Program Leadership and Faculty

Program Leadership

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J. Gene Chen MD, MHS

Program Director

J. Gene Chen MD, MHS is the Program Director for the University of Florida Pediatric Residency and a pediatric critical care medicine physician at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina.  He conducted his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital / Washington University and his pediatric critical care fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.  He joined the pediatric critical care faculty at Arnold Palmer Hospital in 2010 and became Program Director for the pediatric residency in 2015.

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Scott Rivkees, MD

Academic Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

Scott A. Rivkees, MD, is the Academic Chair for the Department of Pediatrics at UF. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1982. He completed his residency training and fellowships in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Arwa S. Saidi, MD

Arwa Saidi, M.B. BCh., M.Ed.

Associate Program Director

Arwa Saidi, M.ED., MBBCH received her MB BCh degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland in 1988. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After working in Dublin for several years, she went to work briefly in Orlando before joining the Pediatric Cardiology Faculty at the University of Florida in 2003.

Dr. David J. Skey, MD

David Skey, MD

Associate Program Director

David Skey, MD is a graduate of Brown University Medical School and was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He completed pediatric & chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. He’s a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society and a former National Health Corps Scholar. He joined the program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in 2006.

Kristin Farias

Kristin Farias MD, MA

Associate Program Director

Kristin Farias, MD, MA earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston. She also holds a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University. She went on to complete her residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident. She joined Arnold Palmer Hospital in 2018.

Dr. Hanane Dahoui, MD

Hanane Dahoui, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Dr. Dahoui received her medical degree from St Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She moved to Florida in 2011 where she joined the faculty at the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville as an assistant professor. She joined the faculty of the residency program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in 2014 and is the Medical Director of the Orlando Health Primary Care Pediatric Clinic.


Program Faculty

Amanda Cooke

Amanda Cooke, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Cooke received her medical degree in the honors program at University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  She attended medical school at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee. She then completed both an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.  She joined the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency Group in 2016.

Dr. Moorjani Jean MD

Jean Moorjani, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Moorjani graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in biology, followed by a medical degree from VCU School of Medicine. She completed a three-year pediatric residency at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She joined the Medical Education Pediatric Faculty Practice at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in January 2011.

Dr. Adaobi Okobi, MD

Adaobi Okobi, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Dr. Okobi received a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She completed her pediatric training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and served as a chief resident at St. Barnabas Hospital pediatric residency program in the Bronx. She worked as a pediatrician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence and then as a pediatrician at the Brevard Health Alliance.

Sunita Patil

Sunita Patil, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Dr. Patil received a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University. She received her medical degree, Cum Laude from Jefferson Medical College. Her Pediatric residency was completed at A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital. She joined the faculty of the Pediatric Residency Program for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in 1999.

Jaya Surujdyal

Jaya Surujdyal, DO

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Surujdyal is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Arnold Palmer Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Spanish Language from the University of Florida. She earned a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University.  She then completed medical school at Nova Southeastern University, followed by pediatric residency at the University of Florida at Orlando Health.

Dr. Penelope A. Tokarski, MD

Penelope Tokarski, MD

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Dr. Tokarski received a Bachelor of Science, Summa cum Laude from Nazareth College. She’s a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency & acute care fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She’s currently serving as the assistant director of adolescent medicine at Orlando Health & received the Pediatric Residents Faculty Award twice.

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Anabella Torres, MD, FAAP

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Anabella Torres, MD, FAAP is the Adolescent Medicine Program Coordinator. She attended Salem College in Winston-Salem for her undergraduate degree and medical school at University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.  She completed her pediatric residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.  She joined the faculty of the residency program at Arnold Palmer Hospital in 2016.

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Jamee Walters, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Walters received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Canisius College. She’s a graduate of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and specialized in social-medicine track. She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s in Cleveland. She joined the full-time faculty of the residency program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in 2015.

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Mariam Zeini, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Dr. Zeini received her undergraduate degree, Summa Cum Laude, through the University of Central Florida Medical Honors Accelerated 7-year program. She received her medical doctorate from the University Of South Florida Morsani College Of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of Florida at Orlando Health/Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She joined the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric Residency Group in 2018.


Chief Residents

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Betty Cheney-Kelly MD, MPH

Chief Resident

Dr. Cheney-Kelly received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from Wittenberg University. She earned her Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at the University of Florida at Orlando Health.  After completing her chief year, she will be pursuing a career as an outpatient primary care pediatrician.

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Kelsey Wehrenberg DO

Chief Resident

Dr. Wehrenberg received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a concentration in Neuroscience from Denison University.  She earned her medical degree from Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She completed her residency training at the University of Florida at Orlando Health.  After completion of her chief year, she will be pursuing a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine.


Program Coordinators

Lisa Bailey, Program Manager

Maria Mangual, Program Coordinator

Jessenia Diaz-Santos, Program Coordinator