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Geriatric Medicine Fellows 2020-2021

2020-2021

John Seymour, MD

John Seymour, MD

Residency
Family Medicine Residency Program
The Brooklyn Hospital Center Brooklyn, NY

Hometown
St. Andrew, Jamaica

Why Geriatrics?
I chose Geriatrics, primarily from personal experience with my grandmother and her struggles with Diabetes. I also grew a stronger interest in Geriatric Medicine during my Family Medicine Residency. I worked with a lot of patients from the Nursing Home in an acute setting with transition back the nursing home or home. Geriatric patients were very complex, however treating them was very rewarding.  .

Why Rochester?
UR has a strong history of Geriatrics Medicine and their faculty take pride in what they do as Geriatricians. After meeting Dr Vargish and the current fellows, I knew this place would help me to grow academically and professionally in Geriatric Medicine. Rochester was my last spot on my interview trail and I knew that I could make this my new home.

Professional Interests?
Clinically, I am very interested in transitions of care, from acute to rehab to home. I would like to preserve the independence of older patients with a focus on more Geriatric primary care goals. 

Where do you see yourself practicing?
I see myself possibly working as Geriatrics Hospitalist or Medical Director of SNF. Ultimately, I would like to work in Academics with a Geriatrics focus.

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
I hope to gain an in depth knowledge on Geriatric Medicine and be able to serve the growing aging population.

Manuja Warnakulasuriya, MBBS

Manuja Warnakulasuriya, MD

Residency
Internal Medicine Residency Program
UHS Hospital, Johnson City, NY

Hometown
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Why Geriatrics?
I have been practicing as an internist for many yrs and has been taking care of older pts for many yrs in the out pt setting as well as in nursing homes. I decided to practice only geriatric care due the lack of geriatricians and growing aging population.

Why Rochester?
The program at Rochester is far superior to most other programs due to its rich history of being a pioneer in geriatric medicine. The faculty includes some of the best in the country. They are very friendly and focuses fellow’s goals as the primary focal point.

Professional Interests?
I am hoping to do out pt Geriatric medicine and I am able to get a good training towards that, which is limited in some programs.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
Westcoast  / out pt setting.

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
Expand my knowledge, learn the best practices from some of the best teachers /faculty​

Elliott Wu, M.B.,B.Ch.,BAO

Elliott Wu, MD

Residency
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Creighton University School of Medicine
St. Joseph's Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Hometown
Toronto, Canada

Why Geriatrics?
I choose geriatrics for the ability to manage complex patients in a variety of settings, such as skilled nursing facilities and the inpatient setting. I also like that each management plan has to be tailored and modified to each geriatric patient in each different setting.

Why Rochester?
Being from Canada, I would like to be close to home. Also coming from residency in Arizona, I missed fall.

Professional Interests?
Undecided at this time.

Where do you see yourself practicing?
Currently I am exploring different options based on my experience through each rotation.

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
I want to develop the ability to effectively manage patients in a wide variety of settings, such as geriatric inpatient, post-acute care, hospice, and long term care. 

Noel Yarze, MD

Elliott Wu, MD

Residency
Family Medicine Residency Program
Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA

Hometown
Philadelphia, PA

Why Geriatrics?
I chose a career in geriatrics because it has been my favorite population to work with during my medical school and residency training. I am drawn to the wide range of settings in which geriatricians can practice and variety of career paths within the field.

Why Rochester?
When I interviewed in Rochester, I was extremely impressed by the faculty, everyone I met was very accomplished and passionate about the field of geriatrics. At the same time, they were kind and welcoming people I could envision myself working with. I also liked the city of Rochester, it is the perfect size with plenty to do without being overwhelming!

Professional Interests?
Within the field of geriatrics, I am particularly interested in primary care and maybe some hospitalist work at the moment, but this is subject to change as I progress through my fellowship year!

Where do you see yourself practicing?
I definitely see myself working in the outpatient setting, and I may choose to practice in other settings as well in some capacity. In terms of geographic location, I am still very much undecided.

What do you hope to learn or accomplish during fellowship?
During my fellowship, I am excited to finally focus on and learn about the population I love, after doing my residency in family medicine! I want to learn to be the best geriatrician I can be!