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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

Shira Winters, M.D.

Shira Winters

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests In Pathology: Clinical Laboratories

Hobbies: Sewing, snow and water skiing, petting my dog

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Walk my dog on the Erie Canalway Trail, smell lilacs in the spring, visit Seneca Lake in the summer

Associate Chief Residents

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

Sohaib Abu-Farsakh, MD

Sohaib Abu-Farsakh

Hometown: Amman, Jordan

Medical School: University of Jordan

Undergraduate School: N/A

Interests In Pathology: Surgical pathology, molecular diagnostics

Hobbies: Computer programming, swimming

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Going to parks


Raman Baldzizhar MD

Raman Baldzizhar

Hometown: Mozyr, Belarus

Medical School: Gomel State Medical Institute

Undergraduate School: N/A

Interests In Pathology: Forensic pathology

Hobbies: Distance running, soccer, swimming, hiking

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Spend time in local parks, going to Museum of Play and Science Museum

Nisha Patel, DO

Nisha PatelHometown: : Waldwick, NJ

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Undergraduate School: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Interests In Pathology: Hematopathology, Medical Renal Pathology

Hobbies: Cooking

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: Walks along the Erie Canal with good coffee and company


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


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. 

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.

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


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: I actually have not one, but two hometowns! They are - Buguma City AND Port Harcourt, both in Rivers State, Nigeria.

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

Interests in Pathology: Urologic pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, molecular pathology.

Hobbies: [1] Reading, reading and even more reading (works of non-fiction like biographies, memoirs, books on historical events and general interest topics). [2] Chilling with my family. [3] Ice skating. [4] Practicing on the guitar. [5] Playing, watching and commenting on football (soccer)

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 

Xin Zhang, BMed

Xin ZhangHometown: Tianjin, China

Medical School: Zhongshan School of Medicine

Undergraduate School: Sun Yat-Sen University

Interests In Pathology: Molecular Pathology and Hematology

Hobbies: Aerobic exercise, music, gardening and travelling

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester: I like the beautiful fall color, and I am very excited about the world class concerts offered by the Eastman School of Music!

Year Out Student Fellow

Benjamin Gertsen, MD

Benjamin GertsenHometown: Ridgefield, Washington

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Undergraduate School: University of Washington

Interests In Pathology: Microbiology

Hobbies: Running, soccer, travel

Favorite Activities To Do In Rochester:​ Visiting the MAG, swimming in Lake Ontario, ice cream at Pittsford Dairy


Diana Agostini-Vulaj
Diana Agostini-Vulaj, DO
Chicago College

GI Pathology Fellow

Meenal Sharma

Meenal Sharma MBBS,
Lady Hardinge Medical College

GU Pathology Fellow

Jian Shen

Jian Shen, MD
Breast Pathology Fellow

Meenakshi Bansal

Meenakshi Bansal MBBS

Government Medical College

Chad Hudson

Chad Hudson, MD, PhD
SUNY Syracuse Upstate Medical Center

Hemapathology Fellow

Hani Katerji

Hani Katerji, MD
University of Aleppo