Alumni (Class of 2012)
SHAFAQ BOKHARI, MD
Dr. Shafaq received her medical degree from the Dow Medical College in 2001. She is a proud mother of two and took some time off to fulfill this important role.
In her free time, she enjoys wood burning and crafting, traveling, children face painting, and gardening. She participated in multiple arts competitions while in school, and won an essay writing competition held by a London-based newspaper. She speaks fluent English, Urdu, and Hindi.
TANIA CALZADA, MD
Dr. Tania Calzada received her medical degree from Institut de Ciencias Medicas Habana, Cuba in 1992. In medical school, she received an "Honor Student" award. From 1992 to 1995, she attended the National Institute of Ophthalmology residency program in Cuba. Over the next several years, she worked and/or was involved in the field of ophthalmology. She has several poster and oral presentations to her credit.
Her interests include tutoring children, book collecting and reading, travelling and exploring countries, swimming and watching movies. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
SYED HASSAN, MD
Dr. Syed Raheel Hassan received his medical degree in 2003 from the Dow Medical College, Pakistan. Thereafter, he worked as house officer and senior medical officer in Pakistan.
His interests, when not working or studying, are reading, metaphysical philosophy, world history and world religions.
KARINE KARAPETYAN, MD
Dr. Karapetyan received her medical degree in 1990 from Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia; graduating in the top 2% of her class. She then completed internal medicine residency training followed by fellowship training in critical care. Up to 2001, she worked in Armenia as an ICU attending, caring for a wide range of critically ill patients. She is a member of the Armenian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensive Care Specialists.
She enjoys reading and traveling.
ALI KHAN, MD
Dr. Khan joined the Capital Health Residency Program in 2010 after completing a year of training at Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Although he was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he considers himself a tri-state native. Situated in Stony Brook, NY, he completed his undergraduate training at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY and in 2008 received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica.
In his spare time, Dr. Khan enjoys watching movies, listening to music, playing video games, watching (and playing) sports, spending time with friends & family, and most importantly, working to fulfill his lifelong goal of learning how to play the guitar and to become a stand-up comedian.
SHUBHUM MISRA, MD
Dr. Shubhum Misra received his medical degree in 2008 from the American University of the Caribbean. He has been a volunteer researcher at UMDNJ and at his medical school.
He hosted a radio show at Boston University where he also received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He also hosted a popular urban music variety show from 2002-2004, and was a part-time DJ at various venues from 2004 to 2006.
SEYED ALI MOHAMMADI RAD, MD
Dr. Rad received his medical degree from the Tehran University of the Medical Sciences in 2001 and graduated in the top 10% of his class. He received a "Commendation for Excellent Service from the President of Medical Council of Iran" and the "Honor Student Commendation from the President of Tehran University of Medical Sciences" in 1999. He worked in Tehran as a sports medicine consultant prior to moving to the US. In 2008, he received his master's in public health degree from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Rad worked as a senior research assistant at Henry Ford Hospital and more recently as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. He has been widely published in peer-reviewed journals, has authored book chapters and made many poster and oral presentations during this time. He also received numerous awards during his professional career.
His hobbies and interests include playing tennis, soccer, and volleyball. He also enjoys mountain climbing, camping, and watching sports. He also likes to cook.
DAMIAN CASADESUS RODRIGUEZ, MD
Dr. Rodriguez received his medical degree from the Institut Superior de Ciencias Medicas Habana in 1994 and doctorate in 1997 from Niiagat University, Japan. He received the "Outstanding Medical Student" award and graduated from medical school with "Summa Cum Laude" (gold medal). He trained in colon and rectal surgery at the Calixto Garcia University Hospital from 1994-1997, graduating with "Summa Cum Laude" again, and continued there through 2002 as an assistant professor and attending surgeon, performed over 4,000 surgeries, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. From 2002-2003, he was involved with research at the Niigata University, where he gained experience with molecular biology techniques. More recently, he has been doing research at the University of Miami.
He has many publications in peer reviewed journals and poster presentations. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Cuban Society of Coloproctology and Caribbean Medical Association.
Dr. Rodriguez has a great interest in collecting antiques and playing sports. He also enjoys the arts such as poetry, literature, and ballet.
JASDEEP SODHI, MD
Dr. Sodhi received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He also received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University with a major in economics and a minor in biological sciences.
He also went to St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen, NJ and grew up in Edison, NJ. In his spare time, he likes to go to the gym, play basketball, watch football, play Xbox 360, and is a master of the grill.
HALIS SONMEZ, MD
Dr. Halis Sonmez received his medical degree from the Istanbul Universitesi, Turkey in 1994 and completed an internal medicine residency at the Ankara University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency training and worked as an internist in Turkey prior to relocating to the US.
In May 2001, he presented "The effect of specific immunotherapy on IL-10 plasma levels in patients with allergic rhinitis" in Berlin, Germany.
OMID TEHRANI, MD
Dr. Omid Tehrani received his medical degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2000. He practiced as a general practitioner in Iran prior to relocating to the US. He received a doctorate in cancer biology from the Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Michigan in 2008.
Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow in the center of Molecular Imaging at the University of Michigan. He has received numerous awards during school and at Wayne State University. He has been a member of many professional organizations. He has published in peer review journals and made poster and oral presentations.