Current Residents | Ophthalmology Residency Program | MedStar Health

Last Year’s Senior Residents

  • Kelsey Durbin
    School of medicine: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Brice Hwang
    School of medicine: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
  • Joseph Mekhail
    School of medicine: Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Hector Rojas
    School of medicine: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • George Skopis
    School of medicine: Florida International University
  • Leah Umfrey
    School of medicine: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Third-Year Residents

  • Frank Abella Ayala
    School of medicine: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • Julio Albarracin
    School of medicine: University of Texas Houston School of Medicine
  • Michael Izzo
    School of medicine: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Davina Kirschenbaum
    School of medicine: New York Medical College
  • Georgina Medina
    School of medicine: University Centrale del Caribe School of Medicine
  • Karine Shebaclo
    School of medicine: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Second-Year Residents

  • Natalia Diaz Torres
    University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
  • Russel Dinh
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Marielle Mahan
    Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Tiffany Shahrooz
    Georgetown University School of Medicine 
  • Justin Shortell
    University of Hawaii/Burns School of Medicine
  • Kristen Suzich
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

First-Year Residents

  • Philip Conkling
    New York Medical College
  • Jack Creagmile
    Rush University Medical College
  • William “Bren” Davis
    Louisiana State University–New Orleans
  • Narmien Haddad
    Boston University School of Medicine 
  • Thomas Lamson
    State University of New York-Stonybrook
  • Obadah Moushmoush
    West Virginia University School of Medicine

PGY1 Interns

  • Mazin Elsarrag
    University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Anthony Fiacco
    Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Sara Khan
    Chicago Medical School
  • Felix Kung
    Mayo Clinic/Alix School of Medicine 
  • David McGuigan
    Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Abhishek Naidu
    State University of New York-Stonybrook

We are so proud of our residents!

By the time our residents interview for fellowships or private practice positions, they are prepared to impress future instructors, mentors, and colleagues with an excellent fund of knowledge, excellent comprehensive and subspecialty clinical and surgical experience, and an excellent portfolio of accomplishments in research, customer satisfaction, process improvement, humanitarianism, and program and national examinations. Our residents’ Written and Oral Board Exam pass rate is well above the national average, and they have succeeded in matching into top fellowships or joining their preferred practices all over the country.


Where did they go?
 YEAR   NAME   IMMEDIATELY AFTER GRADUATION
 
  FELLOWSHIP  PRIVATE PRACTICE
 2021    Kelsey Durbin     Columbus, OH
    Brice Hwang
 Albuquerque, NM
    Joseph Mekhail Cornea - UC Irvine
 
    Hector Rojas Martinez \
 Clinton, MD
    George Skopis Retina - Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary
 
    Leah Umfrey Glaucoma - New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
 
 2020    Jason Goldberg   Cornea - Univ. of Minnesota  
    Mariam Mathai Retina - Retina Group of Wash/WNEC/
 
    Meghan Moroux
 Washington, D.C.
     Adam Pearlman Glaucoma - West Virginia U
 
    Noreen Shaikh Retina - Lahey Boston
 
    Dian Yu Cornea - Johns Hopkins U/Wilmer
 
 2019   Patrick Burke   Pediatric Ophthalmology – Children’s National Med. Ctr.  
    Jacquelyn Daubert
 Miami, Florida
    Samantha Feldman   Pediatric Ophthalmology – Vanderbilt University  
    Jocelyn Kim
 Sacramento, California
    Kirsten Midgley   Cornea – Wake Forest University  
    Michael Ullman   Cornea – Washington University, Missouri  
 2018   Kelly Krespan   Cornea – Ohio State U./Havener Eye Institute  
    Laura Kueny   Pediatric Ophthalmology – Childrens Natl Med Center DC  
    Hari Mylvaganam   Retina - Stroger Hosp. of Cook County/Retina Consultants Ltd  
    Ferdinand Rodriguez   Retina – Cincinnati Eye Institute/Univ. of Cincinnati  
    Zoey Stoumbos   Glaucoma – New England Eye Center/Tufts U. SOM  
    Jacquelyn Weber   Cornea – University of Minnesota  
 2017   Frank "Stro" Ashburn   Glaucoma – UVA  
    Olivia Dryjski   Cornea – Wilmer Eye Institute  
    Fiona Seager   Pediatric Ophthalmology – Childrens Natl Med Center DC  
    Kevin Wells   Retina – U Alabama-Birmingham  
    Matthew West   Uveitis – Bascom Palmer  
    Bilal Yousufzai   Retina – Associates in Ophthalmology - Pittsburgh  
 2016   Amelia Fong   Oculoplastics – Univ. of Texas Southwestern  
    William Grover   Cornea – Wilmer Eye Institute  
    Michael Korchak   Cornea – Cornell-Weill Medical Center  
    Chad Marcantonio   Retina – Retina Center of Ohio (Cleveland)  
    Peter Murr
 Perth Amboy, NJ
    Auvni Patel
 Tom's River, NJ
 2015   Tanuj Banker   Retina – Bascom Palmer Eye Institute  
    Paul Goodman
 Riverdale, MD
    Lorena LoVerde   Cornea – Univ. of Cincinnati  
    Rana Mady   Cornea – Albany Medical College  
    Jessica Mather
 Nashville, TN
    Siri Shetty   Cornea – Cornell-Weill Medical Center  

Additional information

For more information, contact

Penelope Helfgott
Executive Director
Washington National Eye Center, Inc.
Administrative Program Director
MGUH/MWHC Ophthalmology Residency Program

202-877-5329

penelope.a.helfgott@medstar.net

110 Irving Street, NW.,
Suite 1A-19
Washington, D.C., 20010

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