Mona is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, who earned her MD degree at the University of Maryland in 2001. She completed both her categorical pediatric and global health residencies in 2004, followed by a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship in 2007. She earned her MS in Clinical Investigation as part of the Clinical Scientist Training Program at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011, and more recently, completed an Executive MBA at Rice University’s Jones School of Business in 2018.

Mona was an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine (2007 - 2020) in both Pediatrics and Medicine, local site PI on a number of pediatric hemostasis/thrombosis clinical trials, and spent 10 years as an Associate Medical Director of clinical operations, quality, and safety at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX.

Mona joined Genentech (a member of Roche Group)’s Rare Blood Disorders Franchise (Product Development - Oncology-Hematology) in February 2020, now as Lead Medical Director, and currently serves as Medical Monitor for the COMMUTE-a and COMMUTE-p Phase III clinical trials (crovalimab in atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, aHUS). She is also engaged with the Renal Franchise (I2O) in developing crovalimab in Lupus Nephritis (Phase I & II clinical trials in development), and with Human Factors/Pediatric Formulations Working Group on autoinjector devices and oral formulations. Since May 2022, Mona is spending 25% of her time with Early Development Safety (EDS) on a one year rotation. She is based in South San Francisco, CA, and will be working closely with both EDS gRED (Oncology and OMNI) teams.

Mona has kept a bucket list since she was 7 years old (keeps growing): Running wild bouldering/rock climbing as a child in the Shenandoah/Blue Ridge Mountains, swimming with dolphins/piranhas in the Amazon, climbing inside a volcano caldera in Iceland, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef ... have passport/will travel!

Since July 2022, she has joined Stanford University School of Medicine, as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology-Oncology. Mona enjoys free time in her new home base near San Francisco, where she hosts her visiting parents, friends, and extended family.

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (2009)
  • Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine-Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship (2007) TX
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2005)
  • Residency: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency (2004) OH
  • Medical Education: University of Maryland Baltimore (2001)

All Publications

  • Navigating your career path in pediatric hematology/oncology: On and off the beaten track. Pediatric blood & cancer Zweidler-McKay, P. A., Hogan, M. S., Jubran, R., Black, V., Casillas, J., Harper, J., Malempati, S., Margolin, J., Felgenhauer, J., Sakamoto, K. M., Franklin, J., Shah, M., Seibel, N., Buchanan, G., Vaiselbuh, S. R., Hastings, C., Hilden, J., Stork, L. C. 2016; 63 (10): 1723-1730

    View details for DOI 10.1002/pbc.26094

    View details for PubMedID 27295503