Meet the Team


Aisha Barber, MD
Director

Dr. Barber is originally from New Jersey and attended college at Rutgers University. There she participated in Access-Med Phase I, a program which immersed her in the sciences, exposed her to healthcare careers, and cultivated her love of teaching through teaching assistant and tutor positions.  She was accepted into Access Med Phase II, a medical school pre-matriculation program for students from minorities underrepresented in medicine.  She completed medical school at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  She was exposed to academic careers through a pipeline program during her senior year of medical school which changed her career trajectory.  Dr. Barber completed pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia then joined the Hospitalist Division at Children’s National Health System in 2006.  To further her effectiveness as an educator, she completed the Educational Scholars Program through the Academic Pediatric Association and the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program at George Washington University.  At Children’s National her primary roles are as pediatric hospitalist and medical educator. As a hospitalist she serves a diverse patient population often focusing on care of children with medical complexity.  Dr. Barber serves as an associate director of the pediatric residency program as well as director of the Pediatric Board Review Course and Minority Senior Scholarship Program. 

Alexandra Sims MSSPAlexandra Sims, MD
Co-Director

Dr. Alexandra Sims originally hails from Richmond, Virginia. She attended George Mason University, and pursued a bachelor's degree in anthropology while simultaneously completing the prerequisites for medical school. This combination of curricula at George Mason fostered a passion for medical anthropology and the intersection of health, disease and culture. Her passion for serving marginalized groups manifested in HIV/AIDS outreach both domestically and abroad in Durban, South Africa and San José, Costa Rica, as well as several other community based programs and coalition building initiatives. She participated in the BWH STARS Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA prior to medical school, and there developed a passion for workforce diversity in academic medicine. She started her medical career at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where her interests in patient advocacy and underserved populations were supplemented in the Community/Urban Health Track. While at GW, Alexandra served as Chapter President of GW's Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and worked on the regional executive board thereafter. Upon graduation in May 2013, she was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society, as well as the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Sims completed her Pediatrics Residency at Children's National Health System in Washington, DC in the Community Health Track, served as Chief Resident for the 2016-2017 academic year, and will be a Children’s National General Academic Pediatrics Fellow 2017-2020. Her academic interests are in adolescent health, education and learning, juvenile justice and social determinants of health. 



Chidiogo Anyigbo MD, MPH 
Resident Co-Director

Dr. Anyigbo is originally from Nigeria and spent most of her childhood in Houston, TX. She attended Emory University for undergraduate and graduate training, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology as well as joint medical and public health degrees. During college she served as a mentor in the Emory Pipeline Collaborative, a multi-tiered mentorship initiative exposing under-represented high school students to health professional careers. She also took part in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly Summer Medical Dental Education Program), an enrichment program established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve access to information for under-represented college students interested in the health professions. Both programs were instrumental in fostering her academic and advocacy interests. Dr. Anyigbo went on to serve as president of the Emory Pipeline collaborative during medical school. She also founded Familias Salduables (Healthy Families), a multidisciplinary program targeting modifiable obesity risk factors in a clinic serving Spanish-speaking patients. Her academic interests include: adverse childhood experiences, early literacy, food access as well as strengthening the under-represented minority health professions pipeline. Dr. Anyigbo is a resident in the Children’s National Community Health Track and will graduate in June 2018. Following residency, she hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of outpatient medicine, public health, and business. 

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Medical Student Coordinator
DeWolfe CCraig DeWolfe, MD MEd
Curriculum and Evaluation Team
Director of Medical Student Education, Children’s National Health System
Pediatric Hospitalist
No PhotoGabrina Dixon, MD
Curriculum and Evaluation Team
Director, Howard Medical Student Inpatient Rotation
Pediatric Hospitalist
Children’s National Health System
Terry KindTerry Kind, MD MPH
Curriculum and Evaluation Team
Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, George Washington University School of Medicine
Community-based Pediatrician

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The goal of the program at Children's National is to expose medical students to academic pediatrics and the many educational opportunities our institution has to offer through a one-month rotation with a variety of experiences.

If you would like to donate to support this program, please indicate Minority Senior Scholarship Program – Special Purpose Fund 44506.

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