Meet Our Staff
Deniz Cereb, MD, FAAP
Dr. Deniz Cereb has been practicing Pediatrics in Staten Island for over 20 years. He attained his Doctor of medicine degree from Ankara University School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Cereb finished his residency training in Pediatrics at the State University of New York/Children’s Medical Center of Brooklyn in 1993. He is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Cereb’s interests cover all areas of Pediatric medicine. During his leisure time, he reads novels, watches movies and loves to travel.
Esra Fakioglu, MD, FAAP
Dr. Fakioglu is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She has completed her Pediatrics training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY and afterwards obtained fellowship training on Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY. Following her training, Dr. Fakioglu spent 6 years at Montefiore/Einstein, Bronx, NY as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Although she was an academician, Dr. Fakioglu always kept her connection with patients providing inpatient and outpatient consultations on Pediatric care and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She has great experience in wide spectrum of pediatric ailments that can affect the age range from newborn to young adult. Dr. Fakioglu is fluent in Turkish (native language) and also in conversational Spanish. She is very happy to be part of the community and serve them in the practice.
Angie Hernandez, MD, FAAP
Dr. Hernandez is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedicine and New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore-Long Island Jewish.
She previously worked as a pediatrician at a private clinic in Queens. Her special interests include developmental screening and asthma management.
Dr. Hernandez was raised in Staten Island and is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Hernandez enjoys art, traveling and spending time with her son, husband, and family.
Saira Khan, MD, FAAP
Dr. Khan is a board certified pediatrician, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, certified lactation counselor, and mom to an energetic toddler. She believes in the power of a strong partnership between pediatricians and parents in providing the best medical care for children. She is passionate about having an impact on the next generation and is committed to delivering high quality care to her patients.
Dr. Khan has a passion for learning, teaching, and self growth. She obtained her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her pediatric residency training in Long Island, New York at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Northshore-LIJ, which is the children’s hospital of the Northwell Health System. Since then, she has been working in outpatient pediatrics, serving the Staten Island community. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and conversational in Spanish. She treats children of all ages and appreciates the importance of being thorough and gentle with young patients, and in being attentive and informative with all parents. Dr. Khan believes that every child is our future and she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of patients with the goal of fostering healthy, happy children.
In her free time, she is an avid traveler and enjoys photography and cooking. Most of all, she enjoys coming home to her son and husband and spending time with friends and family.
Uzma Afzal, RPA-C
Uzma Afzal is a board-certified Physician Assistant, graduate of SUNY downstate medical center class of 2012. Uzma Afzal’s training included a range of specialties at Kings County Hospital, Long Island Jewish Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Woodhull hospital and Downstate Medical Center. She is now a certified lactation consultant. Since graduating, PA Afzal worked with private outpatient pediatrics offices affiliated with New York Methodist Hospital, as well as Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She has been practicing pediatric outpatient medicine since 2012. PA Afzal is a mother of three young boys and relates well with other parents. She speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi fluently. In her spare time, Uzma’s favorite hobby is cooking nutritious meals.
Brittany Wilson, RPA-C
Brittany Wilson, a double board-certified Physician Assistant, is a 2012 graduate from SUNY Downstate’s Physician Assistant program. She has over 8 years of primary pediatric experience as well as experience in the specialties of otolaryngology. In addition to her clinical practice, PA Wilson works as a clinical coordinator for the Downstate PA program in which she guides Physician Assistant students during their clinical rotations. She is also a guest lecturer for the program. PA Wilson describes herself as “a big kid” and truly enjoys spending time with her patients. She prides herself on being very down to earth and easy to talk to. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and painting, experimenting with photography, and spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies.
Josephine O’Hara, PNP
Josephine O’Hara (JoJo) has been a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2014. She received her Master’s Degree at Seton Hall University. JoJo’s experience is in both primary care and inpatient hospital settings. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) at Island Kids Pediatrics and in the hospital providing care to infants in both well baby nursery and NICU. JoJo’s nursing experience has been in the burn intensive care unit (BICU), coronary care unit (CCU), wound care and post operative orthopedic units. Love of learning and sharing that knowledge has shaped her practice. From caring for the smallest and sickest of babies to providing routine examinations to young adults and everywhere in between. In her free time JoJo enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 children.
Lisa Gangemi MS, RDN
Lisa Gangemi, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and member of the Pediatric Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a graduate of Saint Elizabeth University where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Food Science and Master’s in Nutrition.
Lisa completed a 1200 hour accredited Dietetic Internship in clinical and community nutrition where she provided medical nutrition therapy to improve the health of children and adults.
Lisa provides evidence-based nutrition counseling through an ‘all foods fit’ intuitive eating approach to help patients achieve health benefits which include lower body mass index (BMI), weight stability, increased dietary variety, improved blood fats, blood glucose, blood pressures, and repaired self-esteem & body-image. In her spare time, she enjoys creating new recipes, meditating, and spending time outdoors with her family and fur baby.