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Radiology Residents

Day in the Life

A resident breaks down a "typical" day.

Meet Our Residents

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

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John Rasla, DO

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Deeply affected by his grandfather’s diagnosis of late-stage cancer, John decided to pursue a medical career, and challenged himself educationally to prepare for that career by building a solid science foundation. John completed his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University, earning a B.S. in biology in 2012.

Prior to entering medical school in 2015, John explored several medical specialties by volunteering at local West Virginia hospitals, where one opportunity in particular exposed him to a world that captured his interest: radiology.

He has worked in his family’s pizza business, tutored students in Elementary Arabic 1 &2, and worked as a research technician at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. John has a long history of volunteerism: summer camp leader, West Virginia flood relief efforts, and Shriner’s Hospital for Children fundraiser, to name a few. John’s hobbies include fishing and tennis.

Georgios Sideris, MD

Univeristy of Athens School of Health Sciences

When Georgios was a teenager in Greece, an episode involving radiologists’ conflicting assessments of his mother’s mammogram bewildered him. This experience greatly shaped his interests once he began medical school in 2009. During his student years, he spent a one-month observership in Pediatric Radiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

After medical school, he was awarded a post-graduate clinical scholarship, and spent 4 months rotating through Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, and the ICU at a hospital in Greece. He served as a medical officer for the Hellenic Navy. In 2017, Georgios entered a post-doctoral research fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Johns Hopkins, and in 2018, he entered his Internal Medicine preliminary year at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

He loves the theater, the arts, and singing, and acted in his medical school drama club’s musical.

Amninder Singh, MB,BS

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Born in Abohar, India, Amninder does not come from a family of medical professionals. His interest in medicine was piqued when, as a child, he had his first interaction with diagnostic imaging, and was awestruck by the idea of “seeing” beyond human capabilities.

He entered medical school in 2012, during which time the role of radiologists inspired him to know and understand more about the specialty. In 2017 and 2018, Amninder spent two away rotations at the Cleveland Clinic, and an away rotation at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. He has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, and poster and oral presentations. He feels that diagnostic radiology is at the forefront of technological advances in medicine, and he is very interested in cardiac imaging.

In his spare time, Amninder enjoys getting close to nature, especially hiking, trekking, and cycling. Ask him to tell you the story about his getting stranded during a trek in the Himalayan forests at 15,000 feet!

Shahrzad Tavana, MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Shahrzad is a graduate of UT Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. She has completed her undergraduate studies in Human biology at the University of Texas at Austin with highest honors.

Shahrzad’s main interest in radiology includes breast and women’s imaging, and she has been involved in research in this topic since medical school.

Her interests outside of medicine include tennis, and classical music. She has been playing classical piano since the age of 8, and mainly focuses on works of Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

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Dr. Edgar Martinez-Salazar

Edgar Martinez-Salazar MD

Universidad de Antioquia Facultad de Medicina

Dr. Ivy Nguyen

Ivy Nguyen DO

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

Dr. Jonathan Tran

Jonathan Tran DO

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Kyle Urbanczyk

Kyle Urbanczyk DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie

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Dr. Blake Hansen

Blake Hansen MD

Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Angelica Patino

Angelica Patino MD

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Facultad de Medicina

Dr. Stanislav Ryndin

Stanislav Ryndin DO

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California

Dr. Anish Sureshkumar

Anish Sureshkumar DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Carolinas Campus

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Pouya Aghajafari MD

St. Matthew's University School of Medicine (Grand Cayman)

Christina Duffin, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in California. I majored in neuroscience at UCLA and then went to Ross University School of Medicine where I did various research projects in neurosurgery. My preliminary year was at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

My hobbies include playing the piano, swimming, and hiking.

Dr. Daniel HynesDaniel Hynes, MD

NUI Galway School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Galway Ireland. I attended medical school at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Following medical school I completed my internship at Galway University Hospital. I then went on to complete basic surgical training with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. During this time I also obtained a master’s in surgery at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Participation in cancer multidisciplinary meetings spurred my interest in radiology. I completed my preliminary medicine year at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse NY.

I have a keen interest in sports and music and actively partake in lacrosse, ice hockey, skiing, soccer and Gaelic Athletic Association sports; football and hurling. I am excited to commence training with UMMS-Baystate radiology.

Dr. Nicolas VasselNicolas Vassel, DO

Rocky Vista University College

I was born and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. I attended Ohio State for undergrad, Boston University for grad school, and went to Rocky Vista University for my medical school training. I am currently doing my internship in Jefferson City, Missouri at Capital Region Medical Center.

Outside of work, I am a huge sports fan, especially college/pro football. I also enjoy working out, traveling, watching movies, and attempting to golf. I am excited to be starting the radiology residency at Baystate and I look forward to moving back to Massachusetts.