Our Fellows

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Ellen Diego, M.D.
3rd year fellow

Undergrad: The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Degree: BS in Molecular Biology and Chemistry
Medical:  The University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Residency:  University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Burlington, VT

Scholarly Interest: Neonatal Global Health

Personal Interests & Hobbies: Ellen enjoys reading, walking her dog and eating Vermont sharp cheddar cheese!

Email: diegoe@musc.edu

Headshot of Dr. HardyTom Hardy, M.D.
3rd year fellow

Undergrad: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Degree: BE in Biomedical Engineering
Medical:  Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Residency:  Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Scholarly Interest: BPD and Point of Care Ultrasound

Personal Interests & Hobbies: Tom enjoys spending time with his wife Kelsey, son Thomas, and their dog Curry. He also plays a lot of golf, maybe too much if you ask Kelsey.

Email: hardykr@musc.edu

Headshot of Dr. IronsRaechel Irons, M.D.
3rd year fellow

Undergrad: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Degree: BS in Biological Sciences
Medical: Florida State University, College of Medicine, Daytona Beach, FL
Residency: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Scholarly Interest: Necrotizing enterocolitis and spontaneous intestinal perforation

Personal Interests & Hobbies:  Raechel is a foodie who enjoys traveling, the beach, Orange Theory, and Ballet.

Email: ironsr@musc.edu

Headshot of Dr. BooneNeal Boone, M.D.
2nd year fellow

Undergrad: Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
Degree: BS in Biomedical Science
Medical:  University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
Residency:  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Scholarly Interest: Nutrition, Infants of Diabetic Mothers, and Stabilization

Personal Interests & Hobbies: Neal enjoys everything outdoors from running and hiking to kayaking. Since moving to Charleston, he enjoys exploring downtown and going to the local beaches. He also enjoys preparing meals with the herbs and vegetables he grows on his patio.

Email: boonen@musc.edu

Headshot of Dr. ColemanCassandra Coleman, M.D.
2nd year fellow

Undergrad: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Degree: BA in Biology and Chemistry
Medical:  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Residency:  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Scholarly Interest:  She is interested in researching if steroids are protective against acute kidney injury. Another interest is the use of ECMO in high risk patient populations.

Personal Interests & Hobbies: Cassie enjoys exercise, hiking, boating, traveling, and spending time with friends/family

Email: colemcas@musc.edu

Headshot of Dr. LachLaura Lach, D.O.
2nd year fellow

Undergrad: Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Degree: BS in Biology, Minor in Public Health
Medical: Ohio Univ. Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Residency: Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Scholarly Interest: VLBW body composition and neurodevelopmental outcomes

Personal Interests & Hobbies:  Laura enjoys catching up on the latest movies, listening to music, working out (which includes running & spinning), traveling, cooking/baking and spending time with friends and family.

Email: lach@musc.edu

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Austin Rutledge, D.O.
1st year fellow

Undergrad: Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. 
Degree: BA, Economics/Biology
Medical:  University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KYResidency:  Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Scholarly Interest: PDA and fluid overload

Personal Interests & Hobbies: Austin enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley and taking their two boys to new activities around Charleston including the many parks, beaches, and sports games. He is always excited for the next Marvel movie and loves to play tennis and golf.

Email: rutledga@musc.edu

Headshot of Dr. Lauren WalkerLauren Walker, M.D.
1st year fellow

Undergrad: University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Degree: BS, Biology
Medical:  Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
Residency:  Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Scholarly Interest: ECMO

Personal Interests & Hobbies: In her free time, Lauren loves spending time with her husband and 70 lb. lap-puppy-child. She also enjoys going to the beach and trying new restaurants.

Email: walkerla@musc.edu