Meet the Doctors
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Leah Brasch, MDDownload Bio
Pediatrics fulfills my passion for both children and science. After being a pediatrician for years, I continue to find it gratifying. Growing up in Denver, Colorado, I always wanted to be a doctor. I attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado Medical School.
I first moved to the DC area for a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, where I eventually rose to chief resident. I’d say I’ve been here ever since, but a detour took my husband and me to South Korea in the mid 1980's where I worked as a civilian pediatrician for the US Army. Working on a multi-disciplinary developmental team and volunteering at a Korean adoption agency were formative, educational, and rewarding experiences.
After a couple of years, I returned as an attending physician in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, teaching in the outpatient clinic. In 1988, my friend, Linda Goldstein, and I decided to start our private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland and we have been together ever since. It's been rewarding to watch the practice grow and develop over the years, just like the kids in the practice!
I love the variety of general practice, helping families with everything from routine questions to serious problems, from newborns to young adults. From my days in Korea, I have a particular interest in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as well as foreign adoptions. With additional training and years of experience helping new mothers, I have developed some expertise with lactation problems as well.
I am a Clinical Associate Professor at George Washington Medical School, so you might see me training medical students or residents in the office. I’ve been a Board Certified Pediatrician since 1985, and voluntarily took and passed the Maintenance of Certification exam in 2010. I’m a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and active in the Montgomery-PG County Pediatric Society. Last but not least, I’ve gained lots of personal and practical experience raising my two great young adult sons.
Linda Goldstein, MDDownload Bio
I have been a pediatrician since 1980 and have never looked back. I grew up in New York City and went to medical school at NYU, where I fell in love with the field of pediatrics after my first clinical rotation. I came to Washington, DC for my residency at Children's National Medical Center, expecting to stay here for only 3 years, but I never left. Since our residency training, Leah Brasch and I have been close friends and colleagues.
After Chief Residency, I continued on the full time faculty at CNMC in general pediatrics and assisted in running the residency training program. Clinically, I had a special interest in pain management and caring for younger children with feeding problems. To this day I still enjoy the challenge of difficult eaters and have contributed to international academic presentations on the topic.
After three years in my position at Children's Hospital and starting a family, I decided to return to my true professional passion of outpatient pediatrics and joined a private practice. In 1988, Leah and I joined forces and started our practice together.
I continue to enjoy teaching medical students from GWU Medical School and residents from CNMC in our office and have a Clinical Associate Professor appointment at George Washington University. I have remained active in the Medical Staff at Children's National Medical Center and the Montgomery/Prince Georges County Pediatric Society. Although I have permanent certification from the American Board of Pediatrics since 1985, I voluntarily took and passed the Maintenance of Certification exam in 2010. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Finally, my husband and I have loved the challenge of raising our three wonderful sons.
Shreelata Durbhakula, MDDownload Bio
I grew up in Colorado with my older brother and younger sister. I decided to pursue medicine early on in my educational career. I moved east and went to undergraduate and medical school at Brown University. I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician when I realized the lifelong impact I could have in this field. I moved to Cleveland, Ohio where I did my Pediatrics Residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Following residency I stayed on to do a year as Chief Resident and then joined the faculty as Assistant Residency Program Director. I moved to Maryland in 2008 to join Friendship Pediatrics. I live with my husband and 2 young girls.
Throughout my time in pediatrics I have taken a special interest in working with new parents and breastfeeding. As a vegetarian and the mother of a child with food allergies these have also become areas of interest for me. I am board certified through the American Academy of Pediatrics and am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sonia Arthungal, MDDownload Bio
I took an interest in medicine from observing my very own pediatrician. She was a gentle, patient and calming presence, even during my shots! When I was in fifth grade, I decided that I would like to care for people as a doctor when I grew up. Since I chose my career at this early age, I was able to enroll in the accelerated six year BS/MD at Howard University, Washington, DC. After graduation from medical school, I moved to Dayton, OH to join my husband where I completed my pediatric residency at Children's Medical Center. I became board-certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In Ohio, I enjoyed practicing as a general pediatrician with a private practice for five years. During my years of working in pediatrics, I have gained a special interest in helping children who struggle with obesity, food allergies and eczema.
My family and I moved back to my native state of Maryland in the summer of 2009, which is when I joined Friendship Pediatrics. I now live in Montgomery County with my husband and two young children.
It has been a pleasure to meet all my new patients here, and I look forward to providing care for them in the future.