Midwest Pediatric Surgery Consortium

The inaugural Fellowship has been made in Honor of Navaiah Fulk. This fellowship is specifically designed to study the outcomes of patients with gastroschisis within the Mid-West Pediatric Surgical Consortium (MWPSC). Avery’s Angels intend to fund this program for the lifetime of the foundation. The inaugural Fellow selected is Charlene Dekonenko MD –a current surgical resident that will hold the title as Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation Fellowship in memory of Navaiah Fulk.

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Current Fellow

Amelia Rogers, M.D., is the current fellow.  Amelia is a general surgery resident at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is currently a research fellow at Indiana University under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Landman. Concurrently, she is the guidelines fellow for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and an American College of Surgeons-Accredited Education Institute (ACS-AEI) surgical education research fellow. Prior to her entry into medicine, she was a Division I college athlete in Equestrian. Her current research dossier focuses on the pediatric trauma care and the treatment of pilonidal disease in children. Specifically, she is currently studying how the COVID-19 pandemic affected injury patterns and trauma care in kids and the effectiveness of the GIPS procedure in children.​

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Charlene J. Dekonenko, MD of Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City (CMH) was selected for the Fellowship as she has been an excellent research fellow this year at CMH and will continue on as a research fellow with us next year as well. She is incredibly hard working, diligent, and focused and is able to produce excellent research.

Charlene was born in Texas and did her undergraduate training in San Antonio, TX at St. Mary’s University. She then went to medical school at University of New Mexico and has finished her third year general surgery resident at the University of Kansas. She has taken time off from her general surgery residency to pursue additional training in pediatric surgery research as a Surgical Scholar at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Dr. Dekonenko is married and has one young child.