Assistant Program Directors / Chief Residents

Our “Chiefs” are selected from members of the graduating class and join our faculty as Assistant Program Directors. They are essential to the success of our residency, serve as liaisons between the residents and the faculty and have an important voice in program leadership.  Ultimately, the Chiefs are a resource for our residents for both personal and professional concerns. Their office, located within the resident workroom, has an open door policy that keeps them in touch with resident needs.

Depending on their clinical interest, the Chiefs work as attendings in resident clinics, the newborn nursery and the general pediatric wards. This clinical work is balanced with all the ways they contribute to the residency – from developing the resident schedule, coordinating PTO requests, assisting with interview season, and leading the monthly M&M series.

Former chief residents have gone onto academic general pediatric positions (including medical student clerkship rotation director, associate residency program director, residency program director, teaching faculty in the inpatient and outpatient clinical areas, medical directorships of inpatient and outpatient clinical areas), private practice positions (including ownership and starting a new practice), and fellowship positions (GI, hematology-oncology, endocrinology, neonatology). 

2021-2022 Assistant Program Directors

Jennifer Raffaele, MD

Jenny was born and raised in upstate New York, just outside of Albany. She completed her undergraduate education at James Madison university in Virginia where she studied biotechnology. She moved back to Albany, New York to obtain her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She and her husband are kept extremely busy by their son Leo and catahoula leopard dog Bane. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys hiking, weight lifting, and relaxing in the sunshine.

Alex Yu, MD

Alex is originally from Florence, Alabama. He then moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he completed his undergraduate training at Rhodes College, receiving a BS in Biology. Between college and medical school, he worked as a research technician in a biochemistry lab at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He then completed medical school at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine. During his chief year, Alex will be working as an attending in the newborn nursery and is hoping to remain in the Greenville area as a Newborn Hospitalist/General Pediatrician. In his free time, he enjoys browsing the local plant nurseries, exploring the Greenville food scene, and enjoying nearby lakes and mountains.