Pediatric Residency Program

Residency Leadership

Akshata Hopkins, MD, FAAP, FHM

Akshata Hopkins, MD, FAAP, FHM Program Director, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Pediatric Residency Program
Innovative Education Focus: Health Systems Science

Dr. Hopkins specializes in caring for hospitalized children and serves as the residency program director at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. She has been a core faculty educator since 2014, the first year of the program.

Dr. Hopkins has developed the Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Patient Experience longitudinal multimodal curriculum for the pediatric residents. Her research interests involve developing a bridging leader role between Graduate Medical Education and Health Care Delivery in order to create a truly integrated clinical learning environment. She graduated from the Armstrong Institute Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety in May 2018 with a research focus on High Value Care.

Hopkins graduated from the seven-year combine program at University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. She completed her residency and served as chief resident at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida.

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Melissa Brinn, MD

Melissa Brinn, MD Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program; General Pediatrics Ambulatory Curriculum Director, General Pediatric and Adolescent Continuity Clinic Director

Dr. Brinn is a general pediatrician and currently leads the Resident Continuity Clinic. Dr. Brinn was a former Associate Program Director in Greenville, South Carolina, before joining the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program faculty in 2015. Her current interests in research include Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma Informed Care.

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Julia Noether, MD

Julia Noether, MD Assistant Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Innovative Education Focus: General Pediatrics Curriculum Integration

Dr. Noether is a Pediatric Critical Care physician and the Assistant Program Director for Curriculum Development. She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, completed medical school at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and her pediatric residency and pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She became a faculty member in 2015.

Dr. Noether's current research interests include airway management, simulation, cardiac arrest preparation, medical education, and curriculum development. Her current research projects include developing and evaluating a didactics and simulation curriculum to teach residents better airway management skills and starting a project evaluating nurse-led rounds in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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Jessica Reilly, M.D.

Jessica Reilly, M.D. Chief Resident

Jessica Reilly, M.D., earned her medical degree from Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. She finished pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins All Children’s in 2020 where she has stayed on as pediatric chief resident. Her clinical interests include childhood obesity and nutrition, emergency medicine, and working with children in foster care and those with mental health needs. She enjoys cooking and the outdoors.


Aaron Samide, M.D.

Aaron Samide, M.D. Chief Resident

Aaron Samide, M.D., earned his medical degree from University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He finished pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins All Children’s in 2020 where he stayed on as pediatric chief resident. His clinical interests include hospital medicine, critical care, and child advocacy. He enjoys the beach, tennis and rooting for Kentucky basketball.