Our Fellows

Class of 2024

Al Katranji

Khalid Al Katranji, MD

Dr. Khalid Al Katranji is originally from Syria, and he earned his medical degree from Alexandria Faculty of Medicine in Egypt. He then worked as a research assistant at Northwestern University before starting his pediatric residency training at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Khalid always had a passion towards Neonatology; and after finishing his residency, he worked as a pediatric hospitalist in Iowa before going to fellowship.

Khalid chose Peoria because the program offers variable volume, high acuity, the mixed training of faculty, and several different approaches to learning. He has found the program to be highly adaptable to the individual’s needs and interests.

Outside of work, Khalid enjoys spending time with his wife (Farah) and two kids (Yousuf and Yazan), hiking, watching movies, and checking out new restaurants.


Taylor Gohman, DO

Dr. Taylor Gohman is originally from Russellville, AR. He attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Biochemistry. After his undergraduate studies, he moved to the Midwest where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and MBA in Healthcare Leadership from Rockhurst University. He went on to complete his Pediatric Residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Taylor is excited to continue his educational studies in Peoria, IL by pursuing a Fellowship in Neonatology.

“This brand new Neonatology Fellowship Program is the complete package. Having received the state’s highest level NICU recognition, the Children’s Hospital of Illinois sees literally everything. In just my first clinical month alone, I’ve already started to help run rounds, put in UACs/UVCs, attempted intubation, put in a couple of chest tubes, tapped ventricular reservoirs, helped teach residents, participated in transport calls, managed the head of bed/airway in deliveries and attended consults amongst other things. You’ll see patients with cardiac lesions, hydrops, HIE, genetic abnormalities, NEC, double volume exchange transfusions and ex-22 week old babies to name a few things I’ve already seen and have helped provide care in. Our Program Director and Assistant Program Director, along with all of the other Neonatologists, are very invested in our well-being and educational success from day one. After hearing all of this, I hope you’re as excited as I am because I can’t wait for you to join our family!”

In his free time, Taylor enjoys trying out the local cuisine, watching movies, keeping up to date with everything Disney, watching anime and playing video/board games.

Class of 2025

Anna-Lisa Martino

Anna-Lisa Martino, MD

Dr. Anna-Lisa Martino grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. She majored in anthropology at the University of North Dakota prior to completing her medical education at the University of North Dakota. She went on to do her pediatric residency training at the University of South Dakota/Sanford Children’s Hospital. She is excited to start this next chapter pursuing a fellowship in Neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Peoria.

Outside of work Annie loves to spend time with her husband, Jonathan, and little one Teddy as well as reading, traveling, and connecting with family.


Nirzar Parikh, MD

Dr. Nirzar Parikh is originally from Mumbai, India and that is also where he earned his medical degree from K.J. Somaiya Medical College. Nirzar’s interest in the field of Neonatology began during his research stint in the IVH lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. This further grew during his pediatric residency training at Marshfield Clinic, WI.

Nirzar is now excited to start the next phase of his training in Peoria. Being a high acuity NICU, he has already started doing procedures and managing complex patients in his very first month of fellowship. All the faculty members are very interested in not just our learning but also in our growth as a well-rounded human being.

In his free time, Nirzar enjoys traveling, hiking, playing cricket, watching movies, and exploring new restaurants.

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