Our Team

Naomi Luban, MD

Program Director

Naomi L. Luban, M.D., is Chair of the IRB, the Medical Director of the Office of Protection of Human Subjects at Children’s National Hospital, Director of the Blood Donor Center, Associate Program Director for the General Clinical Research Center and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at Children’s National. She has been an attending physician at Children’s National for more than 30 years.

Dr. Luban has published more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 40 book chapters. She has edited seven texts in pediatric transfusion medicine and is an editorial board member for Transfusion and the American Journal of Hematology. In addition, Dr. Luban is a peer-reviewer for Transfusion, JAMA, Immunohematology, the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatric Blood and Cancer and other publications.

Currently, Dr. Luban is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the chair of the Committee on Blood Disorders in Childhood of the American Society of Hematology and a member of the board of trustees of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Her clinical interests are focused in inherited platelet disorders and hemophilia.

Julia Miller

Program Coordinator

Julia Miller graduated with a Bachelors in English Language Literature from Muhlenberg College and is currently working towards receiving a Masters in Education Studies and certificate in Urban Education and Mind, Brain and Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she has held positions at In Reach, Inc. and as a classroom teacher at Fairview Elementary. Additionally, she is an alumna of Teach for America.

Rachel Smilow, MA

Program Manager

Rachel Smilow has been a Program Manager at Children’s National for 10 years. She has a Bachelors from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in History and a Masters from The Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. Previously Rachel has worked at The Phillips Collection, The Stephen Decatur House, and the White House Historical Association.

Annika Hvide, MA

Program Assistant

Annika Hvide is a special educator with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education from New York University and a Masters in Educational Transformation from Georgetown University. Previously, she has worked at Georgetown University, the US Commission on Civil Rights, the House of Representatives, and as a classroom teacher in Maryland.

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