FACULTY

 

 

The UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics has more than 160 faculty members.


Core Faculty
Core  faculty is based primarily at the Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) campus and responsible for  the residents' continuity experience, outpatient pediatrics as well as inpatient teaching services at Community Regional Medical Center  and Children’s Hospital Central California (CHCC).

 

Paul Francis, MD
Chief of Pediatrics
Clinical Professor

Undergraduate: Brigham Young University
Medical School: University of California, Davis
Residency: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology

 

Dr. Francis served as interim Chief of Pediatrics for UCSF Fresno 2010-2011. He was named of Chief of Pediatrics in July 2012.  Dr. Francis also served as chair of pediatrics for Children’s Hospital Central California. Dr. Francis has more than 25 years of experience in general pediatric cardiology, pediatric electrocardiography and echocardiography, adult congenital heart disease and cardiac intensive care. He has published textbook chapters as well as articles in professional journals including the “American Journal of Cardiology” and the “Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery.” He was awarded the Golden Apple Pediatric Resident Teaching Award from Janet Weis Hospital in 2001, honored as an Outstanding Teacher in 2005 by Children’s Hospital and received the 2007 Board of Directors Education Award at Children’s Hospital Central California. Dr. Francis is a champion of resident education and is committed to pediatric cardiology.

Robert H. Kezirian, MD
Program Director
Clinical Professor
Medical Student Site Director for UCSF Fresno

Undergraduate: California State University, Fresno
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Residency: UCSF Fresno Residency Program
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kezirian was appointed Program Director in June of 2010.  From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Kezirian served as Chief of Staff at Children's Hospital. A graduate of the UCSF Fresno Residency program and former Chief Resident, Dr. Kezirian is an outstanding faculty member of the teaching program and is involved in several pediatric outreach programs to underserved patients of Children's Hospital. He has also won awards for his involvement in a rural clinic in Mexico. Dr. Kezirian, along with Dr. Steven Foster, was presented with the Children's Hospital Central California Board of Directors' Teaching Award in 2008. He has received recognition from the Board of Trustees for education, program innovation and research.

 

Steven Foster, DO, FAAP
Associate Program Director
Undergraduate:  University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Wayne State University
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program

Dr. Foster is the Associate Program Director for the UCSF Fresno Pediatric Training Program.  He is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Children's Hospital Central California and serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Hospitalist Group.  Dr. Foster is a graduate of the Program and served as a fourth year Chief Resident.  He is very involved in the resident didactic curriculum, which focuses on a different specialty focus in pediatric medicine each month.  Dr. Foster, along with Dr. Robert Kezirian, was presented with the Children’s Hospital Central California Board of Directors Teaching Award in 2008.

 

Aimee Abu-Shamsieh, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor

Undergraduate:  University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: Wayne State University
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program

After spending some time in private practice she returned to academic pediatrics.  Dr. Abu-Shamsieh has a particular interest in international medicine, having worked and studied in the Palestinian health care system.  Dr. Abu-Shamsieh has a Masters in Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health in the Middle East. She has extensive interest in breastfeeding support and promotion, particularly in the poverty populations.  Her current studies include Breastfeeding outcomes related to utilization of the Mother's Resource Center, Implementation of a Newborn Follow-up Clinic ,Oromotor Function Assessment in Infants (NIH funded).  In addition, she has been collaborating with Oregon Health Sciences University to test an instrument designed to measure feeding in newborns.

 

Shelley Aggarwal, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program
Fellowship: Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Aggarwal is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. After graduating from the UCSF Fresno pediatric residency program in 2006 and spending a couple of years in international medicine (in such places as Alicante in Spain, Mexico City, Longo Mai in Costa Rica, Siem Reap in Cambodia, and Ulannbaatar in Mongolia), she completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Dr. Aggarwal’s goal as an educator is to share high quality information and to create an environment of discussion and debate. She believes in utilizing a strong base of core knowledge to create and challenge information to foster innovation and growth. She hopes to take the many lessons that she has gained from her own excellent teachers and to become a capable physician, a mentor to other junior colleagues and students, and an effective teacher.

 

 

Charnjeet Brar, MD
Clinical Instructor

Undergraduate: University of California, Riverside
Medical School: Ross University
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program

During her residency, Dr. Brar served as third year Chief Resident. She then continued on to become one of our newest faculty members. Dr. Brar’s interest include inpatient and acute care pediatrics. She has a special interest in resident education and leadership.

 

Linda Copeland, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:
Medical School: University of California, Davis
Residency: University of Iowa
Fellowship: Child Psychiatry & Developmental Disabilities

Dr. Copeland is Board certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.  After residency, she completed a two year fellowship in child psychiatry and a one year fellowship in developmental disabilities at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Mark Wolraich, a prominent researcher in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), was her mentor.  They published a study on a national survey of pediatrician practices in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. She is passionate in here desire  to help children succeed in school. Children's development has always seemed like such a miracle to her. As a physician, she has want to help the whole child have a healthy mind, body and spirit. It was natural for her therefore specialize in developmental pediatrics.


I returned from Iowa to California to be closer to family. I was able to put my developmental training to good use at Alta California Regional Center for six years. It is heart-warming to me that some of the children I initially saw at Alta later became part of my practice at Kaiser.

 

Christian Faulkenberry-Miranda, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Medical Director of Ambulatory Resident Education
Undergraduate: Saint Mary's College of California
Medical School: Meharry Medical School
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency

Dr. Faulkenberry joined our faculty after completing her residency training with UCSF Fresno.  She has ensured quality ambulatory Her main area of interest is that of bringing evidenced based medicine to the practice of ambulatory care and follow-up of the newborn. Her current research studies include Measuring continuity of care of pediatric residents: The association of performance and future career choice (co-I) and Communication Barriers in Children’s Health Center (PI: CATCH grant funded).

 

Maries Joseph, MD
Clinical Professor
Medical Director of Early Childhood Asthma Program Grant
Medical Director Pediatric Asthma Clinic

Undergraduate: St. Mary's College, India
Medical School: St. Johns Medical College, India
Residency: Medical University of Southern Carolina
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Genetics

Upon completing residency, Dr. Joseph completed a fellowship in Clinical Genetics  through the Stanford University-UCSF Medical Genetics program.  Dr. Joseph was the recipient of the 2006 Residency program’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in General Pediatrics.  Dr. Joseph has published several articles in peer reviewed journals and has presented her work at various national and international conferences. The areas of her scholarly interests are pediatric asthma, asthma education for health providers, utility of asthma assessment methods, public health genetics and art in health care. 

 

Jolie Limon, MD
Associate Clinical Professor

Undergraduate: California State University, Sacramento
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California, Davis

Dr. Limon served as a 4th year chief resident at UC Davis after completing her residency.  She has been with Children’s Hospital for 12 years. Her interests and areas of expertise include resident leadership, medical education, family and patient centered care, palliative care and simulation. Dr. Limon also has experience working with medically complex children and developing clinical pathways.

 

Amy Parks, LCSW
Undergrad: CSU, Northridge
Grad School: CSU, Fresno- Master of Social Work
Post Graduate: Fresno Pacific University-School Psychology
Post Graduate: Alliant International University-Infant/Preschooler Mental Health Specialist

Ms. Parks is a licensed mental health professional, who joined the Pediatric Program in July 2008.  She has expertise in counseling, social and human services, and community outreach.  Her areas of interest are to develop, streamline and energize projects to enhance social, educational, psychological and other characteristics of students, parents, educators, social workers and the general public. Her current research is in  Sleep Related Deaths in Fresno County, Linking Newborns to a Medical Home.  Areas of interest: Infant, Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, Parent-Child Relationships, Relationship-Based Primary Care, Child Development, Behavioral Disorders, Post-partum Depression, Domestic Violence, Reflective Facilitation.

 

Veronica Ramirez, MD
Clinical Instructor
Undergraduate: California State University, Fresno
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program

Dr. Ramirez is joining us as 4th year chief resident. During residency she also served as 3rd year chief resident and won the Medical Student Teaching and Resident Research Awards. She has presented and is working on publishing her research on low dose ACTH stimulation in detecting ACTH insufficiency. Prior to residency she attended Drexel University College of Medicine, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. Veronica has interests in medical education, community pediatrics, and child advocacy. 

 

John Scholefield, MD
Clinical Professor
Medical Director of Ambulatory Resident Education

Undergraduate:  Bowdoin College
Medical School: University of Florida
Residency: University of Connecticut
Fellowship:  Experimental Psychiatry

Dr. Scholefield served as the Interim Chief of Pediatrics from July 2006 through March 2008.  His interest in Pediatrics started with his Peace Corp public health experience. He has over 20 years practicing pediatrics first in a rural/poverty private practice and then as teaching faculty since 1994. He has served as the Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery, Children’s Health Clinic, and the Child Sexual Abuse Program. Dr. Scholefield's area of research is in child abuse prevention in the routine pediatric practice setting.  He has also published in the area of the evaluation of fever.

 

 

Joan Voris, MD
Associate Dean, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program
Undergraduate: Stanford University
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency

Dr. Voris previously served several years as Medical Director of the Children's Health Center. Dr. Voris takes time from her busy schedule to actively participate as an attending physician in the Children’s Health Center, Children’s Hospital Central California and Community Regional Medical Center. For many years she was director of the child sexual abuse evaluation program and is published in that area.

 

Serena Yang, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine
Fellowship:  Academic General Pediatrics

Dr. Yang obtained an MPH in International and Family Health during her fellowship training in academic general pediatrics at Baylor.  She is co-director of the Pediatric Residency Research Program, medical director of the residents’ Community Medicine rotation, and medical director of the UCSF Fresno Pediatrics Healthy Steps Program.  She has published in the area of access to care and has presented her work at several national conferences.  Her scholarly interests include improving systems of follow up care for high risk newborns and developing innovative, effective pediatric education curricula.

 

 

Pediatric Subspecialty Academic Faculty
Most all of this large group of faculty is based at Children's Hospital Central California. They will be listed by the academic division chiefs and their respective faculty. 


Anesthesiology

 

Timothy Hanson, MD
Dr. Hansen is the Medical Director of Anesthesiology at Children’s Hospital Central California.  After completing medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine, he finished his medical training with Residency at the University of Pittsburg.  Dr. Hansen is Board Certified in Anesthesiology.

 

 

 

Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Virgil Airola, MD
Christine Almon, MD
Adam Birek, MD
Igor Bulatov, MD
Marty Clayman, MD
Marino Fernandez, MD
Robert Gainor, MD
Theodore Greaves, MD
David Merzel, MD
Randall Morton, MD
Ramachandran Rajagopalan, MD
Harpreet Sandhu, MD
Newton Seiden, MD
Edward Tang, MD
Sivasai Voora, MD

Cardiology

 

Paul Francis, MD
Dr. Francis joined the Cardiology Department at Children’s Hospital Central California in 2003 and quickly became involved in resident teaching for the department. An alumnus of UC Davis Medical School, Dr. Francis continued his training in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. From there he went to Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center where he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology. He was recently awarded the Subspecialty Teacher of the Year by the residents. Dr. Francis current areas of research and publication include myocardial disease, as well as various aspects of electrocardiogram. 

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
John Caton, MD
Narakesari Heragu, MD
Kenneth Jue, MD
Carl Owada, MD
James Prochazka, MD
Kenneth Rouillard, MD
Valeriano Simbre, II, MD

Chronically Ill & Medically Complex Children's Clinic (Charlie Mitchell Clinic)

 

James Horspool, DO
With nearly 20 years medical experience, Dr. Horspool serves as the Medical Director for the Charlie Mitchell Clinic at Children’s Hospital Central California.  He is board certified in pediatrics and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  Dr. Horspool has had a distinguished naval career and is published in the area of nucleic acid vaccine induced immune responses.

Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Hengameh Akhtar, MD
James Horspool, DO
Peter Nakaguchi, MD
Neepa Ved, MD

Emergency Medicine

 

Robert H. Kezirian, MD
A native Fresnan, Dr. Kezirian is the Program Director of the UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency as well as the Medical Student Site Director for UCSF Fresno at Children's Hospital Central California. From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Kezirian served Chief of Staff at Children's Hospital.  He is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. A graduate of the UCSF Fresno Residency program and former Chief Resident, Dr. Kezirian is an outstanding faculty member of the teaching program and is involved in several pediatric outreach programs to underserved patients of Children’s Hospital.  He has also won awards for his involvement in a rural clinic in Mexico.  Dr. Kezirian, along with Dr. Steven Foster, was presented with the Children's Hospital Central California Board of Director’s Teaching Award in 2008.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Aaron Baker, MD
Menouchehr Bazyani, MD
Sylvester Bryan, MD
Kelly Kriwanik, MD
Kala Parker, MD
Henry Pollack, MD
Soledad Socorro Raroque, MD
Lawrence Satkowiak, MD
Gregory Watts, MD

Endocrinology

 

Renee Kinman, MD, PhD
Dr. Kinman is a graduate of Case Western Reserve Medical School where she completed a dual residency in pediatrics and internal medicine.  While completing her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, she earned a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics.  She is an extremely enthusiastic teacher who has won recent teaching awards.  She is published primarily in the area of diabetes but has other interests in basic research areas also.  She is currently the Co-Director of Pediatric Residency Research Program. 

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Swati Banerjee, MD
Nedim Cakan, MD
Nadia Sattar, MD

Gastroenterology

 

Michael Haight, MD
Dr. Haight's specific areas of interest include medical nutrition, short gut rehabilitation, total parenteral nutrition and specialized procedures of the small bowel (endoscopic ultrasound and small bowel balloon endoscopy). He has more than 25 years’ experience as a physician, administrator and teacher.  Currently he is a member of the voluntary clinical faculty, department of internal medicine at the University of California Davis School of Medicine and has held several other academic appointments over the years at the UC Davis School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco  Fresno. Dr. Haight received his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, in Maywood, Ill. He also received a masters of health administration (MHA) from USC. Dr. Haight completed his internship and residency training in general pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/USC.

 

 

Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Judy Davis, MD
Roberto Gugig, MD
Muslim Jami, MD
Jose Martinez, MD
Philip McDonald, MD
Anita Sicolo, MD

Genetics

 

Cynthia Curry, MD
Dr. Curry is a Full Tenured UCSF Professor.  She is active in both clinical and academic genetics.  Dr. Curry is a graduate from Yale University and is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Genetics. Her research interests include thrombophilia, syndrome delineation in the fetus and newborn, and causes of mental retardation.  She has held many national positions in both genetics and pediatrics and speaks nationally and internationally. Dr. Curry is the new genetics editor for Rudolph's Pediatrics On-Line.

 

Berkley Powell, MD
Dr. Powell is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics.  Dr. Powell earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his Pediatric residency and fellowship in Metabolism/Biochemical Genetics at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Powell has published numerous articles, medical chapters and abstracts and has been an invited speaker for over 100 presentations.  He has collaborated with Dr. Susan Winter on her nationally recognized research on carnitine deficiency. 

 

Joseph Shen, MD, PhD
Dr. Shen is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics.  He also obtained a PhD from the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University.  He is published in journals such as the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics and Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 

 

Susan Winter, MD
Dr. Winter, a full clinical professor, is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics.  She has had an unarguable impact in the medical field.  An expert in metabolism, she has given over 100 presentations and lectures to professionals and healthcare organizations.  She is published regularly in professional journals such as the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Pediatric Research and the Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease.  The American Red Cross Fresno Chapter recognized her with the Real Hero Award, for her service to the tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Dawn Delozier, PhD
Maries Joseph, MD

 

Hematology/Oncology

 

J. Daniel Ozeran, MD, PhD
Dr. Ozeran completed his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Prizker School of Medicine.  While at the University of Chicago, he also obtained a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  He then came to UCLA for his internship/residency and also completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.  Dr. Ozeran is Board Certified in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  He has also published numerous articles and with others in the department is engaged in the numerous research trials.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Vinod Balasa, MD
Vonda Crouse, MD
John Gates, MD
Wendy Tcheng, MD
Ruetima Titapiwatanakun, MD

 

Hospitalists

 

Steven Foster, DO, FAAP
Dr. Foster is the Associate Program Director for the UCSF Fresno Pediatric Training Program.  He is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Children's Hospital Central California and serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Hospitalist Group.  Dr. Foster is a graduate of the Program and served as a fourth year Chief Resident.  He is very involved in the resident didactic curriculum, which focuses on a different specialty focus in pediatric medicine each month.  Dr. Foster, along with Dr. Robert Kezirian, was presented with the Children’s Hospital Central California Board of Directors Teaching Award in 2008.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Victoria Acharya, MD
Jaime Bohlman, MD
Linne Curtis, MD
Sindhura Gandham, MD
Rhonda Keosheyan, MD
Jennifer McDermott, MD
Tiffany Osburn, MD
Paul Parker, MD
John Sanchez, MD
Sarah Smith, DO
James Trietsch, DO

 

Infectious Disease

 

James McCarty, MD
Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease, Dr. McCarty is a graduate from this residency program.  He completed his fellowship at Tulane. Prior to returning to Children’s Hospital, Dr. McCarty spent several years performing research at Genetech in the area of antibiotics effectiveness.

International Medicine

 

Bjorn Nilson, MD, MPH
Until his recent retirement, Dr. Nilson served as Chief of the UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program. Dr. Nilson graduated of Ohio State University College of Medicine and did his pediatric training and Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He also served in the Peace Corps as Director of Medical Services for Africa. Dr. Nilson is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Critical Care Medicine. He was the recipient of the 2003 UCSF Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Nilson continues his work in Pediatric HIV/AIDS through education programs in Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Neonatology

 

Krishnakumar B. Rajani, MD
Following his initial medical education training in London, Dr. Rajani served as Chief Resident at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia prior to completing his Neonatal Fellowship at U.C. Davis. He is currently the Medical Director of the NICU at Children’s Hospital Central California.  He and other local neonatologists have done extensive research and are published, particularly in the areas of assisted ventilation in neonates. 

 

Stephen Elliott, MD
Dr. Elliott completed medical school in Australia, at the University of Western Australia.  Upon immigrating to the US, Dr. Elliot completed a residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, followed by a neonatal fellowship at Baylor. He has been involved in grants and over 25 publications in the neonatology area.  Dr. Elliott is a favorite teacher among the residents and he focuses almost all of his teaching at Community Regional Medical Center. 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Vinod Bansal, MD
Indira Chandrasekar, MD
Isabel Escalante, MD
Virginia Meade, DO
Chetan Patel, MD
Kajori Thusu, MD

Nephrology

 

Jerome Murphy, MD
Dr. Murphy completed his pediatric residency at Rainbow Children's finishing at UC San Diego where he did his fellowship.  Dr. Murphy is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology.  His work has been published in numerous publications including the International Journal of Pediatric Nephrology, the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and the Journal of Pediatrics.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Sahar Barayan, MD
Syed Kamal, MD

Neurology

 

Steven Ehrreich, MD
Dr. Ehrreich completed his residency at Duke and his fellowship in Child Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Neurology & Psychiatry.  He treats and manages complicated neurological problems from intractable epilepsies to spasticity and headaches.  His areas of interest include neural behavioral aspects of ADHD and similar conditions.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
H. Terry Hutchison, MD
David Raymund, MD

 

Neurology - Outpatient at Children's Health Center

 

H.T. Hutchison, MD, PhD
Dr. Hutchison graduated from the University of Texas and is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Child Neurology, Clinical Genetics and Neuro Rehabilitation. An outstanding clinician and dedicated patient care advocate, Dr. Hutchison also obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Recently Dr. Hutchison joined the Neurology team at UCSF, but continues to provide monthly neurology clinics at the Children's Health Center in Fresno.

Neurosurgery

 

Gary Magram, MD
Board Certified in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dr. Magram has 20 years of surgical experience.  He completed his internship and residency in surgery and neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  He completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Meredith Woodward, MD

 

Ophthalmology

 

Jane Kelly, MD, FACS
Dr. Kelly, in addition to doing a residency in Ophthalmology, completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Ophthalmic Genetics.  She is one of the favorite lecturers for the residents.  She is published regularly in Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man – having authored and appended over 400 entries.  She has also been published in the Journal of AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) and International Ophthalmology Clinics.

Orthopaedics

 

Joseph Gerardi, DO
A graduate of the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Gerardi completed an internship in the Department of Surgery and a residency in the Department of Orthopaedics at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego.  He is fellowship trained in pediatric orthopaedic and scoliosis surgery by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in Dallas, Texas.  His expertise is in pediatric orthopaedics, scoliosis, fracture care, clubfoot, cerebral palsy and athletic injuries.


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Michael Elliott, MD
Jon Oda, MD

 

Pediatrics

 

Amy Evans, MD
Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and its associated Pediatric Residency Program.  While there she also did a Bradford research fellowship in antifungal therapies and a pathology fellowship as well.  She returned to formal academic after 12 years in private practice.  At UCSF Fresno, she created the grant funded Department of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has published articles on breastfeeding medicine topics and recently was awarded Fellowship status by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. 

 

Pediatric Intensive Care

 

Ana Graciano, MD
Dr. Graciano is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.  She completed her medical degree at Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then became a visiting fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Respiratory and Surgical Intensive Unit. She is actively involved in clinical research and education, has published in peer review journals and has collaborated in pediatric critical care textbooks.  She has been awarded several awards, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Scientific Award.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Adam Birek, MD
Adam Holmes, MD
Matthew Gollub, MD
Alicia Herrera, MD
Harry Kallas, MD
Samuel Lehman, MD
David Merzel, MD
Jorge Montes, MD
Kathleen Murphy, MD
Newton Seiden, MD
Sivasai Voora, MD

 

Plastic Surgery

 

Peter Witt, MD
Dr. Witt, an expert in cleft palate treatment and other plastic surgery techniques came to Fresno in 2002.  He is the Medical Director of Plastic Surgery at Children's Hospital Central California.  Dr. Witt is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and General Surgery.  He has had an unarguable impact on the children of Central California as his team performs over 500 procedures per year.  His Craniofacial Clinic has 1,600 visits a year and uses a team-based approach in accordance with the American Cleft Palate Association (ACPA).  Dr. Witt publishes regularly in many journals, including the Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Mimi Chao, MD
Angela Rodriguez, MD

 

Psychiatry and Child Development


Karen Kraus, MD
Dr. Kraus, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, completed her residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado.  She is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Kraus’ academic interests include severely mentally ill children, children with pervasive development disorders and/or development disabilities, trans-cultural psychiatry, rural health care and psychiatry in primary care.

 

David Snyder, MD
Dr. Snyder is the Medical Director at the Assessment Center for Children at Exceptional Parents Unlimited in Fresno. Dr. Snyder is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and has presented and published on a variety of issues, including a presentation to the School Psychologists Association on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Prematurity and more recently contributing to the “Challenging Case” section of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics on temperament and breastfeeding with toddlers.  He works with the resident’s continuity clinics and the resident’s Developmental & Behavior rotation.

Pulmonology

 

Reddi Sudhakar, MD
Dr. Sudhakar completed his pulmonary medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital Washington, DC.  He is Board Certified in Pediatric Pulmonology.  An active researcher, he participates in coccidiomycosis, cystic fibrosis and asthmas studies. 

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
John Moua, MD
Lauro Roberto, MD
Mary Ann Tablizo, MD

 

Radiology

 

Michael Myracle, MD
Dr. Myracle completed his fellowship at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  He is Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology.  He has won the teacher of the year award on more than one occasion. A superb teaching radiologist, he has experience in many aspects of pediatric radiology, including ultrasound, body CT, neonatology, cardiology radiology and general pediatric radiology.

 


Other Faculty:
Mark Alson, MD
Glenn Hananouchi, MD
William Hastrup, MD
Fred Laningham, MD
John Miller, MD
John Charles Smith, MD
Felix Wang, MD

 

Rehabilitation Medicine

 

Jennifer Crocker, MD
Dr. Crocker received her medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia.  She completed an internship in pediatrics at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a residency in physical medical and rehabilitation at the University of California, Davis.  She completed a fellowship in pediatric physical medical and rehabilitation at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.  She is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and rehabilitation.  Her special interests include adaptive sports and spinal cord injury.

Rheumatology/Immunology

 

Dowain Wright, MD, PhD
Dr. Wright received his BS Degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Riverside.  He went on to obtain his PhD in Molecular Virology and MD from University of California, San Diego.  He did his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital, Boston.  He has also won multiple teaching awards due to his ability to take the complex doctorate type material and make it understandable for clinician.  He publishes regularly and his works have been in the “Journal of Virology,” “Molecular Immunology” and the” Journal of Pediatrics.”  His special interests include persistent viral infection in autoimmune disease, childhood vasculitides and Kawasaki disease resistant to conventional therapy.


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Edsel Arce-Hernandez, MD

 

Surgery

 

Douglas Y. Tamura, MD
Dr. Tamura is Board Certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Pediatric Surgery.  He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and obtained his Medical Degree from Tulane University School of Medicine.  Dr. Tamura completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Colorado and his Critical Care Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.  He has been published in numerous journals including The Journal of Trauma: Injury Infection & Critical care and The Journal of Surgical Research.


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Michael Allshouse, DO
Karen Cartwright, MD
David Hodge, MD

 

 

Urology

 

Devonna Kaji, MD, FAAP
Dr. Kaji completed her residency at University of Southern California Medical Center and a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  She has done research in a variety of pediatric urological issues. She has expertise in the surgical repair of hernias, undescended testes, vesicoureteral reflux, hypospadias and neurogenic bladder, as well as performing bladder augmentation and other complex genitourinary reconstruction.

 


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Andrew Marks, MD