UA Department of Pediatrics and The University of Arizona Health Network Welcome New Faculty

Pediatric hospitalists Drs. Mridula Aggarwal and Jeffrey Rein will care for children at Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center; neonatologist Dr. Andrea Hobson will care for critically ill newborns and premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Diamond Children’s and Northwest Hospital; pediatric intensivist Dr. Lesta Whalen will care for critically ill children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics  and The University of Arizona Health Network  welcome the following faculty:

Mridula Aggarwal, MD, clinical assistant professor, Section of Hospital Medicine.

As a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Aggarwal will care for hospitalized children at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s (www.uahealth.com/diamondchildrens) and Tucson Medical Center.

Dr. Aggarwal completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia School of Medicine and a residency in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York).

Before joining the UA, Dr. Aggarwal worked at El Rio Health Center, St. Mary’s Hospital and Tucson Medical Center in internal medicine and pediatrics.

Dr. Aggarwal is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.

Andrea Hobson, MDAndrea Hobson, MD, clinical assistant professor, Section of Neonatology.

As a neonatologist, Dr. Hobson will care for critically ill newborns and premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and Northwest Hospital.

Dr. Hobson earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. She went on to complete a fellowship in neonatology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Hobson has research interests in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and therapeutic hypothermia.

Dr. Hobson is board certified in pediatrics.

Jeffrey Rein, MDJeffrey Rein, MD, clinical assistant professor, Section of Hospital Medicine.

As a pediatric hospitalist, Dr. Rein will care for hospitalized children at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Dr. Rein earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his residency in pediatrics from Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York).

Before joining the UA, Dr. Rein worked at El Rio Health Center, St. Mary’s Hospital and Tucson Medical Center.

Dr. Rein is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine.

Lesta Whalen, MDLesta Whalen, MD, assistant professor, Section of Critical Care.

As a pediatric intensivist, Dr. Whalen will care for critically ill children in the pediatric intensive care units at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Dr. Whalen earned her medical degree from Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. She went on to complete her residency in pediatrics at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Whalen focuses on improving quality of patient care in pediatrics and pediatric critical care. She has specific interests in improving communication within the medical team. She also has special interest in the care of pediatric patients with cardiac defects.

Dr. Whalen is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric critical care.