Meet Our Alumni and Fellows

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional
 

Laura Ballenger, MD
3rd Year Fellow

  • Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Residency: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
Veronica Mruk, MD
 

Veronica Mruk, MD
3rd Year Fellow (Medicine/Pediatrics)

  • Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland
  • Residency: East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Christine Bacha
 

Christine Bacha, MD
1st Year Fellow

  • Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH
  • Residency: Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Meet Our Alumni

Alumni Residency, Medical School and Post-Fellowship Information
Ohoud Al Ahmed, MD 
  • Medical School: King Saud University College of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
  •  Residency: King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
  •  Years as a Rheumatology Fellow: 2016 - 2019 
Evan Muvlhill, MD
  • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
  • Residency: Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA
  • Years as a Rheumatology Fellow: 2016 - 2019
  • Position after Fellowship: Rheumatology Faculty at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware
Aliese Sarkissian, MD
  • Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Residency: Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Years as a Rheumatology Fellow: 2015 - 2018
  • Position after Fellowship: Rheumatology Faculty at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC
Paul Jensen, MD
  • Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Residency: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Years as a Rheumatology Fellow: 2014 - 2018 (combined Medicine/Pediatrics)
  • Position after Fellowship: Private Practice in Utah
Rabheh Abdul Aziz, MD
  • Medical School: University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria
  • Residency: Damascus University, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Years as Rheumatology Fellow: 2013 - 2016
  • Position after Fellowship: Rheumatology Faculty at UMBD Pediatrics in Buffalo, NY
Kyla Driest, MD
  • Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
  • Residency: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Years as Rheumatology Fellow: 2012 - 2015
  • Position after Fellowship: Rheumatology Faculty at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Fatima Barbar-Smiley, MD
  • Medical School: Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
  • Residency: Beirut Arab Univeristy/Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center, Saida- Lebanon
  • Years as Rheumatology Fellow: 2011 - 2014
  • Position after Fellowship: Rheumatology Faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Anjali Patwardhan, MD
  • Medical School: Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India
  • Residency: National Training Program, England, United Kingdom
  • Years as Rheumatology Fellow: 2009 - 2012
  • Position after Fellowship: Rheumatology Faculty at University of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri