Meet the Team

Our people make our lab great. We have an incredibly talented group of scientists from uniquely different disciplines and backgrounds. We believe that a strong synergy between researchers and clinicians will facilitate developing translational programs to improve neurological outcomes in children with congenital heart disease.


Nobuyuki Ishibashi, MD 

Nobuyuki Ishibashi, MD
Center for Neuroscience Research Director of Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory, Children's National Heart Institute
Foglia-Hills Professor of Pediatric Cardiac Research Children's National Health System 
MD from Gunma University School of Medicine, Japan 
Japanese Board of Surgery
Japanese Board of Cardiovascular Surgery

nishibas@childrensnational.org

Zaenab Dhari, MD

Zaenab Dhari, MD
Medical Education: University of Jordan/Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan

zdhari@childrensnational.org

Aysha Jadran, MD 

Aysha Jadran, MD
Medical Education: People's Medical College for Girls, Pakistan

ajadran@childrensnational.org

Camille Leonetti, PhD

Camille Leonetti, PhD
PhD in Neuroscience from Caen Normandie University
BS in Chemistry from Paris-Sud University

cleonetti@childrensnational.org

Takuya Maeda, MD 

Takuya Maeda, MD
Cardiac Surgery Fellowship: Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
Medical Residency: Seirei Mikatahara General Hospital, Shizuoka, Japan
Medical Education: University of Occupational and Environmental Health Japan, Kitakyushu, Japan

 Jennifer Romanowicz, MD

Jennifer Romanowicz, MD
Pediatric Residency at Children's National
MD from New York Medical College
BA in Psychology from Amherst College

ksarkisla2@childrensnational.org

 Kamil Sarkislali, MD

Kamil Sarkislali, MD
Cardiac and Vascular Surgeon
Medical Education: Gulhane Military Medical Academy School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Residency: Gulhane Military Medical Academy, School of Medicine, Department of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, Ankara, Turkey

ksarkisla2@childrensnational.org

 Fahad A. Somaa, PhD

Fahad A. Somaa, PhD
PhD in Neuroscience from University of Melbourne School of Medicine & Dentistry
BS in Medical Science from Sydney University

fasomaa@childrensnational.org

 

Alumni Lab Members

Post Doctoral Fellows

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Akira Murata, MD (Attending surgeon, Toyama Prefectural Central Hospital, Japan)
  • Zhaohui Lu, MD (Director of President office, Shanghai Children's Medical Center, China)
  • Kota Agematsu, MD (Instructor, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan)
  • Paul D. Morton, PhD (Virginia Tech, VA)
  • Gary R. Stinnett, PhD (Georgia Technical Institute, GA)
Research Managers

Research Managers

  • Ludmila Korotcova, MD (FDA contractor, Rockville, MD) 
  • Shruti D. Ramachandra (Undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania)
International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduates

  • Elena Short, MD (Medical residency program, US)
Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Fizza Shaikh - George Washington University 
  • Vidhi Kumar - George Washington University 
  • Meher Zaman - George Washington University 
  • Nikita Salker - University of Maryland, College Park
  • Hannah Cook - Oberlin College
  • Vivek Batheja - George Washington University
  • Kayla Yee - George Washington University
  • Madison Harris - Holton-Arms School
  • Johanna Carrera - University of California, Berkeley
MD Students and Scholars

MD Students and Scholars

  • Sonali Kumar - 2013 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University 
  • David Kim - 2014 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University 
  • Angeline Pham - 2015 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University 
  • Soraiya Thura - 2015 AATS Scholar, University of Vermont 
  • Vincent Parenti - 2016 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University
  • Mahmut ÖZTÜRK - 2017 Summer Intern, Marmara University School of Medicine
  • Maitha Rashid Al-Khaya - 2017 Summer Intern, United Arab Emirates University Medical School