We are delighted to welcome Dr. Arielle Spellun as our newest Cotting Medical Fellow! Dr. Spellun graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and completed her Pediatrics training at Boston Children’s Hospital. She grew up in Rhode Island and received a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the department to create a minor in American Sign Language.
After medical school, she was an instructor in pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine. Her specialty as a Fellow in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital now is deaf and hard of hearing research. At Cotting Dr. Spellun hopes to gain a valuable perspective on the intersectionality of identity and disability. Her initial experience in disability and deaf studies drives her passion to explore how children and families thrive in society. Dr. Spellun hopes to incorporate her medical expertise as a liaison and a medical voice for families at Cotting. As the Fellow Physician at Cotting, Dr. Spellun will join our Medical Director, Dr. Elizabeth Harstad, and our medical staff in supporting and keeping our students and teachers safe during COVID-19. She will also guide quality of life-based interventions by partnering with families, helping them thrive holistically throughout the 3 years that she is with us.
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