Class of 2020
Sarah Mahdally, DO
Sarah was born in Giza, Egypt receiving a BS in Biology and Biochemistry from Millersville University in Lancaster, PA and graduated medical school from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. She completed her pediatric residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Her residency project focused on the implementation of a neonatal sepsis prediction calculator for late premature and term infants. Her interests include neonatal sepsis, perinatal ethics, QI and international medicine.
Suhagi Kadakia, MD
Suhagi was born in India and grew up in Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B. in Chemistry and Community Health. She then went on to pursue her medical education at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. Suhagi completed her residency in pediatrics at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She presented her Quality Improvement at the AAP conference. Her research interest is in breastfeeding and nutrition.
Kristin Leister, MD
Kristin grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She completed medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and pediatric residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Her research interests include neonatal abstinence syndrome and neurodevelopmental outcomes in the NICU graduate.
Class of 2021
Suzanne Al-Hamad, MD
Suzanne grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She attended medical school at Howard University in Washington, DC and completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Her primary research interests are neurodevelopment and palliative care.
Byoun Jin Kwon, MD
Byoun Jin grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. Thereafter, he completed residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore where he led a Q.I. initiative regarding Delayed Cord Clamping and presented a poster at the national AAP conference. Furthermore, he received both the scholarly activity and patient safety awards in his residency program. He is currently interested in ELBW blood flow regulation, neuronal injury/development, and finding the best burger in town.
Tarik Zahouani, MD
Tarik grew up in Casablanca, Morocco. He completed medical school at the Université Hassan II de Casablanca Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie. He then completed his pediatric residency at Lincoln Medical Center in New York. His research interests include neonatal sepsis and quality improvement.
Class of 2022
Rebecca Suflas, DO
Becca grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs. She received a Master’s Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to attend medical school at the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, St. Kitts in the West Indies. She completed her Pediatric Residency training at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. During residency, she received the Pediatric Research Award for her teams study on Resident burnout, depression, and well-being: A multi-specialty survey.
Tayo Adeyemo, MD
Tayo is from Nashville, TN. She received her B.S. in Biology from Howard University. She then went on to complete her medical training at Ross University and completed a pediatric residency at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. While in residency she implemented a QI project to eliminate food insecurities in the outpatient pediatric clinic which led to a grant for healthy food boxes for families in need and a future onsite food pantry.
Bethany Hung, MD
Bethany was born in Los Angeles, California where she received a BS in Biology from University of California San Diego. She graduated medical school from Ross University School of Medicine. She completed residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore where she successfully implemented a protocol using oral glucose gel as a treatment for neonatal hypoglycemia in the newborn nursery. Her research interests include palliative care and NIRS.