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Internal Medicine Residents

Everybody wants to know what to expect in residency. Learn more about our program from those who know.

Hear From Our Chief Residents

Our chief residents explain why they are excited about our residency and talk about their goals for the year.

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Day in the Life

Resident Wellness

  • Residency can be stressful as well as exciting—we've designed our program with quality of life in mind.

Resident Retreats

And When You Graduate?

Meet Our Residents

Our residents tell you about themselves, and their interests and aspirations.

New Residents

Stefano Crosio, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Evan Dang, Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

Christine Donat, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Nestor Flores-Buonomo, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Gunjan Gupta, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Kush Gupta, Kasturba Medical College Mangalore

Brian Hurley, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Yamna Jadoon, Aga Khan University Medical College

Aizaz Khan, Shifa College of Medicine

Anusha Kothapalli, West Virginia University School of Medicine Morgantown

Jessika Matta, University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Maryam Naser, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain

VIctoria Nguyen, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Sherin Samuel, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Logan Striplin, Ross University School of Medicine

Sai Vadhula, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Vania Wu, Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

James Yang, Ross University School of Medicine


Subahana Aboobucker, MD

Dr Subahana AboobuckerAlfaisal University College of Medicine

Hello Everyone! I was born in the picturesque green state of Kerala in south India and brought up in the city of Riyadh, surrounded by the deserts of Saudi Arabia. I attended medical school at Alfaisal University, Riyadh and continued as a Teaching Assistant after my graduation because of my passion for teaching.

My friends say the correct answer to 90% of the questions about me is ‘food’. I am a self-proclaimed food avenger and love exploring local restaurants, reading on international cuisines and gathering information for my future food tours. In my free time, I also enjoy reading, doing DIY crafts, and making homemade scrubs for my friends and family.

I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my life with the lovely Baystate family and look forward to experiencing the different seasons of Massachusetts!

Dr Qurratulain AhmedQurratulain Ahmed, MD

Aga Khan University Medical College

Hi! My name is Qurratulain. Home for me is Karachi, Pakistan where I entered the world screaming bloody murder, some twenty six years ago. I grew up wanting to become a writer and building a ginormous library in the city, but changed my mind right at the end and added medical school to the to-do list. I love hanging out with family and friends, and I love being on my own. I cook to throw parties, clean to de-stress, and work out to eat all the fries I want to. I will be happiest huddled in a corner with a book in my hands, and will be awfully cranky if I haven’t had food in more than four hours. I am so thrilled, and feel blessed to start my residency at Baystate! I knew if I had to split home between two continents, Baystate was the place to be.

Sreyoshi Fatima Alam, MD

Dr Sreyoshi AlamAlfaisal University College of Medicine

Hi everyone! I am a Bangladeshi by descent, and I was brought up in Saudi Arabia. I went to medical school in Riyadh.

Due to my multicultural background I have picked up a few languages along the way and I hope to learn a few more over time. I sometimes try my hand at poetry and short stories. I am an avid reader. Give me a good book and I will never complain of boredom. I enjoy a game or two of chess in my spare time. I am a fan of country music. I really enjoy teaching and I am currently teaching at my university.

Based on the emphasis on strong clinical training, academic education and the collegiality I witnessed between everyone during my interview, this was the exact program I was looking for. I am very excited to join the Baystate family!

Aleezay Asghar, MD

Dr Aleezay AsgharAga Khan University Medical College

Hey guys! My name is Aleezay Asghar. I am from Pakistan, but I have never lived in one city for long. In fact, the maximum time that I’ve ever lived in one place was during my medical school! I personally love ordering in and watching Netflix :P (BIG fan of sit-coms and horror movies) but I am usually up for all sorts of fun activities as long as I have good company. I chose Baystate for a lot of reasons, but the most important one for me was that the people here were the right amount of fun-loving and ambitious. Somewhere between discussing Annabelle with the program coordinators, getting to know Baystate’s innovative education system and watching residents just walk into Dr. Shaaban’s office with their concerns, I fell in love with Baystate. Can’t wait to start my training here!

Anum Fatima, MD

Dr Anum FatimaKing Edward Medical University

Hi everyone! My name is Anum Fatima, I was born and raised in Skardu, Pakistan. It is a small beautiful town in the far north of Pakistan famous for its gigantic mountains and generous people. I studied medicine at King Edward Medical University in Lahore, and now gearing to start my residency at Baystate. I chose Baystate because of its commitment to provide excellent training in a supportive and friendly environment. I am thrilled to start the next chapter of my life under the guidance of excellent colleagues and mentors!

Outside of work I am an outdoor person and enjoy hiking, trekking, and camping among others! I am passionate about traveling, exploring new places, cultures, and food. I am super excited to spend the next 3 years exploring New England!

Aarshitha Katta, DO

Dr Aarshitha KattaRowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! My name is Aarshitha Katta. I was born in Kurnool, India and immigrated to America at 8 years old. I lived in several different states until my family settled down in New Jersey where I completed my undergraduate and medical school. I attended Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford NJ.

I am plant-based and love vegan baking. Also, enjoy meditating and going on hikes. Being surrounded by nature is the ideal way to spend my free time. I love working out specifically HIIT and lifting weights. My family and spirituality are the two most important things close to my heart. I connected to this program because of the strong sense of collegiality I noticed. I look forward to continuing my medical education and becoming a part of the Baystate family!

Sabiha Khan, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Dr Sabiha Khan Hello everyone! My name is Sabiha Khan and I welcome you to Baystate.

I’m Australian, originally from Bangladesh, raised initially in Sydney and then across various countries in the middle-east. To say I like to travel would be an understatement. I completed my premedical and medical years at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar where I fell irrevocably in love with Internal Medicine and decided this is what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.

In my spare time, I listen to podcasts (CPS and Curbsiders are my favorite). I also enjoy reading books, playing guitar, doing yoga, watching theater productions, and exploring different food cultures.

I chose Baystate because its philosophy spoke to me: the philosophy of taking care of each other and our patients while being immersed in a culture of academia, growth and innovation. I can’t wait to start.

Taroob Latef, MD

Dr Taroob LatefKing Edward Medical University

I grew up in Pakistan and went to medical school at King Edward Medical University. Becoming a doctor has been a lifelong journey of passion and hard work.

I have been an enthusiastic book reader all my life up until I met my husband who has tried to integrate into me, quite successfully I might add, an outdoorsy version of himself. I fell in love with New England for surprisingly the same reason. Not only because of its lustrous summer landscapes that are ideal for any activity, from kayaking to biking to fishing, but also because of its serious winters that paint the ultimate landscapes for winter sports. I also love cooking. Or maybe I am compelled to as I have found myself to be a devout food lover and my taste buds very high maintenance. I tend to have contrasting views such as my idea of a good holiday being a spontaneous getaway with an excessively elaborate wardrobe.

I was looking for a well-knit program with a strong clinical standing and emphasis on academic growth and I am very happy that I chose Baystate to shape me into the kind of doctor I want to be.

Dr Zaid ObaidaZaid Obaida, MD

University of Virginia School of Medicine

I grew up in Baghdad Iraq, but received my highschool education in Dubai, UAE. After immigrating to the States, I embarked on my undergraduate and medical education in Virginia. I love learning new things, which explains some of the random hobbies that I picked up over the past years. I was in a rowing club during undergrad and practiced Japanese Fencing prior to medical school. I discovered that I love both! During medical school I enjoyed basketball, indoor rock climbing, and east coast swing dancing. I love listening to Podcasts, some of my favorites being Planet Money (economics), Throughline (history), and history/nonfiction audiobooks.

What drew me to Baystate was many things but, what stood out the most was the close-knit friendly atmososphere, which I think is very special. I am very excited to start my new chapter of my training in Massachusetts!

Dr Yasin ObeidatYasin Obeidat, MD

Alfaisal University College of Medicine

Hey everyone! I was born and raised just north of here in Ottawa, Ontario. After spending half my life building forts and snowmen, I moved to the desert of Saudi Arabia where I completed my high school and medical school. During med school, my passion for cookies went from eating to baking and I opened a bakery. The time has come to put down my spatula and pick up my stethoscope.

I really enjoy teaching and worked as a teaching assistant after med school. I’m excited to continue educating myself and others throughout residency and after. I can’t wait to be a part of the Baysate family and begin the next part of this journey together!

For leisure, I enjoy archery, jogging, and spending time with my family. With relatives all over the world, I’ve been fortunate to travel to over 14 countries and 20 US states."

Dr Michael O'DonnellMichael O'Donnell, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi Everyone!!!  My name is Mike ODonnell and I am originally from Lowell, MA. I went to Providence College in Providence, RI for undergrad and then attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine for medical school. I have been interested in medicine since high school where I fell in love with the ability to combine my passions for critical thinking and helping people.

The perfect day off for me includes attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park with family and friends followed by a night out in the city exploring new breweries and restaurants! I also love watching/playing most sports, working out at the gym, cooking, and competing in Spartan Races!

I am extremely excited to be joining the Baystate family and am looking forward to starting my career as a physician at such a prestigious institution!

Dr Gabriella PrimeraGabriella Primera, DO

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Gabriella Primera. I was born in Delaware and moved to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the former mushroom capital of the world when I was in elementary school. I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. I then attended A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri.

I am glad to be back on the East Coast. I love the beautiful four seasons and scenery on the East Coast and I will not miss the bad storms and tornado warnings in the Midwest. In my free time I enjoy exploring new places both locally and far, any outdoor activities, and spending time with my rescue dog, Chip. I enjoy playing sports; I was a four-year NCAA division II college goalkeeper. I chose Baystate because of its emphasis on community health and advocacy, reputation as an excellent medical facility and place to train, and warm and welcoming atmosphere the GME staff, program director, and residents provided. I look forward to starting this next chapter in my life at Baystate Medical Center!

Ryan Pritham, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Ryan PrithamHello everyone! I was born and raised in Bangor, Maine and spent my childhood hiking, fishing and crossing the border to play hockey tournaments in Canada.  I moved to Boston following high school and completed my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Philosophy at Boston University.  While at BU I also obtained my EMT license and it was through working on an ambulance that I discovered a passion for patient care.  After completing requirements for medical school through Harvard Extension I was accepted into UNECOM in my home state of Maine.

The main reason I chose Baystate was the experience I had while doing a rotation there.  Every person I met was nice, helpful and respectful.  The one word I would use to describe the internal medicine residents would be happy.  Baystate was also my first destination on the interview trail and I suspected at the time that this is the place I wanted to be.   After several more months of interviews and rotations my suspicions were confirmed. I am proud to be joining the team at Baystate and look forward to contributing to the milieu.

A New Englander at heart I retain a passion for reading, the mountains and all four seasons of the year. My future interest is in Cardiology and I endeavor to gain the knowledge and experience for the benefit of the people I treat.

SDr Shayal Pundlikhayal Pundlik, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey everyone! I’m Shayal and I’m from Toronto. I completed my undergrad at McGill University in Montreal and then went on to medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

I grew to love New England with the amazing people and great outdoors, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of it during my time here. I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading and being on beaches.  I’m looking forward to doing my residency at Baystate!

Syed Hamza Sohail, MD

Dr Syed Hamza SohailAga Khan University Medical College

Hi everyone! My name is Hamza Sohail and I grew up in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. After high school I headed to the bustling port city of Karachi to study medicine at the Aga Khan University.

I am very fond of the outdoors and love hiking and exploring new places. In my free time I can be found hanging out with friends and playing futsal. I have recently taken up gardening and am currently looking for ideal spots to plant my precious Banyan saplings before I move. I look forward to exploring New England and to all the hiking, skiing and adventures it has to offer. I can’t wait to begin my residency and to meet everybody at Baystate.

Michael Wagner, DO

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr Michael WagnerHi everyone! My name is Michael Wagner and I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, raised in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and my family now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For my undergraduate education, I went to Union College, in Schenectady, New York where I majored in Neuroscience. After college, I moved south for medical school and attended Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

In my spare time, I like astrophotography, traveling, and exercising. In the summer I like to play golf and tennis, and in the winter, I like to go snowboarding. Additionally, I am an avid reader and a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan.

I chose Baystate for residency after having a fantastic experience rotating with the program as a fourth-year medical student. I am thrilled to return to the Northeast, and I am honored to begin my career at Baystate Medical Center.

Bahiazoe Wahba, MD

Dr Bahiazoe WahbaAlbany Medical College

Hello! My name is Bahia Wahba, I was born and raised in New York but have traveled from Wellesley, MA (where I got my BA) to New Orleans to Albany (where I got my MD) and now am excited to explore Western Massachusetts.

I especially look forward to seeing all the natural beauty and fun towns in the area! In my spare time I love to be in nature whether hiking or gardening and am always trying to find ways to make the perfect sourdough loaf. My clinical interests range from hem/onc and infectious diseases to harm reduction and advocacy.

Fatima Warraich, MD

Dr. Fatima WarraichAga Khan University Medical College

My name is Fatima. I was born and raised in Gujranwala, Pakistan. My dream of pursuing medicine as a career took me to Karachi, an unconventional move at that time for my family. But one that helped me grow as an individual, carving my way forward as I cherish the small and big things in life. I enjoy traveling, exploring new places and relishing different cuisines. I am always up for an outdoor activity, which indeed becomes more special with friends and family. Be it a day at the beach, a hike up a mountain, paddling through lakes and ponds or a bicycle ride across beautiful landscapes.

My friends and family describe me as an overly optimistic person. Well, there is no denying that. Life is beautiful, especially with the uncertainties it holds for us all. What’s more fascinating is our ability, as humans, to adapt to it. I can’t wait to start this next chapter of my life at Baystate! This place just felt right for all the right reasons.


Dr. Marcos Bachman

Marcos Bachman MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hello everyone! I was born at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. Now, that’s not the same as Langley featured in all those CIA secret agent action movies, which is about 180 miles north. I lived all over the United States during my early childhood while my father was serving in the military, including Mississippi, California, Indiana, and Florida. After my father left the military, we settled in Massachusetts, my home ever since.

During high school, I had been involved with the local radio and TV stations, and originally planned on a career in media production. However, after graduation I began to consider a life in medicine and delayed college for a year to work full-time as nursing assistant at a nearby community hospital. Ten years later, I would find myself at UMass Medical School. But before then, I would graduate from UMass Amherst and Fitchburg State. I’d work for three years maintaining a 110-acre campground for the Boy Scouts (yes, I can start a fire without matches), and escape to New York City for a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Covenant House mentoring homeless teens.

In medical school, a group of us took on the identity of an amphromorphic fish, I’d forge friendships over boardgame rivalries and movies, return back to Covenant House to work in their health clinic, head to the Dominican Republic as a third and fourth year medical student to help treat Haitian immigrants, and enjoy fourth year so much that I decided to do it twice!

One career goal I have is to finally be allowed to prescribe thorazine for hiccups. One personal goal I have is to join the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club by ascending all the mountains in New Hampshire with an elevation of at least 4,000 feet—only 48 more to go!

Dr. Alyssa Cali

Alyssa Cali DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi! I'm a lifelong New Englander, born and raised right outside of Worcester, Massachusetts. I enjoy the seasons, especially Fall, too much to ever live anywhere else!

I completed medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Being a mom to three amazing kiddos keeps me busy outside of medicine, but I always find time for baking up fancy cakes and desserts. I am a huge “foodie” and keep a bucket list of the donut shops I must visit around the world. However, nothing compares to a delicious s’more… I love camping and spend many weekends exploring campgrounds with my family!

I am thrilled to attend residency at Baystate, as rotating through as a medical student was a phenomenal experience. I am incredibly grateful to be able to train in the practice of medicine and care for patients at such a special program!

Dr. Kate Cappetta

Kate Cappetta DO

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! I was born in London, England, but raised in New Hampshire. During high school, I enjoyed playing both soccer and lacrosse. I spent a year abroad in London as part of my undergraduate education at Tufts University, where I majored in Biology and International Relations.

I subsequently completed a Masters of Public Health in Global Health and a six-week field study in Kenya at the Boston University School of Public Health before starting medical school at LUCOM.

I am an avid reader, and enjoy traveling, swimming, spending time with my family (I am the oldest of four), and watching British television shows. I also like to ski, and have even been paragliding while skiing! I am excited to return to New England, as I love the cold weather and fall foliage, and cannot wait to begin my residency at Baystate!

Dr. Druv Das

Druv Das MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

Hi, I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, went to Drexel in Philadelphia for undergrad and medical school, and even spent some time in anesthesiology residency at UMass.

My decision to switch into internal medicine brought me to Baystate, and I couldn't be happier.

I’m a hands-on guy who likes to rock climb, build computers, compete in Super Smash Bros, and practice music on my clarinet and guitar. In my spare time, I also enjoy yoga, hiking, snowboarding, and getting a good workout at the gym.

Dr. Kyle Draleau

Kyle Draleau DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in Shirley, Massachusetts, a small town a little over an hour east of Springfield, but spent most of my adult life outside of Massachusetts. I attended the University of New England in Maine for my undergraduate degrees and spent many years there doing research in immune mechanisms related to chronic pain.

I then moved from quiet Maine to New York City where I worked at Sloan Kettering researching immunotherapeutic therapies for melanoma patients. After two years, I was eager to get out of the city and returned to the University of New England for medical school.

Outside of medicine, I love cooking, hiking with my wife and our two dogs and learning to horseback ride on the biggest member of our family. I am thrilled to be back in Massachusetts and cannot wait for the next chapter of my life as part of the Baystate family.

Dr. Petal Elder

Petal Elder MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

I am from the beautiful Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At 18, I moved to Ireland to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons. I absolutely loved Dublin, the Irish were similar to Trinidadians in that they were super friendly and had a knack for making the most of the moment.

On completion of medical school, I embarked on a public health journey with global health trips to Tanzania and Zimbabwe and then to Johns Hopkins to pursue an MPH.

I am absolutely excited to join the Baystate Internal Medicine team. Baystate stole my heart during the interview season: the welcoming faculty and residents, innovative teaching methods and focus on public health, but above all an unbeatable sense of camaraderie. I am thrilled to begin this momentous chapter of my life at Baystate.

Dr. Kevin Groudan

Kevin Groudan MD

University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

I’m Kevin Groudan. I was born and raised in Long Island, NY, graduated Stony Brook University as a Biochemistry major, and received my medical degree from University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine.

I chose Baystate because I love their focus on providing the best education through their Learner-Manager-Teacher model. Importantly, the program strives to foster family-like camaraderie and resident wellness.

Outside of the hospital, you can find me playing tennis, walking one of my four pups, exploring new cuisine, or running on the treadmill. I also enjoy traveling abroad and visiting my relatives in China whenever I can. I cannot wait to join the Baystate family and see what wonderful things Western Massachusetts has to offer!

Dr. Jesse Katz

Jesse Katz MD

Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

I am a Massachusetts native from Stoughton. After spending the past four years in medical school at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, I’m thrilled to be coming back home!

I have lots of hobbies, including singing, genealogy, baking, and hanging out with dogs. I went to UMass Amherst for undergrad and am excited to be returning to the beautiful trees, hikes, and fresh air that Western MA is known for.

Baystate has a reputation for excellent medical training balanced with a healthy and supportive work environment, and I’m honored to be joining the family and starting off my career as a physician at such a fantastic institution.

Dr. Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan MBBS

Aga Khan University Medical College

I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I went to medical school at the Aga Khan University which is in my hometown as well. I have a great interest in medical education which I hope to incorporate into my future career.

When I am not doing work stuff, I love spending time with my friends and family, binge watching TV shows and reading fiction. Being from a coastal city where it is summer time 9 out of the 12 months, I enjoy sunny beach days but I cherish winters. I have had very limited exposure to snow and I am excited by the prospect of all the winter sports New England has to offer!

I am really looking forward to begin my journey at Baystate!

Dr. Zoha Khan

Zoha Khan MBBS

Ziauddin Medical College

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I have spent my whole life there including medical school. In a few words Karachi is loud, vibrant, multicultural and a heaven for foodies. People in Karachi take their food very seriously and I am no different. Eating out may as well be an Olympic sport there.

Apart from my love of food, I enjoy reading a good book, being around my family and friends and watching every possible tennis match, especially if Roger Federer is playing. In essence my personality is fifty percent foodie, forty percent tennis-obsessed and the remaining ten percent, is dry sarcastic humour.

I am excited to experience everything that New England has to offer and cannot think of better place than Baystate to start this new chapter in my life

Dr. Christine Kreider

Christine Kreider MD

Penn State University College of Medicine

I grew up amongst the farms of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I completed my medical education at Penn State and completed a Master in Public Health during a year away from medical school.

My interests outside of work are diverse and include everything from engaging with art, learning from diverse people and places, taking the path less traveled, biking, poetry, bouldering, baking fresh challah bread, and philosophy.

I always look forward to the opportunity to adventure to places some consider to be wild and have spontaneous encounters with life.

Dr. Camille Lupianez-Merly

Camille Lupianez-Merly MD

Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Being a native from the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico, you can imagine my passion has always been enjoying the outdoors, exploring new beaches and developing my big appetite for delicious food and restaurants. While in Puerto Rico I attended the Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine.

For the past year I’ve been living in Boston performing research and working on one new talent, making the most delicious cortados at Tatte Bakery (so if you’re ever in need of a delicious caffeine-filled treat, make sure to hit me up for the secret recipe).

This past year I’ve had the chance to get to know a new city, explore new passions and meet new people but I’m definitely looking forward to this new opportunity and seeing what UMMS-Baystate and Springfield have to offer.

Dr. Tiago Martins

Tiago Martins DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! I’m originally from Ludlow, MA. I’m excited to return to Western Massachusetts for residency. I found my passion for medicine in high school while shadowing at Baystate. It has always been a goal of mine to return after medical school and serve this community.

I attended the College of the Holy Cross for my undergraduate education, and later attended medical school at the University of New England in Maine.

As a first generation Portuguese-American, I enjoy vacationing in Portugal, where I get to visit family and enjoy the cuisine and everything the country has to offer. An ideal day off for me involves perfect weather, the company of friends and family, a grill and a Bluetooth speaker.

Being part of the Baystate family has been a long-term goal of mine, and I’m beyond excited to begin this new journey. #IamTeamBaystate

Dr. Colby Nixon

Colby Nixon DO

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Growing up in southern Maine and having the opportunity to hike and camp from an early age helped to foster a lifelong love of the outdoors.

I attended the University of Vermont for my undergraduate degree and then took some time off from academic pursuits before receiving a master’s degree from Tufts. For medical school, I opted to go a bit further afield and journeyed west to earn my medical degree at Pacific Northwest University, in Yakima, Washington, which as it turns out is located in something of a desert. After nearly four years, I am stoked to be returning to New England.

I try to spend as much time outside as possible, and (most days) I find running to be an outstanding way to do this. Oddly enough, I enjoy training for marathons. I am also partial to surfing, skiing, biking, attempting to cook, and traveling.

Dr. Brent Schell

Brent Schell MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

I grew up in rural Middletown, Pennsylvannia. I was always known to have a strong sense of independence, which led me to embark upon many paths for which there was no precedence amongst my family and friends. I was the first to graduate from college, the first to move outside of Pennsylvannia, and the first to marry someone with a different ethnic, cultural, and religious background.

These experiences helped me define my values and priorities in life, which led me to leave my successful career in electrical engineering to pursue medicine at UMass Medical School. My interest in primary care and geriatrics was cultivated there and ultimately led me to choose Baystate for its great primary care program and ample opportunities to explore geriatric medicine.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, being outdoors, and trying new restaurants.

Dr. Gagandeep Singh

Gagandeep Singh MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

Hello there! I was born and brought up in Toronto, Canada. I pursued medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and after graduating I completed my internship in Cork, Ireland.

I enjoy travelling, creating artwork, spending time with my family and friends and most importantly binge watching Netflix! I love exploring new restaurants and trying different cuisines and I have a major sweet tooth!

I am beyond thrilled to join the Baystate family and to begin my journey with you all.

Dr. Fatima Warraich

Fatima Warraich MBBS

Alfaisal University College of Medicine

Hi everyone! I am Pakistani-Canadian and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After high school I traded in the cold winters for the desert heat of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where I went to medical school. I am passionate about teaching and am currently getting my Masters in Medical Education.

I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and reading. I have been known to get way too invested in the lives of TV show characters and I’m an avid Instagram photographer (or so I like to think).

I am very excited to be joining Baystate and am looking forward to getting to know everyone and work and learn with you all!

Dr. Ya Zhou

Ya Zhou MD

Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Shanghai and graduated from Fudan University.

I like traveling and enjoy the feeling to explore different a culture, which definitely includes delicate local cuisine. It also contributes to my interest in cooking.

I cannot be more excited to start the journey in Baystate, a friendly and energetic place where one can make dreams come true. Welcome to join us!


Dr. Mohammed AbozenahMohammed Abozenah MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain

I was born to Egyptian parents, but I moved around quite a bit growing up. My early years were spent in Egypt and England and then we lived in Saudi Arabia till I finished high school, and finally took port at Bahrain where I completed my medical education. I decided to pursue my graduate medical training in the US given its diversity and the abundance of opportunities available. When I’m not working or stressing about paperwork, I enjoy getting active. I’ve tried a decent bunch of sports throughout my life and would love to experience more. If I’m not breaking a sweat, I turn to my pen and pad to write songs if I’m feeling creative, or simply hang around friends and family or explore the country with them. I’m excited to be joining Baystate for my residency, and I can’t wait to meet and work with all of you!

Dr. Farah AdamaliFarah Adamali MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

I was born in Toronto, Canada however I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. I lived there until the age of 16 and moved to Wales to complete high school at the United World College of the Atlantic. I then moved to Vancouver, Canada for my undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Finally, I have spent the last 4 years in Dublin, Ireland attending medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons. In my free time I enjoy running, playing tennis and travelling!

AlRafaiSyedaSyeda Al Rafai MD

University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

My name is Sanam. I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Bahrain and Massachusetts. After volunteering as a high school student, interning as a college student and rotating as medical student at Baystate Medical Center, I am thrilled to join the Internal Medicine team at Baystate and return to my home town, Springfield. It is truly a dream come true.

I love dancing, traveling, playing soccer, skiing, hiking and desserts! I look forward to spending these three years with the team doing one or more of the things that I enjoy as we morph into independent healthcare providers.

Vellayat Ali MD

Services Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Vellayat Ali

I was born in Hunza-Nagar Valley located in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, the home to mighty Karakorum and the Himalayas. Leaving the ‘Switzerland of Pakistan’ (as it is also known as), I moved to Lahore at an early age and was raised there. Attended Government College University for undergraduate education, and then medical school at Services Institute of Medical Sciences in the same city. After graduation, I did my internship in internal medicine and worked as a medical officer for couple of years before coming to the U.S.

Currently, I am enhancing my research skills as a postdoc research fellow in Cardiology at Harvard University. I am super excited in becoming a part of Baystate family and starting my intern year this June. Besides that, I am an avid swimmer, enthusiast hiker and an excellent cook!

Ayman Battisha MD

Dr. Ayman BattishaUniversity of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine

I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. I studied medicine at the University of Alexandria, school of medicine, where I solidified my interest in both the humanity and science of medicine. In picking a residency, I was drawn to UMMS-Baystate Internal Medicine Residency because of its focus on resident education and bedside teaching. I was impressed by the kindness and dedication of the residents and faculty and the opportunities for clinical research. During my interview day I found that UMMS-Baystate is the right place for me where I can strengthen my general medicine knowledge and pursue Cardiology Fellowship after residency. I enjoy swimming, running, cooking, and watching drama movies.

Jackson Clark DO

Dr. Jackson ClarkLake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

I was born in North Carolina but moved to Maine at a very early age, where I grew up with my two younger brothers. For undergrad, I was an English major at Colby College. After Colby, I worked in Boston at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I did lymphoma research for two years. I then moved to Erie, PA to attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, soccer, and playing the guitar.

Kyle Cornell DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Kyle CornellI come from Plaistow, a small town in Southern New Hampshire. I've also spent about half my life in Maine between my family's home on Long Lake and both college and medical school at University of New England. Finally, I have strong ties to Massachusetts which is my birthplace and where I worked for several years. Normally, New Hampshire folk keep their Massachusetts roots quiet but I am truly excited to discover my future in the Pioneer Valley as part of the Baystate Family! Before pursuing medicine, I was torn between career interests in prosthetics, local government as a city planner, genetic counseling and teaching. Many pros and cons lists were made! As a native New Englander, my hobbies include always looking for a new trail to hike, mountain to ski, or lake to kayak (Western Mass, here I come!). I also enjoy working on cars and building wooden furniture.

Neil Devoe DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Neil DevoeI was born in Westerly, RI growing up in Old Lyme, CT. I lived in Vermont after college and attended medical school at University of New England in Maine. I am excited to take my New Englander talents to Massachusetts. Combining my interests in science and philosophy. I first pursued my B.S. in neuroscience from Dickinson College. Throughout my time at UNE COM, I served as class representative, pursued a research fellowship in microbiology and picked up surfing. I felt committed to pursuing my residency at Baystate soon after I started my sub-internship rotation here as a fourth year medical student. The friendly community, emphasis on education and phenomenal facilities had me sold! I am confident that my education here will prepare me for my goal of pursuing a pulmonology/critical care fellowship. In my spare time, I’m often hiking, skiing, surfing or playing metal in a barn with my friends.

Adam Dossaji MD

King's College London School of Medicine

Dr. Adam DossajiHello, my name is Adam. I was born and raised in North London and attended Kings College London. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and trained at Guys, Kings’ and St Thomas’s hospitals. I moved across the pond for two reasons, the first was to be with my beautiful wife and the second was to continue my medical education. During my short time in the states I have come to realize that Baystate is different from all other residency programs. As well as providing excellent education there is a feeling of camaraderie, it’s truly a family. I can’t wait to start! In my free time I play a lot of Table Tennis and I like exploring my new home via hiking and stargazing. I love to travel and find small adventures in all things. Most of all I enjoy food, cooking, but even more so eating! On the weekends you can usually find me trying out cuisines from around the world.

Ahmed Eltanbedawi, MD

Zagazig University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Dr. Ahmed EltanbedawiHello, I am Ahmed. I was born and grew up in Egypt. With the encouragement of my family, I joined Zagazig University Medical School. After completing medical school, my supportive wife and I moved to Qatar where I later completed Family Medicine Residency training. My passion in medicine pushed me to move to the USA. I am so excited for the opportunity to continue my medicine journey at UMMS-Baystate which I consider a very friendly and family-oriented atmosphere with awesome faculty and residents. I have a vast interest in geriatric medicine and its population. I enjoy swimming and rowing. Additionally, I enjoy traveling with my family and exploring new places, especially when it involves ancient Egypt. I look forward to being part of, and working with, an amazing team.

Kamesh Gupta MD

Armed Forces Medical College

Dr. Kamesh GuptaI was born and brought up in New Delhi. I moved to Pune, India, home of Osho Ashram for my medical school. I was part of our college’s prestigious quizzing society and also played drums in our college Hindi rock band. I am ecstatic and excited to be starting my next phase of life here at Baystate. The faculty, residents and the administrative staff are all eager to help and hospitable. I am looking forward to calling Springfield my home and wearing a Patriots cap to work!

Muhammad Sheheryar Khan MD

Ziauddin Medical College

Dr. Muhammad KhanHi everyone! My name is Sheheryar Khan. I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I also went to medical school there and then completed a Post-Doctoral fellowship in Physiology/Nephrology at Yale University before starting my Residency. I essentially grew up on the coast of the Arabian Sea so my love for beaches knows no bounds! I love water sports, travelling and discovering pristine coastlines and trying out local cuisines. My idea of a perfect Sunday involves warm weather, a deck chair on the sand, a bluetooth music speaker and a good book. I enjoy cooking, keeping up with the latest tech news out there and long road trips. Cannot wait to see what adventures New England has to offer! I can’t wait to start my training at Baystate! I chose it for a whole bunch of reasons but foremost for me was the welcoming and friendly vibe from literally every one there and the camaraderie between residents. I’m very grateful to having a chance at being part of the Bay state family!

Gavin Kuns DO

Dr. Gavin KunsUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up in Sandusky, Ohio (home to roller coasters and the setting of the movie “Tommy Boy”) where I was raised to be active, discovered a passion for exploring, and of course developed a bittersweet love for Cleveland sports. I moved to Maine to pursue Marine Biology at the University of New England. I could only count so many barnacles before I switched majors and graduated with a Medical Biology degree with a Fine Arts minor. I then stayed in Southern Maine to complete my medical degree at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine before beginning residency at Baystate Medical Center. I can now say that I love living in New England for the great skiing, hiking, kayaking, and people! My other hobbies include running and doing anything artistic.

Munther Queisi MD

Dr. Mamdouh Queis iMuntherRoyal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Munther. I spent half of my life in Amman, Jordan before moving to Vienna, Austria and Ireland for the second half. I got to experience a ray of different cultures over the past few years. My love for skiing all began during my time in Austria. Taking 45 minute Saturday trips to the alps made my time there all the more fun and exciting. I then moved to Dublin, Ireland for five years to study Medicine at RCSI. There, I met people from all around the world, many of whom I still am in regular contact with. I also decided to stay in Ireland for one more year as an intern before finally moving to Springfield for residency. I got to work in one of Ireland’s best cities, Galway. I am very much looking forward to making the big move to New England and meeting everyone at Baystate this coming summer.

Audrey Ready DO

Dr. Audrey ReadyLake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

Hi, I’m Audrey. I am originally from Connecticut, where most of my family still lives. I attended the University of Maryland and majored in Biology before accepting a job in Boston doing research in oncology, specifically leukemia, the field in which I hope to practice. I attended the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and am excited to be starting my post-graduate training at Baystate! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, skiing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Colby Salerno DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

Dr. Colby SalernoI was born in Waterbury, CT and have lived in Cheshire, CT my whole life. I attended St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT before doing a one year graduate program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I received my medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. I enjoy golfing and soccer in the summer and skiing in the winter. I proudly run a non-profit called The Beat Goes On, Inc., dedicated to spreading awareness on the need for organ donors.

Khalid Sawalha MD

University of Sharjah College of Medicine

Dr. Khalid SawalhaMy name is Khalid Sawalha. I was born and raised in United Arab Emirates. I graduated from the University of Sharjah Medical College. After graduation, I completed a year of internship in Emirates and I worked as a research scholar at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for a year.
In my free time, I enjoy playing or watching soccer, watching movies, reading and spending time with my friends.

Caitlyn Wasserman MD

Albany Medical College

Dr. Caitlyn WassermanI was born and raised in Massachusetts, and graduated from nearby Smith College in Northampton, MA. There I studied Neuroscience and Spanish, and developed a passion for both clinical medicine as well as basic molecular research. My experience at Smith led me to work in research at Children’s Hospital - Boston where I studied DNA repair mechanisms for three years post-graduation, resulting in two Cell publications. With intention to merge my love for research with medicine, I matriculated at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. UMMS-Baystate was an obvious choice for me as it not only returns me to an area that I love very much, but boasts a commitment to quality research, as well as community and global health. My extensive travels, and being bilingual have afforded me the ability to learn from and interact with many different cultures both domestically and internationally. As such, I am excited at the opportunity to return to and practice in the incredibly diverse Springfield community. In my free time, I enjoy reading for pleasure, traveling, interior decorating, cooking, hosting and Boston Sports.