2nd Year Residents (PGY-3)
Melissa Hensley, M.D.
Melissa Hensley graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in Biology. She earned her MPH at the University of Rochester. While working on her MPH, she worked as a research assistant for a project focusing on worksite wellness and obesity prevention. She competed her MD at the University of Rochester. After internships in general surgery and pediatrics, Melissa took time away from clinical medicine to care for her 4 children. She is looking forward to getting back into preventive medicine, and public health. Interests include access to healthcare, social determinants of health, Women's health, and mental health.
Naz Baecher, M.D.
After completing her undergraduate studies in philosophy and neuroscience at Boston University, she went on to study medicine at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Ph.D. work in neurophysiology and biophysics at Georgetown University. She has collaborated with world-renowned physician-scientists from the National Institutes of Health, Boston, Georgetown, Karolinska Institute, and Linkoping University in Sweden. She also served on multiple experimental science committees representing scientists on Capitol Hill and judged annual science undergraduate competitions held by the National Institutes of Health. Stepping away from formal training, she helped establish a MedTech startup company in Virginia that provides nationwide telehealth to private corporations. Realizing her interests in Preventive Medicine and Health Policy brought her back to complete training at the University of
1st Year Residents (PGY-2)
Dr. Abbas Smiley, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Abbas Smiley MD, PhD studied medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, and sport psychology and conducted both clinical practice and research continually. After getting his PhD in June 2019, he worked as an assistant professor at New York Medical College and as a research scientist at Westchester Medical Center. He mentored more than 40 medical students and research fellows to conduct research projects and publish peer-reviewed articles by applying various associated data analysis methods, such as semiparametric analysis, survival analysis, longitudinal modeling, classification and regression tree analysis, data mining, and meta-analysis, using R, SAS, and SPSS. Dr. Smiley was nominated for the “Rising Star Dean’s Faculty Award” by New York Medical College in Mar 2022.
Nicky Wu, M.D.
Nicky Wu, M.D., was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from York University in 2010, obtaining his Honors Bachelor in Biological Sciences. Afterwards, he was employed at Toronto Western Hospital's Epilepsy Genetics Program as a research assistant, where he became interested in neuroscience. He attended medical school at St. George's University, where he spent 2-years in Grenada completing my didactics and 2-years in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his internship training in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, followed by a 2-year of Neurology residency before deciding to pursue a career in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Many drivers of chronic diseases (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia) are preventable by addressing social determinants of health and lifestyle modifications, which led him to URMC's MPH program. As a General Preventive Medicine Resident, he plans to continue his public health studies to serve his community better.
Igor Oliveira, M.D.
Igor Oliveira, MD graduated from Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil) and had eight years of post-graduation experience in many fields of Medicine, including Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. His passion for Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, and Prevention started in 2020 when he was also certified as a Fitness Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dr. Oliveira has a very entrepreneurial mind and has created the first and biggest mentorship training program in Brazil for physicians who want to practice Medicine in the United States, with hundreds of students approved in different specialties at the best programs in the country. Dr. Oliveira is known in social media as Igor Deoli and has been creating content related to prevention, exercise, and nutrition for over three years, with a total follower base of more than 30 thousand people across his platforms in Brazil, and has changed many lives. He believes one of the most meaningful ways of promoting health and practicing prevention is through social media, an area that still needs more attention from healthcare providers. He started producing content in English to fight misinformation and advise people on a broader scale. He also believes that training in Preventive Medicine, Lifesyle Medicine and graduating in his Masters in Public Health (MPH) will improve his abilities to keep innovating and make a positive difference in even more lives.
Benjamin Jeuk, M.D.
Before medical school, Dr. Jeuk’s interest in public health and preventive medicine was first sparked while volunteering as a teacher and observing in a rural hospital in Ghana. He studied medicine at the Technical University of Munich in Germany and was awarded magna cum laude for his thesis in the areas of immunology and inflammatory bowel diseases. He trained in Radiology and Internal Medicine in Germany before completing his Internal Medicine residency in the U.S. at Yale New Haven Health Bridgeport Hospital. After performing tuberculosis research at the CDC in Atlanta, he wanted to further pursue his interest in Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester. His medical passions also include environmental health, global health, and population-based medicine. He enjoys being active in nature and photography in his free time.
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