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Class of 2021

Kaniz Zehra Abbas, MBBS

Kaniz Zehra Abbas, MBBS

Dr. Abbas graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. After graduating, she completed an OB/GYN residency in Pakistan at Aga Khan University. Dr. Abbas has worked as a volunteer physician in Iraq. Most recently, Dr. Abbas has been working as a research associate and volunteer researcher in New Jersey. She has also taken an interest in scholarship, having submitted case reports to peer-reviewed journals in the US.

During her second year of training, Dr. Abbas had an accepted poster presentation to the 2020 National ACP Meeting titled “Rare Reported Case of Dexmedetomidine-Associated Drug-Induced Liver Injury.” In her PG3 year, Dr. Abbas had an accepted poster presentation to the American College of Physicians 2021 National Meeting titled “EKOS Method of CDT an Effective Treatment of Submassive PE when Thrombolysis and Systemic Anticoagulation Fails.” Her senior research project titled “Health Literacy Assessment and Patient Education in Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Primary Care” was also chosen as one of the top 3 research presentations at our 2021 Annual Research Day.

After graduation, Dr. Abbas will be working as an Academic Nocturnist at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS.

 

Fatemeh Abbasi, MD

Fatemeh Abbasi, MDDr. Abbasi graduated from Hamadan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. She also completed a gynecologic oncology residency at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Dr. Abbasi worked as an assistant professor in Iran before working at a private clinic as an OB/GYN physician. Currently she is working as a research volunteer in California. Since graduating from medical school, Dr. Abbasi has had several publications, poster presentations, and oral presentations in both Iran and the United States.

Dr. Abbasi has had several poster presentations accepted at scholarly meetings including “Tacrolimus-Induced Near-Fatal Interstitial Pneumonitis and ARDS in a Case of Liver Transplantation” & “A Challenging Diagnosis of Brain Tuberculoma” to SHM 2020, “Abnormal Umbilical Coiling as a Marker for Adverse Perinatal Outcomes” to AIUM 2019, and “Localized Pulmonary Edema Mimicking Pneumonia” to the 2020 CHEST Annual Meeting. During her PG3 year, Dr. Abbasi had an accepted poster presentation to the CHEST 2020 Annual Meeting titled “Localized Pulmonary Edema Mimicking Pneumonia.” Her senior research project titled “Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Decline in Symptomatic vs. Asymptomatic Hospital Staff” was also chosen as one of the top 3 research presentations at our 2021 Annual Research Day.

Following her graduation from the program, Dr. Abbasi will be staying with us as our 4th year Chief Medical Resident/Junior Faculty for the 2021-22 academic year.

 

Luma Al Dabbagh, MBChB

Luma Al Dabbagh, MBChB

Dr. 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, Tulsa OK.

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

Following her graduation from the program, Dr. Al Dabbagh will be staying with us as a Core Faculty and Ambulatory physician.

 

Susanna Avanesyan, MD

Susanna Avanesyan, MD

Dr. Avanesyan graduated from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia with an honors diploma and full scholarship. After graduating, she completed a pediatric infectious diseases residency. Following her graduation from residency, Dr. Avanesyan worked as an attending physician and clinical assistant professor for several years at NORK Infection Clinic Hospital in Armenia. During this time she also worked as a volunteer physician at the Armenia Ministry of Health and Armenian Missionary Association. She has made several oral presentations and had published articles in Armenia.

Following her graduation from residency, Dr. Avanesyan will be working as a Primary Care Physician with Dallas Methodist Mansfield Medical Group in Dallas, TX.

 

Vineel Bezawada, MBBS

Vineel Bezawada, MBBS

Dr. Bezawada graduated from Alluri Sitaram Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in India, followed by an orthopedic surgery residency in India. He worked as an orthopedic surgeon at Kandukuri hospital after his residency. During and after his residency training, Dr. Bezawada has held several volunteer positions in India before relocating to the United States. Dr. Bezawada has made several poster and oral presentations in both India and the United States. He also had a publication of a peer-reviewed article. Prior to joining the program, D. Bezawada completed clinical externships in inpatient and outpatient internal medicine at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.

During his second year of training, Dr. Bezawada had two poster acceptances to scholarly meeting titled “Diagnostic Dilemma in a Presumably Immunocompetent Host; A Case of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis” to the National ACP 2020 Meeting and “Invasion of the Mold, A Diagnostic Dilemma” to the 2020 ATS Annual Meeting. During his PG3 year, Dr. Bezawada’s senior research project titled “Cardiac Arrhythmias Amon Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19” was selected as one of the top 3 research presentations at our 2021 Annual Research Day.

After graduation, Dr. Bezawada will be joining a Critical Care Fellowship program at the UNLV School of Medicine in Las Vegas, NV.

 

Brian Ebo, MBBS

Brian Ebo, MBBS

Dr. Ebo earned his degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Health Sciences in Nigeria. Following his graduation, he worked as a house officer at the University of Abuja Teaching hospital in and a medical officer at Maitama General Hospital in Nigeria. He has an interest in scholarship, having made oral presentations in Nigeria. Prior to joining the program, Dr. Ebo was clinical coordinator at Capital Primary Care, Gaithersburg, MD.

During his PG3 year of training, Dr. Ebo had an accepted poster presentation to the American College of Physicians (ACP) 2021 National Meeting titled “A Not-So-Benign Breast Lesion and Pancytopenia.”

Following his graduation from residency training, Dr. Ebo will be working as a hospitalist at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, WI.

 

Khalil Fayad, MBChB

Khalil Fayad, MBChB

Dr. Fayad graduated from the University of Benghazi Faculty of Medicine, where he was chosen for a scholarship from the Minister of Higher Education. After graduating, he completed an MD residency in internal medicine at Benghazi Medical Center. Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Fayad worked as a teaching assistant and tutored medical students in Libya. Dr. Fayad has made oral presentations on several topics in Libya.

During his third year of training, Dr. Fayad had an accepted poster presentation to the 2021 ACP National Meeting titled “Pericardial Effusion as a Rare Presentation of Large B-Cell Lymphoma.”

After graduation, Dr. Fayad will be working as an Academic Hospitalist at Penn State Medical Center in Hershey, PA.

 

Dennis Hogan, MBBS

Dennis Hogan, MBBS

Dr. Hogan graduated from the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Hogan worked as a health coordinator for Seconds to Dreams, a community health outreach program in Nigeria, as well as a medical officer at two different hospitals/community health networks. He also worked for several years as an HIV/AIDS counselor at HOPE Worldwide.

Dr. Hogan was chosen by his peers in all three years of his residency training as Class Representative.

After graduation from residency, Dr. Hogan is completing an Infectious Disease fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ.

 

Ramy Ibrahim, MBBCh

Ramy Ibrahim, MBBCh

Dr. Ibrahim earned his degree from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Ibrahim worked as a volunteer general practitioner at Al Mahaba Charity Hospital in Egypt. He also worked as a primary care doctor for several years at the Ministry of Health in Egypt before relocating to the United States. Dr. Ibrahim has given a number of oral presentations in Egypt during and after graduating from medical school. Prior to joining the program, Dr. Ibrahim was a clinical extern at Astoria Health Associates in New York City.

After graduation, Dr. Ibrahim will be working as a hospitalist at Sacred Heart Pensacola in Pensacola, FL.

 

Sundara Kesiraju, MBBS

Sundara Kesiraju, MBBS

Dr. Kesiraju graduated from Katuri Medical College, Guntur in India. After her graduation from medical school, she worked as a junior house officer in India at Amaravathi Hospital and Lalitha Heart and Brain Center. She has had several peer-reviewed articles published. Prior to joining the program, Dr. Kesiraju was a Research Associate in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Kesiraju had an accepted poster presentation to ACP New Jersey Chapter 2020 titled “A Case of Wernickes Encephalopathy Related to Non-Alcoholic Etiology.”

Following graduation, Dr. Kesiraju will be working as a hospitalist in New Jersey.

 

Mohammed Mahdi, MBChB

Mohammed Mahdi, MBChB

Dr. Mahdi graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine in Iraq. Following his graduation, he worked in Iraq as an intern medical doctor at Baghdad Medical City, as well as a pathology resident at Ege University. Recently he has been working as a research coordinator in Texas at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and a volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Mahdi has had several accepted poster presentations accepted to scholarly meetings during his PG2 year titled “A Way to Improve Physician’s Engagement in Vaccination” accepted to both ACPNJ 2020 and AAMC 2020 Integrating Quality Conference, and “Transient Right Bundle Branch Block and Elevated Troponin in Lithium Toxicity” to the ACC 69th Annual Scientific Session. During his third year of training, Dr. Mahdi had an accepted poster presentation to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2021 Annual Meeting titled “Aortic Root Abscess Masquerades as Tricuspid Valve Vegetation in a Patient with Infective Endocarditis.” He also had an accepted publication to Cureus Journal titled “Acquired Gerbode Defect in a Patient with Infective Endocarditis of Bicuspid Aortic Valve.” Dr. Mahdi’s senior research project titled “Cardiac Arrhythmias among Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19” was chosen as one of the top 3 research presentations at our 2021 Annual Research Day.

After graduation, Dr. Mahdi will be working as a hospitalist at Virtua in Camden, NJ.

 

Ali Shahverdiani, MD

Ali Shahverdiani, MD

Dr. Shahverdiani got his medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He worked as a general physician in Iran at Firoozeh Clinic and Health Care Center and Sefid Sang Clinic and Health Care Center. Dr. Shahverdiani completed a general surgery residency at Zahedan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He then worked as a general surgeon in Iran for several years before relocating to the United States. Dr. Shahverdiani has worked in California as a research analyst at TOSHIBA Health. Recently, he has been working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York as a PGY1 preliminary resident. Dr. Shahverdiani had a peer-reviewed article published in August 2017.

During his PG3 year, Dr. Shahverdiani had accepted poster presentations to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2020 Annual Meeting and ACP 2021 National Meeting titled “A Rare Case of Isolated Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Pemphigus Vulgaris” and “Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Decline in Symptomatic vs. Asymptomatic Hospital Staff”, respectively. His senior research project based on his ACP National poster was also chosen as one of the top 3 research presentations at our 2021 Annual Research Day.

After graduation, Dr. Shahverdiani will be working as a hospitalist at New Foundation Medical Group in Orange County, CA.