Diversity and Inclusion

Pediatric Residency Program Diversity Committee

Our CHP Family At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh we are committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering the career growth of outstanding residents, fellows and faculty from diverse backgrounds. We partner with institutional leadership for the continued enrichment of our welcoming community. The goals of our committee include mentorship, education, professional support and networking opportunities that will enhance diversity and strengthen the medical community in Pittsburgh.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, visitation, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. 
This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Visiting Student Program

Check out this opportunity for minority student elective opportunity in Pittsburgh:
Jeannette E. South‐Paul, MD Visiting Clerkship (JSPVC)

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Committee Members

Among the outstanding graduates of our program:

Sarah Arshad, MD
Attending Physician
Assistant Training Director- Post Pediatric Portal Program

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

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
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

Fellows

Amy Collins, MD
Adolescent Medicine Fellow
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy yoga, cooking, and hanging out with my 9 year old puppy Naomi. I enjoying traveling and have been to Peru, Chile, Russia, Belize and Thailand with so many more places to visit.

Paris Kingsberry, MD
NICU Fellow
Interests/Fun Facts: Online shopping, watching basketball, spending time with my family

Onome Oghifobibi, MD
NICU Fellow
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy playing soccer. I also enjoy cooking, traveling and graphic design.

Oluwabunmi Olaloye, MD
NICU Fellow
Interests/Fun Facts: Runnings, tennis, reading

Gina Sequeira, MD
Adolescent Medicine Fellow
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy playing with my dog as well as participating in sports; such as flag football, basketball, cycling, and scuba diving. I love traveling and honeymooned in Thailand!

Chief Resident

Heather Bernard, MD
Chief Resident
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy cooking, painting, poetry, playing the violin, running, Netflix, music, traveling, driving

PL-3

Andrea Davis, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-3
Interests/Fun Facts: Travel, violin, piano, reading, cooking

Kristen Ehrenberger, MD
Med-Peds Resident PL-3
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy reading and blogging. My interests include disabilities, pride, and the history of medicine.

Chibuzor Ihe, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-3

Nkeiruka Mkparu, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-3

PL-2

Alisa Brennan, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-2
Interests/Fun facts: I enjoy yoga, running, and playing with my Goldendoodle pup. I also like to explore new cities and try new food.

Lilinete Polsunas, MD
Peds-Anes Resident PL-2
Interests/Fun facts: I enjoy running, mountain biking, snowboarding, and hiking. I like to cook, hangout with my husband, and I love Pittsburgh sports (Go Pens!).

Nicholas Szoko, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-2
Interests/Fun facts: I enjoy hip hop dancing, camping, trying new restaurants and BEYONCE.

Yodit Tsegaye, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-2
Interests/Fun facts: I enjoy hiking, traveling, and anything related to dessert. I like to spend time with my family, drink tea, and read.

Jesus Villamizar, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-2
Interests/Fun facts: I like soccer and basketball. I enjoy running, podcasts, and watching netflix.

PL-1

James Bowen, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Mariam Faiz-Nassar, MD
PALS PL-1 Resident

Maria Forero Molina, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Nadia Hoekstra, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Jordan Ibarra, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Sarahjean Kerolle, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Angelica Simmons, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Esha Sondhi, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1