Pediatrics Residency

The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

About the Program

Greetings from The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and welcome to the website for the Department of Pediatrics.

This site will provide you with information about our department and our residency program in Pediatrics. We are very proud of the program which is under the expert leaderships of Renuka Verma, MD and Janice Lichtenberger, MD, our very talented Program Director and Associated Program Director in addition to Candace Herman, our equally talented Program Coordinator. Our goal is to train residents to become excellent pediatricians; we base the program on the recommended competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism and systems-based practice.

Furthermore, we are a Brazelton Touchpoints training center and all of our residents receive this training. Touchpoints is a program developed by T. Berry Brazelton, MD which stresses communication and a developmentally, as well as culturally appropriate, approach to the child and family, that values the child and the skills of the parents and puts the focus on them.

Our hospital and faculty are affiliated with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. We have students rotating throughout the year, and our residents are an integral part of the teaching program; we believe that everyone learns more through teaching!

As you navigate our website, you will find information on a variety of topics relating to the Unterberg Children’s’ Hospital and the Pediatric Residency. We will introduce you to our faculty, the program schedule, our research efforts, the rotations, and paths of our recent graduates. About half of our graduates pursue additional training in a variety of fellowships and about half go into practice throughout the United States and the world. We have a wonderfully diverse group of residents and patients. We hope you find all the information you want. We invite you to call the department at 732-923-7250, email us or write a letter.

Department of Pediatrics,
Monmouth Medical Center.
Professor of Pediatrics,
Drexel University College of Medicine.

Faculty Members

Renuka Verma, MD
Renuka Verma, MD
Residency Program Director
Janice Lichtenberger, MD
Janice A Lichtenberger, MD
Associate Residency Program Director

Faculty by Department

Infectious Disease

Renuka Verma, MD Renuka Verma, MD
Section Chief, Infectious Disease
Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Janice A Lichtenberger, MD Janice A Lichtenberger, MD
Associated Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program Director, Nursery
General Pediatrics
Jacqueline Brunetto MD Jacqueline G Brunetto, MD
Director, Inpatient Services
Susan M Hudome, MD Sanjna Shah, MD
General Pediatrics/Hospitalist
Diane N Attardi, MD Diane N Attardi, MD
Director of Neonatogy
Default Image Tuisha Desai, DO
Meera Kale, MD Meera V Kale, MD
Erin Qualter, MD Erin M Qualter, MD
Christina M. Ferrucci-DaSilva MD Christina M. Ferrucci-DaSilva, MD
Robert L Zanni, MD Robert L Zanni MD, FAAP, CPI
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Eduardo Sembrano, Mr, MD Eduardo Sembrano, Jr., MD, CPI
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine &
Cystic Fibrosis Center
Johnathan Teitelbaum, MD Jonathan Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP
Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Frank P Barrows, DO Frank P Barrows, DO
Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Laura Novello, MD Laura Novello, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Default Image Nicole Mallory, MD
Meenakshi Goyal-Khemka, MD Meenakshi Goyal-Khemka, MD
Critical Care
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Joseph Dallessio, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Bhavani Chalikonda, MD Bhavani P Chalikonda, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Siva P Jonna, MD Siva P Jonna, MD
Director, Pediatric Critical Care
default image Nakul Chandra, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Loyda I Rivera, MD Loyda I Rivera, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Anup Singh, MD Anup Singh, MD
Pediatric Nephrologist
Emergency Medicine
Default Image G Cecilia Jacome Angel, MD
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Rina Goldberg, MD Rina Goldberg, MD
Section Chief, Child Neurologist
Ambulatory Care
Default Image Kristin Pyne, MD
Ambulatory Pediatrics

Rutgers Health

Residency and fellowship programs training at RWJBarnabas Health benefit from the resources and interprofessional opportunities available through the Rutgers Health institutional sponsorship. Learn more about all of the Rutgers Health sponsored graduate medical education programs on our sponsoring institution webpage.