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Program Leadership

Saba A. Hasan, MD, MACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Saba A. Hasan, MD, FACPDr. Hasan has been the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director since 2008. Prior to becoming Program Director, she was Director of Medical and Subspecialty Clinics and Internal Medicine Residency Core Faculty at Capital Health since 2000. Dr. Hasan graduated from Sind Medical College in Pakistan in the top 5% of her class, and completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Capital Health, followed by a Chief Resident year.

Dr. Hasan was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, presented to only 10 Program Directors of accredited residencies and fellowships nationally each year. She has presented at many national and regional conferences.

Dr. Hasan has served on the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) committees and is the past governor for the ACP New Jersey Chapter. She is currently the Chair of the ACP Credentials Committee.

Dr. Hasan enjoys nurturing residents to achieve their full potential as they get ready to become the quality and safety physician leaders of tomorrow. She has brought many changes into the program to enhance resident teaching and create an environment of scholarship.

Daniel F. Goldsmith, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Goldsmith

Dr. Goldsmith graduated from Cornell University Medical College and trained in Internal Medicine at Boston University. After his training, he joined Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, a community-based Internal Medicine practice where he served as a firm leader for the resident practice for three years prior to joining Capital Health in 2001.

Dr. Goldsmith mentors the residents in submitting abstracts and other scholarly activities, resulting in numerous acceptances for presentations at National and Regional Conferences every year. He has a special interest in teaching bedside physical diagnosis. Dr. Goldsmith also has an academic appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board and Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee at Capital Health.

Dr. Goldsmith is very likely to ask you about the music you listen to, the restaurants you frequent, and what else you like to do outside of work.

Ekaterina Vypritskaya, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency

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Dr. Vypritskaya graduated from Kuban Medical Academy in Russia with honors. She was trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology and worked in a regional emergency hospital, with concomitant teaching responsibilities at the Kuban Medical Academy. In 2000, Dr. Vypritskaya received her PhD in Arrhythmology.

She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Capital Health in 2009 and served as Chief Resident the following year.

Dr. Vypritskaya enjoys working with residents on ward rotations and the fresh “outside the box” thinking they bring to the bedside. Currently, medical students from Rowan Osteopathic Medicine and Drexel Medical School, and Temple Medical School add their energy and intellectual curiosity to teaching rounds.

Dr. Vypritskaya has had several poster acceptances at national meetings over the past 5 years, most recently “Continuum Curriculum for First Year Residents: From Day 1 to Rising Senior”, presented at AAIM 2018, and “Teaching and Learning from Our Neighbors,” presented at SGIM 2021.

Dr. Vypritskaya is one of the Co-Chairs of the Patient Care Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council and is an active member of the Credentials and Medical Records Committees at Capital Health. She is passionate about Community Outreach; she and three senior residents received the 2020 Capital Women in Philanthropy Award for the project “Partnering with Patients and Families to Improve Health Literacy in Our Community”. This project aims to improve diabetes management of racial and ethnic minorities in the communities they serve.

Delaram Moazami, MD, FACP
Director, Medical Clinics at Capital Health, Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Moazami

Dr. Moazami is a board-certified cardiologist from Tehran University of Medical Science. At the time of her graduation, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award. Dr. Moazami completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Capital Health, graduating in June 2008. She received the award for Best Research on “Guideline Adherence for Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure at Capital Health”.

In 2009, Dr. Moazami became the Director of Medical and Subspecialty Clinics at Capital Health. She models a holistic approach to patient care, emphasizing the role of the primary care physician in patient education and shared decision making between the patient, family and physicians.

Dr. Moazami leads the “Resident Well-Being” program, and is the coordinator for the resident continuity clinic quality improvement projects. She presented “A Team-Based Approach to Leveraging Performance Improvement Projects into Population Health at the Marvin R. Dunn Poster Reception at the 2019 ACGME Annual Educational Conference. This poster described how the unique process of organizing resident performance improvement projects has improved the health of our Clinic population.

Khadija Merchant, MD
Ambulatory Clinic Physician, Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency Program

Khadija Merchant, MDDr. Merchant graduated medical school from Dow Medical College and internship from Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan. She then worked in the Middle East before relocating to the United States. Before starting her residency, Dr. Merchant worked at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as a Clinical Research Assistant, and later Physician Advisor at a healthcare consultancy firm.

Dr. Merchant graduated residency from Capital Health Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program. She had an accepted poster presentation at the Society of Hospital Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting titled “Moyamoya Disease: A Rare Cause of Stroke in the Unexpected”.

In both her second and third years of training, Dr. Merchant received the Resident Recognition Award for “Best Exemplifying Caring, Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Team Work” as voted by Capital Health nursing staff.

Dr. Merchant has an interest in preventive care and obesity medicine. She is passionate about continuing to develop as an educator as well as inspiring growth.

Luma Al Dabbagh, MD
Ambulatory Clinic Physician, Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency Program

Luma Al Dabbagh, MDDr. Al Dabbagh graduated from Kufa University College of Medicine in Iraq. Following her graduation from medical school, she worked as a junior resident in several different specialties. Dr. Al Dabbagh worked as a primary care doctor and ENT resident doctor in Iraq before relocating to the United States. Dr. Al Dabbagh has had graduation research articles published in Iraq. Prior to joining the program, she was a clinical research assistant, collecting and analyzing data at St. Jude Clinic in Tulsa, OK.

During her PG3 year, Dr. Al Dabbagh’s senior research project titled “Health Literacy and Patient Education in Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care” was chosen as one of the top 3 research presentations at the program’s 2021 Annual Research Day.

Natalia Plotskaya, MD
Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency Program

Natalia Plotskaya, MDDr. Plotskaya graduated from St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University in Russia. Following graduation, she completed her 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 completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Capital Health, where she served as Chief Resident from 2017-2018. In her position as a Chief Resident, she worked as Junior Faculty, was actively involved in clinical rounds and board review teaching sessions with residents. In June 2020, she completed a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She returned to New Jersey and joined Capital Health Internal Medicine Residency as a Core Faculty member.

Her interests, in addition to practicing Internal Medicine and Nephrology, are resident education and curriculum development. Dr. Plotskaya’s special areas of interest are preventive medicine in chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and diabetic nephropathy. She actively works with residents on improving management of hypertension and preventive health screening amongst patients at the Family Health Center.

Fatemeh Abbasi, MD
Chief Medical Resident and Junior Faculty, 2021 – 2022

Fatemeh Abbasi, MDDr. Abbasi graduated from Hamadan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. She also completed an OB/GYN residency, GYN-Oncology, and OB/GYN ultrasonography fellowship at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Dr. Abbasi worked as an assistant professor at a university-based hospital and her private clinic in Iran. She also worked as a research volunteer at UCSF prior to starting residency training at Capital Health. Since graduating from medical school and during residency and fellowship training, Dr. Abbasi has had several publications, poster presentations, and oral presentations both in Iran and in the United States.

Dr. Abbasi has had several poster presentations accepted to scholarly meetings during her training at Capital Health including “Tacrolimus-Induced Near-Fatal Interstitial Pneumonitis and ARDS in a Case of Liver Transplantation” and “A Challenging Diagnosis of Brain Tuberculoma” to SHM 2020, “Abnormal Umbilical Coiling as a Marker for Adverse Perinatal Outcomes” to AIUM 2019, “Quantitative Blood Loss is More Accurate than Visual Estimated Blood Loss for Cesarean Delivery” to American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologist Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting 2018 and Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecologist World Congress 2018, and “Localized Pulmonary Edema Mimicking Pneumonia” to the CHEST 2020 Annual Meeting.

During her PG3 year, Dr. Abbasi’s senior research project titled “Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Decline in Symptomatic vs. Asymptomatic Hospital Staff” was chosen as one of the top 3 research presentations at the program’s 2021 Annual Research Day, and also accepted to the ACP National 2021 meeting.

Khurram Zubair, MD, FACP
Internist with Capital Health Medical Group, Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Zubair

Dr. Zubair graduated from Liaquat Medical College in Pakistan, ranking in the top 5% of his class. After graduating, he received training at Jinah Postgraduate Medical Center, an 1100 bed hospital, where he was also involved in teaching medical students. He completed Internal Medicine Residency training at Capital Health, where he received the “Superior Resident” award as voted by the Nursing staff. At the time of his graduation, he was recognized by the Program as “Resident of the Year”.

Since 1997, Dr. Zubair has been intimately involved with resident training at Capital Health. He has received the “Best Clinical Attending” 10 times in his time with the Program. Dr. Zubair is a member of the Clinical Competency Committee. He is actively involved in resident scholarly activities and has served as a judge for several years for Capital Health’s annual Resident Research Day.

Dr. Zubair has been running a busy outpatient practice since 1997 and is currently a Lead Physician at the Capital Health Primary Care office in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Sarah I. Sordo, MD
Internist with Capital Health Medical Group, Core Faculty of Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Sordo

Dr. Sordo graduated with a Gold Diploma from the Higher Institute of Medical Science in Havana, Cuba. She completed her Internal Medicine training at Capital Health and worked as a 4th year Chief Resident. She is the recipient of multiple awards from Attending physicians and Nursing staff during her training at Capital Health, recognizing her as a “Superior Medical Resident”. Additionally, her senior research presentation was recognized by the Program and received an award. Dr. Sordo also received an award for her “High Academic Attainment and Qualities that Characterize the Fine Physician”.

Dr. Sordo practices Primary Care medicine with Capital Health and is actively involved with resident education and training. Dr. Sordo has been a faculty member of the Internal Medicine Residency Program since 2001. Her areas of interest are preventive medicine and wellness, obesity and other metabolic disorders, and women’s health.

Melanie Haydu
Program Coordinator, Internal Medicine Residency

Melanie Haydu

Melanie has been working as Coordinator for Capital Health’s Internal Medicine Residency Program for seven years, and has enthusiastically supported the Program with her energy and expertise. She identified a curricular improvement opportunity using the Program’s ITE results, which was also presented as a poster titled “Leveraging ITE for Curricular Improvement” at the 2019 ACGME Annual Meeting. She also presented her second poster at ACGME 2020 titled “Developing a Performance Profile”, detailing a new innovative and colorful way of tracking resident performance using the 22 Reporting Milestones.

Melanie works closely with the residents, Program Director, and Chief Resident daily in order to ensure smooth and productive academic years. She manages all non-clinical functions of the residency, assuring compliance with ACGME and hospital requirements. She enjoys keeping current with the complicated world of Internal Medicine Residency training.

Brenda Reek
Program Assistant, Internal Medicine Residency/Graduate Medical Education

Brenda Reek

Brenda has been a backbone to the Residency Program for the past 14 years. She truly enjoys learning about the medical world and helping residents when they ask for assistance. She works with the CME office to ensure Resident Grand Round presentations follow CME guidelines and with the Graduate Medical Education department. Brenda supports faculty in creating the schedule for the didactic portion of the Program and actively assists in Wellness activities. She has been the Internal Medicine Residency Heart Walk captain for over 10 years and always brings an enthusiastic team to help support the annual event.