Yale’s clinical practice welcomes its newest physicians

Latest group brings diversity and impressive expertise

Anesthesiology

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J. Lance Lichtor, MD, is a professor and the new section chief of pediatric anesthesiology, and a board-certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Lichtor completed his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, residencies in anesthesia at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and at University of Colorado Hospital, and in pediatric anesthesia at Children’s Hospital of Denver. In addition to his clinical activities, he is on the editorial board of two anesthesiology journals, Anesthesiology and Anesthesia and Analgesia (co-editor for media).

Neurology

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Mary Alice Bailey, MD, is an instructor who will become an assistant professor on July 1. She is board-certified in neurology. She has clinical interests in autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis and immunology. Dr. Bailey completed her medical degree at Yale School of Medicine, and her residency in neurology and fellowship in multiple sclerosis at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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David Pitt, MD, is an assistant professor of neurology who is board-certified in neurology. He has clinical interests in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. Dr. Pitt completed his medical degree at Philipps-Universitat Marburg in Germany, his residency in neurology at Montefiore Medical Center, and a fellowship in neuroimmunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Darren C. Volpe, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in neurology. He has clinical interests in Alzheimer's disease, behavioral neurology and dementia. Dr. Volpe has been a member of the Department of Neurology at Yale since 2008 and treated patients at the V.A. Connecticut Healthcare System. He was recently accredited at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he will be part of a new memory disorders clinic. Dr. Volpe completed his medical degree at University of Vermont College of Medicine, and his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has subspecialty certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry.

Orthopaedics

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Cordelia Wheeler Carter, MD, is an assistant professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery, with fellowship training in pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine. Her clinical interests include pediatric sports medicine; ACL injuries; meniscus injuries; osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee, ankle and elbow; congenital discoid meniscus; and pediatric fracture care. Dr. Carter completed her medical degree at Yale School of Medicine and her residency in orthopaedic surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University). She then completed fellowships in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and pediatric sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital prior to joining the clinical faculty at Yale.

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Daniel Cooperman, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He has clinical interests in developmental and congenital abnormalities such as cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia, foot problems and dislocated hips; ambulatory childhood afflictions such as in-toeing and Perthes disease; and victims of trauma. Dr. Cooperman completed his medical degree at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He completed fellowships in hip disease at Karolinksa Institutet and in pediatric orthopaedics at Newington Children’s Hospital.

Pediatrics

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Udeme Ekong, MD, MPH, is the medical director of pediatric hepatology and pediatric liver transplantation. Dr Ekong is a triple-boarded pediatric gastroenterologist and transplant hepatologist with clinical interests in autoimmune liver diseases, neonatal cholestasis and pediatric liver transplantation. She trained and practiced at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, where she was responsible for the care of babies and children with a wide variety of liver diseases. Dr. Ekong completed medical school in Nigeria, and her pediatric residency training in the United Kingdom and New York. She completed her pediatric gastroenterology fellowship training at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and her transplant hepatology fellowship at Lurie Children's Hospital. She is a recognized authority in pediatric hepatology and pediatric liver transplantation, and holds a leadership position in the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition.

Surgery

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Robert Anthony Cowles, MD, is an associate professor who is board-certified in surgery and pediatric surgery. Dr. Cowles has clinical interests in esophageal, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases in infants and children. He completed his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine, and residencies in general surgery at University of Michigan and in pediatric surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in addition to a research fellowship in surgery at University of Michigan.

Urology

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Toby Chai, MD, is the new co-director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Program, and vice chair of research in the Department of Urology. He is board-certified in urology. He has clinical interests in urinary incontinence, bladder dysfunction, neurogenic bladders, bladder/ureteral reconstruction and bladder cancer. Dr. Chai completed his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and his residency in urological surgery at University of Michigan Medical Center. He finished a basic science research fellowship in neuroscience/neurourology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Prior to joining Yale, he spent 15 years on faculty at University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he held the inaugural John D. Young, Jr. Professorship in urology.