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Pathology Residents

Meet Our Residents

Our residents tell you about themselves, their backgrounds, interests, aspirations, and why Baystate is a good fit for them. 

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BheleSanica

Sanica Bhele MD

Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College

HarbZainab

Zainab Harb MD

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain

JadhavNupur

Nupur Jadhav MD

Government Medical College Aurangabad

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Esma Ersoy, MD

Istanbul Universitesi, Istanbul Tip Fakultesi

Dr. Esma Ersoy

Hi, welcome to the World of Pathology!

This is Esma who just started to the pathology residency training recently at Baystate Medical Center. I graduated from Istanbul University School of Medicine and had a chance to get my medical education in an institution which has a hundred years of history. After my graduation, I had worked as a physician in an emergency department of a state hospital in Turkey. Actually, this experience helped me to figure out where I would like to be for my future career and that is how my experiences started in the U.S.

I worked with Dr. Rahimi as a research fellow in Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Boston University. I studied on cancer pathogenesis which includes breast carcinoma and renal carcinoma, to say in particular on novel cell adhesion molecules such as MINAR1 and TMIGD1. Then, I got accepted as a pathology resident to University of Massachusetts –Baystate Medical Center. Now is the time for me to learn more about the World of Pathology.

As a member of Pathology Department at Baystate Medical Center, I would like to say that I got a really good experience here, so far. Increasing the medical knowledge with an exceptional patient care in a friendly environment is my perception for this department. Hope to learn more and go on to serve an exceptional work as a team.

Dr. Nickul Shah

Nickul Shah, MD

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

I have spent most of my life growing up in Agawam, Massachusetts, and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a major in Microbiology, during my undergraduate years. After graduating at UMASS Amherst, I chose to attend American University of Antigua College of Medicine. During high school and undergraduate years, I was fortunate to be working at Baystate Medical Center Transfusion Medical Services, where I had the opportunity to learn about adverse transfusion reactions, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI), as well as various coagulopathies and hemoglobinopathies. I also became aware of the immunological and serological aspects of transfusion medicine with different blood types, antigen-antibody cross-matches, and HLA genotypes.

As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, I majored in microbiology and immunology to gain more insight on the human body’s defense system against various pathogenic illnesses. As an undergraduate researcher, I utilized PCR biotechnology as well as gas chromatography and elemental analyzers to study two different biochemical processes, all of which furthered my pursuit towards medicine.

Having attended American University of Antigua College of Medicine, I had the opportunity to gain a greater perspective of such diversity of diseases, which furthered my interests towards pathology. Coming full circle, I am glad to be a part of Baystate Medical Center’s team. It is a great program to foster great academic success through teamwork, research opportunities, passionate physicians and staff, and a wide array of unique cases. Being a part of Baystate Medical Center is a dream comes true for me, as I always wanted to provide my services to the community that I call home in the western Massachusetts region of the Pioneer Valley.

Dr. Salih Toker

Salih Toker, MD

Cukurova Universitesi Tip Fakultesi

Hello, I'm Salih. I am from Turkey. After completing my medical education, I decided to pursue my career in the pathology field. To achieve my goal, I participated in a research activity for two years in Maryland. At the end of this period, I have been accepted as a resident at Baystate Medical Center.

There are many reasons to choose BMC. First of all, BMC has a very friendly environment, everyone is willing to help and answer questions regardless of whether they are technical or not. And also, high volume with unusual cases are another striking feature at BMC. Therefore I feel excited about being a part of the BMC family and consider it a great opportunity to do well for my career.

I enjoy music particularly playing Baglama (which is a Turkish folkloric instrument), swimming, fishing, hiking and planting tree seeds, particularly oak.

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Dr. Romany AbdelmalakRomany Abdelmalak MD

University of Cairo Faculty of Medicine

Hello, I'm Romany! Let me first tell you that Pathology is a unique specialty. If you're considering it, you're about to make a wise decision that will really change your life. What makes Pathology unique is that you are the link between being a clinician and a scientist. You interpret data on multiple levels; clinical, genetic, molecular, cytological, etc. making a big difference in patient care. So, choosing where you spend your training is of utmost importance.

I applied to a lot of programs, got so many interview invitations. By the end of my visit to Baystate, I knew I wanted to be part of this program and luckily they wanted the same. At this time, I was mainly looking at how a program looks on paper, checking the website, asking my colleagues and my teachers. After interviewing with different programs all over the country, I realized that looking beyond the available information is more important; looking for a good place to fit in, a well-balanced education and a place to call home.

Baystate is great. Our attending physicians are excellent pathologists, devoted mentors, and admirable people. Having various divisions, diversity of cases and research opportunities builds up your CV for a continuously more competitive market. We, the residents, are a sweet little family. Help is offered before you ask. I am learning a lot here on so many levels.

This part of the country is very special. A lovely neighboring town called Northampton is what sold me on this residency program. After living in NYC for a couple of years, moving to a more relaxing, peaceful, yet vibrant location feels nice.

I enjoy road trips, soccer, hiking and listening to music. Western Massachusetts is the perfect place for all that. With good time management, you can easily have plenty of time for your hobbies, your family, and friends. Baystate is a wonderful place to start your career as a pathologist. 

Dr. Anthony Cretara Anthony Cretara MD

Boston University School of Medicine

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in Long Beach California. In undergrad, I majored in Theater Arts and spent a few years in Los Angeles working as a professional actor. After that, I went back to school for a teaching credential, and spent the next few years teaching high school English in Los Angeles, and then elementary school English in Seoul, South Korea. While in South Korea, I decided I wanted to go into medicine, eventually finding my way to Boston University School of Medicine and then to Baystate Medical Center.

I am happy to join the Baystate team. The people here are friendly and have a strong work ethic. The attendings and fellow residents foster a safe and healthy learning environment. Of course, days can become busy with the high volume of cases that come through the department, but everyone is always willing to help, teach, and answer questions. Our first week has been very productive and I have already grossed a wide variety of specimens and seen unusual cases. 

Dr. Majd Jawad Majd Jawad MD

University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine

Hello, this is Majd.

I was raised in Syria, and spent my life between three different countries. After finishing medical school, I decided to pursue my residency in the US. I was excited to explore a new part of the world and have my training in a high quality institution.

During my interviews, I was looking for a program that is balanced between the work load, diversity of cases, research opportunities and social life. Although it has been a short time since I joined Baystate, I feel that I am in the right place. Every day is an accomplishment with the education and practice we are receiving under the attendings and residents’ supervision.

In addition to that, I enjoy music and architecture. Western Massachusetts, and New England in general, has very cultural atmosphere, with many symphonies and museums that are well known worldwide.

I am very excited to spend the next few years here, and glad to be part of the pathology team at Baystate.

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Dr. Mahmoud Elsayad

Mahmoud Elsayad, MD

Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine

Hey, I am Mahmoud, I am from Egypt.

I am a realistic person, so I am not going to talk about why I did chose Pathology program at Baystate Medical Center, I will talk about what I did find here. Every day I spend here I feel that I am on the right way of my education. Every day I gain new knowledge, new experience, and new friends. Every person here is kind and helpful so it is easy to feel that you are in a productive, educational environment. One more advantage of pathology department in Baystate, as I am a homesick person, it keeps me busy forgetting my homesickness. I can say I am lucky because I am part of Baystate Health.

Dr. Chibuike Enwereuzo

Chibuike Enwereuzo, MD

University of Nigeria Faculty of Medicine

I was born in Nigeria, grew up in one of its bustling cities and had my basic medical education there. During the early days of my medical studies, I became convinced that pathology was my calling, a decision that was informed by the dedicated pathologists who taught me in medical school and who exposed me to the amazing, complex and intriguing world of pathology. I also made up my mind that I would seek training in a program that is committed to graduate medical education in pathology and where there is as much emphasis on the science of pathology as there is on the art.

This ambition took me to the US where I was fortunate to be offered an appointment at Baystate Medical Center which, apart from being a reputable center of tertiary health care in the US, also has a well-structured residency program that can match any other in the country. The program's remarkable faculty is drawn from several different countries from almost all the continents of the world, many of whom are well respected in the field of Pathology. Learning at their feet has been a great honor and I remain grateful for their effort, not just to make a competent pathologist out of me, but also to make the process exciting.

Living and working in a foreign country far away from home may at first present some challenges but the New England area has an appeal that quickly makes one feel at home. I was impressed with its beautiful landscape, glitzy coastlines and rich cultural diversity. Springfield's rich history and national parks also means that there is no shortage of stuff to do and see when you are off duty.

Dr. Sajjad Hassan

Sajjad Hassan, MD

Allama Iqbal Medical College

Hello! I am Sajjad. I grew up in a big city of Pakistan named Lahore. My parents always wanted us to achieve top grades in school. During college, I found Biology way more interesting than Mathematics. I got selected in one of the really good medical schools in the city. I like playing Indian classical music on a keyboard. I have been playing keyboard during my free time since I was a teenager, though I have never had any formal training in music. I really find it very challenging and interesting.

I was looking for a Pathology residency program with thorough training, good mentors/attending’s, nice people to work with, quality didactics etc. After finishing USMLE exams, I joined research in Molecular Pathology, Temple University, in Philadelphia. Since the matching process is too unpredictable, getting matched to Baystate was a great surprise and a major transition in my life. Working at Baystate is not only increasing my skills and knowledge base but also it is a great pleasure to work with all those nice people who I work with (supervisors and colleagues). Having spent my life in hot and humid climate of Lahore, I found living in Springfield very joyful and interesting. I must say that I love it and am making the most out of this whole experience of my residency in this institution.