Tariq Al-Farra, D.O.
Medical School: Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center
Undergrad: Texas Christian University
Internship: Texas A&M Health Science Center/Baylor Scott & White Health
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Professional interests: interventional pain/spine, sports, musculoskeletal medicine
Fun fact/hobby: I have amazing co-residents who have quickly become my family away from home. We spend a lot of time enjoying all that Baltimore has to offer. Personally, I enjoy working out, all water sports, skiing, golfing and college football. I helped launch a start-up company that provides virtual reality solutions for seniors experiencing cognitive decline, which keeps me pretty busy outside of residency life.
What I like about Baltimore: The small-town feel combined with all the perks of a major city is how Baltimore earned the nickname “Smaltimore.” I love the central location of all the best spots in town along the adjacent neighborhoods of Canton, Fells Point, Harbor East and Inner Harbor. The 10-mile promenade has stunning views and runs through all the different neighborhoods, making the city easily accessible for walkers/runners. Baltimore also has an outstanding food scene and there are always events going on in the city — never a dull moment!
Ryan Lewis, M.D.
Medical School: St George's, University of London
Undergrad: Schulich School of Business at York University
Internship: Preliminary General Surgery Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Professional interests: cancer rehabilitation, chronic pain
Fun fact/hobby: I represented Canada at the 2002 Junior World Field Hockey Championship. I also enjoy playing sports, outdoor activities, travelling and cooking.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: During my preliminary year at Johns Hopkins, I was most impressed by the quality of the people. I feel that this a unique first-class institution that fosters not only professional growth, but personal growth. Johns Hopkins’ world-renowned reputation drew me in, but the people made me want to stay.
What I like about Baltimore: Baltimore has everything you would expect from a larger city but with a small-town charm — easy commutes without heavy traffic and reasonable cost of living. I enjoy the diverse neighborhoods, expanding culinary scene and The Cheesecake Factory on the Inner Harbor is a definite bonus for me.
Kavita Nadendla, M.D.
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Internship: Surgery, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital
Hometown: Huntingtown, Maryland
Professional interests: pediatric rehabilitation
Fun fact/hobby: I enjoy running, cooking, music, and spending time with friends and family!
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: The physical medicine and rehabilitation residency is the perfect combination of a program with diversity, a great reputation and supportive people, both in the program leadership and co-residents. It is also close to home.
What I like about Baltimore: I love the views while running along the harbor and exploring all of the different restaurants.
Bhavesh Patel, D.O.
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Carolinas
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Internship: Transitional Year Residency Program, Grand Strand Health
Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Professional interests: I am interested in all aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation, especially sports and interventional spine. I am also excited to get exposure to pediatric and cancer rehab!
Fun fact/hobby: I love to try new foods, and cookies are my vice. I like to play basketball, football, volleyball and games in general.
What I like about Baltimore: People from different backgrounds come to Baltimore for so many reasons, so the city is full of unique history and pockets of culture. You can find undercover beauty everywhere in the city, as well as easily reach the coast or mountains and make day trips to major cities nearby. Also, there's one of the best Thai restaurants I've ever been to within walking distance of my home!
Laryssa Richards, D.O.
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Internship: Preliminary Year Residency Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Hometown: Beaver, Pennsylvania
Professional interests: musculoskeletal medicine, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, sports medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine
Fun fact/hobby: I love endurance sports: road/trail marathons and ultras, cycling, swimming and triathlons.
What I like about Baltimore: I love running along the Promenade. Baltimore offers a large variety of food options (YUM!). I enjoy being so close to the Appalachian Trail and Patapsco State Park. You get the best of both worlds: city life and trails within a close distance.
Anisa Tatini, M.D.
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Undergrad: The University of Akron
Internship: Transitional Year, Summa Health System
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Professional interests: pediatric rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, spasticity
Hobbies: board games, pop culture trivia, dancing, puzzles
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: I chose Johns Hopkins for the diversity of the patient populations as well as the many opportunities to be involved in cutting-edge research.
What I like about Baltimore: I love exploring the different neighborhoods of Baltimore and getting to know the city. The National Aquarium is a must-see for anyone in town. I've really enjoyed living in the Canton area due to the abundance of great restaurants in Canton and Fell's Point.