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First-Year Residents

candice baineCandice Bainey, MD, MPH
Univ. of Miami
St. George’s University SOM

I was born and raised in the island of Trinidad. I graduated from the University of Miami with a major in Microbiology. With the realization of my lifelong goal, I attended SGU in the pursuit of a career in medicine. During the first two years of medical school, I also completed a Master of Public Health. The social determinants of health and the concept of community medicine were topics that sparked my interest. I envision my career taking me back to my home country and beyond. I am excited about the broad spectrum training, flexibility and variety of practice options that family medicine offers. Outside of medicine, I enjoy exercising, photography, spending time with family and friends, and travelling. 


Kai ChenKai Chen, M.D.
University of Akron
Northeast Ohio Medical University

I was born and raised in Taiwan and moved to Cleveland, Ohio since high school. It was always my dream to become a doctor growing up because I wanted to help people in the most direct way. Over the years I learned from experiences that I am the happiest when I’m serving others. Right off of high school, I decided to do the combined BS/MD program in 6 years at Northeast Ohio Medical University. I chose to come to MedStar Franklin Square because I know I will develop the skills here to provide compassionate and quality care to my future patients. I am excited to be able to work alongside with so many people who care about patients as much as I do.

Outside of medicine, I enjoyed rock climbing, backpacking, playing guitar, reading and hanging out with church friends. The most important thing to me in life is to love God with all my heart and glorify him in all I do.


Melanie ConnahMelanie Connah, M.D.
University of MD
University of MD SOM

Though I was born in New York, Maryland has been my home since 1991. I grew up in Montgomery County and attended a French elementary school in Bethesda, MD. I attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County where I majored in Biochemistry and minored in English Writing and Music. I also studied abroad in Valencia, Spain, learned to rock climb, and developed a passion for swing dance!

While I always loved the sciences, I didn’t decide on medical school until my senior year of college. After graduating I worked for two years at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences in Rockville Maryland, a branch of NIH. I loved research, but longed to work more closely with people. I decided to attend the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and quickly grew to love the city and its people. “Small-timore” has been a fantastic place to learn medicine, and during my time here I’ve become very passionate about preventive medicine, addictions care, integrative medicine, and eliminating healthcare disparities.

Family Medicine was a natural choice, and Franklin Square was a perfect fit with their emphasis on public health and their support of residents in pursuing all their goals. I’m thrilled to be staying in my home state and my favorite city, surrounded by the kind and supportive family medicine community at Franklin Square!

Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband, daughter, and our three dogs, playing lots of music, hiking, and traveling!


Michelle DutkinMichelle Dutkin, M.D.
Rensselaer Polytechnic  Institute
State University of NY Downstate Medical Center

I grew up in the suburbs of Rochester, NY, then did my undergraduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where I met my husband.  In college, I did some shadowing at a rural family medicine clinic in Minnesota, where my husband grew up, which is a big reason why I ultimately went into family medicine.  Before medical school, I spent a couple of years working as a medical assistant at a primary care office in Brooklyn, NY.  I then completed my medical education at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn as well.  After spending so many years in Brooklyn, I am ready to move to a new city and I am so excited to be in Baltimore!  In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, cooking, hiking, exploring different restaurants and spending time with my husband and two cats.  


Janelle HinzeJanelle Hinze, MD, MS
Creighton University
Ross University School of Medicine

Born and raised in a small-town in Central Nebraska, I knew from an early age that I wanted to be physician.  I grew-up working in my dad’s dental office and witnessed first-hand the impact of strong bonds between patient and provider.  I knew I wanted to pursue a career that emphasized relationships and continuity of care.  I attended Creighton University in Omaha, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Anatomy.  Seeking a new adventure and interest in teaching, I moved to Dominica, where I taught Clinical Anatomy at Ross University.  Although I loved the classroom, I rediscovered my true passion was medicine, so I began medical school.  Throughout my rotations, I grasped the challenges many patients face, including access to quality care, affordability, nutrition, education, just to name a few.  This awakened not only a desire to pursue family medicine where I could form long-term relationships with my patients, but also an interest in health policy.  Over the past year, I have served as a Legislative Assistant focusing on Public Health for Congressman Brad Ashford.  It’s been a wonderful experience and I look forward to connecting family medicine and health policy in the future. 

While rotating at MedStar Franklin Square, I discovered a program that deeply cares for its residents/faculty and values a team-based approach.  I was extremely impressed by the exceptional patient-centric care and the welcoming faculty, dedicated residents and supportive staff.   It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was the place for me!  Outside of medicine, I enjoy traveling, cooking, fitness, and spending time with family and friends.  This upcoming September, I will marry my best-friend, James.  We love to explore the Baltimore/DC area and are anxious to make this our home!  Excited to be a part of the MedStar Franklin Square family!


Sahar JahedSahar Jahad, D.O.
University of Maryland
Georgetown and George Mason Universities
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine

"Growing up I moved around a lot, but Maryland is the place I most consider home. I went to University of Maryland College Park for my undergraduate degree in Biology. I found my love for medicine while working in a homeless shelter clinic in DC. The experience helped me see the role physicians could play in advocating for the rights of marginalized people. I graduated from ATSU SOMA, where I was able to work with the underserved at a community health center in Brooklyn for my clinical years. I spend most of my free time with family and friends.  I also enjoy  live music, collecting vinyl records, reading poetry,  painting, and making clay jewelry in my kitchen oven. I have a little Yorkshire Terrier named Layla who is literally the cutest dog in the world."


Melanie SawhneyMelanie Sawhney, DO
University of Maryland, Balto. Co.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Although I was born in New York City and spent the majority of my childhood in Wisconsin, I definitely consider myself to be a Maryland girl! Maryland was the perfect middle ground between the fast pace of NY and the laissez-faire Midwest attitude of Wisconsin, so I finally found myself at home. I received my B.S. from University of Maryland Baltimore County and vowed that I would never leave Maryland. However, life had different plans for me. I attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and although it was far away, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.  When it came time to apply for residency, I knew I wanted to come back to Maryland. The cultural diversity in Maryland is second to none, and as a child of immigrants, I knew that is something I wanted to surround myself with. MedStar Franklin Square was the perfect choice for me because they pride themselves on understanding and appreciating people from all walks of life. I knew I would be challenged both professionally and personally by gaining the knowledge necessary to become a well-trained physician. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, watching football (Go Packers!), singing, and cooking


Farrah SiddiquiFarrah Siddiqui, MD
Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba
University of Western Ontario, BSc

Being raised in Toronto, Canada, attending medical school in Aruba, and completing my rotations in the U.S has allowed me to travel, meet, and learn from exceptional people of different backgrounds. I had never imagined that I would move my best friend (and husband) from Toronto to Baltimore and that it would feel like home for both of us!

My primary interests in family medicine include women’s health and preventive care. The patient-centered and well-rounded curriculum at Franklin Square will provide me with the training I need to pursue my ultimate goal of practicing out-patient family medicine.

In my spare time, I love travelling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends. I am very excited about being a part of the Medstar Franklin Square Family Medicine team and I look forward to giving back to the community of Baltimore, a place that I now call home. 


First-Year Combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine Resident

paul-nithin-140Nithin Paul, M.D.
University of Delaware
Thomas Jefferson University

"I was born in India, spending much of my childhood moving around the country before making the big jump to the States when I was just eleven years old. As such, love for travel and exploration set in at a young age. 

While I had always been taken by the field of medicine, a budding passion for international development during my college years spurred me to find a job working in the rural sector of India, focusing on energy access. However, I realized a strong desire for a more intimate connection with people as well as a yearning for a skillset that would allow me to understand the root causes of inequities as well as embed in the communities that I wanted to help develop. 

Learning medicine in Philly showed me the value of primary care and my love for cities with culture, grit, and strong grassroots movements. Discovering this incredible combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine program at Medstar Franklin Square and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore could not have felt like a better fit to continue my education. I remember finding the atmosphere as very familial and nurturing on my interview day, and I am very excited to join the team!  

Of equal importance, when I'm not trying to doctor around, I enjoy going out dancing, sampling cuisines, discussing politics, and playing the guitar; all of which I hope to continue dabbling in through residency whenever possible."

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