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Geriatric Medicine Fellows 2020-2021

2021-2022

Fatima Hafizi, MD

Fatima Hafizi, MD

Residency
Medstar Health Baltimore Internal Medicine Residency Program

Medical School
Saba University School of Medicine

Hometown
Ottawa, Canada

Why Geriatrics?
I feel that geriatrics is an important field for every physician who deals with the elderly. Having some knowledge of geriatrics will help us best assist our patients with the decisions they have to make regarding their health and understanding what is most important in their lives.

Why Rochester?
The University of Rochester has a great fellowship program that provides a wide variety of clinical settings for training. Moreover, I heard a lot of praise regarding the program from others.

Professional Interests?
1) I enjoy inpatient geriatrics. 2) I love working on a wide variety of research projects.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
Not sure yet. We will see where life takes me!

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
I am aiming to learn all the fellowship program has to offer and to become a geriatrician that is understanding and helpful to my patients.

Brigid O’Gorman, MD

Brigid O’Gorman, MD

Residency
University of Rochester Internal Medicine Residency Program

Medical School
SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine

Hometown
Eden, NY

Why Geriatrics?
Caring for our aging population is a passion and a privilege that offers personal and career satisfaction. 

Why Rochester?
The leadership, culture, and mentors at URMC have guided and shaped me as a young physician, needless to say I didn't have a second thought about going somewhere else

Professional Interests?
I'm dedicated to improving the accessibility and ease of primary care in rural communities with a focus on our elderly

Where do you see yourself practicing?
I'm planning on starting an independent practice in my home town of Eden, NY

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship? 
Increase my knowledge in Geriatric medicine by gaining experience across multiple areas including hospital discharges, skilled nursing facilities, short term rehab, long term care, Geriatric Psych, Geriatric Onc, Geriatric Urology. Confidence and competence in these areas is essential for a primary care physician in order to prevent unneeded hospitalizations and readmissions which can be detrimental to older adults struggling to maintain strength and independence as they age.

Mark Shehata, MD, MBA

Mark Shehata, MD, MBA

Residency
SUNY Buffalo Internal Medicine Residency Program

Medical School
SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine

Hometown
Buffalo, NY

Why Geriatrics?
My interest in geriatrics came from my interest in health systems and population health. The geriatric population has unique needs and challenges that aren't well served by the traditional American healthcare system and as a result we see a lot of new delivery models make their way to geriatrics first. I chose geriatrics to be on the forefront of such models.

Why Rochester?
I chose Rochester because it is home to both a mature and pioneering geriatrics department. Very few programs can match the diversity of experience offered, including both co-management services and a PACE program. Faculty also showed a genuine interest in my career development. As a Western New York native, I was reassured to learn that I don't have to go far from home to get an excellent geriatrics education.

Professional Interests?
My interests are in quality improvement, healthcare operations, education, and long-term care.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
I see myself practicing as part of a larger academic group with both inpatient and long-term care responsibilities. I hope to remain in the area long term and to transition to more leadership roles as my career progresses. 

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
During fellowship, I hope to gain experience both in working in geriatric specific care settings as well as learning how these are set up and run from a higher level. I also hope to gain additional experience in quality improvement specifically though informatics approaches. 

Naveen Silva, MD

Naveen Silva, MD

Residency
Ochsner/Chabert Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency

Medical School
Saba University School of Medicine

Hometown
Ottawa, Canada

Why Geriatrics?
Something I heard during medical school was that every physician (other than pediatricians) is a geriatrician. With an aging population I want to learn the skills needed to take care of this ever-expanding demographic. I want to not only be able to manage their chronic problems but also age with grace and love life to the fullest.

Why Rochester?
Having been brought up in Ottawa, Canada - Rochester is a city similar in scope and climate, I have no doubt it will feel like a second home, I'm looking forward to experiencing this beautiful city on Lake Ontario.

Professional Interests?
Preventative medicine, Dementia

Where do you see yourself practicing?
Northeastern USA

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship? 
I want to be the primary care physician that is able to maximize quality of life and advocate for my patient's best interests. Geriatrics will give me the tools to do this.