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

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Day in the Life

Resident Wellness

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Meet Our Residents

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

2022 Match

Mohammad Abdulelah

University of Jordan

Leen Al-faris

University of Jordan

Javier Apodaca

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara

Sharmeen Azher

Albany Medical College

Victoria Caruso

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kevin Cruz-Lopez

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Syifa Djunaedi

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kritika Gunachelvan

St. George's University

Julia Fischer

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

Omar Haider

Shifa College of Medicine

Mark Hanna

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Molly Ingemi

University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School - Baystate

Matthew McAuliffe

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ankit Patel

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine-New York

Aida Saad

Alfaisal University College of Medicine

Elisha Shah

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

John Szendrey

University College Dublin

Ayesha Zaidi

RCSI-Medical University of Bahrain


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 –! 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.

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!


Subahana Aboobucker, MD

Dr Subahana AboobuckerAlfaisal University College of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr Qurratulain AhmedQurratulain Ahmed, MD

Aga Khan University Medical College

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

Sreyoshi Fatima Alam, MD

Dr Sreyoshi AlamAlfaisal University College of Medicine

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

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

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

Aleezay Asghar, MD

Dr Aleezay AsgharAga Khan University Medical College

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

Anum Fatima, MD

Dr Anum FatimaKing Edward Medical University

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

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

Aarshitha Katta, DO

Dr Aarshitha KattaRowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

Sabiha Khan, MD

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

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

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

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

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

Taroob Latef, MD

Dr Taroob LatefKing Edward Medical University

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

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

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

Dr Zaid ObaidaZaid Obaida, MD

University of Virginia School of Medicine

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

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

Dr Yasin ObeidatYasin Obeidat, MD

Alfaisal University College of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr Michael O'DonnellMichael O'Donnell, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

Dr Gabriella PrimeraGabriella Primera, DO

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

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

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

Ryan Pritham, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

SDr Shayal Pundlikhayal Pundlik, DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

Syed Hamza Sohail, MD

Dr Syed Hamza SohailAga Khan University Medical College

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

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

Michael Wagner, DO

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

Bahiazoe Wahba, MD

Dr Bahiazoe WahbaAlbany Medical College

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

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

Fatima Warraich, MD

Dr. Fatima WarraichAga Khan University Medical College

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

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


Dr. Marcos Bachman

Marcos Bachman MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

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

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

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

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

Dr. Alyssa Cali

Alyssa Cali DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Kate Cappetta

Kate Cappetta DO

Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Druv Das

Druv Das MD

Drexel University College of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Kyle Draleau

Kyle Draleau DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Petal Elder

Petal Elder MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Groudan

Kevin Groudan MD

University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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

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

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

Dr. Jesse Katz

Jesse Katz MD

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

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

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

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

Dr. Aysha Khan

Aysha Khan MBBS

Aga Khan University Medical College

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

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

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

Dr. Zoha Khan

Zoha Khan MBBS

Ziauddin Medical College

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

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

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

Dr. Christine Kreider

Christine Kreider MD

Penn State University College of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Camille Lupianez-Merly

Camille Lupianez-Merly MD

Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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

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

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

Dr. Tiago Martins

Tiago Martins DO

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

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

Dr. Colby Nixon

Colby Nixon DO

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Brent Schell

Brent Schell MD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

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

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

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

Dr. Gagandeep Singh

Gagandeep Singh MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Fatima Warraich

Fatima Warraich MBBS

Alfaisal University College of Medicine

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

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

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

Dr. Ya Zhou

Ya Zhou MD

Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University

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

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

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