Class of 2018: Child Neurology Residency

Alfred Balasa, M.D.



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Pediatric Neuroimmunology; Global Health

Nikita Malani Shukla

Medical Resident

Class of 2019: Child Neurology Residency

David Huss, M.D., B.A.

Medical Resident

Maureen Handoko

Pediatric neurology resident

Danielle S Takacs, M.D.

Pediatric Neurology Resident/Fellow

Clinical Neurophysiology; Epilepsy; General Pediatric Neurology; Neuromuscular Disease

Jason Gill

Medical Resident

Hitha Amin, MBBS, MD

Medical Resident

Class of 2020: Child Neurology Residency

Mariam Hull

Medical Resident

Kristen Fisher

Medical Resident

Jaehyung Lim

Medical Resident

William Hong

Medical Resident

Isabella Garcia, Ph.D.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Developmental Biology; Mentor: Benjamin Arenkiel, Ph.D.

Daniel Calame, M.D., B.S.

Medical Resident

Class of 2021: Child Neurology Residency

Leah Ferrante, M.D., B.S.

Medical Resident

Wilfreda Lindsey

E-Mail Access(gme)

Steven Lee, M.D., Ph.D.


Implantable devices; Wireless technology; Global Health

Class of 2022: Child Neurology Residency

Ajay Thomas

E-Mail Access(gme)

Joshua Smith

E-Mail Access(gme)

Kayla Pence

Elective Student

Steven M. Lazar, M.D.

E-Mail Access(gme)

Neuroimaging and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Genetic Disorders; Neurodevelopmental Assessment in Chronic Disease

Varun Kannan


Class of 2023

Mikael Guzman Karlsson

E-Mail Access(gme)

Alexander Sandweiss

E-Mail Access(gme)

Alexandria Melendez-Zaidi

E-Mail Access(gme)

Saud Abdullah Alsahli

Alexander Ankar

E-Mail Access(gme)

Aishwarya Venkataraman

Medical Student

Fellows Trained at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

Over 70 child neurologists have been trained through the years at Baylor College of Medicine. They represent a diverse group of interests, with about 60 percent going into academics versus private practice, and are currently practicing in 22 states.

Recent Graduates

Trainee, Training Graduation Year, Accepted Position 

Nikita Shukla, M.D., 2018, Pediatric Neuro-immunology/Multiple Sclerosis fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Robert Stowe, M.D., 2018, Sleep Medicine/Epilepsy fellowships, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

Rachelle Herring, M.D., 2018, assistant professor, Cook Children's Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

Day Breen, M.D., 2018, assistant professor, Erlanger Children's Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Elizabeth McQuade, M.D., 2018, assistant professor, West Virginia University Hospital, W.Va.

Davut Pehlivan, M.D., 2018, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Meagan Hainlen, M.D., 2017, assistant professor, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

Katie Friederich, M.D., 2017, private practice, Kaiser Permanente, Roseville, Calif.

Michael A. Lopez, M.D., Ph.D., 2017, neuromuscular fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Kimberly Houck, M.D., 2016, assistant professor, clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy fellowships, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Dana Marafi, M.D., 2016, clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy fellowships and genetics/metabolics fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Meeta Cardon, M.D., 2016, neuromuscular fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Hsia-Tuan Chao, M.D., Ph.D., 2016, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Sonika Agarwal, M.D., 2016, assistant professor, Nemours duPont Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Aaron Cardon, M.D., 2015, clinical instructor, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Stuart Tomko, M.D., 2015, neurophysiology and neuroimmunology fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.

Gamil Fteeh, M.D., 2015, assistant professor, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.

Geetanjanli Rathore, M.D., 2015, assistant professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb.

Sunita Misra, M.D., Ph.D., 2014, neurophysiology fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Amitha Anand, M.D., 2014, neurogenetics fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Khalid Kakish, M.D., 2014, assistant professor, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y.

Shannon DiCarlo, M.D., 2014, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Mered Parnes, M.D., 2014, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Parvin Azizi, M.D., 2013, assistant professor, University of New Mexico, New Mexico, Ariz.

Pamela Lupo, M.D., 2013, assistant professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

Ramzy Medaa, M.D., 2013, private practice, Naples, Fla.

Monika Ummat, M.D., 2013, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Leah Zhorne, M.D., 2013, assistant professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Varina Boerwinkle, M.D, 2012, assistant professor, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.

Jimmy Holder, M.D.,Ph.D. 2012, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Michelle Holick, M.D., 2011, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Bernard Suter, M.D., 2011, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Melissa Jones, M.D., 2011, Texas Medical & Sleep Specialists, Houston, Texas

Jennifer Lee, M.D., 2010, neurocritical care fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Christopher Brown, M.D., 2010, Children's of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

Samiya Ahmad, M.D., 2010, assistant professor, The University of Texas - San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

Migvis Monduy, M.D., 2010, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Weston, Fla.

Cicely Dowdell-Smith, M.D., 2009, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Monika Proud, M.D. , 2009, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Amber Stocco, M.D., 2009, INTEGRIS Pediatric Neurology, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Lisa Nassif, M.D., 2008, hospitalist,  Clearlake Regional, Clearlake, Texas

Jennifer Norman, M.D., 2008, INTEGRIS Pediatric Neurology, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Jane Tavyev Asher, M.D., 2008, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.

Chaouki Khoury, M.D., 2007, associate professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas

J.B. Le Pichon, M.D., Ph.D., 2007, child neurology program director, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.

Benjamin Ross, M.D. 2007, Rocky Mountain Pediatric Neurology & Sleep Center, Denver, Colo.

Farida Abid, M.D. 2006, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Lalania K. Schexnayder, M.D., Ph.D., 2006, Baton Rouge Clinic, Baton Rouge, La.

Bobbi Hopkins, M.D., 2006, medical director, All Children's Hospital (Sleep Center); attending physician, All Children's Hospital Institute for Brain Protection Science, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Melissa Ramocki, M.D., Ph.D., 2007, director, Center for Vestibular & Balance Disorders, a division of University Otolaryngology, East Greenwich, RI and attending physician, Division of Child Neurology, Rhode Island and Hasbro Children's Hospitals, Providence, R.I. 

Notable Graduates

Huda Zoghbi, M.D., 1985, professor, director - Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, Marvin Fishman chair in pediatric neurology research, investigator - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, member, Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences

Sidney Gospe, M.D., Ph.D., 1986, professor and division head of child neurology at Seattle Children’s Hospital, The University of Washington

Warren Wasiewski, M.D., 1987, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Research and Development at BioBlast Pharma

Philip Pearl, M.D., 1989, Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, William G. Lennox Chair and Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Angus Wilfong, M.D., 1991, Division chief of pediatric neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's

Timothy Lotze, M.D., 2002, Program director child neurology and associate professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Jeffery Neul, M.D., Ph.D., 2003, recipient of the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award in 2009, chief of the Division of Neurology at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and professor and vice chair of neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine

Stephen Maricich, M.D., Ph.D., 2003, recipient of the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award in 2010, assistant professor, Case Western Reserve University

Jimmy L Holder, M.D., Ph.D., 2012, recipient of the Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Aware in 2015, assistant professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Quotes from Current and Former Program Residents

On the Clinical Training Program:

“When I interviewed here as a medical student and met with Dr. Feigin, he said, "At Texas Children’s, you won’t just read about everything, and you won’t just see ONE of everything; you will see often the rare diseases that others will only read about." He was completely correct. In the field of child neurology, having this diverse training experience has impacted tremendously my clinical management and has opened doors to research and career opportunities.”

“I love that there are so many wonderful people to work with, with so many different interests, backgrounds, and experiences. Some of my closest friends have come from my years in Child Neurology training in Texas Children’s and Baylor.”

“I love that the attendings and fellows are fun and have such a great time. You know attendings have a sense of humor when the annual graduation party includes attendings in cowboy hats singing and reciting funny poetry about the graduates.”

“The breadth of patient diversity and the broad strength of attending expertise came together to create a program that catered to my individual interests/strengths while giving unparalleled general neurology training.”

“The program creates a culture of coordination among many diverse subspecialties which can only come from working in the largest children’s hospital in the United States.”

“The wisdom of Fabio Fernandez: some of my favorite learning experiences were from his ability to concisely categorize all neurological cases into "three things" when narrowing down the diagnosis and plan---this attending is amazing.”

“Child neurology fellows are treated as professionally as colleagues and personally as family! The friendships and personal connections you make in Residency/Fellowship are certainly ones to be treasured for a lifetime.”

“The training provides not only the ACGME required aspects, but is flexible enough to allow the pursuit of individual interests. We are lucky to have a wide range of subspecialization opportunities within Child Neurology”

“I really appreciated the wide variety of diagnoses/pathology seen at Texas Children’s Hospital. I felt very prepared when I took my board exam and started seeing patients in private practice, having been exposed to so many unusual "textbook" type diseases.”

“The faculty truly enjoy teaching and work to ensure that residents receive a thorough and well rounded neurology education. I picked up so many "pearls" of knowledge from the attendings that I now use in my own practice all the time.”

"I feel so fortunate to be part of this program. The faculty are stellar and there is great camaraderie amongst the fellows and residents. I feel confident that I have received the best training possible."

On Houston:

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else. There are lots of job opportunities for (physician and non-physician) spouses in such a big city! The cultural diversity leads to amazing art exhibits, festivals, and restaurants to share with my family. There are fantastic museums and theaters. The best part is the cost-of-living---there is affordable living in many great areas and neighborhoods with many excellent schools. I love my neighborhood and school district.”

"There is always something to do in Houston. We have a huge selection of running/hiking/biking trails, restaurants, shops, concerts, theaters, music venues and festivals. The medical center is central to the museum district, sporting venues, and many great places to live. It’s hard not to love this place when so many opportunities are at your fingertips!

“Houston is home to beautiful parks!”

"The best thing about Houston is the people here. Always warm, welcoming, and full of Texan charm ... not to mention it is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the US. There is always something to learn from the melting pot that is HTX. The second best thing about Houston is the amazing array of restaurant options we have! Certainly a great city for friends and FOOD, which go together nicely!"