About Our Residents

Meet our Current Residents
Zeyad Abdulkader, MD Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Kelsey Bertrand, MD University of Queensland, Australia
Niyati Bondale, MD Wright State University
Aditi Dhir, MD Lady Hardinge Medical College, India
Kamalvir Gill, MD Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
Desiree Levyim, MD St. George’s University
Chetan Mandelia, MD Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
Haley Masterson, MD Columbia University College of Medicine
Dipika Menon, MD M.S. Ramiah Medical College, India
Jesse Mortimore, DO Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine
Edouard Sayad, MD LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury, Lebanon
Senthuran Vijayarajah, MD St. George’s University
Ei Ye Min, MD Medical College of Georgia

Sara Akhtar, MD St. George's University
Michelle Bahar, MD Ross University School of Medicine
Marwan Backhach, MD American Univ. of Beirut
Jessica Barry, MD University of Vermont College of Medicine
M. True Beck, DO Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Natalie Bhesania, MD Windsor University
Michael DiSano, MD University of Texas Medical School
Amena Dossul, MD Ziauddin Medical College, Pakistan
Iqbal El-Assaad, MD Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Simone Jhaveri, MD Topiwala National Medical College, India
Maham Khan, MD Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan
Heidi Ochs, DO Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Aman Wadhwa, MD M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, India

Raidour Ahmed, MD University of Aleppo, Syria
Rukshana Ahmed, MD Howard University
Shankar Baskar, MD Sri Ramachandra Medical College
Melissa Domis, MD Temple University School of Medicine
Noha Eltawil, MD Ain Shams University, Egypt
Catherine Heith, MD Jagiellonian Univ. Medical College, Poland
Trishna Kantamneni, MD Osmania Medical College, India
Shrinidi Mani, MD St. George's University
Sana Mansoor, MD Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan
Lauren Mientkiewicz, DO Edward Via Virginia College of Osteo. Med.
Lina Patel, MD St. George's University
Vaishal Shah, MD Smt. N.H.I. Municipal Medical College, India
Nandita Sharma, MD Christian Medical College, India
Susan Tucker, MD Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin

Chief Residents
Heather Daniels, DO Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Heidi Szugye, DO West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Life

Just a few other things we’re proud of…

Residency Representative

Two residents from each class are selected early in the year to act as members of our Pediatric Residency Education Committee. The Committee which also consists of our Program Director, associate program directors, chief residents and assistant chief residents, and core teaching faculty members from all clinical departments meets monthly to review the curriculum of the program and to ensure that the goals and objectives for each rotation meets our standards.

Intern Retreat Bowling

Intern Retreat

One day in the fall, the intern class is excused from afternoon clinical duties for an afternoon of fun and frolic! The retreat offers the interns a chance to relax and get to know each other in a more social setting.

Resident Retreat

Each spring the program hosts an all-resident retreat. All residents participate in a team building educational program that provides resident professional growth and development. And of course. . . after the work time comes some playtime!

Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Our annual graduation ceremony includes a wonderful evening of dinner and entertainment, in the form of a video presentation presented by the second year class. This is an event to celebrate the end of a great year and to say goodbye and good luck to our graduating seniors.

Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities available include the Relay-for-Life, fund-raising for school supplies for local school children, pediatric literacy campaign, annual hydrocephalus race/walk, Health Fair participation, blood donation drives, participating in the annual Oncology Remembrance Day and more!

Former Resident Testimonials

“I cannot say enough about Cleveland Clinic. I am very proud to have trained there. I feel that my pediatric portion was a perfect blend of primary & tertiary care that prepped me well for specialty pediatrics without missing out on the "bread & butter" issues. Peds GI fellowship was a superb experience. I was comfortable picking up my new practice from, literally, day 1."

"Cleveland Clinic was never short on great mentors, dedicated professionals and teachers. Besides my training, I walked out of Cleveland Clinic with a clear understanding of what sets a high standard for medical care, service and education. For all of that, I am grateful.”

“My training has prepared me well to work in both a tertiary care center and community private practice. I had an excellent inpatient experience with a very broad exposure to both very common and more complex medical diagnosis. Teaching staff are top notch, personable, knowledgeable and approachable.”

Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Training Program Alumni Listing
Resident Graduate Year Fellowship or Practice
Ana Catalina Arce Clachar, MD 2014 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's
Areeba Basit, MD 2014 Pediatric Neurology at Seattle, Washington
Heather Daniels, DO 2014 Chief Resident, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD 2013 General Pediatrician
Lileth Mondok, MD 2014 Pediatric Neurology at Cleveland Clinic Children's
Asif Padiyath, MD 2014 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship in Arkansas
Fouseena Pazheri, MD 2014 General Pediatrician
Benjamin Reed, MD 2014 Neonatology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's
Nina Shojayi, MD 2014 Pediatric Hospitalist
Heidi Szugye, DO 2014 Chief Resident, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Roopa Thakur, MD 2014 General Pediatrician
Qamar Zaman, MD 2014 Neonatology Fellowship at St. Louis, MO
Anthony Anani, MD 2013 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at CCF
Amrit Bhardwaj, MD 2013 Completing Pediatric Residency in PA
Meghan Drayton Jackson, DO 2013 Pediatric Hem Onc Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio
Afshan Jabeen, MD 2013 General Pediatrician in Indianapolis
M. Nasser Kabbany, MD 2013 General Pediatrician in Parma, Ohio
Matthew Lisi, MD 2013 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship in Georgia
Jeffrey Moore, MD 2013 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio
Charina Reyes, MD 2013 Pediatric Behavioral Fellowship at Rainbow Babies & Children
Ibrahim Sammour, MD 2013 Neonatology Fellowship in Miami, FL
G. Nicole Sinclair, MD 2013 Pediatric Intensivist Fellowship in Detroit, MI
Jeein Yoon, MD 2013 Pediatric Psychology Fellowship in Philadelphia
Angela Zamarripa, MD 2013 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in Detroit, MI
Arnaldo Zayas-Santiago, MD 2013 Pediatric Hospitalist at Cleveland Clinic Children's
Sophia Ali, MD 2012 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Danielle Bellotti, MD 2012 General Pediatrician in Seattle, WA
Arielle Bokisa, MD 2012 Neonatology Fellowship in Columbus
Karine Guerrier, DO 2012 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Wasim Khasawneh, MD 2012 Staff, Neonatologist at Fairview Hospital
Jamie Kistler, MD 2012 Neonatology Fellowship at MetroHealth
Zachary Leibson, MD 2012 General Pediatrics
Stephen Mac, MD 2012 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in South Carolina
Vera Okwu, MD 2012 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Marc Ricks, MD 2012 Pediatrician in North Dakota
Helen Tewelde, MD 2012 General Pediatrician at Community Health Center in Chicago
Stefanie Thomas, MD 2012 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Carla Torres-Zegarra, MD 2012 Pediatric Dermatology Resident in Denver, CO
Suma Babu, MD 2011 Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic
Mamata Eagam, DO 2011 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship in Milwaukee, WI
Michelle Elias Ruiz, MD 2011 Completed Neonatology Fellowship at Metro Health
Onengiya Harry, MD 2011 Pediatrician in North Carolina
Sreenath Joshi, MD 2011 Pediatrician in Maine
Sreenivas Karnati, MD 2011 Neonatology Fellowship in Detroit, Michigan
Raelene McKeon-Kent, DO 2011 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in Alburquerque, New Mexico
Siva Paramasivam, MD 2011 Pediatrician in India
Robin Parihar, MD 2011 Pediatric Hem Onc Fellowship in Houston, Texas
Katie Pestak, DO 2011 Pediatric Hospitalist at Cleveland Clinic Childrens'
A. Carolina Prada Ruiz, MD 2011 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at CCF
Veena Ramachandran, MD 2011 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship in New York
Kirstin Weerdenburg, MD 2011 Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Toronto, Ontario CANADA