The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center

About the Program

Greetings from The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and welcome to the website for the Department of Pediatrics

This site will provide you with information about our department and our residency program in Pediatrics. We are very proud of the program which is under the expert leaderships of Renuka Verma, MD and Janice Lichtenberger, MD, our very talented Program Director and Associated Program Director in addition to Candace Herman, our equally talented Program Coordinator. Our goal is to train residents to become excellent pediatricians; we base the program on the recommended competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism and systems-based practice.

Furthermore, we are a Brazelton Touchpoints training center and all of our residents receive this training. Touchpoints is a program developed by T. Berry Brazelton, MD which stresses communication and a developmentally, as well as culturally appropriate, approach to the child and family, that values the child and the skills of the parents and puts the focus on them.

Our hospital and faculty are affiliated with Drexel University College of Medicine and St. George’s University School of Medicine. We have students rotating throughout the year, and our residents are an integral part of the teaching program; we believe that everyone learns more through teaching!

As you navigate our website, you will find information on a variety of topics relating to the Children’s’ Hospital and the Pediatric Residency. We will introduce you to our faculty, the program schedule, our research efforts, the rotations, and paths of our recent graduates. About half of our graduates pursue additional training in a variety of fellowships and about half go into practice throughout the United States and the world. We have a wonderfully diverse group of residents and patients. We hope you find all the information you want. We invite you to call the department at 732-923-7250, email us ( or or write a letter.


Margaret C Fisher, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics,
Monmouth Medical Center.
Professor of Pediatrics,
Drexel University College of Medicine.

Faculty Members

Margaret Fisher, MD
Margaret C Fisher, MD
Renuka Verma, MD
Renuka Verma, MD
Residency Program Director
Janice Lichtenberger, MD
Janice A Lichtenberger, MD
Associate Residency Program Director

Faculty by Department

Infectious Disease

Mararet C Fisher, MD Margaret C Fisher, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Renuka Verma, MD Renuka Verma, MD
Section Chief, Infectious Disease
Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program
General Pediatrics
Janice A Lichtenberger, MD Janice A Lichtenberger, MD
Associated Program Director,
Pediatric Residency Program
Default Image Jacqueline G Brunetto, MD
Director, Inpatient Services
Susan M Hudome, MD Susan M Hudome, MD
Director of Neonatology
Diane N Attardi, MD Diane N Attardi, MD
Carols A Alemany, MD Carlos A Alemany, MD
Meera Kale, MD Meera V Kale, MD
Erin Qualter, MD Erin M Qualter, MD
Kirby D Rekedal, MD Kirby D Rekedal, MD
Robert L Zanni, MD Robert L Zanni MD, FAAP, CPI
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Eduardo Sembrano, Mr, MD Eduardo Sembrano, Jr., MD, CPI
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine &
Cystic Fibrosis Center
Johnathan Teitelbaum, MD Jonathan Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP
Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Tina S Rakitt, MD Tina S Rakitt, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Frank P Barrows, DO Frank P Barrows, DO
Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Critical Care
Bhavani Chalikonda, MD Bhavani P Chalikonda, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Siva P Jonna, MD Siva P Jonna, MD
Pediatric Critical Care
Amit Misra, MD Amit C Misra, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
default image Nakul Chandra, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Loyda I Rivera, MD Loyda I Rivera, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist
Anup Singh, MD Anup Singh, MD
Pediatric Nephrologist
Emergency Medicine
Default Image G Cecilia Jacome Angel, MD
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Shirley B Fisch, MD Shirley B Fisch, MD
Section Chief, Child Neurologist
Ambulatory Care
Default Image Richard A Reutter, MD
Ambulatory Pediatrics