Jonathan 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.
Ana Carrion-Gelabert, MSN, FNP-C
Ana Marie Gelabert is a certified neuroscience nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University and earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Marymount University. Ana began her career as a clinical nurse at George Washington University in the Neuroscience/Neurology department then became a pediatric clinical nurse at Kaiser Permanente and Inova Health System. Also at Kaiser Permanente, Ana worked as a triage/advice nurse before transferring to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to undertake the role of a family nurse practitioner. Continuing her career as a family nurse practitioner, she worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Child Neurology before coming to Rady Children’s hospital.
Dillon Chen, Associate Professor (UCSD)
MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; PhD
Residency: UC San Diego; Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Areas of special interest: Neonatal Neurology; Glycobiology
Ambert Contillo, Nurse Practitioner
John Crawford, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD); 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 neuro-oncology fellowship program. His clinical focus is on pediatric brain tumors. His research interest is in neuroimmunological and neurovirological mechanisms of tumor development, progression, and potential treatments.
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, Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology (UCSD); Director of Neonatal Neurology (RCH); Director of Child Neurology Residency Program (RCH)
MD, UC San Diego; PhD
Dr. Gold sees patients with epilepsy and neonates with neurological conditions.
Jennifer Graves, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S., Director, Rady Children's Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center; Director, UC San Diego Neuroimmunology Research Program; Associate Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego
MD, University of Texas-Southwestern
Internship: Virginia Mason Medical Center
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
Fellowships: University of California-San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania
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, 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, 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, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: 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, Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD); Clinical Director of Muscle Disease (RCH)
MD, Drexel University
Dr. Konersman completed both her neurology residency and a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine in adult and pediatric neuromuscular disease at the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the Rady Children's and UC San Diego faculty in 2014. She has special expertise in the evaluation of undiagnosed neuromuscular disorders, with a special interest in genetic myopathies, muscular dystrophies and neuropathies. She spends most of her time combining clinical, pathological, electrodiagnostic and genetic information to solve complex neuromuscular cases.
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
Dr. Nelson sees patients with general neurological conditions.
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 Reiner, Nurse Practitioner/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, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Rismanchi received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis and obtained her medical degree and doctorate via the Graduate Partnership Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Pennsylvania State University. While at NIH and following her graduation, she has authored numerous publications on her research in the neurosciences. She completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of Orange County and her pediatric neurology fellowship at UC San Diego at Rady Children's. She then pursued subspeciality training in epilepsy through a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at UC Irvine, followed by a year of epilepsy research at UC Irvine. Dr. Rismanchi practices at Rady Children's as a general child neurologist as well as a pediatric epileptologist.
Jong Rho, MD,
Division Chief; Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Dr. Rho's clinical expertise is in general pediatric neurology and pediatric epilepsy (with a particular emphasis on pharmacological therapies and metabolic approaches toward epilepsy treatment such as the ketogenic diet). His main research interests are the mechanisms underlying the anti-seizure and neuroprotective effects of the ketogenic diet and its clinical variants. His research activities have been sponsored by research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Brain Canada, and a variety of intramural and extramural public and private sector sources.
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. Dr. Sahagian primarily sees patients in the Rady Children's Hopsital satellite clinics in North County.
Shifteh 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, Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics (UCSD)
MD, Medical College of Virginia
Residency: UC San Diego; Fellowship: University of Chicago
Dr. Trauner is the former division chief of pediatric neurology. 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, 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.