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New Division Directors of Hematology and Oncology, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Endocrinology

Girish Dhall, M.D. has been named the division director of Hematology-Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Dr. Dhall is currently associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Neuro-oncology Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and will join Children’s of Alabama at the end of May. He has been at CHLA and on faculty at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California since 2007, when he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-oncology. Prior to that, he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at New York University Medical Center and his residency in pediatrics at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. Dhall attended medical school at Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India.

His clinical interests include caring for children and young adults with primary brain and spinal cord injuries. He is dedicated to improving the survival rate of young children with brain tumors without the use of high levels of radiation therapy.

Laura McGuinn, M.Dis the new division director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

McGuinn is the inaugural Thomas H. Lowder Endowed Chair in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and is also the new clinical director of the Civitan-Sparks Clinics. She joins Children’s of Alabama and UAB from University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

McGuinn earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where she completed her pediatric residency training as well as being the Ambulatory Chief Resident. She completed her Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland,and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics as a subspecialty fellow in both Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Her clinical interests include diagnostic evaluation for children with developmental and behavioral concerns such as autism and related neurodevelopmental concerns, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, language and learning disorders, sleep, eating and elimination issues, and parent-child interaction concerns, among others.

Ambika Ashraf, M.D. is the new division director of Endocrinology.

Ashraf joined the faculty at Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2006 after completing her fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the UAB School of Medicine. After receiving her MBBS and M.D. from the University of Calicut in Kerala, India, Ashraf completed her pediatric residency training from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, New York, and UAB. Ashraf also serves as director of the Pediatric Lipid Clinic and associate director of the Metabolic Bone Clinic at Children’s of Alabama, as well as a scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Center.

Her clinical interests include lipid disorders, bone metabolism and endocrine disorders of children and adolescents. Ashraf has been recognized as an international authority on lipid disorders.

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