Faculty (PE)

Sheila Stewart, MD FAAP

Program Director
Pediatrician, Pediatric Primary Care Center 

Dr. Stewart is a native of Indianapolis and a Notre Dame graduate. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Oakland before returning to Indiana. She practiced in the private community for eight years before joining the residency program in 2007. She served as our third class advisor for the Class of 2012. She then transitioned into the role of Associate Program Director while also serving as the former Clinic Director of the Outpatient Clinic.  Always the advocate for the education of the residents, she was awarded the Pediatric Outstanding Outpatient Teaching Faculty for 2011 and 2012 as well as the Primary Care Teaching Award from the Family Medicine Program in 2011.  She now devotes 100% of her time to the Pediatric Residency while still remaining clinically active.  Dr. Stewart is also the mother of three boys and maintains an active lifestyle while cheering on her sons in their numerous sports and educational activities.

Shivika Jain, MD FAAP

Associate Program Director
Coordinator Outpatient Pediatrics Rotation
Pediatrician, Pediatric Primary Care Clinic

Dr. Jain grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Dr. Jain is the Coordinator of the Outpatient Rotation and faculty member in the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic with an interest in providing care for special needs children. She also coordinates the Continuity Clinics for all pediatric residents.  She served as the advisor for the Class of 2014. Dr. Jain is the Chair of the Pediatrics Pharmacy & Therapeutics Expert Review Panel and is the pediatric representative on the entire St. Vincent System-Wide Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.  Dr. Jain is married with one son.  Dr. Jain is also very active in her son's school and with his activities, serving as Treasurer of the school PTO, coordinator of Math Club, and "popcorn kernel" for her son's Cub Scouts Pack.  She is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, along with Indian dancing, both classical and folk.

Beth Dodson, MD FAAP

2017 Class Advisor
Administrative Faculty
Pediatric Hospitalist
Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Dodson is originally from Indianapolis and graduated medical school from Indiana University. She completed her residency at Vanderbilt University where she remained for an extra year to serve as chief resident and work with the pediatric hospitalist group. She returned to Indianapolis in 2011 to practice as a pediatric hospitalist at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital and became director of the group in 2016. She has a strong interest in resident education and was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award in 2014 and 2016. Dr. Dodson also coordinates M&M conferences and is Co-Director for the St. Vincent School Health program.

Taha Ben Saad, MD, MBA FAAP

2018 Class Advisor
Administrative Faculty

Dr. Ben Saad was born in Pullman, Washington and grew up in Tripoli, Libya. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Tripoli University. He completed his residency at Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, and his fellowship in Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York in 2008. Dr. Ben Saad earned an MBA Degree with focus in health care management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and he is Board certified in Pediatrics and in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Ben Saad joined St. Vincent Women's Hospital in 2009, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Marion University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ben Saad is the Medical Director of the National Transport for St.Vincent Women's Hospital and Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.

Dr. Ben Saad has a strong interest in resident education. He was awarded the Outstanding Pediatric Teaching Faculty Award for 2011. He has been recognized as a St.Vincent Caring Angel for 2011, and 2013. His academic and clinical interests include hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and neonatal nutrition. Dr. Ben Saad has presented in National Conferences.

Dr. Ben Saad is married with one daughter. He enjoys photography, traveling and spending time with his family.

Ariel Stilwell, MD FAAP

2019 Class Advisor
Administrative Faculty
Pediatrician, Pediatric Primary Care Center

Dr. Stilwell is originally from New Albany, Indiana.  She graduated from Manchester College and then Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Indiana University and settled down in Indianapolis with her family.  Initially in 2007, she worked as a general outpatient pediatrician in Shelbyville, Indiana at Major Pediatrics for three years before coming to St. Vincent as a Newborn Hospitalist at the Women’s Hospital for five and a half years. She took over as the Advisor for the 2015 graduating class in October 2013 and became a member of the Residency Administrative Group at that time. She was the coordinator for the Intern Newborn rotation until August 2015 when she joined the Primary Care Center pediatric team as one of the pediatric teaching faculty. She continues to serve as an Advisor for the Class of 2016, and is married and mother to two young boys who keep her busy with soccer and various other activities. 

Lauren Brankle, DO FAAP

Administrative Faculty
Pediatric Inpatient Preceptor
Pediatric Hospitalist, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

Dr. Brankle is originally from Crown Point, Indiana, and received her undergraduate education from Indiana University- Bloomington. She attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) for medical school, and completed her Pediatric Residency at Advocate Children’s Hospital- Park Ridge in 2014. Dr. Brankle joined the Pediatric Hospitalist group at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in 2014. She now serves as Pediatric Inpatient Preceptor to the St. Vincent Residency Programs, as well as a member of the Pediatric Residency Administrative Group. Dr. Brankle is married with two children, Olivia and Bryce. She loves to cook, exercise, and spend time with her family in her free time.