Pediatrics Residency Program

Subspecialty Faculty

The Pediatric Residency Department also works in specialty partnerships within the community for the following clinical areas: Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Neonatology, Neurology, Pulmonology, Radiology, and Community Pediatricians.

Atrium Health Navicent Children's Care Pediatric Endocrinology

Tarek Bisat, MD

Tarek Bisat, MD

  • Medical Director
    Atrium Health Navicent Children's Care Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency: Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: John Hopkins Hospital
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Atrium Health Navicent Children's Care Pediatric Endocrinology

Jessica Hutchins, MD

Jessica Hutchins, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia
  • Residency: Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia
  • Fellowship: Atrium Health Navicent Children's Care Pediatric Endocrinology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics, Board Certified in Atrium Health Navicent Children's Care Pediatric Endocrinology

Child Abuse & Neglect

Yameika Head, MD

Yameika Head, MD

  • Medical Director
    Crescent House
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
  • Residency: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Forensic Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics

Developmental-Behavioral Medicine

Elizabeth Young, MD

Elizabeth Young, MD

  • Medical Director
    Autism & Developmental Center
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: The Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC
  • Residency: Med-Peds Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio; Pediatrics Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • Fellowship: Developmental Pediatrics, Marcus Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Jean Dozier, MD

Jean Dozier, MD

  • Medical Director
    Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
  • Residency: Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Board Certified in Hospice Palliative Medicine

Umesh Narsinghani, MD

Umesh Narsinghani, MD

  • Medical Director
    Pediatric Critical Care
  • Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Panjabrao Alias Bhausaheb Deshmukh Memorial Medical College
  • Residency: Dr. B Nanavati Hospital, Bombay, India; Brooklyn Hospital Center/NY University
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Arkansas; Children's Hospital, Little Rock Arkansas
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine; Board Certified in Hospice Palliative Medicine

Meral Patel, MD

Meral Patel, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Stephen Tomek, MD

Stephen Tomek, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: State University of New York Upstate Medical University Syracuse, New York
  • Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center / Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY
  • Fellowship: University of Rochester Medical Center; Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Lauren Villo, MD

Lauren Villo, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, Ohio
  • Residency: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Critical Care, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Noel Israel, MD

Noel Israel, MD

  • Medical Director
    Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: University of Philippines College of Medicine, Philippines
  • Residency: Brenner Children's Hospital Winston- Salem, NC
  • Fellowship: Atrium Health Navicent Children's Care Pediatric Gastroenterology Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Abigail J. Cruz, MD

Abigail J. Cruz, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California
  • Graduate School: University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Residency: Children's Hospital of Orange County, Orange, California
  • Fellowship: University of Texas Health Drug Development Science Center, San Antonio, Texas
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Kristi George, MD

Kristi George, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Saba, Netherlands-Antilles
  • Residency: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • Fellowship: University of Texas Health, San Antonio, Texas
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Sushmita Nair, MD

Sushmita Nair, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, India
  • Residency: Miami Children`s Hospital Miami, Florida
  • Fellowship: University of Florida/ Shands Hospital Gainesville, Florida
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics

Vishwas Sakhalkar, MD

Vishwas Sakhalkar, MD

  • Professor of Pediatrics
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: G.S. Medical College, Bombay University, India
  • Residency: Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Fellowship: Peds Hematology/Oncology State University of NY at Brooklyn, NY; Bone Marrow Transplant Strong Memorial Hospital, SUNY Rochester, NY
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Pediatric Sports Medicine & Adoclescent

Shelley Callender, MD

Shelley Callender, MD

  • Medical Director
    Sports Medicine & Concussion
  • Associate Professor of IM/Ped/FM
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: State University of New York, Syracuse, NY
  • Residency: Med- Peds - Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine -Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, Michigan
  • Specialty: Board Certified in Pediatrics; Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Board Certified in Sports Medicine

Pediatric Surgery

Joshua Glenn, MD

Joshua Glenn, MD

  • Director of Pediatric Surgery
    Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia
  • Residency: Medical University of South Carolina
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Monroe Carell, Jr. Hospital, Vanderbilt University
  • Specialty: Board Certified in General Surgery

Issam Shaker, MD

Issam Shaker, MD

  • Professor of Pediatric Surgery
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: University of California San Francisco College of Medicine
  • Residency: Pediatric Surgery, The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship: Vanderbilt University affiliated hospital, Nashville, TN
  • Research Fellowship: Transplantation Biology, The John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Specialty: Board Certified in General Surgery

Charles Gomez, MD

Charles Gomez, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery
    Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
  • Resiency: Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cardiology

  • Brian Cardis, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Wesley Blackwood, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor

Community Pediatricians

  • Emmett Berry, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Robert Ford, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Obioho “Louis” Okoro, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • William Tift, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Debbie West, MD
    Assoc. Clinical Professor

Emergency Medicine

  • Tooba Mansoor, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Harriet Crockett-Woods, DO, Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Albright Gayagoy, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • James Logan, MD
    Assoc. Clinical Professor
  • Joulia Thompson, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Kimberly Myers, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Jacob Kirkpatrick, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Jonathan Smith, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor

Infectious Disease

  • Harold Katner, MD
    Professor

Neonatology

  • Mitch Rodriguez, MD
    Assoc. Clinical Professor
  • Schuyler Mims, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Elizabeth Penn, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Melissa Oh, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor
  • Joleen Dako, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor

Neurology

  • Joseph Trasmonte, MD
    Asst. Clinical Professor

Psychology & Behavioral Science

  • Andrea Meyer, Ph.D., LMFT, Assoc. Clinical Professor
  • R. Alan Williams, Ph.D., Assoc. Clinical Professor

Pulmonology

  • James Logan, MD
    Assoc. Clinical Professor

Radiology

  • Paul Chandler, MD
    Assoc. Clinical Professor
  • Kevin Cormier, MD
    Assoc. Clinical Professor