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Chief Residents In Office
Francesco Cardelli, Zhaomin Xu, Nathania Figueroa-
​Guilliani, Ankit Patel and Peng Zhao

Chief Residents With Dr. Linehan and Amy Mills
Amy Mills, Francesco Cardelli, Dr. Linehan, Peng Zhao Zhaomin Xu, Nathania Figueroa-​Guilliani, Ankit Patel

Francesco Cardelli, MD

Francesco Cardelli, MDFrancesco was born in L’Aquila (Italy) and lived in Milano for most of his life. He moved to the United States to attend college at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), where he obtained Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Biology. After graduating, he spent a year conducting research in biochemistry and molecular biology. He attended medical school at Indiana University where he met his future wife, Elaina. He began his residency in General Surgery in 2014 where he developed an interest in Vascular Surgery. Francesco enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, working out, cooking and being a huge sci-fi nerd. 

Nathania Figueroa-​Guilliani, MD

Nathania Figueroa-​Guilliani, MDNathania was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from UMASS Boston.  Following completion of her undergraduate degree, she returned to Puerto Rico where she graduated AOA with her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in 2011.  Initially, Nathania’s interests were in orthopedic surgery which she explored while she took up a position as a research fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Florida.  Her interests later shifted towards General Surgery and she transitioned to surgical residency training at the University of Rochester in 2012.  After her third year or training, she spent three years as a post-doctorate research fellow in the Center for Tumor Immunology at the University of Rochester under the guidance of Dr. David Linehan. On returning to clinical duties, she continued to develop and explore her interests within Surgery.  She will be completing a fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery at Providence Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, José, their 6-year-old daughter Eliana, and 4-year-old son Gustavo while they anticipate the arrival of their third child.

Ankit Patel, MD

Ankit PatelAnkit was raised in New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. He subsequently graduated from Rutgers Medical School in 2013 and began his general surgery residency at the University of Rochester. He was a research fellow in the Center for Tumor Immunology at the University of Rochester. Outside the hospital he enjoys spending time with his wife and fixing cars. He will begin his fellowship training in surgical oncology at Roswell Park in July 2020.​

Zhaomin (Tim) Xu, MD, MPH

Zhaomin Xu, MD

Tim was born in Shanghai, China, and moved to the United States at a young age. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester where he was enrolled in a combined BA/MD program. He subsequently graduated from University of Rochester School of Medicine in 2013 and remained at the University of Rochester for general surgery residency. During residency, he spent two years dedicated to surgical outcomes and health services research at SHORE as well as earning an MPH degree from the University of Rochester. He plans to pursue additional training in colorectal surgery after graduation. He’s supported by his wife and kids.​

Peng (Chuck) Zhao, MD

Peng Zhao, MD

Peng was born and raised in Hunan, China and immigrated to the Pacific Northwest at the age of 16.  He received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.  He began general surgery residency in 2014 and has completed a research fellowship with the Division of Vascular Surgery in URMC.  Following the completion of residency, he will be going back to Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center to complete a fellowship in Vascular Surgery. When not at work, Chuck enjoys spending time with his fiancé, whom he met at Strong Memorial Hospital.