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Department of Pediatrics

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove… but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

Department Overview

The faculty of UNLV Department of Pediatrics provide education for students and residents, participate in scholarly activities/research and care for the children of Las Vegas in a multi-specialty faculty practice. The academic full-time faculty are in the fields of adolescent medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general pediatrics, infectious diseases, neurology and pulmonology. Our community faculty who support our educational endeavors are in multiple fields across pediatrics as well.


To provide outstanding training to pediatrics residents in a diverse clinical learning environment that will ultimately improve the health of the children in Southern Nevada.

Residency Program Aims

The primary aim of the program is to support and develop well-rounded resident physicians who are prepared to meet the challenge of clinical pediatrics and pursue the career path of their choice.

To that end, the program aims to:

  1. Provide residents with guidance and resources to help them select a career path
  2. Provide residents with an extensive clinical knowledge base in the care of the infant/child/adolescent/young adult allowing for ongoing life-long professional growth in their chosen career paths
  3. Develop curiosity in its trainees to engage in inquiry and utilize evidence to answer questions
  4. Improve residents’ understanding of caring for the underserved

GME: Department of Pediatrics

Residency Program


UNLV Pediatrics Faculty

Greater UNLV Faculty

Adolescent & Child Psychiatry

Pediatric Dentistry


  • Alicia Spinner, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecology & Maternal Fetal Medicine

Sports Medicine

Adjunct (Community) Faculty

  • Sean McKnight MD
  • Alexis Raftopoulos, DO


  • Ruben Acherman, MD
  • Ricardo Samson, MD
  • Abraham Rothman, MD
  • Robert Rollins, MD
  • Gary Mayman, MD
  • Carlos Luna, MD
  • Tina Kwan, MD
  • Alvaro Galindo, MD
  • William Evans, MD
  • William Castillo, MD
  • John Alexander, DO
Chronic Disease
  • Shawn Rowles, MD
  • Candace Spann, MD

Emergency Medicine

  • Children's Hospital of Nevada
    • Jay Fisher, MD
    • Kreg Burnette, MD
    • Ami Shah, MD
    • Natasha Sidhu, MD


  • Rola Saad, MD


  • Children's Hospital of Nevada
    • Dahna Reyes, MD
    • Kanayo Ezeanolue, MD
    • Alaa-Eldin Eldemerdash, MD
    • Francis Banfro, MD


  • Children's Nephrology Clinic
    • Hay Cheam, MD
    • Michael Aigbe, MD


  • Sri Halthore, MD
  • Alfreda Maller, MD

Hematology & Oncology

  • Cure 4 The Kids
    • Alan Ikeda, MD
    • Waseem Alhushki, MD
    • Joseph Lasky, MD


Pediatric Hospitalists

  • Children's Hospital of Nevada
    • Shannon Barker, DO
    • Noah Kohn, MD
    • Ben Wong, MD
    • Adib Rodriguez, MD
    • Rita Shah, MD
    • Christopher Murray, MD
    • Shawn Rowles, MD
  • Sunrise Children's Hospital
    • Latoya Barber, MD
    • Francine Bynum, MD
    • Erin Caliri, DO
    • Ellen Fitzpatrick, MD
    • Michelle Pastorello, MD
    • Ruchi Garg, DO
Pediatric Critical Care
  • Children's Hospital of Nevada
    • Judith Ben Ari Lazcano, MD
    • Mark Dugan, MD
    • Consolacion Saqueton, MD
    • Meena Vohra, MD
    • Prashant Jha, MD
    • Jason Vargas, MD
    • Mais Yacoub, MD
  • Sunrise Children’s Hospital
    • Silvana Arciniegas, MD
    • Jim Andrus, MD
    • Jen DeMichele, MD
    • Oscar Ingaramo, MD
    • JB Fenix, MD, MPH
    • Daniel Noriega, MD
    • Laura Quinones, MD

Private Pediatrics


  • Craig Nakamura, MD


  • Ashok Gupta, MD


  • Robert Lowe, MD


  • George Ganesan, MD
  • Chadwick Plaire, MD
  • Jessica Casey, MD, MS
  • Waldo Feng, MD, PhD