Current Fellows - Third Year Residents:

Meghna Rajaprakash MD

Birthplace: India
Hometown: Ottawa, Canada
College: Queen’s University
Medical School: University of Toronto
Pediatrics: University of British Columbia

Reason for pursuing NDD and why Kennedy Krieger Institute: The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Fellowship program at Kennedy Krieger Institute offers me the ideal opportunity to combine my interests in developmental medicine, child neurology, and social pediatrics. The enriched scholarly aspect of the program allows for dedicated research time to pursue my interests in the neurodevelopmental outcomes of prenatal exposures, quality improvement, and global health. I appreciate the interdisciplinary environment of the institute with its supportive faculty and collaborative opportunities. I have also been able to further expand my skills through the Institute's close affiliations with Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bloomberg School of Public Health.

What’s special about Baltimore? I love the down-to-earth feel and the friendly vibe of Baltimore and the opportunity for outdoor recreation. You will likely find me down by the harbor running along the boardwalk, participating in a dance class at the Harborfront or learning to sail. I also enjoy hiking at the Patapsco Valley State Park, Annapolis, and Loch Raven. Baltimore lives up to its name as the charm city!


Daniel Simmonds, MD, PhD

Birthplace: Teaneck, NJ
College: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh
Pediatrics: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Reason for pursuing NDD and why Kennedy Krieger Institute: I am Interested in brain development, individual differences and individual potential. I believe that our ability to emphasize people’s strengths and accommodate their weaknesses results in a better society for everyone, and caring for children with disabilities is in my eyes the best avenue to do this. There is no place like Kennedy Krieger as far as investigating and applying this approach, with extensive resources towards clinical care and academics/research.

What’s special about Baltimore? Baltimore is a fun, quirky place with lots of good music, art, and food. Lots of unique neighborhoods and beautiful affordable housing.


Current Fellows - Second Year Residents:

Brooke Kimbrell, MD

Birthplace/Hometown: My hometown is Dahlonega, Georgia.  It’s a historic rural gem tucked into the mountains.
College: I majored in biomedical engineering at Mercer University for my undergraduate and Masters Degrees and learned a lot about biomechanics, prosthetics, and assistive technology.
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Pediatrics: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Reason for pursuing NDD and why Kennedy Krieger Institute: Brain development and the underlying neuroscience have always fascinated me. When I explored training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities I found that it offers comprehensive and family centered assessment skills that I value. Kennedy Krieger Institute is the best possible place for me to learn these skills thanks to the strength and diversity of the multidisciplinary team here. The chance to work with the patients and families that come to this special institute is incredible! At Kennedy Krieger there is a unique focus on the practical needs of the individual and family while sustaining intellectual curiosity and growing our knowledge via research.


Benjamin Schindel, MD

Birthplace/Hometown: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
College: Rutgers University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and SUNY Downstate School of Public Health
Pediatrics: Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital, New York, NY

Reason for pursuing NDD and why Kennedy Krieger Institute: I chose to pursue a life working with disabled people after my experiences with Special Olympics New Jersey. In my pursuit to become this type of doctor I explored the idea of specializing in pediatric neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, med/peds, and developmental and behavioral pediatrics. NDD was the program of study that had the greatest focus on disabilities-first training with exceptional depth and breadth of exposure to these other specialties, and its mission to train leaders in the field, which spoke to my professional goals and interests. When it was time to choose a training program, Kennedy Krieger stood out as the gold standard of this mission in which I believe in so deeply. It is not only the place from which NDD started, but a freestanding institution for all aspects of disabilities care, which means that the training is comprehensive, historically rooted, and community-minded.

There is an astonishing amount of activity happening all the time throughout Kennedy Krieger, and the faculty welcome the NDD trainees with open arms, insightful feedback, and helpful connections to pursue our individual interests and goals. I have felt so supported in every encounter as I start to carve my own niche in the NDD world.


Current Fellows - First Year Residents:

Ugur Damar MD

Hometown: Izmir, Turkey
Medical School: Medical Faculty of Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey
Pediatrics: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia PA

Reason for pursuing NDD why Kennedy Krieger Institute: With the unique clinical experience and ample research opportunities the NDD training provides, I hope to develop a comprehensive understanding of disorders/variations in brain development and rare neurogenetic diseases. During my training, I aim to follow through the prominent aspect of my research, transcranial magnetic stimulation use as a biomarker for cortical plasticity or target engagement of centrally acting drugs, and help create avenues for research by incorporating innovative methods into conventional diagnostic/therapeutic tools. I believe the research opportunities and mentorship provided at Kennedy Krieger will help me obtain the necessary skillset as a clinician-scientist.

What’s special about Baltimore? Baltimore has always resonated pleasant feelings in me being a small harbor city with plenty of history similar to the towns close to where I grew up.


Archana Nelliot, MD

Birthplace: Doha, Qatar
Hometown: Vienna, VA
College: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Pediatrics: Penn State Milton S. Hershey, Hershey, PA

Reason for pursing NDD and why Kennedy Krieger Institute: I discovered NDD as a specialty as a medical student, and after spending some time at Kennedy Krieger marveling at the depth and breadth of resources this place offers children with disabilities, meeting the incredible clinicians who work here and learning about the training and research opportunities, I could not imagine a better environment in which to train. 

What’s special about Baltimore? Baltimore has been home for me for almost 15 years now, and I love it. It has a lot to offer in terms of culture and things to do, while managing to be entirely affordable. It's a lovely place live!


 

Previous Fellows:

2002-2006

Jennifer Accardo, M.D.

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development, Virginia Commonwealth University
   

2002-2006

Joshua Ewen, M.D.

Currently:
  • Neurologist and Director of Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, Kennedy Krieger Institute 
 
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 
   

2003-2007

Hilary E. Gwynn, M.D.

Currently:
  • Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician and Faculty Member in the Department of Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Instructor in the Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
   

2003-2007

Deepa Menon, M.B.B.S.

Currently:
  • Assistant Medical Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
   

2007-2012

Lisa Emrick, M.D.

Currently:
  • Faculty Member, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Texas Children’s Hospital – Houston 
   

2007-2012

Sarah Risen, M.D.

Currently:
  • Faculty Member, Department of Pediatric Neurology and the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital – Houston 
   

2008-2012

Ryan Lee, M.D.

Currently:
  • Pediatric Neurologist, Director of the Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Director of Medical Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu 
   

2008-2012

Mihee J. Bay, M.D.

Currently:
  • Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician and Faculty Member in the Department of Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
   

2009-2013

Joan Jasien, M.D.

Currently:
  • Developmental Pediatrician in the Department of Neurology, Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center 
  • Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine
   

2009-2013

Eboni Lance, M.D.

Currently:
  • Associate Director of the Neurology and Neurogenetics Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Neurologist and Co-Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute 
 
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 
   

2010-2014

Vera J. Burton, M.D.

Currently:
  • Neurologist in the Department of Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
   

2011-2015

Mary Lee Gregory, M.D., Ph.D.

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology, Medical College of Georgia
   

2011-2014

Elaine Carrasco-Cornelio, M.D.

Currently:
  • Physician at Centennial Medical Group, Roseburg, OR
   

2012-2016

Jacqueline Harris, M.D.

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute
   

2012-2016

Siddharth Srivastava, M.D.

Currently:
  • Assistant, Department of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
   

2013-2018

Tara Johnson, M.D.

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology, Arkansas Children’s Hospital
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine Faculty
  • Founding Director of Arkansas Children’s Biomedical Innovations Program
  • Member of the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute Center for Translational Pediatric Research
   

2013-2017

Meghan O'Neill, M.D.

Currently:
  • Attending Physician, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Child Neurology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
   

2014-2018

Eliza Gordon-Lipkin, M.D.

Currently:
  • Staff Clinician, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
   

2014-2018

Fatima Ismail, MBSS

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UAE University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates

2015-2019

Ryan Gill, MD

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
   

2015-2020

Cathleen Marshall, MD

Currently:
  • Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Anchorage, AK

2016-2020

Amena Smith Fine, MD, PhD

Currently:
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology and Developmental Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

2016-2021

Eric Chin, MD

Currently:
  • Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology


 

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