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Current Residents

Get to know our current chief residents and housestaff. Find out more about each resident below.

 

Assistant Chiefs of Service (Chief Residents)

Kellen Knowles

Kellen Knowles

Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University

What are your career goals?
I'm interested in cardiology, possibly EP or heart failure. My background is in engineering, so I'm interested in how technology and devices can improve healthcare delivery and treatments. Academic medicine most likely; I love to teach.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I'm currently training for a sprint triathlon! I also really enjoy traveling, playing tennis, going to beaches, snowboarding, rollercoasters and cooking/baking. Ask me and I'll make you some homemade cinnamon rolls one day.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love that everyone here is so approachable and patient-centered. It's been a wonderful learning environment.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Ekiben (Asian fusion fast food place).

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Maddie Rodriguez

Maddie Rodriguez

Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

What are your career goals?
Medical education and primary care.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Poetry and running.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The collaborative and caring community.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The farmers' markets.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
The University of Texas at Austin.

Hannah Ward

Hannah Ward

Hometown: Rochester, New York
Medical School: University of Rochester

What are your career goals?
Geriatrics, primary care or hospital medicine.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Trying to keep my very needy beagle happy, hiking, skiing and finding new restaurants.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
So many things! Number one would be the people. Everyone from the faculty to administrative staff to nurses and others are amazingly friendly, kind and passionate about their work. Honorable mention would be the campus. It is truly beautiful and has great views of the city.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love that it has all of the "big city" amenities but it still has plenty of green space, and it is easy to get out into nature without traveling too far.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Rochester.


Senior Residents (PGY-3)

Sherifatu Abu, M.D.

Sherifatu Abu

Hometown: Bronx, New York
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I’m currently undecided but I am highly interested in the intersection of healthcare policy and social determinates of health. I’m considering working with lobbying groups and politicians to create legislation that uses evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes for lower income individuals.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love photography and yoga.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people. Everyone is invested in your future and are willing to assist in your efforts regardless of your goals.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Unfortunately, I have not had time to fully explore the city, but I love its diversity and small city vibe with big city amenities.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
The City College of the City University of New York.

Amarpreet Ahluwalia, M.D.

Amarpreet Ahluwalia

Hometown: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Medical education, healthcare policy, health systems science, and critical care.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time with family, friends, and my dog Sammy, exploring new cities, cooking, and reading. I also love Marvel movies and Star Wars, so I always try to get to see new movies as they come out!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The Bayview Family! From our amazing co-residents and staff to wonderfully supportive educators, the clinical learning environment exemplifies vibrant, patient-centered care delivery ingrained in the ideal that medicine is a public trust.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
There are so many awesome neighborhoods to explore and the food scene is great!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Penn State University.

Olivia Bernal, M.D.

Olivia Bernal

Hometown: Fairfield, California
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

What are your career goals?
Geriatrics and Palliative Care.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love spending time with my husband and two dogs, Winnie and Arthur. I also enjoy running, hiking, listening to podcasts, and following beauty/makeup YouTube channels.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Bayview is a special place where everyone has embraced the mission of humanism in medicine. The residents are remarkably intelligent, but more importantly, they genuinely care about and support each other.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love our neighborhood, Greektown; people are very neighborly and friendly! Clavel for happy hour and Bmore Licks for ice cream.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Pennsylvania.

Kacey Chea, M.D.

Kacey Chae

Hometown: Suwon, South Korea
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

What are your career goals?
Academic obesity medicine

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Collecting recipe books, herb gardening, and running in local parks

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The lifelong friendships I developed here. They make long days (and nights) enjoyable. That was my main reason for choosing Johns Hopkins Bayview: the residents deeply cared about each other.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Great selection of restaurants and coffee shops (Sunday Farmer’s Market, Ekiben, and Ceremony Coffee are some of my favorite places)

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Virginia

Desirée Coutinho, M.D.

Desirée Coutinho

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Medical School: UNC Chapel Hill

What are your career goals?
I plan to be an intensivist

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy woodworking, baking, hiking and camping

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The welcoming and kind community

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The food scene in Baltimore is wonderful

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Furman University

Jyotsna Ghosh, M.D.

Jyotsna Ghosh

Hometown: Twinsboro, Ohio
Medical School: Alpert Medical School at Brown University

What are your career goals?
I want to be a physician who listens. A doctor who really cares and has the knowledge and skills to make a difference.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I like admiring and, when possible, participating in most forms of art: pictorial, sculptural, cinematic, photographic, musical, literary, theatrical, terpsichorean (dancing), applied (crafts of all kinds). I also love learning about other cultures, getting to know new people, and cats—all cats.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Johns Hopkins Bayview aims to make every resident the best physician that she or he can be. The standards are high, but we are given much support to help us achieve them.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Crabcakes and BMore Licks.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Dartmouth.

Zadid Haq, M.D.

Zadid Haq

Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
Medical School: Louisiana State University – New Orleans

What are your career goals?
Academic gastroenterology with an emphasis on education and research

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Nonfiction literature, good coffee, fitness, and cheering on Real Madrid.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people who create the wonderful environment here--everyone is invested in your success!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The international food scene.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
The University of Louisiana

Michael Sang Hughes, M.D.

Michael Sang Hughes

Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts
Medical School: Harvard Medical School

What are your career goals?
Hematology-Oncology—but first to be the best internist I can be!

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Violin, Classics (Latin and Greek), squash.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
How everyone is so kind towards, generous towards, and supportive of each other—just like family.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
How nice people are!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Harvard College.

David Hurwitz, M.D.

David Hurwitz

Hometown: Bedford, New York
Medical School: University of Maryland Medical School

What are your career goals?
I am interested in growing a welcoming, close-knit outpatient base to care for my primary care and geriatric patients. Coming from a business and policy career background, I am also interested in quality improvement in health care delivery.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love traveling with my wife and daughters, engaging in outdoor, cultural and culinary adventures. That said, I am also happy tending my vegetable patch right here at home.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Being a primary care physician in a Patient-Centered Medical Home means being part of a team dedicated to both comprehensive care and addressing complex medical issues, guided by faculty who are deeply invested in teaching.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love this city’s cultural quirk factor: the enduring legacy of John Waters films, Honfest, the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Hampden’s Miracle on 34th St., Graffiti Alley, the Great Halloween Lantern Parade...

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Yale University.

Ines Kafando, M.D.

Ines R. Kafando

Hometown: Ouagadougou
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I ultimately want to specialize, although I am still not sure about what specialty I want to pursue at the moment.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Outside of medicine, I love cooking, reading and traveling.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people and the amazing sense of community are what make Bayview very special to me.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The food scene.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Howard University.

Kai-Li Liang, M.D.

Kai-Li Liang

Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Medical School: Stony Brook University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic medicine with an emphasis on medical education.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy cooking and baking, watching old movies and documentaries, and taking my cat on hikes!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Bayview’s focus on patient-centered care (including home visits), the enthusiasm for teaching, and culture of support that stems from the top down.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The diverse food scene including Ekiben, Bmore Licks, and Verde Pizza!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Maryland, College Park.

Eric Moughames, M.D.

Eric Moughames

Hometown: Beirut Lebanon
Medical School: LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Pulmonary and Critical care, Global health.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love anything outdoors: biking, hiking, camping, climbing... I also enjoy backpacking around the world, discovering the beautiful hidden places on this planet, meeting locals, and trying different cuisines.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Getting excellent teaching by a world class faculty all while focusing on patient- centered care.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Exploring the great bike trails around the city and the cozy coffee shops in Mount Vernon.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
American University of Beirut.

Ekene Ojukwu

Ekene Ojukwu

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee.
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I’m still not sure, but I know that I want to serve the underserved and to be provide compassionate patient- and family-centered care.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Hanging out with my family and friends, hiking, traveling, visiting cool museums, shopping, writing poetry, eating cookies and being involved with church community.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The deep commitment to compassionate care that everyone has here!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The Harbor! I love being near the water and being able to take walks around the water with family and friends!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Harvard College

Ronak Patel, M.D.

Ronak Patel

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey
Medical School: Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

What are your career goals?
Hematology/Oncology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Basketball, football, esports, horror movies.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Incredibly supportive and nurturing environment with a tightknit family, commitment to patient centered medicine, humanism, and community outreach.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The diversity in neighborhoods, each with its own identity and quirks.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Rutgers University.

Megan Salter, M.D.

Megan Salter

Hometown: Fayetteville, Georgia
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Geriatrics, Primary Care, Epidemiology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time with my two daughters, quilting, art projects.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Bayview maintains a commitment to patient-centered care in an academically rigorous environment.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Baltimore is a diverse city with many smaller communities dedicated to improving the city as a whole.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Grinnell College.

Kathia Smith, M.D.

Kathia Smith

Hometown: Nassau, The Bahamas
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Cardiology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Traveling, cooking, and trying new restaurants.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The sense of community and how everyone is willing to help anyone needing help even if they don’t request it.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
All the cool neighborhoods to explore and new restaurants to try.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
The University of Ohio.

Joseph Tejan, M.D.

Joseph Tejan

Hometown: Desoto, Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

What are your career goals?
I want to make a difference in terms of health care utilization. I am interested in Palliative care, Hematology/Oncology, Cardiology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love sports particularly soccer. My favorite team is Liverpool FC. I also love taking my Corgi puppy, Wallace, to the dog park.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The fellows and faculty are fantastic and so eager to teach. I also really love the food.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
There are so many different parts of the city to explore, each with their own unique character and charm.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Washington University in Saint Louis.

Mfon Umoh, M.D.

Mfon Umoh

Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Medical School: Emory University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Geriatric Medicine and clinical research trial design and implementation.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Travelling, reading, working out, eating, and finding good shopping deals.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people are wonderful!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Patterson Park and many green spaces even within the city limits, super lush!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Pennsylvania.


Junior Residents (PGY-2)

Cat Ahlberg

Cat Ahlberg

Hometown:Venice Beach, CA
Medical School:Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
My goal is to complete fellowships in both pulmonary/critical care and palliative care. I hope to be an intensivist with research interests in end-of-life care in the MICU.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I am obsessed with my three cats and spend as much of my time playing with them as possible. I spend all of my extra funds on travel and particularly enjoy learning to cook food from around the world. I also enjoy singing, crafting (although how good I am at it is debatable) and spending time outdoors with friends.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I know that many programs will say that they feel like a family and I can’t speak about them, but Johns Hopkins Bayview truly is a family is every sense of the word. I felt so supported from the moment I matched; from the program leadership to my co-interns and residents, everyone is there for each other 100%.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
B’More Licks! I am an ice cream addict and they have so many options. Plus, being right next to the park means it’s a beautiful place to sit and it is possible to socially distance with friends.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Maine

Ofure Akhiwu

Ofure Akhiwu

Hometown: Benin City, Nigeria
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I am still in the process of exploring all specialties. Hoping to be in a space where I can care and advocate for a diverse patient population.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love cooking, gardening and interior decorating.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people I work with. They care so much about their patients and each other. It’s such a wonderful supportive community. I feel I can be myself here.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The trails and nature parks. Especially the waterfalls.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Canisius College

Cat Ahlberg

Nicole Campion Dialo

Hometown: Westwood, MA
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
To strengthen the capacity of public-health and healthcare systems in low-resource communities in a way that builds health equity, both locally and globally.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time with family, hiking, running, doing yoga and learning languages.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The view! You can see all the way to the harbor from the south side of the hospital. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful. The staff are friendly, welcoming, and eager to help us learn.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The diversity of charm found in the dozens of different neighborhoods that have unique quirks and history. Baltimore is small enough that you can learn your way around quickly, and big enough that there’s always something new to discover.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Notre Dame

Jad Farha

Jad Farha

Hometown: Marjeyoun
Medical School: American University of Beirut

What are your career goals?
To pursue a career in gastroenterology and to apply my knowledge and skills in the form of devices or systems that aim to solve a health problem and improve quality of life.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Diplomacy and healthcare technology. I also love travelling to explore different cultures and cuisines.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The team spirit and support that is expressed at all levels of the hospital, from the faculty to the co-residents/interns!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The waterfront promenade, the eclectic variety of restaurants and the live bands!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
American University of Beirut

Emily Gao

Emily Gao

Hometown: Madison, CT
Medical School: Yale Medical School

What are your career goals?
I’m interested in primary care and community-hospital partnerships to promote healthy living and preventive care. I'm also interested in community engagement with medical research.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Podcasts, walking, arts and crafts

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the supportive environment—from my fellow house-staff and nursing to the attendings/fellows and staff in the hospitals and clinics. Everyone cares about the patients and people support each other.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I’m new to Baltimore, so there is so much I don’t know and am eager to learn about, but so far I love walking around the city and seeing the pride that people seem to have in Baltimore. The bus stop benches where I live are labeled “Baltimore: Greatest City in America.” I like walking and listening to a podcast (plug for “The Rise of Charm City”) while passing by wall murals, admiring people’s customized roof decks and seeing people fishing with their grandkids in Canton Waterfront park.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Williams College

Mark Lieber

Mark Lieber

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Medical School: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I ultimately plan to do HIV and LGBTQ primary care. I also love global health and medical journalism and hope to weave those into my career whenever I can.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I’m a big fan of yoga and swimming. I also love watching and talking about documentary films (I used to work in doc production in a previous life), the Planet Earth series will always be hard to beat. I’m also spending a lot of time with my new cat, Chloe, who I adopted when I moved to Baltimore.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love how supportive and friendly everyone is—it really does feel like a family. I also love how personalized my residency experience has already been. The leadership team, faculty, and senior residents all seem genuinely invested in supporting me, regardless of my goals and interests.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
It’s hard to say since we’re starting during a pandemic and most things are closed, but I do love my neighborhood (Mount Vernon) and have already explored a number of cool coffee shops and restaurants (take-out only) that are just blocks from my apartment.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Stanford University

Zach Lorenz

Zach Lorenz

Hometown: Middletown, DE
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

What are your career goals?
General internal medicine, medical education and using technology to make medicine more human

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Football, woodworking and cooking dinner with friends.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I chose Bayview because even on the hardest days of residency I’m surrounded by people who remind me of the physician I want to be. The program is intentionally built to encourage us to grow as compassionate healers.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
It’s where I met my wife. Also, the waterfront eats.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Johns Hopkins University—Go Jays!

Laura Maas

Laura Maas

Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia

What are your career goals?
Medical education

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, cooking and exploring many of the sites and parks around and outside of Baltimore. I also love playing pickleball, which is a mix of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the incredible support and encouragement from both residents and attendings.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
There are a wide variety of neighborhoods, parks and restaurants to explore in the city!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Notre Dame

Laneisha Maldonado Jaime

Laneisha Maldonado Jaime

Hometown: Aguada, Puerto Rico
Medical School: Ponce Health Sciences University

What are your career goals?
Hematology oncology, research and health in under-represented populations

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy the beach, ballet and spending time with family and friends

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
What I love most about Johns Hopkins Bayview is the culture of respect manifested in every aspect of healthcare, especially embracing diversity and inclusivity.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The waterfront around the Inner Harbor

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Universidad Adventista de las Antillas

Ilana Nelson-Greenberg

Ilana Nelson-Greenberg

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: Penn Medical School

What are your career goals?
Primary care practice and innovative care delivery

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love outer space! And in particular, early space travel, when they were making it to the moon with only slide rulers as their tools. I also love to explore cities where I live with friends.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I came here, like many others, for the people! And because it’s a rigorous academic environment, with a focus on vulnerable populations and especially on primary care. I am extremely excited to be here.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I haven’t been able to explore the city in a deep way yet (for obvious reasons). For now, I’ve really been appreciating the ice cream scene, with some pizza touring involved.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Brown University

Lia Penn

Lia Penn

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Addiction medicine, primary care, and/or endocrinology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Traveling, running/walking the trails around Baltimore and spending time with my dog and fiancée

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The learning environment here is very open. Everyone is super helpful and wants to teach. I can ask questions and feel supported in both my decision making and growth as a physician.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Baltimore is the best. I love summer crab feasts and all of the amazing food in the city!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Villanova University

Lochan Shah

Lochan Shah

Hometown: San Diego, California
Medical School: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Cardiology, leveraging technology to improve healthcare delivery and treatments

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Running, traveling (24 countries and counting!), dancing, hiking and then refueling myself with ice cream shops around town

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love Johns Hopkins Bayview’s core values of patient-centered care; humanism; delivering medicine as a public trust; the spirit of being a patient advocate inside and outside the hospital; and how much everyone cares about the patients and communities they come from. I couldn’t choose just one!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love the waterfront promenade (especially on sunset runs)

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
UC Berkeley

Dan I. Soffer

Dan I. Soffer

Hometown: Aventura, FL
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic medicine, otherwise undecided

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time with my wife and child, being involved with my community, self-reflection, studying biblical texts, playing piano

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I am surrounded by a diverse group of incredible, growth oriented role models who love what they do, invoke in me a sense of joy in medicine on a regular basis and push me to grow to be the best version of me that I can be.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
My local community

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Florida

Ty Sweeney

Ty Sweeney

Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Preventive cardiology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Exploring different cultures through food, rock climbing and collecting books that I tell myself I will read one day

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Everyone here truly thinks of medicine as a public trust and strives to make the community stronger each day. I am incredibly proud of this culture and to be a part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview family.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The Baltimore accent

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Boston University

Karthik Meiyappan Udayappan

Karthik Meiyappan Udayappan

Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

What are your career goals?

  1. Despite the amazing technology, medicine begins and ends at the bedside. I envision a future of medical practice that does not succumb to the forces of bureaucracy, politics, and economics that pull us away from the bedside. I hope to help usher in this future and elucidate the role of the history and physical exam in our era that ultimately leads us back to the bedside.
  2. Help innovate a medical education that strongly emphasizes the link between basic science and diagnostic & therapeutic reasoning.
  3. Political advocacy and healthcare policy

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Ice Cream (B’more Licks!), fireflies at Patterson Park, Taylor Swift, golden retrievers, dachshunds, reading, tennis, running, baking (cookies!), watching documentaries, geopolitics, learning history and of course friends and family!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
People’s kindness, selflessness, and thoughtfulness that belies their amazing individual accomplishments! A “diamond in the rough” place where I am pushed and supported equally.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Variety! It’s a city of neighborhoods and each neighborhood has its own charm—from the beautiful views of the sky line of Federal Hill to the cobblestone streets of Fells Point. I also love Baltimore’s proximity to outdoor activities and its proximity to other cities—DC, Philly, NYC

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Miami (double ‘cane!)


Interns (PGY 1)

Mona Abraham, M.D.

Mona Abraham

Hometown: Flowery Branch, GA
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

What are your career goals?
Interested in nephrology, critical care, health equity, holistic wellness.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Yoga, cooking, traveling

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people are amazing! Everyone wants to support you which helps a lot with the transition to intern year. The culture is really special here at Bayview. Also the salad bar in the cafeteria is 10/10.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
It’s a great location, there’s a lot to do here but also close to other major cities if you want to take a weekend/day trip (DC, NY, Philadelphia)

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Georgia Tech

Vivian V. Altiery De Jesús, M.D.

Vivian V. Altiery De Jesús

Hometown: Boquerón, Puerto Rico
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Oncology, Bioethics, Research, and Medical Education

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Some of my main interests outside medicine are photography, manga/anime, writing and reading. Landscapes, animals, and plants are my favorite theme. Looking forward for the four seasons change and capturing the new flora and fauna that the Northeast has to offer. I love writing from poetry to fiction and non-fiction.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
One of the things I love is Bayview’s mission to train physicians in medicine as a public trust. I am eager to learn from the epitome of medical education and patient centered care. I am eager to learn as much as I can and be able to pass it forward to the future generations of physicians.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
This is very hard because I need to choose only one! I would say the National Aquarium. I am fascinated by marine life and how it seems to be a completely different world. And also, the drastic and beautiful change of season, especially the blooming of spring.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus

Rickisha Berrien-Lopez, M.D.

Rickisha Berrien-Lopez

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Undecided, but I am committed to working with low-income and underserved populations.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time hiking and camping with family and friends. I also love baking and make wonderful plant-based desserts!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The beautiful Johns Hopkins Bayview campus atmosphere.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The Inner Harbor, it’s a lovely place to walk around.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
The University of Chicago

Bryce Churilla, M.D.

Bryce Churilla

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I’m currently still deciding! I have an interest in Pulmonary/Critical Care, Gastroenterology and Geriatrics. I want to explore ways to improve outcomes for older adults in the inpatient setting.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love going on adventures with my dog Mabel! I’m also a big foodie so I’m excited to try new restaurants around Baltimore. I love musical theatre and can’t wait to see more shows!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I chose Johns Hopkins Bayview because I felt an overwhelming sense of family at this program. There is so much support and caring amongst residents and faculty!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love being close to the harbor! I’m still exploring Baltimore but have found so far it’s a really walkable city with lots to do!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Crow, M.D.

Matthew Crow

Hometown: Collierville, TN
Medical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

What are your career goals?
I am undecided if I want to pursue fellowship, but I believe I would like to end up in academic medicine.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Discovering new coffee shops, breweries, and local restaurants as well as distance running.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I decided on Bayview because I knew that in addition to providing a rigorous academic training program I could trust this program and its faculty to help me become a more kind, more empathetic, and more culturally competent physician.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love being by the Inner Harbor. There’s something really calming about living by the water, and something really satisfying about walking to local restaurants and coffee shops.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Joshua Doyle, M.D.

Joshua Doyle

Hometown: West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Radiation oncology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Woodworking, hiking, and sustainable forestry

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The opportunity to care for a diverse patient population and the Aliki initiative, which enables us to get to know our patients in a more meaningful way.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The charming neighborhoods and ease of access with plenty of natural beauty in the surrounding areas.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Rhode Island

Eilrayna Gelyana, M.D.

Eilrayna Gelyana

Hometown: Tehran, Iran and Buffalo Grove, IL
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Providing compassionate, patient-centered care to those with chronic neurologic disease, with particular interests in neurodegenerative diseases and neurooncology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Hiking, reading, puzzles, volleyball, and exploring more of the DMV area with friends and family.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
As trainees, we are surrounded by role models who put their patients first, emphasizing compassion and humanity in providing medical care.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The distinct charm of each neighborhood, the proximity to green spaces and beautiful landscapes, and the down-to-earth neighborliness of communities here.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Harvard College

Sa Do (John) Kang, M.D.

Sa Do (John) Kang

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Gastroenterology, research, education

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love food in general—Korean food is my favorite and I can never have enough of it! I also enjoy crossfit and olympic lifting.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Although I haven’t met anyone yet in person, I am excited to be a part of the Hopkins Bayview family.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
So far, I love the diversity of food options, which I think is a reflection of the cultural diversity of the city.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Duke University

Matt Keenan, M.D.

Matt Keenan

Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I am interested in public health, infectious disease, and primary care. I remain open minded about what to do after residency and am considering a fellowship in one of these interests.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy travelling, reading, chess, and sports. I most enjoy spending time with my wife (Sarah) and dog (Molly).

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the compassionate and innovative environment (as well as the convenient Chipotle access).

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Rooftop decks and crab

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Notre Dame

Rebecca Khamishon, M.D.

Rebecca Khamishon

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, California
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic neurology with a focus on medical education.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Travel and exploring, fitness, yoga, dance, cooking and finding new fun recipes, going to the beach (California girl at heart), and spending time with friends and family!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Supportive environment with inspirational faculty and residents.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I have just moved into the area but have fallen in love with the harbor and the variety of restaurants and neighborhoods!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of California, San Diego

Matt Lankiewicz, M.D.

Matt Lankiewicz

Hometown: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Medical School: SKMC at Thomas Jefferson University

What are your career goals?
Hematology! I’d like to take care of patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and other blood disorders.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I like walking my dogs, Wilbur and Grace, fishing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and spending time with my fiancé, Caroline.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
So far, the people. Everyone has been fantastic and helpful, from the administrators, to the current residents, and the incoming class that I’m just starting to get to know!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Its uniqueness! No other city has the great mix of things Baltimore has: lacrosse, crabs, history, the best restaurants and bars, the harbor, etc. It’s a one of kind place.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Johns Hopkins University

Daniel Li, M.D.

Daniel Li

Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland
Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic medicine, clinical research, current interests in oncology and rheumatology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Tennis, board games, card games, eating with friends and family

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The overall institutional culture, the commitment to serving others, and the dedication to continuous improvement

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
There is so much food to try!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Duke University

Charlee McLean, M.D.

Charlee McLean

Hometown: Portland, Jamaica and Baltimore, Maryland
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
To provide care to individuals living in underserved communities. To pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology. To pay it forward by helping future students pursue medicine. In addition, aid in the establishment of a medical facility in my hometown of Portland, Jamaica.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy playing games and watching movies with my family, yoga, sketching/drawing, traveling, and cooking/baking.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the collegiality; everyone is so supportive and eager to help. The commitment to providing patient-centered care.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I like the diversity of the neighborhoods, the many food options and being close to my family and friends.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Morgan State University

Deborah Mi, M.D.

Deborah Mi

Hometown: Hong Kong
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center

What are your career goals?
Hematology, oncology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Running, yoga, concerts and festivals, trying new restaurants, fashion/art/design, thrifting for vintage furniture (the FB marketplace game in this area is 10/10)

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
How passionate everyone is about what they do!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Summer evenings, awesome food scene, unique neighborhoods

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Wesleyan University

Alinafe (Lina) Mpanda, M.D.

Alinafe (Lina) Mpanda

Hometown: Hamden, Connecticut
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

What are your career goals?
Pursue a subspecialty, currently thinking GI, then practice as a clinician and researcher focused on translational medicine.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy traveling, cooking, trying out new restaurants, watching movies, and hiking.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The focus on patient centered care, showcased by programs like the Aliki initiative.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I’m new to Baltimore, but so far, I’ve enjoyed the time spent by the harbor, particularly in the Fells Point area.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield, CT.

Sohemi Pagan Leon, M.D.

Sohemi Pagan Leon

Hometown: Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico
Medical School: Ponce Health Sciences University

What are your career goals?
I am interested in serving underserved populations, medical education, and providing the best care to my patients.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time with family, friends, and dog. I enjoy trying new types of food and restaurants.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The welcoming, supportive, and kind individuals who make up the Johns Hopkins Bayview Family!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The diverse food scene.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Central Florida

Jean- Luc Rolland, M.D.

Jean-Luc Rolland

Hometown: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
My goal is to practice neurology in an academic setting while maintaining some form of involvement in global health.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
My main interests include running, cycling, carpentry, exploring new things with my wife, social justice, and politics.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Academic and clinical excellence that does not come at the expense of a supportive environment.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The big city looks with a small-town feel.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Belmont Abbey College

Aleksandra (Sasha) Safonova, M.D.

Aleksandra (Sasha) Safonova

Hometown: Paramus, New Jersey
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

What are your career goals?
Academic neurology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love to stay active through weight-lifting, dancing, skiing, hiking, and really anything outdoors. I also enjoy true crime documentaries and sci-fi shows.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The amazing residents at Johns Hopkins Bayview made the transition to Baltimore and intern year as easy and painless as possible, and the sense of community is unparalleled.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Walking along the inner harbor (and the amazing food scene).

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Pittsburgh

Anna Shah, M.D.

Anna Shah

Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic general internal medicine with a focus in primary care

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Playing piano, hiking and spending time in nature, figure skating, running

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the close-knit community and the mission of medicine as a public trust that is at the center of clinical care to ensure we can best serve patients as individuals and the greater Baltimore community.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I am excited to explore Baltimore but from what I know, I like that Baltimore has a variety of activities to offer.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Miami

Daniel S. Thomas, M.D.

Daniel S. Thomas

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

What are your career goals?
I have strong interests in health policy and primary care innovation, along with a research interest in the intersection of medicine and psychiatry (I almost went down that route!). My goal is remain involved in underserved communities as a clinician while leading the development of alternative care delivery models.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love to run (casually) and hike, especially in Patterson Park. I adore books and am always buying even more of them than I can read. I enjoy both finding good restaurants and cooking my own dishes; I hope to open my own café one day. I’m active in a local cross-cultural church called Hope Baltimore and live in Highlandtown.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
As an intern, I’m still learning the ropes. What drew me to Johns Hopkins Bayview was the strong culture of medicine as a public trust first and foremost instead of as a business enterprise or research-centric ivory tower.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Outside of the touristy waterfront, few outsiders think highly of the city. That’s why the people here are so fiercely protective of it. Their civic pride is resilient and legendary, especially as expressed through the many murals and local eateries.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Baylor University

Catherine Wu

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
General internal medicine, GI

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Tennis, reading, travel, food

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The faculty, staff and residents have been so warm and welcoming.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I like how cute and historical the brick rowhomes are and how each neighborhood has its own character.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Davidson College

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