Faculty Program Leadership
David H. Beyda, MD
Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine
Dr. Beyda earned his medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Louisville Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
He is the founder of Pediatric Critical Care in Phoenix (he came to Phoenix Children's in 1982 to start the PICU) and an original investigator into neurologic injury in the ICU. In addition to recently reprising his role as the PICU Division Chief, Dr. Beyda serves as the Chair of Bioethics and Global Medicine at Phoenix Children's.
Dr. Beyda holds several academic appointments with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, including Chair, Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Ethics Theme, and Director, Global Health. He was awarded the Master Educator of the Year by the graduating medical school class at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in 2014.
Dr. Beyda combines his professional life with his personal interest in humanitarian work by using his skills as a bush pilot to enter remote areas of limited resource countries to provide general pediatric care and improve vaccination availability. He also heads the Ethics Committee at Phoenix Children's in addition to his Critical Care duties.
Kitman Wai, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Wai holds a Bachelor's degree in biochemistry and master's degree in biology (molecular genetics) both from the University of California, San Diego. She received her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She completed her Pediatrics residency and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her clinical interests include critical care nephrology and sepsis pathophysiology. Among her many and varied fellowship duties, Dr. Wai oversees and plans a board review course for the fellows.
Shilpa Vellore Govardhan, MD
Associate Program Director, CVICU
Dr. Vellore Govardhan received her medical education at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. She completed her Pediatrics residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. She also completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
F. Anthony Willyerd, MD
Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity
Dr. Willyerd received his medical degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UMPC. In addition to his clinical duties, he conducts research into the transport of medications across the blood brain barrier of the injured brain.
Dr. Willyerd is interested in the transport of medication across the blood brain barrier of the injured brain, an area of vital interest for pediatric critical care clinicians. His work on ATP binding cassettes as transporters of medications is opening new avenues of understanding of this complex process. He also serves as the point-of-contact for resident education in the PICU, which includes overseeing the PICU Resident Conference and providing resident feedback to the Medical Education department.
Brigham C. Willis, MD, MEd
Chief Medical Education Officer and DIO
Dr. Willis received his medical education at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his Pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland and his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
In addition to his medical school work and coverage in the CVICU, Dr. Willis remains interested in lung disease, specifically the examination of alveolar-epithelial interactions in disease processes such as bronchiolitis obliterans. This area has major correlation to lung disease noted in patients with need for ECMO as well as one of the most common illnesses that bring patients to the ICU.
Vincent Curley, MBA
Vincent Curley is the Program Coordinator for the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Patricia A. Teaford, MD
Emeritus Program Director
Dr. Teaford has worked in Critical Care in Phoenix for more than 30 years. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2011 she completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona School of Medicine.
Dr. Teaford is the co-investigator for an IRB approved study at Phoenix Children's entitled The Effects of an Animal-assisted Therapy Interaction on Physiological Variables and Stress Biomarkers of Children in an Acute Care Setting. The study is currently open and enrolling patients.