Meet Our Residents

Meet Our Residents

To contact any of our residents, please email our program coordinator Ann Marie Kozlowski at kozlowa@ccf.org.

First Year Residents

Jakub Cekovsky, MD
Masaryk University, Czech Republic

"I worked as an intern in Prague for one year before I started the residency here in Cleveland. I rotated at the Cleveland Clinic for one month during my last semester at University and I enjoyed it a lot. Peaceful atmosphere and friendly environment of the Clinic completely got me and I am very happy to get my medical training here. In my free time I love to go outdoors, do music and hang out with friends and family. Being a huge rock'n'roll fan, I am even more excited about being in Cleveland.

Matthew Sanfilippo, DO
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"I went to Xavier University in Cincinnati for undergrad and then back up to Cleveland for medical school at Ohio University, and  I’m super excited to be staying here for residency. I chose the Cleveland Clinic because it felt like home from the moment I did my first rotation here. Everyone from the residents to the attendings was incredibly welcoming and so willing to help each other become better doctors. Not to mention the awesome diversity of patients that you get to see here!"

Larissa Isaac Maximo, MD
Fundação Técnico Educacional Souza Marques – Escola de Medicina, Brazil

"I went to Fundação Técnico Educacional Souza Marques – Escola de Medicina for medical school. I also completed Pediatrics Residency at  Instituto Nacional de Saúde da Mulher, da Criança e do Adolescente Fernandes Figueira (IFF/Fiocruz) and then Pediatric Cardiology at Hospital Federal de Bonsucesso, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After ending my training, I have had many work opportunities as an attending. But my path was made clear and my passion in medicine enhanced after my fellowship electives in pediatric cardiology. These brief experiences made me realize how this knowledge could be complementary to my training and help to develop me as a future leader in this field. I chose Cleveland Clinic because so I could my academic proficiency more robust, while learning all the nuances to excel as a Resident in Pediatrics. My interview experience was amazing and I felt it was the right place to start a new beginning. In my free time I like hanging out with my friends, watching TV shows and travelling. Also, one of my hobbies is learning new languages and here in Cleveland is a perfect place to work on my skills in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French!"

Allen Joe, MD
St. John’s Medical College, India

"I chose Cleveland Clinic for its diverse patient population, wide range of pathology, ample research opportunities and incredibly friendly people. More importantly, the program’s emphasis on team work and holistic development of its residents helped me choose CCF as the program to train."

Daniel Janisz, MD
Poznan University of Medical Science, Poland

"I attended the University of Toledo for undergrad and grad school.  I then moved to Europe to study medicine at the Poznan University of Medical Science in Poznan, Poland! Coming home to Cleveland Clinic Children's is definitely a dream come true. Apart from the great mixture of rare/complex and classic pediatric cases, the people make this program amazing. From the very first experience I had at Cleveland Clinic Children’s at my interview day, the program has whole-heartedly welcomed me and continues to demonstrate their commitment to not only our pediatric patients and their families, but to the residents as well! In my spare time, I love to experience all that Cleveland has to offer, from Lake Erie’s beaches to all the Metroparks, to the awesome food and entertainment (even in the winter!)."

Lauren Jasko, DO
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"One of the reasons why I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s was because I felt the sense of a close-knit family during my interview dinner with the residents and throughout my interview day. Cleveland Clinic is without a doubt, committed to fostering diversity and inclusion. The diversity of the residents, faculty, and patient population at CCF creates a sense of unity and belonging that is felt by anyone who walks through the white hallways. Residents have so many opportunities for learning, it is endless."

Jessica Ruikka, DO
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Missouri

"I did a rotation at Cleveland Clinic Children’s in infectious disease and had a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed the variety of pathology and even more so I enjoyed the people I was working with. This experience and the city of Cleveland is what led me here."

Michelle Naporano, DO
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"I ultimately chose to come to Cleveland Clinic for residency because of the amazing atmosphere here. Everyone is always willing to teach, and never too busy to lend a helping hand. Here, you’ll find a place to truly grow, both professionally and personally."

Katie Ellis, DO
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"I was born and raised in the Cleveland area and only left for 4 years of undergrad at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. I was then accepted into Ohio University's medical school in Cleveland and was so excited to come back home. While on a sub-I at The Cleveland Clinic I truly felt like I was part of a medical team for the first time. We had a wide variety of patients and diagnoses, and my skills and independence were drastically improved after just 1 month here. It was truly an experience that was unable to be topped!"

Mira Younis, MD
University Of Jordan, Jordan

"I did one year of research at the Clinic before residency. I believe that once you get to experience the warmth, professionalism, and values shared by everyone in this internationally renowned institution, it becomes difficult to leave! I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s for its commitment to its residents’ success and growth. The family feel of the program, the mentorship and one-on-one interaction with faculty, the broad learning and training opportunities, and finally the wealth of resources and opportunities for research are what make the program an incredibly rich training experience that I am thrilled to join!"

Stephanie Lucas, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Michigan

"I chose Cleveland Clinic because during my PhD I became interested in mitochondrial disorders, a very rare genetic disorder.  Yet, Cleveland Clinic is one of the few hospitals in the world that has a physician specializing in these disorders.  During my interview, he was willing to take his own free time to discuss his work.  Since coming here, I have found that most of the physicians are really passionate about teaching, you just have to be willing to ask a question.  Furthermore, many of them are leaders in their field, seeing patients that few others ever see or even hear about outside a text book. If you are into the rare and cutting-edge like me, then Cleveland Clinic is the place to be."

Maliha Naeem, MD
Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan

"When I appeared for my interview at the Cleveland Clinic, I noticed a world map which had pointers indicating places where all the residents came from, at that moment I knew this is a place where my identity will be appreciated. Having abandoned my home country (Pakistan) where I finished my medical school and having gone through a tough process of wrapping up my fitness business back home, I can safely say transitioning to Cleveland was one of the best decisions that I have made so far. I am really enjoying the education, diversity, inclusion and the sense of community which I am experiencing here."

Peter Sarnacki, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan

"I chose CCF to train in child neurology not only because of the world renown care provided to patients of the highest complexity, but for the resident camaraderie and mission oriented atmosphere which was immediately evident on my first visit. Each day I am incredibly humbled and honored to care for children at the Cleveland Clinic!"


Second Year Residents

Amala Alenchery, MD
St.John’s Medical College, India

"I chose Cleveland Clinic because I felt I could find another home away from home here! The institution prides itself for the diversity it has to offer in terms of patient population and pathology, while fostering holistic development. Everyone here is very warm and welcoming and I am excited about what lies ahead for me!"

Lina Alkhaled, MD
University of Damascus, Syria

"I moved to Cleveland three years ago to finish my training in pediatric endocrinology. Despite being a big city girl, I have fallen in love with the city of Cleveland! So I’ve decided to stay in Cleveland for my residency training. More specifically, I was drawn to Cleveland Clinic Children’s because of the diversity of the program, the structure of the curriculum in addition to its international reputation! Outside medicine, I am an outdoorsy person! I enjoy hiking and jogging. I also enjoy reading as I am deeply touched by Khaled Husseini style and the great Jane Austen ever-living novels.

Kriti Bhayana, MD
Lady Hardinge Medical College, India

"I always dreamt of being at Cleveland Clinic, and as they say, when you stick on, dreams do come true! This place offers immense scope for learning and at the same time, the support system to help you grow. The warm and friendly nature of everyone here made me feel like home the first time I met them on the interview day. I aspire to become a world-renowned child neurologist and strongly believe that Cleveland Clinic is the perfect platform to begin this journey. Cleveland is a beautiful place. I love to go to the lake or take a walk across downtown."

Rita Elias, DO
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan

"I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s for its broad variety of pathology, exposure to unique medical cases, and for the genuine kindness of the residents and leadership. My husband and I are very outdoorsy and there are so many awesome trails in this area that we love to explore! We also eat a lot of ice cream and there are great options in Cleveland. I am really looking forward to learning and growing as a pediatrician at CCF!"

Mohamed Elshazzly, DO
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, North Carolina

"I attended the American University in Cairo and Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I wished to join a pediatric residency program that would foster my interests in clinical medicine and research with exposure to a diverse patient population. During my interview day at CCF, everyone I met was incredibly kind, professional, informative, and full of warmth. CCF felt like the perfect fit! In my free time, I enjoy exploring new restaurants, hiking, cooking, history, and catching up on shows on Netflix!

Bilasan Hammo, MD
University of Jordan, Jordan

"I like to think of myself as a resident of the world. I was born in Iowa, moved to Nebraska, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and I have spent 10 years living in Amman, Jordan. I attended medical school at the University of Jordan. Living, studying and practicing medicine in Jordan has really opened my eyes on how doctors can truly have an impact on the lives of patients; not only on their physical health but mental health as well. I chose Pediatrics because children are genuine and so full of life. I chose Cleveland Clinic due to its diversity of patients, cases, people and the overall sense of “belonging” to something great."

Nicholas Marshall, MD
Northeast Ohio Medical University, Ohio

"I studied natural sciences and chemistry at the University of Akron and attended medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University. I enjoyed rotating at many of the hospitals in Northeast Ohio, but Cleveland Clinic was a special place. While I was exposed to many common pediatric aliments, I also had the opportunity to see diseases that I have never heard of— or only read in textbooks. What surprised me most, however, was the people. The program’s attendings and residents challenged me and fostered my development as a medical student. There was an incredible amount of support and mentorship amongst the residents and attendings. I was thrilled to find the perfect balance in this program between “bread-and-butter pediatrics,” pathology, research, support, and mentorship. All of this in the backyard of where I grew up."

Meagan McNicholas, DO
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"I moved to Cleveland to attend college at John Carroll University and never left. Despite the snow and the rain, I love being here. I am a member of the first graduating class from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Cleveland Campus. I chose Cleveland Clinic after I had a great experience doing a sub internship. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive. I learned a ton in just the short month. CCF offers the opportunity for residents to become well rounded, seeing both fundamental pediatrics cases and extremely complex cases. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Cleveland’s restaurants and parks, watching sports, and reading.

Ariel Moore, DO
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"While in medical school I decided I wanted to stay close to home and work with children. I choose Cleveland Clinic because of all the different learning opportunities. From the global health opportunities to the research opportunities with all of the subspecialties. During my Acting Internship I was able to bond with the other residents and really felt I was a part of their family. Everyone got along so well and I knew it was a family I wanted to be a part of. "

Inga Muser, MD
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland

"I was born and raised in the Toronto area, and attended medical school in Dublin, Ireland before joining Cleveland Clinic for my pediatric residency. I chose the centre for it’s wide patient population, research opportunities, and of course the incredible staff. I’ve been conducting pediatric research at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for some years now and hope to join the ranks of the many Cleveland Clinic researchers."

Nhu-Hac Truong, DO
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia

"I chose Cleveland Clinic for the diverse pathology and complexity, and the opportunity to work with a number of international patients. I love going on food adventures, traveling, and anything sci-fi/fantasy related. Having been an East Coast girl my entire life, I'm excited to see what the Midwest has to offer and can't wait to explore the bustling city of Cleveland!"

Mary (Yi) Wang, MD
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland

"I started my undergrad at the University of Waterloo and finished it while studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. I chose Cleveland Clinic because I was impressed with the team atmosphere I saw while interviewing there. I was further impressed with the team's diversity and felt it would suit me as a Canadian IMG who studied in Ireland. I was also excited by the variety of cases residents get to see while at CCF and look forward to seeing rare and interesting conditions, alongside the bread and butter conditions of paediatrics."

Emily Waskow, DO
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indiana

"I completed my undergraduate education at Olivet Nazarene University, and I graduated medical school from Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose Cleveland Clinic Children’s for residency because of its complex pathology, collaborative working environment, and friendly seniors and faculty."

Shahwar Yousuf, MD
Punjab Medical College, Pakistan

"I came to Cleveland Clinic for my residency due to its international reputation, diversity and healthy working environment.There are a gazillion of opportunities around and everyone is more than happy to help."


Third Year Residents

Mohga Behairy, DO
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida

"I chose Cleveland Clinic because of a number of reasons. First off, the immense diversity — diversity of patient population and pathology, and diversity of residents and faculty, allowing for endless learning opportunities. Second off, I was very impressed on interview day when I felt an instant click with every single person I met. Everyone at CCF, from residents to faculty and staff, have an indescribable warmth. I was really looking for a close knit program with a supportive family-like environment for residency, and that’s exactly what I found at CCF.

Brian Chen, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine, West Virginia
 
"I chose Cleveland Clinic for the reputation and the complexity of patients that are drawn to the care we can provide here. Also, I love this city for the beach, music/art scene, and affordability."

Aoife Corcoran, MD
University of Limerick, Ireland

"I chose pediatrics in the Cleveland Clinic because of its world renowned reputation and family vibe I got from residents and staff when I did my elective here in 2016. Living in Cleveland is great even if sometimes it rains as much as it does in Ireland!"

Jasmine Dillard, MD
Meharry Medical College, Tennessee

"I chose Cleveland Clinic for residency after doing an acting internship in the PICU here. The A.I. gave me intense pediatrics experience to be prepared for residency. The clinic has a lot of pathology that most people say you'll only see in textbooks and I felt like it was a great fit for me. During rounds I was always included in the discussion and was able to add to and ask questions about the patients, pathology, management, etc. I was really given responsibility for my patients and loved the strong didactic program: small group lectures throughout the week, grand rounds once a week, multidisciplinary teaching rounds, and Friday afternoon lectures. I don’t have any ties to Cleveland or Ohio, but I grew up in the Midwest and had been in the south for both undergrad and medical school, so I felt it was time for a change of pace."

Caitlin (Katie) Ensor, MD, MS
Marshall University School of Medicine, West Virginia

"I've spent time in the wild and wonderful West Virginia during medical school and am now proud to be a resident of the great state of Ohio and the CLE! A former trauma patient, I know firsthand the importance of humanism in addition to excellence in medicine. Putting the Clinic’s epic reputation and my passion for improvement aside, it was the approachable nature and genuine warmth of everyone I met at CCF that sealed the deal."

Sarah Leluga, DO
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Illinois

"I stayed close for college at Michigan State University (go green!) and then headed to medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Outside of residency, I love to spend time outdoors being active — anything from running with my two dogs, to SUPping and snowboarding — but I also am a total bookworm. I also am really enjoying working my way through the foodie and craft beer scene in Cleveland with my husband!"

Michael Lin, MD
Columbia University, New York

"I was raised in Omaha, NE. I grew up playing violin and basketball, and I am still very active in sports and music. I signed up for two gyms to run on different courts, and I am planning to learn the cello. I am looking forward to all that Cleveland has to offer from going to the Orchestra and sports games to exploring nature around the city. Some areas in pediatrics that have piqued my interest so far are genetics, heme/onc and PICU, but I am eager to learn more and take my time to find the right fit."

Pia Maalouf, MD
LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, Lebanon

"March 16 2018. A date I will never forget. The date I found out I matched in Cleveland Clinic. I feel sincerely grateful for the opportunity the pediatric department at CCF has given me. As an IMG from Lebanon, I am excited to explore all my options here, to learn from an amazing team and to grow in such a diverse and rich environment."

Christiane Mhanna, DO
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"I studied biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and subsequently attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Cleveland Clinic Children's serves patients from all over the world with a wide range of unique cases."

Jamie Pruitt, DO
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia

"I choose Cleveland Clinic Children’s because when I did an acting internship here I felt challenged every day to learn in an environment where I felt supported and a part of the team. The residents are knowledgeable and made me feel empowered to make decisions and take ownership for the care of my patients. I am interested in pediatric Cardiology because I love physiology and I like the mix of acute care vs long term translational care I get to have with my patients."

Saneeha Shahid, MD
Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan 

"After completing my medical degree at the Aga Khan University, I came to Cleveland all the way from Pakistan! And can I just say, I’m ecstatic that I did! Cleveland Clinic and its people have welcomed me and adopted me as one of their own. I have no doubt that it is the perfect environment for me to learn medicine and enjoy myself at the same time! I can’t wait for the rest of my years here to come!

Smitha Hosahalli Vasanna, MD
Jagadguru Shree Shivarathreeshwara Medical College, India

"I'm from the beautiful city of Mysore, India from where I also obtained a master’s degree in pediatrics. My area of interest is Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. I was drawn to Cleveland Clinic for the diverse patient population and strong sub-specialty care and opportunities for tremendous clinical experience. It's indeed a great opportunity to learn from renowned mentors across the globe with such a wide breadth, here at Cleveland Clinic."


Chief Residents

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 Children’s for the diverse patients and pathologies we see, the diverse backgrounds of our residents and attending, as well as the incredibly supportive and invested faculty. In my free time, I’m enjoying all the food, baseball, and metro parks Cleveland has to offer."

Nicole Rothfusz, DO
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio

"Being originally from the Cleveland area I was thrilled to match at Cleveland Clinic Children’s to return for residency! I chose this program because I did an acting internship and loved how supportive and invested everyone is in resident learning and growth. It is a great place to learn the fundamentals of general pediatrics but also the intricacies of subspecialty care. Cleveland also 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!"

Presentations & Publications

Presentations & Publications

Poster Presentations

Joshua Herber, MD, Arrhythmias and Fasciculoventricular Pathways in Patients with Danon Disease: A Single Center Experience. Poster. SADS Conference. 11th Annual International SADS Foundation Conference; Ann Arbor, MI, USA. October 2018.

Joshua Herber, MD,
Arrhythmias and Fasciculoventricular Pathways in Patients with Danon Disease: A Single Center Experience. Poster. Cardiology 2019: Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease; Huntington Beach, CA, USA. February, 2019.

Sanu Yadav
, Scurvy in the Era of Restricted Dietary Practices. Mid-West Gut Club Annual meeting, Jul 2019. Yadav, S R; Habash, N; Cernanec, J; Radhakrishnan, K; Naduvil Valappil, A M; Panupattanapong, S.

Sanu Yadav
, An Adolescent with Recurrent Penoscrotal Swelling as Genitourinary Manifestations of Metastatic Crohn’s Disease. NASPGHAN, Oct 2019. Sanu R. Yadav, Molly Dewitt Foy, Audrey Rhee, Jacob A. Kurowski.

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.


Publications:

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:

Corcoran, Aoife. Irish Paediatric Society Annual Meeting 2018, 12/7/2019 Case report: B-cell lymphoma presenting as an isolated forehead lesion

Joshua Herber, MD; Simone Jhaveri, MD; Kenneth Zahka, MD; Gerard Boyle, MD; Elizabeth V Saarel, MD FHRS; Peter Aziz, MD FHRS. (May, 2019). Arrhythmias and Fasciculoventricular Pathways in Patients with Danon Disease: A Single Center Experience Oral Presentation presented at: Cleveland Clinic Annual Pediatrics Research Day; Cleveland, OH, USA.

Joshua Herber, MD. Secondary salivary mucoepidermoid carcinoma mimicking benign Warthin’s tumor in a hodgkin lymphoma survivor. Should treatment history guide post-remission follow-up? Sixth International Symposium on Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; Rotterdam, NLD.  September 2018.

Brian Chen. Acute Cerebrovascular Accident in a Pediatric Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 10th Biennial Conference on Pediatric Sleep medicine. Naples, Fl. Nov 14-17, 2019.
Lina Alkhaled. Growth Hormone Deficiency in a Patient with Ectodermal Dysplasia. ENDO, San Francisco, CA. Mar 2020.

Sampurna Shakya. Clinical Presentation of Infective Endocarditis in the Early 21st Century: A Descriptive Study. (Poster). IDSA 2017, San Diego, USA on October 7th, 2017.

Mohga Behairy: Persistent Hypogammaglobulinemia after Chemotherapy and Rituximab Despite B Lymphocyte Recovery. Behairy, M. Kerns, L. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Annual Meeting,  Philadelphia, PA. Mar 15, 2020.

Brendan Burke: Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2/17/2020, Acute airway obstruction in pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus.

Hamza Nasir: Severe Hypercalcemia in a 9 month old girl. Poster. ENDO, New Orleans, LA. March 2019.

Hamza Nasir: Severe Hypercalcemia in a 9 month old girl. Poster. PAS, Baltimore, MD. April 2019.

Hamza Nasir: Bihormonal pituitary adenoma in an adolescent male. Poster. ENDO, New Orleans, LA. March 2019.

Hamza Nasir: Identification of patients at risk of clinical deterioration. Poster. APPD Meeting, New Orleans, LA. March 2019.

Emine Tunc: The use of a CarePath in the diagnosis and management of appendicitis in children in a large integrated health system reduced the unnecessary computed tomography imaging.

Tunc E.M., Fertel B., Fraundorf E., Magnuson D. American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting; Denver, CO, USA.  (October, 2019).

Emine Tunc: The use of a CarePath in the diagnosis and management of appendicitis in children in a large integrated health system reduced the unnecessary computed tomography imaging.

Tunc E.M., Fertel B., Fraundorf E., Magnuson D.AAP Section of Emergency Medicine Council of Quality Transformation New Orleans (October 2019).

Emine Tunc: Decreasing Discharge Medication Reconciliation Errors: An Interprofessional Collaborative Quality Improvement Project. Tunc, Emine; Pruitt, Jamie; Moore, Casey; Hoffmaster, Holly L.; Waehner, Erin; Cox, Amy; Cohn, Allan; Zayas-Santiago, Arnaldo. Poster presentation. CCF Patient Safety Day March 13, 2020.

Emine Tunc: 2 Year Old Male Presenting to Emergency Department with Sudden Right Arm Weakness. Tunc, Emine M.; Adams, Richard J., Hsich, Gary. Ohio ACEP resident assembly. Columbus, OH. August 2019.

Jenny Sun: Autoimmune Manifestations in a Child with Autosomal Recessive Hyper IgM Syndrome Secondary to Activation Induced Cytidine Deaminiase Deficiency. Poster. ACAAI American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 11/16/2018.

Jenny Sun: Approach to Food Allergy in Pediatric Primary Care, Poster. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 2020 Annual Meeting, 03/14/2020.

Sarah Leluga: “Every True Rash Eventually Shows”. PHM, 2019.

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.


Awards/Grants:

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  

 

2020

 
 Mohamed Ashkar, MD  2020  Pediatrician, Cooperstown, New York  
 Brendan Burke, DO  2020  Chief Resident, Cleveland Clinic Children's  
 Sara Ghannam, MD  2020  Allergy Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's  
 Sumeet Gill, DO  2020  Pediatrician, Phoenix Children's, Arizona  
 Nawras Habash, MD  2020  Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic  
 Joshua Herber, MD  2020  Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Riley Children's  
 Smitha Hosahalli Vasanna, MD  2020  Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital  
 Hamza Nasir, MD  2020  Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia  
 Nicole Rothfusz, DO  2020  Chief Resident, Cleveland Clinic Children's  
 Sampurna Shakya, MD  2020  Pediatrician, Ashtabula County Medical Center, Ohio  
 Jing Yi Sun, MD  2020  Allergy Immunology Fellowship, University of Michigan  
 Emine Tunc, MD  2020  Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Seattle Children's  
 Sanu Yadav, MD  2020  Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's  

 

2019

 
 Dayne Bonzo, DO  2019  Pediatrician, Alaska  
 Madelyn Cohen, DO  2019  Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital  
 Caroline Conley, DO  2019  Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's  
 Dalal Elsori, MD  2019  Development-Behavioral Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University  
 Elizabeth Hilow, MD  2019  Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Children's  
 Deanna LaBianca, DO  2019  Pediatrician, Randall Children’s Hospital (Oregon)  
 Amy Porter, MD  2019  Pursuing Palliative Care Fellowship  
 Archana Ramgopal, DO  2019  Pediatric Hem/Onc Fellowship, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh  
 Doaa Shahbah, MD  2019  Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Texas Children's  
 Jason Sherman, DO  2019  Pediatrician, Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health & Surgery Center  
 Ahmad Suleiman, MD  2019  Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Michigan  
 Julia Tanguay, DO  2019  ED/Acute Care, Cleveland Clinic Akron General  
 Megh Trivedi, MD  2019  ED/Acute Care, Cleveland Clinic Akron General  

 

2018

 
Elham Abushanab, MD 2018 Cleveland Clinic Child Neurology  
Aiman Altaqi, MD 2018 Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest ED  
Mary Ayers, MD 2018 Pediatric GI, UPMC Medical Education-PA  
Edward Beatty, DO 2018 Akron Children’s ED  
Antonio Belda, MD 2018 Pediatric Cardiology, University Tennessee COM-Memphis  
Sarah Davidson, MD 2018 Chief Resident, Cleveland Clinic Children’s  
Stephannie Davies, MD 2018 Pediatric Allergy, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago  
Vedant Gupta, DO 2018 Chief Resident Cleveland Clinic Children’s  
Zahra Hudda, MD 2018 Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering-NY  
Travis Larsh, MD 2018 Cleveland Clinic Child Neurology  
Sana Siddiqui, MD 2018 Pediatric Hospitalist Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona  
Jessica Smith, MD 2018 Pediatric Sports Medicine Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, MO  
Madeleine Townsend, MD 2018 Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Cardiology fellowship  

 

2017

 
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  

 

2016

 
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
 

 

2015

 
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  

 

2014

 
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  

 

2013

 
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  

 

2012

 
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