Program Directors

  • Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD

    Program Director 

    Dr. Shannon Scott-Vernaglia is a general pediatrician in the MGH Pediatric Group Practice and the Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children where she holds the Robinson endowed Chair in Pediatrics.  Originally from Long Island, she first came to Boston to attend Harvard College, returning to New York for medical school at SUNY Stony Brook.  She trained in pediatrics at MGH and has been a part of the program leadership since completing her chief residency in 2003. 

    Dr. Scott-Vernaglia has devoted her career to two things: caring for children and families and educating the next generation of physicians—two parallel paths.  In primary care, one is a family’s gentle guide along a path that may seem straight at first, but which often has turns or uneven ground to be encountered in the development both of the child and the family, in wellness and in ill health.   With students and residents, one is similarly guiding, creating the opportunities for skills to be learned, while helping with decisions when forks in the path are encountered, and being there to offer a hand when uneven ground causes someone to stumble. 

    Dr. Scott-Vernaglia maintains an active general pediatrics practice, where she loves caring for patients and families in a setting that also allows for the teaching of medical students and residents.  She is motivated by her love of the patient and family story.  Her medical education interests include simulation, narrative medicine, reflective practice, physician mental health, and faculty development.   In addition to being a local leader in medical education at MGH, Dr. Scott-Vernaglia is active in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and serves as a senior editor for pediatric educational products published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD

    Associate Program Director 

    Dr. Ariel Frey-Vogel grew up in Acton, MA, and went to Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. She then spent two years teaching third grade in Baltimore City with Teach for America while obtaining her Masters in the Art of Teaching at Johns Hopkins University. She returned north for medical school at Yale and did her residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at MGH, acting as chief resident for the program in her fourth year. She was thrilled to be asked to stay on after residency and spends a quarter of her time as an Associate Program Director for the MGHfC Pediatric Residency Program and half practicing primary care med-peds at an MGH community site in Everett. She recently took on the role of Director of Curriculum Development and Evaluation for the MGHfC Department of Pediatrics and is heading the new Pediatric Education, Innovation, and Research Center at MGHfC in that role. She enjoys spending time with her third year med student husband and two young children.

  • Daniel Hall, MD

    Associate Program Director

    Dr. Daniel Hall is originally from Derry, NH, about an hour north of Boston. He studied Biology and Physics at Bowdoin College in Maine. The year after graduation, he worked closely with the college and the Brunswick community as an Americorps volunteer coordinating local mentoring programs for elementary and middle school aged children. He returned to Boston to attend BU School of Medicine and completed his pediatrics residency at MGH, staying on for an additional year as a chief resident. He currently works in primary care at the MGH Revere Healthcare Center. He continues to teach residents on the wards as well as the resident as educator program. Dan lives in Boston with his wife who works in education, his two kids, and their Germam shepherd mutt. Outside of work, he is an avid runner and enjoys the challenge of maneuvering around the city streets behind the wheels of a baby jogger.

  • Katherine Sparger, MD

    Associate Program Director 

    Dr. Katherine Sparger is originally from the Midwest and grew up in Wisconsin and Ohio. She attended Miami University as an undergraduate and the University of Chicago for medical school. She was a pediatric resident and chief resident in the Boston Combined Residency Program. Kate subsequently pursued neonatology training in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program where she served a year as chief fellow. Post-fellowship, Kate was invited to stay on as faculty in the neonatal intensive care unit at MGH. Kate joined the MGHfC Pediatric Residency Program as an Associate Program Director in 2014. Professionally, she is interested in medical education, simulation, and is currently working on developing and organizing scholarship opportunities for residents. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 year old daughter.

Program Coordinators

  • Christine Hurley


    Residency Coordinator

    Christine has been with the Residency Program since 2015.  She recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Fisher College in 2017.  Christine is the lead coordinator for onboarding, orientation, recruitment and development rotation scheduling.  What she loves most about MGHfC is that it is a closet-knit community where you can build special bonds with your peers.  In her spare time Christine loves to travel.  Ask her about the places I’ve been and share your best travel stories!

  • Carlina A. Maria, MBA, MSA


    Residency Coordinator

    Carlina started working with MGHfC in 2015 and has been working in medical education for over a decade.  She earned dual Masters’ Degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Suffolk University in 2017.  She is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.  Carlina is the lead coordinator for block scheduling, continuity clinic scheduling, evaluation management and tracking, elective requirement tracking, website maintenance, and ambulatory and adolescent rotation scheduling.  What she loves most about MGHfC is being part of a team that shares the same values as her and advocates for their patients, employees and community.  Carlina loves spending time with her family, photography and learning new computer programming languages.

Chief Residents

  • Yih-Chieh Chen, MD

    University of Michigan Medical School

    Yih-Chieh (pronounced E.J.) grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!) and went to University of Michigan Medical School. Prior to medical school, she attended Wellesley College, where she majored in French and Chemistry while exploring Boston on the weekends. She was extremely excited to return to Boston for residency at MGHfC and has enjoyed the program and the city ever since.  She is interested in allergy & immunology. Outside of work, she enjoys walking aimlessly or “urban hiking” around the city with her husband, trying new restaurants, and all outdoor activities.


    Read more about Yih-Chieh's experiences at MGHfC and why she wanted to become a chief resident

  • Madeline Keyes, MD

    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

    Maddie grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, spending most of her weekends hiking in the mountains and rooting for the Red Sox. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, MA for her undergraduate degree where she studied biology and anthropology. After college she spent a year in Copenhagen, Denmark working in a basic science lab and becoming a weathered cyclist, before returning to NH for medical school at Dartmouth. She has absolutely loved being back in Massachusetts for residency at MGHfC andis loving her time as a chief resident!Next year she is excited to pursue a fellowship in neonatology. Outside of the hospital she spends a lot of time eating and can usually be found at one of the many new restaurants popping up around the city! 


    Read more about Madeline's experiences at MGHfC and why she wanted to become a chief resident

  • Jonathan Paolino, MD

    University of Massachusetts Medical School 

    Jonathan grew up in the Boston area and attended college at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. After a few years in the Army, Jonathan found his way back to Worcester for medical school at UMASS. He discovered MGHfC pediatrics during a fourth year away rotation and the rest is history. He is currently a chief resident and will be doing a pediatric heme/onc fellowship next year. When not in the hospital, Jonathan can be found out looking for adventure with his wife and five young children with whom he's driven across the country now 3 times! He loves traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.  


    Read more about Jonathan's experiences at MGHfC and why he wanted to become a chief resident

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