PGY1 (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.

In her free time, Dr. Abbas enjoys traveling, reading, and henna art. She speaks English, Hindi, Persian, and Urdu.

   
FATEMEH ABBASI, MD
 

FATEMEH ABBASI, MD
Dr. 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 enjoys cooking, swimming, watching movies, spending time with friends, and reading with her son. She is fluent in English and Persian.

   
NAZIK ABUELGASIM, MBBS
 

NAZIK ABUELGASIM, MBBS
Dr. Abuelgasim received her degree from the University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine in Sudan, followed by a transitional year at the Ministry of Health in Sudan. She worked as a teaching assistant and instructor at her medical school before serving as a senior house physician in Sudan at several different institutions. She has had peer-reviewed publications both online and in print, as well as an oral presentation in Sudan.

During her free time, Dr. Abuelgasim enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cooking. She is fluent in Arabic and English.

   
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.

Dr. Al Dabbagh enjoys cooking, fishing, dancing, and spending time with her friends and family. She is fluent in Arabic and English.

   
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.

In her free time, Dr. Avanesyan enjoys playing piano, swimming, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is fluent in Armenian, English, and Russian.

   
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.

Dr. Bezawada enjoys playing cricket and table tennis, as well as travelling, swimming, and photography. He is fluent in English, Tamil, and Telugu.

   
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.

Dr. Ebo enjoys reading and writing, especially historical literature. He also enjoys poetry, music, art, and nature. He is fluent in English.

   
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. Khalil worked as a teaching assistant and tutored medical students in Libya. Dr. Khalil has made oral presentations on several topics in Libya.

During his free time, Dr. Khalil enjoys soccer, reading, and swimming. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

   
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 enjoys reading, music, and world politics. He is fluent in English.

   
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.

In his free time, Dr. Ibrahim enjoys documentaries, music and painting, and spending time with his family. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

   
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.

In her free time, Dr. Kesiraju enjoys volunteering, cooking, yoga, and traveling. She is fluent in English and Telugu.

   
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.

In his free time, Dr. Mahdi enjoys traveling, soccer, billiards, jogging, and reading. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

   
ALI SHAHVERDIANI, MD
 

ALI SHAHVERDIANI, MD
Dr. Shahverdiani got his MD 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.

In his free time, Dr. Shahverdiani enjoys playing piano and photography. He is fluent in English and Persian.

 

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