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Meet Our Residents

  • Class of 2019 Chief Residents
  • Some of our residents
  • A resident presenting at a conference
  • A resident presenting at a conference
  • Some of our residents

Reviews from our residents:

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Shaigan Iqbal, Class of 2019

Training in anesthesiology at Upstate University provides residents with some of the most diverse clinical experiences one can have in a three-year program. One of the biggest benefits I’ve found in our program is that we rotate through 4 different hospitals, all in very close proximity to each other, giving us contact to a variety of different attendings from different institutions, all of whom practice anesthesiology differently. This lets us experience multiple different techniques and add these tools to our own practice of anesthesia. Our home base, SUNY Upstate Medical University, is where we have exposure to some of the most complex cases, ranging from emergent traumas to extremely difficult airways, with great case numbers in all fields of anesthesiology. We transition into pediatrics in our very first year of training, much earlier than most programs across the country. We also rotate at the Brigham and Women’s L&D floor in Boston, which is the premier obstetric anesthesiology center in the world. We spend a few months in private practice settings, and a few in the VA, all of which differ from the University setting where we spent most of our time. When we rotate through these outside locations, their anesthesiologists are consistently impressed with our comfort in the operating room and ability to take care of patients. As our hospital has expanded and started performing even more cardiac and thoracic cases, the complexity of our anesthetic management has increased, and our comfort level with these cases has also significantly increased. When choosing a residency training program, choose one that challenges you and allows you the ability to become the best physician you can be. For me, SUNY Upstate is that program.

Mark Saweris, Class of 2018

The residency training program at SUNY Upstate is both vigorous and rewarding- hard work combined with complex cases, multi bound sick patients, and a wide scope of anesthetic and medical decisions for management. The training more than adequately prepares for independent practice. I found the experience incredibly rewarding, both inside and outside the operating room. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA), something I was proud to do while serving as the Resident Editor of the NYSSA Sphere Newsletter. I covered a wide range of topics in my writing including the opioid epidemic and the academic achievements of our faculty, both in research and at national anesthesiology meetings. The program also allows time to volunteer at the NYSSA booth, hosted at the New York State Fair. This annual event boasts incredible food, world class performing artists, and an opportunity to teach the community the importance of physician-led Anesthesia care.

Indervir Grewal, Class of 2017

The residents at Upstate provide care to the most complex adult and pediatric patients in the region. The valuable skills acquired from this training allow for a smooth transition into life after residency. The residents are also tight-knit and enjoy taking part in all of the outdoor activities that beautiful CNY has to offer.

Ned Urbiztondo, Class of 2016

I selected SUNY Upstate Medical University for my Anesthesiology training due to the breadth of case exposure in the OR and the teaching commitment of their prestigious faculty. As a private practice Anesthesiologist and Interventional Pain Specialist, I can confidently state that the training, guidance, and mentorship that I received at SUNY Upstate truly prepared me for my demanding career. The faculty, staff, and administrators within the Anesthesiology Department genuinely care for their residents and constantly strive to properly prepare their future graduates to succeed as compassionately safe, technically skilled, and confidently independent physician specialists.

Minji Cho, Class of 2015

The volume and complexity of cases we encountered at Upstate were so helpful in making us feel comfortable with many different types of anesthesia and patient population. I am proud to be an alumnus of Upstate.

What Our Residents Went On To:

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Class of 2019

Varsha Allampalli, MBBS
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Yinan Chen, MD
Pain Management Fellow
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Cody Estler, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Shaigan Iqbal, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Rob Kale, MD
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Jibin Mathew, MBBS
Critical Care Anesthesia Fellow
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Andrew McAfee, MD
Wyoming Anesthesia LLC
Casper, WY

John Oehler, MD
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

Sachin Sahni, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Matthew Sherrod, MD
Anesthesia Partners of Montana
Billings, MT

Binh Tran, MD
Obstetric Anesthesia Fellow
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Class of 2018

Pratik Desai, MD
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Nicholas Green, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Shaan Khan, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Xingfu Liang, MD
Anesthesia Critical Care Fellow
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Eric Michel, DO
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Shannon Michel, DO
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Daniele Parise, MD
Obstetrics Fellow
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Benjamin Robelo, MD
Cayuga Anesthesia Associates
Cayuga, NY

Mark Saweris, MD
Private Practice in Upstate NY

Class of 2017

Natasa Grancaric, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Irem Kaplan, MD
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow
Washington University St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, MO

Michelle Kromas, MD
Nassau University Medical Center
East Meadow, NY

Mark Neil Ledesma, MD
Anesthesia Critical Care Fellow
University of California- Irvine Medical Center
Orange, CA

Lu’ay Nubani, MBChB
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Yuvesh Passi, MBBS
First Colonies Anesthesia Associates
Fredrick Memorial Hospital
Fredrick, MD

Kyle Shilk, DO
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Marwa Sidani, MD
UNC Medical Center
Chapel Hill, NC

Iker Unzalu, MD
Critical Care Fellow
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Jonathan Weaver, MD
Jackson-Madison General HospitalJackson, TN

Class of 2016

Manmeet BediMD
Arizona Heart Anesthesia
Scottsdale, AZ

Indervir GrewalMD
Pain Management Fellow
SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY

Vanessa HoyMD
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow
University Hospitals Case Medical Center Cleveland, OH

Matthew LilienMD
Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow
Washington University St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO

Michael MillerDO
Pain Management Fellow
SUNY Upstate Medical University Syracuse, NY

Raghava PavoorMD
Crouse Hospital
Syracuse, NY

Marcus TholinMD
Anesthesia Critical Care Fellow
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Uvie WhiteruMD
Anesthesiologist
New Jersey

Class of 2015

Kola AfolabiMD
Private Practice
Atlanta, GA

Ammar Alamarie, MD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Minji Cho, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow
Cincinati children's Hospital. Cincinnati, OH

Richard Dunn, MD

Millcreek Anesthesia
St. Mar's Hospital and Lone Peak Hospital Salt Lake City, UT

Christopher Fjotland, MD
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, NJ

Marla MatalMD
Critical Care Fellowship
Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

Brian McNiff, DO
St. Joseph's Hospital
Syracuse, NY

Lauren Moore, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellow  Albuquerque, NM

Erik QuiltyMD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University   Syracuse, NY

Rainier Ricanor, MD
Christ Hospital
Jersey City, NJ

Jaskaran Sawhney, MD
Orange Regional Medical Center
Middletown, NY

Steven SurrettMD
Pain Management Fellow
Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

Samuel Vaselich, MD
Wayne Memorial Hospital
Goldsboro, NC

Mobeen Yousaf, MD
Critical Care Fellowship
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

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