The NVPS Board


Shawn Kapoor, MD


Shawn Kapoor has been an active member of Northern VA pediatrics society since 2016 and a board member since 2020.  Shawn grew up in Crofton, Maryland, and attended college at the University of MD, Baltimore County, where he earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry.  For medical school, Shawn attended the West Virginia school of osteopathic medicine.  He completed his residency in pediatrics at Penn State, Hershey medical center.
Following residency, Shawn served 4 years in the Army as a pediatrician and Battalion surgeon.  He was stationed at fort Stewart, in Savannah, Georgia.  During his time in the military, he also did a tour of duty in Iraq.  Shortly after completing his military service, Shawn moved to the northern VA area, where he currently lives with his wife and 3 children.

Currently, Dr. Kapoor practices at Fort Belvoir community hospital serving dependents of active-duty soldiers.  He is on multiple hospital committees, where he strives to provide quality health care to military families and improve patient safety. 

In his free time, Shawn enjoys playing tennis, skiing with his family, biking, and generally all things outdoors. 


Aarthi Vemana, MD

Vice President

Aarthi Vemana, MD is board certified in Pediatric Sleep Medicine, practicing in the northern Virginia area for 10 years.  She was born and raised in Ohio, completing her undergraduate degree at Miami University, and graduating from medical school from the Medical College of Ohio.  She moved to Virginia after completing her residency and fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is currently serving as the Co-Director of the Inova Children’s Sleep Center, and volunteers as a board member for the Northern Virginia Pediatrics Society as well as the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine.  She is passionate about promoting sleep health as a cornerstone for overall health in children. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two girls, and puppy.

Annette Ansong

Annette Ansong, MD, FACC


Annette K. Ansong, MD, FACC, is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist and the medical director of outpatient cardiology at Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Ansong is the proud daughter of immigrants from Ghana and was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, followed by medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, while also obtaining a Master of Health Science in Clinical Research. She has been the recipient of multiple Top Doctor Awards.

She is involved regionally and nationally on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also has an interest in global health and has performed mission work in Ghana and Haiti.  Dr. Ansong is a strong believer that Heart Health begins with our children. She currently co-chairs the Women and Children Committee of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc., and serves on the Adult Congenital & Pediatric Cardiology Leadership Council of the American College of Cardiology. Her career interests and passion have allowed for multiple publications, case reports, and presentations.

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Taylor Ruff, MS, RN, CPNP-PC


Taylor is a board certified primary care pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in Nursing from the Ohio State University. Taylor completed the majority of her clinical training at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. She has practiced in Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. She currently practices at Capital Area Pediatrics in Falls Church, VA.

Her passion is in adolescent medicine, mental health, and nutrition.

She enjoys working out at Crossfit and Orange Theory and spending time with her family, her husband, and her two fur babies, Bert and Ernie.