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
Assistant Clinical Professor
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

Dr. Abu-Shamsieh is a graduate of UCLA where she obtained her BA in Near Eastern Studies as well as a Master of Public Health with a focus on maternal and child health in the Middle East.  She received her MD from Wayne State University and subsequently graduated from the UCSF-Fresno Pediatric Residency Program in 2001.  After spending some time in private practice, she returned to academic pediatrics.  Dr. Abu-Shamsieh's interests include Breastfeeding Medicine, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, and care of the newborn, especially in populations medically, socially and economically at-risk.  She is currently local primary investigator of a multicenter NIH-funded study looking at the mechanics of infant feeding, and is developing an individualized breastfeeding curriculum.  She recently obtained a grant from the California Department of Public Health’s California Obesity Prevention Program for the Children’s Health Center (the resident pediatric clinic) to promote breastfeeding among underserved populations.  Having lived, worked and studied in the Middle East, she also has a special interest in Global Health and promoting cultural competency.



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
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. As a fellow, she published a national survey on pediatrician practices in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD with Dr. Mark Wolraich, a prominent researcher in ADHD.  Dr. Copeland worked for 6 years at a California Regional Center (Alta) serving individuals with developmental disabilities and 16 years at Kaiser.  She was a founding member of the very first Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) non-profit group advocating for early diagnosis and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  She earned national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 


Dr. Copeland is excited to use her various areas of expertise and her passion for maximizing each child’s development at the Children’s Health Center in Fresno.  She is one of a team of faculty that together with Pediatric Residents conducts home visits for patients.  She is part of the Collaborative Office Rounds, working closely with Child Psychiatry and Mental Health staff to streamline behavioral health care while giving cutting edge education to residents in the process. 



Lindsey Demetral, DO FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor / Faculty Hospitalist

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: Touro University, California
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program

Board Certification:  American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Lindsey Demetral joined the faculty in 2014 as a faculty hospitalist, specializing in inpatient academic medicine. Dr. Demetral completed her residency at UCSF Fresno, and served as Chief Resident following her graduation. She then joined the faculty as a hospitalist with a passion for infectious disease, specifically Coccidioidomycosis, for which she has published her research and presented at many regional meetings. Dr. Demetral has a strong interest in resident and medical student education, and has received teaching awards through the UCSF School of Medicine, as well as Resident Teacher of the Year in 2013. She also has championed the implementation of the IPASS patient transition/ handoff system, to improve communication and patient safety during sign outs and patient hand-offs, enhancing hospital quality improvement. She also is a part of the simulation program at UCSF Fresno, and is actively working to integrate simulation into the evaluation process for not only residents but the entire health care team. Dr. Demetral also worked to implement the current Pediatric Faculty Advisor program at UCSF Fresno, to provide mentorship and guidance for our residents and faculty. Dr. Demetral was born and raised in the Central Valley, and has dedication and passion for educating future pediatricians to take care of our wonderfully diverse patient population.




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 of Pediatrics, UCSF
Medical Director of SJV Children's Health Environment Study
Undergraduate: St. Mary's College, India
Medical School: St. Johns Medical College, India
Residency: Medical University of Southern Carolina
Fellowship: Clinical Genetics, UCSF-Stanford Medical Genetics Program
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Genetics

Dr. Joseph is board certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her work at various national and international conferences.  Dr Joseph has received many teaching awards, most recently the 2014 'AME Excellence in Teaching Award' for Pediatrics from The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. The areas of her scholarly interests include pediatric and adult clinical genetics, phenotype-genotype correlations, genetics of asthma, genetics of autism and psychiatric disorders, epigenetic impact of air pollution on pediatric asthma and allergies in the California Central Valley, and public health genetics.





Jolie Limon, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Student Site Co-Director for UCSF Fresno Core

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 and has been with Children’s Hospital for the past 15 years.  She joined the UCSF Fresno Core Pediatric Faculty in 2011 and serves as a faculty hospitalist and Associate Clinical Professor.   She also serves as the Medical Director of the CHCC Simulation Program and is actively working on incorporating inter-professional education into the hospital culture.   Her other interests and areas of expertise include resident leadership, medical education, family and patient centered care, and palliative care.  Dr. Limon also has experience working with medically complex children and developing clinical pathways.  She was recently inducted into the Academy of Medical Educators through UCSF in 2013.  Her outside interests include running, mediation, cross fit, singing, travel and spending time with her husband and two sons.




Soniya Mehra, MD
Clinical Instructor
Pediatric Community Medicine Fellow

Undergraduate: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Program
Fellowship:  Community Pediatrics

After completing her pediatric residency at UCSF Fresno, Dr. Mehra became pediatric faculty and the first UCSF Fresno Community Pediatrics Fellow. She is an active American Academy of Pediatrics member. She presented her work, "Peer Mentorship in a Pediatric Residency: A Pilot Study" to the Western Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges in March of 2014. Her special interests include resident education, child advocacy, as well as developing community pediatric programming."



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.


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 found a natural fit in community pediatrics given his experience in Peace Corps  in El Salvador doing rural public health work followed by work in a lead poisoning prevention in urban Boston.    After a primary tract residency he practiced  in a poverty practice in rural Florida for 10 years.  Since becoming faculty in Fresno his area of expertise has been in child abuse prevention.  He on the board of the local abuse prevention council and has started several prevention  programs for which he has received multiple awards. He currently the moderator for the county Pediatric Death Review and also is implementing a CATCH grant involving  a mother-baby health record oriented to promote bonding and breastfeeding starting at the beginning of pregnancy.  Both of these endeavors are research oriented and involve other faculty and, of course, residents.  


He is co- director of the ambulatory component of the pediatric residency training program.  He was.  also recently elected to chair of the pediatric advisory committee of Community Regional Medical Center.



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. 




Virgil Airola, MD
Board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care medicine, Dr. Virgil Airola is a fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology and a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Airola joined Children’s Hospital in 1981.

Dr. Airola has long been involved in academic medicine. He was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at University Hospital, State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He currently holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco – Fresno Medical Education Program. Dr. Airola mentors local students attending the Sunnyside High School Doctor’s Academy. He has published in professional journals including “Anesthesia and Analgesia,” “Intensive and Critical Care Digest” and “Critical Care Medicine.”

Dr. Airola organized and sponsored fundraisers for five years to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California. A graduate from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Dr. Airola completed his anesthesiology residency and fellowship at State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, in Syracuse, N.Y.


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



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


Shehma Khan, MD
Dr. Shehma Khan joined Children’s Hospital as a pediatric emergency physician in July 2010. Prior to coming to Children’s, Dr. Khan volunteered his medical services to aid indigent populations. This included serving as a volunteer attending physician at the Memphis Clinic, a free nonprofit health center in Memphis, Tenn., and assisting the attending physician at the UMMA Free Clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Khan has presented at national and regional conferences on research topics including closed manipulation of distal radial fractures by pediatric emergency physicians, and incidence of heartburn and dyspeptic symptoms in children diagnosed with GERD in infancy. He has also lectured on transverse myelitis, procedural sedation, head injuries, and posterior urethral valves presenting as severe hyponatremia in neonates.

Dr. Khan earned his medical degree from JSS Medical College, in Mysore, India. He completed a pediatric residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. He did a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. He is board eligible in pediatric emergency medicine.

Dr. Khan’s professional activities include membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. His personal interests include basketball, soccer, surfing, swimming and horseback riding. He also enjoys doing home improvement projects and volunteering at charitable organizations.


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Menouchehr Bazyani, MD
Robert Kezirian, MD
Shehma Khan, MD
Kelly Kriwanik, MD
Kala Parker, MD
Henry Pollack, MD
Soledad Socorro Raroque, MD
Lawrence Satkowiak, MD
Gregory Watts, MD



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

Animesh Sharma, MD



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
Clifton Huang, MD
Anna Hunter, MD
Philip McDonald, MD
Anita Sicolo, MD
Joshua Warolin, MD



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.


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




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




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
Basima Abdul-Razak, MD
Jaime Bohlman, MD
Linne Curtis, MD
Sindhura Gandham, MD
Michael Hauser, MD
Whitney Kalin, MD
Rhonda Keosheyan, MD
John Kinnison, MD
Jennifer McDermott, MD
Tiffany Osburn, MD
John Sanchez, MD
Lenore Simangan, MD
Sarah Smith, 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.



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:
David Aguilar, MD
Vinod Bansal, MD
Indira Chandrasekar, MD
Isabel Escalante, MD
Alok Kumar, MD
Virginia Meade, DO
Chetan Patel, MD
Kajori Thusu, MD





Sahar Barayan, MD
Medical director, pediatric nephrology, Children’s Hospital, is board certified in pediatric nephrology by the American Board of Pediatrics. She joined Children’s as a pediatric nephrologist in October 2007.

Dr. Barayan received her medical degree from King Faisal University Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. She completed her pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and her pediatric nephrology fellowship at University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.

While working in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Barayan established pediatric dialysis services in two hospitals. She provided hemodialysis and peritoeneal dialysis training and introduced continuous renal replacement therapies to the intensive care units. Dr. Barayan championed the initiative to promote organ donation through lectures and by organizing organ donor card registration drives. She partnered with other physicians to improve how the Saudi Center of Organ Transplant listed and prioritized pediatric patients. Dr. Barayan also served as a co-investigator for two National Institute of Health studies on chronic kidney disease and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.


Other UCSF Fresno Faculty:
Syed Kamal, MD
Julia Tzeng, MD





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.



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:
Gary Arends, DO
Michael Elliott, MD
Jon Oda, MD




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
Thianchai Bunnalai, MD
Azadeh Fayazi, MD
Adam Holmes, MD
Harry Kallas, MD
Samuel Lehman, MD
Tara Lemoine, DO
Mary Mazel, MD
David Merzel, MD
Jorge Montes, MD
Newton Seiden, 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.



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




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.



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




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





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