Meet Our Residents

Meet Our Residents

To contact any of our residents, please email Ann Marie Kozlowski at

First Year Residents

Mohamed Ashkar, MD
University of Aleppo, Syria

I am originally from Syria, after graduating from the University of Aleppo I came to Cleveland to apply for residency. Cleveland Clinic Children's is a wonderful diverse program, its wide variety of clinical cases across multiple specialties will help me get the needed experience to become a successful pediatrician. In my free time I like to go hiking, I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about their cultures as well as introducing mine to them.

Brendan Burke, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan

I grew up in Metro Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan, and attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I chose Cleveland Clinic for the diverse patients and pathologies, as well as the supportive and distinguished faculty. In my free time, I’m enjoying all the food, baseball, and metro parks Cleveland has to offer.

Sara Ghannam, MD
Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Michigan

Born and raised in Michigan, I majored in Hispanic Studies at the University of Michigan and went to Central Michigan University for medical school. I was drawn to CCF for its international reputation and diversity of both patient populations and pathology. In addition, the faculty and staff were very welcoming and I felt a strong sense of community. Outside of medicine, I love to travel, learn about new cultures and bake.  I've heard many great things about Cleveland and I'm looking forward to exploring its extensive restaurant scene, world renowned art district and beautiful Metroparks!

Sumeet Gill, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine  

I am a first year Pediatrics Resident at CCF. I graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s for residency not only for its diverse patient population but also for the complexity of patients that is introduced very early on in our career, creating an infinite potential to learn. Outside of the hospital, I love to hike and explore nature. I am very excited about what Cleveland has to offer for next three years, inside and outside the hospital!  

Nawras Habash, MD
Mu’Tah University, Jordan

I am Nawras Habash from Jordan. I chose Cleveland clinic because I know it will provide me with an unrivaled educational opportunity in a loving and supportive atmosphere full of collegiality and respect.   

Joshua Herber, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

I graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and am interested in Pediatric Cardiology. I chose Cleveland Clinic for my Pediatrics training for its organized curriculum, extensive research opportunities, and outstanding staff. Outside of work, I enjoy running, cycling, anything outdoors and spending time with my wife.

Amanda March, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in Pennsylvania and went to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I'm interested in pediatric neurology and also hope to incorporate global health into my future career. I chose the Cleveland Clinic for my pediatric residency because of everyone's warm and welcoming nature and the unique opportunity to see different pathologies in a smaller, close-knit program.  In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends, dreaming up baking recipes, running, and spending as much time outside as possible exploring. I also try to travel any chance I get!

Hamza Nasir, MD
Dow Medical College

Born and raised in Karachi (Pakistan), the fourth largest city in the world by population, and having spent a few years in Toronto, I have always been appreciative about cultural diversity large cities have to offer. When I came to Cleveland Clinic for an elective rotation, I saw how cultural diversity affects medical practice- with patients from all over the U.S., and physicians from all corners of the world. Every individual had a fascinating story to tell and a unique way of practicing medicine. And with the Clinic’s philosophy of global health and cultural inclusion, and a big spoonful of Midwest hospitality, there is no other place I would have wanted to go for my pediatric residency! The city itself has a beautiful Metro-parks system, with trails, lakes, streams and plenty of outdoorsy activities which is perfect for times when I just want to relax and have fun!

Nicole Rothfusz, DO
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am originally from the Cleveland area and so excited to be back for residency! I chose Cleveland Clinic Children's because I did an acting internship and loved how much everyone is supportive and invests in resident learning and growth. It is a great place to learn the fundamentals of general pediatrics but also the intricacies of subspecialty care. And Cleveland has so much to offer! I enjoy watching musicals at Playhouse Square, hiking throughout the city-wide metroparks, and catching a game to cheer on our sports teams. I love the diversity of the city and the program!

Noah Schwartz,  MD
Technion Israel Institute of Technology  

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and went to medical school at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a resident at Cleveland Clinic Children's! There is an immense amount of warmth and kindness from the other residents and faculty, and the atmosphere in the Clinic, and Cleveland in general, is very fostering and diverse. It's also great to be at an institution that offers experiences in every pediatric subspecialty with a strong focus on general pediatrics as well. I'm a huge music fan, I love singing, playing guitar, and discovering new artists to listen to and I'm humbled to live so close to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm a pretty big hockey fan too, but since there's no NHL team in Cleveland, I definitely need to step up my game and be an even more passionate Leafs fan.

Doaa Shahbah,  MD
Zagazig  University  

I completed my medical school at Zagazig University, Faculty of Medicine, Egypt. This was followed by Master and PhD in pediatrics there. I chose Cleveland Clinic  not only because of the wonderful learning opportunities from the diverse patient population and pathologies but also for the warm atmosphere I felt  during interview  with the welcoming , supportive staff and colleagues. I am planning for a pediatric Cardiology fellowship and my area of interest is in cardiac catheterization. I love being outdoors with family and friends and I enjoy reading as well.

Sampurna Shakya, MD
Manipal College of Medical Sciences

Cleveland is my second home away from my country Nepal, the land of Himalayas. I have been here for the past two years, and I absolutely love this city which has something to offer to everyone! I did my medical school at Manipal College of medical sciences in Nepal and in the pursuit of world class education, I chose Cleveland Clinic Children's for its track record of producing world class, competent and compassionate Pediatricians. From day one I felt connected to the staff, colleagues, mentors and the system. In my spare time, I love to take short drives to new places and watch different sports! I am a big soccer and basketball enthusiast. Cavs forever!

Jing Yi Sun, MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

I grew up in Southeast Michigan and dreamed of becoming a doctor since high school. I earned a double major in Biology and East Asian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and then completed my medical education at Michigan State University. Cleveland Clinic Children’s was a perfect fit for me because of its diverse patient population, endless learning opportunities, and incredible support system. My career interests include promoting patient advocacy and establishing quality longitudinal care for children. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being true to my foodie-self by exploring all of the wonderful restaurants in Cleveland. 

Emine Tunc, MD
Hacettepe Medical School

I grew up in Turkey and graduated Hacettepe Medical School, Turkey. I am married, mom to a 4 month-old, love watching her grow. Outside of medicine, I love gardening (in my patio), hunting for treasures in thrift stores and flying. I will have my own plane sometime in the future and will learn to fly (Don’t worry. Not the wrong career. I Love Peds!). I’ve chosen Cleveland Clinic Children’s because it felt like home starting from the rotation that I did in medical school. I did two years of research in Neuroscience here at the Clinic before my residency journey and will continue my career in Child Neurology. 

Sanu Yadav, MD
Rajendra Medical College

I was born and raised in Nepal, the Land of Himalayas and completed my medical school in India at RIMS, Ranchi. I like to read literature and poetry, go on long walks, do amateur photography in my free time, and want to learn swimming this year (although I've always been afraid of water!). I chose Cleveland Clinic for its amazing academic environment and opportunities for holistic growth as a leader. I could feel that this program cares for its residents. Also, the seniors and attendings are superb, everybody here wants you to learn and grow, in every possible way!

Second Year Residents

Elham Abushanab, MD
Jordan University of Science and Technology

Graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology. I was born and raised in Jordan. I love CCF peds because it is a diverse training program and it offers any pediatrician-to-be the opportunity to pave their own individual pathway. I love to cook, hang out with friends, and read.

Dayne Bonzo, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Grew up in Las Vegas, NV, graduated from Weber State University as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and attended LECOM for medical school. I am married, have four kids and love to get outdoors camping, hiking and am always up for a good adventure. I chose Cleveland Clinic Children's for its well-organized curriculum, diverse pathologies and most importantly the welcoming seniors and attendings.

Madelyn Cohen, DO
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

I am currently interested pediatric gastroenterology. I choose Cleveland Clinic Pediatric residency after completing a sub-internship here. No matter how busy I was, I enjoyed coming to work each day. I felt pushed to learn but comfortable to ask questions. Most importantly, I simply felt liked I belonged in the program and fit in well with the other residents, that they would be more than just my colleagues, but also my family. When I am not busy being a resident I love to explore The Cleveland area Metroparks or beaches, try different types of restaurants and travel all over the world.

Caroline Conley, DO
DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, TN

I grew up in Knoxville, TN (Go Vols!) and attended Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school where I met my fiancé who is completing his Radiology residency here. Cleveland Clinic had been our dream since we first met and we were so excited to couples match here. When I'm not working I love exploring my new city and all the unique neighborhoods and restaurants it has to offer. I love football season, spending time with family, cooking, and traveling.

Dalal Elsori, MD
Kuwait University

I graduated from Kuwait University and chose to do residency at Cleveland Clinic Children's because of the diversity of the program. I am interested in Pediatric development and CCF has a great development and behavior clinic as well as an autism center. Cleveland is a great place to live, I love being outdoors and there's so much to do here if you enjoy being outside!

Elizabeth Hilow, MD
American University of the Caribbean

Elizabeth is a native Clevelander and excited to return home for residency. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. and Masters in Bioethics and completed medical school at American University of the Caribbean. Elizabeth was drawn to CCF Children's for training because of the wonderful opportunities to learn from patients with a variety of pathology in a collaborative environment. Her pediatric interests include complex care, family-centered medical decision making, and resource stewardship. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, traveling, and all things Cleveland (from sports games to new restaurants to Lake Erie and the Metroparks).

Deanna LaBianca, DO
Western Univ. of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, CA

I am an Ohio native interested in General Pediatrics. I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s for residency because of the broad range of both rare and common illnesses I will learn to manage, as well as how to care for well children. I attended medical school in Oregon where I fell in love with exploring nature. I spend my time off enjoying the various Metroparks, and while on service I enjoy teaching medical students. I look forward to taking in some concerts at Blossom or the Orchestra, as well!

Travis Larsh, MD
Northeast Ohio Medical University

I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and went to medical school in northeast Ohio. Outside of medicine, I like to hike, go to sporting events, and either enjoy a nice night out or in with friends. I chose CCF because of the location, the vast array of opportunities that are available, and because of the success of the graduates.

Archana Ramgopal, DO
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and am currently a PGY-2 Pediatrics resident at Cleveland Clinic Children's! Outside of medicine, I have a deep love for the performing arts (I love to sing and dance, sometimes at the same time but mostly separately), and all things fitness or hockey-related. I also really love to meet new people, and the Cleveland Clinic is such a diverse place that I meet new people from all over the world every day. It is a truly inspiring environment, and everyone really loves what they do, which is what really drew me to the program here!

Jason Sherman, DO
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I consider myself to be a fun-loving, outgoing person who likes to joke around and tries not to take life too seriously. I immediately felt comfortable with the CCF residency program after seeing first hand how the residents all got along with and helped one another, and being from Cleveland was a big factor for me as well. Outside of medicine I love to travel, hang out with friends, and I'm a die-hard Cleveland sports fan.

Ahmad Suleiman, MD
Wayne State University

I was born and attended medical school a few hours north in Detroit. I am an eclectic person with various hobbies, I particularly enjoy reading history and literature, playing basketball, and travel. I am interested in public health and infectious diseases, and the far- reaching implications of public health policy and advocacy. While still a Detroit Pistons fan I chose to come to Cleveland Clinic because it is a well-established hospital with a highly regarded faculty in both general and subspecialty pediatrics, and many opportunities for mentorship. I've also found Cleveland to be an awesome, multi-cultural city with vibrant neighborhoods and a fancy downtown.

Julia Tanguay, DO
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Julia is an intern hailing from Denver, Colorado. She attended medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is obviously an avid skier. She is interested in medical policy with the AMA and AAP, is fluent in Spanish, and plans on working abroad one day. She loves traveling all over the world, most recently going to Japan right before residency started.

Megh Trivedi, MD
University of Maryland

Megh is a native of Maryland and has a great passion for neuroscience, which led him to pursue a BA in Neuroscience from Boston University, and subsequently receive an MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His clinical interests include epilepsy, neuroplasticity, and language acquisition. Outside of medicine, Megh enjoys learning languages (fluent in 5 and counting), traveling to ancient archaeological sites, playing the Tabla, and reading ancient eastern historical novels. He chose Cleveland Clinic for training in pediatric neurology because of its strong pediatrics and neurology programs, emphasis on resident-driven research, great sense of camaraderie, and plenty of snow during the winter!

Third Year Residents

Aiman Altaqi, MD
International American University, Saint Lucia

I am a third-year resident and I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s for the unique support system it provides with a breadth of specialists and a small group of residents which offers a personalized and tailored approach I needed to improve myself as a resident and an individual. Personally, I am interested in Global medicine. I play soccer in my free time and following sports in general.

Mary Ayers, MD
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

Mary Ayers is a third-year resident from central Illinois and a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. When not working, Mary enjoys trying the new restaurants of Cleveland, catching Indians or Cavaliers games (while still being faithful to the Cubs and Bulls), and finding the best running path within the vast Cleveland Metropark system.

Edward Beatty, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, before leaving to earn my bachelor's degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduating from USMA, I was commissioned as an officer into the Army, where I served for five years as an Airborne Ranger. I then enrolled at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I earned my medical degree. I am thrilled that my pediatric residency afforded me the opportunity to come back to Believeland in time to see the Cavs win the championship.

Antonio Belda, MD
St. George’s University

Easy-going and open-minded; a firm believer in laughter as the best medicine. Outside of medicine, I try to keep active to compensate for poor food choices during residency. I love music; hearing it live and playing guitar myself. I chose CCF Peds because of the commitment they have to producing thorough and compassionate physicians, the approachability of the faculty, and the camaraderie between the residents.

Sarah Davidson, MD
St. George’s University

I'm very excited to be doing my residency at CCF. I am from Vermont so the Cleveland winters are not so bad! My interests include general pediatric medicine and promoting literacy in the pediatric population. In my spare time, I enjoy anything outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Stephannie Davies, MD
St. George’s University

I was born and raised in Quebec, Canada eh? and studied in 3 countries before earning my medical degree. I chose to come to Cleveland Clinic because of the unique patient population and complexity of each case. Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling and anything related to food!

Vedant Gupta, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Vedant Gupta is currently a third-year resident from Georgia, the heart of the south, who survived his first winter in Cleveland. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-GA campus. In his spare time, he enjoys running within the numerous Metroparks all around the city, attending music festivals and concerts, watching the latest superhero movies, and exploring the great city of Cleveland with his fiancé.

Zahra Hudda, MD
St. George’s University

My name is Zahra and I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where my desire to be a Pediatrician was embedded at an early age. As a medical student, I knew I wanted a residency program that would provide me with the autonomy to gain the skills necessary to be a compassionate and competent pediatrician, grant me a diverse subspecialty exposure, be in an ideal geographical location, and most importantly be my family away from home. My dreams were fulfilled when I matched at CCF Children’s for residency! The mentorship and support I have obtained thus far have been invaluable and incredibly instrumental in sparking my desire to pursue a Fellowship.

Amy Porter, MD
Harvard Medical School

Amy is a third-generation Clevelander. She pursued an MD/PhD in Medical Anthropology at Harvard, working with HIV- and TB-infected labor migrants in South Africa. She returned to Cleveland for residency with her husband and daughter, where the family welcomed a second daughter during Amy's intern year. From first encounter, Amy was struck by Cleveland Clinic’s institutional commitment to patient and provider experience, quality and safety, and organizational improvement overall. Throughout her residency, Amy has been impressed by the Pediatrics Residency Program’s dedication to buttressing her as both a parent and a resident; her group of co-residents has been remarkable in their camaraderie and support.

Sana Siddiqui, MD
St. George’s University

Sana Siddiqui was raised in Houston, Texas, is a graduate from Saint George's University School of Medicine, and is currently a third- year resident. Her main decision of choosing Cleveland Clinic was not only because of the warmth she felt from the faculty and residency class on her interview day, but the diverse patient population and disease pathology that is unique to the Clinic. In her spare time, she likes to write novels, explore the cities cuisine, and venture through the city of Cleveland arts and Metroparks with her fellow residents.

Jessica Smith, DO
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jessica was raised in Montana and attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, earning a B.S. in Cell biology and Neuroscience. During her free time, she enjoys running and spending time outdoors with her dogs. I was drawn to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Residency program by the approachability and collegiality of not only the residents but also the staff and faculty from the day of my interview forward. Not only is time working at the program amazing, but time off is enjoyable and can be spent exploring nearby metro parks, Lake Erie, downtown, or catching a Cavs game!

Madeleine Townsend, MD
St. George’s University

Madeleine Townsend is a third year resident at CCF Children's. She is from British Columbia, Canada and went to medical school at St. George's University. When not in the hospital, she enjoys playing soccer, enjoying Cleveland's outdoor activities including beaches and hiking trails, and going on brunch dates with her co-residents. The close-knit Pediatric community, as well as breadth of sub specialty opportunities available, are what attracted her to CCF for residency training.

Presentations & Publications

Presentations & Publications

Poster Presentations

Abdulkader ZM, Stanjord S, Nahra A, Worley S, Rome E. Predictors of Transaminitis in Patients with Nutritional Insufficiency. Presented at: Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), 2016; Washington, DC.

Abdulkader, ZM, Flank S, Worley S, Peterson J, Saker F. Are Certain Infants More Susceptible to Necrotizing Enterocolitis After Blood Transfusions? Presented at: Pediatric Academic Society, 2016; Baltimore, MD.

Abdulkader ZM, Shah V, Bhesania N, AlKhouri N. Prevalence of Extrahepatic Complications of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children. Presented at: Digestive Disease Week, 2015; Washington, DC.

Dhir, A., Flagg, A., Hanna, R. Incidence and Risk factors for Central Nervous System relapse after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with acute leukemia. Presented at BMT Tandem Meetings, 2016; Honolulu, Hawaii.

M.Medina, E.Ye Mon, C.Cairns, S.Worley. Cleveland Clinic Annual Quality Event Poster Session. 2015.

El-Assaad, I, Al-Kindi GS, Oliveira GH, Boyle GJ, Aziz PF. "Sudden cardiac death in pediatric patients awaiting heart transplantation: implantable cardioverter defibrillators provide no survival benefit." Presented at ISHLT annual scientific meeting, 2015; Nice, France.

El-Assaad I, Al-Kindi SG, Oliveira GH, Wilkoff BL, Boyle GJ, Aziz PF. "Pacemaker implantation in pediatric heart transplant recipients is predicted by biatrial anastomosis and donor age but does not affect survival." Moderated Poster Presentation at ACC annual scientific meeting, San Diego, 2015.

Lina Patel, Kimberly Giuliano, Michelle Medina. Standardized Well Child Care Templates To Improve Risk Factor Screening in Accordance with Bright Future Guidelines. Presented at the 2015 PAS Meeting, San Diego.

Mandelia C. (2015). Liver Disease in Type 1 Diabetes: Are we looking hard enough? Poster presented at: NASPGHAN 2015; Washington DC, DC.

Mandelia C. (2015). Intractable hypernatremia and metabolic acidosis in a neonate- a diagnostic challenge Poster presented at: NASPGHAN 2015; Washington DC, DC.

Marwan Bakhach, Vaishal Shash, Natalie Bhesania, Sara Lappe, Naim Alkhouri. Protein Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF) - An efficacious approach to weight loss in severely obese adolescents. Presented at: 2015 PAS Meeting, San Diego.

Michal Bahar, Tanya Tekautz, Uwe Kordes, Johannes Wolff. Radiation Therapy for Choroid Plexus Carcinoma Patients With Li-Fraumeni Syndrome: Advantageous Or Detrimental? Presented at the 2015 PAS Meeting, San Diego.

Simone Jhaveri, Vaishal Shah, Partha Saha, Sara Lappe, Natalie Bhesania, Naim Alkhouri. Lipoprotein(a) and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Obese Children and Adolescents: Experience from a Tertiary Pediatric Obesity Program. Presented at the 2015 PAS Meeting, San Diego.

Sayad E, Dossul A, Cardenas S. Drug-induced Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing pneumonia (BOOP) in a pediatric patient. Presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016, San Francisco.

Shah V, Sayad E, Lappe S, Ibrahim S, AlKhouri N. Cardiovascular risk factors in obese children with obstructive sleep apnea.

Yamini. Effects of Occupational Tobacco Exposure on Foetal Growth, among Beedi Rollers in Coastal Karnataka. Poster to be presented at: American Academy of Pediatrics- National Conference and Exhibition, 2016, San Francisco, CA.


Akhtar S, Patel L, Bakhach M, Haider A, Gonzalez-Martinez J, Rogers D, Tsillianidis L, Raissouni N, Schweiger M. Fifteen-year-old female with delayed progression of puberty and visual disturbances. Clinc Pediatr 2016; 55 (7): 664-7

Bakhach M, Shah V, Harwood T, Lappe S, Bhesania N, Mansoor S, Alkhouri N. The protein-Sparing Modified Fast Diet: An effective and safe approach to induce rapid weight loss in severely obese adolescents. Glob Pediatr Health 2016: 22: doi: 10.1177/2333794X15623245

Baskar S, Aziz PF. Genotype-phenotype correlation in long QT syndrome. Glob Cardiol Sci Pract 2015; 2:26

Baskar S, George PL, Eghtesad B, Radhakrishnan K, Hupertz V, Aziz PF, Alkhouri N. Cardiovascular risk factors and cardiac disorders in long-term survivors of pediatric liver transplantation. Pediatr Transplant 2015; 19(1); 48-55

Baskar S, Ackerman MJ, Clements D, Mayuga KA, Aziz PF. Compound heterozygous mutations in the SCN5A-encoded Nav1.5 cardiac sodium channel resulting in atrial standstill and His-Purkinje system disease. J Pediatr 2014; 165(5);1050-2

Bhesania, Natalie; Anani, Anthony; Ochs, Heidi; Okwu, Vera; Magnuson, David; Kay, Marsha. Vomiting in A 2 Year Old With A "Twist"- Undiagnosed Gastric Volvulus. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition 2016; doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000794

Dhir, A., Tekautz, T., Recinos, V., Murphy, E., Prayson, R., Ruggieri, P., Wolff, J. Lumbar spinal atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2015; 22(12): 1988-1989.

El-Assaad I, Al-Kindi SG, Abraham J, Sanatani S, Bradley DJ, Halsey C, Law IH, Balaji S, Shetty I, Aziz PF. Use of dofetilide in adult patients with atrial arrhythmias and congenital heart disease: A PACES collaborative study. Heart Rhythm 2016; doi: 10.1016/j.hrthm.2016.07.016

El-Assaad I, Al-Kindi SG, Oliveira GH, Boyle GJ, Aziz PF. Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and wait-list outcomes in pediatric patients awaiting heart transplantation. Heart Rhythm 2015; 12(12): 2443-8

El-Assaad I, Al-Kindi SG, Oliveira GH, Houghtaling P, Wilkoff BL, Boyle GJ, Aziz PF. Pacemaker implantation in pediatric heart transplant recipients: Predictors, outcomes, and impact on survival. Heart Rhythm 2015; 12(8);1776-81

El-Assaad I, Aziz P. Sports Participation in Long QT syndrome: It is Time for the Dialogue..

Nagaraju L, Menon D, Aziz PF. Use of 3D Electroanatomical Navigation (CARTO-3) to Minimize or Eliminate Fluoroscopy Use in the Ablation of Pediatric Supraventricular Tachyarrhythmias. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2016; 39(6); 574-80

Mandelia C, Collyer E, Alkhouri N, et al. Plasma Cytokeratin-18 Level as a Novel Biomarker for Liver Fibrosis in Children with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2016; 63(2):181-187

Mandelia C, Bakhach M, Alkhouri N, et al. Liver disease in children with type 1 diabetes: are we looking hardenough?. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2015; 61(S2): S63

Oral Presentations:

Bahar, M., Dhir, A., Tekautz,T., Wolff,J.. (2015). Intercontinental Multidisciplinary Data Collection and Treatment Optimization Study for Patients with Choroid Plexus Tumors. Oral Presentation presented at: 20th Annual Society of Neuro-oncology Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2015; San Antonio, TX.

El-Assaad I, Al-Kindi S, Mcnally B, Aziz P. Patient and neighborhood level characteristics as predictors of survival in pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Oral Presentation at Heart Rhythm annual scientific meeting, 2015.

El-Assaad I, Al-Kindi SG, Abraham J, Sanatani S, Bradley DJ, Halsey C, Law IH, Balaji S, Shetty I, Aziz PF. Use of dofetilide in adult patients with atrial arrhythmias and congenital heart disease: A PACES collaborative study. Oral presentation at Heart Rhythm annual scientific meeting, 2016

Ei Ye Mon. QI project: “Improving Asthma Care through effective primary care co-ordination.” Shark Tank at the Ohio AAP Annual meeting. Columbus OH. 2017.

Wasim Khasawneh, Jessica Barry, Raidour Ahmed, Sarah Worley, Firas Saker, Jalal Abu-Shaweesh. Compared With CPAP, the Use of Non Invasive Ventilation Post-Extubation in ELBW Infants Is Associated With Increased Incidence of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Presented at the 2015 PAS Meeting, San Diego.

Mandelia C. (2015). Provider focused interventions to improve HPV vaccination rates among adolescents Oral Presentation presented at: Ohio AAP; Dublin, OH.

Mandelia C. (2016). Otorhinolaryngological Manifestations among HIV Positive Children in Coastal Karnataka. Oral Presentation to be presented at: AAP National Conference; San Francisco, CA.


Zahra Hudda: PAS Nephrology Grant 2016

Senthuran Vijayarajah: 2016 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

Iqbal El-Assaad: 2015 Lower Clinical Award – Honorable Mention & Cardiology 2016 Outstanding Investigator Award

Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Training Program Alumni

Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Training Program Alumni

Resident Graduate Year Fellowship or Practice
Zeyad Abdulkader, MD 2017 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Nationwide Children’s Columbus, OH
Kelsey Bertrand, MD 2017 Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship, Baylor/Texas Children’s, Houston TX
Niyati Bondale, MD 2017 Pediatric Chief Resident, CCF
Aditi Dhir, MD 2017 Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship,
University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham
Kamalvir Gill, MD 2017 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Miami Children’s, Miami FL
Chetan Mandelia, MD 2017 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Dipika Menon, MD 2017 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
Jesse Mortimore, MD 2017 General Pediatrician, Longmont CO
Edouard Sayad, MD 2017 Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship, Baylor/Texas Children’s, Houston TX
Senthuran Vijayarajah, MD 2017 Pediatric Critical Care, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Yamini Mandelia, MD 2017 Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Ei Ye Mon, MD 2017 Pediatric Chief Resident, CCF
Sara Akhtar, MD 2016 Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA
Mica Bahar, MD 2016 General Pediatrician, Pennsylvania
Marwan Bakhach, MD 2016 Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Barry, MD 2016 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, CCF
True Beck Hooper, MD 2016 General Pediatrician, CCF Twinsburg
Natalie Bhesania, MD 2016 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, CCF
Amena Dossul, MD 2016 General Pediatrician in Texas
Iqbal El-Assaad, MD 2016 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Boston Children’s, MA
Simone Jhaveri, MD 2016 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein, NY
Desiree Levyim, MD 2016 Pediatric Neurology in California
Heidi Ochs, DO 2016 Hospitalist, SUNY Syracuse, NY
Aman Wadhwa, MD 2016 Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship,
University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham
Raidour Ahmed, MD 2015 Pediatric Hospitalist, Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Rukshana Ahmed, MD 2015 General Pediatric at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio
Shankar Baskar, MD 2015 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s
Melissa Domis, MD 2015 Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship at CHOP
Noha Eltawil, MD 2015 Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition Fellowship
Catherine Heith, MD 2015 Pediatric Intensivist Fellowship at University of Minnesota
Shrinidi Mani, MD 2015 General Pediatrician in New Jersey
Sana Mansoor, MD 2015 Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at duPont Children’s, PA
Lauren Mientkiewicz, DO 2015 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Akron Children’s Hospital
Lina Patel, MD 2015 Pediatric Hospitalist Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA
Vaishal Shah, MD 2015 Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic
Nandita Sharma, MD 2015 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Hershey Medical Center
Susan Tucker, MD 2015 Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship at University of Chicago
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 Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow, CCF
Geetha Gopalakrishnan, MD 2014 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 Allergy Fellow at CCF
Benjamin Reed, MD 2014 Neonatology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's
Nina Shojayi, MD 2014 Pediatric Hospitalist, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Heidi Szugye, DO 2014 Pediatric Hospitalist, Cleveland Clinic Children's
Roopa Thakur, MD 2014 General Pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic
Qamar Zaman, MD 2014 General Pediatrician
Anthony Anani, MD 2013 Pediatric Gastroenterology in Texas
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 Pediatric Gasroenterology Fellowship, CCF
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 Development in Seattle, WA
Ibrahim Sammour, MD 2013 Neonatologist, Cleveland Clinic Children's
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 Neonatologist in Columbus, OH
Karine Guerrier, DO 2012 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Wasim Khasawneh, MD 2012 Neonatologist in Jordan
Jamie Kistler, MD 2012 Neonatologist at Akron Children's Hospital
Zachary Leibson, MD 2012 General Pediatrics
Stephen Mac, MD 2012 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in South Carolina
Vera Okwu, MD 2012 Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Texas
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/Oncologist in Los Angeles, CA
Carla Torres-Zegarra, MD 2012 Pediatric Dermatology Resident in Denver, CO