Rady Children's Specialists

Neurology

Team

Our team includes board-certified pediatric and adolescent neurologists.

Physicians

Jong Rho, M.D., Division Chief; Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

John Crawford, M.D., M.S., Director of Child Neurology Fellowship Program; Director of Neuro-Oncology, Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders; Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Michael Zimbric, M.D., Clinical Director; Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Jonathan D. Bui, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Dillon Chen, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego

Jennifer Friedman, M.D., Director, Movement Disorders Clinic; Director, Tic/Tourette Center; Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Jeffrey Gold, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Neonatal Neurology; Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology, UC San Diego

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

Natalie Guido-Estrada, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Richard Haas, M.D., Director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center; Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Anuja Jindal, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics

Olivia Kim McManus, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics

Chamindra Konersman, M.D., Clinical Director of Muscle Disease; Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

James Nelson, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Mark P. Nespeca, M.D., Assistant Medical Director, EEG laboratory; Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology, UC San Diego

Neggy Rismanchi, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Michelle Sahagian, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Shifteh Sattar, M.D., Medical Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; Medical Director, EEG Laboratory; Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology, UC San Diego

Doris Trauner, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego

Regina Troxell, M.D.

Nurse Practitioners

Ana Carrion-Gelabert, M.S.N., 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’s Children’s. In patients with neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease (NOMID), she has provided Anakinra therapy.

Ana is fluent in three languages — English, Spanish, and Tagalog (Filipino) — and has numerous publications and awards, such as the INOVA NP Mission in Action 2000 scholarship, NIH Merit award (6/2005) and CNMC Magnet award (2009). Her professional affiliations include the American College of Advanced Practice Nursing and American College of Neurology Nursing, among many others. Ana’s main goal is to deliver quality care and improve healthcare outcomes in the community.

Amber Contillo, M.S.N., FNP-C

Gail Reiner, D.N.P., FNP-C

Gail Reiner’s focus throughout her more than four-decade-long career has been on health promotion and quality of life for patients and families. In working with patients with tic disorders and Tourette syndrome, she monitors their development and medical outcomes. Gail provides comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics (CBIT). She coordinates behavioral and/or medical therapy with strategies for management of life issues pertaining to school, work, social relationships and the patient and family’s goals. Her research focuses on mitochondrial disease, Smith-Magenis syndrome, mitochondrial disorders, autism and CBIT. Gail, who has a doctorate in nursing, is the mother of a child with a rare genetic disorder, Smith-Magenis syndrome, which has enhanced her compassion for all patients affected by neurologic conditions. She also leads a Smith-Magenis clinic on a quarterly basis. She is a co-author on the following studies:

  • Frequency and complexity of de novo structural mutation in autism
  • A clinical trial of safety and tolerability for the selective dopamine D1 receptor antagonist ecopipam in patients with Lesch-Nyhan disease

Nurses

Marsha Harp, R.N.

Sherry Thompson, , R.N.

 

Residents

Aliya FrederickAliya Frederick, M.D., Ph.D. (Chief Resident)
Hometown: Cheltenham, PA (suburb of Philadelphia)
Undergraduate education: University of Maryland Baltimore County (Participated in the Meyerhoff scholarship program)
Medical school: MSTP at Vanderbilt University
Academic interests: general neurology, headache medicine
Hobbies: traveling/weekend getaways, hanging out with family, community service, dancing

 Linda NguyenLinda Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D.
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Undergraduate education: UCLA
Medical school: West Virginia University
Academic interests: clinical and research neurology
Hobbies: traveling (always with a DSLR in hand), hiking, cooking

 Marie SweatMarie Sweat, M.D.
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Undergraduate education: University of San Diego
Medical school: St. Louis University School of Medicine
Academic interests: undecided
Hobbies: yoga, running

Aileen TanakaAileen Tanaka, M.D. (Chief Resident)
Hometown: Mililani, HI
Undergraduate education: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Academic interests: general neurology, epilepsy
Hobbies: hiking, eating, baking, movies or game nights with friends

 Jennifer YangJennifer Yang, M.D.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate education: UC Berkeley
Medical school: University of Alabama, Birmingham
Academic interests: neuroimmunology, neurocritical care
Hobbies: going to concerts, mixing music, yoga, running, attempting various water sports, eating my way through San Diego’s finest culinary delights