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.

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.

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Jamee Walters, MD

Associate Program Director

Jamee Walters, MD 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.

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. Hanane Dahoui, MD

Hanane Dahoui, MD

Medical Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics

Hanane Dahoui, MD 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.

Dr. David J. Skey, MD

David Skey, MD

Medical Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

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 and is Medical Director of the Medical Education Hospitalists.


Program Faculty

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Suha Alkadry, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Suha Alkadry, MD, graduated from the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine with M.B., B.S. in Medicine and Surgery. She completed her pediatric residency at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse( SUNY Upstate Medical University) in 1999. She has been practicing in Pediatric Hospital Medicine for the majority of her career. She completed the APEX Teaching Program in 2015, joined the Faculty of the pediatric residency program at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in October 2015.

Amanda Cooke

Amanda Cooke, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Amanda Cooke, MD 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.

Ryan Dean MD

Ryan Dean, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Ryan Dean, MD graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Spanish Studies. He completed his medical training at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He finished a combined Internal Medicine - Pediatrics residency and chief year at Prisma Health-Upstate / University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville. In 2019 he joined the Medical Education Hospitalists group at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Dr. Moorjani Jean MD

Jean Moorjani, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Jean Moorjani, MD 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

Adaobi Okobi, MD 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

Sunita Patil, MD 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

Jaya Surujdyal, DO is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. 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

Penelope Tokarski, MD 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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Mariam Zeini, MD

Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Mariam Zeini, MD 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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Ansley Brown, MD

Chief Resident

Ansley Brown, MD received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. She earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency training at the University of Florida Pediatric Residency at Orlando Health / Arnold Palmer Hospital.After completion of her chief year, she will be pursuing a fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine.

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Brad Von Edwins, DO

Chief Resident

Brad Von Edwins, DO earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in Visual Language, Visual Storytelling, and Animation. After working for the Walt Disney World Company for many years, he returned to school and earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his pediatrics residency with the University of Florida Pediatric Residency at Orlando Health / Arnold Palmer Hospital.After completing his chief year, he will likely pursue a position in general pediatrics with emphasis on medical education.   


Program Coordinators

Lisa Bailey, Program Manager

Maria Mangual, Program Coordinator

Jessenia Diaz-Santos, Program Coordinator