Meet the Fellows

2017 - 2018 Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellows

Victoria Konold, MD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow - 1st Year
Residency:  Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Medical School:  Northwestern University

While I appreciate the wet lab like any good ID specialist, over time I have developed an interest in QI work to streamline systems and practices.  I plan to take advantage of our strong ASP program here at Comer to train for the role of a stewardship practitioner, and hope that I can develop ways to incorporate these practices into medical education.  Chicagoland has always been my home and I enjoy spending time and traveling with my partner Ian, our friends and family.  In my spare time I like to cycle along the lakefront trail, make homemade limoncello, canoe and hike at nearby state parks, and work on my indoor garden by raising jasmine, mint and microgreens.

Internal projects: Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines, Ciprofloxacin Approval Criteria, Antibiotic and Tetanus Guidelines for Traumatic Wounds, EMR streaming

Julie Wohrley, MD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow - 2nd Year
Residency:  Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Medical School:  Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic

Julie Wohrley, MD: I am a current second year fellow with focus on antimicrobial stewardship as well as epidemiology. I have participated in several outbreak investigations, including group B streptococcal disease, leuconostoc and Candida auris. A review of neonatal HSV encephalitis was recently published in Pediatric Annals, and a book chapter on the Environmental Contribution to Hospital-Acquired Infections in Children was recently submitted for publication. My specific research interest lies in examining asymptomatic bacteriuria, reducing unnecessary testing and antimicrobial use in long term care facilities. I live in Oak Park with my husband and three children. I received my medical education at Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic. I completed my pediatric residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, followed by a Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, CO. I was a faculty Pediatric Intensivist for 14 years, the majority at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL (UICOMP). I was additionally trained in quality and performance improvement/Six Sigma methodologies and taught quality improvement to faculty and residents while at UICOMP.

Muayad Alali, MD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellow - 3rd Year
Residency: Damascus Children's Hospital, Syria
Medical School: Aleppo University, Syria

I am originally from Syria, I grew up in small city lands on the banks of the Euphrates River in rural Syria. I have spent 6 years at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia doing pediatric hematology/ oncology training before I came to United States. I learned exponentiallyacquired many vital clinical skills, and conducted fascinating research on hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. I was impressed with the tremendous advances in the treatment and outcomes of childhood cancer; however, I felt that infections continued to be an overwhelming cause of morbidity and mortality in this patient population. I desired to learn more about the role of infectious diseases in immunosuppressed patients which pushed me to pursue additional training in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Chicago. My research interest in pediatric ID transplant and I have been able to conduct multiple research studies during my training to try and answer some of the research gaps in pediatric febrile neutropenia management.