Faculty and Staff - Pediatric Neurology

Stephen Ashwal, MD
Dr. Ashwal is a distinguished professor in the departments of pediatrics and neurology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has been a member of the division of child neurology at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital since 1976 and currently serves as chief of the division. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1970, did his pediatric training at Bellevue Hospital in New York (1970-73) and completed his training in child neurology at the University of Minnesota (1973-76). He is board certified in pediatrics as well as in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. Dr. Ashwal has been an active member of the Child Neurology Society since 1975. He has also written or edited several books in the field of child neurology and does research related to areas of acute brain injury in children.

Dr. Ashwal sees patients with all types of neurological conditions such as epilepsy, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, headaches, tic and other forms of movement disorders, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorders as well as a wide variety of other rare childhood neurological conditions. He also serves as co-director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic. He is committed to the care of children with serious neurological disorders as well helping families optimize their long-term potential.

Sarah Roddy, MD
Dr. Roddy is an associate professor in the departments of pediatrics and neurology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She has been a member of the division of child neurology at Loma Linda since 1996. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1980. She completed here pediatric training (1981-1983) and pediatric neurology training (1983-1986) at Loma Linda University. She is board certified in pediatrics as well as in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. From 1986-1995, Dr. Roddy was a member of the division of child neurology at the University of Rochester in New York.

Dr. Roddy sees patiens with all types of neurological disorders but has a special interest in tic disorders, attention deficit disorder, and learning disabilities. She serves as the medical director of the pediatric neuroassessment program.

Stanford Shu, MD
Dr. Shu is an assistant professor in the departments of pediatrics and neurology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He has been a member of the division of child neurology in the department of pediatrics as Loma Linda University Children's Hospital since 1997. He received his medical degree form Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1992 and completed child neurology training at Loma Linda in 1997. He is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. Dr. Shu sees patients with a variety of neurologic disorders including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, muscle disorders, headaches, congenital malformation of the brain, movement disorders and learning disabilities including ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome. He is the director of the vagus nerve stimulator clinic and has research interests in acute brain injury due to trauma and asphyxia as well as neurologic issues in newborns.

Dr. Shu is also an affiliate staff member of Campus Crusade and is involved in whole person care conferences and student electives both nationally and internationally.

David Michelson, MD
Dr. Michelson is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He joined the child neurology faculty following the completion of his fellowship training here in July, 2004. He attended medical school at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and did his pediatric residency at Kaiser Oakland in Northern California. He is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology.

Dr. Michelson has regular clinics in general child neurology and serves as the medical director for the Loma Linda University Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic where he provides supportive care to patients of all ages with neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Michelson organizes regular educational activities for the residents and students, including the weekly Neuroscience Grand Rounds conference.

Gregory Aaen, MD
Dr. Aaen is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He joined the Child Neurology faculty in January 2009. He completed his child neurology training here at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and did further training in pediatric multiple sclerosis at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada in 2008. In addition to multiple sclerosis, Dr. Aaen also cares for children with general neurological disorders such as epilepsy, tics, OCD, and autism. Dr. Aaen is director of the pediatric multiple sclerosis clinic. He is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. He also serves as the program director for the child neurology residency program.

Gamil Fteeh, MD
Dr. Fteeh is an Assistant Professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He joined the Child Neurology faculty in October 2015. He completed his pediatric neurology training at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr Fteeh has special interest in providing comprehensive care for children with Stroke and has additional specialty training in pediatric neuro-critical care at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Fteeh also cares for children with general neurological conditions including epilepsy, migraine, tics, developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder.  He is board certified in Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology.

Joshua Loeb, MD
Dr. Loeb graduated from Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2009. He completed his pediatrics and child neurology training at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Children's Hospital of Orange County/UC Irvine. Dr. Loeb is the medical director of the Complex Epilepsy Team Center and has a special interest in epilepsy in childhood. He has particular interest in surgical, dietary, and neuromodulation techniques for treating children with complex epilepsy.  He is board certified in Pediatric Neurology.

Pilar Pichon, MD
Dr. Pichon is a graduate of Albany Medical College in New York.  She did her Pediatric and Child Neurology Residency Training at Loma Linda University.  She obtained her Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology with Emphasis in Pediatric Epilepsy from Emory University in Atlanta.  Her special interests include Epilepsy, Epilepsy Surgery, and Autism.  She collaborated with UCLA researchers to study the visual processing  of children with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. She  was awarded a research grant to study neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with congenital heart disease.

Young-Min Kim, MD
Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  He joined the Child Neurology faculty in 2016.  He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and completed his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital.  Dr. Kim has special interest in providing comprehensive care for children with cerebral palsy and movement disorders and has additional specialty training in those areas, including the use of botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation.  He also has special interest in the life-long care of persons with neurodevelopmental disorders and participates in their care from the prenatal period into adulthood. Dr. Kim also cares for children with general neurological conditions including epilepsy and autism spectrum disorder.  He is board certified in Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology.

Chalmer McClure, MD, PhD
Dr. McClure is an associate professor in the departments of pediatrics and neurology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM). He originally joined the division of child neurology at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in 1998.  Before rejoining Loma Linda University, he was a partner in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group from 2011 through 2017.  He received his medical degree in 1992 from LLUSM, did his pediatric training at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital (1992-94), and completed his training in child neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital (1995-98). He is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology. Dr. McClure has additional degrees in Anatomy from Loma Linda University Graduate School (MS 1984, PhD 1989).  He participated as site investigator in several multicenter stroke studies through the International Pediatric Stroke Study Group.  In clinic, Dr. McClure sees general pediatric neurology patients.

 Allied Professionals
Teresa Serna, RN, MS, PCCNP, CNS, PNP

Ms. Serna is the pediatric nurse practitioner for the child neurology team. She completed her pediatric critical care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist training at Loma Linda University School of Nursing and Graduate School in 1992 and a post-master pediatric primary care nurse practitioner certification in 1998.

Teresa has been an employee of Loma Linda University Medical Center since 1992 and had nine years of clinical experience in pediatric neurosurgery prior to joining the child neurology team and faculty physicians and surgeons of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 2001. She enjoys assisting in the total spectrum of care surrounding the vast variety of pediatric patients who attend the child neurology clinics; including children with traumatic brain injury, tuberous sclerosis, vagus nerve stimulators, developmental delays, and behavioral and learning disabilities.