Department of Pediatrics

Current Fellows

Marissa Bass, MD

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, but have lived in the Southeast since medical school. After dabbling in political science, baking, and English and Spanish literature in undergrad, I completed a post-bacc and applied to medical school. Pediatrics combines my passion for advocacy, as well as a full breadth of medical pathologies and decision making. My experience in residency at Emory confirmed my love for hospital medicine - I enjoy working with a team that includes learners, sub-specialists, and the amazing ancillary staff working to help our patients thrive both in and out of the hospital. Through fellowship, I am looking forward to honing my skills in research and QI, as well as incorporating advocacy and equity into this work. Outside of the hospital my interests include playing with my pandemic cat, Suge, walking on the belt line, and anything food related.

Mariah Burch, MD

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. From an early age, I knew that I wanted to become a pediatrician. I was inspired by my childhood pediatrician, whose kindness and sense of humor made going to the doctor a positive experience for me and my brother. As a pediatric resident at UAB, I realized that I found particular fulfilment in caring for hospitalized children. It is a privilege to care for patients and families during the challenging experience of hospitalization, which is inherently accompanied by stress and vulnerability. I love the variety of acuity and medical complexity among the patients that we care for as pediatric hospitalists and I also enjoy working with many different subspecialties. I chose to do a Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowship so that I could continue to build the skills that are needed for a career in academic PHM, particularly in the domains of quality improvement and medical education. I am so excited to be doing my PHM fellowship at Emory because it offers additional training in many different content areas (through fellowship tracks and various seminars throughout the year) as well as the opportunity to continue building my clinical skills in an outstanding hospital environment. When I’m not at the hospital, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my fiancé, friends, and family. Atlanta is a big city but has plenty of green space! I particularly love going for walks, gardening in my backyard, and trying new coffee shops and bakeries.

Taylor Ford, MD

Medical school: University of Utah
Residency: University of New Mexico

I was raised in a small town about one hour south of Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended undergraduate and medical school at the University of Utah. After graduation in 2018, I headed to one of my Four Corners neighbors for pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico! I couple matched here with my now husband, who is a psychiatrist. It was residency that really solidified my love for inpatient medicine – I loved caring for pediatric patients with a myriad of acute medical issues. I could treat a teenager with hyperthyroidism, discharge a baby after recovering from viral bronchiolitis, discuss complex care management with a tracheostomy/ventilator dependent patient, and train medical students on nephrotic syndrome…all before lunch. After residency, I completed a pediatric chief year and worked for another year as a hospitalist, while my husband finished fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry. I am so excited to make the move over to the East Coast to train at Emory! I have already learned so much in the realm of quality improvement and patient advocacy. In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and our dog, Luna, exploring the trails in the city of Atlanta (it’s not the Rocky Mountains – but I was pleasantly surprised!) I also love to bake, am an avid member of Orange Theory, and recently took up crocheting!

Madhuri Prasad, MD

Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Residency: Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

I was born in Alabama and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I had always dreamed of becoming a doctor but didn't fully know I wanted to do pediatrics until I was on my pediatric hospital medicine rotation during medical school. There, I developed a love and passion for taking care of hospitalized children. To me, being a hospitalist meant being the diagnostician, figuring out the diagnosis and treatment for a patient, and it meant being the leader and educator for a team of residents and medical students. The PHM fellowship at Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has provided me opportunities to lead and educate residency teams while also diagnosing and treating patients with complex medical conditions and has provided me opportunities via tracks to further my research and medical education skills. Currently, I am doing a medical education track and am also a student of the QI Academy. It's been such an amazing experience so far! Outside of the hospital, I enjoy finding new restaurants in and around the Atlanta area, travelling, and spending time with my family and friends!