Current Residents

Mebratu DabaMebratu Daba


I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I completed medical school at Jimma University College of Medicine. After graduation, I worked as a general practitioner, then did three years of residency in pediatrics and child health at Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty where I gained in depth experience in managing children with diverse medical and related problems. I ultimately wanted to peruse my career in Child Neurology. After I moved to the United States, I completed three years of residency in general pediatrics at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. I am grateful for the opportunity to start a new chapter in Child Neurology at University of Florida in Gainesville. Outside of work I love spending time with my beautiful wife and adorable kids. I also enjoy running, playing soccer and tennis.


Safoora SyedaSafoora Bakhtiyar Syeda


I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. I completed my medical school from Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad, India. My interest in research and genetics brought me initially to Canada to pursue an M.Sc in Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary and now I am excited to pursue another beloved field, Pediatric Neurology at the University of Florida. I am fascinated by both Neurology and Genetics and I want to emerge from the residency/fellowship as a Pediatric Neuro-Geneticist. I love to spend time with my family and friends and my personal hobbies include calligraphy, painting and sketching. Apart from this I enjoy reading about astronomy, physics, religion and philosophy, whenever time allows.



Manny ViamonteManny Viamonte


I am originally from Miami, Florida and completed medical school at Tulane University in “The Big Easy,” New Orleans. I was drawn to the field of pediatric neurology because how fascinating the cases are and how big an impact I can make on a patient’s life not only as a neurologist but by using my training in pediatrics as well. What drew me to the program at the University of Florida was not only its amazing and distinguished Pediatric Neurology department, but its excellent Pediatrics and Adult Neurology faculty as well. My interest in Neurology itself are varied but I feel that at Florida I will be able to participate, research and get exposure to so many sub specialties in the field. I look forward to spending the next five years here because of the supportive atmosphere we have at UF Shands. My interests include going to the beach, watching football (although I’m a UMiami fan), and boxing. I am excited to be apart of the program, and look forward to reaping the benefits from everything Gainesville and Shands has to offer.



John MaltaJohn Malta


I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and recently graduated from LECOM with both a medical degree and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. Pittsburgh is also known as the “City of Bridges,” and similarly, I am bridging my interests in both Pediatrics and Neurology. Between UF’s strong influence in Pediatric advocacy and the esteemed faculty in both departments, it was an easy decision in partnering with UF for the next part of my medical training. The faculty is extremely supportive and dedicated, and I feel that continuing lifelong education is the mantra of the program. The difference that sets them apart from other programs, however, is that they really make you feel like family. Moreover, they stress the importance of work-life balance. In my spare time, I am dedicated to my family and friends and also enjoy working out, Pittsburgh sports, traveling, reading, and spending time with my dog, Mushu.



Bedirhan TarhanBedirhan Tarhan


I was born and raised in Turkey. I completed medical school at Erciyes University Kayseri in Turkey. Following my graduation, I wanted to discover research opportunities in the field of neuroscience before my starting my clinical practice. To that end, I worked as a research fellow in neuroscience at Emory University. After that, I wanted to pursue my career in Child Neurology. Residency at the University of Florida will help me understand and overcome both clinical and research conundrums in the field of child neurology. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy hiking, playing and watching soccer.