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Meet our future pediatricians and pediatric specialists

Published by , on Sep 21, 2017

Our clinical team has the privilege of helping to train promising future pediatricians and specialists. These residents and fellows come from near and far for comprehensive, hands-on education at CHoR. Get to know them in this spotlight series over the next several months.

Christa Tabacaru, MD
Pediatrics Resident, PGY 2

I grew up primarily in Peoria, Arizona and went to Arizona State University for my undergraduate studies. I then attended the University of Virginia for medical school where I developed an interest in the NICU. I was able to get involved in neonatal research on caffeine for apnea of prematurity and presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in Baltimore in spring 2016. I chose to come to VCU for pediatric residency for multiple reasons, including the inner-city population, the residents and faculty I met on my interview and the two-week tandem block scheduling.

I have had so much fun learning and growing here! I’m currently working on a quality improvement project with Dr. Jenny Fox to improve NICU sign-out, and am starting on a project with Dr. Henry Rozycki to¬†compare apnea frequency in infants on non-invasive NAVA versus biPAP respiratory support. I also have an interest in childhood obesity and am just beginning to develop a project that I’d like to implement in our primary care clinics for early intervention to make healthy life changes in our patients and their families.


Kyle Trowbridge, MD
Pediatrics Resident, PGY 2

I’m from Virginia and have lived near Richmond my entire life. I’m lucky to be able to bike to work every day from my neighborhood a few minutes away from the hospital. Within pediatrics I am most interested in primary care and teaching, and I am working toward a career in academic general pediatrics.¬† My research interests include parental education and preventable death in infants.

When choosing a residency Richmond was at the top of my list because of its options for great food, fun music, outdoor events and activities and all of the green spaces. It also provided excellent employment options for my wife who does not work in medicine. My favorite thing to do in Richmond is spend time in the James River Park System which is a series of islands, bike trails, hiking trails and parks along the James River going right through the heart of Richmond.

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