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Internal Medicine Residents

Internal Medicine House Staff

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

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Meet Our Residents

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

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Dr Mohammad AbdulelahMohammad Abdulelah, MD

University of Jordan

Hello everyone! I am Mohammad, and you’ll always find me with a cup of coffee.

I chose Baystate as it felt a natural fit, and I’m pretty sure that Baystate will help me prosper in both my academic and personal goals. These upcoming three years are surely going to be challenging, but I have always been the one who is always ready to tackle whatever life throws at me with 110% dedication.

Aside from medicine, I dedicate my time to exercising, photography, and exploring perfumery! I really enjoy trying out new restaurants and cuisines wherever I have the chance, and I’ll always be ready to grab a quick bite after a long day! The toughest part about leaving home would have to be leaving my parents and my overly attached cat (who doesn’t sleep anywhere but on my bed) behind. Have I mentioned my love for coffee?

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Dr Leen Al FarisUniversity of Jordan

Hi there! You can call me Lynn if it’s easier. I’m a (you guessed it) doctor by day, and a gym rat by night. Big fan of all animals, food, and anything related to fitness. For a very small person, I lift a lot of weight.

Medicine is a natural fit for me, not just because I’m a good listener, but also because I work well under pressure (you bet I’ll be saying the exact opposite once I start residency).

I’m also very family oriented and all about spending some quality time with my friends. Super excited to meet, get to know and work with my future colleagues. Team work makes the dream work!

Dr Javier ApodacaJavier Apodaca, MD

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara

Hello everyone! I was born in El Paso, Texas but was raised in Villa Ahumada and Juarez, Mexico. I attended medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, the beautiful land of tequila and mariachi. I've had the opportunity of living in 8 different cities and am beyond excited to add Springfield to my list. Traveling is one of my passions; I cannot resist a new adventure and getting to know new people and cultures! My interests outside of medicine include watching movies and series, reading, and soccer(Bayern Munich fan here!).

Becoming a physician has been a dream of mine since I can remember. After experiencing the academic excellence and warmth of the program during the interview process, I knew Baystate was the place where I belonged.

I am very excited to start my training and become part of the Baystate family!

Dr Sharmeen AzherSharmeen Azher, MD

Albany Medical College

Hi there! I was born and raised in Houston, TX and then upstate New York, where I went to college, got my MBA, and eventually my MD. During my spare time, you can find me searching for waterfalls, eating a gyro, reading fiction, or binging a K-drama. In another life (or as a side hustle), I’d pursue a career in fashion and textiles inspired by South Asia and the beauty found outdoors. This summer, I plan on lots of road trips, swimming, and experimenting with Trader Joe’s products.

There’s a lot to celebrate about Baystate, but perhaps most special are the people – I walked away from my interview feeling like I’d found my tribe. I’m excited about the academic rigor, emphasis on community health and advocacy, and opportunities for quality improvement. I can’t wait to discover more of the beauty of Western Massachusetts and the diverse communities we’ll be serving.

Dr Victoria CarusoVictoria Caruso, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

My name is Victoria Caruso and I am from Hampton Falls, NH. I attended Connecticut College for undergrad and worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a clinical research coordinator for three years before going to University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

Outside of medicine, I love spending time outdoors and can be found downhill skiing in the winter and hanging on the beach in the summer. I come from a large Italian family and love spending time with them along with my fiancé, friends and my dog, Cooper!

I did an elective at Baystate Medical Center during my fourth year of medical school and loved the environment. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming; it felt like the perfect place for me. I am very excited to join the Baystate IM residency family and can’t wait to start this next adventure!

Dr Kevin CruzLpezKevin Cruz-Lopez, MD

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin Cruz-López. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. At 18 years old I moved to New York to complete a bachelors degree at Syracuse University. Upon graduating, I moved back home to pursue my medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Being from an island, I grew up constantly surrounded by the outdoors, with plenty of beach days to brighten up my summers (and any occasion, really). As a child, I enjoyed music and eventually learnt to play the flute, drums, guitar, and also sang. Even though I am now focused on other things, I will never miss an opportunity to sit at a drum set and make some noise! Since then I have also found a passion for cars and have acquired a recent (but vigorous) interest in Formula 1. I also enjoy weightlifting, watching movies and shows, cooking, trying out new restaurants, technology, and pretending to be a mechanic.

I am beyond excited to begin my training at Baystate, my top choice! Good, dedicated, and friendly people always make a great program shine brighter, and that was the reason I chose Baystate over the rest.

Dr Syifa DjunaediSyifa Djunaedi, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Syifa (pronounced See-fa). I hail from Jakarta, Indonesia but was raised in central Massachusetts. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, I pursued my medical degree at NYITCOM on Long Island.

I am a huge Boston sports fan. My biggest regret is never seeing Tom Brady play in person at Gillette in a Pats jersey, but I did go to the same college as Ray Allen and met him one time when I was at the Student Union. I have 4 fluffy cats that are my heart and soul. If I am not watching football whilst cuddling my kittens, I am baking desserts in my kitchen or practicing the newest makeup trend in front of my ring light. I am a total foodie; my favorite cuisine is Thai. I cannot wait to explore western MA and am very excited to be part of the Baystate family!

Dr Julia FischerJulia Fischer, DO

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Hello all! My name is Julia Fischer. I’ve lived in Oregon all my life. I attended the University of Oregon where I had the pleasure to perform as one of the Oregon Marching Band Drum Majors and cheer on the Ducks at all home games, many bowl trips, and one national championship game.

I went to medical school at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. I am excited to journey to New England, experience something new, and hopefully trade in the gray and gloom of Oregon for snow and (hopefully/maybe) a little more sunshine. I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, bouldering, hiking and cooking in my free time. I am excited to join the Baystate family!

Dr Kritika GunachelvanKritika Gunachelvan, MD

St. George's University

Hello everyone! My name is Kritika Gunachelvan, and I am from Mississauga, Canada. I was born in Bangalore, India and then immigrated to Dubai where I spent my childhood in the desert heat. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Mississauga amongst the protected greenbelt and the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. I then attended medical school in Grenada where I spent my free time exploring the stunning beaches and relishing the local cuisine!

Outside of medicine, I love hosting game nights with family and friends, strolling along boardwalks by the ocean air, and experiencing breathtaking national parks and conservation areas. I also enjoy winding down at the end of the day with some watercolour paints and Hercule Poirot episodes playing in the background.
I am beyond thrilled to join the Baystate family and to experience everything Western Mass has to offer!

Dr Omar HaiderOmar Haider, MD

Shifa College of Medicine

Hey all! My name is Omar Haider. I was born in San Diego, raised in Atlanta, then moved to Islamabad, Pakistan to complete my medical school training at Shifa College of Medicine. After hopping around multiple cities spanning different continents, I’m very excited to finally settle down and begin my training at Baystate.

In my free time I enjoy recording podcasts, shooting videos and exploring my interests in finance and cryptocurrency. Having started multiple businesses, I like to stay busy and be on the lookout for new ideas. I’m also a huge sneakerhead, so I’m hoping I’ll still be able to get my hands on the next big drop during the next few years of training.

Oh, and I love sauce, with anything I eat, from any sort of cuisine. I’m the type of guy to go to a steakhouse or south Asian restaurant and ask for a variety of sauces. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Dr Mark HannaMark Hanna, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Mark Hanna. I was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. I went to UMASS Amherst for my undergrad studies and I attended NYITCOM for medical school.

In my free time, I love trying new restaurants. I enjoy playing pick up basketball with friends. Lastly, I am a HUGE Star Wars fan.

I am truly honored to start residency at Baystate! I chose Baystate because of the welcoming family atmosphere and superb teaching. I am excited and proud to begin this new chapter at Baystate!!

Dr Molly IngemiMolly Ingemi, MD

UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate

Hi everyone! My name is Molly Ingemi. I was born and raised in South Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Northeastern University, I joined AmeriCorps and served at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for three years prior to beginning medical school at the University of Massachusetts in 2018. In medical school, I was in the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health Track (PURCH), through which I was introduced to Baystate during my clinical years.

My clinical interests include addiction medicine, care for underserved communities, and care for critically ill patients. Outside of medicine, I like spending time at home with my husband (who also works at Baystate in the Emergency Department) and our cat Roxy. I enjoy cooking (and eating) Italian food, baking, and traveling around New England.

I loved the supportive learning environment I experienced at Baystate as a medical student and can’t wait to start residency!

Dr Matthew McauliffeMatthew McAuliffe, DO

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Matt McAuliffe. I was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY. New York was home until I completed undergrad at Binghamton University. I was then transplanted to Joplin, Missouri for medical school. While in medical school I took an extra year to complete an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Clinical Medicine Teaching Fellowship.

I am excited to return to the Northeast for my training at Baystate. Western New England has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor and cultural activities. I am excited to go hiking with my dog, Bridget, attend concerts at Tanglewood, explore various museums, and be close to family. In my free time I like to play piano and French horn, partake in water sports, and host board game nights. Professional interests include interventional cardiology. I’m looking forward to all that residency offers and working with the Baystate family!

Dr Ankit PatelAnkit Patel, DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York

Hey, my name is Ankit Patel. I was born in Jacksonville, FL but moved to Bakersfield, CA for high school. I went to undergrad at Stony Brook University and completed medical school at TouroCOM in Middletown, NY.

One of my longest-lasting hobbies, which I have painstakingly lugged from coast to coast, is playing electric guitar. I love listening to the blues, alternative, classic rock and psychedelic rock and my tastes have evolved with every new place I have lived in. I also love hiking, cooking, and brewing coffee. After having completed a transitional year in Stockton, CA, I am so excited to be coming back to the East Coast to train at Baystate Medical Center.

Dr Aida SaadAida Saad, MD

Alfaisal University College of Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Aida (pronounced EYE-DUH). I was born in Houston, Texas. I am also Lebanese in origin. I have lived almost my entire life in Saudi Arabia where I studied at Alfaisal University. I came back to the USA recently after being away for more than 20 years! New England really is a wonderful place to stay! (Besides the freezing cold weather :p)

When it comes to my hobbies, I really enjoy cooking. If you are not sure what to have for lunch, feel free to check my Instagram story highlights for recipe ideas! I also like to paint, and sing.

Being in a strong and supportive program yet around my family made Baystate my ultimate choice. I am so happy to be part of the Baystate family and can’t wait to start my training!

Dr Elisha ShahElisha Shah, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey everyone! My name is Elisha Shah, and I’m from southern New Hampshire. I was accepted into the accelerated seven-year BS/DO program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston associated with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

After medicine, my second love is dance. I grew up performing many different dance styles and even competed nationally in college. In my downtime, I love hanging out with friends or bingeing Netflix…or Hulu… or honestly anything good (I have a special place in my heart for reality television). I also enjoy traveling with my family and have explored more than fifty countries on six of the seven continents.

I look forward to starting my residency training at Baystate because of the emphasis put on teamwork and community. I’m excited to broaden my scope of medicine with the excellent training and amazing career opportunities that Baystate will provide.

Dr John SzendreyJohn Szendrey, MD

University College Dublin

Hey everyone! My name is John Szendrey, I am a Canadian born and raised in the ‘burbs outside of Toronto, Ont. I completed a bachelors and masters in sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, before going on to complete my medical degree in Dublin, Ireland.

I am a major basketball fan and am always rooting for my home team the Toronto Raptors (hope we meet the Celtics in the playoffs!). I am really big into the outdoors with biking in the summer and skiing in the winter, which I am really looking forward to after spending 5 years in the snowless Ireland winters. I am super excited to get started at Baystate and meet all of the other residents. I chose Baystate for many reasons, especially the collegial atmosphere they gave off and their innovative learner-manager-teacher model!

Dr Ayesha ZaidiAyesha Zaidi, MD

RCSI-Medical University of Bahrain

Hello friends! I’m Ayesha, a third culture kid and global citizen. I spent most of my childhood in Canada, then travelled to New Zealand for high school and finally completed medical school at RCSI Bahrain before finding my way to Baystate.

I’ve been very lucky to have spent most of my life around beautiful beaches and love all water related activities. However, my favorite sport and form of stress relief is gymnastics. I love learning and experiencing other cultures through travel, food, music, and art. I’m passionate about advocacy, social justice and love pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I’m extremely grateful and excited to be part of the Baystate family and can’t wait to meet you all!

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Dr Stefano CrosioStefano Crosio, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi, I’m Stefano. Born and raised in Silvano D’Orba - a little Northern Italian town between Milano and Genoa - as a bilingual and dual citizen. My dream was to come to the US to become a husband, a father, and a primary care physician. So far I’ve been blessed with my beautiful wife Katie, and our sunshine daughter Avery. Thanks to them I am ready and excited to begin my training at Baystate in IM-primary care.

In addition to spending quality time with my family and closest friends, I love traveling. In fact I have already made my way across 20 countries. When not on a trip, I am a liturgical choir cantor, a soccer fan of Juventus, an avid reader, and I enjoy frequent runs and hikes with our dog, Walter. Favorite book is The Lord of The Rings, and favorite movie is Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. My most recent hobby and second career is training in the art of Dad Jokes.

Dr Evan DangEvan Dang, DO

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! I originally grew up in Houston, Texas and eventually spent most of my life in the southeastern United States. I attended Campbell University for medical school. I have never been further north than Maryland, but I am excited for this new experience in Massachusetts at Baystate.

My interests outside of medicine heavily revolve around food. I make an effort to try every restaurant in town at least once. I once drove 40 minutes out to stand in line to preorder McDonald’s Mighty Wings. I am open to inviting any friends that want to join me in these adventures.

Dr Christine DonatChristine Donat, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Christine Donat and I’m originally from Madison, CT. For school I stayed local, completing college and medical school at UConn and I’m happy to be just a short hop away from home for residency training.

In my free time, I love to explore the great outdoors whether running, hiking, snowshoeing, or biking. Growing up in New England there were so many wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities, which is probably why I’ve grown to love it so much. My favorite trek thus far was my cross-country bike tour I took through the northern U.S from Anacortes, WA to Milford, CT in the summer of 2018. I’ve never had such a severe farmer’s tan. When I’m indoors, I also enjoy knitting as well as reading classic novels.

I am very excited to be making Baystate my home for the coming years!

Dr Nestor Flores BuonomoNestor Flores-Buonomo, MD

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Néstor Flores Buonomo. I was born in New York but was raised in southern Guayama, Puerto Rico. I also completed my medical school training in the University of Puerto Rico.

I have been surrounded by beaches and warm weather all my life so it will be exciting to finally move out and experience the cooler weather! I can’t wait to see snow for the first time! I love reading, warm sandy beaches, and playing Tetris. I have also been getting into running which has been great fun.

I am truly honored and privileged to have been included to work among all the great faculty and people at Baystate. I can’t wait to start my training!

Dr Gunjan GuptaGunjan Gupta, MD

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hey all! My name is Gunjan Gupta and I’m a native New Englander from Rhode Island! Prior to medical school I worked as a clinical research assistant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA) and then I went to school at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

I absolutely love the outdoors, especially hiking. Mount Washington was certainly a climb but I hope to one day to complete the Adirondack 46ers! A life goal I have is to visit all national parks in the USA! I also love knitting and crocheting scarves, sweaters, and even stuffed animals.

I’m so excited to be training at Baystate and be back in the northeast! What drew me to Baystate was the warm, welcoming environment where everyone seems so friendly and excited to learn! I can’t wait to meet everyone and be a part of the team!

Dr Kush GuptaKush Gupta, MD

Kasturba Medical College Mangalore

Hello everyone! My name is Kush Gupta. I was born and raised in New Delhi, India. I attended medical school at Manipal University, India. I couldn’t be happier that my journey has brought me to Baystate.

I love meeting new people and learning new things from them. And I get to do some of that on a podcast show that I host – themedicinementors.com! Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing tennis, tabla (Indian classical instrument), and trying new hobbies. I am excited to move to New England region and explore the great outdoors!

Dr Brian HurleyBrian Hurley, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in New Hampshire and I’ve lived on the seacoast there for most of my life. I attended the University of New Hampshire for undergrad and worked as an EMT before attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school.

I couldn’t be more excited to continue my training as a resident at Baystate Medical Center! I chose Baystate because each and every interaction with the residents and faculty have been wonderful experiences, and they exuded such a positive and welcoming atmosphere. Life is about the journey, and I am so thrilled to continue mine as part of the Baystate family.

In my free time, swimming, biking, and running are my go-to activities. A perfect day for me involves a good morning bike ride followed by a slow-sipped espresso, and since I grew up near the ocean, I love to spend time relaxing at the beach, or surfing if the waves are good. Rounding out the day with a summertime barbeque and bonfire, surrounded by friends and family, that sounds great to me.

Dr Yamna Jadoon

Yamna Jadoon, MD

Aga Khan University Medical College

Hello! My name is Yamna. My hometown is Peshawar, Pakistan. I’ve moved around a little over the years but it's always been a focal point. I spent a part of my childhood in Karachi and returned there for medical school which was an experience I greatly cherish.

Besides medicine, I’m passionate about art and I love trying to combine the two when possible. I enjoy learning new skills and over the past year I’ve picked up a little chess, which may have been fueled by watching the Queen’s Gambit, and origami. I write sometimes and read often.

I was drawn to Baystate because of the warmth the entire program, from the admin to the residents, was able to convey despite the fact that in-person communication was not possible. I look forward to joining the Baystate family!

Dr Aizaz KhanAizaz Khan, MD

Shifa College of Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is Aizaz Khan. I completed my medical school from Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan but spent most of my life in Fremont, California where I was raised. I love food and photography which often push me to explore local areas in search of good food and beautiful scenery. I cannot wait to do the same with the Springfield area. I also love playing video games of which my favorites are Call of Duty, DOTA, and FIFA. I am also a huge soccer fan and very passionately support The Arsenal. Let’s go Gunners!

I gravitated towards Baystate because of the sense of family and togetherness displayed by both the administration and the residents. It was a feeling that I did not feel anywhere else and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of it. I cannot wait to begin my life in Springfield and am looking forward to being part of the team at Baystate.

Dr Anusha KothapalliAnusha Kothapalli, MD

West Virginia University School of Medicine Morgantown

Hi everyone! My name is Anusha Kothapalli. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, found myself in West Virginia for medical school, and I am looking forward to starting my residency at Baystate. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music, singing, hiking, indoor rock climbing (bouldering), and whenever possible, spending time with my labradoodle, Tucker. I am excited to return to my home state and to start this next chapter in my medical career!

Dr Jessika MattaJessika Matta, MD

University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Hi everyone! I was born in Lebanon but raised in California for most of my childhood. I came back to Lebanon for high school and on. After medical school, I did a preliminary year in internal medicine at Saint George Hospital, Lebanon.

I 
n my free time, you will find me either in a cozy café with my cup of coffee and a good book or hiking up a trail. I am always up for trying something new (especially if food is involved), so I am most definitely excited about the move to Massachusetts.


I fell in love with the program during the interview season, I felt like I belonged from the first meet and greet with the residents. Their smile and enthusiasm were contagious, and I could not wait to be a part of such a caring environment. I am beyond thrilled to start this new opportunity and seeing what UMMS-Baystate and Springfield have to offer.

Dr Maryam NaserMaryam Naser, MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain

Salam everyone!

To put some context, Salam is an Arabic greeting which means peace and commonly used in the lines of “Hello everyone” . Hope my “Salam” gave you some insight into my background. I am Maryam from Bahrain. Besides being home, Bahrain is a beautiful island in the Arabian Gulf that is renowned for its seas, pearl fisheries, and diverse community.

I completed my medical education in RCSI-Bahrain in 2019. Studying medicine was one of the best things I have chosen to do. But when I am not doctor-ing or trying to be one, I enjoy reading, walking by the beach, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Cannot wait to start my journey in Baystate! I am sure the sky will be the limit.

Dr Victoria NguyenVIctoria Nguyen, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! My name is Victoria Nguyen. I have lived in New England my entire life– I was raised in Randolph, MA, completed my undergrad/masters at Boston University, attended medical school at UNE COM in Maine, and also served as a New England Patriots Cheerleader! I grew up cheerleading/dancing, but love anything related to fitness. From aerial dance, to CrossFit, to parkour… I’ll try a class at least once.

One of the many things I love about Baystate is its emphasis on community health and advocacy. Growing up in a diverse town, as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I had the privilege of experiencing the richness of multiple cultures. It fueled my passion to travel (about 17 countries and 25 states so far) and opened my eyes to the attention needed on the social determinants of health. I’m excited to be part of the Baystate team, working with a diverse community.

Dr Sherin SamuelSherin Samuel, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello everyone! My name is Sherin Samuel and I was born in Queens, New York. I moved to Long Island in the 2nd grade and have lived there ever since. And yes, I say it as “lawn-guy-land”.

I have always been interested in the sciences, and volunteering at the local hospital during high school helped me realize that medicine was the path for me. I was accepted into the accelerated seven year combined Bachelor of Sciences/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (BS/DO) program at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). During my college and medical school years, I was able to nurture my passion of fundraising for underserved communities with innovative events.

In my free time, I enjoy: spending time with my friends and family, trying out new restaurants, and baking for others. The collaborative teamwork that takes place on the medical floors as well as the myriad of opportunities one can pursue is the reason Internal Medicine is the specialty for me. I look forward to my time at Baystate Medical Center and Massachussetts as the stepping stone for the rest of my career.

Dr Logan StriplinLogan Striplin, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

Hey everyone! My name is Logan Striplin, and I was born and raised in rural Northeast Texas. I graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in nursing and spent 2 years as an ER nurse prior to medical school. I went to Ross University School of Medicine and spent my entire 4 years of school doing what I love, which is traveling and seeing new places.

On my days off you can always find me looking for a new running trail, hiking, or doing anything outdoors. I also am a sports fan and enjoy playing basketball, baseball and am trying to learn golf. I am excited to make my home in the Northeast and am looking forward to experiencing all four seasons.

I chose Baystate because of its welcoming culture, excellent training, and endless career opportunities.

Dr Sai VadhulaSai Vadhula,  MD

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

I am a global citizen having grown up in two countries and took a circuitous path into medicine. After my PhD in mechanical engineering specializing in dynamics and control systems from Ohio State, I worked for 7 years as a staff research scientist in the transportation industry. However, my passion for medicine continued through volunteering throughout. I took the plunge and graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with my M.D. and minor in Global Health.

I am excited to join a wonderful and unique internal medicine residency program here at Baystate Health. Besides the excellent training environment and world class facilities, I was particularly drawn by the small cohort size, excellent mentorship and family like atmosphere. I look forward to building strong relationships and learning from patients, faculty and peers.

Outside medicine, I am very much into exploring Nature and can't wait to enjoy the beauty of Western Massachusetts!

Dr Vania WuVania Wu, DO

Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hey everyone, my name is Vania Wu. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but moved down to North Carolina for undergrad and medical school. After spending several years in the south, I am so excited to be coming back up north! I love travelling for new foods and strongly believe in hosting brunches. I am always open to book and podcast recommendations and enjoy having late night wine talks. I can’t wait to build roots here and get to know the Baystate community!

Dr James YangJames Yang, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

Hi everyone! My name is James Yang. I was born and raised in South Korea, but spent most of my time in Massachusetts and Maryland. I received my undergraduate and master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. I spent few years working in research labs before starting medical school.

I chose Baystate because it had everything I was looking for in a residency program. An academic center with dedicated teaching/research, location where there are my family and friends, and most importantly, the collegiality. After my interview day, Baystate simply felt right.

I like to work out at the gym, play the clarinet, and hang out with my friends.

I am very happy, excited, and proud to join the Baystate family!

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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.