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Chief Residents

Patrick Donohue, M.D.

Patrick Donohue

Home Town: Rochester, NY

College: State University of New York at Brockport

Medical School: University at Buffalo Medical School

Career Plans: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Bio: Patrick grew up right here in Rochester, NY.  He was homeschooled along with his four brothers until he attended SUNY College at Brockport, double majoring in Biological Sciences and Chemistry.  After college he worked as a patient care technician at Strong Memorial Hospital for two years before attending University at Buffalo Medical School.  He was attracted to University of Rochester’s Internal Medicine program due to its focus on the resident experience, wellness, and education.  Following chief year, he plans to train in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  He enjoys playing guitar, working out, film, traveling, and exploring Rochester’s local restaurants with his wife and fellow physician, Caroline.​

Ellie Garbade, M.D.

Ellie Garbade

Home Town: Conklin, NY

College: Villanova University

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Career Plans: Academic Hospitalist

Bio: Ellie grew up in upstate NY in the rural town of Conklin, just outside of Binghamton. She attended Villanova University for her undergraduate education where she dual majored in Biology and Psychology. She then attended medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. The emphasis on medical education, warm and collegiate culture, and respect for the biopsychosocial model for medical care were just a few of the aspects that drew her to the University of Rochester for internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Ellie was thrilled to have the opportunity to be a chief resident as it allows for unparalleled opportunities for medical education. After chief year, Ellie plans to continue her track towards becoming a “lifer” at Rochester by pursuing a local career as an academic hospitalist. Outside of the hospital, Ellie enjoys cooking, yoga, running, and spending time with her soon-to-be husband and two cats.

Shahidali Jaffer, M.D.

Shahidali Jaffer

Home Town: Plymouth, MN

College: St. Olaf College

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Career Plans: Academic Hospital Medicine

Bio: Shahid grew up in the suburbs outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN for undergrad and majored in Biology. After college, he spent a year working as an ER scribe in Minneapolis before starting medical school at the University of Minnesota. There, he met his future wife and decided to pursue a career in Internal Medicine. He and Julia (a current Med-Peds resident) chose to move to Rochester for residency because they loved the camaraderie within the program, the quality of the training, the diverse patient population, and the ease of living in a smaller city with tons of amenities. Shahid plans to pursue a career in academic hospital medicine and has interests in quality improvement, point of care ultrasound, and global health. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, as well as playing golf, hiking, traveling, cooking, and keeping up with all things Minnesota sports!​

Danielle Wallace, M.D.

Danielle Wallace

Home Town: Elmira, NY 

College: St. Bonaventure University 

Medical School: SUNY Upstate 

Career Plans: Hematology/Oncology 

Bio: Danielle grew up in Elmira, NY. She then earned her degree in Biology at St. Bonaventure University as part of the BS/MD program with SUNY Upstate Medical University. She loved the small program size and focus on resident education and wellness that the University of Rochester offered for residency. Danielle enjoys yoga, medical reflective writing, spending time in the Finger Lakes, and traveling to wine regions with her husband. In the future, she hopes to be a hematologist/oncologist and to continue to work in medical education.

Class of 2020

Khaled Abdulla
Khaled Abdulla, M.D.
University of Buffalo

Titas Banerjee
Titas Banerjee, M.D. 
Stony Brook University

Jason Buhrman
Jason Buhrman, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago
IM Research Pathway

Carlos Díaz-Balzac
Carlos Díaz-Balzac, M.D., Ph.D. 
Albert Einstein School of Medicine
IM Research Pathway

Conrad Gleber
Conrad Gleber, M.D., M.B.A.
University of Buffalo

Christopher Goates
Christopher Goates, M.D. 
Texas A & M

Joshua Gorski
Joshua Gorski, M.D.
SUNY Downstate

Anas Jawaid
Anas Jawaid, M.D., M.S. 
University of Cincinnati

Whitney Kukol
Whitney Kukol, M.D., M.S.
SUNY Upstate

Kaitlin Kyi
Kaitlin Kyi, M.D. 
SUNY Upstate

Rialnat Lawal
Rialnat Lawal, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of Rochester

Marie Lemay
Marie Lemay, M.D. 
University of Vermont

Franklin Li
Franklin Li, M.D. 
New York Medical College

Sara Morneweck
Sara Morneweck, M.D. 
Drexel University

Kristina Myers (Tangelder)
Kristina Myers (Tangelder), M.D.
University at Buffalo

Geoffrey Newcomb
Geoffrey Newcomb, M.D. 
University of Cincinnati

James Nightingale
James Nightingale, M.D.
University of Massachusetts

Nayan Patel
Nayan Patel, M.D., M.S.
New York Medical College

Libia Pava
Libia Pava, M.D. 
New York Medical College

Andrew Portuguese
Andrew Portuguese, M.D. 
University of Rochester

Brendan Robinson
Brendan Robinson, D.O. 
Kansas City University

Christopher Walker
Christopher Walker, M.D., M.A.
Eastern Virginia Medical School


Primary Care Residents

Katherine Arden
Katherine Arden, M.D. 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Katherine Hazen
Katherine Hazen, M.D. 
University of Minnesota

Anna Kenney
Anna Kenney, D.O. 
Pacific NW College of Osteopathic Med.


Class of 2021

Here are the members of the 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

Here are the members of the 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

Preliminary Residents

Nguyen Mai
Nguyen Mai, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Rochester

Russell Marchese
Russell Marchese, M.D.
Georgetown University

For the 2019 - 2020 academic year, we have two preliminary residents and eight University of Rochester Neurology PGY1's training in Internal Medicine.

Rochester Neurology PGY1's

William Barbosa
William Barbosa, M.D.
New York University

Jordan Carrier
Jordan Carrier, M.D.
Michigan State University

Patrick Curry
Patrick Curry, M.D.
University of Maryland

Cara Doyle
Cara Doyle, M.D.
Campbell University

Kelsey Jensen
Kelsey Jensen, M.D.
Case Western Reserve

Nami Shah
Nami Shah, M.D.
University of Rochester

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

Oskar Wielgus
Oskar Wielgus, M.D.
Jagiellonian University