Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship

Current Neonatal - Perinatal Medicine Fellows

Team 2013

  Welcome party for our first year fellows (2013)

Current Fellows

Ahmad El Samra, M.D.Third Year Fellow

Ahmad El Samra, M.D.

Ahmad is from Beirut, Lebanon and completed his pediatric residency at State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. His research interests include assessment of urinary biomarkers of renal dysfunction in the neonate. Ahmad received a research grant from the Gerber Foundation to support this work. Outside of fellowship, he is an accomplished pianist and enjoys movie editing and middle-eastern folk dance.

Kunal Gupta, M.B.B.S.Third Year Fellow

Kunal Gupta, M.B.B.S.

Kunal is from Haryana, India and completed his pediatric residency at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India in 2009. He is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to determine the effect of lipid intake on direct hyperbilirubinemia in late preterm and term infants with gastrointestinal surgical problems. In 2012, the medical center recognized his scholarly work with two awards to support his research: the Clausen Fellowship and the Dean's Fellowship grants. In 2012, the medical center also awarded him with a "Strong Star" for providing compassionate family-centered care. Kunal has published two articles on hyperbilirubinemia in Peri-FACTS Academy. He enjoys painting, reading, music, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Syed Shah, M.B.B.S.Third Year Fellow

Syed Shah, M.B.B.S.

Syed is from Lahore, Pakistan. He comes to our fellowship program after completing his post-doctoral research fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in 2008 and his pediatric residency at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in 2011, both located in New York, NY. Syed's research aims to investigate the role of cord blood regulatory T cells in neonatal lung disease. In 2011, he was awarded the NIH T32 Department of Pediatrics grant, "Bench to Bedside to Curbside," to further his research. Syed enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys reading poetry, listening to music, traveling, and photography.

Pratik Parikh, M.B.B.S.Second Year Fellow

Pratik Parikh, M.B.B.S.

Pratik is from Vadodara, India and completed his pediatric residency at St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ in June 2012. His research interests include developing novel therapeutic interventions using gene therapy to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in preterm infants. Pratik was awarded an NIH T32 Department of Pediatrics grant to support his research. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing cricket, tennis and chess, listening to music, and rooting for his favorite NFL team, the New York Giants.

Srujana Rallabandi, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.Second Year Fellow

Srujana Rallabandi, M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Sujji is from Hyderbad, India and completed her pediatric residency and her Master in Public Health at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Her research interests include antioxidant effects of unconjugated bilirubin in neonates, promotion of effective prenatal counseling for premature births, and study of neonatal health care delivery practices in international settings. She was awarded a University of Rochester Dean’s grant to further her research.  Outside the fellowship, she enjoys cooking, traveling and learning about different cultural backgrounds and practices.

Jayson Lingan, MDFirst Year Fellow

Jayson Lingan, M.D.

Jayson’s hometown is Tuguegarao City, Cagayan in the Philippines. He joined our fellowship program after completing his pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. His research interests include patent ductus arteriosus and pulmonary hypertension. Jayson enjoys traveling, biking and running.

Christina Sollinger, MDFirst Year Fellow

Christina Sollinger, M.D.

Christina’s hometown is Madison, WI.  She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Christina’s research interests include neonatal lung development and injury in relationship to oxygen exposure and mechanical stress.  Outside the fellowship, she enjoys yoga, zumba, downhill skiing, and spending time on Canandaigua Lake with her fiancé’s family.

Sarah Volz, DOFirst Year Fellow

Sarah Volz, D.O.

Sarah is from Anchorage, Alaska and completed her pediatric residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and Winthrop University in West Islip, NY. Her research interests include effects of prematurity and nutrition predisposing patients to obesity, education, and simulation training/research.  Outside of the fellowship, she enjoys downhill skiing, salmon and halibut fishing, softball, volleyball, the outdoors and photography.

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