Current Residents

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Class of 2020

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 on 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)

Ahmed Allabban, M.D.Dr. Ahmed Allabban

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

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

First, I did a research fellowship program at 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 at 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 the 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 balanced 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 its 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?

A 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 is 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 into the clinical groove of things and mastering my medical decision making is exciting. The fact I get to wake up every day 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 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., University 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 into 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 the 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 are 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 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, hardworking 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 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 University 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 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

Q. What is your background?

I was born in Ethiopia and came to the States in 1999. I grew up in Alexandria VA and attended middle and high school in the area. I completed my undergrad at Virginia Tech and went to Eastern Virginia Medical School to finish my MD in 2017.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Location was very important to me. I grew up in the DC area and wanted to come back to the area for residency and beyond. But I also understood that its not only where I work but also who I work with that will shape my residency experience. I was looking for a program that valued education, community engagement and each other. I was encouraged and inspired to apply to GW after I met one of the faculty members at an event in my school and I found GW to be everything I was looking for.

Q. How have you been mentored by the faculty?

I have met with our program director, Dr Roche, to come up with a specific plan and goal for my intern year. Additionally I've received continuous advice and feedback from practically all of the faculty I have worked with.

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

I am interested in telemedicine and global medicine and I have had the chance to discuss with faculty members that are experienced in those fields.

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

I like that I am close to my family and I can see them anytime I want. I play basketball with my childhood friends on the weekends, attend and participate in church community volunteering events. DC is an exciting city, you can explore new restaurants and museums go to concerts and special events. And if you get overwhelmed by the fast paced life of DC you can drive 15 minutes to the quiet and calming city of Alexandria and walk around the red brick sidewalks of old town, like I do.

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 closely with us individually to define goals and formulate plans to pursue them. While on shift, the faculty takes 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.

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Class of 2022

Islam Bedaiwi, M.B.B.S.Dr. Islam Bedaiwi

M.B.B.S., University of Dammam

Q. What is your background?

I was born in Montreal, Canada & grew up between Canada and Saudi Arabia. After graduating from medical school in Saudi, I came to the US to pursue education & training in emergency medicine.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

The program offers great exposure, supervision and many educational opportunities in emergency medicine and healthcare in general. But the most important reason is the amazing people in the program. They are really inspiring and supportive and it's definitely a privilege to be one of them.

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

I go on different adventures with my friends and binge-watch Netflix or Hulu. I like the weather in DC, it really has all 4 seasons! I also like that it has many different entertainment & cultural activities and many nice hangouts.

Q. What are you looking forward to most about starting residency?

Working as a member of the medical team, helping patients in any way possible.

Shannon Cain, M.D.Dr. Shannon Cain

B.A., College of the Holy Cross
M.D., New York Medical College

Q. What is your background?

I grew up in Massachusetts and went to College of the Holy Cross for my undergraduate degree, where I majored in Spanish. I took a gap year before medical school and taught English in Spain for one year. I've been in New York for the past four years for medical school.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

Between the diverse patient population, the people I met here on my interview day, and the flexibility of having a fourth year, I felt like this program was a great fit for me! I'm also really interested in getting involved in health policy.

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

I enjoy being outdoors, cooking/baking, and running. DC is such an active city and there's always so much going on. I love checking out new restaurants and happy hour spots!

Q. What are you looking forward to most about starting residency?

I'm looking forward to learning from my co-residents, faculty mentors, and patients.

Dr. Crystal DonelanCrystal Donelan, M.D.

B.A., Hamline University
M.D., University of Minnesota

 

Nicholas Dreyer, M.D.Dr. Nicholas Dreyer

B.S., University of Massachusetts
M.S., M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School

 

Michael McMullen, M.D.Dr. Michael McMullen

B.A. University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Georgetown University
M.D., George Washington University

 

Amanda Miller, M.D.Dr. Amanda Miller

B.S., Gettysburg College
M.A., M.D., Temple University

Q. What is your background?

I am originally from Coatesville, PA and went to undergrad at Gettysburg College. I went to Temple University in Philadelphia for medical school.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I knew I wanted to be in the DC area to be closer to my fiance and family. I had an amazing interview day at GW and knew that I had found people who would support and mentor me throughout residency. I also love that GW serves such a diverse and unique population.

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

For fun I like to travel and spend time with my friends and family. I also love skiing and true crime documentaries/podcasts. I love that DC is such a diverse city with amazing food and plenty of museums and parks to visit for free!

Q. What are you looking forward to most about starting residency?

I'm most looking forward to improving my procedural skills, developing confidence in my own practice style, and learning how to be a great teacher.

Monika Misak, M.D.Dr. Monika Misak

B.S., Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education
M.D., Albany Medical College

 

Nehal Naik, M.D.Dr. Nehal Naik

B.A., University of California - Berkley
M.S., Georgetown University
M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Q. What is your background?

A Coastal California kid who fell in love with the verdant Mid-Atlantic. Also, I'm a huge politics dork so being in DC just seemed right.

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 do you do for fun and what do you like about DC?

Hiking and biking in the Appalachians. DC is a jazz city, and there's always great acts coming through. The embassies also have so many events throughout the year, so you get to experience what each nation is proud of beyond the headlines.

Q. What are you looking forward to most about starting residency?

Turning all that theory into practice and becoming a useful doctor in any situation.

Christopher Payette, M.D.Dr. Christopher Payette

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

Q. What is your background?

I am originally from New Jersey where I grew up loving to be at the beach. I came to GW for college as a member of the BA/MD Program, and have been here ever since.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I chose GW for residency because I really enjoyed my Emergency Medicine clerkship and electives in the department. After my away rotations I realized GW was the best fit for me in terms of professional development and personal growth. Faculty here have diverse interests across the field of EM but all share a passion for teaching.

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

I like to try new restaurants and activities for fun which makes DC a great city to be in. The restaurants, pop-up bars, and exhibits that come through town are numerous! When I am not eating way too much at one of my favorite restaurants in the Capitol Hill/Navy Yard area I am running along the Anacostia river or sweating in [solidcore]. If I ate too much to be active, then I am probably curled up with a book or Netflix show.

Q. What are you looking forward to most about starting residency?

I am looking forward to all of the new growth opportunities that residency will bring. I am really excited to be able to take ownership of the care of my patients.

Anahita Rahimi-Saber, M.D.Dr. Anahita Rahimi-Saber

B.S., Rhodes College
M.D., East Tennessee State University

Q. What is your background?

I was born and raised in Europe, but my stateside home is Memphis, TN. After graduating college, I did research in reproductive endocrinology and couchsurfed/hitchhiked through Europe.

Q. Why did you choose GW for residency?

I fell in love with DC when I was visiting, and the program is full of amazing faculty who are experts in their field.

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

DC is an amazing place for a foodie like me, so when I’m not working I’m usually planning my next culinary adventure. For fun, I enjoy traveling to new places, listening to true crime podcasts, and failing at every Pinterest baking endeavor I’ve ever undertaken.

Q. What are you looking forward to most about starting residency?

I’m looking forward to little moments where I feel like I’m making a real difference in a patient’s healthcare outcome.

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Class of 2023

Fatmah Alsomali, M.B.,B.S.Dr. Fatmah Alsomali

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

Honors/Awards

  • First place in the poster presentation at the First Saudi Society of Diabetes International Conference, 2015

Research:

  • Physician’s appearance and its effect on patient confidence
  • Effectiveness of facemasks in preventing influenza-like illness in Australian Hajj immigrants
  • Lifestyle factors and their relationship to obesity in Jeddah

Unique Characteristics:

  • Program developer for It’s Your Choice, a Youtube program focusing on spreading medical awareness

Interests:

  • Documentaries
  • Arabic literature
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

Joseph Brooks, M.D.Dr. Joseph Brooks

B.S., Georgetown University
M.D., The University of Toledo

Honors/Awards

  • AOA
  • College of Medicine Academic Excellence Scholarship

Leadership:

  • Surgery Interest Group research liaison
  • Admissions Committee

Unique Characteristics:

  • Speaks Spanish and was an English language tutor in DC
  • Prior ED Scribe

Interests:

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Strength Training
  • Reading
  • Traveling

Dr. Brandon Chaffay Brandon Chaffay, M.D.

B.S., Queen's University
M.Sc., Western University
M.B.;B.Ch., University College Dublin School of Medicine

Research:

  • Chemotherapy effectiveness analysis
  • Clinical research associate in Peds ED at London’s Children’s Hospital

Leadership:

  • EMIG class representative
  • Surgical Interest Group class representative
  • North American Irish Medical Association senior coordinator
  • Peer mentor

Unique Characteristics:

  • Received a Master’s degree in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Interests:

  • Board games
  • Running
  • Soccer, rugby, ice hockey, and rock climbing
  • College football
  • Traveling to UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Spending time with his black lab, Sydney

Alexander Kreisman, M.D.Dr. Alexander Kreisman

B.A., Pitzer College
M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research:

  • Ultrasound vs. CT for identifying hydronephrosis
  • Leadership and communication in trauma resuscitations

Leadership:

  • EMIG president
  • Simulation in Medicine board member
  • Student clinic clinical board, financial advisor, referrals volunteer

Unique Characteristics:

  • Fluent in Spanish

Interests:

  • Travelling and hiking
  • Cooking new cuisines
  • Watching NBA basketball, international sporting events, and MLB baseball
  • Escape rooms
  • Stand-up comedy

Joel Lange, M.D.Dr. Joel Lange

B.A. University of Wisconsin
M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin

Research:

  • MSIII education during inpatient medicine
  • Cost-effectiveness in colorectal cancer

Leadership:

  • Academic Standing Committee
  • Track Liaison Committee
  • Student mentor
  • Anesthesiology Interest Group treasurer
  • Rush Institute journal club chair

Unique Characteristics:

  • Prior waiter at Olive Garden

Interests:

  • Rock climbing
  • Distance running
  • Guitar
  • Volleyball
  • Traveling
  • Swing dancing

Malori Lankenau, M.D.Dr. Malori Lankenau

B.S., The Ohio State University
M.D., University of Cincinnati

Research:

  • OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center undergraduate research assistant

Leadership:

  • Career development Student Advisory Committee
  • AMWA Educational Events & Member cochair
  • AMA Class of 2019 secretary

Unique Characteristics:

  • Volunteered as part of a medical outreach group in Shirati, Tanzania
  • Has a pet turtle, Gunther

Interests:

  • Reading fiction
  • Baking cookies and cakes
  • Traveling and exploring

Ayal Pierce, M.D.Dr. Ayal Pierce

B.S., Tuffts University
M.D., Tuffts University

Honors/Awards:

  • EMT of the Year (2013, 2014)
  • Department of Public Safety Award

Research:

  • Combining wireless technology and behavioral economics to engage patients with cardiometabolic disease
  • Complications from knee & hip arthroplasty

Leadership:

  • Core Medical Apps VP/Chief technology officer
  • Grant writer for student-run clinic

Unique Characteristics:

  • BLS Instructor
  • MT

Interests:

  • Tennis, skiing, golf
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Building websites
  • Piano and guitar

Margarita Popova, M.D.Dr. Margarita Popova

B.A., Columbia University
M.D., Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Research

  • Economics and health outcomes of various tracheostomy approaches
  • Laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma in nonsmokers & non-drinkers
  • Patient needs assessment in Breathmobile Program

Leadership:

  • Anatomy peer instructor coordinator
  • Humanities Interest Group co-president
  • Student Clinic coordinator
  • ICM & POM class representative
  • Book Club president

Unique Characteristics:

  • Speaks French, Russian, and Spanish

Interests:

  • Cooking vegetarian meals
  • Backcountry hiking
  • Exploring new cities
  • Playing badminton
  • Going to comedy shows
  • Reading fiction and short stories
  • Fostering kittens

Kristin Raphel, M.D.Dr. Kristin Raphel

B.A., Pomona College
M.D., Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Schoool

Research

  • Naloxone administration during cardiac arrest
  • Initiative to enhance education for transgender individuals
  • Pre-hospital air EMS parameters for stroke stabilization

Leadership:

  • Sexuality and Gender Alliance president
  • EMIG co-president
  • AMSA Gender and Sexuality fellow
  • Admissions Committee
  • RWJ Domestic Violence Prevention instructor, co-leader

Interests:

  • Union County Women’s Rugby Club
  • Pokemon Go PokéMaster

Michael West, M.D.Dr. Michael West

B.S.P.H., George Washington University
D.O., A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Research

  • ED utilization patterns and motivations in primary care patients at Unity Clinic

Leadership:

  • Student Government DC campus senator
  • AMSA chapter vice president
  • EMIG community outreach coordinator
  • Stop the Bleed instructor

Unique Characteristics:

  • Member of GW EMERG as an undergraduate
  • Former GW ED tech
  • Speaks Spanish

Interests:

  • Basketball
  • Distance running
  • Home brewing
  • Aviation
  • WWII History