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Our Team

Jonathan BuiJonathan Bui, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, University of Florida, Gainesville; PhD, McKnight Brain Institute and National High Magnetic Field Lab
Residencies: Neurology - Harvard Teaching Hospitals, Boston (Beth Israel and Boston Children's Hospitals); Medicine - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

Dr. Bui has broad clinical interests with a focus on neuroimaging as well as vascular and behavioral neurology. He is a subspecialist with board certification in stroke neurology. His main research focus is the development of magnetic resonance techniques to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases.

Dillon Chen Dillon Chen, Assistant Physician of Neurosciences and Pediatrics 
MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Residency training program: UC San Diego; Rady Children's Hospital San Diego 

Areas of special interest: Neonatal Neurology; Glycobiology

John Crawford John Crawford, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD); Director of Child Neurology Fellowship Program (RCH); Director of Neuro-Oncology, Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders (RCH)
MD, MS University of Massachusetts
Residency: USC/LA County Hospital
Fellowships: Child neurology and neuro-oncology - Children’s National Medical Center at George Washington University

Dr. Crawford serves as director of pediatric neuro-oncology and director of the pediatric neurology fellowship program. His clinical focus is on pediatric brain tumors. His research interest involves neuroimmunological and neurovirological mechanisms of tumor development, progression, and potential treatment.

Jennifer Friedman Jennifer Friedman, Clinical Professor (UCSD); Director, Movement Disorders Clinic (RCH); Director, Tic/Tourette Center (RCH)
MD, Stanford University
Residency, Harvard Longwood Training Program, Boston.
Fellowships: Movement Disorders - Boston University Medical Center; Neurogenetics - Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Friedman is an expert in adult and pediatric movement disorders and has particular interest in genetic and metabolic disorders that affect movement. She directs the Movement Disorders and Tourette/Tic Disorder Clinics at Rady Children’s Hospital and does research in the areas of neurogenetics, Tourette’s Syndrome and disability awareness education.

Jeffrey Gold Jeffrey Gold, Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology (UCSD); Director of Neonatal Neurology (RCH)
MD, UC San Diego


Natalie Guido-Estrada Natalie Guido-Estrada, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, UC Davis
Residency: Phoenix Childrens Hospital

Dr. Guido-Estrada received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical training at UC Davis. She completed her pediatric residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital and her pediatric neurology fellowship at The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Dr. Guido-Estrada practices as a general child neurologist, providing care for a variety of neurological disorders. Additionally, she has started a clinic at Rady Children's for Botox injections for the treatment of chronic migraines. She is also helping run the Rady Rett multidisciplinary clinic.

Richard Haas Richard Haas, Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD); Director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center (RCH)
MB, B.Chir., Cambridge University; University Coege Hospital London
Clinical Residencies: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Child Neurology (University of Colorado Health Sciences)
Research Fellowship: Biochemistry of Mental Retardation (NIH)

Dr. Haas’ clinical interests include neurometabolic disease, general child neurology, Rett Syndrome, neuromuscular disease and neonatal neurology. He directs the UCSD Mitochondrial Disease Laboratory where the research focuses on improving diagnostic testing for mitochondrial disease, the role of mitochondrial DNA in disease, and the mitochondrial role in neurodegenerative disease.

Anuja Jindal Anuja Jindal, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, University of Pittsburgh

Residency/Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
Areas of special interest: Neurodevelopmental disabilities

Olivia Kim-McManus Olivia Kim-McManus, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine

Residency training program: Children's Hospital Los Angeles/USC
Fellowships (area of training and location of training):
Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy - UC Irvine
Areas of special interest: Epilepsy including medically intractable seizures, Epilepsy surgery, Clinical Neurophysiology

Chamindra Konersman Chamindra Konersman, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD); Clinical Director of Muscle Disease (RCH)
MD, Drexel University


James Nelson James Nelson, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD) 
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Residency: University of Illinois at Peoria College of Medicine


Mark Nespeca Mark Nespeca, Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology (UCSD); Director, EEG laboratory (RCH)
MD, Case-Western Reserve University, Ohio
Residencies: University of Colorado Affiliated Hospitals; University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals. Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Nespeca is one of three local investigators of a multicenter NIH RDRC (Rare Disease Research Consortium) network studying the natural history of Angelman syndrome and engaged in therapeutic intervention clinical trials.

gail-reinerGail Reiner, Nurse Practitione/Research Coordinator
DNP, FNP-C, University of San Diego; MSN, Boston University

Dr. Reiner’s clinical work includes monitoring the child development, quality of life, and medical outcomes, and collaborating with schools and multi-disciplinary team members in the whole-health care of each patient and family affected by autism. She also provides Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tic’s (CBIT) for patients with Tourette’s syndrome and other tic disorders. Her research focuses on mitochondrial disease, Lesch-Nyhan disease, and CBIT.

Neggy Rismanchi Neggy Rismanchi, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, Pennsylvania State University



michelle-sahagian Michelle Sahagian, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD) 
MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Residencies: UC Irvine; UC San Diego

Dr. Sahagian provides consultation and follow-up care for a wide variety of neurological disorders. She has a special interest in neuromuscular disorders and treats patients at the Muscle Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Shifteh SattarShifteh Sattar, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology (UCSD); Medical Director of Epilepsy Surgery (RCH)
MD, St. George's University, St. George, Grenada
Pediatric Residency: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas
Fellowships: Child Neurology at UC San Diego; Neurophysiology at Miami Children's Hospital Epilepsy at Miami Children's Hospital

Dr. Sattar specializes in pediatric epilepsy with interest in epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy surgery is a potential option for patients with intractable epilepsy and can aid in seizure freedom or reduction. Her goal is to find ways to improve quality of life of children with epilepsy.

Doris Trauner Doris Trauner, Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, Medical College of Virginia
Residency: UC San Diego; Fellowship: University of Chicago

Dr. Trauner has served as Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCSD since 1981. She has also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, Chair of the Health Sciences Faculty Council, and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosciences. She is board certified in pediatrics, child neurology, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her clinical interests encompass the entire spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, language impairment, motor delay, neurobehavioral disorders, and epileptic behavior syndromes. Her research focuses on the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life.

Michael Zimbric Michael Zimbric, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD); Clinical Director (RCH)
MD, University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Medicine
Residencies (pediatrics and pediatric neurology): UC San Diego School of Medicine

Dr. Zimbric sees patients with general neurological conditions.