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Faculty Coaches

Each resident will be paired with a faculty member who will support their individual and professional development through:

  • Serving as a coach observer, providing assessments and feedback
  • Monitoring for signs of fatigue, support, and emotional well-being
  • Working with the resident on study plans and timeline for board preparation
  • Helping to identify mentors and topics for scholarly projects
  • Providing career guidance and assisting with selective/elective choices best suited to reach their longitudinal and professional goals

The role of the faculty coach is to help foster meaningful and fulfilling growth and development through the promotion of lifelong learning as a continuous, active, relevant, self-directed, and self-reflective process.

Valley Children's Faculty Coaches

Isra Abugroun, MD

Isra Abugroun, MD

Pediatric Endocrinology

Dr. Bianca Castellanos

Bianca Castellanos, MD

Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Mark Nunes

Mark Nunes, MD

Medical Director
Genetic Medicine and Metabolism


Dr. Reshma Patel

Reshma Patel, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology

Dr. Kerrilyn Rice

Kerrilyn Rice, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Deborah Sung

Deborah Sung, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Dr. Keenia Tappin

Keenia Tappin, MD

Pediatric Primary Care

Dr. Joseph Treister

Joseph Treister, MD

Pediatric Critical Care

Dr. Ryan Tucker

Ryan Tucker, DO

Pediatric Hospital Medicine