Our People

It takes a special person to dedicate his or her life to the care and healing of children.

At Iowa, you will be exposed to some of the best clinicians, researchers and teachers in our profession. Through formal mentoring programs as well as an open-door philosophy, we provide high-powered opportunities for you to learn career-long lessons from these dedicated professionals.

The pediatric pulmonary faculty are dedicated to helping you achieve your training aims. Other fellows will share in the support and encouragement that will help you excel.

Past Fellows

Christoph Randak, MD

Medical School: Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg
Residency: Ludwig-Maximilians-University
Research Interests: 
Structure and molecular function of the "cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator" (CFTR) and other ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters

Carrie Barker 

Carrie Barker, MD, PhD

Medical School: University of Iowa
Residency: University of Wisconsin
Research Interests:
Morphologic Differences in Cystic Fibrosis and Non-Cystic Fibrosis
Porcine Fetal Lung

Anthony Fischer

Anthony Fischer, MD, PhD 

Medical School:  University of Iowa, MD, PhD, 2009
Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009- 2012
Honors: General Academic Pediatrics Primary Care Award, A. Vincent Londino Senior Resident Teaching Award.
Research Interests: Innate host defense systems of the respiratory epithelium, including oxidative defense, mucus production, and ciliary transport.
Clinical Interests: Cystic Fibrosis, asthma, mechanical ventilation, and exercise physiology.
Funding Support:Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Second Year Clinical Fellowship. 
1. Stephen G. Hummel, Anthony J. Fischer, Sean M. Martin, Freya Q. Schafer, and Garry R. Buettner. 2005. Nitric Oxide as a Cellular Antioxidant: A little goes a long way. Free Radical Biology and Medicine Feb 1;40(3):501-6. Epub 2005 Nov 15.
Jennifer A. Bartlett, Anthony J. Fischer, and Paul B. McCray Jr. 2007. The role of the airway epithelium in innate immunity. (Book Chapter) 
2. Anthony J. Fischer, Kelli L. Goss, Todd E. Scheetz, Christine L. Wohlford-Lenane, Jeanne M. Snyder, Paul B. McCray Jr. 2009. Differential gene expression in human conducting airway surface epithelia and submucosal glands. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2009 Feb;40(2):189-99. Epub 2008 Aug 14
3. Anthony J. Fischer, Nicholas J. Lennemann, Sateesh Krishnamurthy, Péter Pócza, Lakshmi Durairaj, Janice L. Launspach, Bethany A. Rhein, Christine Wohlford-Lenane, Daniel Lorentzen, Botond Bánfi, and Paul B. McCray Jr. 2011. Enhancement of respiratory mucosal antiviral defenses by the oxidation of iodide. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2011 Oct;45(4):874-81. Epub 2011 Mar 25.

Alexandra Iannone, DO 

Medical School:  Des Moines University, 2011 
Residency: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2011- 2014
Research Interests:
Growth and IGF-1 in Infants with Cystic Fibrosis

Nour Akil, MD

Medical School: American University of Beirut, 2008-2012
Residency: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2013- 2016
Research Interest:
Staphylococcus Aureus Attachment to Mucus in Cystic Fibrosis Airways

Current Fellows

Fellowship Director

Scott Sheets, portrait

Scott Sheets, DO
Director, Pulmonology Fellowship
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Pulmonary
Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, E110 GH
Iowa City, IA  52242
Phone: 1-319-356-2522
Email: scott-sheets@uiowa.edu 

Theodosia Thoma, portrait

Theodosia Thoma, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Pulmonary
Associate Fellowship Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, E110 GH
Iowa City, IA  52242
Phone: 1-319-356-2522
Email: theodosia-thoma@uiowa.edu

Welcome to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Eva Tsalikian, MD, portrait
Eva Tsalikian, MD

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

We have a diverse faculty with wide-ranging clinical and research interests. Many are internationally known and have been in the department for many years. We also have bright young faculty who bring new interests and enthusiasm to the practice and teaching of neurology. All clinical faculty participate in resident training, clinical practice, and research.