About

World-class care with compassion and skill

In collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR), our division is dedicated to patient care and thorough educational training that advances the field of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM). The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine has operated a separate area for the emergency care of children for more than 25 years and our PEM doctors and nurses staff the ED at all times 

While we pride ourselves on the quality of medical care we provide to our patients, there is more to what we do than just fixing injuries or prescribing medications. This is why we perform family-centered care, with experts including social workers, child life specialists and physical and occupational therapists available day and night, all of whom are trained in the science and art of caring for kids.   

The pediatric emergency department also serves as the clinical site of the VCU Child Protective Team, which is devoted to the care of physically and sexually abused children. 

Mission

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine’s mission is to give compassionate, family-centric emergency medical care to every patient we see, to provide comprehensive, competitive training for future leaders in the field of pediatric emergency medicine and to elevate the level of pediatric emergency care for our entire community. 

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Message from the Chair

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Message from the Chair

At the pediatric emergency department at CHoR, our team works tirelessly to care for every child that comes through our doors, day and night. Whether the child is a medically complex organ transplant recipient or has a simple cut that needs stitches, our team will not only provide world-class care, but will do so with compassion, skill and caring. The ability to reassure a worried parent or put a sibling at ease is as crucial to our practice as the ability to diagnose and perform a procedure.

In addition to providing exceptional care to our patients, we take pride in training the future of our specialty, teaching medical students, residents and fellows the art and science of pediatric emergency medicine.  – Frank Petruzella, M.D., M.S.  

Faculty

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Aline Baghdassarian, MD, MPH, FAAP

Aline Baghdassarian, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Professor

Aline Baghdassarian, MD, MPH, FAAP

Aline Baghdassarian, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Email: aline.baghdassarian@vcuhealth.org

Samuel T. Bartle, MD, FAAP

Samuel T. Bartle, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor

Samuel T. Bartle, MD, FAAP

Samuel T. Bartle, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Email: samuel.bartle@vcuhealth.org

Judith Barto, MD

Judith Barto, MD

Assistant Professor

Judith Barto, MD

Judith Barto, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Email: judith.barto@vcuhealth.org

Erin Dunbar, MD, MSc, FAAP

Erin Dunbar, MD, MSc, FAAP

Assistant Professor

Erin Dunbar, MD, MSc, FAAP

Erin Dunbar, MD, MSc, FAAP

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Email: erin.dunbar@vcuhealth.org

Robin L. Foster, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Robin L. Foster, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Associate Professor

Robin L. Foster, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Robin L. Foster, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Email: robin.foster@vcuhealth.org

Patrick McLaughlin, MD, MS

Patrick McLaughlin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Patrick McLaughlin, MD, MS

Patrick McLaughlin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Email: patrick.mclaughlin@vcuhealth.org

Frank Petruzella, MD, MS

Frank Petruzella, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Frank Petruzella, MD, MS

Frank Petruzella, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Chair

Email: frank.petruzella@vcuhealth.org

Mahendra Shah, MD

Mahendra Shah, MD

Assistant Professor

Mahendra Shah, MD

Mahendra Shah, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Email: mahendra.shah@vcuhealth.org

Jonathan A. Silverman, MD, MPH, FAAP

Jonathan A. Silverman, MD, MPH, FAAP

Assistant Professor

Jonathan A. Silverman, MD, MPH, FAAP

Jonathan A. Silverman, MD, MPH, FAAP

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associate Fellowship Director

Email: jonathan.silverman@vcuhealth.org

Christopher M. Woleben, MD

Christopher M. Woleben, MD

Associate Professor

Christopher M. Woleben, MD

Christopher M. Woleben, MD

Associate Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Interim Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs

Email: christopher.woleben@vcuhealth.org

Rashida H. Woods, MD

Rashida H. Woods, MD

Assistant Professor

Rashida H. Woods, MD

Rashida H. Woods, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Director

Email: rashida.woods@vcuhealth.org