FACULTY

 

 

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


LEADERSHIP

 

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Serena Yang, MD, MPH
Interim Chief of Pediatrics
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 and medical director of the residents’ Community Pediatrics rotation. She has published in the area of access to care and has presented her work at several national conferences. She is a member of UCSF Academy of medical educators. Her scholarly interests include improving access to patient centered medical homes for at risk pediatric populations and developing innovative, effective pediatric education curricula. Dr. Yang was also the recipient of the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016, which is the highest teaching honor given at UCSF Fresno.

 

 

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Steven Foster, DO, FAAP
Residency Program Director

Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:  University of California, Irvine 
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Residency:University of California, San Francisco,  Fresno Pediatric Residency Program

 

Dr. Foster serves as the Program Director for the UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency Training Program.  He is a graduate of the residency program and served as a 4th year Chief Resident followed by a 10 year term as Associate Program Director.  He is privileged at both Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera and works clinically as a Pediatric Hospitalist.

 

 

 

Christian Faulkenberry-Miranda, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Medical Director of Ambulatory Resident Education

Assistant Clinical Professor
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 care. 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)

 

 

Renee Kinman, MD, PhD
Associate Residency Program Director
Site Director, Medical Student Program
Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:  UC San Diego
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Medical School
Residency: Case Western Reserve Medical School

Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Endocrinology


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.

 

 

 

 

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE

 

 

 

Sarah Stender, MD
Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: University of Tennessee, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina

 

Dr. Stender is board certified in Pediatrics and subspecialty board certified in Adolescent Medicine, with further formal training in psychiatry, diabetes, obesity and its associated conditions. She completed her undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a major in English, and received her medical school training at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. She interned at University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences Chattanooga, Tennessee, followed by formal residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Stender completed her residency training in Pediatrics in North Carolina at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina including electives at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a general Pediatric supervisory role at the UNC Moses Cone Hospital Pediatric Teaching Service, Greensboro, North Carolina. A South Carolina native, for many years she chaired the SC American Academy of Pediatrics Adolescent Subsection, was active in child advocacy through membership in its Legislative Affairs Committee, and was Child Advocacy Chair for the Junior League of Charleston focusing on health care access and immunizations. She is a member of the national AAP subsection on Adolescent Medicine and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She is a champion of nature for the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

 

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY

 

 

A.M. Aminian, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

Medical School: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences


 

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

 

 

Ana C. Coll, MD

Division Director
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:  Universidad Central de Venezuela
Medical School: Universidad Central de Venezuela
Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Stanford University


Dr. Coll graduated in 1994 from Escuela De Medicina medical school with honors. She is a Pediatric Medicine Specialist. Having over 22 years of diverse experiences. She is a cardiologist who is a physician that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders and conditions affecting the cardiovascular system and provides comprehensive health care for babies, children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Coll received the Compassionate Doctor Recognition award in 2015.

 

 

 

Cynthia Myers, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University Pediatric Residency Program
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

Cynthia Myers, M.D., is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, and she has been very involved in research throughout her clinical training including completing a research fellowship through the Pediatric Scientist Development Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Myers, is currently an Assistant Professor for University of California San Francisco in the UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics. She has held Instructor positions at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has been published in many journals including The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and ASAIO. Dr. Myers’ clinical interests include preventive cardiology and lipid disease.

 

 

Athira Nair, MD, FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Amrita Institute
Medical School: Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Residency: UF Health Shands Hospital, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Pediatric Cardiology

 

Dr. Nair is a general pediatric cardiologist with special interest in pulmonary hypertension and adult congenital heart disease.  She has participated in mission trips to Ecuador and held cardiology health camps in India. She is committed to resident education. She has special interest in global health and women's empowerment. Her motto for patient care is personalized care and likes to go the extra step for her patients. 

 

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

 

Linda Copeland, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: University of California, Davis School of Medicine
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.

David M. Snyder, MD, FAAP

Associate Clinical Professor
Undergrad: Reed College
Medical School: UCLA
Residency: University of New Mexico
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School

 

As I finished training in Pediatrics, I felt I knew what I needed to know about children’s diseases but not nearly enough about children’s behavior or normal development. So, I looked for a Fellowship in normal Child Development. I was fortunate to be accepted into Berry Brazelton’s Child Development fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

 

I had planned on returning to California after completing my training and practicing primary care pediatrics in a small town. However, during my Fellowship, I realized I loved teaching medical students and residents, as well as the clinical practice of Pediatrics. So, I wanted to practice in a community that had a teaching hospital.

 

Following completion of my Fellowship in 1976, I accepted a position at Valley Medical Center in Fresno. In 1980, I was asked to start a developmental follow-up program for NICU graduates at VCH, and that grew into a more comprehensive service for children with developmental and behavioral challenges. In 2002, I moved my practice to EPU and served as Medical Director of their new Assessment Center for Children.

I retired from clinical practice in 2012. I have continued to participate in the Collaborative Office Rounds through the UCSF Fresno Pediatrics program

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.

 

 

CHILD NEUROLOGY

 

H.T. Hutchison, MD, PhD

Division Director, Child Neurology
Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of Texas
Medical School: University of Texas
Residency: University of Texas, UC San Francisco


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.

 

Parvin Azizi, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:  Shiraz University
Medical School: Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Iran University of Medical Sciences, Albany Medical Center, Baylor College

Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Azizi is board certified in Child Neurology with special qualification Child Neurology. Her subspecialty is Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, which provides her with complementary skills that she employs in her practice and teaching. Dr. Azizi specifically interested in paroxysmal neurological disorders manifested as Migraine, neuropsychiatric, and neurobehavioral disorders.

 

Dr. Azizi began working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in 1993, as an assistant professor at the University of Rehabilitation in Iran. Many years of working with children with disabilities have had a profound influence on her vision, and she is a believer in the power of the interdisciplinary approach to explore the complexity of childhood neurologic disorders. 

 

 

Isabello Artacho, MD

Clinical Instructor
Undergraduate: University of Santo Tomas
Medical School: University of Santo Tomas / Faculty of Medicine And Surgery

Residency: New York Methodist Hospital

Fellowship:

 

Timothy Foster, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Medical School:  Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidulgo
Residency:
Baylor College of Medicine

Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine

 

Dr. Foster is a board certified child neurologist with fellowship training in neurodevelopmental disabilities.  His interest in developmental neurology began in medical school at the Universidad Michoacán de San Nicholas de Hidalgo. After completing an internship at Hospital Civil in Morelia, Michoacán and fulfilling his social service at the rural health clinic in Zinciro, Michoacán, he pursued his studies in the USA, including, a Child Neurology residency and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.  He has worked in private practice in New York and New Mexico, and was faculty at the University of Texas in Houston. 

 

 

CHILD PSYCHIATRY

 

Karen Kraus, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of Texas
Medical School: University of Washington
Residency: University of Colorado

Fellowship: University of Colorado


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.

 

 

PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE

 

Maher Eldadah, MD

Division Director
Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Zagazig Science School, Zagazig, Egypt
Medical School: Alexandria School of Medicine, Alexandria, Egypt
Residency: St. Louis City Hospital, St. Louis School of Medicine and
University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Fellowship: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

 

Dr. Eldadah is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He has published numerous articles in peer-review journals and has presented his work at various national and international conferences.  Dr. Eldadah has participated with Operation Smile since 2006 and has gone on numerous medical missions to China, Sudan, Belarus, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.  For the last three years, Dr. Eldadah has been working in Beijing, China as a Pediatric Section Chief and the Director of Clinical Research.

 

 

Thianchai  Bunnalai, MD

PICU Medical Director, Community Regional Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:  Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand
Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University in Bangkok Thailand
Residency: College of Medicine, University of Florida
Fellowship: Faculty of Medicine, King Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand, University of Florida


Dr. Bunnalai is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care by American Board of Pediatrics. His area of special interest includes pulmonary medicine, ventilatory strategies, ventilator-associated pneumonia, medical education and simulation.

 

Dr. Bunnalai received his honored medical degree from Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University in Bangkok Thailand. After obtaining his pediatric pulmonology fellowship training in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Bunnalai completed pediatric residency and a second fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla in 2007

 

Dr. Bunnalai worked as a pediatric intensivist and cardiac intensivist attending at Shands Children’s Hospital at University of Florida in Gainesville since he graduated. He appointed as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, and University of Florida. He also directed fellowship education and fiber optic simulation program in critical care. He received the Exemplary Teacher Award in 2012 and Service Key Recognition Award from the College of Medicine, University of Fla during 2011-2014.  Dr. Bunnalai relocated to west coast and worked at Valley Children’s Hospital during 2014 -2016 and served as academic chief in the critical care division.

 

Dr. Bunnalai is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Chest Physician and American Thoracic Society. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, outdoor sports, swimming, photography and cooking.

 

DERMATOLOGY

 

Gregory L. Simpson, MD 
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Dermatology Division Director
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina
Medical School: University of Tennessee at Memphis
Residency: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia

 

Gregory L. Simpson, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist. Dr. Simpson attended the University of North Carolina for his bachelor’s degree in economics, and earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee. He completed his internal medicine internship at Georgetown University and his dermatology residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Simpson has been working with the pediatrics residents at UCSF-Fresno since 2010 and has interest in bullous disorders, infectious disease, birthmarks, and all ranges of inflammatory skin conditions. He and his wife, a Fresno native, have three children and enjoy outdoor activities.

 

 

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE

 

Robert H. Kezirian, MD 
Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: California State University, Fresno
Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Residency: UCSF Fresno Residency Program
Fellowship:


Dr. Kezirian served as Residency Program Director from 2010-2016 and Pediatric Clerkship Director for medical students until 2016.  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.

 

 

PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

 

Renee Kinman, MD, PhD
Associate Residency Program Director
Site Director, Medical Student Program
Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate:  UC San Diego
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Medical School
Residency: Case Western Reserve Medical School

Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Endocrinology


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.

 

Jennifer Le, CPNP, CDE
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Undergraduate: California State University, Fresno
Nurse Practitioner: California State University, Fresno

 

Jennifer Le is a Nationally Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator. Ms. Le is a graduate of CSU Fresno and has promoted excellence in diabetes care for over 16 years.  She has extensive experience with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, with expertise in intensive insulin and insulin pump therapies as well as continuous glucose monitoring. She is a recipient of the Central Valley Nurse Practitioner of the Year award. Jennifer has represented the valley as a presenter at the local, state and national levels and is known for her dedication and focus on adolescents living with diabetes.

 

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

 

 

Michael Haight, MD, MHA

Division Director
Clinical Professor

Undergraduate:  University of Southern California
Medical School: Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine
Residency:  University of California, San Diego
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/USC


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 master’s 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.

 

GENERAL PEDIATRICS

 

 

 

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.


 

 

 

Christian Faulkenberry-Miranda, MD
Associate Residency Program Director
Medical Director of Ambulatory Resident Education

Assistant Clinical Professor
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 care. 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)


 

 

 

Richa Kaushal, MD
Clinical Instructor

Undergraduate: Kasturba Medical College
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College
Residency: Oakland University, Beaumont Children’s Hospital

 

Dr. Kaushal joined the UCSF pediatrics faculty as a general pediatrician after completing her pediatric residency. Dr Kaushal has special interest in child obesity prevention, child psychiatry, eating disorders in children and behavioral developmental pediatrics. She also enjoys organizing pediatric jeopardy sessions and participating in board review discussions with the residents.

 

 

 

John Scholefield, MD
Co-Medical Director, Children’s Health Center
Clinical Professor

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


 

 

Serena Yang, MD, MPH
Interim Chief of Pediatrics

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 and medical director of the residents’ Community Pediatrics rotation. She has published in the area of access to care and has presented her work at several national conferences. She is a member of UCSF Academy of medical educators. Her scholarly interests include improving access to patient centered medical homes for at risk pediatric populations and developing innovative, effective pediatric education curricula. Dr. Yang was also the recipient of the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016, which is the highest teaching honor given at UCSF Fresno.


 

Jasmine Walker, MD
Clinical Instructor

Undergraduate: Oakwood University
Medical School: Loma Linda University of Medicine
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency

 

Dr. Walker joined our faculty after completing her residency training with UCSF Fresno. Dr. Walker’s academic and community medicine interests include: hospitalist medicine, caring for underserved populations, medical education, pediatric obesity/nutrition, whole person care and oral health.​

 

Monica Daniels, CPNP
Lead Nurse Practitioner, Children’s Health Center
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Undergraduate: CSU Dominguez Hills

Nurse Practitioner: CSU Fresno


Monica Daniels is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner who has been working at the Children’s Health Center for 5 years. She has experience working with adolescents, pediatric dermatology and infant specialty services. She has been a CPNP for over 20 years and has always been in pediatrics. She has worked in many capacities; at the bedside, as a case manager, as well as a school nurse. Monica has been teaching nurses, medical students and residents for many years and finds it very enjoyable


 

 

Emily Bahne, BS/BSN, MSN/MPH, PPCNP-BC
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate: UC Davis
Nurse Practitioner: John Hopkins School of Nursing


Emily Bahne is a pediatric nurse practitioner who has been working at the Children’s Health Center for 3 years. She has been a nurse since 2001 and became a pediatric nurse practitioner in 2010.  During her time as a nurse, she has worked in pediatric oncology, clinical research at the NIH, adolescent medicine, neurology, and early childhood intervention.  Emily has special interest in Adolescent Medicine, Mental Health, Hospice Care, Community Health, and Holistic Care for Developmentally Complex Children.  She loves global health and has volunteered internationally with health organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America


 

 

Kelly Hamel, CPNP
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate: CSU Fresno
Nurse Practitioner: CSU Fresno

 

Kelly Hamel graduated from California State University Fresno in 2014 with honors. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner working in the Community Children’s Ambulatory Health Center and provides comprehensive healthcare for infants, children and adolescents. Recently, Kelly joined the High Risk Infant Follow Up team and is a true advocate for children of the Central Valley.


 

 

Jennifer Nolt, CPNP
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate: Mount St. Mary’s College
Nurse Practitioner: CSU Fresno


Jennifer Nolt is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at the Children’s Health Center who has been practicing for 16 years. Jennifer worked 1 year in rheumatology/immunology at Valley Children's Hospital, 5 years in Infectious Disease at Valley Children's Hospital and general pediatric clinical and teaching positions since then. Jennifer has delivered numerous community-wide lectures in pediatric infectious disease topics. She co-conducted a research study at Valley Children's Hospital in nursing patient safety and co-published the results. She has published and presented papers as well as posters on coccidioidomycosis nationally and internationally. She enjoys teaching Pediatric Theory to nursing students at undergraduate & graduate levels. She has special interest in pediatric infectious diseases as well as newborns.


 

 

Natasha Sill, PNP
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Undergraduate: CSU Fresno
Nurse Practitioner: CSU Fresno


Natasha Sill is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her BSN from Fresno state university in 1994 and her MSN in 2010. Natasha has worked a majority of her career as a bedside nurse in the PICU. As a pediatric Nurse Practitioner she has experience working in primary care, the private sector and a few outlying clinics. Pediatrics has always been Natasha’s passion and she enjoys helping the children and their family every day.


 

 

COMMUNITY BASED GENERAL PEDIATRICIANS

 

 

Amy Evans, MD, FAAP, FABM
UCSF Fresno Volunteer Faculty
Undergraduate:
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Fellowship: University of Rochester School of Medicine

 

Medicine and Dentistry and then continued on to do her residency there as well.  She also did a Fellowship year in Pathology and was awarded the Bradford Fellowship in Infectious Diseases while at Rochester.  She then joined a private academic practice there and also was Clinical Faculty at the U of R.  In 2002 she relocated to Fresno with her husband, also faculty at UCSF-Fresno.    She was initially core faculty in Pediatrics at UCSF-Fresno and started her Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic and Service, originally grant funded but now self-sufficient.  In 2008 she branched out to join a primary care practice in Fresno, Peachwood Pediatrics but still remains a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and works with the Pediatrics (and Family Practice and OB-GYN) residents in her teaching clinic The Center for Breastfeeding Medicine at CRMC , lecturing extensively to all 3 programs as well. Residents also rotate through her primary care practice which is a designated teaching site for UCSF-Fresno Department of Pediatrics.  She is also a Board Member for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and chairs 2 committees within that organization.  In addition she lectures around the country, publishes regularly and is a happy willing mentor to any resident who desires to do a project in Breastfeeding Medicine or who wants to go into Primary Care. 


 

 

Nicole Banh, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency: University of California , San Francisco- Fresno

 

Prem Singh, MD

Undergraduate: Delhi University
Medical School: Government Medical College Amritsar India
Residency: VJ Hospital Amritsar India


 

 

GENETICS

 

Joseph Shen, MD, PhD

Division Director
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: University of Berkeley
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Residency: Baylor College Of Medicine
Fellowship: Baylor College Of Medicine


Dr. Shen is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics. He obtained his MD and his PhD from the Department of Human Genetics at Case Western Reserve University. He has published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, American Journal of Human Genetics, and American Journal of Medical Genetics. For a complete list of his publications, please refer to ORCID 0000-0002-5604-7639.

 

Cynthia Curry, MD

Full Tenured Professor, UCSF
Undergraduate: Mt. Holyoke College
Medical School: Yale University
Residency: University of Minnesota, University of Washington
Fellowship: University of California


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.

 

Maries Joseph, MD, FACMG
Clinical Professor
Medical School: St Johns Medical College, India
Pediatric Residency: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Clinical Genetics Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina

 

Dr. Joseph is the Fresno PI for the San Joaquin Valley Children’s Health and Air Pollution Study (CHAPS), a collaborative research project with investigators from UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF Fresno and CSU Fresno federally funded and supported by EPA and NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences).
Dr. Joseph has published her work in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at various National and International conferences.  She has received teaching awards and mentored several trainee physicians over the years. She sees both pediatric and adult patients with genetic disorders both in the outpatient clinic setting and as inpatient consults. She also supervises the prenatal genetics diagnostic and counseling services offered through the California State Prenatal Diagnostic Centers, of Fresno.

 

 

PEDIATRIC HEMOTOLOGY

 

 

Tiffany Lin, MD
Adjunct Instructor

Undergraduate: Rice University
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Fellowship: UCSF

 

Dr. Lin is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist who specializes in care of patients with bleeding disorders. Her academic focus is in quality improvement, improvement science, and medical education in under-resourced settings. She has spent time in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a US Commonwealth territory, working as their Director of Pediatrics and in the development of a comprehensive bleeding disorders program. She particularly enjoys teaching patients and medical professionals at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

NEONATOLOGY

 

Krishnakumbar B. Rajani, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Medical Director of Neonatal Programs-CRMC

Undergraduate: University College, London
Medical School: University College Hospital Medical School, London
Residency: Hospital for Sick Children, London; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Fellowship: University of Manchester, UK; University of California, Davis.


Krishnakumbar B. Rajani, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF- Fresno Medical Education program. Dr Rajani is also Medical Director, Neonatal Programs at Community Medical Regional Medical Center, Fresno. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.


A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr Rajani holds professional membership with the California Medical Association, California Association of Neonatologists, and Fresno-Madera Medical Society, in which he also served on the Board of Governors. He is also affiliated with many committees at the Community Regional Medical Center. Dr. Rajani is an active board member for Central Valley Blood Bank and Hindu Temple of Fresno.  He is Vice President of the Alliance for Medical Outreach and Research (AMOR), a philanthropic organization with roots in Fresno. Dr. Rajani has authored or coauthored many publications and journal articles and has been an invited speaker at many seminars and lectures. He enjoys teaching.

 

Dr Rajani earned his medical degree from University College Hospital Medical School at the University of London in England. He completed his residency at the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street in London and at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His fellowship was completed at University of Manchester in the UK and University of California, Davis.

 

 

Anand Rajani, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Creighton University
Medical School:
Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: 
UC San Diego
Fellowship:
 Stanford University

 

Stephen J. Elliott, MD

Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: St. Louis College
Medical School: University of Western Australia
Residency: Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, Cleveland
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

 

Dr. Elliott completed medical school in his native Australia at the University of Western Australia.  He completed a Pediatrics residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, Cleveland, and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.  He rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Physiology & Molecular Biophysics at Baylor. He was then a translational researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Pediatrics and the Cardiovascular Research Center, before joining UCSF Fresno as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Volunteer Series.  He is dedicated to clinical teaching in the Neonatal ICU and has mentored many dozens of medical students and residents


 

David Aguilar, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: Sonoma State University
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University
Residency: UC San Francisco
Fellowship: UC Davis

Alok Kumar, MD

Associate Clinical Professor 
Undergraduate: Bombay University
Medical School: Darbhanga Medical College, India
Residency: Wayne State University, Detroit
Fellowship: SUNY, Buffalo

 

Alok Kumar, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in UCSF- Fresno Medical Education program. Dr Kumar joined the faculty in 2014 and has been extensively involved in the teaching of the residents.

After finishing his medical education and training in India, he completed his Pediatric residency at Wayne State University, Detroit and fellowship in Neonatology at SUNY, Buffalo. He has worked as a Neonatologist at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis and St Francis Children's Hospital, Tulsa. He has special interest in neonatal nutrition and chronic lung disease.

NEPHROLOGY

 

Paul Brakeman, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Medical Director Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program
Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco

 

Dr. Paul Brakeman is a pediatric nephrologist and Medical Director of the UCSF Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program. His areas of expertise include pediatric kidney disease, hemodialysis, transplantation, lupus nephritis, pediatric hypertension, prenatal disorders of the fetal urinary tract and the evaluation and treatment of urinary tract infections and congenital obstructive nephropathy in infants and children. His clinical research focuses on developing novel devices for evaluating pediatric blood and urine samples. His basic science research focuses on investigation of the use of renal epithelial cells in a bio artificial renal replacement device and development of in-vitro model systems using human renal epithelial cells.

 

Dr. Brakeman earned a medical degree and a doctorate in neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at UCSF Medical Center and served as Chief Resident, prior to completing a three-year fellowship in pediatric nephrology at UCSF. In addition to clinical and research activities, Dr. Brakeman also maintains a very active clinical and teaching schedule at UCSF and other area hospitals including the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco; Community Regional Medical Center; and Natividad Medical Center.


His outside interests include soccer, backpacking, carpentry and cooking.

 

 


 

PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY

 

John Moua, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Fresno
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: University of California Davis
Residency: UCSF Fresno Pediatric Residency
Fellowship: University of California Davis

 

John Moua, MD is board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology, and specializes in Cystic Fibrosis, persistent asthma, chronic lung disease, bronchiectasis, recurrent respiratory infections, and Valley Fever. He is the Medical Director for Pediatric Pulmonology at Community Regional Medical Center, and also the Associate Director of the UCSF Fresno Cystic Fibrosis Center, which is the only Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Accredited Adult and Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Center in the central valley.

John Moua, MD has given multiple presentations at national conferences such as American Thoracic Society and North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, and published in peer-reviewed journals such as Pediatric Pulmonology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

 

 

 

Paul Do, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: UC Los Angeles
Medical School:  St. George’s University
Residency:  University of Nevada School of Medicine
Fellowship: UC Irvine

 

 

PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGY

 

 

 

Emily Von Scheven, MD, MAS
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
Co-Director for Residency Research Training, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
Undergraduate: Colby College, Waterville, ME
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA
Residency: Children’s National Medical Center, WDC
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA

 

Dr. von Scheven is a board certified pediatric rheumatologist with a special interest in the long-term outcomes of children with chronic illness. She serves as Division Chief for Pediatric Rheumatology at UCSF where she cares for patients with all rheumatic conditions in the out-patient rheumatology clinic and in the hospital. She directs the Lupus Comprehensive Care program which focuses on providing multidisciplinary care. Dr. von Scheven conducts clinical research on childhood lupus, osteoporosis, and transitions of care. She has achieved national recognition and serves on the executive committee of the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA, the North American pediatric rheumatology network), and is a member of the Northern California Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors and the American College of Rheumatology Ethics Committee.


 

 

Susan Kim, MD MMSc
Associate Clinical Professor
Undergraduate: The George Washington University
Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate Medical School
Residency: Pediatrics, Babies and Children’s, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York

Fellowship: Pediatric Rheumatology, Boston Children’ Hospital, Harvard University

 

Dr. Kim is Pediatric Rheumatologist who completed her training at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2006.  She moved to California and joined UCSF in 2016 and is Board Certified in Pediatric Rheumatology.  Dr. Kim specializes in caring for children and adolescents with inflammatory rheumatic diseases, such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, scleroderma and autoinflammatory conditions, with a focus and special interest in juvenile dermatomyositis.


 

 

Additional UCSF Volunteer Faculty:

 

 

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE:

Shelley Aggarwal, MD

 

CHILD NEUROLOGY:

Raymund David, MD
Steven Ehrreich, MD

 

GENERAL PEDIATRICS
Melissa Aguirre, MD
Marina Alper, MD
Victoria Acharya, MD
Edsel Arce-Hernandez, MD
Horig Artinian, MD
Mark Barrett, MD
Jaime Bohlman, MD
Sylvester Bryan, MD
Mercedes Chapa, MD
Linne Curtis, MD
Lindsey Demetral, DO
Sindhura Gandham, MD
James Horspool, DO
Philip Hyden, MD
Rhonda Keosheyan, MD
Nahal Lalefar, MD
Jolie Limon, MD
Peter Nakaguchi, MD
Tiffany Osburn, MD
Mitul Patel, MD
Veronica Ramirez, MD
John Sanchez, MD
Jennifer Snider, MD
Neepa Ved, MD

 

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY

​Malik Baz, MD

 

PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA

Virgil Airola, MD
Igor Bulatov, MD
Marty Clayman, MD
Marino Fernandez, MD
David Fischer, MD
Theodore Greaves, MD
Timothy Hansen, MD
Kamran Husain, MD
Randall Morton, MD
Yash Patel, MD
Harpreet Sandhu, MD
Newton Seiden, MD
Edward Tang, MD
Sivasai Voora, MD

 

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

John Caton, MD
Paul Francis, MD
Narakesari Heragu, MD
Carl Owada, MD
James Prochazka, MD
Kenneth Rouillard, MD
Valeriano Simbre, MD

 

PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

Azadeh Fayazi, MD
Samuel Lehman, MD
Tara Lemoine, MD
David Merzel, MD

 

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Janice Kezirian, MD
Shehma Khan, MD
Henry Pollack, MD
Soledad Raroque, MD
Lawrence Satkowiak, MD
Gregory Watts, MD

 

PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

Swati Banerjee, MD
Nedim Cakan, MD
Animesh Sharma, MD

 

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

Philip McDonald, MD
​Roberto Gugig, MD
Anita Sicolo, MD
Joshua Warolin, DO

 

PEDIATRIC GENETICS

Susan Winter, MD
Aaina Kochhar, MD

 

 

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY

Vinod Balasa, MD
Vonda Crouse, MD
John Gates, MD
J. Daniel Ozeran, MD, PhD
Faisal Razzaqi, MD
David Samuel, MD

 

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Karen Dahl, MD


PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY
Sahar Barayan, MD
Syed Kamal, MD

 

PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Michael Elliott, MD
Joseph Gerardi, MD
ThuBu Leba, MD
Jon Oda, MD

 

PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL MEDICINEAND REHABILITATION

Jennifer Crocker, MD

 

PEDIATRIC PLASTIC SURGERY

Mimi Chao, MD
Angela Rodriguez, MD
Peter Witt, MD

 

PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY

Sudhakar Reddivalam, MD
Mary Anne Tablizo, MD

 

PEDIATRIC RADIOLOGY

Mark Alson, MD
Elisa Foster, MD
William Hastrup, MD
Fred Laningham, MD
Michael Myracle, MD
Edward Nagel, MD
Bonna Rogers-Neufeld, MD
Felix Wang, MD

 

PEDIATRIC SURGERY

Michael Allshouse, MD
David Hodge, MD
Douglas Tamura, MD

 

PEDIATRIC UROLOGY

Devonna Kaji, MD