Faculty

Chief of Pediatrics

Lawrence Opas, M.D.

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: CHLA Pediatrics
Fellowship: Pediatric Nephrology, CHLA
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Program Director Pediatrics and Med+Peds, LAC+USC
Director Pediatric Critical Care Unit
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
Fellowship: PICU, LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
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 and PICU Attending. 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
Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, CHLA
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
2008 – 2009 Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
2012 – current, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
2015 Associate Program Director - Pediatric Residency
2015 – current, Program Director - Pediatric Residency
Description of Current Position: My clinical service involves being the Attending Physician for the PICU and inpatient pediatric ward. As 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.

Gina Kim, MD, MPH

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Residency: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, CHLA (Children's Hospital Los Angeles)
Description of Current Position: Pediatric Intensivist and Inpatient Ward Attending
Research Interest: Cardiopulmonary physiology in critically ill children
Other Interest: Simulation education

Daniel Im, MD

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY)
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center/USC Keck School of Medicine
Fellowship: CHLA, Pediatric Critical Care
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
2014 – 2015 Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
2015 – 2018 Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, CHLA
Description of Current Position: Attending Physician for the PICU and inpatient pediatric ward. I am passionate about taking care of the underserved children and families in Los Angeles, teaching residents and medical students, and research in pediatric critical care.
Research Interest: Using data science and machine learning to make clinically relevant predictions

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:
Med+Peds Hospitalist. Rotate between Medicine and Pediatrics every 2 months doing Inpatient Medicine Ward Attending, Inpatient Pediatrics Ward Attending, and covering the PICU.

 

Suraiya Simi Rahman, MD, MBBS, MACM

Medical School: The Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency: General Pediatrics, Jacobi Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Positions Since Residency: Pediatric Hospitalist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri Assisstant Professor of Pediatrics at Keck SOM, Pediatric Hospitalist at LAC+USC
Description of Current Position: Attending on inpatient wards and alsp provides supervision to residents with overnight admissions to the ward and PICU.
Teaching and Research Interests: Dr. Rahman obtained a Masters in Medical Education from Keck SOM & has created innovative curricula integrating the medical humanities and clinical teaching.
Interests: Narrative Medicine in Clinical Practice, Wellness and Burnout, Meditation and Journaling, Meaning in Medicine, Physician Identity Formation
Co-director of ELEVATE, Residency curriculum in Leadership. Co-director of Medical student electives: Healers Art & Medical Arts and Humanities.
Faculty advisor: Resident StorySlam and Bookclub
Medical Student: Medical Humanities Interest Group and Synesthesia
Patient stories: ArtandMed patient-artist interview series on The Mighty website.

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.

Sunniya Basravi, D.O.

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency: USC Pediatrics – LAC+USC Medical Center (2014-2017)
Positions Since Residency:
Pediatrics Chief Resident (2017-2018)
Pediatric Hospitalist (2018 -)
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Description of Current Position:
- Rounding on the inpatient pediatric wards
- Teaching residents and medical students
- Covering PICU during nights and weekends
- Providing procedural sedation services for pediatric patients
Interests: Procedural sedation and pain control, medical education, social determinants of health, community outreach and advocacy.

Neonatology

Rangasamy Ramanathan, M.D.

Medical School: Madras Medical College, India
Residency: New York Medical College, New York, NY
Fellowship: Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, LAC+USC Medical Center
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
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
Fellowship: NICU, LAC+USC
Positions Since Fellowship:
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.
Description of Current Position:
Attending on rounds in the NICU and newborn nursery.

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

Medical School: UC Irvine
Residency: LAC+USC
Fellowship: Neonatal Perinatal Medicine, LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
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

Manoj Biniwale, M.D.

Medical School: B J Medical College, Pune, India
Residency: Pediatrics - Boston combined Residency Program
Fellowship: Neonatal Perinatal Medicine - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Yale University
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, SUNY Stony Brook, NY from 2006-2008, Assistant professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine USC 2008-2018
Description of Current Position: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology Division, Director of Neonatal Simulation at LAC+USC Medical Center
Research Interests: Non-invasive ventilation, surfactant therapy, oxygen therapy, bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Rowena Cayabyab, M.D.

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines
Residency: LAC+USC
Fellowship: NICU, 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, Pediatrics
Fellowship:
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 Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Attending Neonatologist LAC+USC Medical Center
Director, USC Neonatology Fellowship Program 1990-2002
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Pulmonary Research/Pulmonary Function
Description of Current Position:
Attending physician in NICU, newborn nursery, and BPD clinic.
Research Interests:
- Developmental pulmonary physiology/ pulmonary function in infants with acute and chronic lung disease (BPD)
- Respiratory mechanics and long-term outcome in preterm infants treated with antenatal steroids
- In-utero smoke, vitamin C and newborn pulmonary function
- Episodes of hypoxemia in preterm infants
- Follow-up of infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)

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
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:
Associate Pediatric Program Director
Pediatric Program Director
Description of Current Position:
Assiocate Director, GME - LAC+USC Medical Center
Director, Pediatric Primary Care, PCMH and Continuity Clinic - LAC+USC Medical Center
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.

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 Pediatrics
Positions Since Residency:
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Founder and Executive Director of the Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
Description of Current Position:
Helps provide 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
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Associate Program Director for VIP
Description of Current Position: Child Abuse Pediatrician for Violence Intervention Program. Evaluates patients in the VIP clinic and inpatient consults for abuse/neglect.

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

Haylee Finkel, D.O., F.A.A.P.

Medical School: Touro University Nevada
Residency: LAC+USC Pediatrics Residency
Current Position: Pediatrician, LAC + USC
Description of Current Position: Pediatrician at the LAC+ USC HUB/Violence Intervention Program, providing medical care for children within the LA County foster and dependency system. I also work in the HUB's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic, providing diagnoses and referrals for appropriate services for children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
Research/Clinical Interest: Early intervention strategies for prenatally exposed children

Katie Santohigashi, M.D.

Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine
Residency: LAC+USC Pediatrics
Positions Since Residency: Pediatric chief resident at LAC+USC, pediatrician in CATC clinic at VIP/LAC+USC
Description of Position: I do primary care pediatrics for youth in the LA county foster system

Adolescent Care and Transition

Mohamed Raad, M.D.

Medical School: UC San Diego
Residency: LAC+USC Medical Center – Med+Peds
Positions Since Residency: Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
Description of Current Position: Helps provide transitional care through the Adolescent care and transition (ACT) clinic. Inpatient hospitalist in the department of Pediatrics and Internal medicine. Supervise residents in the Medicine+Pediatrics Clinic

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
Assistant Program Director Medicine+Pediatric Residency Program
Description of Current Position:
- 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) populations
- Inpatient Hospitalist in the department of pediatrics and internal medicine ~30% of the time
- 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.

Kenny Yat-Choi Kwong, M.D.

Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: University of California, Irvine (Pediatrics)
Fellowship: USC Allergy-Immunology
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Breathmobile Program Physician, LAC+Medical Center
Chief, Allergy-Immunology, LAC+USC Medial Center
Program Director, Allergy-Immunology Fellowship, LAC+USC Medical Center
Chief, Allergy-Immunology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Description of Current Position:
Allergy-Immunology Attending, LAC+USC Medical Center
Associate Program Director, Allergy-Immunology Fellowship, LAC+USC Medical Center
Research Interest(s):
Effects of early lung injury on later life lung function
Transitional asthma care in adolescents and young adults Patient needs assessments in asthmatic patients

Marilyn Li, M.D.

Medical School: Brown University
Residency: LAC+USC Med+Peds
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Residency Internal 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.

Breck Nichols, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School: Tulane
Residency: Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med+Peds) at LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Chief Residency Medicine
Fellowship: Allergy/Immunology at LAC+USC
Description of Current Position:
Med+Peds Residency Program Director, Medicine Inpatient Ward Attending, Pediatric Inpatient Ward Attending, Med+Peds Clinic Attending, Allergy/Immunology Clinic Attending Interests: Community Outreach, Disease Management, and Wellness

 

Cardiology

 

MerujanUzunyan, M.D.

Medical School: Universita Degli Studi Di Padova (Italy)
Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia
Residency: LAC+USC Pediatrics
Fellowship: CHLA Pediatric Cardiology
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics
1994-2003 Attending on the Inpatient Services and PICU
2003-2006 Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Description of Current Position:
Director Pediatric Cardiology at LAC+USC 2006 to present
Awarded Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award 2018
Services provided include:
- 24/7 coverage of all Pediatric Cardiology cases from Fetus to Adult Congenital at the LAC+USC campus
- Adult congenital Cardiology at LAC+USC
- Fetal Echocardiography Teaching and Supervision of MFM fellows Fetal Tachyarrhythmia.
- Teach and Supervise Medical Students and House staff during Pediatric Cardiology Rotation.

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

Marc J Weigensberg, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago
Residency: Northwestern University, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Pediatric Endocrinology, Northwestern University, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship: Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois, Cook County Hospital (1988-1990); Department of Pediatrics, University of Southern California, LA County Hospital (1990-present)
Description of Current Position: Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, LAC+USC Medical Center. Clinical care, teaching, and administrative oversight of all pediatric endocrine activities in outpatient and inpatient settings at LAC+USC Medical Center Co-Director, Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency. Teaching of complementary and integrative medicine curriculum and practices in
pediatric outpatient elective (begun in 2018-2019). Director, USC Institute for Integrative Health
Research Interests: Mind-body integrative lifestyle interventions for youth with diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity. Role of stress in childhood obesity and obesity-related disorders.

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

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

Gastroenterology

Michelle Pietzak, M.D.

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo
Residency: CHLA Pediatrics
Fellowship: CHLA Pediatric Gastroenterology
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 Med+Peds
Fellowship: CHLA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Chief Resident, LAC+USC Pediatrics Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the KSOM of USC Staff at LAC+USC (Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Inpatient Medicine and Hematology-Oncology) Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the KSOM of USC
Description of Current Position: Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist providing inpatient and outpatient consult/referral services. Teaches medical students and residents core didactics in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Research Interest: Biostatistics

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
Fellowship: Adult ID Fellowship LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency: Pediatric Infectious Disease Attending Physician
Description of Current Position:
Works in outpatient ID clinic for HIV positive women, adolescents, and children. Performs inpatient consultations for Infectious Diseases and serves as Inpatient Pediatric Ward Attending.

LaShonda Spencer, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: University of Utah, Med+Peds
Fellowship: Adult ID Fellowship LAC+USC
Positions Since Residency:
Pediatric Infectious Disease Attending Physician
Description of Current Position:
Works in outpatient ID clinic for HIV positive women, adolescents, and children. Performs inpatient consultations for infectious diseases and also serves as Inpatient Pediatric Ward Attending.

Mikhaela Cielo, M.D.

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Residency: Children's Hospital Oakland, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Oakland, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship: Pediatric Primary Care, Urgent Care
Description of Current Position: Working mostly in the outpatient HIV clinic for kids, teens and young adults, as well as treating patients with other infectious diseases. Attends on inpatient Pediatric ID consult service.

Allison Bearden, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: LAC+USC, Med+Peds
Fellowship: Adult Infectious Disease, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, LAC+USC Medical Center, Maternal, Child, Adult/Adolescent Center for Infectious Diseases and Virology (MCA), Keck School of Medicine of USC
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Description of Current Position: Outpatient HIV and ID care at MCA in the areas of pediatric, adolescent and adult HIV, HCV treatment, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, general pediatric ID care, prevention of HIV through PEP and PrEP to adolescents and adults. Inpatient pediatric ID consultation service at LAC+USC Medical Center
Research Interest: Adolescent HIV and HIV prevention, Vitamin D and its role in 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 interests: Inborn errors of 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.

Residency Wellness

 

Tobi Fishel, Ph.D.

Graduate School: University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Residency: University of Florida Fellowship/Post-doctoral training: University of Florida
Positions Since Residency/Fellowship:
Director of Psychology at the Osher Center For Integrative Health, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Description of Current Position: GME Director of Residency Wellness, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Southern California, School of Medicine and Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Interests: Physician Well-Being, Trauma, Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain, Integrative Health