Caroline Bancroft, M.D.Caroline Bancroft, M.D.
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

I am a true, blue New England girl, growing up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with my older sister and two younger brothers. In love with the East Coast and my fall colors, I went to Providence College for undergrad, spent a year with City Year tutoring in a middle school in Providence, and then attended the University of Massachusetts in Worcester for medical school. Even before I settled on becoming a doctor, pediatrics was something that appealed to me. Once I started doing rotations in medical school? I learned that it made me literally whistle while I work. I'm wicked excited to see what comes next in my residency here in Maryland.

Outside of the hospital, I love to spend time with family and friends, whether hiking and white water rafting or playing board games and watching football (go Pats!) at home. Playing any sport is really on the table, but I particularly enjoy basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and swimming. As long as it gets me outside in the sun, I'm pretty happy. Exploring, traveling, and learning new cultures and languages are some of my favorite things, but I am just as happy relaxing at home and reading, writing, or watching TV.

Marina Eskandar, M.D.Marina Eskandar, M.D.
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine

I was born in Cairo, Egypt but moved to Saudi Arabia, where I lived until the age of 4.  I immigrated to the US with my parents and younger sister where we moved between various states before finally settling in Northern Virginia when I was 11.  I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Spanish and Public Health at George Mason University.  I didn't go too far for medical school, as I attended the George Washington University in DC and grew a love for pediatrics!  I am excited to train at the University of Maryland as I have admired the program for several years.  My favorite things to do involve spending time with my husband and family, being active in my Coptic Orthodox Church, reading (pretty much anything), singing/playing guitar, and going outside!

Jenika Ferretti-Gallon, M.D.Jenika Ferretti-Gallon, M.D.
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

I was born in Toronto, raised in Montreal where I developed a fondness for baguettes, poutine, and the Habs, and moved to DC when I was 15. I attended Barnard College in NYC where I majored in political science and minored in biology. Raised by influential environmentalist parents, I was torn between pursuing environmental conservation and a career in medicine. I quickly saw the light after numerous internships in sustainable development, a gap year bartending and waitressing, and my first clinical experience volunteering at a hospital in the Peruvian highlands.

Because 4 years of undergrad just wasn't enough, I returned to complete a post-baccalaureate program at Georgetown University and worked for a year as a medical assistant for a surgeon whom I had met on a mission trip to Haiti. Continuing my adventure down the east coast, I attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where I discovered my love for pediatrics. After sensing the incredible warmth and good vibes from the residents, administration, and faculty at University of Maryland, I am thrilled to be here, to get to know my talented co-interns, and explore Charm City!  I am currently leaning towards a career in primary care and getting involved in public health and advocacy for undeserved populations.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, skiing, cooking/ eating food, live music, playing tennis and badminton, travel, yoga, reading, Stanley Kubrick movies, and teaching my cats how to stop worrying, and learn to love the harness.

Alison Goldberg, M.D.Alison Goldberg, M.D.
Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University

I grew up on Long Island, and attended both undergraduate and medical school in upstate New York, at Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, respectively. I saw residency as an opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and live in a totally new part of the country. I'm so happy to find myself in Baltimore. There's an endless number of museums, concerts, restaurants and shops to discover, and when I'm not at the hospital there is always something to do.

I decided at a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine, but it wasn't until my third year of medical school that I settled on pediatrics as a specialty. I had always volunteered with children, and found that I also enjoy working with them in a medical setting. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to care for the children of Baltimore for the three years of my training, and to learn from the best at University of Maryland while I'm here.

Geoffrey Hall, D.O.Geoffrey Hall, D.O.
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in Connecticut before seeking a warmer climate in beautiful North Carolina where I attended Elon University for undergraduate studies. While completing my degree in chemistry I had the opportunity to spend two summers traveling around the US constructing accessible amenities for camps that served people with disabilities. After graduation, I was not quite ready to take the plunge into medicine so I moved to Richmond, VA and worked in a precious metal refinery for two years. Shortly thereafter, I sought and an alternative approach to medical education and was thrilled to end up at VCOM-Virginia. I am excited to have now found my way to Maryland and cannot wait to start this next chapter with all my co-residents!

I was inspired to become a physician during my anatomy class in high school and have not looked back since. When I grow up I want to subspecialize with my interests currently leaning toward pediatric allergy and immunology. A child’s first exposure to healthcare can have a significant impact on their future, and I look forward to serving the kids of Baltimore for the next 3 years.

When I get some time to myself I enjoy cooking, physical activities such as cycling and hiking, reading, hanging out with friends, spending time with my wonderful wife, and watching children’s movies.

Tyson Hekking, M.D.Tyson Hekking, M.D.
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

I hail from the greatest census-designated place in the country: McLean, Virginia – just outside D.C. I grew up loving sports, and as a child I attended the last Baltimore Orioles game with Cal Ripken Jr. in second place behind Lou Gehrig for most consecutive games played. I successfully made it out of childhood and headed out to Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I grew fond of the outdoors and the National Parks while escaping studying biochemistry there. In the middle of my studies I did a two-year mission in Italy, and as long as you don’t speak enough Italian to call me on it, yes, I do speak it fluently. As a native son I was called back to Virginia and attended Mr. Jefferson’s University of Virginia in the School of Medicine.

While in Charlottesville, I came to realize what I really knew all along: I was meant to be a pediatrician. Working with children and their families is a dream come true. My wife and I have no children of our own, but thankfully my two (impossibly adorable) nieces are very adept with Snapchat and keep us entertained from Atlanta. We are excited to be in Maryland, and we feel right at home with the University of Maryland Pediatrics community!

Glenn Jones, M.D.Glenn Jones, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I was born and raised in a small town in Calvert County Maryland.  I was the ultimate band geek in high school before doing my undergrad at Messiah College in central PA, with a major in Biology and a minor in history. I then when to University of Maryland for medical school.  I loved every rotation in 3rd year, but I decided that I wanted to be a pediatrician more than anything else.

Outside of medicine I spend time reading, camping, hiking the various trails around central Maryland, and fishing every chance I get. I met my wife before kindergarten and fell in love with her in high school, and we've had a wonderful time together ever since.  I have two brothers, a sister, three sisters-in-law, a niece and nephew-in-law (and a schnoodle that my parents watch for me) and we love running down to southern Maryland to see them.  I'm looking forward to getting to know my co-residents as we learn and grow into amazing pediatricians together!

Anisa Lakhani, M.D.Anisa Lakhani, M.D.
Medical School: McGill University Faculty of Medicine

I grew up in Miami, Florida and spent my undergrad years at the University of Florida, where I studied Nutrition. I left the Sunshine State after graduating and moved to the DC area, where I taught middle school science for two years before starting medical school. I continued migrating north to attend McGill University in Montreal, Canada for medical school. I’m happy to be back in the mid-Atlantic, and looking forward to exploring Baltimore.

I knew pediatrics was the right choice for me after completing a NICU and inpatient pediatrics rotation during my third year of medical school, and I’m so excited to begin my training as a pediatrician. Currently, I’m leaning towards hospital medicine or primary care.

Some of my favorite things to do include running, experimenting with new recipes, searching for the best cup of coffee, and playing with my adorable niece.

Monica Mehta, M.D.Monica Mehta, M.D.
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine

I grew up in Huntingtown, MD, a small town in Calvert County, and moved nearby to D.C. to complete my undergraduate and medical degrees through the 7-year accelerated BA/MD program at The George Washington University.

I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was in grade school, but took my time deciding which field of medicine to pursue. I was drawn to pediatrics because I enjoyed the ability to work with families and help prevent chronic lifestyle diseases. I also found that the best teachers were pediatricians and am looking forward to learning how to be an effective educator by working with the faculty here at UMMC.

Outside of the hospital, I enjoy exploring new restaurants (especially for brunch), spending time with my family, planning vacations with my friends, and teaching Zumba! I can’t wait to check out Baltimore’s amazing restaurants with my co-residents!

Jennifer Shields, M.D.Jennifer Shields, M.D.
Medical School: University of South Florida College of Medicine

I grew up in Norfolk, VA as a daughter of two U.S. Navy enlisted personnel. I left Norfolk to attend college at Emory University and my parents moved to Florida then. I went to George Washington University for a Master of Science in Public Health. After graduate school, I decided to use my degree in the U.S. Army and accepted a commission as an officer with a specialty in Environmental and Public Health. I spent 5 ½ years in the Army including a year-long deployment to Iraq and a year stationed in Korea (much more than Iraq). Leaving the Army, I reentered the academic field and attended medical school at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. In my 3rd year during my clinical rotations in Allentown, PA, I realized that I loved the pediatrics floor and the unique challenges that children presented in their management and the diversity of pathologies that were treated. I hope to integrate in my future practice my public health experience in serving children globally.  I am excited to be back living in the DMV area, close to my twin sister who lives in Northern Virginia and my niece and nephew, and happy to be serving the children and families of Baltimore.

My major passion is baseball, specifically the Washington Nationals. I even got a chance to throw out the first pitch at spring training one year. I also enjoy cycling, weight lifting, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, traveling (especially historical sites or museums), and giving belly rubs to my cat. Although, the Nats are my first love, I’m excited to visit Camden Yards and see the O’s play too.

Joseph Slattery, M.D.Joseph Slattery, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I grew up in Mt. Airy, MD, attended Providence College for undergrad to study biology.  I came back home to study medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and got married to my high school sweetheart.  We have a 3 year old son named Neil with another baby due in September.  In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends, play golf, watch sports, and do home improvement projects.  When I grow up, I hope to work in primary care as a pediatrician.

Daniel Summers, M.D.Daniel Summers, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I grew up in outside of Baltimore in Laurel, Maryland with my parents and two younger brothers. I attended undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go heels!) There I completed a chemistry major with a religious studies minor. I returned home to attend medical school at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. I loved it so much I just had to stay on for residency.

I have always wanted to go into medicine and nothing excites me more than being around children so it was only natural that I become a pediatrician. I am thinking of going into primary care, but considering neonatology as well.

In my free time I love to play/watch basketball, run, cook, spend time with friends, and go to concerts.

Tracy Wang, M.D.Tracy Wang, M.D.
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

I was born in Nanjing, China and moved to St. Louis, MO when I was 5 years old. I have always wanted to become the first doctor in my family but never knew exactly what kind until medical school. I attended Washington University in St. Louis and majored in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I then stayed to attend Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where I found my niche in Pediatrics. It was time to explore the world a little farther from home so I came to the University of Maryland Medical Center where I am super excited to work alongside my fellow co-residents.

As for my free time, I love to spend it hanging out with friends, eating good food, reading, and watching musicals (because while I love music and singing, I am unequivocally tone-deaf). I look forward to doing all of these activities in the years to come with new friends.

Emily Wisniewski, M.D.Emily Wisniewski, M.D.
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

I grew up in Severna Park, Maryland right next to Annapolis.  I attended undergrad at Gettysburg College in PA where I was a Health Sciences Major and Biology Minor. I returned back home for medical school at The University of Maryland School of Medicine. In my first year, I joined the Primary Care Track where I received mentoring from an Outpatient Community Pediatrician. I quickly fell in love with the field and have never looked back! I am very excited to stay on as an intern at the University of Maryland not only to continue to further the relationships I have already developed within this department, but to forge new ones as well with my fellow interns. It also doesn’t hurt that I get to stay close to my husband who is earning his Phd in Biomedical Science literally right across the street! Outside of medicine, I love to read, travel (14 countries to date!), spend time with my family and friends, bake, sing, and play the piano.

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Daniel Simmonds, M.D.Daniel Simmonds, M.D.
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

I grew up in Teaneck, NJ, and attended university at Johns Hopkins, studying Neuroscience and Creative Writing. I worked senior year and for 2 years after college with Dr. Stewart Mostofsky, a pediatric neurologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study brain differences in children with disabilities. During this time I also played ukulele and sang for severely disabled children. I then began an MD/PhD program at the University of Pittsburgh. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience, using several different behavioral and brain imaging techniques to characterize normal brain development through adolescence. After completing my degrees, I completed a brief post-doctoral position studying brain differences in children born prematurely. I have now moved back to Baltimore to begin residency, where I will be doing 2 years of pediatrics at the University of Maryland followed by 4 years of Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. I look forward to a career combining research and clinical activities focused on the development of children with disabilities. Family is very important to me, which includes: wife Margot, son Phil, dog Sally, cat Jeanne-Claude, and turtles Carl and Ike. I enjoy playing and listening to music, building electronic instruments, eating good food, and the ocean.