Kimberly Rush grew up in the Thousand Islands region of Upstate New York. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University where she majored in Human Development. She completed medical school and residency at Penn State University in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Living in Charlottesville and being part of the PICU family at UVA has been a wonderful experience for Kim. The team at UVA created a strong and supportive learning environment that nurtured while challenging her to learn and grow beyond her comfort zones.
Erin Platter grew up in Sacramento, California. She attended Pomona College in Claremont, California where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Spanish. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego and a residency at the University of California, Davis. She then moved to Charlottesville to complete her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care.
Dr. Platter chose the University of Virginia for its expertise in cardiac care and the collegial atmosphere of their program. She recognized that UVA has a unique, combined unit with high acuity and a diverse patient population. Her research focuses on extubation readiness and improving care for patients with limited English proficiency.
Melissa Yildirim grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC for her undergraduate studies in International Health. She moved to Charlottesville to attend medical school at the University of Virginia, and stayed on for residency in Pediatrics and now fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care.
Dr. Yildirim was drawn to the fellowship program at UVA because of the close relationship between faculty and trainees, as well as the diversity of patients who choose UVA for their care. Her research focuses on post-operative sedation needs and feeding outcomes in neonates undergoing cardiac surgery.