1st Year Residents (PGY-2)
Hugo Alvarez, M.D.
Hugo Alvarez grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to Michigan during high school. He completed my Bachelors of Science at Michigan State University. There hr worked between classes conducting surveys on different types of health information from the general population, including the Hispanic population, nationwide. After his time at Michigan State, he did work for a professor conducting a research study on obstructive sleep apnea at Wayne State University. Hugo studied medicine at Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico. During medical school, he was involved in a trip to Panama to help poor children with some of their basic medical needs. and was also involved in a medical student group that would help homeless people in Puerto Rico get basic medical care. After medical school, he completed about 2 years of an emergency medicine residency in Puerto Rico. During that time, Hugo got to see some unique problems in medical care in different populations and social classes, and some of the problems with the health care system itself. Hugo's interests for research include finding improvements in the health care system by improving the patient’s knowledge in a way that could prevent chronic illness complications; and combating the prevalence of wasteful and incorrect uses of medical services - such as in emergency departments, leading to better outcomes and lower costs.
Keva Collier, M.D.
Keva Collier is a graduate of Duke University with a major in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and minor in Chemistry and African-American studies. She received her Doctor of Medicine Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. She began her medical training in Family Medicine. During this period, she developed a strong interest in healthcare administration and policy, and the desire to create solutions to improve healthcare in clinical practice and public health. Dr. Collier went on to complete a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and Policy at Auburn University. In her spare time, she enjoys hospice volunteering to provide companionship and support to patients and their families. She also enjoys participating in health seminars for members of her family and church and counseling them on ways to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her personal interests include distance running, still life drawing, traveling, baking and science fiction books and movies.
Shaili Saini, M.D.
Shaili Saini attended the University at Albany where she majored in Biology and Education, and minored in Religious Studies, Chemistry and Physics. She then attended Saba University School of Medicine where she received her Doctor of Medicine Degree. Dr Saini then completed General Surgery with a concentration in Burn Plastics Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Vascular Surgery. It was through these experiences where she realized that information, education and prevention are the most relevant key factors when treating her patients, and providing them with the best care possible. In her personal life she spearheads food and clothing drives and personally hand delivers the donations to those in need. She also enjoys photography, experiencing foreign cultures, and maintaining a happy and healthy life style.
2nd Year Residents (PGY-3)
Mohammad Fidahusain, M.B.B.S.
Dr. Fidahusain completed his medical school from Ziauddin University, Pakistan. During his medical school years, he was involved in various research projects administered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. As part of those activities, he conducted field surveys in a local squatter settlement for determining the demographics and health problems of that area, and worked with local residents at a personal level to solve their health problems. This gave him an opportunity to very closely observe the plight of the underserved populations. He finished his medical school coursework in Public Health with honors. He entered Family Medicine residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences located in Fort Smith. He then started General Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency at the University of Rochester. His personal interests include global health, trauma prevention, malnutrition, behavioral modification and removing health discrepancies among the underserved populations.
Shoshanna Miller, M.D.
I obtained my BSc in Management and Accounting at the University of the West Indies, my BS in Psychobiology at Florida Atlantic University and my MD at the American University of the Caribbean. As a Family Medicine Resident at the VCU-Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency program I participated in both an obesity intervention in middle school children using the 9-5-2-1-0 model and also went on a global medicine trip to the frontiers of Honduras where we attended to the medically under-served at the local clinic and hiked to the local schools to evaluate children to provide health assessments, de-worm, vision and dental checks. These experiences served to emphasize the importance of lifestyle management including obesity intervention as preventive measures to our numerous chronic illnesses, in addition to the need to serve our medically underserved and bridge the gap in health care disparity.
Ryan Pastena, M.D.
Dr. Ryan Pastena graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in History and from American University of the Caribbean with an M.D. It was during a rotation with the New York City department of mental health and hygiene that his interest in preventive medicine was sparked. He then completed his general surgery internship at Westchester Medical Center and several years of urology residency at Akron General Medical Center. His personal hobbies include camping, skiing, hiking, and baseball. Ryan’s professional interests include health systems transformation and quality improvement and health policy.