Things We Love-Pediatricians
1. Dr. Theresa T. Nguyen
Location: GBMC Pediatric Group 6565 N. Charles St, Suite 306 Towson, MD
About: Dr. Nguyen completed her undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University. She received her medical degree and master’s degree in health policy from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Nguyen has worked both as a health policy analyst as well as a clinician. She is a past co-chair of the Maryland AAP Pediatric Council. She has been with the GBMC pediatric group since 2000 and is an assistant professor in pediatrics at Hopkins School of Medicine.
Feedback: “My family has known Dr. Nguyen for 10 years (since my daughter was born). She has always treated everyone in my family—children, their grandparents, us—with great compassion, skill, and respect. She is always patient and humorous; she is excellent at gaining the trust of kids and everyone alike. She listens and shares important information that is not just medical. Her approach is holistic; I like her discussions on nutrition, sleep, and emotional growth that are directed to both kids and parents. She is prompt in returning phone calls. As a fellow doctor, I feel extremely fortunate to have found her! Kudos to Dr. Nguyen!!!”
2. Dr. Barnaby F. Starr
Location: Cross Key Pediatrics 2 Hamill Rd, Suite 405 Baltimore, MD
About: After receiving his undergraduate degree at Yale, Dr. Starr went on to graduate from Cornell University Medical College in 1982. He did his pediatric specialty training at the prestigious DC Children’s Hospital. Since his Board Certification in 1987, he has consistently bene rated as a top doctor in Baltimore. Most recently, he was awarded TopDoc 2020. He served as clinical faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and currently teaches for the University of Maryland Medical School.
Feedback: “He provided excellent care for me and my 4 siblings throughout childhood and then our kids, too. My daughter, who is now almost 21, always complains when she visits that her time left with Dr. Starr is coming to and end. She wishes to remain under his care through adulthood, and me too…I wish he could be my doctor again. I certainly haven’t had anyone come close to earning my trust as he has!”
3. Dr. Kevin Seymour
Location: Pediatric Partners 690 Poole Rd Westminster, MD
About: Dr. Kevin Seymour is a lifelong Marylander, having grown up in the Baltimore suburbs. He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland, and served his residency and a year of his chief residency in Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical System. He is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Seymour started at the Westminster location of Pediatric Partners in 1996, joining Dr. John Ignatowski, who retired in 2015 after a long and productive career.
Feedback: “Great pediatrician! My son loves him. He spends time with each patient, you rarely wait more than a few minutes, and appointments are easy to make. Highly recommended!”
4. Dr. Lois B. Sullivan
Location: DRS. GOUEL AND BLOTNY 1205 York Road, Suite 18 Lutherville, MD
About: Dr. Sullivan was raised St. Louis, Missouri and attended Medical School at Washington University School of Medicine. She competed her residency and was Chief Resident in Pediatrics at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital before moving to Maryland. Prior to joining Drs. Gouel and Blotny she practiced in Dundalk.
Feedback: “I loooooove Doctor Sullivan! I have two young toddlers and have leaned on her for many, many things. I struggled with some issues myself post part with my first and she never dismissed or was alarmed by my anxiety (most doctors write me off, I’m not the best communicator). She helped me tremendously and knew she was the right fit after spending so much time with ME with my first those initial two months. The second had terrible colic, wouldn’t gain weight or grow for almost 6 months. I cried every week at weigh-ins and just the exhaustion of it all and she always comforted me. It’s amazing she is so spot on, perfect to child development needs of the child related fears, and even reading my children from a mile away. I couldn’t recommend her more highly. She also made a point to visit me daily with my second in the hospital, even though it was her day off.”
5. Dr. Franklin Israel
Location: Pediatrics at Chartley 210 Business Center Drive Reisterstown, MD
About: Dr. Israel is a board certified Pediatrics Specialist and has over 35 years of experience. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1985, and completed his residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. He is affiliated with GBMC and Sinai Hospital.
Feedback: “Dr. Israel is wonderful. He is very calm and has the perfect personality for his line of work, making my son feel at ease during appointments. He is patient even when I ask countless questions. Our appointments never feel rushed and I feel like he really cares about my son’s well being and my concerns as a parent. Other staff we’ve met while in office are just as kind and caring. The wait has never been long and the waiting area is kept neat and clean. I couldn’t ask for a better experience!”
6. Dr. Michael Charles Slack
Location: University of Maryland Children’s Heart Program 110 S Paca St, Floor 7 Baltimore, MD
About: Dr. Slack is the director of Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiology at the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at the Children’s National Medical Center. There, he served as director of cardiac catheterization laboratories. He also established the Adult Congenital Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He completed his pediatric residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by a tour of duty as a pediatrician in Germany. His fellowship in pediatric cardiology and congenital interventional cardiology was at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. He went on to serve as faculty at Walter Reed, then served as director of Congenital Interventional Cardiac Catheterization at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Medial Center prior to moving to Maryland.
Feedback: “My son had a heart procedure in 2004 by Dr. Slack. I will never forget how he explained everything and made us so comfortable. He sat down with us and took his time with the details. After he came by often to check on my baby. All these years later anytime my son has a follow up, the doctor always says that Dr. Slack did an excellent job. My son is 14 now and doing great. I am forever grateful. I wish he was still at Children’s Hospital in DC.”
7. Dr. Keyvan Rafei
Location: PM Pediatrics 7641 Woodpark Lane Columbia, MD
About: Dr. Rafei is the Managing Director and founder of KinderMender Walk-In Pediatric Center. He has collected more than 11 years of experience in pediatrics and pediatric medicine, having worked as the Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Chairman of the Pediatric Asthma Program at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. Named one of Baltmore’s TopDocs, Dr. Rafei is best known for his regional and national work on pediatric asthma care and prevention.
Feedback: “Dr. Rafei come in within 3 minutes of the nurse leaving. He came in and asked questions of my son (since he’s 16 and can answer on his own). Dr. Rafei looked to me for additional information and confirmation regarding what my son said. He treated my son age-appropriately (some pediatricians don’t think about the fact that my son isn’t five). Dr. Rafei immediately diagnosed the problem and gave us the prescription right there in the office! No waiting at the pharmacy with a sick kid!!! What a great experience. We will certainly be going back!’
8. Dr. Raymond Coleman
Location: Coleman Pediatrics 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 310 Rockville, MD
About: Dr. Coleman received his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston and trained at the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts-New England Medical Centers. He is also well-known for being named Pediatrician of the Year in 2006 by the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Pediatric Societies.
Feedback: “Dr. Ray Coleman and staff cared for my 3 kids, from 1979-2000. He’s the best! So, when I recently went to his office accompanying one of my now grown daughters and her 8 months old, it was a joy. I’d never hesitate to recommend the practice.”
9. Dr. Joseph Osuagwu
Location: Goodtime Family Care 5808 Moravia Rd Baltimore, MD
About: Dr. Osuagwu graduated from University of Nigeria Medical School. He did his pediatric residency at Howard University Hospital in DC. Upon completion, he worked for several years at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He is the founder and medical director of Goodtime Pediatrics.
Feedback: “I have been with him for ten years and his services are excellent. He takes time to know your child and listen to you. He always returns my calls when I have any questions. I trust him because he has been practicing for a long time and the whole time I have been with him I had no problems with any treatment for my children. I would definitely recommend him.”
10. Dr. Michael L. Zollicoffer
Location: Life Care Plus 5051 Greenspring Avenue, #100 Baltimore, MD
About: Dr. Zollicoffer completed his residency and internship at Sinai Hospital. He specialized in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He graduated from University of North Carolina Medical School, following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer, the fourth black student to graduate from there. Known for providing country care in the inner city, he started an urgent-care facility called Life Care Plus in his neighborhood, where many patients are uninsured. He has started multiple programs to help his community including Race to Read, Don’t Sit-Get Fit, and Straight Talk from Dr. Z. He serves as a member of the Baltimore City Childcare Workers Literacy board and UNC’s Board of Visitors.
Feedback: “I’ve known Dr. Z for quite some time. His compassion for his patients young and old is unbelievable. Dr. Z will go out of his way to help any and everyone. I had a situation where my brother had been seeing a doctor for 4 years with a skin condition and each time he saw this doctor he did absolutely nothing to clear up my brother’s skin. I spoke with Dr. Z about my brother and he told me to take pictures and text them to him. When I got to work the next day, Dr. Z informed me of what was wrong with my brother’s skin and sent him prescriptions to the pharmacy to help him. All I can say is that my brother is thankful for Dr. Z and has stopped going to that primary care doctor that apparently knew nothing. I will say thank you Dr. Z for all that you do for everyone.”