It's the people at the Pediatric Group that really set us apart.
A warm, caring and compassionate team of professionals dedicated to providing your family with the best care possible. At the Pediatric Group, our pediatricians are Board-certified. With more than 40 years of caring for kids, we'd love to introduce you to our wonderful and experienced providers today!
Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D.
College: Pomona College in California
Medical School: University of California, Irvine
Residency: Los Angeles Children's Hospital
Clinical Specialties: General Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Personal: Dr. Graw has been providing care for children as a trusted pediatrician for more than 35 years. He is active in various medical and research organizations at the local, state, and national level, and is involved in various civic organizations. Dr. Graw has four grown children and six grandchildren.
Other: Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Farhad Aliabadi, M.D.
Medical School: University of Iran
Residency: St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, NJ
Clinical Specialties: Infectious Diseases, General Childhood Growth and Development
Personal: Dr. Aliabadi was in private practice in the Severna Park area for six years before joining the Pediatric Group in 1990. He is Board-certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and is an avid tennis player and sports enthusiast.
Karen Ganacias, M.D.
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Residency: Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center
Clinical Specialties: Asthma, Eczema Care and Food Allergies, Adolescent Medicine, Sports Medicine
Personal: Dr. Ganacias recently joined the Pediatric Group. She had previously been a pediatrician in the U.S. Navy, until her separation from the military. She enjoys running, watching movies, reading, and spending time with family.
Office: Severna Park
Robert Gibson, M.D.
Medical School: RW Johnson (Rutgers) Medical School
Residency: University of Maryland
Clinical Specialties: Primary Care Pediatrics
Personal: For more than 20 years, Dr. Robert Gibson has provided care, guidance, and education to his patients. He is married with 4 children. Dr. Gibson enjoys gardening, reading, golfing and providing community service with the Knights of Columbus.
Office: Severna Park
Jackie Gilliard, M.D.
Medical School: Howard University
Residency: St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore
Clinical Specialties: General Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases
Personal: Dr. Gilliard is happily married. He is the proud father of two children. He is a member of the Tutoring Team of Pointer Ridge Elementary School, helping students in reading, writing and mathematics. He enjoys biking, bowling, and playing basketball.
Carol Forsyth, C.R.N.P.
Education: Bachelors Degree (Biology and Chemistry) - Mary Baldwin College, Roanoke, VA; Bachelors Degree (Nursing) - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Masters Degree (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) - Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Clinical Specialties: Childhood Obesity, Nutrition, Lactation Specialist
Personal: Carol Forsyth joined the Pediatric Group in 2004 and has extensive experience in many areas of pediatrics including newborns, health maintenance and acute care. Carol Forsyth is married with 3 children and enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, especially biking and hiking.
Office: Severna Park
Kathryn Lanciano, C.R.N.P.
Education: Bachelors Degree - Villanova University; Masters Degree (Nurse Practitioner) - University of Maryland
Clinical Specialties: Development and Adolescent Gynecology
Personal: Kathryn Lanciano is married with 1 daughter. She enjoys traveling, photography, reading and cooking.
Erin Lytle, C.R.N.P., P.M.H.S.
Education: Bachelors Degree (Nursing) - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Masters Degree (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Clinical Specialties: Early Childhood Development, ADHD, Mental Health, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention and Management
Personal: Erin Lytle practiced pediatric primary care for 8 years in Pasadena, Maryland prior to joining the Pediatric Group in 2017. She board-certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and as a Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist (PMHS). She and her husband are blessed with two lovely, and fiery, daughters. Erin is also a certified yoga instructor; and certified in pre- and postnatal yoga; mindfulness and meditation.
Lauren Palmer, C.P.N.P., I.B.C.L.C
Education: Bachelors Degree (Nursing) - University of Maryland, Baltimore; Masters Degree (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) - University of Maryland, Baltimore
Specialty: General pediatrics, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), adolescent health
Personal: Personal: Lauren joined the Pediatric Group in 2017 after practicing in Montgomery County, Maryland. Lauren has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2012 and she is very passionate about supporting breastfeeding goals. She is board-certified through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, and cooking. Lauren is happily married with one daughter.
Offices: Crofton and Severna Park
Cassie Roberts, D.N.P., C.P.N.P., I.B.C.L.C.
Education: Bachelors Degree (Nursing) - The University of Texas, Arlington; Masters Degree (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) - The University of Texas Medical Branch; Doctorate Degree (Nursing Practice) - University of Alabama
Clinical Specialties: Lactation Consulting, Early Childhood Feeding, Asthma and Eczema Care, Obesity Prevention
Personal: Cassie Roberts joined the Pediatric group in June 2013. She is board-certified as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and as a Lactation Consultant. Cassies enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, and their daughter and son. She spends her free time running with her dogs, flying with her husband, and reading with her children.
Other: Speaks some Spanish and French
Brooke Slater, C.P.N.P.
Education: Bachelors Degree (Nursing) - University of Southern California; Masters Degree (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) - Vanderbilt University
Clinical Specialties: Early Childhood Development, ADD/ADHD, Nutrition and Obesity Management
Personal: Brooke Slater joined the Pediatric Group in 2017. Originally from California, she is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, biking and skiing. Brooke is board-certified though the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Betsy Smith, C.P.N.P.
Education: Bachelors Degree (Nursing) - Villanova University; Masters Degree (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) - Villanova University
Clinical Specialties: Early Childhood Development, Gastrointestinal Issues
Personal: Betsy Smith joined the Pediatric group in 2017. She is returning to Davidsonville after spending her childhood as a patient here. She is a Maryland local and plans on growing old in our community. She enjoys horseback riding, learning to sail, and cheering on her Villanova Wildcats.