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Third Year (PGY-6)

Allan Brooks

Allan BrooksHometown: Louisville, KY

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Residency: University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital

Previous lives: Chemical Engineering

Hobbies / Interests?: Cooking, computer/electronics building and repair

Current medical-related projects and/or professional passion(s)?: Study of lncRNA in cardiac fibroblast plasticity and fibrosis

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?: Rochester maintains an excellent clinical track record and complements it with a diverse group of faculty, staff and fellows.  

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Hiking at local parks, exploring the finger lakes region

One word to describe yourself: Mellow

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine

Residency: Oregon Health and Science University

Hobbies / Interests?: Riding my bike, cooking and eating good food

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?: I was looking for a strong clinical program with a supportive, collegial environment.

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Walking along the Erie Canal, trying new local restaurants, visiting the Finger Lakes region

Jacqueline Morris

Jacqueline Morris

Hometown: Amherst, New York

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM)

Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Hobbies / Interests?: Skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, traveling, reading, Buffalo sports

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?: Great well-rounded clinical cardiology training program near my hometown 

Favorite Activities in Rochester: brunching, exploring new restaurants, biking/walking along the Erie Canal, visiting the Niagara or Finger Lake wineries

Emily Seif

Emily SeifHometown: Holland, MI

Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine (CHM)

Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)

Hobbies / Interests: hiking, biking, traveling.

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: Great atmosphere, strong clinical education and opportunities

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Summer festivals, trying out all the local restaurants

Thomas Welch

Thomas Welch

Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Residency: University of Virginia

Hobbies / Interests?: traveling, exploring the vast array of breweries in Rochester & the Finger Lakes

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?:  I knew that URMC would provide me with the opportunity to expand my research interests, see complex and diverse cardiac pathology and improve my ability to be an effective clinical educator.

Favorite Activities in Rochester: hanging out with co-fellows

Second Year (PGY-5)

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR

Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine

Residency: Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Hobbies / Interests?: Music performance, traveling, gardening, comic books/sci-fi

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?: A new perspective and a new location to broaden my horizons. Rochester has every aspect of training I could hope for in an affordable and friendly city.

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Nature walks in Washington Grove, local music festivals, wine tasting in the Finger Lakes, neighborhood parties

Syed Naqvi

Syed Naqvi

Hometown: Galway, Republic of Ireland 

Medical School: National University of Ireland, Galway

Residency: Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania 

Hobbies / Interests?: Biking, running and eating out 

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?: Well balanced program with availability of sub specialty fellowships. Strong academic center with excellent research opportunities.

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Hanging out in College town, Finger lakes, Rochester Public Market, Park Ave.

Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan

Hometown: Clifton, Virginia

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Residency: Rutgers- Robert Wood Johnson

Hobbies / Interests?: Anything Outdoors

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training?: The opportunity to train at one of the premier Cardiology Fellowships in a collegial environment.  

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Running/biking along the Erie canal, exploring new restaurants

Colin Wright

Colin Wright

Hometown: Manlius, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Interests in Cardiology: Critical care, pulmonary embolism

Hobbies: Skiing, snowboarding, sailing, tennis, traveling, cooking, playing cello and piano

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Bringing my daughter to the beach and the zoo, going to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra


Ayhan Yoruk

Ayhan Yoruk

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Medical School: The George Washington University

Residency: University of Rochester

Hobbies / Interests: Spending time with family and friends, enjoying food and culture, exploring the world.

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: The University of Rochester's motto of Meliora, or ever better, is an ethic I personally witnessed as I grew up in the Rochester community and is what ultimately drew me back for training. ​In addition to world-class research and training, it is the involved mentorship and overall warm collegiality imbued throughout the program that makes it so special. 

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Spending time with family and friends, exploring new restaurants and cafes, frequenting the Rochester public market, hiking/tennis/golf/basketball; always amazing myself with what Rochester has to offer. 

First Year (PGY-4)

Peter Bleszynski

Peter BleszynskiHometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College

Residency: University of Rochester

Hobbies / Interests: Traveling, trying new foods, working out, tennis, skiing

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: URMC provides outstanding education with a friendly atmosphere.

Favorite Activities in Rochester:  Exploring Cana​ndaigua lake on the boat, hiking through the beautiful parks, wine tours around the Finger lakes

Jesse Doran

Jesse Doran

Hometown: Sudbury, MA

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center

Hobbies / Interests: Fishing, spending time in the Adirondacks, traveling, beer league softball, football (especially the New England Patriots)

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: Great atmosphere, wonderful faculty, balanced fellowship

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Trout & salmon fishing, Finger Lakes wineries, summer festivals, softball

Michael Gagnier

Michael GagnierHometown: Rochester, NY

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

Residency: University of Massachusetts

Hobbies / Interests: Working out, cooking, playing guitar, golf and playing other sports

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: Location close to family, complete training with EP, interventional cardiology, and advanced heart failure along with kind fellows and attendings

Favorite Activities in Rochester:  Spending time in the finger lakes, trying new restaurants, going to Wegmans

Sinan Tankut

Sinan TankutHometown: Tulsa, OK

Medical School: University of Oklahoma

Residency: University of Rochester

Hobbies / Interests: Tennis, basketball, traveling, playing the piano, biking

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: Excellent clinical program with great opportunities to conduct research, supportive faculty and staff who are heavily invested in the education and training of fellows.

Favorite Activities in Rochester: Biking along the Erie Canal, golfing, spending time with friends and family, trying out new restaurants.

Michael Wilber

Michael Wilber

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Residency: University of Maryland

Hobbies / Interests: Cooking, eating, wine, beer, cocktails, travel, biking, NHL hockey, EPL football, playing music

Why did you choose Rochester for Fellowship training: Great blend of academic research opportunities with large breadth of clinical pathology and available experiences in all areas of cardiology. Affordable and beautiful city with nice people and plenty to do.

Favorite Activities in Rochester: ​Eating and drinking around Rochester and the finger lakes. Biking along the many river and canal paths. Hanging out with my wife and daughter at the Strong museum, public market, beach. Going to performances at the Eastman Theatre.