Current Residents

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Class of 2018

  Assya Abdullah, M.D.

B.S., Georgetown University
M.D., George Washington University

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

Power nose that permanently masks the extensive and incredibly exquisite aromas of the ED.

Q. What do you like to do for fun?

Netflix marathons & discovering local neighborhood coffee shops.

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

Diversity in everything... residents, faculty, patients, and research interests. And plus, DC is an awesome little city.

  Abdulla Almoudi, M.D.

M.D., Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland)

Q. What is your background?

Traveling from East to west. I'm Emarati, born and raised in the UAE. Then moved to Scotland where I learned a wee bit of "English". Studied Medicine in the lovely country of Ireland (my 2nd home). Now almost finishing EM residency in the CAPITAL... I guess my next stop should be CA or HI.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW is truly a big family of amazing residents and attendings. The international and cultural mix within the program and the hospital overall makes me feel at home. Plus being in the DC and 5 mins away from the WH is kinda special.

Q. How has GW enabled you to explore your your specific interests?

We run wilderness medicine elective for the students, which I love taking part in every year. We have strong faculty with so many interests and they are always available to mentor and give career advice.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

My favorite places in DC is the Rock creek, M street, the Zoo, the National Mall and Gaylord resort. I spend most my time in Virginia which has many cycling trails, restaurants, parks and playgrounds for the kid.

  Daniel Buckland, M.D.

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.D., MIT/Harvard Medical School

Q. What is your background?

MD/PhD in Aerospace Engineering.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Lots of job opportunities for spouse, faculty involved in my research and career interests, and significant freedom with elective time to pursue my interests.

Q. How has GW enabled you to explore your your specific interests?

I've spent elective time with commercial spaceflight providers that was supported by GW. The DC area is teeming with policy and administrative agencies that deal with human spaceflight. Being able to stop by an office allowed me to be involved in projects that an email relationship would not have facilitated.

  William Denq, M.D.

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.D., University of Pittsburgh

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

The ability to tell if someone actually is in pain. OR the ability to shoot lasers from my eyes. Both solve the problem of pain seekers.

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

BTS (Burger Tap Shake)
Ray's the Third and Ray's the Steaks (om nom nom)
Mele Bistro
Founding Farmers
Roti
My apartment

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

New exciting city
Academic program with a good variety of ER experiences
Loved the people in the program
Opportunities to explore my entrepreneurship interests

  Pouya Gharahdaghi, M.D.

B.S. George Mason University
M.D., Howard University

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

Why DC : The greatest city ever, young professional crowd, a bunch of pseudo intellectuals doing that hipster thing, always something happening, Shenandoah is only an hour away with great hiking, camping, rafting etc.

Why GW: Great international program, many fellowship options, well established program with caring attending/administration, location, variety of projects happening all the time.

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

American Ice company - U street / Howard shaw area, chill local bar around my house
Shaws Tavern - Best burgers , 1/2 price burger and beer special on Tuesdays
Daikaya - Amazing Ramen place in Chinatown

  Annabel Li, M.D.

B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.D., University of Pittsburgh

Q. What is your background?

Undergrad in Wisconsin, medical school in Pittsburgh, worked in nonprofit supporting homeless and low income populations prior to med school.

Q. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

We have faculty involved in almost every aspect of emergency medicine and it's easy to reach out and be involved.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

Great food, lots of opportunities for outdoor activities nearby (Shenandoah only a few hours away!)

  Jared Lucas, M.D.

B.A., Harvard University
M.D., University of Pennsylvania

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

I wanted to be in a fun diverse city. The residents and attendings I met when I visited were very down to earth and excited about teaching. I am interested in health policy and wanted to be near the nation’s capital to take advantage of this.

Q. What are you excited about this upcoming year?

I am excited to get to focus on emergency medicine with a great group of residents and attendings. I am excited to learn my own style of being a doctor as well as teaching my patients and other residents.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

Forming copies of myself so I could literally be in two (or more!) places at once.

  Katherine Newell, M.D.

B.S., Simmons College
M.D., Emory University School of Medicine

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

Costco. Needs no further explanation.

Q. What are you excited about this upcoming year?

Checking out the Shenandoah National Park and the next season of Homeland (will Carrie get her groove back?)

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

Loved the vibe on interview day, and DC had many job opportunities for my spouse.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

The ability to selectively lose the sense of smell.

  Murteza Shahkolahi, M.D.

B.S., University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.D., Howard University

Q. What do you like to do for fun?

Soccer, cycling, hiking, hanging out with friends, and binge-watching Netflix series!

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

DC is stunning and full of life. From the monuments, museums and the city architecture, to the active health-conscious, educated people that make DC a small city with a big city feel. It's also great that you can drive an hour one way and reach the mountains, an hour another way to the beach, and an hour yet another way to the farmlands and country roads of Maryland or Virginia.

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

DC's diversity, sophistication and north meet's south culture is reflected in the “food scene”. There are countless places to go for breakfast/brunch after a long night shift. A few of my favorites are Filomena Ristorante and Paul's Bakery. The city erupts during World Cup, Champions League and Euro Cups (major soccer events) where you can watch your favorite country or club team with an authentic atmosphere and food.

 

Class of 2019

Dr. Ahmed Aalam  Ahmad Aalam, M.B., B.S.

M.B., B.S., Umm Al-Qura University,
Saudi Arabia

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

To be the “Intubator” (to have the ability to intubate through darkness and Ludwig anginas ;-) )

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

Shamshiry, Filomena, anywhere in George Town.

 

 

Dr. Ainsley Adams  Ainsley Adams, M.D.

B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.D., University of Maryland

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

14th street for outdoor seating and people watching, Union Market for variety and ingredients to bring home, Eden Center for excellent Vietnamese food whenever I'm out in Virginia.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

Instant pain relief

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

Multiple strong clinical sites and a wide variety of EM opportunities, all in a fun, beautiful city!

                                             

Dr. Yasser Ajabnoor  Yasser Ajabnoor, M.B., B.S.

M.B., B.S., King Abdulaziz University,
Saudi Arabia

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

Filiomena (the best Italian food)
Shamshiry (my favorite Persian restaurant located in Tyson’s Corner)
Zaitinya - located in 9th street in DC it is one of my favorite Middle East restaurant
Yechon - great Korean food

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

It has a good weather; I can live all four seasons in it.
It has many resturants.
The great location; I can drive to different cities like Baltimore, New York, Virginia Beach (planning to drive to Niagara Falls in my next vacation)

Dr. Jeromy Boucher  Jeromy Boucher, D.O.

B.S., Texas State University
D.O., Nova Southwestern University
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Q. What do you like to do for fun?

Anything involving salt water, except taffy. Jet skis, camping, fishing, hiking and restoring classic cars.

Q. What are you excited about this upcoming year?

Learning emed. Procedures. Wednesday breakfasts and The Tiki Bar

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

Because the people at GWU are awesome. The attendings, the program leadership and the residents are a great group of people to learn emed with.

Dr. Sean Chester  Sean Chester, M.D.

B.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining
M.D., Vanderbilt University

Q. What are you excited about this upcoming year?

I am excited about finally being able to practice as a doctor. I know I've been in school for a looooooooong time and it is nice to finally be able to be a doctor. I have a lot to learn and while at times it will be difficult, I think it will be fun.

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

I love all kinds of food and I have not had a bad meal in DC so far. I noticed that everyone loves happy hours and brunch is very popular here. I've never had to make reservations for brunch before moving to DC. There are lots of different ethnic foods here and there is AMAZING asian food in the Arlington area. I have lots more restaurants to try.

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

I wanted to go to a big city for residency. I applied pretty broadly and really likely GW's program. I generally liked 4 year programs more than 3 year ones. I also liked the mini-fellowship program and the opportunities for research.

Dr. Molly Graham  Molly Graham, M.D.

B.A., Columbia University
M.D., SUNY Downstate

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

For the strength of the international and ultrasound departments, the friendliness of the residents and staff, and for DC!

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

Madam's Organ for the great happy hours and insane decor, Rebellion for its roof, and my cousin's house for gourmet home cooked meals with my niece and nephew.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

The ability to make patients get to the point faster. Or the ability to immediately cure people of K2 overdose.

Q. What’s your favorite animal?

An elephant. 

Dr. Leah Gustafson Ista  Leah Gustafson Ista, M.D.

B.S., North Dakota State University
M.D., The George Washington University

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

I would like to always have my work days accompanied by a musical soundtrack. I know it is not much of a superpower but I would love it.

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

Great Question! Here are my favorites:
Ticos - Everything I have ever had here has been awesome
Scion - fried pickles and great happy hour
Filomena's- best Italian ever
Open City - frozen cappuccino is the best in the world (food is really good as well)
Mei Wah (Chevy Chase location) - best sushi and Chinese food in town
Georgetown Piano Bar - really fun place to grab a drink
Red Light Bar - serves wonderful cocktails and desserts

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

I came to visit DC as part of a volunteer trip over 10 years ago and absolutely loved the city! I chose GWU because I love the people you meet here are incredible. They come from all over the country and have outgoing, friendly personalities.

Dr. Evan Kuhl  Evan Kuhl, M.D.

B.A., Bellamine University
M.D., University of Louisville

Q. What is your background?

I'm from Louisville, KY where I was born and raised and went to medical school. Prior to med school I worked in EMS for a few years.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I couples matched; we were looking for a city with lots of outdoor activities nearby, great food and a bit more diverse than home. DC checked all the boxes for us, and it's full of interesting events and activities, both for us and visitors. Most importantly, we wanted a program we both felt comfortable at.

Q. How has GW enabled you to explore your your specific interests?

I have been able to build on my interested in EMS and prehospital care. Through our program, I have provided care at prominent events in liaison with multiple federal and local agencies, and work as a resident Medical Director for the undergraduate EMS program.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

There are tons of day hikes within steps of my home, and backcountry camping within a few hours of the city. Every week there are free events, outdoor movies, and other interesting programs. There's always something to do, and your friends and family always want to come visit. .

Dr. Adam Rutenberg  Adam Rutenberg, D.O.

B.A., B.S., University of Maryland
D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
M.B.A., Boston University                

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

The Hamilton - half price sushi happy hour, Hanks Oyster Bar - Oysters!, Waterman's Crab House and The Crab Claw on the Eastern Shore, see the theme? If it came from the water I like to eat it. Also picnicking at Gravelly Point Park - airplanes fly right over your head as they're landing at Reagan National Airport.

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

This program and this region have so much to offer! We work in a variety of practice settings and the faculty have pretty diverse interests, so if you want a mentor for whatever your particular interest is, you'll find that here. And the DC area is full of opportunity to engage in whatever curricular or extracurricular activities you can think of: internships, sports, food, culture. . .it's all here.

Dr. Kristin Schreiber  Kristin Schreiber, M.D.

B.S., University of Maryland
M.D., University of Maryland

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

I wanted to be in a fun diverse city. The residents and attendings I met when I visited were very down to earth and excited about teaching. I am interested in health policy and wanted to be near the nation’s capital to take advantage of this.

Q. What are you excited about this upcoming year?

I am excited to get to focus on emergency medicine with a great group of residents and attendings. I am excited to learn my own style of being a doctor as well as teaching my patients and other residents.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

Forming copies of myself so I could literally be in two (or more!) places at once.

Dr. Saud Siddiqui  Saud Siddiqui, M.D.

B.A., University of Southern California
M.D., University of California, Irvine

Q. What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy playing guitar, singing, reading, and pretending I lift. I founded a start-up and working on everything that goes along with that also really gets me going...especially when the stakes are high!

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

I've lived in Southern California my entire life and thought it was finally time to try something new for a few years. I've always said I wanted to try the East Coast, so I finally did it. So far I am really enjoying it.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

The ability to heal 10/10 pain by placing my hand on a patient's shoulder and telling them everything is going to be OK

Dr. Andrew Simmons  Andrew Simmons, M.D.

B.A., Principia College
M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College

Q. Worst childhood nickname?

Ninja. I wore all black clothes to school one day (by chance - before I was even angsty!) and those creative kids pinned me with that moniker for a good year.

Q. Why did you pick GWU/DC?

I did an away rotation (AI/sub-I, whatever you call it) here and loved it. I also lived and worked in DC after college and consider it a second home, and have a strong interest in health policy.

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

Ultrasound vision! X-ray vision is so last century.

Dr. Ashley Tribull  Ashley Tribull, M.D. 

B.A., University of California at Berkeley
M.D., University of Florida    

Q. Favorite places to eat/drink in DC and why?

So many pubs! I live near the Georgetown area so lots of unique breweries and bars. DC also has tons of parks that are open late so one of my favorite things to do is grab a beer and sit with my dog in one of the area's many glens.

Q. What do you like to do for fun?

I love to travel, visiting new countries and meeting awesome people! But when I don't have time to do that, I enjoy rock climbing, painting, tennis, and causing general mayhem :D

Q. What (ER) superpower would you like and why?

The ability to freeze time!

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Class of 2020

Ahmed Allabban, M.D.Dr. Ahmed Allabban

M.D., King Abdulaziz University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

First, I did a research fellowship program in GW for one year and I felt that right at home and a sense of belonging. Also, I worked with many attendings that have had different experiences and perspectives in the emergency medicine field. Second, I loved the diversity of cases afforded to me from the GW ED.

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

I am excited to learn more and get more experience with procedures.

Q. What is your dream superpower?

The power of time manipulation.

Q. What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

Be prepared for a lot of work, and enjoy each single second while you are helping patients during your residency.

Charles Han, M.S., M.D.Dr. Charles Han

B.S., Johns Hopkins University
M.S., Georgetown University
M.D., Morehouse School of Medicine

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I lived in DC for 2 years prior and I loved it. I picked GW after I did an away rotation and realized that I liked the people here. That simple.

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

Finally putting years of learning to practice and starting my journey to become a great emergency physician.

Q. What is your dream superpower?

The ability to find my stethoscope. Seriously, I'm already down 2 this year.

Q. What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

It's all going to be OK. Everyone is nervous until match day. Dress sharp for your interviews. Save money, finish your credits early, and go on a much deserved vacation.

Katherine Januszewicz, M.D.Dr. Katerine Januszewicz

B.S., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
M.D., Boston University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The program at GW is stellar- there are so many opportunities to advance and grow within EM here that it was a no-brainer for me to come here. The program leadership is also super supportive of your interests and will work hard to help you succeed in them. The impressively diverse patient population in the DC metro area allows for some of the best training as well because you see it all-- millions of people from all over the world visit the nation's capital. And of course-- nothing beats this location!! So many free things to do around the city, awesome summers, milder winters (compared to Boston!), brunch & Happy Hours galore!

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

I am most excited (and nervous!) about the insane learning curve of intern year...now is my time to put everything I learned from med school together with everything I'm about to learn in residency and develop my own style of practice!

Q. What is your dream superpower?

That I would be able to have the EHR complete ALL of my documentation at the snap of a finger...by using the power of my mind! That and the ability to make people instantly sober up…

Q. What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

Go with your gut! Have fun! Enjoy interview season! And most of all, be genuine :)

C. Robin Lanam, M.D., M.B.A.Dr. Caroyln Lanam

B.S., University of California, Berkeley
M.D., M.B.A., University of Michigan

Q. What is your background?

I'm one of the many Cali transplants in our residency, and before residency I did my graduate school education in the midwest. I'm a firm lover of both West coast and East coast as well as the midwest... and I mean Hawai'i and Alaska are pretty awesome too, so I guess I just love America.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The unique opportunities in global health, hospital administration/quality improvement, and emergency management, and the time to do them all.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

Eating exquisite Ethiopian easily. Monthly museum and monument meet-ups. Finding food fests to feast on.

Andrew Morton, M.D.Dr. Andrew Morton

B.S., University of California Las Angeles
M.D., University of California Irvine

Q. What is your background?

From Northern California, schooled in Southern California, and now trying out the East Coast.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Objectively, its a well balanced residency with a diverse high-acuity patient population in a fun walkable city full of young professionals. But subjectively, I just felt really good vibes here and was really impressed with everyone I met and how friendly they were.

Q. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

Clinical leadership on how to run/manage an ED and personal mentorship on how to live a balance and productive life amongst the shift work.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

I like to run (amazing trails here), check out the many restaurants/bars, go to shows, and explore up and down the coast on my free weekends.

Eric Takaji Murakami, M.D.Dr. Eric Murakami

B.S., M.D., University of Utah

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I chose GW for it's excellence in clinical care and the opportunities for Public Health and Health Policy.

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

Cycling, the new climbing gym in Arlington, and Gold Team.

Q. What is your dream superpower?

Ultrasonic fingertips. A.KA. Echo Finger Man. Dr. Calabrese would be proud.

Q. What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

It's going to work out! Enjoy the opportunity to travel the country and meet all of your future colleagues. Hang in there it's almost starting!

Joshua Oppenheimer, M.B.A., M.D.Dr. Joshua Oppenheimer

B.A., Princeton University
M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
M.B.A., Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

During an away rotation as a medical student, I realized that GW is an ideal fit for me. In addition to top-notch clinical training, GW offers fantastic opportunities to develop my interests in health policy and innovation.

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

I'm thrilled to finally put my education into action by caring for patients. I'm also excited to strengthen friendships with my fellow residents and faculty of the GW EM family.

Q. What is your dream superpower?

A magic wand would be nice.

Q. What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

Congratulations on making it this far, and best of luck during the residency application process! The path from drafting your personal statement to opening your envelope on Match Day is a long one, and there will be times when you will feel frustrated by a lack of control. When this happens, try to remember that every residency program features wonderful opportunities for those who seize them. Don't let any setback deter you from developing a fulfilling career of service for your patients, your community, and your world.

Jennifer Rabjohns, M.F.A., M.D.Dr. Jennifer Rabjohns

B.A., Western Michigan University
M.F.A., University of Maryland
M.D., Case Western Reserve

Q. What is your background?

Nontraditional - BA & MFA in English, then worked for a few years as an executive assistant before premed classes/scribing/the rest is history.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Wealth of opportunities to find your niche, supportive staff and co-residents, and my husband and I really wanted to move back to DC.

Q. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

How to study with limited time, steps towards balancing work and family, ideas and support for elective rotations.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

My husband and I have a toddler. I like to take him out for runs in our jogging stroller (parks, around Old Town Alexandria, National Mall). Then the three of us grab something good to eat and (hopefully) get a well-deserved nap.

Leah Steckler, M.D.Dr. Leah Steckler

B.S., University of Michigan
M.D., Drexel University

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Diverse patient population, location in D.C., and the program's commitment to helping each of us develop our interests within the field of Emergency Medicine.

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

Getting to know fellow residents, faculty and staff, learning how to become a great clinician.

Q. What is your dream superpower?

The ability to speak ANY language!

Q. What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

The process can be daunting, but somehow it always works out. Think carefully about where you would like to be and what you are passionate about and ultimately you will end up at a program that is a good fit.

Allen Wang, M.P.H, M.D.Dr. Allen Wang

B.S., University of Oklahoma
​M.P.H., Harvard University
M.D., University of Oklahoma

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I had a great interview day experience. I think the diversity of the patients being seen was important for my residency experience. GW has patients drawing from neighborhoods of differing social-economic backgrounds in addition to being metro-accessible. The program leadership is also very in tune with the future of EM as a specialty as healthcare reforms continue to shift away from fee-for-service.

Q. What are you excited about for this upcoming academic year?

Learning how to be a good clinician. I took a gap year to do a MPH a year ago so getting back in the clinical groove of things and mastering my medical decision making is exciting. The fact I get to wake up everyday with the DC skyline in view is also not a shabby perk.

What is your dream superpower?

Have a chart auto-populate for me while I am doing a H&P with a patient. There’s too much of a disconnect between patient care and medical documentation. Medicine in the 21st century shouldn’t be stuck in the stone age in terms of practical integration of clinical informatics.

What advice do you have for medical students applying for residency?

1. Work really, really hard during your away rotations. 2. Do away rotations in different locations. 3. Before presenting to an attending, ask him/her how they like their student presentations? Some prefer the classic CC, some prefer your presumptive dx (“MI rule out”) followed by the HPI. Every attending has a different preference, so why not tailor it accordingly and get good evals along the way.

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Class of 2021

Michael Ferebee, M.D.Dr. Michael Ferebee

B.S., University of Virginia
M.D., Meharry Medical College

Q. What is your background?

I'm from Hampton, VA and went to the University of Virginia. I graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and realized medical school would be my next move. I then went on to do a graduate premedical certificate program at VCU while being an ED scribe on the side. Finally, ended up in Nashville, TN at Meharry Medical College and now I'm in DC!

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I couples matched here. We are from the DMV and having family around is great (nothing like a Costco run when the 'rents pop into town). DC is a great place to train and live. There is something for everyone here from outdoor activities to concerts.

Q. How has GW enabled you to explore your your specific interests?

I'm looking to identify a need in Emergency Medicine and using my engineering background to formulate a solution. I also have an interest in Critical Care so integrating EM, Critical Care Medicine, and engineering is something on my radar that GW affords me time to do.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

Biking around the city. Exploring the huge restaurant scene. Going out in Dupont Circle (Heist is awesome). I've only been here a few months and there is something fun to do every day of the week!

Christina Gallerani, M.P.H., M.D.Dr. Christina Gallerani

B.S., Univeristy of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., Harvard University
M.D., University of California, Davis

Q. What is your background?

I'm a chronically displaced Californian. I consider myself to be from Petaluma, CA, the home of Lagunitas, arm-wrestling (questionable, but a statue in town says so...), and Winona Ryder. However I'm a bit of a nomad and have lived here and there. I went to undergrad at UC Berkeley, and did some odd jobs for a couple years before going to medical school at UC Davis.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Global health is my main interest and Washington DC seemed like a great place to get connected to people at international organizations and GW has great leadership in that area.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

I been discovering some great hikes around Virginia, and I recently bought a bicycle and am looking forward to checking out trails. I also fancy myself an art buff and I really enjoy the opportunity to go to all the great museums in DC (for FREE!). In my spare time I like to craft, binge watch comedies or reality shows too embarrassing to name publicly, paint, and travel when I can.

Aditi Ghatak-Roy, M.D.Dr. Aditi Gharak-Roy

B.A., B.S., University of Texas, Austin
M.D., Texas A&M

Q. What is your background?

I'm a native Texan! I went to undergraduate and medical school in this great state. I took a gap year before medical school and worked at a cool HIV lab at the NIH in Maryland, while my husband started graduate school at the University of Maryland. Now I'm back for more of DC! I'm still on the hunt for an excellent breakfast taco in the area.

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. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

I'm still early in my intern year, but have already received great mentorship especially with our ultrasound faculty. The faculty are fantastic instructors and provide us with a great environment to practice skills essential to our careers.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

I like to garden! I'm currently challenged by the confines of urban gardening on my balcony. I also enjoy reading and the outdoors (nothing too strenuous, mostly sitting in sunshine) and playing board games. DC has evolved into a diverse and energetic city over the years. I can't keep up with everything that's going on! A few of my favorite activities: concerts at the Kennedy Center, reading at the many parks/gardens in the District, festivals, hiking, exploring restaurants, airshows, and staying plugged in to the latest political shenanigans. This is a young, transient and friendly place to train!

Brett Linowes, M.A., M.D.Dr. Brett Linowes

B.S., University of Michigan
M.A., Boston University
M.D., Albany Medical College

Q. What is your background?

I am a native Washingtonian but have been all over the northeast and midwest for school. I went to University of Michigan for my undergraduate degree, Boston University for my masters, and Albany Medical College for medical school. In my time between my masters and medical school, I worked as an emergency department scribe.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I felt that the GW residency program was going to give me the best opportunity to succeed as an emergency physician. The four year program allows you to sub-specialize in an area of your choosing while still having a thorough and comprehensive medical education. The attending physicians and faculty are great resources and have a long history of producing top notch residents. And you get to be in our nation's capital!

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

I'm an avid DC and University of Michigan sports fan. One of my favorite things to do in DC is just to walk through the city from neighborhood to neighborhood. There are so many things to see and explore and the city is incredibly walkable. There are always festivals and events going on every weekend. One of the best things about DC is that most of the museums are FREE! There are always new exhibits to see. DC also has an incredible restaurant and bar scene with some of the best chefs in the country setting up shop here. If you want to get out of the city for a bit, there area great hiking/biking areas nearby as well as the beaches in Delaware only a few hours away. The city is constantly growing and changing and I can't wait to to explore more!

Patrick McCarville, M.D.Dr. Patrick McCarville

B.A., University of Wisconsin
Post-Bacc., Goucher College
M.D., Tulane University

Q. What is your background?

I had a nontraditional path to medicine, I studied archeological at the University of Wisconsin, then served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. That experience inspired me to work in the medical field so I pursued my post-bacc at Goucher College and medical training at Tulane.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I feel in love with the program during my away rotation. Everyone from attending, resident, and nursing staff were kind, harding working and seem to be happy even in the fast paced crazy environment that is the GW emergency department.

Q. How has GW enabled you to explore your your specific interests?

I am interested in working internationally and there are many attendings who work around the globe and are excited to mentor and give career advice.

Michaela Salvo, M.D.Dr. Michaela Salvo

B.A., Emory University
Post-Bacc., Bryn Mawr College
M.D., University of Rochester

Q. What is your background?

I'm an Irish-Italian New Yorker! I went to college at Emory University in Atlanta where I majored in Bioethics and minored in Italian. I did my science training at Bryn Mawr Post Bacc, then took a year off to volunteer with AmeriCorps in Yonkers, New York. I went on to do my medical school training at the Unviersity of Rochester. Along the way I managed to make some amazing friends, get married, and adopt two adorable cats.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

GW Checked all the boxes for me. 1) I loved the Program Director 2) the residents are happy and extremely competent 3) the community served is largely an inner city population 4) its in an amazing city and 5) the fourth year would allow me time for work-life balance and to explore my leadership interests and develop a niche.

Q. How has GW enabled you to explore your your specific interests?

I'm looking forward to taking advantage of all GW has to offer by learning more about the ultrasound fellowship and the policy fellowship. I'm hoping to be involved with the residency admissions process and am a member of the hospital ethics committee. There are tons of ways to get involved here!

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

DC is such a cool, young, and vibrant city. Their brunch game is on point, I love hosting friends and family and taking them to all the museums here. You also can't beat a nighttime monument stroll.

Caroline Schulman, M.D.Dr. Caroline Schulman

B.E., Vanderbilt University
Post-Bacc., Portland State University
M.D., OHSU

Q. What is your background?

From New York City.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Diversity and closer to family.

Q. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

Dr. Roche takes time to make collaborative individualized goals and plans for each resident.

Q. What do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

Rock climbing, biking, hiking, exploring new neighborhoods.

Nebiyu Shukur, M.B.S., M.D.Dr. Nebiyu Shukur

B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
M.B.S., Eastern Virginia Medical School
M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School

Natalie Sullivan, M.D.Dr. Natalie Sullivan

B.A., Tufts University
M.D., Tufts University

Q. What is your background?

I am from Westford, Massachusetts. I went to undergraduate and medical school at Tufts University. During college I volunteered as an EMT and before medical school I worked as an ED Tech.

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. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

Our program director works close with us individually to define goals and formulate plans to pursue them. While on shift, the faculty take extra time to take us aside and explain certain clinical decisions or the evidence behind our treatment plans. Our month long intern orientation also provided a great opportunity to meet faculty and to gain mentorship for the coming year.