PGY1 (Class of 2017)


Dr. Arthur Ablayev received his medical degree from Crimean State Medical University in Ukraine in 2004, where he served as class president for three years and won numerous awards. Since receiving his degree, Dr. Ablayev completed his residency in Ukraine and continued to work as a physician at Crimea Republic Hospital until 2012, when he relocated to the United States.

He speaks Ukrainian, Turkish and Russian. Dr. Ablayev also enjoys hiking and martial arts and has a keen interest in aviation.

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Dr. Al Ali was born in Iraq and graduated from University of Basrah College of Medicine in Iraq in 2002, where she maintained dean’s list status for six years. After receiving her degree, she completed three years of internal medicine residency training at Basrah Teaching Hospital. After working as a general practitioner in Iraq for several years, Dr. Al Ali relocated to Houston, Texas, where she currently works as a clinical assistant in a cardiology clinic. Last year, she co-authored a book chapter that was published in A Practical Approach to Neutropenia.

In addition to English, she is also fluent in Arabic. Dr. Al Ali is a very energetic person who enjoys exercising, reading medical and non-medical literature, and watching television.



Dr. Hakim Shoushtari graduated from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2005. He served in the Iranian military as a general physician and ER physician; and went on to work as an ER physician in Tehran, Iran. Dr. Hakim Shoushtari moved to the United States in 2010 and is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has co-authored numerous posters as well as published journal articles.

Dr. Hakim Shoushtari speaks Persian and enjoys soccer, drawing, painting, swimming and music.



Dr. Kazemi Nia is a graduate of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in his native country of Iran. After graduating, Dr. Kazemi Nia worked as a general practitioner at his private practice and also at a drug rehabilitation center in Iran for more than 10 years before relocating to the United States in 2011. More recently, he has worked at a primary care clinic as an assistant in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, he was doing research as a research associate in University of Maryland. He was involved in peer-reviewed journal, abstract, and has given oral presentations internationally.

Dr. Kazemi Nia is fluent in Persian and enjoys playing tennis, traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.




Dr. Mehrnia graduated from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in 2005 in his home country of Iran. After graduation, he served in the Iranian Air Force as the head of clinic. He went on to work as an ER supervisor at Kasra Hospital in Iran. Dr. Mehrnia then moved to the United States in 2011. He has been active in giving poster presentations in the field of nephrology. Dr. Mehrnia received certification for winter sports injuries from the Iranian National Academy of Winter Sports

He enjoys playing soccer and tennis, and is interested in computer programming, politics and economics. In addition to English, Dr. Mehrnia speaks Persian and Turkish.



Dr. Mesiha is a graduate of the University of Alexandria in Egypt, where he received recognition for his high academic achievement during his years of study. He went on to complete his residency in critical care and toxicology before moving to Kuwait, where he worked as an emergency physician for seven years. While working at Adan Hospital in Kuwait, he was annually recognized for his excellent performance by hospital administration. In 2012, he relocated to the United States where he currently works as a pharmacy technician in Massachusetts. Dr. Mesiha has been active in giving oral and poster presentations in both Kuwait and Egypt.

Dr. Mesiha has been active in giving oral and poster presentations in both Kuwait and Egypt. He enjoys playing chess, reading, camping, playing sports, fishing and photography. Dr. Mesiha is fluent in Arabic.


Dr. Sadrzadeh graduated from Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2006. After graduating, he worked as a principal/director of education at Tehran Institute of Technology. He continued to work as a physician and teacher in Iran before moving to the United States in 2011. He currently works as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Sadrzadeh has had many published articles in peer review journals and has given poster presentations throughout the United States.

He enjoys wrestling, camping, fishing, wildlife photography, singing and outdoor grilling. Dr. Sadrzadeh speaks Persian and Arabic.


Dr. Tarasova graduated from Zaporozhye State Medical University in Ukraine in 2004. After graduating, she relocated to Peru where she worked as a general physician for several years. Dr. Tarasova then moved to Miami, Florida where she attended Miami Dade College to receive her nursing degree.  She is currently working as a nurse at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

In addition to English, Dr. Tarasova is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish. She is an avid runner, and enjoys reading and learning photography.


Dr. Vasani received her degree from Dr. D.Y. Patil Pratishthans Medical College in India in 2005, where she graduated with the First Class distinction. After graduating, she worked as a medical officer for the Mumbai District AIDS Control Society where she promoted awareness programs as well as providing treatment and counseling to patients. Dr. Vasani moved to the United States in 2007, where she began her studies at Idaho State University. She graduated with a degree in public health in 2009.

Dr. Vasani stays active by volunteering her time to serve her community. She is a very creative person who enjoys all art forms, specifically drawing and painting. She is a professional Henna artist and also enjoys cooking, knitting, acting, and traveling. Dr. Vasani fluently speaks Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi, and also speaks Urdu and Punjabi.


Dr. Wang was born in China, and attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, where she graduated in 2012 in the top 10 percent of her class. Prior to receiving her medical degree, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.  She participated in a Co-Op Program at Maimonides Medical Center where she was ranked in the top three of her class.

She enjoys cooking, knitting, hiking, traveling and watching documentary movies. She is fluent in Chinese and also speaks Spanish.



Dr. Xhikola graduated from the University of Medicine of Tirana, Albania in 2008. After graduating, she worked as an emergency physician, and then as a General Directorate of Prisons for the Ministry of Justice in Albania. In this role, she was responsible for implementing health policies, raising awareness and prevention of infectious diseases. She represented the Prison Health Sector at national and international levels. Dr. Xhikola relocated to the United States in 2011.

She enjoys photography, Mediterranean cooking, traveling, and soccer and is interested in creating a group of volunteer doctors to work in remote areas of the country.


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