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Diversity and Inclusion

Pediatric Residency Program Diversity Committee

At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Pediatric Residency Training Program we are committed to recruiting, supporting and retaining outstanding residents and fellows from diverse ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds. Our Diversity Committee advises program leadership in the creation of a welcoming community for all residents and fellows and the successful recruitment and mentoring of talented residents from diverse backgrounds including underrepresented minorities (URM) for our training programs. Focus includes life in Pittsburgh, networking, mentorship and professional support.

Committee Members

Anthony Graves, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Sean Frederick, MD Sean Frederick, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
UPMC Newborn Medicine Program
Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo, MD Roberto Ortiz, MD
Clinical Director, Behavioral Science Division, Campus Based Services
Associate Director, Residency Training, Triple Board Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Behavioral Science Division
Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, MS, FAAP, FACP
Program Director, Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Progressive Evaluation and Referral Center (PERC)
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
catalina Hoyos, MD Catalina Hoyos, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Service
Diego Chaves-Gnecco, MD, MPH
Program Director and Founder, SALUD PARA NIÑOS
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Ugo Nwanko, MD Ugo Nwankwo, MD
Cardiology Fellow – PL5
2014 Graduate of the Internal-Medicine Pediatric Residency Program
I chose this program because I felt it had the best of both pediatric and medicine worlds. I wanted a place that had all the resources to allow for a well-rounded training experience. I also wanted a large medical center with a diverse patient population. In my opinion, UPMC best met my educational needs. Also, the size of the city and all the things available to do here make it an all around great experience. Pittsburgh may be the most underappreciated city in the country. It’s a great place.
Sarah Arshad Sarah Arshad
Triple Board Resident PL-2
Interests/Fun facts: I love playing badminton, reading young adult fiction, watching British period piece dramas/movies, writing (about healthcare, reflections, poetry, anything really) and cooking. I would love to pursue writing further, and I am excited to see what else Pittsburgh has in store!
Francesca Okolie Francesca Okolie
PALS (Pediatric Resident) – PL1
Interesting/Fun facts: I moved here from the sunny state of Florida and I previously wrote for and acted in student improve comedy shows and black history tribute showcases.
 Paula Davis Paula Davis
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Office of Health Sciences Diversity
University of Pittsburgh
 Faith Rowland, MD Faith Rowland, MD
Chair Minority Housestaff Association
PGY-5 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow


Among the outstanding graduates of our program:

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Chisara N. Asomugha, MD, MSPH, FAAP Chisara N. Asomugha, MD, MSPH, FAAP is an experienced physician and Vice President of the Asomugha Foundation, Inc. She has worked globally with faith-based, community and medical organizations to develop strategic programs and policies targeting vulnerable populations. She has lectured on and is a recognized thought leader on community health, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and gender equity. She has written for the Washington Post online and other online magazines and is driven by her passion to improve the lives of women and girls and the communities in which they live. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine. She is also an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University and a Commissioner on the US Commission to UNESCO.
Marilyn Griffin, MD Marilyn Griffin, MD
Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 Honoree, Dr. Assir Daniel DaSilva Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, Friends of Children Scholarship, AACAP 2009 Special Program Scholarship Recipient, Emancipation Scholarship, Illinois National Baptist State Convention, Inc., AACAP Education Opportunity Program Award Recipient
Last Update
March 20, 2015
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Last Update
March 20, 2015