Welcome from Dr. Istfan, Residency Program Director

Sharon Istfan

As a former resident of this program, CAMC/WVU Pediatrics holds a very special place in my heart.  It is a privilege for me to be involved in the recruitment and training of future pediatricians who will serve our local area and elsewhere.  Our residents display a tremendous amount of personal and academic growth during their time here, and several have chosen to return to the program as faculty.

In Charleston, you will develop close relationships with your colleagues and close mentoring relationships with your attendings.  We are committed to your academic and professional success and will work with you individually to help you attain your goals.

Sharon Istfan, MD   Program Director

Dr. Sharon Istfan graduated from West Virginia University Medical School in 1993 and completed a residency and chief residency at West Virginia University, Charleston Division. She practiced general pediatrics in the community for two years before returning to the faculty at CAMC. Dr. Istfan has a special interest in Child Abuse and Neglect and became board certified in this subspecialty in 2011

Dr. Istfan is the co-medical director of the only hospital based Child Advocacy Center in the state. She has participated in the WV Children's Justice Task Force, the WV Child Fatality Review team and the WV Child Advocacy Network. She has also served as the Clinical Director of Children's Services and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Women and Children's Hospital. She was appointed Pediatric Residency Program Director in 2018. 

Our faculty includes general pediatricians, subspecialists, researchers – all of whom are dedicated teachers in our residency program.  Learn more about our faculty 

Welcome to the CAMC Department of Pediatrics Residency!

We are so excited to tell you about our program! The pride and strength of our program is our excellent faculty. From general pediatricians to pediatric subspecialists, hospitalists, and our intensivists, we have an exceptional group of faculty who are committed to our learning. Their passion for teaching is reflected during their didactics, bedside teaching during rounds, case discussions during clinics, and their calm and patient guidance during clinical procedures. The size of our program allows our faculty to invest in every resident individually and to identify their needs as a learner, which personalizes every resident’s training experience.

The success of our patient care teams- both inpatient and outpatient- are largely due to the camaraderie, mutual respect, and close-knit community that our residents share. Our colleagues become our second family --making the hospital a fun place to be and the learning environment a safe, non-judgmental, and encouraging one. As chief residents, our ability to advocate for our residents, and serve as resident leaders/mentors has only been possible due to the continual support we have received from our program leadership, our faculty, our residents, and our excellent health care teams.

Nestled in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, our training experience provides us with a unique patient population and opportunities to learn how to manage a broad range of pathology while providing care to the least healthy and most socio-economically challenged in the United States today. As the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state, it is humbling to see what an impact our care makes to our patients and their families.

We are fortunate to have a robust Child Advocacy Program that enhances resident education and provides us the unique ability to advocate for our patients. As our program is located in the heart of Charleston, the state capital, our residents have the opportunity to participate in a legislative elective at the State Capitol.  This elective provides experiences working with leaders in our State House and Senate, State Department of Health and Human Resources, and local public health department, as well as the opportunity to participate actively in the development and implementation process of health policy that can benefit children and families.

We welcome you to our country roads, where we hope you will be able to create your new home and find a residency program and a community where you can truly belong.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to meeting you soon.

~ Amee Amin, MD & Laurel Bolton, DO
Current Residents
Our residents come from around the US and the world.  They are a driven group who strive to make a difference in the lives of children and families.  Learn more about our residents

Recent Graduates
Career tracks followed by residents in our program help tailor their training for careers in primary care or fellowship training. Historically, the number of graduates each year pursuing primary care vs. fellowship has been nearly even. Our match rate for fellowships is consistently 100%, with most of our trainees matching in their top one or two choices. Check out the map below to see where our graduates have landed over the last five years.