Our Fellows

Erin Platter, MD PGY-7-Cardiac Critical Care Fellow

Erin Platter, MD

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 its 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, MD PGY-6

Melissa Yildirim, MD

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.​




Jordan Klein, DO PGY-5

Jordan Klein, DO PGY-5

Jordan Klein grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Virginia and then moved back to Blacksburg, VA to attend medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following this, she moved to Winston Salem, NC where she completed her Pediatric residency at Wake Forest. After residency, she moved north to Lansing, MI where she practiced as a pediatric hospitalist for about three years prior to deciding to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care. 

 Dr. Klein chose UVA for her PICU training as the program offers all of the benefits of a smaller program without compromising on the incredible exposure to a wide variety of clinical scenarios and cutting-edge medicine. The unit is also unique in that while the PICU and CICU are separate services, the fellows benefit from being a part of both teams every time they are on service. The folks in the UVA PICU and CICU are welcoming and supportive and it’s wonderful to unwind after work in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. 



Curtis Kovaleski, MD PGY-5

Curtis Kovaleski, MD, PGY-5

Curtis Kovaleski is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied at the University of Notre Dame getting his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry before going to medical school at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed his Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Hershey, Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Kovaleski chose the UVA PICU fellowship because of the draw of a smaller program while still being a referral center for Virginia. The unit has a great relationship between the trainees, faculty, and staff. Another strength is the combined cardiac and medical unit, leading to much more cardiac exposure and experience during the fellowship.