Our People

Our Division Includes:

  • Ten faculty members
  • One fellow
  • Two certified nurse practitioners
  • Two full-time endocrine nurses
  • Five certified diabetes educators
  • Clinical research team
  • Dedicated office staff
  • Division specific scheduler
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Registered dietitian
  • Social worker

Current Fellows

Benjamin Palmer, DO

(2022-2025)

Medical School:
 Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics (2019-2022)

Maria Graciela Parra Villasmil, portrait

Maria Graciela Parra Villasmil, MD

(2021-2024)

Medical School: University of Zulia
Residency: University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Mechanisms of Dysglycemia and Development of Diabetes in Children with Acute recurrent or Chronic Pancreatitis on INSPPIRE-2

Alex Tuttle Portrait

Alex Tuttle, MD

(2020-2023)

Medical School:
 Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics (2017-2020)
Research Interests: Medical Education, T1D

Past Fellows

Catherina T Pinnaro, MD 
(2017-2020)

Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics (2013-2016)
Chief Resident: University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics (2016-2017)
Research Interests: Genetic Modifiers of Chromosomal Disorders

Eray Savgan-Gurol, MD
Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA

Medical Education: Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine 
Residency: Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine 
Residency: University of Iowa Children's Hospital 
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital 
Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA 

Rinku Mehra, MD
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Medical Education: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: Rush Presbyterian University Medical College Chicago, IL
Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA

Younes

Areej Younes, MD
Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH 
 
Medical School: Jordan University of Science And Technology, Jordan
Residency: University of Iowa
Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA

Mercy Rajesh, MBBS
Unity Point, Cedar Rapids, IA

Medical School: J.J.M. Medical College, India
Residency: Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi, TX
Research Interests: Bardet Biedl Syndrome and Insulin Receptor Trafficking

Fellowship Director

Vanessa Curtis, portrait

Vanessa Curtis, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Director
200 Hawkins Drive 2024 BT
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: 1-319-356-4443
E-mail: vanessa-curtis@uiowa.edu

Michael Tansey, MD 

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Pediatric Endocrinology Associate Fellowship Director
200 Hawkins Drive 2015 BT
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: 1-319-356-4511
Fax: (319)356-8170
Email: michael-tansey@uiowa.edu
 

Welcome to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Alexander G. Bassuk, MD, PhD
Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhD

Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome to the University of Iowa's Stead Family Children's Hospital. We are proud to showcase our extraordinary clinical care, dedication to the education of students and young physicians, and our world-class research programs.

Our comprehensive medical, surgical, and nursing services span the full spectrum of pediatric care. The consistently high rankings we receive on national and international benchmarks attest to the exceptional quality of care we provide. With more than 127,000 annual outpatient visits and more than 10,000 admissions to the 165 beds at University of Iowa's Stead Family Children's Hospital, we draw patients regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our commitment to family-centered care and our outstanding facilities have been praised for their innovative and patient-friendly design.

We are dedicated to excellence in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows, as reflected by a competency-based curriculum that is designed to provide practitioners with comprehensive knowledge and outstanding skills. The clinical and research efforts of trainees are closely mentored and nurtured. Our graduates move on to successful careers in clinical practice and academic pediatrics.

From genomics to cancer biology, from clinical trials to outcomes research, the department consistently ranks among the top National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Pediatric Departments nationally. Our faculty and staff are engaged in cutting edge basic science and patient-oriented research in our unwavering quest to improve the health and well-being of all children.

Meet our Division and Faculty

Faculty Photo

We have a diverse faculty with wide-ranging clinical and research interests. Our faculty are nationally and internationally known for their work in research education and clinical areas. We are also pleased to have several new faculty who have brought with them new perspectives and energy. All clinical faculty participate in the fellowship, clinical practice, and research.