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PGY3 (Class of 2020)

Sumiya Ahmed, MBBS

AhmedDr. Ahmed was studying to be a Physician’s Assistant at Drexel University in Philadelphia when she got the opportunity to go to medical school. Dr. Ahmed graduated from Dow International Medical College in Pakistan. Since September 2015, she has been co-CEO and co-managing the Olympic Physical Rehabilitation Practice in Trenton, New Jersey. In 2015, she had a poster presentation accepted to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

In her free time, Dr. Ahmed enjoys painting, reading, writing, poetry, health/fitness, and traveling. She speaks English, Hindi, and Urdu.

Majid Ansari, MD

AnsariDr. Ansari received his MD at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. During and after graduation from medical school, he worked as a primary care physician and then as a general practitioner at a private office in Iran. Dr. Ansari also worked as an emergency physician in Iran through October 2015, which is when he relocated to the United States.

Dr. Ansari enjoys painting, sports, cooking Mediterranean food, traveling, and volunteering. He speaks basic Arabic and is fluent in Persian and English.

Farnoosh Farshidi, MD

FarshidiDr. Farshidi completed her medical training at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class. After graduating, she completed an MD residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Mashhad and worked as an OB/GYN physician in Iran. After relocating to the United States, she has been working as a research assistant at the LA Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Farshidi has numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts.

Dr. Farshidi enjoys listening to music, hiking, movies, cooking, and reading. She is fluent in English and Persian.

Albana Harizaj, MD

HarizajDr. Harizaj received her degree from the University of Medicine of Tirana in Albania. After graduation, she worked as an internal medicine and general physician in Albania before relocating to the United States. Most recently before her residency, Dr. Harizaj was a research assistant in the Department of Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine in New York. She had an abstract accepted to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in September 2016.

In her free time, Dr. Harizaj enjoys photography, traveling, reading, and sports such as volleyball, swimming, and hiking. She speaks Albanian, English, and Italian.

Hatem Ibrahim, MBBCHB

IbrahimDr. Ibrahim graduated from the University of Benghazi Faculty of Medicine in Libya. After graduation, he completed a preliminary year in an internal medicine residency before training in a psychiatry residency program. He has conducted several oral presentations at Al-Hawary Medical Center in Benghazi, Libya. After his relocation to the United States, Dr. Ibrahim has held clinical trainee positions in internal medicine, psychiatry, and neurology.

During his free time, Dr. Ibrahim enjoys watching movies, playing guitar, music, playing soccer, and bicycling. He speaks English and Arabic.

Babak Jamasian, MD

JamasianDr. Jamasian graduated from Yazd Shahid Sadooghi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services in Iran. He worked as a Primary Care Physician in Iran before working as a hospitalist and ER doctor. Dr. Jamasian also spent time as a drug abuse counselor before moving to the United States. Most recently before his training, he has worked as a research fellow at the University of California in Irvine, California. Dr. Jamasian has had several abstract acceptances and publications, as well as poster and oral presentations in both Iran and the United States.

During his free time, Dr. Jamasian enjoys playing basketball and soccer, gardening, cooking, and traveling. He speaks Persian and English.

Khadija Merchant, MBBS

MerchantDr. Merchant graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. During medical school, she worked as a student volunteer for the Patients Welfare Association in Karachi, Pakistan. After graduation, she completed an intern year, then worked as an inpatient and ER registrar/hospitalist in Saudi Arabia before relocating to the United States. Recently before her residency, Dr. Merchant was a clinical research assistant at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Merchant describes herself as a “food enthusiast” and enjoys learning about early childhood education. She speaks English, Urdu, Arabic, and Hindi.

Neveen Mostafa, MD

MostafaDr. Mostafa received her degree from Cairo University in Egypt, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class. She has worked as junior faculty and held the position of associate lecturer of medical oncology at Cairo University in Egypt. Dr. Mostafa has had several scholarly publications regarding cancer research, including two in the Annals of Oncology.

Dr. Mostafa enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends. She speaks Arabic and English.

Rabeea Nazir, MBBS

NazirDr. Nazir graduated from the Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry in Pakistan. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Nazir completed an internal medicine residency at Shifa International Hospital in Pakistan, where she was awarded “resident of the year” and worked as a chief resident. After completion of her residency, she worked as a registrar in Pakistan before relocating to the United States.

In her free time, Dr. Nazir enjoys reading books, traveling, and hiking. She is fluent in English and Urdu.

Oscar Perez, MD

PerezDr. Perez graduated from Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de la Habana in Cuba with a gold degree certification. Post graduation, Dr. Perez completed a family medicine residency in Cuba, as well as a general surgery residency. Following his residency, Dr. Perez was a general surgery attending at several different hospitals in Cuba. After relocating to the United States, he worked as a surgical recovery coordinator in Florida, as well as a UCI donor management coordinator. Dr. Perez has had several abstracts accepted for publication as well as peer-reviewed book chapters. He has made numerous poster and oral presentations in both Cuba and the United States.

In his free time, Dr. Perez spends time with his family and enjoys jogging, movies, and reading. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Mohammed Saeed, MBCHB

SaeedDr. Saeed received his degree from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine in Iraq. Following his graduation, Dr. Saeed worked as a medical doctor in Iraq. Coming to the United States as a Fulbright scholar, he received his MPH from the University of Kentucky, where he worked as a research assistant following graduation. Dr. Saeed has worked as a teaching assistant and was an instructor in medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri before starting his residency training. He has several peer-reviewed articles, as well as poster and oral presentations.

Dr. Saeed enjoys beach tennis, volleyball, badminton, and photography. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Henok Tumebo, MD

TumeboDr. Tumebo graduated from Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine in Ethiopia. Following his graduation, Dr. Tumebo worked as an attending physician, medical doctor, and lecturer in Ethiopia until he relocated to the United States. Before his residency training, he worked as a medical assistant at University Urgicare in Somerset, New Jersey.

During his free time, Dr. Tumebo enjoys playing and watching soccer, watching basketball, and reading news about global economy. He is fluent in Amharic and English.

George T. Zarkua, MD

ZarkuaDr. Zarkua graduated Summa Cum Laude from First Moscow State Medical University in Russia. Following his graduation, Dr. Zarkua completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the same institution. Dr. Zarkua then relocated to the United States and worked as a research technician at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where the work he conducted is contained on a patent jointly filed between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Zarkua gave an oral presentation in 2014 at the Glaxo Smith Kline Meeting of the Bioelectronics Network in Dallas, Texas.

In his free time, Dr. Zarkua enjoys hiking, astrophysics, and music. He speaks Russian and English.