Welcome from Our Chair & Program Directors

Jim Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA, Department Chair

Among the many things we do well at the UVA Children’s Hospital, nothing makes me prouder than our ability to train the next generation of truly outstanding pediatricians.  Our excellent residents are trained by an equally outstanding faculty, who come to UVA because we value education and we value educators.  Education is in our DNA.

Our residents are prepared to deliver care to children in the new millennium.  This means that they are as comfortable with highly complex critical care as they are with population and preventive health.  Our residents learn to make their own decisions, yet we have an outstanding group of sub-specialists on whom they can rely for expert mentorship.

I cannot imagine a better setting for pediatric residency.  We have outstanding clinical services, a commitment to education, and we live in one of the country’s most beautiful settings.  Come see for yourselves!


Barrett Barnes, MD, Residency Program Director

photo of barret barnes mdWelcome to the University of Virginia and to Charlottesville! We’re excited you are considering the University of Virginia for your pediatric residency training. At UVA, we are deeply committed to resident education and providing the highest quality care to our patients. Our residency program will give you an exceptional foundation in pediatric medicine and clinical research, while allowing you to personalize your learning path and pursue your unique medical interests. I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to meet you during the residency interview season and hope you will strongly consider our program.




Linda Waggoner-Fountain, MD, MEd, Associate Program Director

Welcome to the University of Virginia Pediatrics Residency Program. Our residency program offers a comprehensive pediatric education in beautiful Charlottesville. UVA is a large tertiary care center with a catchment area of over two million people, serving patients from the entire Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. We are a resident-oriented program where patient care and education are our first priorities. Our residents have the wonderful opportunity to learn from our diverse patient population with close supervision from our dedicated clinical faculty, all in a beautiful and vibrant environment. Please review our website for more information about our residents, curriculum, research, and other enrichment opportunities. I look forward to meeting you during interview season!



Lisa Hainstock, MD, Associate Program Director

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Melissa Sacco, MD, Associate Program Director

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Daniel Schneider, MD, Associate Program Director

I am excited to serve as Associate Program Director for the University of Virginia’s pediatric residency program. Our residency training program is unlike any other in the country. Resident education is at the heart of our program, and we have more than 100 core and affiliated pediatric faculty members who teach residents on a daily basis. You will be exposed to a diverse patient population and will learn to diagnose and treat complex clinical cases, with support from your colleagues and the entire Department of Pediatrics every step of the way. Please reach out if you have any questions or want to learn more about our program.Welcome to the University of Virginia and to Charlottesville! We’re excited you are considering the University of Virginia for your pediatric residency training.