Diversity and Inclusion

Pediatric Residency Program Diversity Committee

Our CHP FamilyAt 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 advise leadership in the creation of a welcoming community. The goals of our committee include providing mentorship, professional support and networking opportunities in the hope that we will continue to enhance the diversity of the medical community in Pittsburgh.

We have been Recognized by Human Rights Campaign.

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Committee Members

Residents and Fellows

Ugo Nwankwo, MD
Cardiology Fellow
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.

Merrian Brooks, DO
Adolescent Medicine Fellow
2014 Graduate of the Cooper Children's Regional Hospital Residency Program
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy dancing, reading, and movies with subtitles. I can sing songs in Arabic, Wolof, Xhosa, Zulu, Spanish, and French.

Fateema Turay, MD
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellow
2014 Graduate of the University of South Florida's Residency Program
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy Orange Theory Fitness, running/food! I love eating, cooking, TV shows about food (Top Chef and Chopped are my favorites), going to new restaurants, trying dishes from different regions/countries ... the list goes on and on. Basically, if it involves food, count me in!

Sarah Arshad, MD
Triple Board Resident PL-3&
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!

Carlos Pacheco, MD
Medicine-Pediatrics Resident PL-3
Interests/Fun Facts: Hanging out with my beautiful wife and awesome dog, Lola. I love watching college football, especially the Gators! I also enjoy golfing and playing soccer.

Amy Collins, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-2
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.

Francesca Okolie, DO
PALS (Pediatric Resident) – PL-2
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.

Gina Sequeira, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-2
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!

Heather Bernard, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy cooking, painting, poetry, playing the violin, running, Netflix, music, traveling, driving

Eugene Jeffrey, MD
PALS (Pediatric Resident)PL-1
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy running, writing, live concert, cooking and traveling.

Dailia Francis, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1

Daniel Guillen Mendoza, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy playing the guitar and drums. I also like to run and swim.

Joseph Langham, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy music as well as singing and dancing. I also enjoy cooking and traveling.

Onome Oghifobibi, MD
Pediatric Resident PL-1
Interests/Fun Facts: I enjoy playing soccer. I also enjoy cooking, traveling and graphic design.

Among the outstanding graduates of our 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