Kerime Ararat, Istanbul University
Sulafa Ibrahim, National Ribat University College of Medicine
Ruchi Mukeshbhai, Patel Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences
Annie Abraham, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
Hello! Welcome to Baystate Anatomical and Clinical Pathology residency program! I have always been fascinated by diseases, their causes, progression and diagnosis. Having lost a family member to cancer, my passion for pursuing pathology was reinforced. A research study I did during medical school allowed me to develop a true appreciation for the scientific method.
Pathology offers a chance to combine my inquisitive nature, learning the art of diagnosis, clinical skills and carving out the right path concerning treatment for the clinicians. Baystate has a friendly environment and a great supporting staff to help the residents achieve their goals. As William Osler once said, "We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life”.
Apart from my studies, I appreciate classic literature, impressionist art, cooking Kerala food, gardening and hiking.
Soma Chakraborty, MBBS
Sir Salimullah Medical College
Hello everyone!!! I am from Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Born to Bengali parents who always wanted me to become a community physician, I decided to take biology as one of my majors in high school. Cell as the fundamental unit of life has always fascinated me and motivated me to pursue a career in medicine. I also became an enthusiast of Charles Darwin. Then I had the chance to be introduced to the field of pathology during the second year of my medical school in Sir Salimullah Medical College and Hospital. I was amused by how different tissues looked, how differences in cell structures can help grading cancers and how modern medicine works to diagnose and treat diseases by the combination of pathology and molecular biology.
I was fortunate enough to avail unique post-sophomore fellowship opportunity at the Department of Anatomical and Clinical Pathology of University of Connecticut, Health (UConn Health). During this one year of the intense fellowship program, I gained amazing knowledge of the pink-violet complex tissue architecture and developed a significant confidence in becoming a successful pathologist. I have also had the distinctive opportunity to perform research in the field of molecular biology of cancer cell in Dr. Suzi and Dr. Frank Tortis’ laboratory and molecular ophthalmic genetics in Dr. Mansoor Sarfarazi’s laboratory of UConn Health. My specific aim was to identify & study the genes that are expected to be involved in the etiology of various types of cancers and glaucoma. During those two years of molecular biology research, I also managed to get my graduate certificate in the foundation of Public Health from UConn Health MPH program as an essential way to understanding things including health policy and management, health education/behavior, biostatistics, environmental health/toxicology, and epidemiology.
After spending first 3 months at Baystate as s PGY1 resident, I am extremely impressed with the volume and breadth of interesting cases, the continuous educational improvement, and the program’s structured didactics. In addition, I highly value the teamwork that our co-workers exhibit. I sincerely appreciate the dedication and continued support from the program coordinator.
In my free time, I enjoy reading (fictions and physics), chatting with my mom, watching Netflix, spending time with my dear husband, and talking about dinosaurs and space with my tiny 5 year old boy AKA my universe.
Archana Sallagonda, MD
Osmania Medical College
Hi this is Archana Sallagonda. I graduated from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India. I discovered the interest for pathology during my internship years when I found that Pathology has a dramatic impact on clinical decision making and that the patient management can be changed completely based on the pathology report. This passion has led me to complete my residency in Pathology from the same medical school after which I worked as a consultant pathologist for a year.
Soon after I moved to USA, I decided to continue my career in Pathology to learn the latest diagnostic techniques and research implemented in making diagnosis to help in patient care. I did observerships in the hospital and clinical setting to understand the US health care system which in turn reinforced my passion to continue my career in pathology.
Outside of Medicine, I like to spend my time with my family, enjoy listening to music, trying new cuisines and watching movies. During my interview at Baystate, I felt this is the family I would like to be a part of. Having spent my 2 months of training as PGY1 resident at Baystate, now I am sure I have chosen the right place for my career. I am now part of Baystate family with supporting residents, encouraging attendings and very helpful program director and program coordinator.
Overall, I am very excited to have matched here and I look forward to growing professionally and personally over the next 4 years.
Ahmed Alhusseiny, MD
Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine
Hello everyone! Welcome to the fascinating world of Pathology. I’m Ahmed, a graduate of Mansoura University School of medicine in Egypt. After graduation, I started preparing for pathology residency while working as a general practitioner in Egypt. I had the chance to participate in research projects related to computational pathology in breast cancer. Then, I started gaining hands-on and shadowing experiences in the United States and Egypt. What attracted me to Pathology is its unique position that allows pathologists to contribute to health care in a meaningful way through the delivery of accurate diagnosis as well as increasing the understanding of disease processes. At Baystate, I experienced the joy of learning and practicing pathology from our amazing mentors. Baystate is a place to grow and learn in a friendly environment.
Apart from work, I enjoy visiting new places and meeting new people, playing tennis and soccer, and reading.
Hariharan Bharadwaj, MD
Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
Hello everyone!!! I'm Hariharan, known mostly around as Hari. I have lived in multiple cities within India during different parts of my life. Born in Chennai, I did my schooling in Mumbai, went to Mangalore for my medical school and training, and finally worked in a small village near Vizag as an emergency medicine doctor. What is common about all these four places is their proximity to the beach, and hence I have a special connection with beaches. Manipal University is one of India's best Universities, and I am one of its proud alumni. I love being able to always have the answers. So naturally, I migrated to Pathology since I got fascinated by how Pathology holds answers to every specialty in medicine and helps unravel the medical field's mysteries and uncertainties. In my interview trail, I was really impressed by the camaraderie of the resident group at Baystate and the extremely friendly environment. The interviews here were distinctly etched in my mind. I was delighted to match here, and have not looked back since! This is a perfect place to learn, grow, and explore the vast expanse of Pathology.
Outside of work, my passion for food makes me a good cook. I enjoy traveling; I have explored a lot of the north-east during my period here at Baystate! The beauty of mountains, the fall colors, the ocean, and the proximity to big cities like Boston and New York just makes this place perfect!
Madhavi Pandiri, MD
Mamata Medical College
Hello! I’m Madhavi, from Hyderabad, India. During my medical school, I developed an interest in pursuing Pathology as a specialty which led me to complete my residency in Pathology at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad. I believe Pathology acts as a bridge between basic science research and clinical medicine which helps to implement the concepts of research, to developing tools for improved diagnosis and treatment outcome. I love the process of continued discovery that Pathology provides with wide and endless variety in the work.
After I moved to the United States, I was determined to learn the latest advancements and research in Pathology. I have had the opportunity to do an Observership in Wooster Community Hospital, Ohio. Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family, watching cartoons with my daughter and gardening.
During my interview at Baystate, I perceived a friendly environment, dedicated faculty, organized and thoughtful support staff and a great balance between anatomic and clinical pathology. I knew that this would be a program where I would thrive both professionally and personally. I'm very excited to have matched here and can't wait to be a part of this incredible team.
Sanica Bhele MD
Shri Vasantrao Naik Government Medical College
Hi! I am a 3rd year pathology resident at Baystate Medical Center. I grew up and went to medical school in India. Then I completed a pathology residency and practiced anatomic pathology for few years in India. When I moved to the United States, I worked as a research student in the department of pathology at Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles California.
Matching at Baystate Medical Center worked out really well for me and my family. Having spent more than 2 years now, I can say that I really like being part of Baystate. What I like about our pathology department is that we have a very good group of residents as well as very supportive staff and faculty. The residents are very motivated, support each other and engage in group studying. Our PAs are super nice and help us at every step while grossing. The faculty are very experienced in their subspecialties, are actively engaged in teaching, and are approachable. We have a huge volume of anatomic pathology cases and we get to see a variety of interesting cases. Our clinical pathology curriculum is equally strong and prepares us well not only for boards but also for future practice. Although my previous background was strong in AP, after going through various CP rotations (especially transfusion medicine) here at Baystate, I have a new found interest in clinical pathology.
The best part of living in and around Springfield is that it is at drivable distance from Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine. Western Massachusetts & New England area has a lot to offer. There are several activities to do in and around, such as hiking, camping, skiing, and kayaking to name a few. I love nature and outdoors, visiting beaches and there are several options around, Cape Cod being my most favorite.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, yoga, reading novels and biographies, listening to music and trying my hands at painting.
Zainab Harb MD
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain
Nupur Jadhav MD
Government Medical College Aurangabad
Esma Ersoy, MD
Istanbul Universitesi, Istanbul Tip Fakultesi
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.
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.