Leadership

Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

For any questions please contact MDAAP Executive Director,
Loretta I. Hoepfner, MSOD at loretta@mdaap.org.

Chapter Officers

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President

Monique Soileau-Burke, MD, FAAP

Bio

Monique Soileau-Burke, MD, FAAP, is a general pediatrician at The Pediatric Center in Columbia, MD. Dr. Burke serves as a Clinical Instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She served as the Vice-President of the Maryland AAP Foundation and previously served as the Central Maryland Representative. As MDAAP Vice-President, Dr. Burke served on the Maryland Department of Health’s Pediatric COVID Vaccine work group and serves as a Maryland GOVAX ambassador. She was recently appointed chair of the Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations. Dr. Burke completed her pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins in 2002. She received her medical degree in 1999 from the Tulane University School of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. She received her Bachelor of Science from Newcomb College of Tulane University with a major in child psychology and early childhood education in 1995. At the Pediatric Center, Dr. Burke serves as a managing partner. With over 25,000 patients and a staff of 50, the practice serves a culturally and economically diverse population of patients from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carol and Howard Counties and Baltimore City. In 2012, she became certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and introduced lactation medicine to her practice with designated lactation areas and counseling. A native of Louisiana, she moved to Baltimore for three years of residency training. Twenty years later, she still resides in Baltimore City with her husband, Warren, and their daughter, Evangeline. She is an avid Ravens fan—unless they’re playing her beloved New Orleans Saints.

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Vice President

Rachel Dodge, MD, FAAP

Bio

Dr. Rachel Dodge is a community pediatrician in Southeast Baltimore County at Dundalk Pediatrics Associates. Dr. Dodge and her husband are southeast Baltimore County natives.  They live in Edgemere and are very active in supporting the local community.  Dr. Dodge is the mother of 3 children.  She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in 2002 and completed the pediatric residency program at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/University Hospitals of Cleveland in 2005.  Dr. Dodge completed the General Pediatric Academic Development Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and earned a Master’s of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008.

Dr. Dodge’s passion is advocating for the medical needs of low-income and high risk populations.  Before coming to Dundalk Pediatrics, she was the Medical Director for the MATCH (Making All The Children Healthy) Program that provides medical case management and health care coordination for all children in Baltimore City’s foster care system.  She also practiced pediatrics at the Harriet Lane Clinic at Johns Hopkins, teaching residents and medical students.  She holds a part-time appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is a community preceptor to medical students for the Longitudinal Ambulatory Program.

Dr. Dodge currently serves as the Vice President for the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was appointed to Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee.

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Treasurer-Secretary

Katherine Hoops, MD, FAAP

Bio

Dr. Katherine Hoops is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Medicine.  She earned her medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed a Master’s in Public Health concentrating on Health Policy and Management in injury and violence prevention at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Alabama Birmingham before returning to Johns Hopkins to complete her fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center (2025). Dr. Hoops’ research is focused on an equity-focused, public health approach to the prevention of firearm injury and violence. She is a core faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions. She conducts research on creating and evaluating effective policy measures, implementing a trauma-informed approach to care, effectively communicating with patients and families about firearm safety, and improving physicians’ education on and counseling related to firearm safety. She serves as an official spokesperson for the AAP and works with local and national media to provide education on issues related to child health. 

She and her husband, a cardiac anesthesiologist and intensivist, have two wonderful, book-loving children. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, gardening, cooking, and reading.

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MDAAP Foundation President

Deborah Badawi, MD, FAAP

Bio

Dr. Badawi was named a Top Doctor in the specialty of Pediatric Behavior and Development by Baltimore magazine in 2016.
Debbie Badawi is a behavioral-developmental pediatrician in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing her pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she did a fellowship in behavioral-developmental pediatrics at the University of Maryland. Her clinical experience includes primary and specialty care, as well as consultation on multidisciplinary teams in the school system and in health care settings. While on the faculty at University of Maryland she had the opportunity to train medical students, residents and fellows in behavioral-developmental pediatrics.
Dr. Badawi served as the medical director of the Maryland School for the Blind for several years before taking a position as the medical director of the Office for Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this position, she led newborn screening follow up for the state to assure all children with abnormal screening results received needed evaluations. She also worked with the office leadership to manage four million dollars in federal Maternal Child Health Block Grant funds for Children with Special Health Care Needs to provide needed services and improve health care outcomes for this target population.
She is currently an assistant professor in pediatrics, and her clinical work includes evaluation and management of children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and NICU follow up. Her particular areas of interest and research include family-professional partnerships, and the prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in children.

Regional Representatives

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Central MD

Jennifer Cox, MD, FAAP
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard

Bio

Jennifer Belbot Cox M.D. FAAP is a general pediatrician at Pediatric Partners LLC, a private practice with locations in Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties. She serves as a managing partner in the North Park/ Harford County office. She received her medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School in 2002 and completed her residency training in pediatrics at the Pennsylvania State Milton S Hershey Medical Center in 2005. Dr. Cox lives with her husband and three children in Baltimore County. 

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Eastern Shore

Paul Rogers, MD, FAAP
Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester

Bio

On January 14, 2018 I saw my last patient after over forty years of clinical practice. My practice focused on treating general pediatric patients as well as caring for children with neurodevelopmental; disabilities. As I walked out the office door for the last times. I felt a swirling up inside me of mixed emotions.: I felt a deep sadness leaving behind so many families that I had forged a strong relationship; however, my bones were tired, and my body was telling me it was time. My wife and I moved to the Eastern Shore to be close to the ocean where we had spent for so many vacations. However, I did not abandon pediatrics. Governor Hogan appointed me to the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission. In addition, I was part of a group that was successful in obtaining a grant from the AAP to look at best practices in Maryland to identify and manage children with elevated blood lead levels. In my retirement I found a new “pediatric practice,” advocating for children with lead poisoning as well as identifying ways to prevent childhood lead poisoning.
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Montgomery & Prince George's

Christine Saba, MD, FAAP

Bio

Christine Saba, MD, FAAP, completed medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, followed by a residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Prior to entering medical school, she cared for pediatric patients as the first Senior Clinical Pharmacist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital after completion of the first pediatric pharmacy program at MCV hospital in Richmond. After residency she initially worked for a group practice; since 2000, has been in solo practice, and has been very involved in what it takes to manage and run a practice through 20+years of the evolving changes in Medicine. She has lived in Montgomery County since 1969.

Christine has a passion to advocate for the well-being of children and those families who have no voice to say what their children need by working with her colleagues in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. She feels pediatricians have come together during this COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with the increased awareness of what needs to evolve to address the discrepancies of care and social biases that exist in human beings, pediatricians can have huge impact.

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Southern MD

Kristi Machemer, MD, FAAP
Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s

Bio

Kristi Machemer, MD, FAAP, received her medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago and attended residency at University of Minnesota. She completed a pediatric fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT at Duke University. After several years in the hematology/oncology world, she returned to her first love, general pediatrics.

She is a pediatrician and owner of Waldorf Pediatrics. Her special interests include mental health including care for children with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD and ASD. She also serves in the AAP Mental Health and SODBP primary care committees. Her passion is to include mental health care in the medical home.

She lives with her husband and two children in Charles county. She is fortunate to be studying classical ballet and enjoys dancing with her kids. She loves taking classes in Sumi-E brush painting.

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Western MD

Vandana Sajankila, MD, FAAP
Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Washington

Bio

Dr. Vandana Sajankila is a general pediatrician who currently practices in Hagerstown, Maryland at her
clinic, The Children’s Doctor. She was born in Kerala, India and she completed her early education in the
BEM High School in her native town of Kasaragod. After completing high school, she went to Kharkiv
State Medical University in Ukraine to study medicine in Russian for 7 years. After completing medical
school, she returned to India where she worked as a medical officer at Safdarjung Hospital, DDU Hospital
and Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Dr. Sajankila moved to the United States in 2002 where she completed her pediatric residency at
Sparrow Hospital, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She is board-certified through the
American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She joined The
Children’s Doctor as a general pediatrician in 2007.
Dr. Sajankila is multilingual and is fluent in Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, Marathi, Tamil, Russian and
Spanish. These language skills have helped her to treat and care for a wide range of patients from many
backgrounds.
Dr. Sajankila has been actively involved in her community. She is the physician-in-charge of the clinic of
Shriners Hospital for Children in Hagerstown, Maryland since 2012, a clinic which specializes in
diagnosing and treating children with various developmental disabilities. Dr. Sajankila also founded and
acts as the chairperson of the Leela Education Foundation, a foundation named in memory of her
mother, Leela Sajankila. The foundation grants scholarships to local high school seniors in Pennsylvania
for their academic excellence. Through the Leela Education Foundation, Dr. Sajankila travels to India
annually to conduct medical camps in underprivileged areas of rural southern India.
Dr. Vandana Sajankila lives with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys gardening,
reading, traveling, and long distance running. Her favorite place to run is the C&O canal along the
Potomac River. She also enjoys watching football and supports the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chapter Staff

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Executive Director

Loretta I. Hoepfner, MSOD

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Executive Coordinator

Ariana Kempa

Board of Directors

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Chapter President

Monique Soileau-Burke, MD, FAAP

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Chapter Vice President

Rachel Dodge, MD, FAAP

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Chapter Treasurer-Secretary

Katherine Hoops, MD, FAAP

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Regional Representative Central MD

Jennifer Cox, MD, FAAP

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Regional Representative Eastern Shore

Paul Rogers, MD, FAAP
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Regional Representative Montgomery & Prince George's

Christine Saba, MD, FAAP 

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Regional Representative Southern MD

Kristi Machemer, MD, FAAP

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Regional Representative Western MD

Vandana Sajankila, MD, FAAP

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Johns Hopkins Resident Representatives

James Ting, MD 
Christle Nwora, MD 

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Sinai Hospital Resident Representative

Shumaila Ather, MD
Yasmine Sobeih, MD

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University of Maryland Resident Representatives

Connor Castile, MD
Elizabeth Cochran, MD

Chapter Committees

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Adolescent Health

Oscar Taube, MD, FAAP

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Anti-Trafficking Initiative

Nick Cuneo, MD

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Breastfeeding

Edward Bartlett, MD, FAAP
Dana Silver, MD, FAAP

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Child Maltreatment/Foster Care

Wendy Lane, MD, FAAP
Rachel Dodge, MD, FAAP

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CSHCN/Disabilities

Deborah Badawi, MD, FAAP
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Disaster Preparedness

Amyna Husain, DO, FAAP

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Early Career Physicians

Open – If you are interested in this leadership role, contact loretta@mdaap.org.

Early Childhood

Edisa Padder, MD, FAAP

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Emotional Health

Ken Tellerman, MD, FAAP

Environmental Health and Climate Change

Michael Ichniowski, MD, FAAP

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Hospitalists

Open – If you are interested in this leadership role, contact loretta@mdaap.org.

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Immunizations

Rebecca Carter, MD, FAAP 

Inclusion-Diversity Anti-Racism & Equity (I-DARE)

Harolyn M.E. Belcher, MD, FAAP

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Infectious Diseases

Susan V. Lipton, MD, FAAP

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Information Technology

Rebecca Rabin, MD, FAAP

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Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention

Open – If you are interested in this leadership role, contact loretta@mdaap.org.

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Mental Health

Suzanne Rybczynski, MD, FAAP
Kristi Machemer, MD, FAAP

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Oral Health

Shirley Reddoch, MD, FAAP 

Pediatric Council

Jeff Bernstein, MD, FAAP
Jim Rice, MD, FAAP 

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Senior Pediatricians

Open – If you are interested in this leadership role, contact loretta@mdaap.org.

Chapter Liaisons

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CATCH Facilitators

Erin Giudice, MD, FAAP

Molly Silber, MD, FAAP

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Dentistry

Diana Capobianco, DDS

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Military

LCDR Witzard Seide, MD, FAAP

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School Health

Diana Fertsch, MD, FAAP

Chapter Task Forces

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Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic

Natalie Spicyn, MD, FAAP
Diana Fertsch, MD, FAAP

Chapter Past Presidents

2020-2022
Deborah Badawi, MD, FAAP

2018-2020
Maria Brown, MD, FAAP

2016-2018
Diana Fertsch, MD, FAAP

2014-2016
Susan Chaitovitz, MD, FAAP

2012-2014
Scott Krugman, MD, FAAP

2010-2012
Eric Levey, MD, FAAP

2008-2010
Virginia Keane, MD, FAAP

2006-2008
Dan Levy, MD, FAAP

2004-2006
Howard Birenbaum, MD, FAAP

2000-2002
David Bromberg, MD, FAAP

1998-2000
Felix Kaufman, MD, FAAP

1996-1998
Timothy Doran, MD, FAAP

1994-1996

Crossan O’Donovan, MD, FAAP

1992-1994
Lillian Blackmon, MD, FAAP

For any questions please contact MDAAP Executive Director,
Loretta I. Hoepfner, MSOD at loretta@mdaap.org.