PGY3 (Class of 2017)


Dr. Arthur Ablayev received his MD 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 Ukranian, Turkish, and Russian.

Dr. Ablayev also enjoys hiking and martial arts, and has a keen interest in aviation.

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PGY3 Chief Resident 2016-2017

Dr. Adams was born in Iraq and graduated from the 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. Adams relocated to Houston, Texas, where she worked as a clinical assistant in a cardiology clinic. She co-authored a book chapter in 2013, which was published in A Practical Approach to Neutropenia. In addition to English, Dr. Adams is fluent in Arabic.

Dr. Adams 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 moved to the United States in 2010 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has co-authored numerous posters as well as published journal articles.

Dr. Hakim 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 over 10 years before relocating to the United States in 2011. He worked at a primary care clinic as an assistant in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, he was doing research as a research associate at the University of Maryland. He has been involved in peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, 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. 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 at the same university. Dr. Mesiha then moved 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. Dr. Mesiha has been active in giving oral and poster presentations in both Kuwait and Egypt.

During the 2015-16 Academic Year, Dr. Mesiha’s abstract titled “False Positive HIV Result and Low CD4 in Babesiosis” was accepted as a poster presentation to both the SGIM 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting and the 2016 ACP National Meeting.

Dr. Mesiha enjoys playing chess, camping, sports, fishing, and photography. He is fluent in Arabic.

Dr. Natalia Plotskaya 

Dr. Plotskaya graduated from St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy in Russia in June 2005. Following graduation, she completed residency training in internal medicine at S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg. Dr. Plotskaya then continued at the Medical Academy as an internal medicine physician, before relocating to the United States. 

Dr. Plotskaya enjoys hiking, camping, photography, cooking, and gardening. She is also fluent in Russian.


PGY3 Chief Resident 2016-2017
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 worked as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Sadrzadeh has had many published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given poster presentations throughout the United States.

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


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 worked as a nurse at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.

During her PG1 year, Dr. Tarasova presented her poster titled, “Recognizing Acute Retroviral Infection” at the SGIM 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting.

In addition to English, Dr. Tarasova is fluent in Russian, Ukranian, 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 provided 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 enjoys cooking, knitting, acting, and traveling. Dr. Vasani speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and Marathi fluently, 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.

During the 2015-16 Academic Year, Dr. Wang’s abstract titled “Inevitable Extrapontine Myelinolysis” was accepted for a poster presentation at the National SGIM 39th Annual Meeting.

Dr. Wang enjoys cooking, knitting, hiking, traveling, and watching documentaries. She is fluent in Chinese, and also speaks Spanish.


Dr. Xhikola graduated from the University of Medicine in Tirana, Albania in 2008. After graduating, she worked as an emergency physician, followed by working as a General Directorate of Prisons for the Ministry of Justice in Albania. In this role, she was responsible for implementing the health policies, raising awareness, and prevention of infectious diseases. She represented the Prison Health Sector at National and International levels. 

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


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