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Internal Medicine Residents

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

Hear From Our Chief Residents

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

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Day in the Life

Resident Wellness

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

Resident Retreats

Meet Our Residents

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

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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, my wife and I are 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!

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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!

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Dr. Gavin KunsUniversity of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

Munther Queisi MD

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

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

Audrey Ready DO

Dr. Audrey ReadyLake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

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

Colby Salerno DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

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

Khalid Sawalha MD

University of Sharjah College of Medicine

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

Caitlyn Wasserman MD

Albany Medical College

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

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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.

Dr. Michel Farah

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.