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Pediatric ECHO

SUNY Upstate’s Multi-Specialty Pediatric ECHO launched in January 2018. Our Multi-Specialty Pediatric ECHO is currently focusing on the following conditions:

  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Environmental Health
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Urology

In the coming months we hope to add more specialties to fit the needs and desires of our spoke participants. Our teleECHO clinics are a great way for providers to present cases on these specialties and get immediate answers and recommendations from a community of peers and specialists.

If you would like to join our teleECHO clinics please click on the “Register for a Clinic” tab or contact Deidre Keefe at keefed@upstate.edu.

Pediatric ECHO Staff

Thomas WelchDr. Thomas Welch

Tom Welch, MD, Emeritus Professor. His clinical specialties are pediatric nephrology and inpatient hospitalist medicine. He is an active clinician scientist, with over 200 publications. He is a noted pediatric educator, who has been an invited speaker or visiting professor nationally and internationally.

Chris FortnerDr. Christopher Fortner – Pulmonology


Prakeet WaliDr. Prateek Wali - Gastroenterology

Prateek D. Wali, MD, FAAP, is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University. He trained in pediatrics at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital (GCH) and completed his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Wali has been practicing since 2010 at GCH where he is currently the division chief of pediatric gastroenterology. His clinical and research interests are focused on children with inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Wali is also a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at SUNY Upstate. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and a member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. He enjoys cooking and hosts a blog at haakandchai.com.

Jana ShawDr. Jana Shaw – Infectious Disease

Jana Shaw MD, MPH is a practicing pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines and immunology. Dr. Shaw is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY and a chief medical officer at the North Country Family Health Center in Watertown, NY. She is a member of pediatric and infectious disease professional societies and a member of the International Affairs and Communications Committees of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society. Her research interests focus on improving vaccination coverage in children. She has authored numerous publications focusing on vaccine hesitancy and is an active vaccination advocate.

Ai SakonjuDr. Ai Sakonju - Neurology


Travis HobartDr. Travis Hobart – Environmental Health

Travis Hobart, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and public health physician at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He earned his MD at Tufts University School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed his residency training in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and in general preventive medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also earned a Master of Public Health degree. Dr. Hobart works as a general outpatient pediatrician in Baldwinsville, NY. In addition, he is the assistant medical director of the Central New York Regional Lead Resource Center, located at SUNY Upstate, and has recently begun work as medical director of the regional Center of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health. He is also actively involved in medical education, directing the Population Health curriculum thread for the medical students at Upstate.


Melanie ComitoDr. Melanie Comito – Hematology/Oncology

Melanie Comito, MD is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and came to SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2016 as the division chief of that division.  She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, trained in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia, and then returned to Iowa for her fellowship training in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Her clinical and research interests are in the treatment of very young children with malignant brain tumors and using high dose therapies with stem cell rescue as a radiation sparing modalities.  Despite a career that has focused on oncology, the peripheral blood smear and the role of anemia in systemic diseases remains an interest.  She is an active member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and has been a member of their fellowship educational committee. 


Sue StredDr. Susan Stred - Endocrinology

Susan E. Stred, MD is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at SUNY Upstate and the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stred is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, trained in pediatrics at SUNY Upstate, and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Michigan. She returned to Upstate as a faculty member in 1990. Dr. Stred is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology, and is a member of the Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society. Clinical interests include endocrine disorders in survivors of childhood cancer, differences in sex development, Turner syndrome, and disorders of the pituitary gland. Dr. Stred sings with Symphoria in two elite choruses, and also enjoys swimming, jazz, and quilting.