Our Residents: Medicine Pediatrics Residency Program


Dr. Richie Diaz

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University of Louisiana (2012)
Louisiana State University in Shreveport (2018)

Born in the Philippines and moved to south Louisiana (small town called Zachary) at 5 years old where she grew up, attending college nearby to stay close to family.  She moved slightly north to Shreveport for medical school. Though Richie’s first time moving out of state was for residency, she enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. Other hobbies include hiking, going to escape rooms, intramural soccer and volleyball, eating and falling asleep while watching Netflix. Her interests like in rural primary care, global health and childhood survivorship care.

Dr. Charles Kreisel

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Rutgers University (2014)
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (2018)

Charles grew up believing that New Jersey, Bon Jovi and taylor ham (or pork roll) were the center of the universe. After studying chemistry at Rutgers University and then heading up to New Jersey Medical School for his undergraduate medical training, he heard about a little place called Washington D.C. and figured he’d check it out. Charles is very excited to explore all the food, culture, and entertainment the D.C. area has to offer. In his free time he enjoys singing, playing guitar, board games and disc golf. He is considering a career in critical care, pulmonology or cardiology, but like most med-peds docs, he enjoys everything and is excited to see where the next four years take him!

Dr. Nolan O’Dowd

Nolan O'Dowd

Univeristy of California, San Diego (2013)
University of Maryland School of Medicine (2018)

Nolan grew up in San Jose, CA, before packing up for San Diego for college and then Maryland for medical school. He often dreams of being a professional drummer, but in the meantime he’s enjoying exploring D.C. by bike, hiking, painting and eating lots of ice cream.

Dr. Ashley Park

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Dartmouth College (2014)
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2018)

After growing up in Los Angeles, Ashley moved to beautiful New Hampshire for college and developed an affinity to the East Coast. She stayed for medical school in Pittsburgh, and is excited to finally see the cherry blossoms bloom in D.C. In typical Med-Peds fashion, Ashley has many interests. She loves to travel, play tennis, befriend dogs, explore museums, read memoirs, and try new forms of art (most recently pottery). Her academic interests include the microbiome, and wants to work with underserved populations in the future.


Dr. Kelsey Caffy

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Samford Univeristy (2012)
University of Tennesee Health Science Center College 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 hopes to use those interests in her career.

Dr. Joby Jacob

Joby Jacob

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 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 stand-up comedy.


Dr. Clint Collier

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

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 Gosciniak

Elizabeth 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 Neuda

Nikka 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.


Chief Resident Dr. Brynn Connor

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

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. 

Chief Resident Dr. Cara Sweeney

Cara 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.

Chief Resident Dr. Tarina Parpia

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.

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.

Rami ElTaraboulsi, MD
Chapel Hill, NC
Rheumatology Fellowship, University of North Carolina

Leah Ratner, MD
Boston, MA/Rwanda, Ghana
Global Health Fellowship, Harvard Medical Center/Boston Children’s Hospital

Catherine Spaulding, MD
Washington, D.C.
Pediatric Chief Resident, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

E. Quinn Ziatyk, DO
Chinle, AZ
Attending Physician, Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility

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

Alan Nyquist, MD
Washington, D.C.
Nocturnist, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

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

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, D.C.
Med-Peds Primary Care, Unity Health Care

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

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 

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

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, D.C.
Academic Med-Peds, Outpatient
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

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

Meghan Connelly, MD
Washington, D.C.
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, D.C.
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

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

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

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, D.C.
Academic Med-Peds, Outpatient
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital