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Chief Residents Outside Of Original Hospital Entrance
Nicole Toscano, Shahin Ayazi, Adriane Argenio, 
Aaron Sabbota, Irene Lou & Christian Probst

Chief Residents with Dr. Linehan Dr. Linehan, Nicole Toscano, Shahin Ayazi, Adriane Argenio, 
Aaron Sabbota, Irene Lou & Christian Probst

Administrative Chief Residents

Aaron L. Sabbota, MD, PhD

Aaron SabbotaAaron was raised in the metro Detroit area. He received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.  He earned a doctorate in philosophy and a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI.  His dissertation research focused on signaling pathways utilized by tumor cells metastatic to bone.  Aaron began residency in 2013 and gained interest in complex laparoscopic techniques.  He is an administrative chief resident and has been involved in developing a robotics curriculum for our general surgery residents.

Aaron is married and enjoys spending time with his three-year-old son and twin one-year-old girls.  His hobbies include playing ice hockey and video games.  Aaron will begin fellowship training in Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatrics at UCSF-Fresno in August 2018.

Nicole Toscano, MD

Nicole Toscano, MDNicole was born and raised in Rochester, NY.  She attended college at the University of Rochester where she studied Neuroscience as well as Clinical Psychology followed by medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She began general surgery residency in 2012 and spent one year dedicated to burn surgery research.  She is planning to pursue a career in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and is eager to pursue her interests in injury prevention.  When she isn't in the hospital she spends her time with her 3 year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, Shelby, exploring the city of Rochester and going on road trips!

Adriane Argenio, MD

Adriane Argenio, MD

Adriane grew up in Connecticut. She received a BS in Psychology from the University of Florida. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant in a psychopharmacology laboratory, as a crisis call specialist with multiple suicide hotlines and as an inpatient psychiatric technician. She pursued her medical career at New York Medical College. She graduated AOA, was nominated by her peers and was inducted into GHHS, a society that honors humanism and compassion in medicine, and received a “Cor et Manus” award for service. During medical school she worked as a medical annotator for IBM’s Watson. She has been a surgical resident at University of Rochester since 2013. During her residency she was selected by her peers as the “Best Resident as Teacher Award” for both 2015-16 and 2016-17 and to represent them in the resident ombudsman position. She has also served on multiple committees: the program evaluation committee, the hospital resident council and the graduate medical education program directors committee. She enjoys traveling, live music, sharing meals with friends, and SEC football… Go Gators! After graduation she plans to practice general surgery. 

Shahin Ayazi, MD

Shahin Ayazi, MDShahin was born and raised in Iran. He attended medical school at Shahid Beheshi University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. He spent two years at UCL Department of Surgery, London, UK, before immigrating to the United States. Shahin completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery at USC Department of Surgery under guidance of Dr. Tom DeMeester. During this time, he published more than 40 papers in major American Surgical Journals and presented over 70 abstracts at American and International meetings. He has been a general surgery resident at the University of Rochester since 2012. He has found URMC Department of Surgery a unique environment for surgical training as it has an incredible combination of legacy, leadership, research opportunities and clinical volume, all factors he highly values in a residency program.

Irene Lou, MD

Irene Lou, MDIrene was born in Shanghai, China and raised in northern New Jersey. She attended college at New York University where she studied biology followed by medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical school in New Brunswick, NJ. She has been a general surgery resident at the University of Rochester since 2011. She spent two years as a Surgical Oncology Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently pursing a fellowship in Endocrine Surgery.

Christian Probst, MD, MPH

Christian Probst, MD, MPHChristian attended the University of Florida and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology & Cell Science and an M.S. in Management. He then moved to Boston where he matriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine. He spent a year researching autologous chondrocyte implantation, graduating with research honors. He completed two years of General Surgery residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital and then transferred to the University of Rochester. During his time in residency he did surgical outcomes research and completed his M.P.H at the University of Rochester School of Medicine as part of the Surgical Health Outcomes and Research Enterprise (SHORE). After completing his General Surgery residency, Christian will stay here at the University of Rochester for a Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship. He plans to pursue a career in general thoracic surgery.