Current Residents

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Chief Residents 2020-2021

Michaela Salvo, MDDr. Michaela Salvo

BA, Emory University
Post-Bacc., Bryn Mawr College
MD, University of Rochester

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I loved the city, the people, and the faculty diversity. I saw GW as a place I could really grow into a capable inner-city Emergency Medicine doctor.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

It’s a great, vibrant, young, accessible city. What’s not to love?

Nebiyu Shukur, MBS, MDDr. Nebiyu Shukur

BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MBS, Eastern Virginia Medical School
MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW is very close to home and family.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I get to meet up with family and childhood friends almost on a daily basis.

Natalie Sullivan, MDDr. Natalie Sullivan

BA, Tufts University
MD, Tufts University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The people. While doing an away rotation here, I had a fantastic time working with the residents, faculty, and staff. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and enthusiastic about both the program and Emergency Medicine. I knew that this would be a place where I would be supported by my peers and mentors and where I would genuinely enjoy 4 years of residency. All of which has continued to be true.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I love walking around the city. Whether it's the National Mall, the many parks, the multiple waterfronts, there is always something going on and something new to explore.

Class of 2021

Michael Ferebee, MDDr. Michael Ferebee

BS, University of Virginia
MD, Meharry Medical College

 

Christina Gallerani, MPH, MDDr. Christina Gallerani

BS, University of California, Berkeley
MPH, Harvard University
MD, University of California, Davis

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I interviewed on my birthday...And they gave me cake!  

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

Cherry blossom season, free museums, and great events year-round.

Aditi Ghatak-Roy, MDDr. Aditi Gharak-Roy

BA, BS, University of Texas, Austin
MD, Texas A&M

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

During interview season, I looked for a program that valued its people; GW is exceptional in this regard. I could instantly tell this was a group of people dedicated to medicine, the community and each other. I feel grateful that I am learning to love emergency medicine among down-to-earth, supportive and interesting folks.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

Being surrounded by culture, history, and diversity among people as fearful and crippled by snow as I am.

Brett Linowes, MA, MDDr. Brett Linowes

BS, University of Michigan
MA, Boston University
MD, Albany Medical College

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

It felt like home. I rotated here as a medical student and just really got along well with the other residents and attendings. I'm also biased because I'm a native Washingtonian, but it just felt like this was a great fit for me.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

The food options and the free museums!

Patrick McCarville, MDDr. Patrick McCarville

BA, University of Wisconsin
Post-Bacc., Goucher College
MD, Tulane University

 

Caroline Schulman, MDDr. Caroline Schulman

BE, Vanderbilt University
Post-Bacc., Portland State University
MD, OHSU

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Diversity of our patients, faculty, and residents. Amazing co-residents!

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

Being close to Shenandoah National Park! Great biking, hiking, and climbing all around the area.

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Class of 2022

Islam Bedaiwi, MBBSDr. Islam Bedaiwi

MBBS, University of Dammam

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I did a year of research in GW prior to applying for residency and I really liked the people I worked with, the work environment, & and all of the support and different opportunities available to residents.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

It’s a very diverse city with many cultures, activities, and attractions. I also like where it’s located; it’s easy to travel to all east coast cities and you get to experience all kinds of weather.

Shannon Cain, MDDr. Shannon Cain

BA, College of the Holy Cross
MD, New York Medical College

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I had a great experience on my interview day and felt like I fit in with the people that I met here. I was also drawn to the diverse and largely underserved patient population that the hospital serves and the opportunity to get involved with health policy.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I love all of the outdoor spaces and free things to do in the city. On my mornings off, you can usually find me running somewhere around the city and exploring different trails!

Dr. Crystal DonelanCrystal Donelan, MD

BA, Hamline University
MD, University of Minnesota

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The City, program's training goals and opportunities.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

Great architecture surrounded by greenery: it's everywhere with no skyscrapers blocking sunlight from reaching the ground!

Nicholas Dreyer, MDDr. Nicholas Dreyer

BS, University of Massachusetts
MS, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

When deciding on where I wanted to train for residency, I wanted a program that would allow me to strike a balance between my medical, professional and personal goals. Furthermore, I wanted a program that would also provide me guidance and opportunity that could allow these goals to flourish into something greater than I had previously imagined. During my interview with Dr. Roche and others, it was clear that GWU Emergency Medicine was that program. Based in the Nation's Capital, GW is surrounded by an almost incomprehensible amount of diversity in the realms of culture, language, professions, ideologies and more. It was clearly a place where I could thrive not only as a doctor and young professional, but as an individual as well.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

The diversity. Nowhere else have I been exposed to the amount of varying personalities, cultures, professions, food, nightlife, art and more than I have in Washington, D.C. There is an energy in this city that is almost palpable, and my love for the city and its people grows stronger every day.

Megan Hoffer, DODr. Megan Hoffer

BS, Franciscan University of Steubenville
DO, Liberty University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW serves a large and diverse population, and during training, residents learn to manage high volumes, see a wide range of pathology, and develop a broad scope of practice. GW also places a special emphasis on resident development, encouraging and facilitating participation in projects and interests within the specialty. Most importantly, the environment and community within the program is something that was very important to me in choosing a residency. The GW residents and faculty have a great camaraderie, have fun on shift, and generally have a very supportive and positive environment, which I think can have a very profound impact on both your educational and personal experience during residency. 

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I grew up in northern Virginia, and so I am biased because I love DC! My favorite thing about being back in the area is being close to family and getting to spend more time with my niece and nephew. As a place to live, DC has a lot of great things to see and do. I still love going to the Smithsonian, walking around the monuments and doing all of the touristy things! In general, there are also great restaurants, some beautiful places to jog/bike, and DC has a pretty young population that always seems to be organizing different events around the city. It's a fun place to live and there is always plenty to do. 

Amanda Miller, MDDr. Amanda Miller

BS, Gettysburg College
MA, MD, Temple University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Location in DC and residency culture.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

Amazing food!

Monika Misak, MDDr. Monika Misak

BS, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
MD, Albany Medical College

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I chose the GW program for many reasons. First, I have a strong interest in public health and policy and what better place to practice then in Washington dc! I also wanted to be at a program which had high acuity and high volume but still provided exceptional educational opportunities to its residents. 

Nehal Naik, MDDr. Nehal Naik

BA, University of California - Berkley
MS, Georgetown University
MD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW EM has been instrumental in developing EM as a specialty in India, and I wanted to be a part of its future work! When I was choosing a residency program, I had two things in mind: Innovative education and well-established, impactful global health. GW sets you up to be a great educator and to build your niche in EM. Since training here, I've loved the family of nurses, techs, faculty, and co-residents that make the ED feel like home. Also, I couples matched into GW and we both wanted to live in a city full of global movers and shakers.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I love all of the outdoor spaces and free things to do in the city. On my mornings off, you can usually find me running somewhere around the city and exploring different trails!

Christopher Payette, MDDr. Christopher Payette

BS, MD, George Washington University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I chose GW because I loved my time spent in the ER and other parts of the hospital as a medical student. I loved caring for a diverse patient population and working alongside people with similar interests in the community surrounding the hospital both near and far.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

My favorite thing about living in DC is how dynamic it is. It is truly ever-changing in its demographics, healthcare availability, and things to do. When I am not working, I love exploring the city's museums, restaurants, happy hours, and parks.

Anahita Rahimi-Saber, MDDr. Anahita Rahimi-Saber

BS, Rhodes College
MD, East Tennessee State University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The hospital is located in a wonderful location, the GW staff is amazing, and faculty really support your interests 

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

The free events! There’s something going on every day! 

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Class of 2023

Fatmah Alsomali, MBBSDr. Fatmah Alsomali

MBBS, King Abdulaziz University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW has a four-year program, which I believe gives me a better opportunity to be an excellent physician, and still have some time to do things outside of medicine. 

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

DC is an international city with a diverse culture and rich history, so it's perfect for someone like me who is new to the US. Also, I love living near a body of water, and DC has the Potomac River. It has a direct flight to my home town of Jeddah, which makes my life easy. 

Joseph Brooks, MDDr. Joseph Brooks

BS, Georgetown University
MD, The University of Toledo

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I chose GW because I wanted to end up at an academic center in a big city. I had also lived in DC before, and have an interest in health policy, so there's really no better place to be in that regard. I really identified with the mission of the program, and I appreciated the time the fourth year gives to develop your niche in the field of Emergency Medicine. On top of that, I was impressed by the program leadership and the residents that I met on the interview day.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

There are so many things to love about DC! It's a big city that feels like a smaller city. It's easy to walk/run/bike anywhere. There are great options for all different kinds of food. There's a ton of free stuff to do everywhere. And there are ample opportunities for happy hour/bottomless brunch.

Dr. Brandon Chaffay Brandon Chaffay, MD

BS, Queen's University
MSc, Western University
MB;BCh, University College Dublin School of Medicine

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Amazing vibes! I left my interview day feeling that at GW you could find your niche in emergency medicine due to amazing mentorship and support to pursue any interest you have. I am interested in fellowships in critical care/global health and loved the mini-fellowship opportunity as well as the broad research interests of the faculty.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

Having so many fantastic options to choose from when you have free time! DC is a very multi-cultural city and with that, the food here is amazing - especially if you can make it for a happy hour. Also, being from Canada, I was thrilled when I discovered I can play hockey again in Virginia!

Alexander Kreisman, MDDr. Alexander Kreisman

BA, Pitzer College
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I chose GW because I knew it would provide me with a variety of opportunities to have an influential career in academic medicine, plus the location is amazing for doing anything you wish to do when you're not on a shift.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

The walkability of the city is great! After a shift, the ability to listen to a podcast or music and just experience a new neighborhood has been nice. Plus the food variety has been a pleasant surprise.

Joel Lange, MDDr. Joel Lange

BA, University of Wisconsin
MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Many reasons, but especially because it was easy to see on interview day that people at GW really enjoyed being together. It was so apparent they were more than just co-residents and coworkers, but more of friends and family. Also, in a single shift, you might treat anyone from a "frequent flyer" to a congressman in septic shock!

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

It's a truly international city - walking home I might hear people in speaking 6 different languages and they all bring their own cultures and experiences (and food) to share.

Malori Lankenau, MDDr. Malori Lankenau

BS, The Ohio State University
MD, University of Cincinnati

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I loved the close-knit feel of the residency, it was obvious that everyone (faculty, co-residents) had each other's back. I also am interested in global health and medicine in low-resource settings, and GW has many opportunities for this already established.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I love how much there is to do in DC! There are so many museums and exhibits, as well as parks to explore. There are also a lot of amazing restaurants that I am excited to try.

Ayal Pierce, MDDr. Ayal Pierce

BS, Tufts University
MD, Tufts University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The people! I did my away rotation here and the residents, faculty, nurses, and techs were all great to work with and learn from. GW is a place where you make your own path for residency and have tons of resources to help achieve your career goals. 

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

The diversity. From the people who live here, to the things to do on your time off, I can never imagine ever being bored here. Plus the happy hours are amazing, especially coming from Boston where happy hours are not a thing.

Margarita Popova, MDDr. Margarita Popova

BA, Columbia University
MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW seemed like a well-balanced program with the support/resources that would help me find my niche within EM. Also, I liked all of the residents/faculty/leadership I met during my interview day! Lastly, the diversity of GW's patient population was an important factor.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I recently moved here so still figuring this out... but I am looking forward to visiting lots of museums, exploring the city's green spaces, meeting people working on a variety of cool things, and getting to climb/backpack in the surrounding areas! I am also super excited to be closer to my family on the East Coast!

Kristin Raphel, MDDr. Kristin Raphel

BA, Pomona College
MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Schoool

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Honestly, by the end of interview season, most programs blurred together. I couldn’t keep track of which program had how many residents or which programs had which specific rotations. What I did remember was the feeling I had from interactions during every interview and social. All of the residents and program leadership that I met during my interview day here at GW were awesome. Along with being in a great city, it all just felt like a great fit.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

DC is awesome. Being someone who has grown up on both coasts, I appreciate the nice mix of people and attitudes from all over the country. It’s a young, fun, active community with tons to do - and an awesome queer community, if that’s your thing. I really can’t say enough great things about this city. I’m excited to be here and to continue to explore it!

Michael West, MDDr. Michael West

BSPH, George Washington University
DO, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

It is such a strong program with unique opportunities in policy and EMS (my favorite subsection of EM). Most importantly, I felt at home at GW more than anywhere else on the interview trail.

Q. What is your favorite thing about living in DC?

I absolutely love DC. I have a lot of roots in the area and my fiancé is from here. On top of that, the food scene is awesome and there are many things to do outside of the ED on my days off. 

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Class of 2024

Uthman Alamoudi, MPH, MBBSDr. Uthman Alamoudi

MBBS, King Abdulaziz University
MPH, John Hopkins University

Jordan Feltes, MDDr. Jordan Feltes

BA, Emory University
MD, St. Louis University

Ian Hunter, MS, MDDr. Ian Hunter

BS, University of Vermont
MS, MD, New York Medical College

Dr. Yasir Hussein  Yasir Hussein, MD

BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
MD, Tufts University

Owen Lee Park, MDDr. Owen Lee Park

BS, Cornell University
MD, University of Maryland

 

Ashleigh Omorogbe, MDDr. Ashleigh Omorogbe

BA/BS, University of Maryland, Baltimore
PB, MD, Indiana University

John Organick-Lee, MDDr. John Lee

BS, Whitman College
MD, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Elizabeth Rempfer, MDDr. Elizabeth Rempfer

BS,  Wake Forest University
MD, West Virginia University

Andrew Singletary, MDDr. Andrew Singletary

BS, Emory University
MD, Case Western Reserve University

Ryan Skrabal, MDDr. Ryan Skrabal

BS, UNC at Chapel Hill
MD, East Carolina University

Angela Wu, MPH, MDDr. Angela Wu

BS, MPH, MD, University of Arizona Tucson

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