Pediatric Residency

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The Pediatric Residency program at Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center provides a well-balanced educational experience and a solid foundation in general pediatrics and clinical experiences in every pediatric subspecialty. We focus on delivering care in a highly reliable organization with an eye on patient safety and quality improvement. Furthermore, we advocate on behalf of all children, especially those of vulnerable populations to reduce healthcare disparities and welcome learners of all communities.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program

By offering residents exposure to patients of all socioeconomic backgrounds, providing them with both practical and academic training and balancing supervision with independence, we have been highly successful in educating the pediatricians of tomorrow and preparing them to enter any area of pediatrics they desire.

Graduates of the program have gone on to succeed in general pediatrics and subspecialty pediatrics, in the arenas of public health, private practice and academics. In addition to producing empathetic and clinically competent pediatricians, the Program at CHNJ desires to address the rising trend in physician burnout with an evolving wellness program for the housestaff.

We look forward to your application this fall!

  • Program Leadership

Ketan Kansagra

Ketan Kansagra, M.D.
Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Dr. Kansagra assumed the directorship in September 2015, prior to which he was the Associate Program Director. He has been on the medical staff at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey since 2008 in the Division of Neonatal Medicine. His neonatology fellowship training was completed in 2003 at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX preceded by a pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and passionately supports his alma mater Penn State University.

Dr. Kansagra has professional interests in neonatal nutrition and physician leadership. He completed an Executive Certificate in Healthcare Delivery Management from NYU Stern School of Business and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Leadership Academy. At home, he resides with his wife Roopa where he prefers to compete in triathlons, travel, and convince Roopa that they don’t need a dog. With a tear or two in their eyes, they sent their children Rohan and Raina off to college this summer and joined the ranks of the empty nesters.


Joshua S. Rosenblatt, M.D.

Joshua S. Rosenblatt, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Vice President, Academic Affairs Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics since 2009, Dr. Rosenblatt is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He attended the Rutgers University — New Jersey Medical School in Newark and was a resident and chief pediatric resident at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and later served as residency program director. He has overseen medical education at NBIMC since 1997.

Dr. Rosenblatt is an academic general pediatrician with fellowship training in primary care faculty development at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He recently received a Master’s Degree in Population Health from Thomas Jefferson University and has a deep interest in decreasing health disparity and improving health outcomes for children.


Shalu Narang, MD, MPH

Shalu Narang, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Program Director

Dr. Shalu Narang is a board certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist who has been an Associate Program Director of Pediatric Residency since September 2015. She joined Children's Hospital of NJ in 2007 after completing a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at University of Rochester, where she attained a Masters in Public Health through the clinical investigation track. After completing undergraduate studies at NYU, she attended St. George's University School of Medicine and then completed a Pediatric Residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Narang's special interests include hemostasis and thrombosis, and she sees patients at the regional hemophilia treatment center along with general hematology and oncology patients.


Jayshree N Kumta, MD

Jayshree N. Kumta, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Kumta joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as its Director for Inpatient Pediatrics in July 2017, after having worked for nearly thirteen years as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. She completed a Residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan, after obtaining an M.B.B.S. degree from Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India, and had previously been a Private Pediatrician in Mumbai, India, for more than five years.

Her current activities, reflecting her strong interest in fostering Medical Education, include Teaching Rounds and Board Review Preparation for Pediatric Residents and Medical Students. In addition, she has been a long-time advocate for Breastfeeding, providing Lactation Management training to Pediatric and OB/GYN Residents. She also works with Labor & Delivery and Nursery Nurses with the goal of increasing Exclusive Breastfeeding rates.


Taiesha Barber-Mitchell

Taiesha Barber-Mitchell
Program Coordinator

Taiesha Barber-Mitchell has been a part of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s family for 18 years. Prior to joining the pediatric residency program in March 2016 she worked in various areas in the hospital providing administrative support.


Lakshmi Sridhar, MD

Lakshmi Sridhar, MD
Chief Resident

Born and raised in South Jersey, she attended college at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and then went on to attend St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada. She is interested in pediatric emergency medicine, critical care, and medical education. She has a passion for dance, traveling, and global health.


Katie Mercer, MD

Katie Mercer, MD
Chief Resident

Born and raised in Kansas City, she attended college at Baker University in Kansas majoring in Molecular Bioscience. She then went on to medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. She is interested in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hospital Medicine, and Medical Education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking.


For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (973) 926-7471.