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Third Year Fellows

Zaid Al-Jebaje

Abigail Franco, MD

Hometown / Baghdad

Medical School / University of Baghdad

Residency / University at Buffalo – Catholic Health System

Hobbies / Interests /  Soccer, hiking, travel

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  Two things: Amazing people and amazing food.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: ​ Walk/brunch on Park Avenue and of course Garbage Plate

Erin Armenia

Molly Marous, MD

Hometown / Niskayuna, NY

Medical School / University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Residency / University of Colorado

Hobbies / Interests / skiing, hiking, running (badly), dabbling in snowboarding, video games, annoying my wonderful husband, and our two cats

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  As an Upstate New York native, I knew that Rochester was the most awesome tertiary care hospital in the region, with tons of exposure to all different areas of cardiology (including transplant). Also, Western New York is known for its friendly people, and the glory that is WEGMANS!

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:  ​Wegmans (see above!), eating garbage plates, biking or running on the Erie Canal/Genesee River paths, going to the public market

Daniel Chun

Daniel Chun

Hometown / Rochester, NY

Medical School / University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Residency / University of Michigan

Hobbies / Interests /  Tennis, Duke basketball, working out, traveling, watching Korean TV shows with my wife

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  I wanted to return home to train at an excellent academic center with friendly faculty and co-fellows.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: ​ Trying different restaurants around town, shopping at Wegmans, going to the different festivals throughout the year, spending time with family/friends

Michael Hannon

Michael Hannon

Hometown / Danville, PA

Medical School / Penn State

Residency / University of Rochester

Hobbies / Interests /  Running, cycling, skiing (snow and water), anything outside

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training? 
I liked the residency program when I interviewed due to the friendly people and focus on education. I am lucky to be able to stay for fellowship at a great academic center with active advanced heart failure and mechanical support program and not be in a major city.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:  Run and XC ski at Mendon Ponds Park, cycle the canal path, explore the Finger Lakes region

Elliot Mahlof

Elliot Mahlof

Hometown / Monmouth County, NJ

Undergraduate / Johns Hopkins University

Medical School / Emory University School of Medicine

Residency / Emory University School of Medicine

Hobbies / Interests /  Cooking, food blogging on TheMDChef.com, hosting dinner parties, travel and exploring new foods/cultures, hiking, and CrossFit

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  URMC offers outstanding clinical training in all areas of Cardiology, great research opportunities, and an incredibly approachable and dedicated faculty.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: ​ Wine tasting in the Finger Lakes (highly recommend Herman Wiemer Vineyard), Crossfitting on Park Ave, waking up early on a Saturday to shop at the Public Market, attending the various music/outdoor festivals

Second Year Fellows

Joshua Gorski, MD

Michael Hannon

Hometown / Alden, NY

Medical School / SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Residency / University of Rochester

Hobbies / Interests /  Hiking, drone photography, biking, camping, Buffalo Bills football

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  I saw firsthand the great experience the cardiology fellows had during my residency here at the University of Rochester. This program would give me the chance to work with some of the fields best clinicians and researchers. It would also prepare me to comfortably go directly into clinical practice, or help me become a competitive applicant if I decided to pursue an advanced fellowship.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:   Biking the Erie canal, summer festivals, Fingerlakes wine tasting, going to Letchworth State Park

Joshua Haswell, MD

Michael Hannon

Hometown / Hamilton, NY

Medical School / University of Rochester

Residency / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests /  Spending time with family, playing with my dog, board/card games,
reading

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  URMC offers a singularly unique balance of exceptional and comprehensive training at the frontier of Cardiology - including advanced heart failure therapies, EP, and Interventional - and a collegiate, friendly, and supportive culture in a smaller city.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:  Walking/biking along the Genesee Riverway Trail, visiting Letchworth State Park,  Ontario Beach Park, and summer festivals

Anas Jawaid, MD

Anas Jawaid

Hometown / Overland Park, Kansas

Medical School / University of Cincinnati

Residency / University of Rochester

Hobbies / Interests /  Watching and playing soccer. Trying new restaurants. 

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  Excellent clinical training and abundant research opportunities with dedicated, approachable faculty.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: ​ Highland Park, Canandaigua Lake, Pittsford Dairy for ice cream

Everett Sinibaldi, MD

Michael Hannon

Hometown / Buffalo, New York

Medical School / University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Residency / University at Buffalo

Hobbies / Interests / Hockey, Baseball, Fishing, Reading, Traveling

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  The combined strengths of a phenomenal clinical experience that encompasses all subspecialties of cardiology, in addition to vast research opportunities that correspond with my personal interests and goals.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Exploring new places to go fishing, new restaurants, and new breweries

Harry Wang, MD

Harry Wang

Hometown / Hatfield, PA

Medical School / University of Rochester

Residency / Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Hobbies / Interests /  Exploring new restaurants, traveling, hiking, volleyball, cooking

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  Great academic program with a perfect blend of unique clinical experiences, volume, and supportive faculty who are heavily invested in education.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: ​ Pittsford Dairy, hiking at nearby state parks, trying new restaurants (partial to Sticky Lips, Good Luck, and Han Noodle Bar)

First Year Fellows

Jeffrey Fitch, M.D.

Jeffrey Fitch, M.D.

Hometown / Ellicot City, MD

Medical School / Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Residency / University of Maryland Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests /  Soccer (and pretty much every other sport), European History, writing fiction, trying to learn some home DIY

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  Happy fellows, large academic center with excellent faculty and opportunities, and Rochester is an awesome place to live.

Neil Gupta, M.D.

Neil Gupta, M.D.

Hometown / Rochester, NY

Medical School / Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Residency / University of Rochester Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests /  Boating, Exercising, Cooking, Travelling, Buffalo Bills football, Good Food

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  I was looking for a diverse program that Strong’s fellowship provides with plenty of research opportunities.  I really appreciated the collegiality I saw between the fellows and the approachability of the faculty. 

Sina Salehi Omran, M.D.

Sina Salehi Omran, M.D.

Hometown / Toronto, Canada

Medical School / Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Residency / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests / salsa dancing, cooking, working out on my Peloton bike; interests: cardio-oncology, heart failure, MCS

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training? URMC offers exposure to every aspect of cardiology, including significant VAD and transplant volume which are important to me. The center also benefits from a large catchment area. Finally, the welcoming atmosphere was very apparent, even through online interviews!

Ming Wu, M.D.

Ming Wu, M.D.

Hometown / Cherry Hill, NJ

Medical School / State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Residency / University of Rochester Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests /  Golf, Badminton, Volleyball, Cooking/Eating, Hiking, Traveling, Investing

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  Having trained as an internal medicine resident here, I really enjoyed working with happy and enthusiastic cardiology fellows and attendings.  There is a wonderful culture of camaraderie and friendliness throughout the hospital, which makes for great quality of life in and out of work. The Cardiology program offers comprehensive academic training with high volume tertiary care and exceptional subspecialty exposure. You also can’t beat living in Rochester with all the great food, fun activities, and beautiful nature in all four seasons.

Emily Xiao, M.D.

Emily Xiao, M.D.

Hometown / Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Medical School / Albany Medical College

Residency / University of Maryland Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests /  Hiking, kayaking (or anything outdoors), creating new recipes, playing water polo, reading about marine biology, and exploring new places.

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?  URMC offers comprehensive clinical training in a medium-sized city with a wide catchment area. The faculty and fellows seemed to be happy and well-rounded. I was also very excited to see the leadership include a Med-Peds trained faculty member!