PGY1 (Class of 2019)

Syeda Maha Bokhari   
 

SYEDA MAHA BOKHARI, MBBS
Dr. Bokhari received her degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan in March 2005. After graduating, she completed an internship at Jinnah Hospital in Pakistan, and continued working as a medical officer at the same hospital. Dr. Bokhari then worked as a general practitioner and teacher in the United Arab Emirates until 2013 before relocating to the United States. She is currently in the process of getting her MPH at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In addition to her work, Dr. Bokhari has made several poster and oral presentations numerous scholarly conferences throughout the US.

In her free time, Dr. Bokhari enjoys playing badminton, board games, reading, and cooking. She is fluent in English and Urdu.

   
Amad J. Choudhry
 

AMAD J. CHOUDHRY, MBBS
Dr. Choudhry graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan in April 2014. He then completed several clinical sub-internships in New York until July 2014 after relocating to the United States. He has had several publications in peer-reviewed journal articles/abstracts and presentations at scholarly meetings.

During his free time, Dr. Choudhry enjoys hiking, camping, exercising, football, tennis, swimming, reading, and traveling. He speaks English, Punjabi, and Urdu.

   
Zia Ur Rehman Durrani
 

ZIA UR REHMAN DURRANI, MBBS
Dr. Durrani received his MBBS degree from Khyber Medical College in Pakistan in December 2005, and after, he completed an internship at Khyber Teaching Hospital until January 2007. He worked as a general practitioner in Pakistan until January 2010, and later worked as a postgraduate resident at Khyber Teaching Hospital, followed by a medical officer/hospitalist until July 2015, before relocating to the United States. He has made several oral presentations at conferences in Pakistan.

Dr. Durrani enjoys watching sports, playing lawn tennis, cricket, and golf. He also enjoys watching historical “epic” movies and listening to music. He is fluent in English and Urdu.

   
Roozbeh Mofid Ghavami
 

ROOZBEH MOFID GHAVAMI, MD
Dr. Ghavami graduated from St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine in Curacao with his MD in February 2016. He has done several rotations at hospitals in Maryland and New Jersey. Dr. Ghavami also worked as an EMT-P for a Pennsylvania rescue squad and nursing volunteer in Philadelphia, PA. He has research experience at Temple University in Philadelphia and volunteer experience as a medical student in Austria. Dr. Ghavami has made several scholarly presentations in the United States and Canada.

In his free time, Dr. Ghavami enjoys LEGO architecture, learning about world history and politics, outdoor activities, and traveling. He is fluent in English and Persian.

   
Thupten Gyaltsen
 

THUPTEN GYALTSEN, MBBS
Dr. Gyaltsen is a graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College in December 2004, located in India. After graduating medical school, Dr. Gyaltsen worked as a primary care physician in India until December 2012 at two different hospitals before relocating to the United States. After his relocation, Dr. Gyaltsen worked as an observer and research assistant in Portland, Oregon.

When he has free time, Dr. Gyaltsen enjoys reading, travelling, and spending quality time with his family. He describes himself as a “foodie”, and enjoys going out to different restaurants. Dr. Gyaltsen is fluent in English and Hindi.

   
Hardawan Ahmed Hassan 

HARDAWAN AHMED HASSAN, MBChB
Dr. Hassan graduated with his MBChB in July 1998 from Sulaimani College of Medicine in Iraq and with his MD from the same college in July 2008. He was ranked third in the college in the first stage in 1992. Dr. Hassan completed an internship in Iraq from 1998-2000, then working as a general practitioner. From 2002 to 2004, he completed an internal medicine fellowship, and then worked as a physician at Halabja General Hospital in Iraq. Dr. Hassan completed a cardiology fellowship from 2005-2008, and after, he worked as a cardiologist and cardiologist consultant in Iraq until the present. Dr. Hassan has made several presentations at scientific meetings.

Dr. Hassan has a passion for reading, current affairs, traveling, volunteering, visiting museums, coin collection, soccer, listening to music, and cycling. He is fluent in English and Arabic.

   
Hussein Alaa Hussein
 

HUSSEIN ALAA HUSSEIN, MBChB
Dr. Hussein graduated from the University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine in Iraq in July 1999. Post-graduation, Dr. Hussein completed an internal medicine residency in Iraq from 2001 to 2004. He then completed a general surgery residency from 2005 to 2008. After completing these programs, Dr. Hussein completed two non-ACGME accredited surgical critical care and cardiothoracic surgery residencies at UTMB/Shriner Burn Hospital for Children in Texas, following his relocation to the United States.

During his free time, Dr. Hussein enjoys soccer, running, and other fitness activities. He is fluent in English and Arabic.

   
Hannah James
 

HANNAH JAMES, MD
Dr. James graduated with her MD from Tay Nguyen Universite Ecole de Medecine in Vietnam in September 2007, where she received a full tuition scholarship to her program. Following her graduation, she worked as a general practitioner in Vietnam, then working as a GI and hepatology physician. After relocating to the United States, Dr. James worked as a nursing assistant and endoscopy technician in Minnesota.

Dr. James enjoys gardening, reading, cooking Asian cuisine, and fishing in her free time, and describes herself as an avid tennis player. She is fluent in Vietnamese and English.

   
Albana B. Mihali
 

ALBANA B. MIHALI, MD
Dr. Mihali graduated from the University of Medicine of Tirana in Albania in July 2002. She graduated medical school Summa Cum Laude. After graduating, Dr. Mihali worked as a general physician in Albania before starting as a post-graduate cardiology fellow. Following this, she worked as the secretary of the Albanian Conference of Cardiology with the Albanian Society of Cardiology. She also worked as a cardiologist until 2013 before relocating to the United States. Dr. Mihali has had several publications in peer-reviewed journals and poster presentations at scholarly meetings.

In her free time, Dr. Mihali enjoys organizing fundraising events, planning family trips, biking, and gardening. She is fluent in English and Albanian.

   
Faryal Zehra Nadeem
 

FARYAL ZEHRA NADEEM, MBBS
Dr. Nadeem graduated with her degree from Dow Medical College in Pakistan in March 2013. She is part of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. During medical school, Dr. Nadeem was a visiting medical student in Texas, Georgia, and California. Following her graduation from medical school, Dr. Nadeem worked as an intern house officer in Pakistan before relocating to the United States.

Dr. Nadeem enjoys making presentations and speeches, noting that it gives her confidence when she succeeds and connects with the audience. She also enjoys reading and traveling. Dr. Nadeem is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu.

   
Zainab Aisha Shafi
 

ZAINAB AISHA SHAFI, MBBS
In March 2013, Dr. Shafi graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan with her MBBS. Following her graduation, Dr. Shafi worked as a house officer in Pakistan until August 2014 when she relocated to the United States. After relocating, Dr. Shafi held job titles such as extern, observer, volunteer, and research assistant.

Dr. Shafi enjoys travel, crafts, and badminton, having competed in several competitions in and before medical school. She is fluent in English, Punjabi, Urdu, and speaks Hindi.

   
Naziha Slimani 

NAZIHA SLIMANI, MD
Dr. Slimani graduated with her degree from Université d'Algers Faculté des Sciences Médicales in Algeria in October 2001. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Slimani completed an ophthalmology residency. She worked as a general practitioner for a year before working as an ophthalmologist and assistant professor until April 2011. Dr. Slimani did observerships in France and Michigan before going back to Algeria to briefly do routine patient checkups. She then came back to the United States as a research fellow. Dr. Slimani has had several presentations at scientific meetings in both Algeria and the United States.

In her free time, Dr. Slimani enjoys reading, learning foreign languages, traveling, jogging, and cooking. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.  

   
Kristina Germanovna Zarkua 

KRISTINA GERMANOVNA ZARKUA, MD
Dr. Zarkua graduated Summa Cum Laude from First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov in the Russian Federation in July 2011. After her graduation, Dr. Zarkua worked as a medical resident at the University until August 2013, when she completed her residency. After her relocation to the United States, Dr. Zarkua worked as a newsletter general editor at the Russian American Medical Association in Ohio.

Dr. Zarkua enjoys reading Russian classic literature, yoga, dancing, cooking, listening to the Beatles, and spending time with her family. She has noted that it is her dream to one day attend a Paul McCartney concert. Dr. Zarkua is fluent in English and Russian.

 

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