Hasbro Children’s Hospital is home to talented clinicians and physician-scientists who deliver excellent pediatric care to the greater Rhode Island and Southern New England population. As a tertiary care center and affiliate of the Alpert Medical School, many of Hasbro’s faculty members pursue basic, translational, and clinical research, with impactful contributions to the medical community. 

Faculty support

  • One faculty member appointed in each division as resident contact for any resident interested in pursuing mentorship and/or scholarly activity in the field
  • Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE is Director of Postgraduate Academic Career Development for the Department. He works with all pediatric fellows and helps support residents with various activities including:
    • Developing research skills
    • Assisting with development and execution of scholarly projects
    • Guiding manuscript writing and submission
    • Providing guidance on mentorship and academic collaborations
    • Providing evidence-based guidance on time management and productivity
    • Tracking scholarly output (including publications, chapters, and pilot grant writing)

research curriculum

Offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine, it is a quarterly seminar open to all trainees in the Department of Pediatrics with the main objectives of helping learners to develop an understanding of the principles of conducting and reviewing academic research, how to design and defend a study, various analytical tools for data presentation, how to write a quality manuscript in a timely manner, and ethical principals in conducting research


The pediatric infectious diseases staff members are also involved in research projects, including: 

  • Clinical vaccine trials
  • Immunization delivery
  • Epidemiology and etiological diagnosis of gastroenteritis
  • Prevention of HIV infection and sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents
  • Pediatric HIV/AIDS in developing countries