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Meet Our Fellows

Melissa KnudsonSecond Year Fellow

Melissa Knudson, M.D.
Melissa was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at UNC Chapel Hill and medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Her pediatric residency was at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.  After residency she spent 3 years on the Navajo Nation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona serving as a staff pediatrician. Her research interests include enhancing the connection of small community hospitals with tertiary facilities to improve quality of care provided to all pediatric patients.  Outside of medicine she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with family and friends.



Susi RamazaniSecond Year Fellow

Suzanne Ramazani, D.O.
Susi was born and raised in Burlington, VT. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Gettysburg College. After graduating, she spent three years working with Teach For America in Hartford, CT as a 7th and 8th grade science teacher. She pursued her medical degree at LECOM at Seton Hill and completed her pediatric residency as well as Chief year at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include medical education, QI and community advocacy, as well as incorporating evidence-based medicine in clinical practice. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling along the Erie Canal, exploring the Finger Lakes, and spending time with her husband Paul, a surgery resident at the University of Rochester.


Matt PresentFirst Year Fellow

Matthew Present, M.D.
A native of Rochester, Matt received his bachelor's in history from Northwestern University and attended medical school at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. He returned home to complete pediatrics residency at URMC, after which he served as a year as Chief Resident. During residency, Matt founded the Rochester chapter of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which now sends a free new book to the homes of more than 2,000 children across the City of Rochester every month. His interests include medical student and resident education and the impact of early literacy on the social determinants of health. When he's not at the hospital or directing the Rochester Imagination Library, Matt likes to sit in his yard with his wife and watch his dog and infant daughter get to know each other. Hiking, crosswords and reading occupy the remaining hours.


Recent Graduate

Maha KaissiMaha Kaissi, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
University of Pittsburgh