Our team includes physicians who are board certified in neurology — many of whom have additional training in neurological subspecialties — along with residents and fellows, nurse practitioners and nurses.
Jong Rho, M.D., Division Chief; Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Shifteh Sattar, M.D., Clinical Director; Medical Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; Medical Director, EEG Laboratory; Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Jonathan D. Bui, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Katherine Dove, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Aliya Frederick, M.D.,Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, 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; Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, 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 Clinical Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Natalie Guido-Estrada, M.D., Associate Clinical 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
Andrew Hannawi, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Anuja Jindal, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics
Olivia Kim McManus, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics
Chamindra Konersman, M.D., Clinical Director of Muscle Disease; Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
James Nelson, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Neggy Rismanchi, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Michelle Sahagian, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Marie Sweat, M.D., Pediatric Neurologist and Neuromuscular Specialist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Doris Trauner, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Sarah Wiegand, D.O., Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Jennifer Yang, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Michael Zimbric, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics, UC San Diego
Andrea Bell, DNP, CPNP-PC, FNP-C
Andrea is a board-certified pediatric and family nurse practitioner. Prior to becoming a registered nurse, she graduated from UC Davis with Bachelors’ degrees in Psychology and Italian, with a minor in Human Development and then attended Roseman University of Health Sciences in Utah, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Andrea has worked in a variety of settings but has always had an interested in childhood development. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of San Diego. Andrea joined the neurology team in 2023 and her primary focus as a nurse practitioner is to help with pediatric patient with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as see children with general neurological conditions. In her free time, she loves to spend time traveling, playing classical piano, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family.
Amber Contillo, M.S.N., FNP-C
Amber earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami and her Master of Science in Nursing from Florida International University. She is nationally certified as an advanced registered nurse practitioner through American Association of Nurse Practitioners.Amber has always had a special interest in neurology, with a subspecialty in epilepsy. She began her career as a registered nurse working on the Neurology/Neurosurgery unit at Miami Children’s Hospital and developed a keen interest in helping children with epilepsy. She went on to work as a neurology nurse practitioner, where she was able to expand her role to include the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit neuro-neonatal intensive care and neuro-pediatric intensive care units. She joined the Rady Comprehensive Epilepsy Center team in 2017 as the epilepsy nurse practitioner.Amber is currently focusing on quality improvement in patient care and education in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. She is a part of the nursing Neuro Council and heads the epilepsy education days to provide education on seizure safety and management. She is also involved in community outreach to provide education on epilepsy to patients and families. She looks forward to training other nurse practitioners in epilepsy patient care and management as the Rady Comprehensive Epilepsy Center continues to expand.
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 “Frequency and complexity of de novo structural mutation in autism” and “A clinical trial of safety and tolerability for the selective dopamine D1 receptor antagonist ecopipam in patients with Lesch-Nyhan disease.”
Jira Aguilar, MSN, FNP- BC
Jira earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University San Marcos. She is nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Jira’s nursing career began on the Medical Unit at Rady Children’s Hospital, where her interest in epilepsy peaked as she consistently cared for patients in the epilepsy monitoring unit. As a nurse practitioner, her focus is now at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), caring for infants in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Her goal is to help families better understand their child’s diagnoses and be able to support the patient and family moving forward.
Michelle Huang, FNP- BC
Michelle Huang is a nationally certified nurse practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stony Brook University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Pace University. She started her career in 2015 as a registered nurse on the pediatric floor which included an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at NYU Langone Health. There she cared for many pediatric epilepsy patients which prompted her interest and transition into the role of a neurology nurse practitioner at the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. She joined the Rady Children’s Neurology team in 2022 and her focus will be primarily caring for children with epilepsy and headaches.
Sarah Castro, R.N.
Brenda Domingo, R.N.
Allison Folker, R.N.
Marsha Harp, R.N.
Sherry Thompson, R.N.
Austin Layton, D.O., M.Sc.
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Undergraduate education: Azusa Pacific University
Medical school: Western University of Health Sciences
Academic interests: Clinical informatics, communication in the medical setting, education
Hobbies: Sports, board games, all things food
Hannah Oppenheim, M.D.
Hometown: St. Louis
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical school: UC San Diego
Academic interests: Neurodevelopment, neuropsychiatry, informatics
Hobbies: Rock climbing, kayaking, yoga, camping, hiking, learning to surf and movies
Mallory Owen, M.B.B.Ch
Hometown: Menlo Park, California
Undergraduate: Harvard University, Human Evolutionary Biology
Medical school: Cambridge University (UK)
Academic interests: Genomics, rapid genetic sequencing, genetic epilepsies; Neurocritical Care and Palliative Care; clinical and translational research; medical education
Hobbies: Reading, writing, running, exploring all of San Diego’s beautiful beaches
Aditi Trivedi, M.D.
Hometown: San Diego
Undergraduate education: UC Santa Barbara
Medical school: UC Davis School of Medicine
Academic interests: Neonatal neurology, infantile spasms, medical education
Hobbies: Beach walks/runs, music, yoga, playing with dogs
Maayan Yakir, M.D.
Hometown: Cupertino, Calif.
Undergraduate education: UC San Diego
Medical school: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Academic interests: Neuroimmunology, clinical research, public health, medical education
Hobbies: Running, hiking, trying new recipes, plants, traveling, exploring San Diego with family and friends
Daanish Unwalla, M.D.
Hometown: San Ramon, CA
Undergraduate education: University of California, San Diego
Medical school: California Northstate University College of Medicine
Academic interests: Neonatal neurology, neurogenetics
Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, curating Spotify playlists, exploring the California coast