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Alumni Spotlights

  • Lisa Cosgrove, MD '84

    Pediatrician


    For the Love of Children: An Alumna’s Journey from Nurse to MD

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  • Robert Assibey, MD '17

    Family Medicine Chief Resident


    Learn how one RUSM alumnus’ drive to succeed has led to multiple leadership roles during residency.

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  • Joshua A. Ronen, MD '17

    Internal Medicine Resident


    Well into his eighth month of residency, Dr. Ronen takes a moment and appreciates how far he has come on his medical career.

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  • Karan Johar, MD '07

    Pain Management and Rehabilitation Specialist/Practice Owner


    Making an Impact: Ross Alumnus sets his Sights High and Becomes a Change-agent for a Better Tomorrow

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  • Ryan and Lauren Greene, MD '16

    Pediatric Medicine Resident and Family Medicine Resident


    Learn how two Ross grads are creating a perfect fit through targeted fellowship appointments.

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  • Kunal Agarwal, MD '11

    Medical Director


    For Dr. Agarwal, helping people is second nature, and is what led him to become a physician. Throughout high school, and later in college at Johns Hopkins, he volunteered in hospitals and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Project Prevent. It was one experience on a Boy Scout camping trip, however, that still stands out.

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  • Deann Bing, MD '09

    Internist


    When Dr. DeAnn Bing was young, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and underwent spinal correction surgery. The Orthopedic surgeon that performed her surgery articulated such care and compassion that it deeply resonated with DeAnn. He was attentive and considerate, preparing and educating Bing and her family on the surgical procedure, answering their questions and addressing their concerns. Soon after, Bing decided to pursue in medicine, to give back and inspire others, just like the Orthopedic Surgeon that operated on her as a young girl.

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  • Joshua Mansour, MD '12

    Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Immunotherapy Fellow


    Growing up in a family of physicians, Dr. Joshua Mansour started volunteering in the local community medical clinics and hospitals while young. He thoroughly relished in the experience and was immediately drawn to the positive patient interactions. With the encouragement of his family to explore his diverse interests and not pressure him in to medicine, Dr. Mansour pursued a career in private wealth management and finance after college. However, he continued to yearn for the patient and physician relationship in healthcare.

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  • Irvin Sulapas, MD '10

    Asst. Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


    As he was completing his Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Irvin Sulapas began searching for his next intellectual challenge. Having always been fascinated by the functionalities of the human anatomy and serendipitously realizing he had the pre-requisites necessary to apply to medical school, he started to consider a path to becoming a physician. He soon began to study for the MCAT and exploring different medical school options.

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  • Brian Temple, MD '05

    Infectious Diseases Physician


    As a child in Sierra Leone, Dr. Brian Temple’s interest in science was fostered by his inquisitive spirit. He was often intrigued by the inner working of his toys and would take them apart, trying to figure out their functioning mechanism. He would also build model homes and would wire them to have battery controlled electricity. He thought his initial path in life would lead him into a career in engineering, but he changed his course during his anatomy class in high school. He realized that he was continually fascinated and curious by the functionality of the human anatomy.

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  • Brian Y. Chou, MD '09

    Endocrinologist/Partner


    Since he was a young child, Dr. Brian Chou has led an incredibly active lifestyle. He played tennis in middle school and high school to weight lifting and bodybuilding in college and medical school, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu through his residency and fellowship. It was his early interest in sports and the keen understanding that nutrition was the foundation of human health that led Dr. Chou to pursue a career in medicine.

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  • Ryan Day, MD '12

    Surgical Oncology Fellow


    Growing up, Dr. Ryan Day, was continually inspired by his hard-working and compassionate mother. As a clinical psychologist, he saw first-hand how deeply she impacted her patients’ lives. Frequently she was stopped in public and patients would enumerate the numerous ways she had helped them. Seeing the impact she had in healthcare, combined with her unwavering work ethic, Dr. Day was inspired to follow her footsteps into medicine.

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  • Gary A. Goodman, MD '00

    Emergency Physician


    Inspired by his time as a New York State Paramedic and member of the Nassau County Police Department, Dr. Gary Goodman deviated from his plans of pursuing a career in law for his true passion, medicine.

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  • Roberto C. Swazo, MD '15

    Internal Medicine Chief Resident


    Learn how Dr. Swazo's mother and successful and passionate fight against cancer inspired him to pursue a career in medicine.

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  • Jessica A. Shepherd, MD '05

    OB/GYN and Women's Health Expert


    Jessica Shepherd, '05 is an OB/GYN, women's health expert and the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women's health forum that focuses on addressing uncomfortable health topics in a compassionate setting.

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  • Frederick S. Ross, MD '10

    Chair, Department of Hospital Medicine


    F. Scott Ross, MD ’10 always knew he wanted to study medicine. He initially applied to medical school after graduating from the College of Charleston in 1992 with a BS Biology degree.

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  • Yana G. Puckett, MD '12

    General Surgery Chief Resident


    A Ross University School of Medicine grad shares her path to becoming Chief Resident in General Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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  • Michael Fiocco, MD '86

    Chief of Cardiac Surgery


    Following in his family’s footsteps, Dr. Michael Fiocco pursed a career in medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. More than three decades later, he’s the Chief of Cardiac Surgeon in Baltimore.

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  • Paolo G. Jorge, MD '13

    Pain Medicine Fellow


    Learn how a part-time job helped shape the future of this Pain Medicine specialist and former Chief Resident.

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  • Kent A. Crighton, MD '87

    Vice President and Chief Medical Officer


    Dr. Kent Crighton knew from an early age he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. His cousin was a physician and he had a strong interest in the sciences throughout his life.

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  • Scott Ippolito, MD '86

    Assistant Dean of Academic Operations


    Dr. Ippolito started his journey with RUSM in 1982 – four years after the institution opened. Nearly forty years later, he has served on staff with RUSM for more than two decades in his career in medicine.

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  • Michael B. Finkelstein, MD '84

    Internist


    From physician assistant to partner in a 50+ physician group, learn more about this alumnus from one of Ross' first graduating classes.

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  • Stephen Pappachen, MD '99

    Medical Director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine


    "I was very service oriented growing up. My father always wanted and encouraged me to become a physician because it is a great way to serve others. My father’s desire became my own in college, leading me to pursue a career in medicine."

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  • Hugo Romeu, MD '80

    Pathologist, Clinician, Owner/CEO


    Medicine runs in the Romeu family. Learn more about this graduate from RUSM's first graduating class.

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  • Megan A. Yee, MD '13

    Hospitalist


    As the 10,000th student to graduate from Ross University School of Medicine in 2013, Dr. Megan Yee exemplified the significant progress and impact that RUSM had at that moment in the medical field.

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  • Amy Rezak Alger, MD '01 and Kristin Rezak, MD '01

    Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery


    Growing up in upstate New York, the Rezak sisters were always fascinated by the human body. While most kids were watching cartoons, the sisters watched live surgeries. Observing their aunt receive a kidney transplant, continually battle kidney disease and ultimately cancer, that struck a chord with the sisters and they decided to pursue a career in medicine to help patients like their aunt.

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  • Salvatore Chillemi, MD '07

    Nephrologist


    Dr. Salvatore Chillemi grew up disliking visits to the doctors and needles, however he was drawn to a career in medicine through his desire to help and serve mankind through improvements in health and quality of life.

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  • Amir Alkhani, MD '88

    Attending Core Instructor


    Dr. Amir Mirza Alikhani understood what it was like to move far from home before he started at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica in 1984. He emigrated in 1977 from Tehran, Iran to attend St. Louis University for his undergraduate and graduate studies.

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  • Tejas U. Shah, MD '16

    Anesthesiology Resident


    Dr. Tejas Shah grew up fascinated by the sciences, but did not know he wanted to be a physician until he was an undergraduate student.

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  • Michael R. Mijares, MD '11

    Orthopaedic Surgery Resident


    See how the resiliency of this first generation physician led to a highly coveted Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the prestigious University of Miami.

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  • Jack H. Owens, Jr., MD '14

    Psychiatry Resident


    Learn about how a family doctor inspired this now Loyola Psychiatry resident’s pursuit of medicine.

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  • Rafael Bayramgalin, MD '14

    Hospitalist


    Watching his grandmother from a young age helped to fuel this alum’s passion for family medicine and to help those in underserved communities.

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  • Filippo C. Chillemi, MD '09 and Mary Lynn Chillemi, MD '09

    Orthopaedic Surgeon and Pediatrician


    Learn how these two 2009 graduates found their way to RUSM, and each other.

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  • Melissa Taylor, MD '13

    General Surgery Resident


    See what this former RUSM Class Representative is doing now and how she is making her mark in the field of surgery.

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  • Andrew R. Kolodziej, MD '09

    Asst. Prof. of Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology and Pulmonary Hypertension


    From first responder to patients' last resort, Dr. Kolodziej, reflects on RUSM by sharing some firsthand insight on what fueled his journey to becoming a heart failure/transplant cardiologist.

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  • Nicole B. Saphier, MD '08

    Director, Breast Imaging


    Like many medical students, Nicole Saphier, MD '08, decided to become a doctor for altruistic reasons. She notes that she didn't fully understand what that would mean for her until further along in her journey.

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  • Armin Kamyab, MD '08

    Chief of Surgery


    Born in Paris and raised in Toronto, Armin Kamyab, MD ‘08, describes himself as an “adventurer” – a trait that has served him well over his more than decade-long journey in medicine.

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  • Joseph Mongone, MD '16

    Anesthesiology Resident


    Dr. Joseph Mongone (RUSM ‘16) grew up in New Hyde Park, a town on Long Island, in New York. He never could have imagined that now, at the age of 28, he would be a physician, returning home to begin a residency in Anesthesiology at his hometown hospital.

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  • Sheryl L. Recinos, MD '14

    Family Medicine Attending Physician


    At just 16, Sheryl Recinos packed her things, left her friends, her family, and the place she called home, and began a cross-country journey that would take her to a new home in southern California. There she would learn to support herself, both financially and emotionally.

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  • Tracey Dabal, MD '16 and Blaise Carney, MD '16

    Internal Medicine Resident and Psychiatry Resident


    Medical school is not usually thought of as a romantic place where one is likely to meet his or her match, but that’s exactly what happened to Ross alumni Tracey Dabal, MD, and Blaise Carney, MD.

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  • Mehran Giblin, MD '16

    Internal Medicine Resident


    Dr. Mehran Giblin, 35, graduated with an MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine in November, 2016 and has obtained a residency in Internal Medicine at Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center Program in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Dan D. Cohen, MD '16

    Diagnostic Radiology Resident


    Dan Cohen, MD, (Ross ’16) recalled that most of his time on the Dominica campus during the basic science curriculum of his medical education was spent studying.

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  • Iman Arafa, MD '16

    Internal Medicine Resident


    Iman Arafa, 25, graduated with an MD degree from Ross University School of Medicine in November, 2016 and has obtained a residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

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  • Eliza Slama, MD '16

    General Surgery Resident


    Ross University School of Medicine alumna Eliza Slama, MD, (Ross ’16) has been working as a volunteer since she was a teenager, to help underserved people around the world in numerous capacities.

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  • Minal Bhatia, MD '16 and Angad Kahlon, MD '17

    Psychiatry Residents


    Minal Bhatia, MD (Ross ’16) and Angad Kahlon, MD (Ross ’17) both grew up in California’s Central Valley region. Although they lived only about 30 miles apart from each other, they didn’t meet until they were very far from home.

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  • Kimberly Jean, MD '11

    Women's Health Practice Owner


    The 2011 Ross graduate knew so many women whose health concerns didn’t fit neatly into just one box. Low energy, weight gain, painful periods, stress, mood changes—whatever the combination, these all-too-common symptoms were eating into their daily lives.

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  • Stephanie Saucier, MD '14

    Cardiology Fellow


    Growing up with a tight-knit family in Bristol, Connecticut, it was always important to Stephanie Saucier to stay close to home while pursuing her dream career.

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  • Priti Kothari, MD '00

    Child Psychiatrist


    It’s a pretty common sight at most hospitals—patients’ beds festooned with get-well balloons, relatives dropping by to sit at their bedsides, loved ones delivering chocolates and concerns to individuals in recovery. Priti Kothari, MD saw a lot of that during her internal medicine and surgery clinical rotations at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens, NY.

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  • Narbeh Tovmassian, MD '12 and Garen Derhartunian, MD '12

    Primary Care Practice Owners


    In November 2015, Narbeh Tovmassian and Garen Derhartunian—lifelong friends who attended Ross together, graduating in 2012—opened Elevate Health Group in their hometown of Glendale, CA, plunging into the uncharted territory of owning, operating, and administrating a brand-new primary care practice.

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  • Marc Katz, MD '16

    Internal Medicine Resident


    Curious about the life of a first-year resident? To give you an inside look at the intern year, we sat down with 2016 Ross graduate Marc Katz, currently in year one of his internal medicine residency at Drexel University College of Medicine. Check out our Q&A below!

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  • Desiree Eakin, MD '06

    Pediatric Hospitalist


    Since he was a young child, Dr. Brian Chou has led an incredibly active lifestyle. He played tennis in middle school and high school to weight lifting and bodybuilding in college and medical school, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu through his residency and fellowship. It was his early interest in sports and the keen understanding that nutrition was the foundation of human health that led Dr. Chou to pursue a career in medicine.

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