Current Fellows

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Alejandro Diego
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Alejandro Diego was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. he graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from medical school at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC). He then pursued a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship as well as his Pediatrics residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He was named District VII American Academy of Pediatric Resident CATCH Liason from 2010 until his graduation in 2013, when he moved to start his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at USF. His research interests include Neutrophil Heterogeneity, Gut Microbiome and Necrotizing Enterecolitis.
Thais Pena
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Thais Queliz was born in the Dominican Republic where he completed his MD degree with honors from Universidad Iberoamericana Medical School. He completed his pediatrics residency training in New York at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Service Clinic, where he was voted Best Resident of the Year by his peers. He moved to Tampa with his wife, Estefania, and daughter, Liah, for his Neonatal-Perinatal Research at USF. His research interests focus on Neonatal immunology and antibiotics usage in the NICU. He will serve as chief resident from 2015-2016.
  Graciela Rabri
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Graciela Rabri was born and raised in Guayama, Puerto Rico. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology as well as her MD at the University of Puerto Rico. She then pursued her Pediatrics Residency at the University Pediatric Hospital in San Juan and became board certified in pediatrics in 2012. Perseverance and maybe a little bit of fate brought her to the Tampa Bay area. Being a neonatologist has always been her dream ever since she began in the medical field and thanks to the opportunity she has been given at USF, her dream is coming true. Her research interests include human milk immunological properties and NEC. Her current research project is titled Maturational Changes in Neuraminidase and TGF-Beta in Preterm Human Milk. Her hobbies are traveling and trying out new local restaurants.
 

Matthew Compton
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Matthew was born and raised in Arizona. He completed his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. He then moved to Southern California and earned his medical doctorate from Loma Linda University. He completed his pediatric residency at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Children's Hospital prior to moving to Florida. His research interests include medical device usage in the NICU and neonatal nephrology.

 

Akshatha
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Born in Bhadravathi, India Akshatha is Indian at heart and global in thoughts. She completed her undergraduate studies at JJMMC, Davangere, India and Residency in pediatrics at University of Toledo, Ohio. She believes she was born to be a neonatologist and she is very happy to have chosen USF, Tampa. Neonatal science has always fascinated her and her interests include neonatal ventilation, pulmonary hypertension, effects of caffeine, NAVA, global medicine and telemedicine. She loves spending time with her lovely family and friends. In her other life she is a trained Indian classical dancer and enjoys exploring the world with her husband, trying out different vegetarian cuisines.

 

Aimen Ben Ayad
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Aimen Ben Ayad is an MB ChB graduate from Tripoli University Hospital, Libya. He completed his pediatric residency at the Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, NY where he was awarded Best Resident of the Year 2013-2014. His research interests focus on necrotizing enterocolitis in ELBW babies, and improvement skill in neonatal resuscitation. Currently he is conducting research on Skill Assessment of Neonatal Intubation Performance using Video Laryngoscope. He also enrolled in a master's degree of molecular biology at USF. He also enjoys soccer, watching movies, and traveling.

  Jacqueline Nguyen
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Jacqueline Nguyen was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Florida at the age of 10. She has loved it here ever since! She grew up with 3 other sisters in the beautiful Sarasota, Florida, attended the University of Florida and attended medical school and residency at the University of South Florida. She was fortunate enough to be able to stay at USF and remain in the Tampa/St. Pete area for her neonatal fellowship. She is a Floridian through and through! Her research interests include Palliative care and Neonatal resuscitation and simulation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nam, and their two puppies, Jellybean and Jack, her big family and friends, soaking up the sun on the beach and reading a good book. .

  Kelly Driver, DO
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Kelly Driver was born in Florida but grew up in North Carolina. She completed medical school at Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech and did her Pediatrics residency training at University of South Florida. Her research interests include adjunct therapy for treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome and prevention of chronic lung disease.

  Vidya Pai, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow

Vidya Pai was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin and continued on to earn her MD from St. Matthews University in the Grand Cayman Islands. She returned home to pursue her Internal Medicine- Pediatrics Residency at the University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Her research interests include simulation training during neonatal resuscitation as well as fetal origins of adult diseases.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking, travelling and photography.