Our Residents

Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program


Dr. Kelsey CaffyPhoto of Dr. Caffy

Samford University (2012)
University of Tennesse Health Science Center Collge of Medicine (2017)

Originally from Murfreesboro, TN, Kelsey attended college in Birmingham, Alabama. She's excited to be in Washington, DC and loves being close to the shopping and restaurants in Georgetown. Her hobbies include cooking new recipes, hiking, movies, board games, and becoming more of a coffee and sweets addict. She's still unsure of her future career plans (classic Med/Peds personality), but is passionate about medical education and mental health advocacy and hopess to use those interests in her career.

Dr. Joby JacobPhoto of Dr. Jacob sitting on a bench with a book in her lap

Northeastern University (2013)
Tufts University School of Medicine (2017)

Joby grew up just north of NYC. She moved to Boston for college and med school and embraced her inner New Englander. Although she loves Boston, Joby was ready to explore a new city for residency and is very excited to get to know D.C. and Georgetown. In her free time, Joby likes to bake desserts (especially cookies and cupcakes!), explore museums, travel, and read.

Dr. Matthew NazariHead shot photo of Dr. Nazari

Georgetown University (2012)
Drexel University College Medicine (2017)

Matt was born in Fairfax, VA and grew up in Great Falls, VA. He received his BS in Human Science from Georgetown University and his MD from Drexel University College of Medicine. His academic interests include education and teaching, research, and basic science. His hobbies include hiking, cooking, and standup comedy. 

Dr. Sister Grace MariamHead shot photo of Dr. Sister Grace Mariam

Bryn Mawr College (2007)
Georgetown Univeristy School of Medicine (2017)

Sister Grace Miriam (Rachel) Usala, RSM, MS, MD, born in Cleveland, OH, hails from many states: Ohio, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Chemistry in May 2007, and became a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, MI, in September 2007. After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine with a MS/MD in 2017, she enthusiastically joined the Georgetown Med-Peds family. As a Sister-Physician, she embraces her vocation as a healer. Interests include endocrinology (particularly bone and mineral metabolism), ethics, and informatics research. 


Dr. Clint Collier

Whitman College (2008)
University of New Mexico, School of Medicine (2016)

Clint calls Albuquerque, NM home but has developed a special place in his heart for D.C. - he attended graduate school in health & science policy right here at Georgetown before returning to New Mexico for med school and is thrilled to be back in the District for residency. He loves swimming, cycling, playing soccer, spending time outdoors, and doing ALL the 'free D.C stuff'. Clint isn't sure which of the many med-peds career options is for him yet, but he is thrilled that he gets to explore so many fields! 

Dr. Ariella Goldblatt

University of California, Berkeley (2012)
UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Medical Program (2016)

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Ariella spent her high school years in sunny Southern California before settling in the foggy Bay Area for university and medical school. She enjoys exploring new things mostly by swimming, hiking, and eating. One day, she hopes to have a career in global and public health, working with underserved populations.

Dr. Elizabeth GosciniakHead shot photo of Dr. Gosciniak

Loyola University, New Orleans (2012)
Louisiana State University, Shreveport (2016)

Born in Texas and raised in New Orleans, Elizabeth has a soft spot in her heart for the people and food of Southern Louisiana.  After moving slightly north for med school in Shreveport, Louisiana, Elizabeth decided to venture out east. She enjoys running, hiking, making music, jigsaw puzzles, and exploring the many trails and museums in DC.  Her career interests lie in global health, working with underserved populations, health policy, and infectious diseases.

DR. NIKKA NEUDAHead shot of Dr. Neuda

University of California, San Diego (2012) 
Georgetown University (2016) 

Born in Guam and raised in California, Nikka will always call Southern California home. She's enjoyed living in D.C. over the past couple years and is excited to continue training in this diverse city. She loves all things food - cooking, baking, and eating! She is currently interested in primary care or specializing in allergy/immunology.


Dr. Brynn Connor

University of California, San Diego (2011)
Georgetown University School of Medicine (2015)

Brynn grew up in Los Angeles, CA. Although she will always be a loyal LA sports fan, she has enjoyed living in and exploring D.C. while at Georgetown Medical School. Her interests include running, spending time with friends and family, and discovering every brunch spot in D.C. In the future, she hopes to pursue either a fellowship in Adult Congenital Heart Disease or a career as a Med-Peds Hospitalist.

Dr. N. Vince Hill

University of Delaware (2009) 
University of Maryland (2015) 

Vince grew up in King of Prussia, PA but is originally from California. After graduating from undergrad, he worked in Americorps in DC and fell in love with the city and is excited to practice here. When he is finished with residency, he hopes to serve in primary care. When he’s not at work, he loves hiking, playing guitar, and listening to jazz. 

Dr. Cara SweeneyHead shot of Dr. Sweeney

Georgetown University (2011)
Georgetown University School of Medicine (2015)

Although she will always be a Boston girl at heart, Cara has grown to love to city of D.C. She is excited to take advantage of the amazing opportunities at Georgetown. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, yoga, and cheering on the Hoyas.

Dr. Tarina Parpia

Vanderbilt University (2010)
Georgetown University School of Medicine (2015)

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Tarina’s loves include good BBQ, TexMex, and the Cowboys. She enjoys hiking, yoga, brunching, and trying new restaurants around DC -- though she still has a ways to go! After residency she plans to pursue a career in primary care and global health.


Dr. Catherine Spaulding

Chief Medicine-Pediatrics Resident

Vanderbilt University (2010) 
Georgetown University School of Medicine (2014) 

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Catherine has loved the opportunity to spend the last several years on the east coast. She enjoys finding time to conquer new outdoor challenges such as running the DC Marine Corps Marathon and making it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. She loves writing, playing the violin, singing and finding the best happy hours in DC. She plans to work in primary care with underserved, urban populations. 

Dr. Rami ElTaraboulsi 

NC State University (2010)
Brody School of Medicine at ECU (2014)

Rami grew up in North Carolina, right between the Great Smoky Mountains and the renowned Outer Banks. When not exploring the outdoors, he enjoys running, cheering on the Blue Devils, and traveling. The way to his heart is through a home­cooked meal.

Dr. Quinn Ziatyk

Chief Medicine-Pediatrics Resident

Boston College (2008) 
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2014)

Quinn was born and raised in suburbia of NYC.  In her free time she loves to travel, cook (and eat) a delicious meal, enjoy the outdoors with skiing, sailing, running, hiking, and doing yoga as much as possible, of which D.C. is able to provide a plethora of yoga opportunities.  She wants to pursue a career working with underserved populations both in the USA and abroad. 

Dr. Leah Ratner

The George Washington University (2007)
St. Georges University School of Medicine (2015)

When not meandering the units of the charming Georgetown University Hospital, Leah enjoys just about any outdoor adventure, being the star of the residency soccer team, and spending time with her Med-Peds colleagues. When she grows up she hopes to pursue a career in Sustainable Development and resource­ poor medicine, focused on transitional care from pediatric to adult populations.

Med-Peds Alumni: Where are they now?

Our program provides the support and training that encourages equally the pursuit of careers in Primary Care, Subspecialty Fellowships, Research, or Hospitalist Practice. Our graduates do it all! Below you will find a list of the career choices from our residents graduating in the past nine years.


Miriam Abadie, MD
Global Health Corps Physicians, Baylor College of Medicine

Alan Nyquist, MD
Washington, DC
Nocturnist, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Erin Duquette Quandt, MD
Clinton, MD
Hospitalist, MedStar Southern Maryland Hosptial Center

Class of 2016

Jessica Craig, MD
Glen Burnie, MD
Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Sunjay Devarajan, MD
Houston, TX
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine

Nandini Ganesh, MD
Washington, DC
Med-Peds Primary Care, Unity Health Care

Charlotte Jenchura, MD
Boston, MA
Academic Med-Peds Primary Care
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Class of 2015

Naomi Abe, MD
San Diego, CA 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of California - San Diego

Sarah Cox, MD
Alexandria, VA
Med-Peds Outpatient, MedStar Urgent Care

Ashley Kelley, MD
Vienna, Austria
Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care

Naveen Muthu, MD
Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

Class of 2014

Jennifer Kramer, MD
Baltimore, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Nathan Samras, MD
Savannah, GA
Primary Care, Med-Peds, Memorial Health

Karen Williams, MD
Odenton, MD
Primary Care, Med-Peds, Johns Hopkins Unversity

Laura Zajdel, MD
Cleveland, OH
Hospitalist Medicine, Cleveland Clinic

Class of 2013

Sasha Avery, MD
Garner, NC
Primary Care Med-Peds, Wake Med Specialty Physicians

Nicole Bitencourt, MD
Angola, Africa
Baylor Global Health Corps, Sickle Cell Initiative

Erin Farrish, MD
Washington, DC
Academic Med-Peds, Outpatient
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Lauren Lubrano, MD
Washington, DC
Academic Med-Peds Hospitalist
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Class of 2012

Meghan Connelly, MD
Washington, DC
Academic Internal Medicine, Hospitalist
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Daniel McGinley, MD
Franklin, TN
Primary Care Med-Peds, Heritage Medical Associates

Sarah Thornton, MD
Washington, DC
Academic Med-Peds Hospitalist
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Sari Yehuda, MD
Seattle, WA
Primary Care Med-Peds, Neighborcare

Class of 2011

Joanne Belgarde, MD
Los Angeles, CA
National Health Service Corps
Primary Care Med-Peds/Community Health

Mark Jennings, MD
Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: Adult Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Priya Pujara, MD
Cleveland, OH
Academic Med-Peds at Metro Health, Outpatient
Associate Program Director, Cleveland Clinic Med-Peds Residency

Marybeth Radley, MD
Washington, DC
Primary Care Med-Peds, Unity Health Care System

Class of 2010

Daniel Casey, MD
Arlington, VA
Virginia Hospital Center Adult Pulmonary and Critical Care
Fellowship: Adult Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Janelle Clauser, MD
Spokane, WA
Internal Medicine, Hospitalist at Sacred Heart Medical Center
Previous Position: Associate Program Director for Pediatrics Residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2010-2012)

Jennifer Vittorio, MD
New York, NY
Fellowship: Pediatric GI and Hepatology, Columbia University
Second fellowship: Pediatric Hepatology/Transplant, Columbia University

Class of 2009

Meghann Kirk, MD
Denver, CO
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Previous Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Bhumika Gandhi, MD
Washington, DC
Academic Med-Peds, Outpatient
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital