Program Director, Pediatric Residency
Dr. Hartke received her MD/PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009 and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Southwestern. After residency, she joined the faculty at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas where she received the Clinical Teaching Award for Core Clerkship Teachers. In 2014, Dr. Hartke returned to South Carolina and joined the Greenville faculty as a pediatric hospitalist. Since that time, she has committed herself to pediatric medical education, and received the 2017 USCSOM Greenville Golden Peach Award for Excellence in M4 Education and the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Research Award. She served as the USCSOM Greenville Pediatric M4 Director for 7 years and the Pediatric Residency Associate Program Director for 6 years prior to transitioning to the Program Director position in 2021. Dr. Hartke is also the faculty co-advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her academic interests include pediatric hospital medicine, humanism in medicine, and medical education including the transition from medical school to residency.
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency
Dr. Krom received his medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus in 2013. During his pediatric residency at Greenville Health System, he received the Miracle Maker award and medical student teaching award. He then completed one year as chief resident before joining the pediatric faculty. Dr. Krom also serves as the Chair for the Pediatric Peer and Quality Review Committee. His academic interests include medical education, physician wellness, and mentorship.
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency
Dr. Dankovich (more affectionately known as Dr. Kindal to her patients) received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in 2016 where she was honored to be part of the charter class. While at USCSOMG, she was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During her residency at Prisma Health Upstate, she won the Outstanding House Staff Research Award, First Place at the SCAAP for her Quality Improvement project, the Miracle Maker Award, and Pediatric Resident Teacher of the Year. After graduation from residency, she served as Pediatric Chief Resident for a year and subsequently joined the faculty at Prisma Health Upstate and was honored with the 2020 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Her academic interests include graduate and undergraduate medical education, simulation education, physician wellness, and mentorship.
Fellowship and Subspecialty Liaison
Dr. Sudha Garimella joined the residency team in 2017 to provide additional assistance to residents preparing for and applying to fellowship programs. Prior to joining Prisma Health, Dr. Garimella helped lead the Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at SUNY Buffalo. She is also an actively funded researcher, pursuing projects including biomarkers for obesity related chronic kidney disease and is also a leader in simulation-based medical education at USCSOM Greenville. Dr. Garimella acts as a resource to residents in identifying both internal and external subspecialty mentors, developing subspecialty research and quality improvement projects, grant and manuscript submission, as well as CV and fellowship application planning.
Program Director, Medicine Pediatrics Residency
Dr. Hinton is a native of South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Wofford College and her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She completed her Med-Peds residency at Prisma Health Upstate and served as chief resident in her 4th year. Following residency, she worked at a federally qualified health center in the Upstate. She returned to Prisma Health in 2016. During her time at Prisma Health, Dr. Hinton has served as the adolescent medicine rotation director, the medical director of Student Health Services at Furman University, the assistant medical director for the Center for Family Medicine, and associate program director for the Med-Peds residency program. She is currently the chairperson of the Prisma Health Pediatric to Adult Care Transition committee. Her special interests include caring for under-resourced communities, adolescent medicine, LGBT+ care, pediatric to adult care transition, and advocacy.
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Children’s Hospital
Dr. LaCroix received her MD degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986. She did a Pediatric internship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed her Pediatric Residency at the Greenville Health System in 1989. After residency, Dr. LaCroix was in private Pediatric practice for 2 ½ years before leaving to do a fellowship at Emory University in Pediatric Infectious Disease. In 1995, Dr. LaCroix returned to Greenville to establish the Division of Infectious Disease at the Children’s Hospital and served as the Center for Pediatric Medicine associate clinic director for several years. In 2001 when the Med-Peds residency was created, Dr. Lacroix served a Co-program director of the residency until 2008. She is Pediatric Hospital Epidemiologist and was Vice Chair of Quality and Medical Staff Affairs for Pediatrics until 2017 when she became Medical Director of Children’s Hospital and Chair of Department of Pediatrics. Dr. LaCroix is still practicing Pediatric Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital.
Coordinator, Residency Program
Mandy, a Florida native, moved to Greenville in 2008. Shortly after, she accepted a position with Prisma Health. In 2012 she moved into the role as the Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator. What she loves most about her job is EVERYTHING. Mandy says it’s rewarding to watch the residents grow from interns into confident physicians and knowing in some way she played a part in it. Mandy and her husband Bobby have been married since 2001. They have a daughter named Madison and 2 very happy but rambunctious chocolate labs named Hershey and Sophie. In her free time, Mandy enjoys watching football (GO TIGERS), going to see theatrical plays with her daughter and anything fall weather related.