Meet the Director

Meet the Director


Hello from sunny Phoenix!

My name is Vasu Bhavaraju and I am the Director of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program and I would like to extend a warm welcome on behalf of our program! From the time I started here as an intern up through being a chief, faculty and now director I have always felt that we have a unique and exceptional program that I am fortunate to be a part of, and excited to tell you about.Hello from sunny Phoenix!

There are so many aspects of our program that make it outstanding. First of all, our residents past and present remark that having multiple training sites, within close proximity, is one of our greatest strengths. At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a free-standing facility, residents care for children with complex medical problems and work alongside highly specialized pediatricians. Residents also spend a significant part of their residency at Maricopa Medical Center, a public safety net hospital with a strong general pediatric experience and a faculty that promotes resident autonomy.

Our curriculum is purposefully balanced to expose residents to the full range of pediatric experiences. Additionally, we have made strides over the past few years to individualize resident education where residents can choose to participate in specialized tracks geared towards their future careers. We are extremely proud to watch our residents go on to match in their top fellowships, become some of the brightest pediatricians in the community, and practice across the country and around the world!

Our program has undergone a significant amount of growth over the past decade which has allowed us to broaden the experiences available to our residents, but one thing that has remained constant is the superior quality of the people we are surrounded by. Our residents come from all over the country and bring with them a variety of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives. They are supported by knowledgeable and caring directors, chief residents, and coordinators who strive to help our residents learn and thrive.

We are always looking for residents that are not just good physicians, but good people; those who not only share our mission of service, advocacy and excellent patient care, but who also appreciate all of the non-medical things in life that keep us balanced, such as family, music, and running to name a few of mine! 

Please feel free to contact one of our coordinators, Sandra Barker (at Phoenix Children's Hospital) or Stephanie Putman (at Maricopa Medical Center) for more information. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and tell you more about our program in person. 


Best wishes,

Vasu Bhavaraju

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