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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.

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Meet Our Residents

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

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Fatima AliFatima Ali, MD

Lahore Medical and Dental College

 

 

 

Suheil-Albert Atallah-Yunes, MD

University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Suheil Albert Atallah-Yunes

Hello everyone, my full name is Suheil-Albert Atallah-Yunes and I go by Albert Atallah. I come from the capital of Jordan, Amman. I was born in Toronto, Canada where I lived for 4 years and then moved with my family to the middle east. I spent 9 years of my life in Jerusalem and another 12 years in Jordan.

I finished my Med school from the University of Jordan. Apart from medicine I like traveling and knowing more about diverse cultures and languages. I also enjoy playing ping pong and swimming.

The reason I chose to be part of the Baystate Family is the very friendly atmosphere I felt on the interview day. The internal medicine program at Baystate has everything I am looking for.

Dr. Anusha BhatAnusha Bhat, MD

Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences

Hi! I am Anusha. Born in southern India (Mangalore), I grew up in over eight different beautiful cities of my country (it would be too long a list to name them!). I joined Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, India to attain my medical education and also completed an Internship from there.

Apart from my love towards medicine, my enthusiasm for dance and vocals has been age-old too. Even though I have been trained in Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and Indian Carnatic music, I like to keep it contemporary. Travelling and painting are my amusements as well.

Professionally, I am thrilled to begin my residency in Baystate. An outstanding curriculum designed to impart a top-notched training to their residents and the very unique kind of interpersonal relationship shared by everyone here stirred a feeling of being a part of the Baystate family in me. Additionally, the close proximity of my family along with my partner joining Baystate as a hospitalist motivated me further to be here. On the whole, I am electrified to base myself in New England and begin living my dream!!

Dr. Marilyne CadieuxMarilyne Cadieux, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born and raised in Québec, Canada. I moved to South Florida to play division one golf at Florida Atlantic University, where I graduated with a major in Biology and Neuroscience; then attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

My hobbies include hiking, yoga, weight lifting, wakesurfing, and winter sports. I also have interests in sustainability.

Calvin Craig, MD

University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School

Dr. Calvin Craig

Hi everyone! My name is Calvin Craig and I traveled across the Atlantic to beautiful Ireland to complete my medical training. I grew up the son of a fisherman in a small town outside Vancouver British Columbia and was the first in my family to attend university. Along with an extremely supportive family I was fortunate enough to have several dedicated teachers who provided me with the guidance and support that enabled me to pursue my interest in medicine.

Initially I trained to become a paramedic at the Justice Institute in B.C. While I have the utmost respect for the hard work and importance of first responders, personally I wanted to be more involved in the overall care of the patient beyond the initial acute setting. While training to become a paramedic I was also drafted into the National Lacrosse League for the Edmonton Rush. However, I decided to play collegiate lacrosse at Simon Fraser University and continue my undergrad in biomedical physiology.

I chose Baystate for a number reasons. The immediate and welcoming sense of camaraderie among residents, the autonomy afforded with the LMT model, the supportive staff and the emphasis on work-life balance are all things that drew me to the program. I believe the culture that has been created by the residents and staff is truly the right fit for me.

I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to join the Baystate family. I am looking forward to being included in a program in which my desire to teach, pursue clinical research, and my passion for Internal Medicine will continue to flourish. I believe that under the guidance of the enthusiastic teachers here at Baystate, I will be able to achieve my goal to becoming a skilled, safe and versatile Internist.

Dr. Megan Emmich

Megan Emmich, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi Team! I’m Megan, but call me Meg! I hail from the Garden State, New Jersey, and while I’ll always be a Jersey Girl, I am quite the New England convert. I graduated from the beautiful College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. In addition, I spent a year studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. After studying Biology, French and completing the pre-medical concentration at HC, I wanted to focus on clinical research. I was a clinical research coordinator for 3 years at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Sarcoma and Bone Oncology division. Not wanting to leave New England and very specific about becoming an osteopathic physician, I chose to embrace the cold and learn the tricks of the trade at UNECOM in Maine.

Throughout my fourth year of medical school, I still felt drawn to New England and Massachusetts, in particular. It was during my Sub-Internship at Baystate that I realized I was exactly where I wanted to train! Between the camaraderie among residents, the dedicated teaching faculty, the attentive program directors, and some of the best patient care and nursing staff his is where I wanted to be!

In my free time, I love baking and cooking. I continue to practice yoga and try to get out and dance whenever I can! I certainly have the travel bug and am thankful I’ve been to some fabulous places. I am a big fan of the beach, kayaking, sailing anything to do with the water! I am interested in pursuing a future career in hematology/oncology.

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Michel Farah, MD

University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Lebanon. I attended the American University of Beirut where I received a BS in Biology. After undergrad, I wanted a career in medicine, so I joined the University of Balamand Medical School. In my free time, I love to ski, play tennis and squash. I am also a huge fan of traveling.

I had the chance to join Baystate one year before starting residency as a Research assistant. My love for the beautiful New England started during this time. I am really looking forward to residency at Baystate and am excited to be staying in New England!

Anis Kadado, MD

University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Dr. Anis Kadado

Hello! I’m Anis (John) Kadado! I was born in San Antonio, Texas where I spent my early years before moving to my parents’ home country of Beirut, Lebanon. By the time I reached high school and started my human biology classes, I knew Medicine was what I wanted. Completing medical school in Lebanon, I opted for an insight into the world of medical research and made my move back to the US where I held a research position in the Cardiology department at Yale University.

Choosing a residency in Internal Medicine was an easy task, knowing that it is what I always wanted. However, choosing and applying to residency programs was by no means easy. My interview day at the University of Massachusetts – Baystate Medical Center truly sealed the deal as I interviewed at various other programs. The fellowship choices available, patient load, research opportunities, and the novel training program made it an obvious top choice. Most importantly, the camaraderie among the residents I met on interview day was truly genuine and their satisfaction in the program was more than obvious. My future interests are in Cardiology, both in the clinical and research fields

Having attended Yale University for a full year only increased my love for New England. Everything you can imagine doing can be done here - and you truly haven’t seen fall until you’ve seen the fall foliage of New England.

During my spare time I enjoy playing and watching soccer, a sport I have carried along with me since my early years. I also enjoy the outdoors – jogging, hiking and skiing. Football is a sport I’ve been getting used to watching and still have not decided whether I’m a Patriots or Cowboys fan.

Dr. Kavya Kelagere-MayigegowdaKavya Kelagere Mayigegowda, MD

J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere

 

 

Periklis Kyriazis, MD

Lékarská Fakulta v Plzni, Univerzita Karlova v Praze

Dr. Periklis KyriazisMy name is Periklis Kyriazis and I am originally from the Greek islands of the north-eastern Aegean Sea. I studied medicine at Charles University in Prague, one of the oldest universities in Europe, and I was privileged to be able to pursue a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. My efforts were focused on researching ways to peripheral immune tolerance, the “Holy Grail” of transplantation.

I am immensely glad to train in Internal Medicine at Baystate Medical Center, a hospital not only known for the highest level of teaching and care it provides but also for the spirit of collegiality and camaraderie among coworkers that was tangible from the very first moment on my interview day.

I devote most of my free time reading books, cooking, watching movies and traveling. With new friends from BMC I hope to explore New England and some of the most seasonally changeable landscapes on the planet. I look forward to an amazing residency experience full of learning opportunities, discovery and adventure.

Dr. Yasir LoaiYasir Loai, MD

NUI Galway School of Medicine

 

 

Cullen Owen, DO

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Cullen OwenMy family and I are moving to Massachusetts from a small town about an hour south of Seattle, WA. My wife and I recently had a new addition to the family with the birth of our baby boy Cade on February 26th. We also have two dogs that are a big part of the family and we enjoy doing outdoor activities with them. I am a big sports fan, especially college football. I love to watch and cheer for my alma mater, the WSU Cougars, on Saturday afternoons. My family and I are excited to make the move to Massachusetts and explore everything New England has to offer.

Abdullah Pervaiz, MD

Shifa College of Medicine

Dr. Abdullah Pervaiz

Hi, my name is Abdullah. Even though I was born in the capital of Saudi Arabia and went to medical school in the capital of Pakistan, I grew up in the amazing city of Chicago.

When I'm not out hiking and kayaking, I like to make the little things in life shine like gold (literally) as the co-CEO of my company. I'm excited to start working with the incredible team at UMMS-Baystate and I know the next three years at Springfield will fly by before I know it!

Dr. Kanval ShahKanval Shah, MD

Medical College Baroda

 

 

Saima Shikari, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Saima Shikari

Hey, I’m Saima! I grew up in a small town in upstate NY before heading to Rutgers University where I majored in biology and business management. I’m definitely a little more of a city girl so I’m excited about living in and exploring downtown Springfield but my fiancé is determined to get me out into nature to enjoy the skiing, hiking and other activities living in Western MA allows for – we will see how that goes!! In my spare time I’m looking forward to finding a new hot yoga studio, seeking out all the best brunch spots in the area and continuing my search for the perfect cupcake!

During my rotation at Baystate I was struck by many things, the great attitude of the attendings, the willingness of the ancillary staff to help me learn and most of all the happiness of the residents. No one denies that residency is difficult but all the residents I spoke to raved about how supported they felt and how great the teaching was. I personally really enjoyed how I felt part of a team but still received individualized support and feedback. I’m thrilled to be joining the Baystate team for the next three years!

Arthi Sridhar, MD

M.S. Ramaiah Medical College

Dr. Arthi Sridhar

Hello! I was born in Connecticut and was raised in New Jersey until middle school during which I moved to Bangalore, India. I also ended up going to medical school in that very same fabulous city. Coming back to America had always been a part of my plan. I pursued a few electives in the east coast and I felt right at home.

Going to medical school in India really taught me that the best way to learn is through practice and experience. During the interview season, I kept my eye out for programs that could provide me with that diversity I was looking for. During my interview day at Baystate Health, everything just clicked. Everyone was so warm and I could see myself thriving at this program. I also felt that the program would provide me with the exposure and guidance that I was looking for. I am so grateful for the opportunity to train at Baystate and I do believe that this will be an incredible experience for me.

During my spare time, I enjoy hiking and love outdoor activities. I also am an Indian classically trained dancer and have learnt a little bit of other dance forms. “Dancing it out” is always a stress buster for me and I absolutely love it.

Dr. Rinad Deena TabbalatRinad Deena Tabbalat, MD

University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine

Hey everyone! Here are a few things about me. I was born in New Jersey but a few months later my parents moved back to Amman, Jordan where I’ve lived my entire life. I finished medical school from the University of Jordan after which I did a one year internship.

Other than medicine, I love nature and I enjoy hiking. A lot of people don’t know this about Jordan but we have a lot of beautiful hiking trails, and I can’t wait to start exploring the area around Springfield. Some of my other hobbies include learning movie soundtracks on the piano, making dream-catchers, and binge watching series; especially now before starting residency. I am looking forward to beginning my intern year at Baystate and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Dr. Sehar ZulfiqarSehar Zulfiqar, MD

Allama Iqbal Medical College

I was born in Lahore, Pakistan but spent most of my childhood in England. After graduating from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan, I spent a year interning in a tertiary care hospital in my home country. My professional interests include specializing in hematology-oncology and raising awareness about preventive health.

I have a dynamic approach to life because for me life is a journey to be lived once and I plan to make it as exciting and successful as possible. I am generally a social and outgoing person, a really bad photographer and an amazing cook. In my spare time I like to go hiking, cycling or work on home remodeling projects.

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Dr. Maya Abdallah Maya Abdallah MD

University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Hi, I’m Maya! I was born in Los Angeles and moved to Beirut when I was in middle school. I attended the American University of Beirut where I received a BA in Psychology and minor Biology. After undergrad, I knew I wanted a career in healthcare, so med school was my goal! By the time I was half way through my clinical training years, I knew I wanted to pursue a residency in internal medicine.

When it came to figuring out where I wanted to train, I knew it would be the icy New England area because my friends and relatives in the US happen to have settled around there. So even though I’ve spent the majority of my life in sunny cities (with beautiful sandy shores), I was excited to find my perfect fit: Baystate! When I interviewed at Baystate, everyone I met seemed so outgoing and friendly. I was already excited about everything the Baystate IM program offered academically speaking, so meeting the team really just made my decision that much easier.

Apart from medicine, my absolute pastime is to cozy up to a book in a quiet café. I learned scuba-diving a couple years ago and I loved it, so ever since then I’ve been trying to enjoy more outdoorsy activities, including skiing (which turned out to be a lot harder than it looks). I love animals (especially cats), coffee, chocolate and traveling. Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m known to be (very) talkative.

So I guess that sums everything up, if you have any questions do feel free to ask for my contact details!

Dr. Hassaan Bin Aftab Hassaan Bin Aftab MD

Aga Khan University Medical College

Hassaan graduated from the Aga Khan University along with his wife; Bushra Zia, MD. His passion for internal medicine is almost equaled by his love for sports. He enjoys playing and watching soccer, spending time with family and friends, movies, travel, reading, teaching and art.

Krishna Agarwal MD

Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital

Dr. Krishna Agarwal

Hi everyone! I was born and raised in New Delhi, India. I have practically lived my entire life in that vibrant city and also trained at Safdarjung Hospital - one of the oldest and largest public hospital in Asia! Growing up, I enjoyed a lot of activities, from dramatics to singing, horseback riding, snorkeling and so on, but theatre continues to draw and inspire me the most!

I spent a few months rotating in Boston during medical school and fell in love with New England. I was then blessed to be able to pursue a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. My love for the beautiful New England blossomed during this time, and was one of the reasons I was initially drawn to Baystate – what better city to train than the 'City of Firsts'!

Before interviewing at Baystate Health, I was most fascinated by the innovative training program. However, after the pleasant interview day, I got many more reasons to love this program. The most important being the people. The excellent camaraderie was palpable; the residents wanted us to know as much as possible about the program and about them. There were no inhibitions, everyone was just so natural and friendly.

I am very happy to be finally joining Baystate and looking forward to an exciting time in Western Mass!

Dr. Joshua Allgaier Joshua Allgaier DO

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Joshua is a graduated from Brandeis University with a BS in biology. He enjoys intellectual challenges and thrives when immersed in other cultures. He appreciates athletic competition and has a lot of energy to go around. Joshua’s hobbies include triathlons, running swimming, biking and travel. 

Prarthna Bhardwaj MD

J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere

Dr. Prarthna Bhardwaj

Born, raised and educated in Bangalore (The Silicon Valley of India), I consider myself Indian at heart and global in my thoughts. I love making sense of stories, reconstructing narratives of people who come to me for help and inserting myself into the plot in a way such that I can make a difference. This is why I believe I have found my calling in Internal Medicine. What made Baystate my top choice? Simple - how incredibly happy the residents were and the immense pride they took in their program. The staff and faculty truly care about their residents (and the potential ones too!).That my fiancé is joining Baystate as a hospitalist was an added bonus. I couldn’t be happier to make Baystate my home for the next few years.

In my alternate life, I am a trained Carnatic Music Vocalist (an Indian classical form) and enjoy playing a good game of basketball! I am forever on the hunt for good veggie biryani (Ping me if you find some!) I fancy myself to be an avid reader and hope to continue this reading streak during residency.

Over the years, I have been humbled by the disparity in health care over various regions and I am committed to narrowing this gap in the future. Although I have an embryonic interest in Oncology, I am eager to find out where residency will take me.

I am super stoked to join my diverse (and how!!) class this summer and begin my residency training in a program that stands out for its unique teaching model and strives continually for academic and administrative excellence!

Dr. Anna ClarkeAnna Clarke MD

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University

I’m joining the Baystate team from the rolling hills of West Virginia, where I went to medical school at Marshall University. I grew up in WV, but I left for a bit to earn my BA in European Cultural Studies at Brandeis University. While at Brandeis, I discovered my love for medicine, the humanities, and New England.

When I’m not practicing medicine or catching up on some European Classics, you’ll probably find me checking out some local cuisine or attempting to create a new dish in my kitchen. I love trying dishes from different places around the world and sharing great food with friends.

Before applying for residency, I was encouraged to make a list of the main things I was looking for in a program. Top of my list was a friendly atmosphere. Followed by exposure to diverse pathologies, opportunities for research, and the option to practice medicine abroad. Baystate has all of this and much more. Baystate has a staff and a faculty highly committed to excellence, and they inspire the same from their residents. Overall, I was extremely impressed when I visited and I am very excited to be a part of the Baystate community. 

Dr. Anna Filshtinsky Anya Filshtinsky MD

St. George's University School of Medicine

Anya did her undergraduate UMass-Amherst where she earned a BS in biology with a minor in Music (vocal performance. She enjoys reading and pursuing outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. Anya’s is interested in Hematology-Oncology. 

Kyle Gobeil DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Kyle Gobeil

Hello all! My name is Kyle Gobeil, I hail from the great state of Maine and was born and raised in the town in which I eventually attended medical school, Biddeford, ME. After high school, I spent the majority of my time in Massachusetts completing my undergraduate degree at Merrimack College and later my graduate degree at Boston University. While at BU, I also worked with US Army in their Environmental Medicine Research laboratory studying heat related illnesses. My wife and I are both looking forward to returning back to Massachusetts (where we met) and experiencing what the western part of Massachusetts has to offer.

I am so grateful having the opportunity to train at Baystate. I was initially drawn to Baystate after I was lucky enough to rotate here during my fourth year of medical school. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the residents and the comradery amongst them. Throughout the interview process I found myself continually reflecting back on my time Baystate realizing nothing measured up to my experience while here. What I liked most was the commitment of the program director to constant innovation within the program and the receptiveness to resident input. Essentially, I feel in love with community at Baystate and the people within it.

During my spare time I enjoy playing and watching sports, namely the New England Patriots and Montreal Canadiens (not very popular around these parts). I played ice hockey growing up and still actively play in local men’s leagues. I also routinely play tennis, squash, and racquetball, basically, any racket sport. 

Dr. Alexander Hrycko Alexander Hrycko MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

Alex was born in Ontario, Canada and completed his undergraduate studies at Western University in Ontario. His interests include high-level competitive golf, and has competed in amateur tournaments in the US, Canada and Asia. Alex’s future interests are in Infectious Disease.

Osama Kandalaft MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

Dr. Osama Kandalaft

Hey Everyone! My name is Osama and I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. I made my move to Dublin, Ireland and studied at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) for medical school.

I would definitely say that I’m an outdoors person, and always took advantage of exploring Ireland whenever I could, despite the constant rain! So, it’s safe to say that I’m really looking forward to hiking, kayaking, camping in the spring and summer and snowboarding in the wintertime! A really big hobby of mine, one I hope to continue, is performing live as a guitarist and vocalist. I’m also a huge fan of traveling.

After graduation, I worked as an intern for one year in Dublin in Saint James’ Hospital, and then decided it was about time to make my move to the States! So I involved myself in one year of research as a fellow in neuroscience at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and managed to score a certificate in applied biostatistics (I don't know how excited I actually am about that degree, but it’s something!).Throughout my year in Boston, and getting ready to apply for the match, I always knew that Baystate Hospital was the place I was most drawn to! If the interns’ overall happiness with the program wasn’t enough to go by, the staff’s friendliness and hospitality is the cherry on top. All in all, I’m very excited to start this year and looking forward to meeting you all! 

Dr. Alexander Ly Alexander Ly DO

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alex was born in San Diego, and attended University of California- Irvine and studied biological sciences. He will be coming to Baystate from a Family Medicine residency at Orange Regional Medical Center in New York. His interests include snowboarding, tennis and fishing. He is interested in GI as a career. Alex is married to Christina Ly, DO an Anesthesia resident and they have a baby girl.

Dr. Charles Ma Charles Ma MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Charles was born in China and graduated Cornell University with a BS in biological studies. Charles’ interests include learning about global health, traveling the world, exploring other cultures, volleyball, and the outdoors. Charlie is interested in Palliative Care, Geriatrics and Endocrine.

 

Dr. Roderick MacDonald Roderick MacDonald MD

University College Cork School of Medicine

Roderick was born in Vancouver and received his BS from the University of British Columbia. He has a keen interest in sports and is currently plays competitive rugby in the All Ireland league. He also enjoys hiking, cycling, canoeing/kayaking, and cooking- especially spicy Asian food.

 

Dr. Katherine Markelz Katherine Markelz DO

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona Campus

Katie is from Fairfield, CT and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with BA in Biological Basis of Behavior and a minor in Nutrition, along with a certificate in Spanish. She was selected to spend an extra year of medical school working with the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department teaching osteopathic principles and procedures to 1st & 2nd year medical students. She enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing and spending time with her husband, dog, family and friends. Katie is interested in Pulmonary Critical Care.

Dr. Dermot MurphyDermot Murphy MD

University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School

Dermot was born and raised in Ireland. He graduated with a BA in English and History at the University of Limerick. He enjoys literature and history, classical music, spending time with his family and friends, cycling, reading, playing soccer and following the English Premiership Soccer league. Dermot is interested in a future career in nephrology.

Anthony Nicolas MD

University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences

Dr. Anthony Nicolas

I was born in Virginia where I spent my early years before moving to Lebanon with my family. Growing up between two countries gave me a unique perspective on life and the bonds we form with people from all kinds of backgrounds. I come from a family of musicians, which allowed me to develop a highly eclectic taste in music that includes classical, musical theater, blues, classic rock and heavy metal. I also discovered a deep passion for the guitar at an early age, and to this day it remains my preferred tool of self-expression.

Other interests of mine include science fiction, sports, reading, world cuisine, spending time with family and friends, and I am usually at my happiest when travelling the world with my wife.

I have always had a fascination with New England and had long hoped to pursue my medical career here. My interview at Baystate solidified my interest in the program after getting to experience a level of camaraderie and team spirit that I found truly unique. My medical interests include rheumatology and primary care, and I am very excited to start working at such a beautiful place with such warm and genuine people.

Dr. William Wyman William Wyman DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

I have lived in New England for most of my life. I went to the University of New Hampshire for undergrad and University of New England for medical school. Before deciding to go into medicine I worked in human resources for several years. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. I love to hike, run, kayak, and explore. I also love classical music and spend a lot of time playing the violin and the piano. I am really looking forward to residency at Baystate and am thrilled to be staying in New England!

Dr. Bushra Zia Bushra Zia MD

Aga Khan University Medical College

Hi my name is Bushra. Feel free to call me B if you prefer; all my friends do! I come from Pakistan which is some 12,000 miles from here. Don’t miss the spring season if you plan to visit! I am joining the Baystate Internal Medicine family with my husband, Hassaan - scroll up for his profile. We chose Baystate our home away from home for the next three years (and more I hope) straight up because of the effortless camaraderie amongst the residents and faculty. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to rotate here during medical school, however on the interview day it was immediately evident that the people working here are happier than most of the other places I had seen. The program its people and the place felt a perfect fit for me! I love spending my free time reading books, browsing through Quora and binge-watching Friends (guilty pleasure). Looking forward to becoming an excellent physician, making new friends and exploring new places!