, E., Cheas, L., Canino, G. (2011). Psychological and school functioning of Latino siblings of children with intellectual disability. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52, 696-703. NIHMSID#249304
  • Sieberg, C., Flannery-Schroeder, E., & Plante, W.A. (In Press). Children with co-morbid recurrent abdominal pain and anxiety disorders:  Results from a multiple-baseline intervention study. Journal of Child Health Care.
  • Kao, B., Lobato, D., Grullon, E., Cheas, L., Plante, W., Seifer, R., & Canino, G. (In Press). Recruiting Latino and nonLatino families in pediatric research: Considerations from a study on childhood disability. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
  • Kao, B., Romero-Bosch, L., Plante, W., & Lobato, D. (In Press). The experiences of Latino siblings of children with developmental disabilities. Child: Care, Health & Development.  

Special Teams Coordinator

Beth Pinkos, MS, RDN
Fellowship Coordinator

Beth Pinkos, MS, RDN, is a teaching associate in pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Feeding Team

Nurses

  • Jeanne Cinotti, BS, RN
  • Kelly Miller, LPN
  • Cindy Sokol, RN

Fellows

  • Dyadin Esharif, MD
  • Meghan Gibson, MD 
  • Archana Lingannan, MD 
  • Safwan Riaz, MD
  • Aldo Recinos Soto, MD 

Registered Dietitians

  • Stephanie Marchand, PhD, RD, LDN, CLC
  • Maria Santini, RD, CNSC, LDN
  • Megan Umbriano, RD, LDN 

Social Worker

  • Sarah Ferszt, LICSW

Child Life Specialist

  • Karen Swartz, CCLS

Administrative Staff

  • Christy Angevine, BA, CLS, Administrative Coordinator, Pediatrics
  • Michael Duncan, MSM, Practice Manager 

Clinical Research Team 

  • Barbara Bancroft, Clinical Research Nurse