Pediatric Residency Program Faculty

Andria Ruth, MD

Andria Ruth, MD

Born in Salt Lake City and raised in Southern California, our Associate Program Director Andria Ruth is a strong champion and advocate for the importance of primary care pediatrics in the health and lives of our children. In her spare time, she enjoys travel with her family, reading, running the streets of Santa Barbara, where participating in the annual Turkey Trot is a family tradition.

Andria's Bio

Kathy Chung, MD

Kathy Chung Thrash, MD

A true (and rare!) Angelino, Dr. Thrash was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She serves as Medical Director for the NICU. She balances her clinical responsibilities and research interests with outdoor activities raising her three children. To decompress, she is an avid endurance Pelotoner, and enjoys indoor rock climbing. To our knowledge, she is the only member of our faculty to have climbed Machu Picchu and Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Kathy's Bio

Kaitlyn Olson, MD

Kaitlyn Olson, MD

Born and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Olson came to California for residency training, and never looked back. When she is not a Hospitalist, she enjoys gardening, sewing, and raising her active family. She completed the Kentucky Derby marathon. We are told no horses were employed during the marathon, but we’re not really sure. The photos seem to have gone missing.

Kaitlyn's Bio

Miriam Parsa, MD

Miriam Parsa, MD

Another native Angelino, Dr. Parsa shares her time with us as the only Pediatric Rheumatologist between Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and with her family. She enjoys hiking the local foothills with her dog, and has a very healthy addiction to sports. She loves soccer, and played actively until an ACL injury in graduate school truncated her career. Most weekends, you can find her supporting her two children on the soccer field. If you can’t, it’s because they are on the baseball diamond. Inside fact: She is an avid baker, and you can pretty reliably get your afternoon hunger addressed by visiting her office.

Miriam's Bio

Shivani Upadhyay, MD

Shivani Upadhyay, MD

Born and raised outside of Chicago (Go Bears!), Dr. Upadhyay has embraced the climate and lifestyle of Santa Barbara. She loves the outdoors for hiking, spending time with her family (including a seemingly variable number of dogs), reading and eating (no regrets!). She particularly loves the long-term relationships that her group creates with their patients.

Shivani's Bio

Zohreh Shoar, MD

Zohreh Shoar, MD

Dr. Zohreh Shoar is a Pediatric Endocrinologist, focusing her work on children with a variety of conditions related to the hormone-producing glands in the body including diabetes, thyroid disorders, abnormalities of growth, and adrenal insufficiency. Dr. Shoar’s clinical leadership emblemizes her devotion to evidence-based care in this fast moving field. She believes in a team approach in creating an environment that includes parents and family members in as much of the planning and ongoing care of the child as possible. Dr. Shoar’s energy and compassion are focused on helping achieve optimal health through promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.

Zohreh's Bio

Christophe Le Renard, MD

Christophe Le Renard, MD

Dr. Le Renard serves as a Hospitalist and as the Chief Information Officer for Cottage Health. Raised in Los Angeles, he translocated to Santa Barbara from San Luis Obispo, he enjoys the lifestyle that the community provides. He and his family can be frequently found at the beach and are very active in sports. When he is at home, he takes his downtime watching great movies and shows. He is fluent in French and Spanish, and knows how to say croissant in seven languages.

Christophe's Bio

Steven Barkley, MD

Steven Barkley, MD

Dr. Barkley is a lifelong Californian. Born in San Diego, raised in Pasadena, he came to Santa Barbara in 1987 with his partner, Dr. Barbara Donnelly, to open the region’s first NICU. Now serving as the Chief Pediatric Medical Officer, he oversees program development for the Cottage Children’s Medical Center. In his off time, he enjoys running, sailing (in the boat he built), kayaking (in the kayak he built), woodworking (on the workbench he built) and travel (in the plane he built. OK, this one isn’t true).

Steven's Bio

Laura Sices, MD

Laura Sices, MD

Moving to Santa Barbara from Boston, Dr. Sices leads our Developmental/Behavioral Pediatric program. A native of New Hampshire, she spent part of her childhood in France. She brings a perfect balance of academic rigor and parental compassion to her work. She is esteemed by her colleagues and families alike. She is also absolutely relentless finding the resources that she needs: After residency, she drove a moving truck and towed her car across country alone to get to her fellowship program. These days, she enjoys time with her family, particularly at the beach, and reading.

Laura's Bio

Alexandra Eidelwein, MD

Alexandra Eidelwein, MD

Dr. Eidelwein was born in Sao Paulo and raised in southern Brazil. She has extensive experience with inflammatory bowel disease and is Co-PI for Cottage’s membership in the Improve Care Now (ICN) Collaborative. She brings an intelligent and caring approach to the population she serves, and is an essential part of our GI team. In her off hours, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, biking and making a delicious pao de queijo. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. We take her word for it on that last one.

Alexandra's Bio

Contact Us

Cottage Children's Medical Center

Cottage Children's Pediatric Residency Program

Phone: 805-569-7315
Fax: 805-569-8358

400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Program Coordinator, Sabrina Anderson, email: sanderso@sbch.org