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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)

Turja Chakrabarti

Turja Chakrabarti

Hometown: Kolkata, India
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

What are your career goals?
Global health and cardiology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Aviation and food.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Everyone makes an effort to go beyond the medical record and have a face-to-face discussion about patient care. It creates an atmosphere of camaraderie and a house of healing.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The view of the harbor from the top of Federal Hill park.

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

Minhal Makshood

Minhal Makshood

Hometown: Albany, New York
Medical School: Albany Medical College

What are your career goals?
To become a cardiologist with a focus on prevention. My primary research interests include understanding coronary risk factors that contribute to the elevated atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk in South Asians. I hope to work in an academic setting and ultimately achieve a leadership role in preventative cardiology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love to cook. I also enjoy travelling, exploring other cultures and eating great food. Additionally, I love staying active, mostly by dancing, a good run at the gym or being outside.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
To me, Johns Hopkins Bayview is family. It is now my home away from home. This place is the epitome of compassion and kindness. There are so many amazing people that are ready to help and will go that extra mile for you. This place is truly special!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love the Inner Harbor, history, art and, most of all, the amazing restaurants.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
State University of New York, Albany.

Jennifer Shiroky

Jennifer Shiroky

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Medical School: University of Miami

What are your career goals?
Academic general internal medicine and public health research.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Arts and crafts, chocolate and outdoor adventures.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Collegiality.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Unique neighborhoods.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Vassar College.


Senior Residents (PGY-3)

Rafael Arias

Rafael S. Arias

Hometown: Hyattsville, Maryland
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
I plan to pursue a career in global health.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love to travel and learn as much as possible about different cultures.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the patient population and people of Johns Hopkins Bayview.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love Dundalk. It has the feel of a suburb with easy accessibility to the city.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Scott Binder

Scott Binder

Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

What are your career goals?
I am interested in cardiology and gastrointestinal, and am also passionate about medical education!

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Running through Patterson Park, playing tennis and traveling to new places!

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
In the short time that I've been here, I've been so surprised already at how supportive and caring the faculty are. From dinners with the program director to meetings on Dr. Ghanem's couch, it's very easy to see the personal approach they take here!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
My first visit to Baltimore was for interview day, and what surprised me the most is how Baltimore doesn't feel like a big city at all. I live right next to Patterson Park, and have loved how much greenery and open space there is, and how it seems like there's something fun to do every weekend!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Christopher Newport University

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Hometown: Southlake, Texas
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Developing health systems in low-resource settings.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Trail running, watching Chopped and traveling to new places.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
How such an outstanding academic program can truly maintain its focus on the community and patient-centered care, through both formal initiatives and the underlying ethos that permeates the program.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Strolling along the waterfront at sunset.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Duke University

April Ehrlich

April Ehrlich

Hometown: Yuma, Arizona
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Become a well-rounded general or hospital medicine practitioner, with a research emphasis in care for the elder adult and palliative care.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Hiking, camping and country two step dancing.

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

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Running through Patterson Park.

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

Janelle Ho

Janelle Ho

Hometown: Hong Kong
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University

What are your career goals?
Public health program creation and implementation and policy making.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Gardening, hanging out with my (or any) dogs, hiking and discovering new restaurants.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
How much people here care about their patients and the communities they come from.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Coffee shops: from fancy to hipster to hole in the wall, you never run out of caffeine and places to hang out.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Johns Hopkins University

Audrey Hopkins

Audrey Hopkins

Hometown: Newark, Delaware
Medical School: University of South Florida

What are your career goals?
Academic rheumatology.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Cooking and baking, gardening, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, spin class and yoga.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I felt immediately welcomed and inspired. The attendings and fellows are brilliant and well-published, but, more importantly, they are approachable and committed to teaching and mentorship.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The Charmery.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Delaware

George Hung

George Hung

Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania

What are your career goals?
Academic cardiovascular medicine.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Cooking, music, television and reading.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the warm and supportive family of colleagues and mentors.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The list is too long. Favorites include the waterfront promenade and the seafood.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Princeton University

Koushik Kasanagottu

Koushik Kasanagottu

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Medical School: UAB School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
General internal medicine, healthcare policy and preventive health.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Exploring the city, playing tennis and binge watching episodes of Friends.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Johns Hopkins Bayview has a culture of compassion and clinical excellence while placing patient care at the center of everything.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The Harbor!

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Alabama

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

Kamini Kuchinad

Kamini Kuchinad

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Geriatrics.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Yoga, theater and reading.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people and the spirit of advocacy that they embody.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The charm and the small town spirit.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Occidental College

Milad Memari

Milad Memari

Hometown: Miami, Florida
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic general internal medicine.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Playing soccer, hiking, cooking and reading.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love being part of the amazing, vibrant atmosphere at Johns Hopkins Bayview, based in a sincere appreciation and respect for the humanity in our colleagues and patients.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love exploring historic Mount Vernon, and being able to experience the amazing outdoor sights near the city.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Boston College

Robert Okyere

Robert Okyere

Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine

What are your career goals?
To help in treating cardiovascular disease and reducing its prevalence.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I love watching/reading/visiting anything related to history and spending time with my family and friends.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The incredible environment of friendly, respectful and professional people.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The Inner Harbor and great food options.

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

Emily Peng

Emily Peng

Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

What are your career goals?
Undecided.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Working out, cooking, reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
My inspiring co-residents, the supportive faculty, the culture of camaraderie and the emphasis on delivering medicine as a public trust.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The waterfront promenade, excellent food and ice cream scene and walkable neighborhoods along the harbor.

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

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.

Talia Sobel

Talia Sobel

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Medical School: Georgetown University

What are your career goals?
Geriatrics and women's health.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Knitting, baking and exploring new cities.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love how supportive everyone is and how everyone makes me feel like part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview family.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
All of the delicious seafood and getting to live by the water.

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

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.


Junior Residents (PGY-2)

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?
Geriatrics, medical education, mentorship, and being an excellent physician for my patients.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Music and Dancing, making birthday cards, cooking for other people, and learning a new language.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Patient-centered care and working with passionate people who role model it. Being in the Aliki Green Team has renewed my joy of being at the bedside.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The endless selection of coffee shops and brunch places. Running in Patterson Park. Sunday Farmer’s Market.

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

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: Lousiana State- New Orleans

What are your career goals?
To become an adept clinician with a commitment to community engagement.

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.


Interns (PGY 1)

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

Ian Cheong

Ian Cheong

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota

What are your career goals?
Academic neurology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Cycling, swimming, home improvement projects, traveling with my dog, growing Asian vegetables

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The residents and faculty here are so motivated, talented, and intelligent. I’ve become a better and smarter person just by hanging around them every day.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Taharka Brothers pistachio ice cream

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

Sai Sachin Divakaruni

Sai Sachin Divakaruni

Hometown: Guntur, India and Ellicott City, Maryland
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
My goal is to become a physician-scientist and educator in neurology. I hope to run a basic science lab studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain function (primarily learning and memory) and to translate my research to the bedside to better care for patients with neurological disease. In both of these lines of work, I will seek out opportunities to mentor future clinicians and scientists.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, family and friends. I love playing tennis but will settle for any racket sport, and really any sport, especially when the weather doesn’t permit. I used to be an avid reader and have been trying to engage that passion more intently, but am persistently distracted by the massive amount of streaming content on Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube, etc.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The people. The program leadership is extremely supportive, the care and compassion of the attendings is inspiring, and I cherish how invested the JARs, SARs, and ACSs have been in helping us interns transition from medical student to resident.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Baltimore is a very affordable city with lots of things to do (and especially great food!) and is also close to other major metropolitan areas that also have abundant attractions and great food scenes.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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

Anna Patnaik

Anna Patnaik

Hometown: Olney, MD
Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic neurology

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Spending time with family and friends, going to parks or museums, doing trivia, watching Netflix, cooking, eating, napping, playing the kazoo

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Everyone is so friendly and supportive of each other! Also the cafeteria food is great!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The beautiful skyline view from Federal Hill Park

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

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

Nicole Pulley

Nicole Pulley

Hometown: Damascus, MD
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

What are your career goals?
Academic neurology, movement disorders, global health

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Long distance hiking, climbing traveling, biking, gardening and visiting new coffee shops

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
The dedication of providers to giving their patients compassionate care and creating supportive environments for their colleagues

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
The small town feel, from conversations with neighbors on adjacent rooftop decks to invitations to join neighborhood barbecues on my walk home from work

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
Wake Forest 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

Gabriel Sneh

Gabriel Sneh

Hometown: Rocklin, CA
Medical School: Harvard

What are your career goals?
Academic neurology in resource-limited setting abroad (global neurology), stroke neurology, neurocritical care

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
Social justice, politics

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
Perfect combination of stellar medicine and down-to-earth people. A place values clinical excellence, but also places value on your well-being as a trainee. I feel incredibly supported and look forward to coming to work every day!

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
Lots of fun neighborhoods and random art throughout the city.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
UCSD

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

Arens Taga

Arens Taga

Hometown: Parma, Italy
Medical School: University of Parma (Italy)

What are your career goals?
I hope to establish myself as an academic clinician-scientist in neurology, particularly in the field of neuromuscular medicine.

What are some of your main interests outside of medicine?
I am a lover of visual arts and I really enjoy visiting museums, and also painting and drawing on my own. I am an avid reader of classic novels, art history and philosophy essays.

What is one thing you love about Johns Hopkins Bayview?
I love the patient-centered and compassionate approach of everyone involved in healthcare.

What is one thing you love about Baltimore?
I love the food and art scene of Baltimore and its cultural diversity.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies?
University of Parma (Italy)

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!)

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