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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.
Gary Goodman, MD '00 - Dr. Goodman was awarded TOP DOCTOR of Orlando as reported by ORLANDO CITY MAGAZINE.
Sheryl Recinos, MD '14 - Dr. Recinos recently released a memoir of her teen years and has been giving guest lectures at local programs in CA on adverse childhood experiences and their impact on health. Her book is titled Hindsight: Coming of Age on the Streets of Hollywood and is currently avaialble on Amazon.
David Lee, MD '13 - Dr. Lee is currently a hospitalist at Crozer Keystone Health System.
Christina Migliore Patel, MD '02 - Dr. Patel married Pratik Patel ('02) in 2014 and both work at Newark Beth Israel. Pratik is the pulmonary critical care fellowship director and director of interventional pulmonology. They welcomed their second boy in April.
Rohin Saroya, MD '16 - Dr. Saroya is currently a PGY-3 at Drexel University.
Patrick Whitney, MD '98 - Dr. Whitney retired from the USAF in July 2017. He served as a USAF Flight Surgeon and AF Surgeon General Consultant in Occupational Medicine. He is board certified in Family Practice and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Whitney is currently Director of Occupational Medicine for Southeast Health (formerly Southeast Alabama Medical Center).
Michael Chalifoux, MD '10 - Dr. Chalifoux recently accepted a position as the Assistant Program Director for the Anesthesiology residency program at UMass-Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
Pauline Agornyo, MD '14 - Dr. Agornyo recently accepted a position with the Internal Medicine Clinic at Fort Madison Community Hospital.
Bantoo Sehgal, MD '04 - Dr. Sehgal recently joined Precision Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Southlake, TX as an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist.
Elizabeth T. Corbo, MD '06 - Dr. Corbo opened a new pediatric neurology practice, St. Luke's Pediatric Neurology in Bethlehem, PA.
Hillel Z. Harris, MD '04 - Dr. Harris will be seeing new patients in his new private practice in Delray Beach, FL.
Mehak Gandhi, MD '15 - Dr. Gandhi graduated FM residency at UCF as chief resident and finished one year as vice-president, Resident Board as Florida Academy of Family Physicians. He has recently joined Hartford Hospital as hospitalist.
Jakub Wojcik, MD '13 - Dr. Wojcik recently accepted joined Foothills Medical Group in Bradford, PA.
Kristin Bosiljevac, MD '13 - Dr. Bosiljevac recently accepted a position at Cotton O'Neil Lebo Clinic in Lebo, KS.
Puja Vora, MD '11 - Dr. Vora recently accepted a position in San Diego and will finally be moving back home to CA!
Mercy Akinsipe, MD '13 - Dr. Akinsipe recently accepted a position at Sarnia Family Physicians Group in Sarnia, ON.
Katherine Rast, MD '15 - Dr. Rast graduated from family medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY and has started a new job at UR Medicine-Thompson Health in the Lima Family Practice office.
Paul Zamudio, MD '11 - Dr. Zamudio and his wife recently welcomed the newest addition to their family, Sophia Isabel Leyco-Zamudio.
Shamuel Yagudayev, MD '16 - Dr. Yagudayev published his fourth article. This article is a result of a clinical trial that looked at how Telehealth can affect transitions of care and readmission rates within 30 days of discharge from the hospital. As one of the principal investigators on this study, he utilized his public health and medical backgrounds to achieve success from the first stages of writing proposal for the study to submission of the article. He is very excited about the attention that Stony Brook Medicine has been giving to Telehealth, especially with expanding interest from other departments such as General Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Our team was awarded by the Long Island Business News for Achievements in Healthcare in 2017. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2451865418300814?via%3Dihub
Gwendoline Fang, MD '09 - Dr. Fang recently accepted a new position at UPH-Marshalltown.
Michael Mijares, MD '11 - Dr. Mijares would like to announce the birth of his first child, Olivia Grace Mijares, on August 23, 2018.
Insaf Kouba, MD '13 - Dr. Kouba recently graduated from residency at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently works for NYU Langone.
Ji-Yeon Kim, MD '14 - Dr. Kim is currently a pediatric critical care fellow at Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Scottie Paitl, MD '15 - Dr. Piatl is currently a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellow at Loyola University Medical Center.
Anupam Gupta, MD '12 - Dr. Gupta recently accepted a position with Crystal Run Healthcare.
Nicholas Avitabile, MD '07 - Dr. Avitabile was recently appointed to the Board of Physicians by the American Health Council.
Kola Adediran, MD '12 - Dr. Adediran recently accepted a position with Essential Health.
Alysen Carter, MD '15 - Dr. Carter recently accepted a position with Mountain Region Family Medicine.
Candice Darville, MD '13 - Dr. Darville recently accepted a position with Gordon Adult and Pediatric Medical Associates.
Sandeep Mahajan, MD '12 - Dr. Mahajan recently accepted a position with Northwest Community Healthcare.
Justin Voorhees, MD '10 - Dr. Voorhees is the new medical director at Hospice of Lenawee in Adrian Township, MI.
Mazen Ghani, MD '97 - Dr. Ghani is currently Assistant Professor of Radiology at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Naomi Hasselblad, MD '16 - Dr. Hasselblad joined Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, IA.
Michael Goodman, MD '86 - Dr. Goodman was recently promoted to Professor of Pediatrics at Cooper University Health Care. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, and Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society.
Neal Nimkar, MD '15 - Dr. Nimkar is currently a first year fellow in hematology & oncology at NYP-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
Ryan Sahni, MD '15 - Dr. Sahni recently accepted a position at Red Bank Family Medicine in Red Bank, NJ.
Ray King, MD '10 - Dr. King has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.
Brianna Fox, MD '15 - Dr. Fox will be practicing medicine at Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo, CO.
Alyssa Austria, MD '15 - Dr. Austria is an internal medicine hospitalist at Genesis Hospitalist Medical Group.
Omar Llaguna, MD '04 - Dr. Llaguna has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Miami, FL.
Mojgan Mohandesi, MD '07 - Dr. Mohandesi has been named a 2018 Top Doctor in Kent, WA.
Kristen Bortolin, MD '16 - Dr. Bortolin is Chief Resident at Victoria Hospital Childrens Hospital of Western Ontario and recently matched into the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship program at SickKids.
David Carstens, MD '16 - Dr. Carstens is Chief Resident of Family Medicine at Medical College of Georgia's rural track in Waycross, GA.
Anvinderjeet Pannu, MD '15 - Drs. Geoffrey Beck and Anvinderjeet Pannu will be Chief Residents of Family Medicine at Mercy Medical Center for 2018-2019.
Jenna Poldemann, MD '14 - Dr. Poldemann has been accepted into Radiology Residency at University of Cincinnati July 2018.
Ayslin Beckett, MD '05 - Dr. Beckett is currently providing care for our military men and women, both active duty and veterans.
Stephanie Zguris, MD '16 - Dr. Zguris will be Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University for 2018-2019.
Adam Beaton, MD '16 - Dr. Beston will be one of two Chief Residents of Pediatric Medicine at Goryeb Children's Hospital for the 2019-2020 academic year.
John Travis Nelson, MD '15 - Dr. Nelson is Chief Resident of Family Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic Family Medicine.
Mandar Jadhav, MD '16 - Dr. Jadhav was recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and appointed Chair of the Resident Committee of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society.
Wahid Abu-Amer, MD '16 - Shortly after graduation, Dr. Abu-Amer's research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC contributed to the publication of a paper in the journal Nature, titled "Blocking FSH induces thermogenic adipose tissue and reduces body fat". Currently, he is working in the Orthopaedic surgery department at Washington University in Saint Louis on multiple publications for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Vanessa Fernandez, MD '16 - Dr. Fernandez was chosen as one of the chief residents in Family Medicine at Hoboken University Medical Center (NJ) for 2018.
Cheau Williams, MD '05 - Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.
Shoaib Khalid, MD '13 - Chief Resident Family Medicine at Houston Methodist 17-18, Future Sports Medicine Fellow at Houston Methodist.
Carmen Verweord, MD '14 - Matched Neonatology Fellowship 2018.
Erik Poldemann, MD '15 - Accepted into Cardiology Fellowship at Kettering Medical Center July 2018.
Eghonghon Akinsipe, MD '14 - Chief Resident Family Medicine Residency UCF COM-North Florida Regional Medical Center. Junior Faculty University of Central Florida COM Bariatric Surgery from a Family Physicians Perspective (Published - FAFP journal Volume 66, issue 3, Fall 2017) Co- authors: Jennifer Jones MD, Hans Cancel Villamil MD. Enhancing Quality Outcomes for a smoking cessation program in a FQHC (poster presention at the North Florida Regional Medical Center GME Research Forum April 2017) Co authors: Nevra Ozdil MD. Teaching Residents Quality Improvements (poster presentation FMX, San Antonio, September 2017) Co-authors: Nevra Ozdil MD, Jerry Sayre MD, Sadaf Tahir MD, Richard Arcelao MD, Hans Cancel Villamil MD. The Use of The Carbon Monoxide Measurement Intervention to Incentivize Smoking Cessation in Patients. Co- authors: Nevra Ozdil MD, Carolyn Indianos MD,Robert Ashley MD, Jerry Sayre MD (poster presention at AAFP, FMX Orlando, September 2016). Residency Activities Planning Chair UCF COM - North Florida Regional Medical Center Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee North Florida Regional Medical Center Clinic Efficiency Committee Palms Medical Group, Gainesville FL FAFP member AAFP member.
Realba Rodriguez Iglesias, MD '08 - Dr. Realba Rodriguez Iglesias will become the President of the Bronx County Medical Society on June 2018. First Hispanic Female to obtain the chair.
Lorene Rodriguez, MD '09 - Chief Resident Emory Family Medicine Emory University school of Medicine, Geriateic fellowship.
Anthony Iwelunmor, MD '16 - PGY2 Resident Physician.
Saul Greenbaum, MD '14 - Accepted to Allergy & Immunology Fellowship beginning July 2018 at University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis.
Eddie Abney, MD '15 - Chief Resident for Internal Medicine, 2018-19.
Peter Nguyen, MD '15 - Accepted into pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Michigan State University July 2018.
Kathy Thompson, MD '15 - Geriatrics Fellowship, Florida Hospital Winter Park, starting July 2018.
Nikita Goswami, MD '13 - Fellowship at CHLA for Pediatric Rheumatology.
Adae Amoako, MD '11 - Published an article titled "Body Mass Index as a Predictor of Injuries in Athletics" in Current Sports Medicine Report.
William J. Kennedy, Jr., MD '15 - Accepted into Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences (UAMS) starting in July 2018.
Jatinder Singh, MD '13 - Accepted into Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Wheeling Hospital,West Virginia starting in August 2018.
Rita Akaraz-Avedissian, MD '14 - Second child born March 2017 and Chief Resident 2017-2018.