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Rady Children's Specialists

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

Team

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All of our physicians are fellowship-trained in pediatric otolaryngology, which requires completion of an otolaryngology residency plus a minimum of one additional year of specialty training. This advanced training is focused completely on the unique diagnostic and treatment issues in children from birth to 18 years of age.

Physicians

Matthew Brigger, M.D., M.P.H., Division Chief; Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Anthony E. Magit, M.D., Director, Human Research Protections Program, UC San Diego; Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Daniela S. Carvalho, M.D., M.M.M., Department of Surgery Chair; Medical Director of Surgical Services; Director, Hearing Program; and Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Wen Jiang, M.D., Director, Pediatric Thyroid Clinic and Co-Director, Speech and Voice Clinic; Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Elina Kari, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Shelby C. Leuin, M.D., Chair of Surgery; Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program; Co-Director, Speech and Voice Clinic; Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Javan Nation, M.D., Co-Director, Complex Sleep Apnea Clinic; Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology Research Division; Pediatric Otolaryngology Medical Student Director; Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Morgan Bliss, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

  Tzyynong (Tina) Friesen, M.D., Director, ENT Resident Training Program;

Physician Assistants

Lago Denise M _2014Denise Lago, PA-C
Denise knew she wanted to work with children, and during her rotation in pediatric otolaryngology at Rady Children’s Hospital, she decided that ENT was the place to be. There was also a personal reason. As a child, she had ear tubes placed, a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at age 7, and an earring backing removed.  Denise loves doing office procedures such as foreign body removals, frenotomies, and incision and drainage of abscesses. She completed her undergraduate studies at UC San Diego in biochemistry and cell biology and earned her master’s in physician assistant studies at Western University of Health Sciences.  She and her husband love to hike, cook, travel and listen to local music performances.

Sallie Cataldo, PA-C
Sallie’s journey with Rady Children’s Hospital started when she was an ENT patient at just 2 years old. She needed two sets of ear tubes; her ears have been great ever since. Sallie completed her undergraduate studies in biology at Gonzaga University. After graduating, she began working at Rady Children’s as a volunteer in the Warren Family Surgical Center. There, she would check patients in for their surgical procedures and assist families through the entire process, from pre-op to discharge. It was during this time that Sallie developed a passion for serving this community and knew it was where she wanted to start her career as a healthcare provider. Sallie has a Master of Physician Assistant Practice from the Keck School of Medicine of USC.  In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, practice yoga, cook and travel.

Virginia Floco, PA-C
Virginia joined our team in 2017 after working in otolaryngology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and Sharp Rees Stealy Medical Group for 10 years. She has expanded her position with our team by assisting in our multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Clinic, working to further develop our program.  After earning her physician assistant degree at Pace University in New York City in 2006, Virginia earned a master’s degree in human nutrition at the University of New Haven. In 2008, she was offered a physician assistant position in head and neck surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she cared for patients with complex conditions.  In her spare time, Virginia enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, friends and family. She loves to cook and explore new places.

Anita Lazar, PA-C
Anita has worked in pediatric otolaryngology for the past four years and joined our team in 2018, coming from Texas. She attended the University of North Texas Health Science, where she received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies. She started her PA career in family medicine ,which is where her passion for working with pediatric patients developed. Anita also has a passion for medical missions. Over the years, she has been on medical mission trips to Central America and the Middle East. In her free time, Anita enjoys exploring all the beauty of Southern California, exercising, hiking, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Kristina McCauley, PA-C
Kristina joined our team in 2018 and quickly fell in love with pediatric otolaryngology. No stranger to Rady Children’s Hospital, she started her journey here as a surgical physician assistant in cardiovascular surgery, where she was able to develop many of her clinical and surgical skills as a practitioner and first assistant in the operating room. After four years in this role, she accepted a position with ENT.  Kristina graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. She completed one year of clinical field training with a focus in surgery. After completing her program, Kristina was able to move back home to San Diego, and she started her first position as an Urgent Care PA for Sharp Community Medical Group. It was here that she realized her passion for working with pediatric patients. Born and raised in this beautiful city, Kristina enjoys the beach and ocean more than just about anything. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, sailing, exercising, baking and spending time or traveling with her husband, family and friends.

Pamela Salgado, PA-C
Pamela has always had a passion for working with children. She has worked in otolaryngology for the last eight years and loves it.  Her primary duties throughout her clinical experiences include evaluating stridor, recurrent croup, ear infections, ear trauma, vertigo, nosebleeds, hearing loss, sinusitis and tonsillitis, and managing patient’s pre-operative and post-operative outpatient care. She performs a full range of procedures, including flexible laryngoscopies, incision and drainage of abscesses, cerumen removal under otomicroscopy and foreign body removal. Pamela presented research findings at the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) annual meeting on a “One-Year Retrospective Review of Hospitalization of Children who Underwent a Tonsillectomy with or without Adenoidectomy.”  She completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of California, Davis and earned her degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior.  In her free time, Pamela loves spending time with her husband and three young daughters.  She also loves sailing, traveling and scuba diving.