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Mark Facchin, MD '16 - Dr. Facchin was elected Chief Resident for the Anesthesiology residency program at Boston Medical Center, 2020-2021.
Jeniel Gerakopoulos, MD '13 - Made partner!
Shannon Dorton, MD '17 - Dr. Dorton was elected as Chief Resident at VCME Family Residency in Modesto, CA for 2020-2021.
Cory Criss, MD '12 - Dr. Criss matched in Pediatric Surgery at University of Michigan.
Nabeel Saghir, MD '17 - Dr. Saghir elected Chief Resident 2020-2021
Erik Poldemann, MD '15 - Dr. Poldemann accepted a fellowship position in Interventional Cardiology at University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY.
Sanjay Patel, MD '09 - Dr. Patel moved states after a career at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, to take the Associate Program Director role for the Internal Medicine residency program at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Mandar Jadhav, MD '16 - Dr. Jadhav appointed as one of two Chief Fellows for the upcoming academic year!
Daniel Goldman, MD '15 - Dr. Goldman matched to a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.
France Leandre, MD '17 - Dr. Leandre elected to be the Co-Chief for the UCF College of Medicine/HCA GME Consortium Psychiatry Residency Program for 2020-21.
George Marzloff, MD ’14 – Dr. Mrazloff completed his fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and began work in the SCI rehabilitation unit at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado.
Judith Oriental-Pierre, MD’ 16 - Dr. Oriental- Pierre elected to be the Chief Resident for the University of Connecticut Emergency Medicine program for 2020-21.
Keith Mayo, MD '17 - Dr. Mayo elected to be the Co-Chief Resident for the Northwell Health – Glen Cove Family Medicine Residency Program for 2020-21.
Aakanksha Khanna, MD'17 - Dr. Khanna elected to be the Chief Resident for the University at Buffalo, NY Internal Medicine program for 2020-21.
Hutch Stilgenbauer, MD ‘17 - Dr. Stilgenbauer elected to be the Chief Resident for the University of Texas- Houston Emergency Medicine program 2020-21.
Jessica Ordu, MD '17 - Dr. Ordu elected to be the Chief Resident for the Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program for 2020-21.
Nicole Quenelle, MD ’13 – Accepted a position with Southern California Kaiser Permanente in Hematology Oncology in July 2019.
Jeffrey Siegler, MD ’11 – is the Chief Medical Officer/EMS Medical Director at Saint Louis Children's Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.
Royce Joseph, MD '12 - Dr. Royce accepted a position as an Emergency Medicine Attending at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, TX.
Lauren Stipp, MD '14 - Dr. Stipp accepted a sub-fellowship for Advanced Cardiac Imaging at the University of Florida.
Anita Krueger, MD '09 – Dr. Kruger has joined the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Baylor Scott & White-All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Kruger has also become an assistant professor of surgery at the TCU/UNTHSC School of Medicine and recently accepted a leadership position with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in the Workforce on Thoracic Surgery Resident Issues.
Aimmee Chin, MD '16 – Dr. Chin published two journals - 1. CHEST Journal Publication 2019. 2. Surgical Obstetrics Fellowship 2020
Patrick Whitney, MD '98 – Dr. Whitney published a chapter in The Textbook of Military Medicine: Ch 2 - US AIR FORCE OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM. Currently serving as Director of Occupational Medicine, Senior Flight Surgeon, Medical Review Officer and Public Health Emergency Officer at Lyster Army Health Clinic at Ft Rucker, AL.
Ahmed Khattab, MD '17 – Recently accepted to a fellowship position in Hematology and Oncology at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
Andrew Crighton, MD '87 - Dr. Crighton was recently named Chief Executive Officer for the CEO Roundtable on Cancer beginning January 2020. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2000 at the request of President George H. W. Bush who issued a challenge to harness the power of CEO's to do something "bold and venturesome" to defeat cancer.
Saira Zafar, MD '16 - Dr. Zafar was recently accepted to Allergy & Immunology Fellowship at Rutgers University/New Jersey Medical School.
Jessica August, MD '13 – Dr. August recently joined the infectious disease department at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Shane Varghese, MD '15 – Dr. Varghese recently joined St. James Hospital as a hospitalist.
Tiffany Toliver, MD '11 – Dr. Toliver recently joined Atlantic Health System as a family medicine physician with Atlantic Medical Group in Union, New Jersey and is affiliated with Overlook Medical Center in Summit, New Jersey.
Sandhya Gelou, MD '12 – Dr. Gelou recently joined the staff at PeacheHealth Medical Group - Whatcom in Bellingham, Washington.
Alexander Gelou, MD '12 – Dr. Gelou recently joined the staff at PeaceHealth Medical Group - Whatcom in Bellingham, Washington.
Jered Cook, MD '12 – Dr. Cook recently joined INTEGRIS Cardiovascular Physicians in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Danny Avalos, MD '12 – October 2019 American College of Gastroenterology Presidential Research Poster on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Hispanics Oct 2017 Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Visiting IBD Fellow Program at Massachusetts General Hospital Jun 2016 UM/JFK Internal Medicine Residency: James Cooper Humanitarian Award Oct 2015 American College of Gastroenterology "Top Newsworthy Novel Findings” Hispanic Immigrants Developing IBD Are More Likely to Eat American Food May 2015 Digestive Disease Week, Poster of Distinction: Insurance Approval Patterns of IFN-free Regimens: Impact of National Guidelines
Angela Markman, MD '06 – Dr. Markman has joined the OB/GYN team at Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState in Marlboro, New Jersey.
Steven Leeds, MD '07 – Dr. Leeds is currently on staff at Baylor Scott & White Center for Advanced Surgery in Dallas, Texas.
Nishith Shah, MD '14 – Dr. Nishith Shah recently joined the physician staff of Mercyhealth Perryville.
Ramon Ylanan, MD '04 – Dr. Ylanan has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' orthopaedic clinical care practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Arpineh Minassi, MD ’14 – Dr. Minassi recently joined the staff at Adventist Health Physicians Network in Hanford, California.
Ishtiaq Habib, MD ’16 – Dr. Habib recently joined the staff of Edward Medical Group in Naperville, Illinois.
Carson Kaeser, MD ’12 – Dr. Kaeser recently joined the staff of Erlanger Women’s Health in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Nimmi Rajagopal, MD ’00 – Dr. Rajagopal was recently named the new Associate Chair of Family and Community Medicine for Cook County Health, one of the largest public health care systems in the country.
Michael Keuroghlian, MD ’15 – Dr. Keuroghlian has joined Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire as a hospitalist.
Yale Smith, MD ’85 – Dr. Smith has just opened up a new integrative and functional medical practice in Viera, Florida.
Cesar Hurtado, MD ’16 – Dr. Hurtado recently joined the staff of Northwest Health in Springdale, Arkansas.
Leesa Novotny, MD ’15 – Dr. Novotny recently joined CCM Health in Montevideo, Minnesota.
Vipul Patel, MD ’00 – Dr. Patel was recently named to the board of the American Oncology Network.
Ashley Rountree, MD ’16 – Dr. Rountree recently joined the staff of Stamford Health Medical Group in Stamford, Connecticut.
Lyuba Polinkovsky, MD ’15 – Dr. Polinkovsky recently joined the staff of Stamford Health Medical Group in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Sarah Rasheed, MD ’15 – Dr. Rasheed recently started a rheumatology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Zack Manier, MD ’16 – Dr. Manier recently started fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Lauren Dedea, MD ’14 – Dr. Dedea and her husband (RUSM 2013) recently started working new family medicine jobs in Spring Hill, Florida. They have 2 kids.
Joseph Mariano, MD '16 - Dr. Tamayo recently joined Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital as a hospitalist.
Daniel Kemple, MD '13 - Dr. Kemple and his wife Alyse Kemple-Stolting (RUSM Class of 2014) welcomed baby girl Lillian Marie Kemple on July 15th.
Richard Hernandez, MD '16 - Dr. Hernandez recently joined California Hospital Medical Center Core Faculty as an Attending Physician.
Binh Tran, MD '14 - Dr. Tran recently started an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Patrick Staso, MD '15 - Dr. Staso recently started an allergy and immunology fellowship at Vanerbilt University Medical Center.
Mandar Jadhav, MD '16 - Dr. Jadhav recently started fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Charles Coyne, MD ’10 – Dr. Coyne recently joined the staff of Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in Warrenton, MO.
Udoka Ikezuagu, MD '15 - Dr. Ikezuagu recently married his sunshine and fellow Rossie, Judith Aranas.
Amanda Harding, MD '03 - Dr. Harding opened her own pediatric and wellness facility. She also offers the first ever virtual visit opportunity via Blueberry medicine portal/app in Colorado - improving access to amazing pediatric care.
Chris Cherian, MD '15 - Dr. Cherian is currently a PGY-4 Chief Resident at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). He matched into a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and will be starting in the fall 2019.
Renuka George, MD '12 - Dr. George will be the Associate Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program at University of South Carolina starting September 2019.
Gurneet Bedi, MD '13 - Dr. Bedi is currently completing an advanced endoscopy fellowship at NYU Langone.
Tania Kannadan, MD '11 - Dr. Kannadan and her husband, Ron Mullick welcomed their daughter, Lilly Shikha Mullick in March 2019!
Nihar Patel, MD '09 - Dr. Patel recently accepted a position with Kettering Physician Network's oncology team at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Ohio.
Laila Rashidi, MD '10 - Dr. Rashidi is currently a colorectal surgeon at MultiCare Colon and Rectal Surgery in Washington.
Donald Christmas, MD '08 - Dr. Christmas was recently named a recipient of the Dean's Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching by Drexel University College of Medicine.
Una Aluyen, MD '17 - Dr. Aluyen was elected as Chief Resident for the 2019-2020 year for Texas Tech University School of Medicine of the Permian Basin's Family and Community Medicine program.
Chris Pastor, MD '15 - Dr. Pastor and his family welcomed their second daughter Grace Jolene Pastor on April 1st, 2019.
Michael Angelo, MD '96 - Dr. Angelo recently accepted the position as chief medical officer of Alligient Healthcare overseeing 14 rural hospitals in Louisiana. Their mission is to “Decentralize healthcare in Louisiana “- allowance of quality healthcare in rural areas; where access to difficult through telemedicine and hospitals/ERs.
Jeffrey Ortiz, MD '16 - Dr. Ortiz became Chief Resident- Radiology Residency at Geisinger Medical Center.
Frank Hopkins, MD '83 - Dr. Hopkins recently joined Brookside Village in Jasper, IN as the new medical director.
Amitava Das, MD '10 - Dr. Das recently joined Crystal Run Healthcare's Hospital Medicine Program at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in New York.
Jennifer Romeu, MD '15 - Dr. Romeu was recently selected as chief resident in family medicine at CMU College of Medicine along with fellow Rossies Drs. Triptpal Sanghera and Rita Agayby.
Lyndie Shelby, MD '13 - Dr. Shelby recently opened Hull Medical Clinic in Hull, IA.
Khurram Farooq, MD '15 - Dr. Farooq is currently practicing at Margaretville Hospital in New York as a hospitalist.
Bryan Waits, MD '06 - Dr. Waits is currently practing cardiology at Peterson Medical Associates in Kerryville, TX.
Jacelyn Davidson, MD '15 - Dr. Davidson recently joined the staff at Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic in International Falls, MN.
Bernard Nandiego, MD '12 - Dr. Nandiego's family recently welcomed a new baby: Beanna Noelle Nanadiego on january 23rd.
Divya Manoharan, MD '13 - Dr. Manoharan is currently Oncology Medical Director in Pharmacovigilance at Takeda Pharmaceuticals Limited Co.
Jerry Neria, MD '12 - Dr. Neria recently joined Adventis Health as a primary care physician and faculty advisor for the Adventist Health Medical Office - Hanford Family Medicine Residency Program.
GJ Roca, MD '14 - Dr. Roca is currently practicing internal medicine with North Shore Physicians Group at Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers, MA.
Mark Melendez, MD '03 - Dr. Melendez was recently appointed Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Connecticut. He was also honored with the 2018 Department of Surgery Legacy Award at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. and the 2018 George H. Kaye Alumni Award, Biomedical Science Careers Program, Harvard Medical School, in Boston.
Maria Khattak, MD '12 - Dr. Khattak recently joined the taff of OSF PromptCare in Ottawa, IL.
Bonnie Fraser, MD '01 - Dr. Fraser is being acknowledged by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of Medicine for her work as a Wound Care Physician at Valley/Henderson Hospital.
Karan Johar, MD '07 - Dr. Johar recently opened a surgical center on Park Avenue in Manhattan.
Vladimir Ayvazyan, MD '06 - Dr. Ayvazyan recently joined USC Student Health.