The Team You'll Be Joining

resident-with-riley-ed-nurses-240w.jpgOur educational leadership team includes top teachers and researchers with a variety of backgrounds. Our Program Directors are national leaders in Pediatrics. Our faculty members are diverse with broad representation in all fields. Most importantly, our residents as your colleagues are outstanding peers, colleagues, and teammates. We work hard together, but also have fun in a supportive environment.

As a large residency, we have a large team of dedicated faculty educators. The core Program Leadership is listed below. In addition, we receive immeasurable support and active participation from faculty, residents and educational support staff.

Program Directors and Leadership

Jerry Rushton MD, MPH

Jerry Rushton MD, MPH

Pediatric Program Director

Jerry is in his 13th year as Program Director. He was previously a resident and Chief at IU. He was a fellow at the University of North Carolina and completed an MPH at UNC. Dr. Rushton was on faculty at the University of Michigan in General Pediatrics and Health Services Research. He has published several articles on ADHD and mental health disorders in primary care and medical education. Dr. Rushton's clinical practice is at Riley Hospital in the outpatient General Pediatrics clinic. He has served on the National Board of Program Directors (APPD), AAP national committees, and is currently on the National Gold Humanism Advisory Council.

D. Wade Clapp, MD

D. Wade Clapp, MD

Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Clapp is a neonatologist and physician-scientist who completed his training at Indiana and Case Western. His research work has been pioneering in neurofibromatosis and Fanconi Anemia.

His team's research in the Wells Center has translated into clinical trials and improved care.  Wade is also a dedicated teacher and mentor, serving in the past as Chief Resident at

Riley and as the previous director of the IU MD/PhD training program, and the Green Scholars Physician-Scientist Program.   He is in his sixth year as Chairman of Indiana Pediatrics.

Mary Ciccarelli, MD

Mary Ciccarelli, MD

Associate Chair for Education of the Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Ciccarelli is the first graduate of the IUSM Medicine Pediatric residency.  She gained experience in community primary care settings before joining the faculty and then served for thirteen years as the Medicine Pediatric residency director.  She currently serves as the associate chair for pediatric education and director of the statewide transition support program, the Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood.  She is a past president and past long-term advisor for the Medicine Pediatric Program Directors’ Association. She is an advisory board member for the National Center for Health Care Transition and participates in the Health Care Transition Research Consortium.  As Associate Chair, she oversees the educational mission of the department across students, residents, fellows and faculty. 

Alex Djuricich, MD

Alex Djuricich, MD

Program Director for Medicine-Pediatrics

Dr. Djuricich grew up in Chicago, attended Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree, and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine for medical school.  He completed his MedPeds training here at Indiana University in 1998.  Dr. Djuricich worked as a primary care Med-Peds physician in a primary care group practice in Michigan for 3 years.  After completing a primary care faculty development fellowship program at Michigan State University, he returned to IUSM in 2001.  His clinical practice includes teaching residents to care for both adults and children.  He is a past President of the national Medicine-Pediatrics Program Director Association (MPPDA).  He maintains an interest in how residents learn, and also in emerging technologies to improve education and patient care.

Michael McKenna, MD

Michael McKenna, MD

Associate Program Director

His clinical responsibilities include precepting continuity clinics at the Pediatric and Adolescent Care Center at Methodist Hospital and staffing the newborn nursery at Methodist Hospital. Michael went to medical school at the IU School of Medicine, remained there for his pediatrics residency and was named as one of the Chief Residents. He joined the PD Team in April 2010 and organizes the EBM curriculum, resident retreats and the IU Chief Resident Workshop. He is the chair of the residency Clinical Competency Committee and is also Assistant Dean of Career Mentoring at the IU School of Medicine.

Bobbi Byrne, MD

Bobbi Byrne, MD

Associate Program Director

She is an attending neonatologist at Riley Children's Hospital. Bobbi is one of the leaders in simulation education, the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, and has an interest in medical ethics. Her previous training includes medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and Residency/Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Lori Price, MD

Lori Price, MD

Associate Program Director and Director of Continuity Clinics

After attending the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for medical school, Dr. Price did her first two years of pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, then transferred to Johns Hopkins for her last year. She was in private practice for almost 11 years before joining the faculty in 2007. She is a continuity clinic preceptor as well as the Medical Director at the Pediatric and Adolescent Care Center (PACC).  She is also the Pediatric Continuity Clinic Director.