Faculty


Chief of Pediatrics

Lawrence Opas, M.D.

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: CHLA
Positions Since Residency:
Nephrology Fellowship, CHLA
Program Director Pediatrics and Med+Peds, LAC+USC
PICU
Division Head
Description of Current Position:
Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Division Head, Pediatric Nephrology
Associate Dean Graduate Medical Education

Pediatric Intensive Care / Inpatient Medicine

Jeffrey Johnson, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
PICU Fellowship, LAC+USC
Attending for the PICU and inpatient pediatric wards
Description of Current Position:
Associate Chief of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Inpatient Medicine
Director, Quality Improvement for Department of Pediatrics
Chair, Bioethics and Brain Death committees

Cynthia Stotts, D.O.

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Allergy/Immunology Fellowship LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Serves as Inpatient Pediatric Ward Attending. PICU Attending. Recently was Chief of Staff for the Medical Center and orchestrated the very smooth transition from our two old hospitals to our new facility. Dr. Stotts chairs several committees and performs numerous administrative duties for the Department of Pediatrics and the Medical Center.

Adler Salazar, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: Women and Children's Hospital, USC Pediatrics
Positions Since Residency:  
2008 – 2009 Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
2009 – 2012 Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship
2012 – current Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
2015 Associate Director - Pediatric Residency
2015 Program Director - Pediatric Residency
Description of Current Position:  My clinical service involves being the Attending Physician for the PICU and inpatient pediatric ward.  On November, 2015 I will be the Program Director of the Pediatric residency program.  My goal is to help the residents meet their potential of being the best pediatricians and physician leaders they can be.  

Stephanie Zia, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Program Director for Med+Peds Residency Program, Med+Peds Hospitalist. Rotates between Medicine and Pediatrics every 2 months doing Inpatient Medicine Ward Attending, Inpatient Pediatrics Ward Attending, and PICU Attending. Med+Peds Clinic Attending.

Alex Resnick, M.D.

MedicalSchool: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: Pediatrics, LAC+USC Medical Center
Positions Since Residency:
2010-2011 Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
2011-2013 Pediatric Hospitalist, St Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center, New York City
2011-2013 Pediatrician, Metropolitan Pediatrics, New York City
2013-Present Pediatric Hospitalist, LAC+USC Department of Pediatrics
Description of Current Position: As a ward attending, I supervise residents and medical students as they rotate through the pediatric inpatient service. Along with my fellow hospitalists, I also provide night and weekend in-house PICU and Ward coverage. I supervise procedures and provide pediatric sedation services for our and other departments. I give the occasional grand rounds lecture and lead small group learning sessions.

Simi Rahman, M.D.

Medical School: The Aga Khan University Medical College, 1997
Residency: Pediatrics, Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein COM, Bronx, NY
Positions Since Residency: Outpatient community pediatrics locums in Missouri; Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City; Peds Hospitalist at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, CA; Outpatient Clinic in Placentia, CA;
Description of Current Position: Peds Hospitalist by night/ Med Educator by day: night time coverage on inpatient wards and PICU; ward attending; teaching MS II PPM Course in Medical Humanities.

Erica Li, M.D.

Medical School: UC Davis
Residency:  Harbor UCLA
Positions Since Residency: Bone Marrow Transplant hospitalist, CHLA
Description of Current Position:  Hospitalist.  Sometimes on Ward overseeing residents, sometimes on nights overseeing PICU and Ward admissions.

Neonatology

Rangasamy Ramanathan, M.D.

Medical School: Madras Medical College, India
Residency: New York Medical College, New York, NY
Positions Since Residency:
Fellow in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, LAC+USC Medical Center
Attending Neonatologist, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Description of Current Position:
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC and CHLA
Associate Division Chief, USC Division of Neonatal Medicine
Section Head, Division of Neonatal Medicine, LAC+USC
Director, Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
LAC+USC NICU Medical Director

SmeetaSardesai, M.D.

Medical School: University of Bombay, India
Residency: Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Positions Since Residency:
NICU Fellowship, LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC and Good Samaritan Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Medical Director of LAC+USC NICU
Director Transport Service for LAC+USC NICU
Normal Nursery Medical Director, LAC+USC
Associate Director of NICU Fellowship Program
NICU Medical Director, Good Samaritan Hospital

Lorayne Barton, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School: UC Irvine
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Fellow in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, LAC+USC
Fellow in Health Administration
Maternal & Child Health and Health Promotion, Loma Linda University
Description of Current Position:
Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine
Neonatal database administration
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC Medical Center
Neonatal Quality Improvement Program lead physician

ManojBiniwale, M.D.

Medical School: B J Medical College, Pune, India
Residency: Boston Combined Residency Program
Positions Since Residency:
NICU Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
NICU Fellowship, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
Attending Neonatologist, SUNY Stony Brook
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC and CHLA
Director of Neonatal Simulation Program, LAC+USC

Rowena Cayabyab, M.D.

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
NICU Fellowship, LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC and Good Samaritan Hospital
Associate Medical Director, NICU, Good Samaritan Hospital

Manuel Durand, M.D.

Medical School: San Marcos University Medical School, Lima, Peru
Residency: University of Texas at San Antonio, TX
Positions Since Residency:
Pulmonology Fellowship, McGill University, Montreal Children’s Hospital
NICU Fellowship, McGill University, Montreal Children’s Hospital
NICU Fellowship, University of Manitoba, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg
Cardiovascular Research Institute Fellowship, UCSF
Description of Current Position:
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC Medical Center
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Pulmonary Research Program

Fiona Wertheimer, D.O.

Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Florida-Jacksonville
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident in Pediatrics, University of Florida-Jacksonville
NICU Fellow, LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC Medical Center

BijanSiassi, M.D.

Medical School: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Residency: CHLA
Positions Since Residency:
Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology, UCLA
Description of Current Position:
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Cardiology, Keck School of Medicine
Director of course in Functional Echocardiography in the Neonate
Director of program for development of Neonatal Echocardiographic Simulation

Primary Care

Rukmani Vasan, M.D.

Medical School: Madras Medical College, Madras , India
Pediatric Residency:  Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Positions Since Residency:
1.Associate Pediatric Program Director
2. Pediatric Program Director
Description of Current Position:
1. Assocate Director, GME - LAC+USC Medical Center
2. Director, Pediatric Primary Care, PCMH and Continuity Clinic - LAC+USC Medical Center
3. Pediatric Co-Clerkship Director - KSOM, University of Southern California

Elba Mehta, M.D.

Medical School: University Central del Este
Residency: King/Drew Medical Center
Positions Since Residency: Primary Care Clinic Physician
Description of Current Position: attends in pediatric primary care continuity clinic with residents and faculty clinic with own patient panel. Established New Family Care Clinic specialized in the care of infants and mothers with depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

Breck Nichols, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P, F.A.A.P.

Medical School: Tulane
Residency: LAC+USC
Teaching Award from 3rd Year USC Med School Class:
5 Residents are selected from over 900 in Med Center for this award yearly.
Teaching Award from 4th Year USC Med School Class:
1 Resident is selected from over 900 in Med Center for this award yearly.
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Residency Medicine
Allergy/Immunology Fellowship LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Med+Peds Residency Program Director. Serves 2 months as Pediatric Inpatient Ward Attending and 2 months as Medicine
Inpatient Ward Attending. Allergy/Immunology Clinic Attending 6 months of the year. Active in Community Outreach and
Disease Management Research. Med+Peds Clinic Attending.

Gregory Harlan, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Positions Since Residency:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Univ of Utah (2003-2009). General Pediatrics and Peds Hospitalist.
Worked as fill-in peds hospitalist at CHLA (2009-11).
Medical Director at IPC The Hospitalist Company (2009-2014).
Part-time Pediatrician as Pasadena Pediatrics (2011-14).
ICM instructor at Keck School of Medicine (2010-2014)
Description of Current Position:
Director, Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) course at Keck School of Medicine.
Continuity Clinic Attending, LAC+USC Peds Clinic
Director, Business of Medicine course at Keck School of Medicine

Monika Alas-Segura, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Description of Current Position:
Outpatient pediatrics – both supervising residents in Continuity Clinic as well as seeing my own panel of patients in faculty clinic.  Also attend on the wards.
Associate Program Director – work with our Program Director, Adler Salazar and Program Coordinator, Maria Cloud to provide quality residency training and support the housestaff during an exciting 3 years of training!

Lindsey Miller, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center
Positions Since Residency: Part-Time General Pediatrician here at LAC+USC
Description of Current Position: Works in Pediatric Continuity Clinic and Pediatric Cardiology Clinic as well as teaches medical students in Introduction to Clinical Medicine.

Audrey Ahn, D.O.

Medical School: Western University
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center
Positions Since Residency: Part-time general pediatrician at LAC+USC.
Description of Current Position: Direct patient care provided in the outpatient faculty clinics and also involved in resident teaching for continuity clinic.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Astrid HeppenstallHeger, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Founder and Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) which provides the geography and leadership for the Child Abuse and Neglect Program that includes a 24/7 forensic clinic, a follow-up clinic for children in foster care, urgent care services for children entering foster care and children in the general Pediatric Practice at the Medical
Center as well as a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder clinic, sexual assault center and a program aimed at the abuse of the elderly and disabled, the Adult Protection Team. The VIP also provides 24/7 access to mental health services and advocacy.

Catherine DeRidder, M.D.

Med school: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis
Fellowship: Child Abuse Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA
Current: Child Abuse Pediatrician for Violence Intervention Program

Jorge Fuentes, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Instructor in Clinical Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine
Staff Physician, USC Violence Intervention Program’s Community-Based Assessment and Treatment Center

Adolescent Care and Transition

Eunice Rios M.D.

Medical School: Stanford
Residency: LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Pediatric faculty working in LAC+USC medical village. Also, attends on pediatrics and medicine wards and in med+peds clinic.

Mohamed Raad, M.D.

Medical School: UCSan Diego
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center – Med-Peds
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Description of Current Position: transitional care

Tracey Samko, M.D.

Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Residency:  LAC+USC Medical Center, Combined Internal Medicine -Pediatrics Chief Resident, Pediatrics Chief Resident
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Primary Care Physician and Inpatient Hospitalist
Description of Current Position: I work in the adolescent care and transition (ACT) clinic doing primary care for high risk and socially and medically complex people of all ages with a special focus in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) population ~70 % of the time. I also serve as an inpatient Hospitalist in the department of pediatrics and internal medicine ~30% of the time. Additionally, I supervise residents in Med- Peds clinic.

Allergy – Immunology

Lyne Scott, M.D.

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC), Division of Allergy and Immunology
Positions Since Residency:
Clinics Director, LAC+USC Allergy and Immunology
Director of the Breathmobile Program LAC+USC Allergy and Immunology
Division Chief LAC+USC Allergy and Immunology
Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program Director LAC+USC,
Description of Current Position: Dr. Scott is currently the fellowship training program director for the Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program. She is also Division Chief of Allergy and Immunology with oversight of the prestigious nationally recognized Breathmobile Program (www.labreathmobile.com).  Dr. Scott is active in community asthma awareness, improving asthma outcomes in underserved populations, and faculty development. She is an active member of local Departmental and University committees as well as National Allergy and Immunology organizations.

Marilyn Li, M.D.

Medical School: Brown
Residency: LAC+USC – Med-Peds
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Residency Medicine
Allergy/Immunology Fellowship LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Allergy/Immunology Faculty. Performs inpatient consultations for Allergy/Immunology. Teaches Allergy/Immunology Fellows.
Breathmobile Attending.

SalimaThobani, M.D.

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Inpatient Consult and Outpatient/BreathMobile Attending

Cardiology

 

MerujanUzunyan, M.D.

Medical School: Universita di Padova (Italy)
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
1994-2003 Attending on the Inpatient Services and PICU
2003-2006 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship
Description of Current Position: Director Pediatric Cardiology at LAC+USC 2006 to present

Nephrology

Richard Fine, M.D.

Medical School:  Temple University School of Medicine
Residency:
Boston City Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Positions Since Residency:
1966-1980 Head Dialysis and Transplant Program CHLA
1981-1990  Head Physician of Pediatric Nephrology, UCLA
1991-2005 Chair Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, State University of New York At Stony Brook
2005-2010 Dean, School of Medicine
2010-Present Professor Pediatrics, Stony Brook University, School of Medicine
2010-Present Professor of Pediatrics, Keck USC School of Medicine
Description of Current Position:
Teach and Supervise Medical Students and House staff during Pediatric Nephrology Rotation

Endocrinology

Paola Sequeira, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School: University of Miami
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Residency Medicine
Adult Endocrine Fellowship LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Pediatric Endocrine Attending. Performs inpatient consultations for Pediatric Endocrinology. Attends in Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic. Very active in Pediatric Endocrine research. Starting a Transitional Care Clinic for patients over 18 with Type I Diabetes.

Gastroenterology

Michelle Pietzak, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Residency: CHLA
Description of Current Position:
Pediatric gastroenterologist at LAC+USC. Major areas of research interest and ongoing studies, include: Translocation of  E. coli K1 across the intestinal epithelial barrier in vivo and in vitro; prevalence of celiac disease in the United  States, Southern California and patients with type I diabetes and Turner syndrome; bone density in children with celiac  disease and inflammatory bowel diseases; outcomes of TPN dependent children with short bowel syndrome and the effect of  growth hormone and glutamine on intestinal adaptation; the hypercoagulable state, incidence of Protein C deficiency, and  thrombotic complications in children with short bowel syndrome and chronic TPN dependence.

Frank R. Sinatra, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: CHLA
Positions Since Residency:
Pediatric Chief Resident, CHLA
GI Fellowship at Stanford
Founding Division Head – Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Pediatric Clerkship Director
Director of GI/Liver section for second year medical students
Description of Current Position:
Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics Advisor for Medical Students
Attending Gastroenterologist LAC+USC Medical Center
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

Hematology-Oncology

Randall Chan, M.D.

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Residency: LAC+USC MedPeds
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow at CHLA in PedsHeme-Onc
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the KSOM of USC
Staff at LAC+USC (Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Inpatient Medicine and Hematology-Oncology)
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the KSOM of USC
Staff at LAC+USC (Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Inpatient Medicine and Hematology-Oncology)

Susan McKenna, M.D.

Medical School: UnivAutonoma de Guadalajara
Residency: UCI
Fellowship: Peds hem/onc fellowship, Riley Children's hosp (U Indiana MS) and CHLA
Positions Since Residency: Peds hem/onc attending at LAC+USC

Infectious Disease

Andrea Kovacs, M.D.

Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Clinical Instructor, University of Southern California School of Medicine
Assistant Clinical Research Scientist, City of Hope
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Southern California School of Medicine
Description of Current Position:
Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology, USC
Director of the MCA Center for Infectious Diseases and Virology
Division Head of Pediatric ID at the Keck School of Medicine

James Homans, M.D.

Medical School: Tulane
Residency: LAC+USC – Med-Peds
Positions Since Residency:
Adult ID Fellowship LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Pediatric Infectious Disease. Works in our outpatient ID clinic for HIV positive children. Performs inpatient consultations for ID and serves 2 months a year as Inpatient Pediatric Ward Attending.

LaShonda Spencer, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: University of Utah – Med-Peds
Positions Since Residency:
Adult ID Fellowship LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Pediatric Infectious Disease. Works in our outpatient ID clinic for HIV positive children. Performs inpatient consultations for ID and serves 2 months a year as Inpatient Pediatric Ward Attending.

Mikhaela Cielo, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: Children's Hospital Oakland (residency + Peds ID Fellowship)
Positions Since Residency: Peds Primary Care, Urgent Care
Description of Current Position: Peds ID Attending, working mostly in the outpatient HIV clinic for kids, teens and young adults, as well as treating patients with other infectious diseases.

Neurology

Arthur Partikian, M.D.

Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine (Merit Scholar)
Residency: Pediatric Neurology at LAC+USC & CHLA
Description of Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology & Pediatrics
Director, Division of Child Neurology at LAC+USC
Awarded Two Outstanding Faculty Teaching Awards
Serves on Professional Advisory Committee of the Epilepsy Foundation

Genetics

Shoji Yano, M.D.,  Ph.D.

Medical/Graduate School: Kurume University, Japan
Residency: Kurume University, CHLA
Fellowship: UCSD, CHLA/USC
Position: Director Genetics Division
Description of Current Position:
Genetics outpatient clinic, inpatient/outpatient consultation, research activities in errors of inborn metabolism.

Clinical Pharmacology

Irving Steinberg, Pharm.D.

Pharmacy School: University of Minnesota
Residency: University of Minnesota
Positions Since Residency:
 ASHP Endowed Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Pharmacokinetics, Section of Clinical Pharmacology, St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center & University of Minnesota
Description of Current Position: 
Director, Division of Pediatric Pharmacotherapy, LAC+USC; Associate Professor of
Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacy, Keck School of Medicine
and USC School of Pharmacy; Attending Pharmacologist, PICU;

Provides 24/7 clinical pharmacology, therapeutic drug monitoring, and toxicology consultation to all service areas in the

Department of Pediatrics, as well as department representative to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and its

subcommittees.