Class of 2020
Tiffany Barkley, DO: Medical School - Lake Eries College of Osteopathic Medicine
I grew up in Dallas, Tx and attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Although I am not from the area, I truly feel at home at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Not only has Children’s Mercy provided me with an excellent education, but Children’s Mercy has also provided me with a supportive and caring learning environment that has shaped who I am today. In the future, I hope to pursue a fellowship in vascular neurology.
Sonal Sharma, MD: Medical School - Kasturba Medical College, Manipal India
I graduated from Kasturba Medical College located in Manipal, India and started my pediatric neurology journey in 2015. Children's Mercy has been a great fit for me because of the people I have met here. Other than providing a stimulating work environment, CMH has helped me find mentors that will help shape my career and friends that I will cherish for life. I am in the process of finding the neurology sub-specialty that I want to pursue and I look forward to the exposure to neurogenetics, neuroimmunology and vascular neurology that our program provides.
Class of 2021
Natalie Katz, MD: Medical School – University of Kansas School of Medicine
I'm about as non-traditional as you can get- born in KS, raised in IN, went to college on the West Coast before moving back to the Midwest to pursue my MD/PhD at The University of Kansas School of Medicine. I graduated with my PhD in Neuroscience in 2014, and graduated from medical school in 2016. I absolutely fell in love with Kansas City during medical school and I was super thrilled to know that I would get to stay and train at one of the best children's hospitals in the country for Pediatrics and Child Neurology. My clinical interests include neuroimmunology and neurorheumatology, and I have a strong interest in incorporating translational research into my clinical practice. Outside of the hospital, I like to spend time with friends enjoying the many entertainment options that KC has to offer (food, live music, arts/theater, festivals, etc.), ride my bike, and play with my adorable Labradoodle named Madison (yes, you can have a puppy during residency!).
Class of 2022
Jacob Arends, MD: Medical School – University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine
Hi, I’m Jake Arends, I’m a first year pediatric neurology resident at Children’s Mercy. I’m not quite a native of Kansas City, but I am close, I came here for my undergrad and medical school as well. Some of my favorite things to do outside the hospital include basketball, ultimate frisbee, and watching movies. I also really enjoy hanging out with my fellow residents (no, they didn’t make me say that)! I currently am interested in Child Neurology as a broad field, and do not have a specific subspecialty in mind yet. This is a great program and place to live, I hope you have the chance to spend time with us this year!
Ashley Lepse, MD: Medical School - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
I was born in Evansville, Indiana. I moved around quite a bit growing up but graduated from high school in Topeka, Kansas. I received my B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and then escaped the cold for medical school in Dallas, where I attended UT Southwestern. In medical school, in addition to discovering my interest in Child Neurology, I developed a passion for medical education and graduated with distinction in Medical Education. Within Child Neurology, I'm interested in Neuro-Immunology and Neuro-Oncology. In my free time I love watching football, reading, and eating out at all of the great restaurants in Kansas City!
Incoming Child Neurology Residents
Class of 2023
Joseph Coleman, MD: Medical School – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
I received my Bachelor of Science from Cameron University Lawton and attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. I have a passion for soccer and started referring games when I was 13 years old, officiating over 1,000 games and becoming a division 6A playoff official. This has given me the opportunity to work with many teenagers, helping them understand and abide by the rules of the game! I also enjoy photography, local volleyball events, cooking and board games.
Julia Gianakon, MD: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
I graduated with my Bachelor's of Arts from Princeton and worked as a teacher, teaching Latin to children grades 5-10, all the while attending the University of Pennsylvania to prepare for medical school. I then completed medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. I am conversant in French, Latin and classical Greek and have translated abstracts from French to English for the marketing of published books. I am an artist at heart and enjoy painting and playing several instruments including the piano, violin and viola.
Class of 2024
Justin Coogle, MD: Medical School - University of Kansas School of Medicine Kansas City
Nisha Shah, MD: Medical School - University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
Class of 2019 – Andrew Cease, Child Neurologist, Oklahoma City, OK
Class of 2018 – Julio Quezada, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Class of 2018 – Deepti Nagesh, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Cincinnati, Children’s Hospital
Class of 2017 - Marcie Goeden, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Class of 2016 - Britton Zuccarelli, MD Child Neurologist, Salina, KS
Class of 2015 - Tyler Allison, MD, Children’s Mercy Kansas City
Class of 2014 – Tammy Hennika, MD Faculty, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Class of 2013 – Anastasia Luniova, MD Child Neurologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
Class of 2012 – Christoper DeCock, MD Child Neurologist, Fargo, ND
Class of 2011 – Jennifer Yuen, DO Child Neurologist, Mesa, AZ
Class of 2010 – Kadry Allaboun, MD Child Neurologist, Morganton, NC
Class of 2009 – Mamon Maiteh, MD Child Neurologist, Toledo, OH
Class of 2008 – Husam Kayyali, MD, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Saudi Arabia