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 orginal 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.
Patricia A. Teaford, MD
Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Patricia A. Teaford, MD has worked in Critical Care in Phoenix for more than 25 years. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Teaford 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 Dr. Teaford completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona School of Medicine.
Dr. Teaford has been recognized for many years as an excellent clinician and educator with her most recent award coming from Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency program, which honored Dr. Teaford as the Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Dr. Teaford recently completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine under the tutelage of Andrew Weil, MD at the University of Arizona. She 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.
Kitman Wai, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship (PICU)
Dr. Wai serves as the Associate Program Director of the 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. Dr. Wai's clinical interests include critical care nephrology and sepsis pathophysiology.
Among her many and varied fellowship related duties, Dr. Wai oversees and plans board review for the fellows. She has been working to build the simulation program at Phoenix Children's, especially as it relates to ECMO, which includes improving the access and timely implementation of ECPR in the ICUs. She also oversees Protected Case Review for the PICU.
Shilpa Vellore Govardhan, MD Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship (PICU)
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.
Brigham C. Willis, MD
Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
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.
Dr. Willis serves as the Associate Program Director, Scholarly Activity; he oversees fellow research and all Scholarly Activity Committee meetings. He is also the Director of Electives for medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.
In addition to his medical school work and coverage in the CVICU, Dr. Willis remains interested in lung disease, specifically the examination of alveolar-epihelial 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
Program Coordinator, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
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.