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Our Fellows

Current Fellows

Dr. Walaa Elfar

Third Year Fellow

Walaa Elfar, M.B.Ch.B.

Walaa was born in Egypt but grew up in Qatar, where her father worked as a fine arts instructor. She received her medical degree from the University of Cairo where she matriculated after being ranked fifth among over one hundred thousand applicants on the national entrance examinations. She completed her residency in pediatrics at The University of Rochester Medical Center Golisano Children's Hospital.

During residency training, she initiated a quality assurance project to monitor the adherence to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for cholesterol screening in children in the outpatient setting. She was elected chief resident in Pediatrics at The Rochester General Hospital upon competing residency training.

Walaa loves teaching medical trainees and residents in small groups. During her chief resident year, she instituted a summer lecture series at RGH which focused on "Essential No-Miss Topics in Pediatrics". She was also involved in setting up mock-codes in the outpatient clinics and the newborn nursery at RGH in addition to those already in place on the inpatient ward. She also joined her co-chief residents in an effort to improve the passing scores for the pediatric board examination by creating an 18-month noon conference curriculum based on the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

Her current areas of research interest include treatment of IBD and bridging the gap to international medicine focusing on availability of specialized care in the Arab World.

Outside of work, Walaa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and learning about foreign cultures. She is fluent in Arabic and its all dialects and is an expert Arabic calligraphist.
 

Dr. Albert Chan

Second Year Fellow

Albert Chan, M.D.

Albert was born and raised in central California, then earned his degree at The University of California. Following this, he received his medical degree from Saint George's University.

His residency training was in Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. During this time, he presented abstracts at two national meetings with the National Lipid Association as well as at NASPGHAN. His interests outside of his professional career include family, travel, and landscape photography.
 

Gracielle BahiaFirst Year Fellow

Gracielle Bahia, D.O., M.A.

Gracielle was born and raised in northern New Jersey. Throughout her life, she frequently visited her relatives in upstate New York and considers it her second home. She completed medical school in Kansas City, Missouri, where she obtained a dual degree in Osteopathic Medicine and Masters of Arts in Bioethics. She enjoyed the opportunity to travel across the United States during her 3rd and 4th clinical years in medical school. She also completed clerkships in Michigan, Ohio, Chicago, IL, and Colorado. She then completed her general pediatrics residency at SUNY-University at Buffalo, at the Women and Children's Hospital at Buffalo.

Her current academic interests in this field include inflammatory bowel disease, in which she presented her research on Crohn's disease at NASPGHAN during her residency. In additon, she is also interested in integrative and complementary medical approaches to gastrointestinal conditions.

Outside of her professional career, Gracielle is interested in modern dance, painting, martial arts, meditation, and physician wellness. 
 

Recent Graduates

Mariana Middelhof, M.D.
Graduated in June 2016

T. Matthew Shields, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
Director of Medical Student and Resident Education
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA

Vibha Sood, M.B.B.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Prita H. Mohanty, M.D.
Pediatric Transplant Hepatology Fellowship
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Osama F. Almadhoun, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Megan E. Gabel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Megan E. Gabel, M.D.

Husam S. Mallah, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Lutheran Children's Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN

Wahaj M. Zaidi, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Memorial Children's Hospital, South Bend, IN

Cary M. Qualia, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

Juan Villalona, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA