Graduation Program 2024

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SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2024

Mohegan Pennsylvania Convention Center Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Acknowledgments

Our nonprofit Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC) model immerses our resident and fellow physicians in diverse community venues where they are most needed. The GME-SNC model improves the distribution of primary care doctors throughout rural and other medically underserved areas and increases the likelihood that these physicians choose to work in these settings after completing their training.

The Wright Center offers training locations at our community health centers in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties and with mission-aligned partners at regional public health-based learning environments and hospital systems, caring for patients throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. These strong affiliations provide diverse, innovative learning environments with exposure to a broad range of patient demographics, different organizational structures, various EHR programs, and increasingly complex team dynamics.

Like-minded community stakeholders, resources, and assets align with The Wright Center to address foundational health care issues by advancing local solutions with national implications. A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona provides the educational infrastructure for our National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR). By partnering with four mission-aligned Federally Qualified Health Centers in Ohio, Arizona, Washington, and Washington, D.C., NFMR operates as a unique educational partnership that trains community-minded physicians. These partnerships deliver competent, compassionate physicians who are well-positioned to serve their communities for decades to come.

We are exceptionally grateful to the partners that offer relevant and community-based training opportunities to our NFMR physician learners:

Dinner and Cocktails

MASTER AND MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES

Harold Baillie, Ph.D., Chairman, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, and Helayna Szescila, Deputy Chief Governance Officer

OPENING ADDRESS

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP, President and Chief Executive Officer

WELCOME ADDRESS

Jumee Barooah, M.D., FACP, Senior Vice President, Education and Designated Institutional Official

RESIDENT REMARKS

Chilsia Shafi, M.D., President, House Staff Council

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Humza Quadir, M.D., Class of 2022, Internal Medicine Residency

Presentation of Awards & Certificates

THE WILLIAM M. WATERS, PH.D., EXCELLENCE IN ADVOCACY FOR EDUCATION AWARD

Presented by Gerard J. Geoffroy, Chairman of The Wright Center for Community Health

For the graduating resident or fellow physician who does The Wright Things, The Wright Way, for The Wright Reasons to assist vulnerable populations in our communities

THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD

Presented by Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP

For exceptional mission-driven academic leadership

THE BOST AWARD

Presented by Harold Baillie, Ph.D., and Helayna Szescila

For the individual who most demonstrates inspiration, guidance, and support of the mission of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

ROBERT E. WRIGHT, M.D., OUTSTANDING RESIDENT AWARD

Presented by Harold Baillie, Ph.D., and Helayna Szescila

For the individual who demonstrates excellence in patient care, teaching, and community spirit

DR. STEPHEN J. PANCOAST COMPASSION, KINDNESS, SERVICE, AND HUMILITY AWARD

Presented by Harold Baillie, Ph.D., and Helayna Szescila

Honors the legacy of Stephen Pancoast, M.D., who retired in 2021 after serving as an integral member of our care team at the Ryan White HIV Clinic for more than 20 years

Presentation of Awards continued.. .

GERARD J. GEOFFROY PATIENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD

Presented by Gerard J. Geoffroy

In recognition of the most passionate and impactful resident contribution to the empowering engagement of patients, families, and community

THE WRIGHT CENTER ‘VALUES IN ACTION’ SPIRIT AWARD

Announced by Harold Baillie, Ph.D., and Helayna Szescila

In recognition of a residency program whose learners have demonstrated extraordinary behaviors that exemplify The Wright Center’s Core Values

FELLOWSHIP IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Yaser Khalid, D.O., Chief Fellow

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

OUTSTANDING FELLOW AWARD

Presented by Samir Pancholy, M.D., FACC, MSCAI, Program Director

For the graduating fellow who demonstrates excellence in patient care, teaching, and community spirit

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE GRADUATES

Presented by Tanya Torres, Coordinator, Cardiovascular Disease and Samir Pancholy, M.D., FACC, MSCAI

FELLOWSHIP IN GASTROENTEROLOGY

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Fouzia Oza, M.D.

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

OUTSTANDING FELLOW AWARD

Presented by Vikas Khurana, M.D., Program Director

For the graduating fellow who demonstrates excellence in patient care, teaching, and community spirit

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO GASTROENTEROLOGY GRADUATES

Presented by Michelle Grochowski, Coordinator, Gastroenterology, and Vikas Khurana, M.D.

FELLOWSHIP IN GERIATRICS

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Muhammad Ishaq, M.D.

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

OUTSTANDING FELLOW AWARD

Presented by Brian Ebersole, Vice President Academic Affairs and Associate Designated Institutional Official

For the graduating fellow who demonstrates excellence in patient care, teaching, and community spirit

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO GERIATRICS GRADUATES

Presented by Russell Day, Coordinator, Geriatrics and GME Workforce Operations,Training & Development Specialist, and Brian Ebersole

NATIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY

FACULTY OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Lawrence LeBeau, D.O., Program Director

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

INTERN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Lawrence LeBeau, D.O.

For the intern who has gone above and beyond and demonstrated the highest degree of altruism, accountability, duty and respect for others

OUTSTANDING RESIDENT AWARD

Presented by Lawrence LeBeau, D.O.

For the graduating senior who most demonstrates excellence in patient care, teaching, and community spirit

COMMUNITY-ORIENTED PRIMARY CARE PROJECT AWARD

Presented by Lawrence LeBeau, D.O.

Recognition for the project that best supports Community-Oriented Primary Care

ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY DIRECTORS AWARD FOR ADVOCACY

Presented by Lawrence LeBeau, D.O.

For the resident who has demonstrated skills and interest in legislative or regulatory advocacy and, by doing so, impacted the future of health care and of family medicine

SOCIETY OF TEACHERS OF FAMILY MEDICINE AWARD

Presented by Lawrence LeBeau, D.O.

For the individual who has demonstrated interest in teaching medical students, participation in patient education, peer teaching, and is valued as a teacher by patients and peers

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO NATIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE GRADUATES

Presented by Samantha Ponce, Coordinator, National Family Medicine, and Lawrence LeBeau, D.O.

PSYCHIATRY

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Presented by Brian Ebersole

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

INTERN OF THE YEAR

Presented by Brian Ebersole

For the intern who has gone above and beyond and demonstrated the highest degree of altruism, accountability, duty and respect for others

Presentation of Awards continued...

INTERNAL

MEDICINE RESIDENCY

THE SANDY A. FUREY M.D., FACP, GOLDEN STETHOSCOPE AWARD

Presented by John Diakiw, M.D.

For the graduating senior who most serves as a role model for underclassmen

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Kyle Fistner, D.O., Chilsia Shafi, M.D., Sandeep Mandal, M.D., Syed Zaidi, M.D., and Lakshmi Pappoppula, M.D., Chief Residents

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

INTERN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Douglas Klamp, M.D., Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Education Officer, and Physician Chair of Resident and Fellow Talent Acquisition, and Program Director

For the intern who has gone above and beyond and demonstrated the highest degree of altruism, accountability, duty and respect for others

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO INTERNAL MEDICINE GRADUATES

Presented by Kristen Welch, Coordinator, Internal Medicine, Douglas Klamp, M.D., and Timothy Burke, D.O., Associate Program Director

REGIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Amatus Legbedion, M.D., Chief Resident

For the faculty member who has most demonstrated excellence in teaching

INTERN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented by Amatus Legbedion, M.D., Chief Resident

For the intern who has gone above and beyond and demonstrated the highest degree of altruism, accountability, duty and respect for others

SOCIETY OF TEACHERS OF FAMILY MEDICINE AWARD

Presented by Amatus Legbedion, M.D., Chief Resident

For the individual who has demonstrated interest in teaching medical students, participation in patient education, peer teaching and is valued as a teacher by patients and peers

PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO REGIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE GRADUATES

Presented by Lauren Molinaro, Coordinator, Family Medicine, and Stephanie Gill, M.D., MPH, Program Director

Closing Remarks

Harold Baillie, Ph.D., and Helayna Szescila

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE GASTROENTEROLOGY

Yaser Khalid, D.O.

Future Plans: Non-Invasive Cardiology

Fouzia Oza, M.D.

Future Plans: Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Harbor UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, CA

GERIATRICS

Muhammad Ishaq, M.D.

Future Plans: Resident Physician Rochester Regional Health Rochester, NY

NATIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE

Jacob Darnell, D.O., M.A.

Future Plans: Addiction Medicine Fellowship University of Washington Boise, ID

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician

Joshua George, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Attending Temple University Family Physicians Philadelphia, PA

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Baylor Scott & White Health North Garland, TX

Stephanie Egwuatu, D.O.
Sandya George, D.O.

NATIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE

Katlyn Jones D.O., MPH

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician TMC One Tucson, AZ

Fatema Nassar, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician TriHealth Liberty Township, OH

Enne Shah, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Float Provider HealthPoint WA

Joshua Lloyd, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Granger Medical Holladay, Utah

Leon Nguyen, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician/Hospitalist Sutter North Medical Group Yuba City, CA

Emily Silberstein, D.O.

Future Plans: Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine University of Rochester Primary Care Network Rochester, NY

Hsuan-Chieh Jasper Luoh, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Seattle, WA

Alisa Pham, D.O., M.S.

Future Plans: Rural Maternal and Child Health Fellow WVU School of Medicine Martinsburg, WV

Mary Tabakin, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Chevy Chase, Maryland

Leonardo Mejia, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician TMC One Tucson, AZ

Dunal Riveland, D.O.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician

Wei-Jen Yankelvich, D.O., Ph.D.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Mid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Silver Spring, MD

Udit Asija, M.D.

Future Plans: Gastroenterology Fellowship

The Wright Center Scranton, PA

Kyle Fistner, D.O.

Future Plans: Addiction Medicine Fellowship Geisinger Scranton, PA

Apeksha Kakkar, M.D.

Future Plans: Infectious Disease Fellowship

University of Florida Gainesville, FL

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Maria Rose Dominic, M.D.

Future Plans: Endocrinology Fellowship

Ochsner Clinic Foundation New Orleans, LA

Naeem Ijaz, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist United Health Services Binghamton, NY

Gursharan Kaur, M.D.

Future Plans: Primary Care Peace HealthGroup Sedro-Woolley, WA

Jawahar Durrani, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist Bayview Physicians Group Suffolk, VA

Peter Iskander, M.D.

Future Plans: Gastroenterology Fellowship The Wright Center Scranton, PA

Abhaya Khatiwada, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO

Sadaf Fatima, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

Ayushi Jain, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

NYC Health & Hospital Bronx, NY

Aishwarya Krishnaiah, M.D.

Future Plans: Infectious Disease Fellowship

University of California Irvine, CA

Aamir Makda, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

Apogee Physicians Milford, DE

Sarasija Natarajan, M.D.

Future Plans: Pulmonary Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine

University of Florida Jacksonville, FL

Khadijah Sajid, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

St. Luke’s Allentown, PA

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Sandeep Mandal, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

CCHS, University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL

Lakshmi Pappoppula, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

Carolina East Medical Center New Bern, NC

Chilsia Shafi, M.D.

Future Plans: Infectious Disease Fellowship

University of Florida Gainesville, FL

Sajeel Mirza, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

Bay View Physicians Group Suffolk, VA

Preya Patel, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

Mohammed Musa Najmuddin, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist

TidalHealth Salisbury, MD

Aniqa Raheem, M.D.

Future Plans: Internal Medicine Faculty Arkansas

Ali Shah, M.D.

Future Plans: Nephrology Transplant Fellowship

University of Chicago Chicago, IL

Sabeeka Shah, M.D.

Future Plans: Infectious Disease Fellowship

Brown University Providence, RI

Sumnima

Shrestha, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist Carolina East Medical Center New Bern, NC

Omar Syed, M.D.

Future Plans: Endocrinology Fellowship University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Mashu

Shrivastava, M.D.

Future Plans: Endocrinology Fellowship SUNY Upstate Syracuse, NY

Lekha Yadukumar, M.D.

Future Plans: Hematology & Oncology Fellowship University of Iowa Iowa City, IA

Shila Simkhada, M.D.

Future Plans: Hospitalist UnityPoint Health Sioux City, IA

Future Plans: Hospitalist Great River Health System West Burlington, IA

Aayushi

Future Plans: Endocrinology Fellowship

UH Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH

Future Plans: Clinical Fellowship Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO

Syed Zaidi, M.D.
Jiayi Zheng, M.D.
Sood, M.D.

REGIONAL FAMILY MEDICINE

Tony AbdelMaseeh, M.D.

Future Plans: Family Medicine Physician Highland Physicians Family Health Center Honesdale, PA

Amatus Legbedion, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician The Wright Center Scranton, PA

Mohana Partheeban, M.D.

Future Plans: Geriatrics Fellowship Duke University School of Medicine Durham, NC

Ruhi Goraya, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Edwin Mogaka, M.D., Ph.D.

Future Plans: Primary Care Physician Lehigh Valley Hospital Tobyhanna, PA

Nirshanthika Raviendren, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Aniq Hakim, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient/Inpatient Hybrid Family Medicine Physician Ontario, Canada

Neil Espiritu, M.D.

Future Plans: Primary Care Physician Sutter Health Modesto, CA

Omar Saeed, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Primary Care Physician Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Anitesh Jaswal, M.D.

Future Plans: Inpatient/Outpatient Adult Practice Parrish Medical Center Titusville, FL

Vivek Gautam, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician Lehigh Valley Health Network Allentown, PA

Ankit Sethi, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician Blue Oak Medical Clinic Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

REGIONAL

FAMILY MEDICINE

Sahil Sharma, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Safwaan Suleman, M.D.

Future Plans: Outpatient Family Medicine Physician Toronto, Ontario, Canada

DENTAL

NYU Langone Dental Medicine Postdoctoral Program for Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Rishi Priyanka Mallampalli, BDS

Michael Joseph Regan, DMD

Future Plans: Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Richmond, VA

Future Plans: Dentist The Wright Center Wilkes-Barre, PA

Thank You

We extend our sincere gratitude to all past and current board members who have actively contributed to advancing our mission over the past year. Thank you for your service.

THE WRIGHT CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP | President and Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting

Gerard J. Geoffroy | Chair

Deborah Kolsovsky | Vice Chair

Mary Marrara | Secretary

Kenneth Okrepkie | Interim Treasurer

Pedro L. Anes • Mary Ann Chindemi, R.N. • Patricia Desouza • LeeAnn Eschbach, Ph.D.

Kim Heritsko • Tracy Hunt • Mary Klem, M.S., R.D., CSO, LDN • Richard Krebs

Lewis Marcus • Joseph Marinelli, R.Ph., MBA • Ellen Walko

THE WRIGHT CENTER FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP | President and Chief Executive Officer

Harold Baillie, Ph.D. | Chair

James Gavin | Vice Chair

Carol Rubel | Secretary

Teri Ooms | Treasurer

Jumee Barooah, M.D., FACP, DIO, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting • Peter Amato, DNM • Holly Binnig, M.D. Ronald Bukowski • Ariane Conaboy, D.O. • Michael Curran • Crystal Berry • Sharon Obadia, D.O. • Michael J. Paglia, M.D., Ph.D. • Scott Schermerhorn, Esq. • Douglas Spegman, M.D. • Debra Youngfelt

THE WRIGHT CENTER FOR PATIENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP | Co-Chair

Mary Marrara | Co-Chair

LeeAnn Eschbach, Ph.D. | Vice Chair

Ellen Walko | Secretary

Gerard J. Geoffroy | Immediate Past Chair | Interim Treasurer

Ayushi Jain, M.D. | Chief Resident Liaison

Yash Despande M.D. | Resident Leader Liaison

Pedro L. Anes • Gail Cicerini • Paul Haugland • Charlie Hemak • Lorraine Lupini

Kari Machelli, R.N. • Jacob Miller, M.D. • Girard Petula, Ed.D. • Sarah Quinlin-Sheridan

Carol Rubel • Tammy Saunders • Melissa Simrell

In loving memory of William M. Waters, Ph.D., Former Vice Chair, The Wright Center for Community Health; and Former Co-Chair, The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement

We also humbly acknowledge our resident and fellow physicians who entrust us with their respective education, our patients who place their confidence in our care team and our faculty, employees and staff who actively deliver our mission and vision every day.

MISSION:

To improve the health and welfare of our communities through inclusive and responsive health services and the sustainable renewal of an inspired, competent workforce that is privileged to serve.

VISION:

For our Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net consortium framework that integrates patient care delivery, workforce development, and innovation to be the leading model of primary health care in America.

VALUES:

Do the Wright thing Be privileged to serve

Be an exceptional team player

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