Chief Residents

The key educational, clinical and administrative leaders for the house staff are the Chief Residents.  Each year two members who possess outstanding qualifications, of the graduating class are selected and remain for an additional year to fulfill this vital role.  They are appointed to the faculty as Assistant Professor of the Department of Pediatrics in order to serve at an attending level in the clinical aspect of their role.   Their clinical service includes time as General Pediatrics Inpatient Attending on the inpatient ward service, General Pediatrics Emergency Room Attending, and Teaching Attending.  They share responsibilities for educational initiatives and administrative issues throughout their year of service. Interacting with faculty, residents, and hospital administration, the Chief Residents act as liaisons and leaders.

General Pediatrics and Subspecialties

Approximately half of our graduates pursue general pediatrics careers with many working as pediatric hospitalists and the remainder working in primary care pediatrics groups.   Several of our former residents are involved in leadership positions in the Department of Pediatrics.   The other half of graduating residents enters subspecialty fellowships, specialty residencies, specialized hospitalist work, or emergency room positions.

The following is a list of fellowship Programs our graduates have entered over the past 3 years, among others:

CLASS 2020 

Caterina Abdala 

Medical Genetics FellowshipUniversity of Alabama in Birmingham UAB/CoA Hospital

Natalia Fernández 

General Pediatrician Bayamón Children Hospital 

Pediatric University Hospital University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

Signia Camacho Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

University of Saint Louis SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital 

Cynara LeónGeneral Pediatrician 

Pediatric University Hospital University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Oscar Muñiz

General Pediatrician 

Bayamón Children Hospital 

Pediatric University Hospital University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

Eliana Peña 

Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship

University of Miami Holtz Children’s Hospital / Jackson Memorial Hospital  

Rocio Rivera 

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Fellowship

University of Florida Jacksonville Wolfson Children’s Hospital 

Alexandra Rodriguez 

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Fellowship

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC

Jennifer Ruiz 

Chief Resident – UPR Pediatrics Program 

University Pediatric Hospital, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Nanyaly Santiago

Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital at St Petersburg Florida 

Gabriel Vidal 

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Florida International University  

Viviana Vidal 

Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine  Fellowship

Emory University

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Paola Zayas Chief Resident – UPR Pediatrics Program 

University Pediatric Hospital, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

CLASS 2019 

Nicole Díaz

Allergy & Immunology Fellowship 

University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Karen Díaz 

General Pediatrician 

Private Practice San Juan, Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital 

Faculty at Ponce Health Science, School of Medicine

Keishla Degró

General Pediatrician 

California, US

Moises García 

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Fellowship

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC

Andrea Mejias 

Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship  

The Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University 

Camille Montes 

General Pediatrician 

Hope Health at Florence, South Carolina

Cristina Nuñez 

General Pediatrician 

Faculty at University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Private Practice San Juan, PR 

Pediatric Emergency Department and Hematology Section at University Pediatric Hospital,University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Samuel Pabón 

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Fellowship

UT Health San Antonio at University Hospital 

Cristina Ramos General Pediatrician

Private Practice 

Pediatric University Hospital University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Frances Rodriguez 

General Pediatrician 

Pediatric Emergency Department GBMC Hospital Baltimore, Maryland 

Tagrid Ruiz 

Pediatric Child Abuse Fellowship

University of Utah Health & Primary Children’s Hospital

CLASS 2018 

Minelys Alicea 

Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Fellowship

Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Louisiana State University

Jennifer Claudio 

Neonatology Fellowship

Pediatric University Hospital University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

Carolina Currais 

Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship

Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami

Carlos Flores 

Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship

Children Memorial Hermann Hospital

University of Texas

Josie Fuentes General Pediatrician 

           Assistant Professor             

Hospitalist at University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine

Primary Care Practice at Manatí, Puerto Rico 

Pediatric Neurosurgery House Staff

Karla Kay 

Child Neurology 

Child Neurology  Resident, Columbia University Medical Center, NYC

Krystal Miranda 

Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Sofia Mendieta 

Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital 

Vanderbilt University 

Desiré García

Neonatology Fellowship

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VIrginia Commonwealth University

Elvia Rivera 

Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Batson Children’s Hospital at Jackson Mississippi

Mónica Rivera 

General Pediatrician 

Bayamón Children Hospital 

Natalia Rodriguez 

Child Neurology 

University Pediatric Hospital, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine 

Mariawy Riollano Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship 

Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York