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Residents

2020-2021 General Surgery Residency Program

PGY-5

Rachel Akintayo, MD

Hometown: Staten Island, New York City
Undergraduate: City College of New York, NY
Medical School: Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, NH
Research: Clinical Investigative Research Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY  

Dany Barrak, MDDany Barrak, MD, MPH

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
Graduate: American University of Beirut
Medical School: University of Balamand, Lebanon

Lindsey Gade, MD, MS

Hometown: Sandy Point, NY
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Graduate: Weill Cornell Medical College
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Research:NIH AHRQ Research Fellow Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Gaurav Garg, MD, MS

Hometown: Dayton, MD
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Graduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Eastern Virgina Medical School
Research: The Firefighters Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, DC

Matthew Holzner, MD

Hometown: Holland, PA
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University
Research: Postdoctoral Fellow, Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

D. Hillary Kim, MDD. Hillary Kim, MD 

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea 
Medical School: Catholic University of Korea-Songeui*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

Nathaly Llore, MD

Hometown: Bradley Beach, NJ
Undergraduate: Fordham University
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Research:Postdoctoral Fellow, Columbia Center for Translational Immunology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Kelly Sutter, MD

Hometown: Gladwyne, PA
Undergraduate: Boston College, MA
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA

Candice Thompson, MDCandice Thompson, MD

Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate: Howard University
Medical School: Howard University School of Medicine

 

 

PGY-4

Aska Arnautovic, MD

Aska Arnautovic, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: George Washington University
Medical School: George Washington University
Research: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Amber Himmler, MD

Amber Himmler, MD

Hometown: Ocala, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine
Research: Global Surgery

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Tyler Holliday, MD

Hometown: Parkersburg, WV 
Undergraduate: West Virginia University 
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Anee Sophia Jackson, MD

Hometown: Overland Park, KS 
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, IN
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Research: Postdoctoral Fellow, Thoracic Surgery, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Anna Kata, MDAnna Kata, MD

Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Undergraduate: Yale University, CT
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Research: T32 Research Fellow, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Bavana Ketha, MDBavana Ketha, MD

Hometown: Monroe, LA
Undergraduate: Emory University, Atlanta
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Research: Pediatric Surgery, University of Alabama

Alex Lofthus, MD

Hometown: Coloroda Springs, CO 
Undergraduate: USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Research: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sarcoma Biology Lab, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Fady Paul Marji, MDFady Paul Marji, MD

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL 
Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Florida International University
Research: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

Kathryn Maselli, MDKathryn Maselli, MD

Undergraduate: Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Naghmeh Pirsaharkhizlangroudi, MDNaghmeh Pirsaharkhizlangroudi, MD

Hometown: Fairfax, VA 
Undergraduate: George Mason University 
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University 

Blank PhotoRashmi Udesh, MBBS

Hometown: Chennai, India 
Medical School: Government Medical College, Vellore India*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

PGY-3

Mai Al Khadem, MBBChMai Al Khadem, MBBCh

Hometown: Aleppo, Syria 
Medical School: Dubai Medical College for Girls*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined 

Raul Caso, MD, MSRaul Caso, MD, MS

Hometown: South Florida  
Undergraduate: University of Miami, FL
Medical School: NYU School of Medicine
Research: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Thoracic Surgery Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Brian Cohen, MDBrian Cohen, MD

Hometown: Ardsley, NY
Undergraduate: Tulane University
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Research: Cardio Thoracic, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Romina Deldar, MD

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Undergraduate:
Purdue University 
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine 

Kathryn LaRusso, MD, MPH, PhDcKathryn LaRusso, MD, MPH, PhDc

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Graduate: Boston University, School of Public Health
Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Research: Global Surgery, McGill University

Chamilka Merle, MD

Hometown: Dayton, OH 
Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati 
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine 

Evan Merle, MD

Hometown: Akron, OH 
Undergraduate: Miami University of Ohio 
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine 

Kieranjeet Nijhar, MD

Hometown: Wolverhampton, England, UK 
Undergraduate: UC Davis 
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine 

Kesh Oza, MD, MPH

Hometown:  Potomac, MD 
Undergraduate:  Johns Hopkins University 
Graduate: Georgetown University 
Medical School:  St. George's University School of Medicine 

JaeHee (Jane) Yoon, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Undergraduate: Middlebury College 
Graduate: Georgetown University 
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine 

 

PGY-2

Philip Crepeau, MD

Hometown: Moscow, ID 
Undergraduate: Bringham Young University 
Medical School: University of Washington 

Victoria Cui, MD

Hometown: Austin, TX 
Undergraduate: Columbia University 
Medical School: Washington University 

Shadin Ghabra, MBBSShadin Ghabra, MBBS

Hometown: McLean, VA 
Medical School: University of Sharjah College of Medicine, United Arab Emirates*
Residency: Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Arab Board of Health Specializations, General Surgery (ABHS-GS) 
Research: Clinical Research Fellow. Houston Methodist Hospital. Minimally Invasive Colon and Rectal Surgery Division. Houston, TX Harvard Medical School. High Impact Cancer Research Program. Boston, MA
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

Danielle Grossman, MD 

Undergraduate: Cooper City, FL 
Undergraduate: Harvard University 
Medical School: University of Central Florida 

Jin Kook (Luke) Kang, MD

Hometown: Fullerton, CA 
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego 
Medical School: Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University 

Rachel Kaplan, MD

Hometown: New York, NY 
Undergraduate: Brown University 
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine 

Jessica LaPiano, MD

Hometown: Buffalo, NY 
Undergraduate: University of Buffalo, State University of New York
Medical School: University of Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Science 

Monika Masanam, MD

Hometown: Southfield, MO 
Undergraduate: Rutgers University 
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Nicholas Prindeze, MD, MS

Hometown:  Pasadena, MD 
Undergraduate:  University of Maryland 
Graduate: Columbia University 
Medical School:  St. George's University 

Michele Saruwatari, MD

Hometown: Honolulu, HI 
Undergraduate: Harvard University 
Medical School: University of Hawaii

 

 

PGY-1

 Majed El Hechi, MD Majed El Hechi, MD

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
Medical School: American University of Beirut

 Amber Famiglietti, MD Amber Famiglietti, MD

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
Undergraduate: Swarthmore College
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

 Javier Galindo, MD Javier Galindo, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Medical School: Boston University

Sarah Halbert, MD Sarah Halbert, MD

Hometown: Hockessin, DE
Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Mary Kim, MD Mary Kim, MD

Hometown: Oakton, VA
Undergraduate: Cornell University
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Amelia Levi, MD Amelia Levi, MD

Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: SUNY Downstate

 Hanna Mathers, MD Hanna Mathers, MD

Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ
Undergraduate: University of Miami
Medical School: Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

 Jacob Neary, MD Jacob Neary, MD

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergraduate: Purdue University
Medical School: Louisiana State University New Orleans

 Desiree Pinto, MD Desiree Pinto, MD

Hometown: Williamstown, NJ
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

 Leah Starks, MD Leah Starks, MD

Hometown: Midland, Michigan
Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

 

Residents on Research

Megan Bouchard, MDMegan Bouchard, MD

Hometown: New Hope, PA
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
Research: Pediatric Surgery, Northwestern Children's Lurie, Chicago, IL

Rachael Essig, MDRachael Essig, MD

Hometown: Williamstown, WV
Undergraduate: Butler University, IN
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Research: Pediatric Surgery, University of Chicago

Timothy Holleran, MDTimothy Holleran, MD

Hometown: Holland, PA
Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

John Keyloun, MDJohn Keyloun, MD

Hometown: Millburn, NJ
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School:  Georgetown University School of Medicine
Research: The Firefighters Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Jayson Marwaha, MDJayson Marwaha, MD

Hometown: Providence, RI
Undergraduate: Brown University 
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Ariana Metchik, MDAriana Metchik, MD

Hometown: Oceano, CA
Undergraduate: University of California Los Angeles, LA
Medical School: Harvard Medical School

Aradhya Nigam, MDAradhya Nigam, MD

Hometown: Danville, VA
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Adam Reese, MDAdam Reese, MD

Hometown: Exton, PA
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Research: The Firefighters Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Whitney Sutton, MD

Hometown: Overland Park, KS 
Undergraduate: University of Kansas 
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

 

Hui Zheng, MDHui Zheng, MD

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: Temple University
Medical School: Temple University

 

Preliminary Program

Jessica Briscoe, MD, MBS Jessica Briscoe, MD, MBS

Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas San Antonio
Graduate: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Omer Cakir, MD Omer Cakir, MD

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Medical School: Gulhane Askeri Tip Akademisi/Turkey*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

Andrés Camacho, MD Andrés Camacho, MD

Hometown: San José, Costa Rica
Medical School: Universidad de Costa Rica*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

Samuel Coaster, DO Samuel Coaster, DO

Hometown: Clifton, VA
Undergraduate: George Mason University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus

Wasim Haidari, MD Wasim Haidari, MD

Hometown: Mazar-e-Sharif, AFG
Undergraduate: University of Arizona
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Neil Jain, DO Neil Jain, DO

Hometown: Totowa, NJ
Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

 Rosa Kim, MD, MS Rosa Kim, MD, MS

Hometown: South Korea
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Graduate: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai – Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical School: Penn State Hershey Medical Center

 Mikaela Kislevitz, MD Mikaela Kislevitz, MD

Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
Medical School: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson
Research: Plastic Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Anupama Murthy, MD Anupama Murthy, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA
Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Leonardo Pisani, MD Leonardo Pisani, MD

Hometown: Bento Goncalves, Brazil
Medical School: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

 Mohammadreza Shaghaghi, MD Mohammadreza Shaghaghi, MD

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Graduate: Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Public Health
Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine*
*Undergraduate and Medical School is combined

Hubert Smith, MD Hubert Smith, MD

Hometown: Roswell, GA
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina