PDIC Officers and Members

2020-2021 Officers

  • Deandra Ellis, MD, PGY3


    As a black woman in medicine and first-generation college and medical student, diversity and inclusion have always been of the utmost priority to me. Diversity enriches our training and allows us to care for patients from various walks of life. I am proud to train in a residency program that prioritizes the recruitment of a diverse workforce and that openly discusses the impact of systemic racism on health disparities.

  • Sanford Williams, MD, PGY2


    As the only black man in the room countless times throughout my scholarly and professional career, diversity has always been incredibly important to me. I grew up in a diverse city in northern Virginia. However, although my inner circle was quite diverse, I was always struck by the homogeneity of the student population in most of my classes. Diversity is not just about "creating more seats at the table," it's about building a new table that everyone can take pride in sitting and speaking up at. I have been inspired by the work my colleagues have begun toward enhancing the diversity and inclusivity of our program, and I am eager to continue our progress.

  • Monica Amoo-Achampong, MD, PGY2


    Diversity in pediatrics is important because children should grow up knowing doctors who look like them and can relate to their unique backgrounds. I believe in mentoring, networking, and community building to ensure the success of individuals underrepresented in medicine. The work of the Diversity and Inclusion Council attracted me to CHONY and I am always impressed by the consciousness and commitment that my co-residents bring to the program.

  • Sheneiza Moore, MD, PGY2


    As an immigrant woman of color in the medical field, I believe that medical education should demand more than just a mastery of diagnosis and treatment. To practice medicine well demands a knowledge and empathy of the diverse backgrounds of the patients that we treat daily. I hope to use my position as one of the co-vice presidents of the Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council to help create a residency program that reflects the community we serve while also ensuring our program values the cultural differences that diverse physicians and faculty bring to the table.

  • Zaynah Abid, MD, PGY3


    As a woman, person of color, Muslim and child of immigrants, diversity and inclusion are incredibly meaningful to me. Diversity is about accepting and promoting intersectional identities, breaking down barriers and stereotypes, and forging new paths for ourselves and those around us. CHONY has fostered an environment that values and amplifies the voices of the historically unheard and underrepresented and I look forward to seeing our continued progress over the next year.

  • Chelsea Torres, MD, PGY2

    Resident Community Engagement Liaison

    As a healthcare provider I have the distinct opportunity to meet a wide variety of my neighbors; people of all colors, sizes, identities, and origins. It continues to be the responsibility of the healthcare field to be representative of our patient populations. At CHONY we uphold the importance in incorporating diversity education into our medical training. This council serves to engage with our community and lead resident development in being open and inclusive healthcare providers for all.

  • Anoushka Sinha, MD, PGY2

    Resident Scholarly Liaison

    I believe that a critical part of our training as physicians should entail learning about and addressing issues of injustice in medicine. I am grateful to the Pediatric Diversity & Inclusion Council for making space for uncomfortable but necessary conversations, and I hope my involvement as scholarly liaison will spur me to continue to grapple with these questions, listen deeply to my colleagues and patients, and advocate effectively for health equity.

  • Ansley Schulte, MD, PGY3

    Resident LGBTQ Liaison

    Growing up in suburban and rural north Florida, I was often presented with one example of what a doctor looks like: straight, white, and male. I have been so lucky throughout my education and training to see that one example challenged, enriching my understanding of the world and ability to provide quality care to my patients. As a medical student, seeing my partner, friends, and patients receive discriminatory treatment by medical providers, I became passionate about LGBTQ medical education and have been lucky enough to work with the incredible CHONY residents on LGBTQ resident education. I am consistently surprised and challenged by my CHONY colleagues and look forward to continuing to grow together. 

  • Patrice Pryce, MD (Critical Care)

    Fellow Liaison

    Ensuring diversity and inclusion has always been a passion of mine. As the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, and as a black, female physician, I have a firsthand understanding of its importance in society and medicine. Throughout my academic career, I remain dedicated to transforming clinical training and empowering those underrepresented and allies to address the environmental and social factors that influence the health of populations disproportionately affected by diseases and policies. Through my experiences, I can attest that MSCH values it's anti-racist credo and inclusivity. I am proud to be a part of this institution and excited to help improve upon a foundation dedicated to combatting racism and bias in medicine.

  • Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett, MD, PhD (Adolescent Medicine)

    Fellow Liaison

    I am a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion as it is integral to the fabric of our society. I believe that it is critical that healthcare institutions are held accountable to upholding the tenants of diversity and inclusion to ensure equitable healthcare outcomes and I am proud to be a part of the PDIC's efforts to do so.

  • Candace Johnson, MD (Pediatric Infectious Disease)

    Faculty Liaison

  • Katherine Ender, MD (Pediatric Hematology)

    Faculty Liaison

  • Linda Aponte-Patel, MD


  • Jacqueline Outlaw, MS

    Lead Administrator

    We are a “product of our experiences,” and many of the experiences I have had in the last five years as a member of the Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council have been particularly powerful, and have influenced my thinking, values, and interests. Through professional and personal immersion, my commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives is stronger than ever. Working with people from various backgrounds and helping progress the mission of the council brings out the best in me.



Dori Abel, MD
Zaynah Abid, MD
Iqra Akram, MD
Monica Amoo-Achampong, MD
Gav Apfel, MD
Arsenoi Asfour, MD
Hadley Bloomhardt, MD
Margaret Christian, MD
Nick Delacruz, MD
Shyam Desai, MD
Lisa Ditchek, MD
Deandrea Ellis, MD
Margot Hillyer, MD
Azadeh Issapour, MD
Alex Jonokuchi, MD
Elise Kang, MD
Maya Kailas, MD
Danielle LoRe
Lisa Lavelanet, MD
Surya Manickam, MD, MSc
Hannah Major-Monfried
Nicole McLean, MD
Brandon Mogrovejo, MD
Sheneiza Moore, MD
Victoria Robinson, MD
Ana Rodriguez, MD
Ansley Schulte, MD
Anoushka Sinha, MD
Matthew Theoharakis, MD
Chelsea Torres, MD
Hannah Tredway, MD
Russ Valle, MD
Sanford Williams, MD
Teddy Wohlbold, MD
Tracy Yang, MD
MengMeng Xu, MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurology Residents 

Juan Duran, MD
Angel Maldonado-Soto MD, PhD

Pediatric Fellows

Sarah Ann Anderson, MD, PhD
Sophia Berger, MD
Tamara Rudi-Ann Graham, MD
Katia Camille Halabi, MD
Nadir Ijaz, MD
Alexandra Linder, MD
Samuel Master, DO
Neha Patel, MD
Patrice Pryce, MD
Angelica Vasquez, MD


Wanda Abreu, MD
Francis Akita, MD
Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Linda Aponte-Patel, MD, FAAP
Dominique Bailey, MD
Sumeet Banker, MD, MPH
David Bell, MD, MPH
Evelyn Berger-Jenkins, MD, MPH
Jocelyn Brown, MD
Steve Caddle, MD
Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE
Hetty Cunningham, MD
Almaz Dessie, MD
Amanda Estevez, MD
Katherine Ender, MD
Valerio Dorrello, MD, PhD
Cristina Fernandez, MD, MPH
Ilene Fennoy, MD
Rebecca Hough, MD, PhD
Azadeh Issapour, MD
Candace Johnson, MD
Qais Karim, MD
Ganga Krishnamurthy, MD
Leonardo Liberman, MD
Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD
Emily Mace, PhD
Mercedes Martinez, MD
Luz Matiz-Zanoni, MD
Dodi Meyer, MD
Mara Minguez MD, MSc
Jordan Orange, MD, PhD
Manuela Orjuela Grimm, MD, ScM
Steve Paik, MD, EdM
William Patten, MD
Edith Bracho-Sanchez, MD
Taylor Sewell, MD, MBA
Danielle Taylor, MD
Alejandro Torres, MD
Diana Vargas-Chavez, MD
Ileana Vargas-Rodriguez, MD
Julie Vincent, MD
Patrick T. Wilson, MD, MPH
Jennifer Woo-Baidal, MD, MPH

Social Worker/Health Team Members

Gabriela Asch-Ortiz, MS, LCAT, MT-BC
Eunice C. Clark, NP
Gloria Gomez MS, RN, FNP, NE-BC
Whitney C. Harris, MSN, RN, ACCNS-P, CPNP-PC
Aisha M. Payne, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CPN
Jasmin Robinson, BSN, RN, CCRN
Winsome Sewell, LCSW
Ethelore Sow, LCSW