Pediatric Hospitalists

Our mission is to provide unsurpassed continuity of care, individualized treatment and a family-centered recovery.

The Division of Inpatient Pediatrics of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio provides hospitalist services for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

These hospitalists are specially trained pediatricians with extensive knowledge and experience related to caring for children while in the hospital. They lead the team caring for each child on our unit and provide the day-to-day management of our patients, in coordination with a team of pediatric subspecialists.

Inpatient hospitalists also partner with primary care physicians to successfully treat patients and discharge them back into the care of their regular pediatricians. Hospitalists maintain direct communication with a patient’s primary care provider about their stay in the hospital.

Academic Physicians: Members of the Division of Inpatient Pediatrics are not only Board Certified hospitalists, but premier academic physicians researching, publishing and educating at the forefront of the field of pediatric hospital medicine.

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit hospitalist team includes nationally recognized physicians who have been invited speakers at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual meetings and active researchers and reviewers for the most widely read pediatric journals, including Pediatrics and the Journal of Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Hospitalists:

Dr. Michelle Arandes, Division Chief of Inpatient Pediatrics and associate professor of pediatrics, also assistant program director for the UT Pediatric Residency Program and serves in a national leadership role within the Society of Hospital Medicine, the largest organization of hospitalists in the nation. Special interests family centered care, quality improvement and education across the medical training continuum.

Dr. Kelsey Sherburne, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Pediatric Transition Unit at University Health System. Focus is on multidisciplinary clinical operations, process improvement and resident education. Selected as Core Faculty for UT Pediatric Residency.
Dr. Stephanie Reeves, assistant professor of pediatrics, a former Chief of Residents has continued her commitment to teaching as Director of Inpatient Pediatrics Curriculum and Core Faculty for UT Pediatric Residency.

Dr. Mandie Tibball Svatek, assistant professor of pediatrics, awarded the resident teaching award shortly after starting her appointment at UT Health San Antonio. Her focus is teaching quality improvement to residents and maintaining an active role in resident and medical student education.
Dr. Haneme Idrizi, assistant professor of pediatrics, Chair of Pediatric Mock Code Committee – created to teach, reinforce and evaluate resident and student code skills and patient management during resuscitation. Active on hospital committees including Infection Control, Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Breastfeeding Promotion. Recently selected as Child Health Discipline Coordinator and Synthesis Case Small Group Facilitator in the UT Health San Antonio SOM.

Dr. B. Alex Foster, assistant professor of pediatrics, has a background in evidence-based medicine and effective teaching methods. Current research in childhood obesity prevention, synthesis of clinical trials related to IV fluid management as well as developing research on the use of ultrasound to reduce radiation exposure in hospitalized children. Family-centered rounds and improving systems for post-hospitalization follow-up are additional interests.

Dr. Dina Tom, clinical instructor pediatrics. Special interests in collaborative clinical research, evidence based practice and protocol development.

Dr. Jon Courand, professor of pediatrics, is the pediatric residency director for the UT Pediatric Residency Program and Associate Chairman for clinical operations in the Department of Pediatrics, and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Courand is double boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.