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Katherine Arden, M.D.

Katherine Arden, MD

Home Town
Pelham, NY

College: Yale University

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Career Plans: Primary Care Physician & Hospitalist

Katie grew up in Pelham, a small suburb bordering the Bronx. She attended Yale, majoring in English Literature. After college, Katie did a volunteer year at a small primary care practice in Camden, NJ, through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and she realized that she did in fact want to become a physician. After completing post-baccalaureate classes, she worked as a medical technician in a surgical practice in New York City. Katie attended Mount Sinai for medical school, devoting a great deal of her time to the student run free clinic during her time there. Katie was captivated by the clear camaraderie of University of Rochester’s Internal Medicine residency program on her interview day, and ever since she has been impressed by the program’s emphasis on teaching, resident wellness, and holistic approach to patients in a biopsychosocial model. After residency, she wants to be a primary care physician and hospitalist. Outside of the hospital, Katie enjoys running, skiing, gardening, & reading.

Kaitlin Kyi, M.D.

Kaitline Kyi, MD

Home Town
South Salem, NY

College: Swarthmore College

Medical School: SUNY Upstate

Career Plans: Hematology/Oncology

Kaitlin hails from South Salem, NY—a woodsy suburb in Westchester County. She attended Swarthmore College where she majored in Biology and met her husband. She spent the greater part of three years as a medical assistant in New York City before starting medical school at SUNY Medical University. She was drawn to Rochester for its focus on medical education and strong sense of collegiality. Over the course of her residency, she fell deeper in love with the city and its many running trails and restaurants. Outside the hospital, you can most often find Kaitlin reading, cooking, or napping with her lab mix, Josie. In the future, she hopes to be an academic hematologist/oncologist.

Geoffrey Newcomb, M.D.

Geoffrey Newcomb, MD

Home Town
Columbus, OH

College: Georgetown University

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Career Plans: Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship

Geoff grew up in Columbus, OH. He attended Georgetown University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in theology. He then attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati. After working with a mentor who had trained at the University of Rochester, he was further drawn to the program by the educational opportunities, diverse patient population and resident camaraderie. Geoff plans to pursue a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine after his chief residency year. In his free time, Geoff enjoys outdoor hiking, golf, exercising, watching sports, and cooking with his fiancée and fellow physician, Tiffany.​

Brendan Robinson, D.O.

Brendan Robinson, DO

Home Town
Raleigh, NC

College: Anderson University – Anderson, SC

Medical School: Kansas City U. Coll. of Osteopathic Med

Career Plans: Academic Hospital Medicine, Nocturnal Medicine

Brendan grew up in the heart of central North Carolina with plenty of warmth, humidity, and sunshine. During his high school and college years, Brendan worked multiple jobs in the healthcare profession including as an EMT, medical scribe, EKG technician, and CNA. He attended Anderson University, a small but vibrant liberal arts college in upstate South Carolina where he graduated with a major in Biology and minor in chemistry. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University in Kansas City, Missouri. Brendan chose the University of Rochester’s Internal Medicine Residency due to its size, individualized attention, robust evaluation and feedback system, block scheduling, balance between service and education, as well as the incredible people. Brendan has a strong interest in the care of the hospitalized patient, particularly during the nighttime hours. He plans to pursue a career in academic hospital medicine and nocturnist work. In addition to his interest in medicine, Brendan and his partner, Bennett Wilson D.O. (Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, also at the University of Rochester), enjoy cooking, travel (particularly cruises), bike rides, trying new restaurants, and working on their home in Rochester's 19th Ward.

Class of 2021

Nicholas Bishop
Nicholas Bishop, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Colorado

Heather Clark
Heather Clark, M.D., Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve

Jeffrey Corbett
Jeffrey Corbett, D.O. 
U. New England
Coll. of Osteopathic Med.

Siobahn Evans
Siobahn Evans, M.D.
University of Texas-Southwestern

Neil Gupta
Neil Gupta, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Matthew Haley
Matthew Haley, M.D.
University of Rochester

Leah LaScala
Leah LaScala, M.D.
University of Rochester

Christopher Nelson
Christopher Nelson, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

Nilbhi Patel
Nilbhi Patel, M.D.
University of Missouri- Kansas City

Vaidahi Patel
Vaidahi Patel, M.D.
Temple University

Natalie Penn
Natalie Penn, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Elizabeth Pope-Collins
Elizabeth Pope-Collins, M.D.
Geisel School of Med at Dartmouth

Robert Reynolds
Robert Reynolds, M.D., M.P.H
SUNY Upstate

Elaine Rigney
Elaine Rigney, ​M.D.
SUNY Downstate

Sophia Russ
Sophia Russ, M.D.
SUNY Downstate

Edward Shanley
Edward Shanley, ​D.O.
NYIT Coll. of Osteopathic Med.

Justin Sysol
Justin Sysol, ​M.D., Ph.D.
University of Illinois

Ashley Thompson
Ashley Thompson, M.D.
 Jagiellonian University

Steven Witte
Steven Witte, ​M.D., Ph.D.
University of Alabama
IM Research Pathway

Paul Woods, Jr.
Paul Woods, Jr., D.O.
Lake Erie Coll. of Osteopathic Med.

Ming Wu
Ming Wu, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

Primary Care Residents

Imran Javed
Imran Javed, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

Katlyn McBride
Katlyn McBride, M.D.
Geisinger Commonwealth

Brigid O’Gorman
Brigid O’Gorman, M.D., M.P.H.
University at Buffalo

Kriti Thapa
Kriti Thapa, ​M.D., M.P.H
University of Rochester

Class of 2022

Carlo Arevalo Rodriguez
Carlo Arevalo Rodriguez, M.D.
University of San Marco, Peru 

Samuel Ayo
Samuel Ayo, M.D.
Albany Medical College

Prerana Bhattacharya
Prerana Bhattacharya, M.D.
 University of Rochester

Joseph DiTursi
Joseph DiTursi, M.D.
 SUNY Upstate

Alexandra France
Alexandra France, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

Sara Gianfagna
Sara Gianfagna, D.O., M.S.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Med

Kevin Hannon
Kevin Hannon, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Timothy Hansen
Timothy Hansen, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Anna Kepley
Anna Kepley, M.D.
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Justin Komisarof
Justin Komisarof, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester

Karen Kruzer
Karen Kruzer, M.D., M.A.
Case Western Reserve

Timothy Lee
Timothy Lee, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Gabriella Logroño
Gabriella Logroño, M.D., M.A.
 Geisinger Commonwealth

Minh Thu Nguyen
Minh Thu Nguyen, M.D.
University of Texas Medical Branch

Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan, M.D.
Virginia Commonwealth

Ryan O'Connor
Ryan O'Connor, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Christine Papastamelos
Christine Papastamelos, M.D.
Georgetown University

Steven Park
Steven Park, M.D.
University of Rochester

Prishanya Pillai
Prishanya Pillai, M.D.
University of Washington

Jenny Schreiber
Jenny Schreiber, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

Rachel Simpson
Rachel Simpson, M.D., Ph.D.
University at Buffalo
IM Research Pathway

Mujtaba Soniwala
Mujtaba Soniwala, D.O.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Med

Shireen Usman
Shireen Usman, M.D.
University of Kansas

Janice Zhao
Janice Zhao, M.D.
Oakland University

Primary Care Residents

Brian House
Brian House, M.D., M.P.H.
SUNY Upstate

Jane Qu
Jane Qu, M.D.
Boston University

Class of 2023

Paul Blasio
Paul Blasio, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Toluwalashe Davies
Toluwalashe Davies, M.D., M.S.
New York Medical College

Rachel Fogley
Rachel Fogley, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University

Anima Ghimire
Anima Ghimire, D.O.
Kansas City University

Conrad Gleber
John Kahler, M.D.
SUNY Upstate

Piotr Karmilowicz
Piotr Karmilowicz, M.D. 
University at Buffalo

Shifan Li
Shifan Li, M.D.
Cooper Med School of Rowan University

Nicholas Love
Nicholas Love, M.D.
Medical College of Wisconsin

Allissa Nizinski
Alissa Nizinski, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Jessica Oribabor
Jessica Oribabor, M.D., M.S.
Cooper Med School of Rowan University

Monica Patel
Monica Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
Stony Brook University

Eva Petrow
Eva Petrow, M.D. 
University of Vermont

Richard Rambuss
Richard Rambuss, M.D., M.S.
University at Buffalo

Sara Morneweck
Sarah Rusnak, M.D. 
University at Buffalo

Dean Salem
Dean Salem, M.D.
University at Buffalo

Geoffrey Newcomb
Abigail Schubach, M.D. 
University at Buffalo

Mohaned Serdah
Mohaned Serdah, M.D.
University at Connecticut

Michael Superdock
Michael Superdock, M.D.
Brown University

Timothy Winslow
Timothy Winslow, M.D., M.S.
Pennsylvania State University

Kimberly Wong
Kimberly Wong, M.D., M.S.
University at Buffalo

Helia Zand
Helia Zand, M.D.
University at Buffalo


Primary Care Residents

Taylor Cox
Taylor Cox, M.D.
East Tennessee State University

Jennifer Morris
Jennifer Morris, M.D.
University of Vermont

Arielle Stopa
Arielle Stopa, M.D.
University of Massachusetts


Preliminary Residents

Alexandra Bender
Alexandra Bender, M.D., Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Irina Lerman
Irina Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester

Starling Tolliver
Starling Tolliver, M.D.
Ohio State University


Rochester Neurology PGY1's

Shubhdeep Ahden
Shubhdeep Ahden, D.O.
Touro College of Osteo. Medicine

Felicia Cooper
Felicia Cooper, M.D., M.S.
Pennsylvania State University

Kathryn Eszes
Kathryn Eszes, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin

Maxime Jean
Maxime Jean, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester

Christina Perri
Christina Perri, M.D.
Stony Brook University

David Sandness
David Sandness, M.D.
University of Minnesota

Carlos Sollero
Carlos Vervloet Sollero, M.D.
University of Rio de Janiero

Andrew Thierman
Andrew Thierman, M.D.
University of Oklahoma

Ophthalmology PGY1's

Derick Ansah
Derick Ansah, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Phillip Braun
Phillip Braun, M.D.
Yale School of Medicine

Eric Chen
Eric Chen, M.D.
Case Western Reserve

Daniel Savage
Daniel Savage, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester