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Our Residents

As you consider taking your first step in residency training, we encourage you to apply to the University of Rochester. We look forward to introducing you to Western New York, sharing more about our program and are confident you will be pleased with what you find.

Chief Resident

Mushal Noor, MBBS

Mushal Noor

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Medical School: King Edward Medical University, Pakistan

Undergraduate School: None (we go to med school right after high school, ha!)

Interests In Pathology: Surgical Pathology. Hematopathology

Hobbies: Exploring restaurants and art museums with my husband Saad; drinking tea the British way, while binge-watching mediocre TV.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Discovering the quirky and often hidden gems of places around here- be it food, nature, or art. I'm often surprised.

Associate Chief Residents

Alexandra Danakas, DO

Alexandra DanakasHometown: Williamsville, NY

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate School: University at Buffalo

Interests In Pathology: Autopsy and surgical pathology

Hobbies: Binge watching TV shows with my dogs, and husband. Shopping for my first niece who will be coming along this summer.

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Enjoying the festivals and farmers markets that run from Spring through Fall. Brunches and get-togethers with my fellow residents.

Roula Katerji, MD

Alexandra Danakas

Hometown: Aleppo, Syria 

Medical school: University of Aleppo 

Undergraduate School: University of Aleppo 

Interests In Pathology: Surgical pathology and Gastrointestinal pathology 

Hobbies: Playing piano, cooking, art crafting

Favorite activities to Do in Rochester: Spending time with family and friends, Exploring nearby Natural parks. 

PGY4

Caroline Bsirini, MD

Caroline BsiriniHometown: Aleppo, Syria

Medical School: University of Aleppo

Undergraduate School: Al-Amal school

Interests In Pathology: Surgical pathology (Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, head and neck) and cytology

Hobbies: Reading, dancing and shopping

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Spending time with friends, getting together with residents and enjoying nature at Watkins glen and Letchworth state park

Hani Katerji, MD

Hani KaterjiHometown: Aleppo, Syria

Medical School: University of Aleppo

Undergraduate School: University of Aleppo

Interests In Pathology: Hematopathology, surgical pathology and lab management

Hobbies: Photography, spelunking and rock climbing

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Enjoying the great nature in upstate New York and Hannacroix preserve area

PGY-3

Joseph Blitman, MB, BCh, BAO

Joseph Blitman

Hometown:  Syracuse, NY         

Medical School:  University College Dublin

Undergraduate School:  Rochester Institute of Technology

Interests In Pathology:  Forensics

Hobbies:  Sports

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:  I am a home body

Cynthia Reyes Barron, MD

Cynthia Reyes Barron

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Undergraduate School:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interests In Pathology:  All J

Hobbies:  Reading fiction, cooking/baking

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:  Kayaking on the Erie Canal

PGY-2

Phoenix Bell, MD

Pheonix Bell

Hometown: Conway, NH

Medical School: St.George's University

Undergraduate School: St.Lawrence University

Interests In Pathology: G.I.

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Waterskiing, Baseball, Charcoal Drawing, Reading

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting the Finger Lakes, Park Ave Fest, shopping at the Public Market, Pittsford Farms ice cream trips

Anna-Karoline Israel, MD

Anna-Karoline IsraelHometown: Pokrent

Medical School: Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena

Undergraduate School: None

Interests In Pathology: Surgical Pathology

Hobbies: Walking and Hiking, Bike rides with my daughter and husband, Exploring Western New York, Traveling. I used to compete in equestrian vaulting, but these days I focus on following the major tournaments :-).

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: I can't wait to figure it out!

Chelsea Milito, MD

Chelsea-MilitoHometown: Buffalo, NY

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: University of Pittsburgh

Interests In Pathology: Not sure yet

Hobbies: Reading, papercraft, cross-stitch, music

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Visiting used bookstores

Numbereye Numbere, MBBS

Numbereye NumbereHometown: Two hometowns - Port Harcourt and Buguma both in Rivers State, Nigeria​

Medical school: College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Interests in Pathology: Gastrointestinal pathology

Hobbies: [1] Reading [2] Chilling with my family. [3] Ice skating. [4] Practicing on the guitar. 

Favorite activities in Rochester: Dunno!

Bennett Wilson, DO

Bennett WilsonHometown: Mapleton, UT

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University

Interests In Pathology: Cytology, Hematopathology, 

Hobbies: Rock climbing, running, mountain biking, camping, hiking, 

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Unknown 

Year Out Student Fellow

Craig Connor, MD

Craig ConnorHometown: Rochester, NY

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Undergraduate School: University of Richmond

Interests In Pathology: Clinical Pathology

Hobbies: BBQ'ing, running, tennis, hiking/camping, fishing

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:​ Activities to Do in Rochester: Public Market, going to the beach, kayaking, wineries in the Finger Lakes, and checking out all the awesome new restaurants in town

PGY-1

Lanisha Fuller, MD

Lanisha FullerHometown: Frankfurt, Germany

Medical School: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Hobbies: Video games, reading, hiking, cooking, baking

Fun Fact: She loves rabbits and has had one for the majority of her life

Michael Karasick, MD

Michael KarasickHometown: Gladwyne, PA

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Undergraduate School: Case Western Reserve University

Hobbies: Fencing, reading

Fun Fact: His first job was as a library page

Caroline Miller, MD

Caroline MillerHometown: Sudbury, MA

Medical School: Saint George’s University

Undergraduate School: Lehigh University

Interests In Pathology

Hobbies: Horseback riding, reading, traveling, crafting

Fun fact: She’s a vegetarian

Tatsiana Pukhalskaya, MD

Tatsiana PukhalskayaHometown: Mozyr, Belarus

Medical School: Belarusian State Medical University

Hobbies: Fine art, ballet, theater, sports, gardening, fishing, roller skating

Fun Fact: She also graduated from music school as a violinist.

Fellows

Andrew Dunn
Andrew Dunn

GI Pathology Fellow

Sohaib Abu-Farsakh

Sohaib Abu-Farsakh

GI Pathology Fellow

Monisha Bhanote

Monisha Bhanote
Breast Pathology Fellow

Hasan Khatiib

Hasan Khatiib

Cytopathology Fellow

Sung Eun Kim

Sung Eun Kim
Hemapathology Fellow

Shira Winters

Shira Winters

Transfusion Medicine Fellow