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PGY1 (Class of 2023)

Osamah Abdulhussein, MBChB

Osamah Abdulhussein, MBChBDr. Abdulhussein graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq. Throughout medical school, Dr. Abdulhussein made several oral presentations, and his scholarly work extended after graduation with numerous peer-reviewed publications. After graduating, he worked as a General Practitioner and Senior House Officer in Iraq before relocating to the United States. Since relocating he has been involved in research positions in the Oklahoma City area.

Dr. Abdulhussein is fluent in Arabic and English. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his family.

Madhav Acharya, MBBS

Madhav Acharya, MBBSDr. Acharya graduated from Dhaka National Medical College & Hospital in Bangladesh, having received the “Student Achievement Award” and “Best International Student” during his schooling. After graduating, Dr. Acharya received his MPH in Epidemiology at Northern University in Bangladesh. He worked as a medical officer in Nepal following his MPH, and has been involved in several research projects in that area.

Dr. Acharya speaks Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, and English. His hobbies and interest include writing poems, hiking, and gardening.

Nader Amini, MD

Nader Amini, MDDr. Amini received his medical degree from Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Following his intern year, he worked as a Primary Care Physician for several years before completing a Neurosurgery residency in Iran. Dr. Amini worked as a neurosurgeon in Iran for 4 years before relocating to the United States, where he has held several clinical extern and research positions. He is currently a research fellow at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Amini speaks English and Persian. His interests include assembling computers, cars, cooking Mediterranean and Persian dishes, road trips, video games, and movies.

Hafsa Anwar, MBBS

Hafsa Anwar, MBBSDr. Anwar received her degree from Jinnah Sindh Medical University in Pakistan. She has had many peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations during and after medical school, having a keen interest in scholarship.

Dr. Anwar speaks Hindi, Urdu, and English. She enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Cristine Arcilla, MD

Cristine Arcilla, MDDr. Arcilla graduated from the University of the City of Manila College of Medicine in the Philippines. Following her graduation, Dr. Arcilla worked as a Municipal Health Officer in the Philippines before becoming Acting Dean of the College of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Pampanga, Philippines. She worked as faculty and primary clinician in the Philippines before relocating to the United States. Following her move to the US, Dr. Arcilla has held several volunteer positions.

Dr. Arcilla speaks Tagalog and English. She enjoys music, reading, and writing.

Dhay Bahadli, MBChB

Dhay Bahadli, MBChBDr. Bahadli graduated from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine in Iraq. Following graduation and her intern work, Dr. Bahadli worked as a General Practitioner and Senior House Officer at a Primary Care Center in Baghdad, Iraq. She has worked as a medical scribe in the United States along with several volunteer and research positions.

Dr. Bahadli speaks Arabic and English. Her interests include kid-friendly and community-oriented activities, cooking, and spending time with family.

Rodolfo Balderas Magallanes, MD

Rodolfo Balderas Magallanes, MDDr. Balderas Magallanes received his degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Tijuana Facultad de Medicina y Psicología in Mexico. He was awarded “intern of the year” following his graduation. After his intern year, Dr. Balderas Magallanes worked as a Primary Care Physician and Aftercare Physician before relocating to the United States. In the US, he is currently a medical assistant in California.

Dr. Balderas Magallanes speaks Spanish and English. He enjoys biology, astrophysics, chess, and boxing.

Fariba Basali, MD

Fariba Basali, MDDr. Basali graduated from Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon Branch Faculty of Medicine in Iran in the top 3% of her class. Following her graduation, she worked as an attending physician at a primary care clinic in Iran before becoming a Therapy Manager for HIV/AIDS and Maintenance Methadone, where she also worked as an attending physician. Following this, Dr. Basali worked as a clinic manager and attending physician at an addiction treatment center in Iran. After relocating to the United States, Dr. Basali worked as a clinical assistant in California.

Dr. Basali speaks English and Persian. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, swimming, and volleyball.

Alex Hashemi, MD

Alex Hashemi, MDDr. Hashemi graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Following graduation he worked as a General Practitioner and Manager with the Iranian Army and Shafa Urgent Care and Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Hashemi completed an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Jondishapour University of Medical Sciences in Iran before working as an orthopedic surgeon for 6 years.

Dr. Hashemi speaks English and Persian. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, cooking Persian cuisine, soccer, and chess.

Mohamed Hassan, MBBCH

Mohamed Hassan, MBBCHDr. Hassan graduated with high honors from Cairo University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt. After his graduation, Dr. Hassan has shown interest in scholarly work, having several peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations. Following his intern year, Dr. Hassan completed a Critical Care and Anesthesiology residency in Egypt, before working as an Intensivist and Anesthesiologist for 2 years. After moving to the United States, Dr. Hassan has been working as a clinical research fellow at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Hassan speaks Arabic and English. He enjoys cooking, soccer, reading, movies, and biking.

Tanya Ibrahim, MBBCH

Tanya Ibrahim, MBBCHDr. Ibrahim received her degree from F. M. H. College of Medicine and Dentistry in Pakistan. Following her graduation from medical school, Dr. Ibrahim worked as an Internal Medicine and Cardiology House Officer in Pakistan. After relocating to the United States, Dr. Ibrahim has worked as a medical assistant in New York.

Dr. Ibrahim speaks Urdu, Punjabi, and English. She enjoys volunteer work, travelling, photography, arts and crafts, and cooking.

Hery Mejia, MD

Hery Mejia, MDDr. Mejia received his MD from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) Escuela de Medicina in the Dominican Republic, having received honors awards in 3 of his medical school years. After graduating and relocating to the United States, Dr. Mejia has worked as a medical tutor in New York.

Dr. Mejia speaks English and Spanish. His hobbies and interest include jogging, cooking, and taekwondo.

Aleena Nazeef, MBBS

Aleena Nazeef, MBBSDr. Nazeef graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan, where she was in the first division in all professional examinations and elected as class representative during her 4th year of medical school. Following her graduation, Dr. Nazeef worked as a Medical Officer/Primary Care Doctor in Pakistan before relocating to the United States.

Dr. Nazeef is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and English. She enjoys cooking, computer games, gardening, and traveling.

Maksym Palii, MD

Maksym Palii, MDDr. Palii earned his degree from Bukovinian State Medical University in Ukraine. After graduating and relocating to the United States, Dr. Palii is a medical interpreter and volunteer in Sacramento, California.

Dr. Palii is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. He enjoys soccer, music, and traveling.

 

Julio Piedra Butina, MD

Julio Piedra Butina, MDDr. Piedra Butina graduated from Universidad Católica de Cuenca Unidad Académica de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud in Ecuador. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Piedra Butina worked as a rural physician and psychiatry in Ecuador before relocating to the United States. He has held several research and volunteer positions in New York.

Dr. Piedra Butina speaks Spanish and English. He enjoys classical guitar, hiking, biking, and reading.

Amy Pulikeyil, MBBS

Amy Pulikeyil, MBBSDr. Pulikeyil graduated from Amala Institute of Medical Sciences in India. Following graduation, she relocated to the United States and has been working as a research assistant at several locations in New Jersey.

Dr. Pulikeyil speaks Malayalam and English. She enjoys Indian classical dance and music, traveling, reading, and arts and crafts.

Ruth Ramon Tapia, MD

Ruth Ramon Tapia, MDDr. Ramon Tapia received her MD from Universidad de Cuenca Facultad de Ciencias Médicas in Ecuador, where she was awarded “best student” in her second and third year of medical school. Following an intern year, Dr. Ramon Tapia worked as a physician at Women and Children’s Hospital and Vicente Corral Moscoso Hospital in Ecuador. After relocating to the United States, Dr. Ramon Tapia has held volunteer and clinical assistant positions in both the US and Ecuador.

Dr. Ramon Tapia speaks English and Spanish. She enjoys pet care, volunteer work, foreign languages and cultures, and medical missions.

Esad Ulker, MD

Esad Ulker, MDDr. Ulker graduated from Hacettepe Üniversitesi Tip Fakültesi in Turkey. During and after medical school, Dr. Ulker has shown an interest in scholarly activity, having several peer-reviewed publications and poster presentations. He is currently working as a visiting physician and postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Ulker speaks English and Turkish. He enjoys coffee roasting, landscape and time-lapse photography, and cooking.