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October 2021

The Internal Medicine Residency Program would like to congratulate our class of 2021 on their 100% ABIM Board pass rate! We could not be more proud of our graduates and all they have accomplished!

Class of 2021

In addition to this fantastic news, we would like to congratulate our Program Director, Dr. Saba Hasan, for being inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP). This level of accomplishment is shared by few internal medicine specialists and Dr. Hasan is the only member of the Capital Health Medical Group medical staff to have received this recognition.

Dr. HasanMasterships are awarded to highly accomplished Fellows of the American College of Physicians who demonstrate “integrity, position of honor, impact in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” As the guiding force of our program since 2008, Dr. Hasan helps residents achieve their full potential as physician leaders of tomorrow.

In our humble opinion, there is no other person more worthy of receiving this prestigious honor. Congratulations once again, Dr. Hasan! We are beyond proud to have you as our leader and Director!

June 2021

The Internal Medicine Residency Program would like to welcome and congratulate its class of 2024 and incoming PGY2 (class of 2023)!

Additionally, we bid farewell to our class of 2021 and wish them luck (and study time!) in their new careers. Looking forward to another year of 100% ABIM pass rate!

April 2021

We are proud to announce that our program filled in the NRMP Match this year. We have 20 incoming PGY1s and one incoming PGY2 from a total of 14 different countries – this may be our most diverse group of trainees yet!

Congratulations and welcome to our incoming class of 2024:

Ali Abdulsahib, MD
Mohammad Abu-Abaa, MD
Amani Al-Hazaymeh, MD
Doaa Ali, MD
Hassaan Bin Arshad, MD
Kudret Arslan, MD
Gozde Cain, MD
Sindhu Chadalawada, MD
Kateryna Chepenko, MD
Adedeji Cole, MD
Ghassan Dawood, MD
Damaris Figueroa, MD
Ahmed Gana, MD
Gilareh Hedayati Emam, MD
Tigran Kakhktsyan, MD
Mina Kamel, MD
Aliaa Mousa, MD
Nazia Nawreen, MD
Halyna Pylypiv, MD
Ruofeng Qiu, MD

Last but not least, our incoming PGY2, class of 2023:

Damira Karibayeva, MD

Abstract Acceptances

Despite the pandemic, we have had several abstract submissions and acceptances to regional and national scholarly meetings. Congratulations to all residents that have had abstract acceptances and publications this year!

ACP National 2021

  • PGY3 Dr. Kaniz Zehra Abbas
    • EKOS Method of CDS an Effective Treatment of Submassive PE when Thrombolysis and Systemic Anticoagulation Fails
  • PGY3 Dr. Brian Ebo
    • A Not-So-Benign Breast Lesion and Pancytopenia
  • PGY3 Dr. Khalil Fayad
    • Pericardial Effusion as a Rare Presentation of Large B-Cell Lymphoma
  • PGY3 Dr. Ali Shahverdiani
    • Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Decline in Symptomatic vs. Asymptomatic Hospital Staff
  • PGY2 Dr. Zulfiya Manning
    • C3 Mediated Immune Complex Glomerulonephritis Triggered by MGRS
  • PGY2 Dr. Asieh Takalloo
    • Insulin Pumps: Life Savers but in Appropriate Circumstances

ACC 2021

  • PGY3 Dr. Mohammed Mahdi
    • Aortic Root Abscess Masquerades as a Tricuspid Valve Vegetation in a Patient with Infective Endocarditis

CHEST Annual Meeting 2020

  • PGY3 Dr. Fatemeh Abbasi
    • Localized Pulmonary Edema Mimicking Pneumonia

ACG 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course

  • PGY3 Dr. Ali Shahverdiani
    • A Rare Case of Isolated Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Pemphigus Vulgaris
  • PGY2 Dr. Maria Mironova
    • Tuberculous Pericardial Tamponade in the Patient with Crohn’s Disease Treated with Adalimumab
    • A Case of Pemphigus Vulgaris: When Dysphagia and Odynophagia Matter

SHM 2021

  • PGY2 Dr. Sarah Elsayed
    • Alcohol Induced Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Tachycardia
  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Polymyositis as a Rare Musculoskeletal Manifestation of Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease

ATS 2021

  • PGY2 Dr. Irina Gutierrez
    • Unsuspected Foreign Body Mimicking Lung Cancer

DDW 2021

  • PGY2 Dr. Maria Mironova
    • Fecal Microbiota Transplantation May Reduce the Mortality of Patients with Severe and Fulminant Clostridioides Difficile Infection Compared to Standard of Care Antibiotics in a Community Hospital

DMR Research Journal

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Publication: Further Defining the Role of Nanoliposomal Irinotecan in Pancreatic Cancer

Cancers Journal

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Publication: Distinct Clinical Characteristics in Young-Onset Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor

American Journal of Clinical Oncology

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Publication: Racial Disparities in Time to Treatment Initiation and Outcomes for Early Stage Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma


  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Publication: Postpartum-Onset Moyamoya Disease: A Rare Cause of Stroke in Unexpected

ACPNJ 2021

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Massive Biventricular Thrombi Complicating New-Onset Heart Failure in a Patient With Suspected COVID-19
    • Tuberculous Lymphadenitis in a Patient Receiving Anti-PD-1 Inhibitor For Melanoma

Journal of Experimental Animals

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • PubMed 33239495: Protective effects of taxifolin on pazopanib-induced liver toxicity: an experimental rat model

Cancers MDPI

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • PubMed 33076486: Racial/Ethnic Disparities and Survival Characteristics in Non-Pancreatic Gastrointestinal Tract Neuroendocrine Tumors

The Obesity Society

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • PubMed 33491315: The Metabolic Equivalent BMI in Patients with Familial Partial Lipodystrophy (FPLD) Compared with Those with Severe Obesity

Cureus Journal

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Publication: Assessment of Prognostic Factors and Adjuvant Treatment Modalities in Adult Head and Neck Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients Treated With Upfront Surgery

2020 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Effect of Hospital Volume on Outcome of Stave IV Pancreatic Cancer

Journal of Clinical Oncology

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Publication: The Pattern of Brain Metastasis in Colorectal Cancer: Efficacy of Metastasectomy, Chemotherapy

International Gynecologic Cancer 2020 Meeting

  • PGY2 Dr. Muhammet Ozer
    • Impact of a Laparoscopic Triage Program for Advanced Ovarian Cancer on Surgical Outcomes, disease-free Survival, and Overall Survival

SGIM 2021

  • PGY2 Dr. Deepika Suleria
    • Apathetic Hyperthyroidism Presenting with Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis (TPP)
  • Associate Program Director Dr. Ekaterina Vypritskaya
    • Teaching and Learning from Our Neighbors

February 2021

2021 Fellowship Updates

Albana Harizaj MD, Class of 2020 & Chief Medical Resident/Junior Faculty matched to an Allergy & Immunology Fellowship at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

Rabeea Nazir MD, Class of 2020 & Core Faculty of the Program matched to a Rheumatology Fellowship program at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT.

Vineel Bezawada MD, PGY3 matched to a Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV.

Dennis Hogan MD, PGY3 matched to an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ.

2020 Fellowship Updates

Babak Jamasian MD, Class of 2020 matched to a Hospice & Palliative Care Fellowship at UCSF in San Francisco, CA.

Neveen Mostafa MD, Class of 2020 matched to a Geriatrics Fellowship program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.

Congratulations to Capital Health Internal Medicine Residents and Graduates!

Last but certainly not least, a huge congratulations to our Class of 2020 for their 100% Board Pass Rate!

Resident Well-Being

December 2019

The results of the NRMP Fellowship match for July 2020 have been announced.

Capital Health’s Internal Medicine Residency is proud to announce the following matches:

Rayan Najjar MD, PGY3 has matched in the Rheumatology Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Najjar will be in the 3-year Physician/Scientist pathway designed for physicians who desire a career in Academic medicine with a focus on research.

George Zarkua MD, PGY3 will be joining the Infectious Disease Fellowship program at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. Established in 1979, this Fellowship accepts up to two Fellows per year into this 2-year program.

Kristina Zarkua MD, Chief Resident/Junior Faculty at Capital Health (Class of 2019) matched to the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia in Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Zarkua will be one of four Fellows in this challenging program which prepares Fellows for both Hematology and Oncology Board Certification.

Jawad Malik MD, Class of 2018, will be a Nephrology Fellow at the University of Maryland in Baltimore Maryland. A June 2018 graduate of Capital Health Internal Medicine Residency, Dr. Malik is currently a hospitalist at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The University of Maryland Organ Transplant Program is one of the largest programs in the United States.

Congratulations to Capital Health Internal Medicine Residents!