Our Colleagues

The following is an introduction to our colleagues at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Each healthcare professional has a short video introduction that explains their collaborative role with Dr. Sun and Dr. Auguste.

Philippa Doyle, RN

Philippa Doyle, RN, is the Supervising Oncology Nurse at Children's Hospital. She supervises many of the chemotherapy treatments which may be prescribed for Dr. Sun or Dr. Auguste's patients after brain tumor surgery.

 Maurine Heard, MD

Dr. Maurine Heard, MD, is both an Anesthesiologist and Pediatrician at Children's Hospital. She is responsible for monitoring many of our patients during surgery.

Heidi R. Flori, MD, FAAP

Dr. Heidi Flori, MD, FAAP, is the Co-Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital. She and her staff work tirelessly to provide the best care for our patients after surgery.

Sister Bernice Gotelli

Sister Bernice Gotelli is the Chaplain at Children's Hospital. She provides  support and assistance to many of the families who are treated by Dr. Sun or Dr. Auguste.

Charlotte Moore, PhD

Dr. Charlotte Moore, PhD, is a Neurophysical Physiologist. She is a member of Pacific Neurophysical Associates. Dr. Moore and her associates monitor brain functioning, using state of the art technology during surgeries to remove brain tumors. By working with our practice for over nine years, her group has the most experience with neurophysical monitoring in young children and infants.

 Jonathan Finley, MD

Dr. Jonathan Finley, MD, is the pre-eminent neuro-oncologist in the world. He serves as a consultant to the Neuro-Oncology Program at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. He is the Director of the Brain Tumor Program at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Finley consults with Dr. Sun and Dr. Torkildson to provide the most cutting edge treatment protocols for patients with brain tumors.

 Bryant A. Toth, MD

Dr. Bryant A. Toth, MD is a world renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is the Co-Director of the Cranial Facial Panel at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. He performs craniosynostosis surgery with Dr. Sun.

 Joseph Torkildson, MD 

Dr. Joseph Torkildson, MD, is the Director of Neuro-Oncology in the Department of Hematology Oncology at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. He supervises the oncology protocols for all patients who undergo brain tumor surgery with Dr. Sun or Dr. Auguste.

 Warwick Peacock, MD

Dr. Warwick Peacock, MD, is a world renowned neurosurgeon. Dr. Peacock popularized selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery that is used for the treatment of spasticity. He worked with Dr. Sun to establish the Peacock Center for  Cerebral Palsy and Movement Disorders at Children's Hospital. He is currently a Spasticity Consultant at the Hospital.

Rachel Kuperman, MD

Dr. Rachel Kuperman, MD, is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy program at Children’s Hospital. She works closely with Dr. Sun and Dr. Auguste, evaluating and treating children with epilepsy who may benefit from surgical options to help improve the quality of their lives.

Kenneth Martin, MD

Dr. Kenneth Martin, MD, is a radiologist who specializes in diagnostic imaging of the brain and spinal cord. He has worked with Dr. Sun for over 8 years, imaging and evaluating most of our patients who will require brain tumor and other surgeries.

Amy Foster, C.O.

Amy Foster is a Certified Orthotist who assists Dr. Sun with his Helmet Clinics for the treatment of positional plagiocephaly. Dr. Sun's office has a scanner to measures the child's head for a helmet to treat the disorder. Amy and her colleagues assist Dr. Sun to fit and adjust the helmet during the course of the child's treatment.

Pat Frasca, Child Life

Pat helps to bridge the gap patients face between school, home and surgery, with age-appropriate activities designed to help young patients understand and adjust to their upcoming hospital experience. Pat engages in a form of medical recreation, which helps children achieve a good understanding and a way to express themselves with medical procedures that can seem frightening to them.