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Chief Residents & House Staff

We currently have 46 residents - 15 PL1s, 16 PL2s, 14 PL3s and two chief residents. Our residents are recruited from the top universities across the globe. We try to attract residents whose broad and diverse interests and backgrounds match well with our team placing a premium on personality, communication skills and open-mindedness. We are truly a diverse global group!

Class of 2023

PL-1

Shehzad Ahmed, MD
Shehzad Ahmed, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: I am interested in specializing in either Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology or Neonatology. I am also interested in global health opportunities.
Personal Interests: A few of my favorite interests include playing soccer, trying new restaurants, traveling, amusement parks, spending time with my family and friends and anything to do with Halloween.
Hayat Al Tabosh, MD
Hayat Al Tabosh, MD
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Professional Interests: Not quite sure yet, but I am interested in pediatric cardiology or ID
Personal Interests: During my free time, I like spending time with my husband and dog. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, and volleyball. I also like watching TV series and SHOPPING!
Andrew Brooks, MD
Andrew Brooks, DO
Hometown: West Barnstable, MA
Medical School: Philadelphia Col of Osteo Med,
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests: I’m a huge sports fan. I love all Philadelphia professional teams, as well as Auburn University (War Eagle), and Liverpool FC. My wife and I have a golden retriever named Blue, he’s the best ever. Together we enjoy going on runs, hiking, road-tripping, and having fires around our fire pit. I also like to read, snowboard, and go to breweries. My undergrad degree is in Radio, Television, and Film so I also do a healthy amount of Netflixing when time permits it.
Laaibah Ejaz, MD
Laaibah Ejaz, MBBS
Hometown: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Medical School: Aga Khan University
Professional Interests: Inclined towards Neurology and Endocrinology but still keeping an open mind!
Personal Interests: Swimming, reading, painting (particularly digital art), updating my newly created blog whenever inspiration strikes and catching up on TV shows and movies. Excited to explore the great outdoors in Syracuse when the weather permits and to brush up on my photography skills!
Ahmed Eltayeb, MD
Ahmed Eltayeb, MBBS
Hometown: Khartoum, Sudan
Medical School: University of Khartoum
Professional Interests: I’m quite interested in doing pulmonology and fascinated by sleep medicine.
Personal Interests: Travel, travel and travel…I love to explore new countries, new cultures and enjoy their foods. Love Spending time with family and friends. Soccer enthusiasts (Man city to be exact).
Colleen  Feeney, MD
Colleen Feeney, MD
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professional Interests: Still exploring and keeping my options open!
Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends! I love to run and workout (Cross Fit, Boxing, Zumba- you name it! I love trying new workouts!). To balance that, I love to bake anything and everything. Not only do I love trying out new recipes but I also love putting my cake decorating skills to the test!
Simi George, MD
Simi George, MBBCh
Hometown: Calgary, Canada
Medical School: National University of Ireland Galway
Professional Interests: I would like to complete a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology or rheumatology.
Personal Interests: I love to cook up new recipes, read fiction, write poetry and dance (especially to Bollywood music). Always looking for pals to join me to go hiking, kayaking or rock climbing!
William (Billy) Hall, MD
William (Billy) Hall, MD
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: I am interested in specializing in either Cardiology or Emergency Medicine. But I’m also very open minded, so who knows, maybe that’ll change.
Personal Interests: I love all things music! I’m a singer, guitar player, drummer, and I dabble on the piano. Whether it’s singing in the shower or for strangers at karaoke night, count me in. I love trying new restaurants and cooking for groups of people. Hosting game nights or trivia nights with my friends and playing video games! Fun fact: I was a sponsored skateboarder growing up and love all extreme sports, you bet I’ll be snowboarding every chance I get!
Saber Jan, MD
Saber Jan, MBBS
Hometown: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Medical School: Taibah University College of Medicine
Professional Interests: PICU or Emergency Medicine
Personal Interests: I love traveling, meeting new people from different cultures, and exploring new places. Ultra-marathon running is my passion. I am planning to join the amazing ultra-marathon races in the states.
Lucia Janovicova, MD
Lucia Janovicova, MD
Hometown: Ziar nad Hronom , Slovakia
Medical School: Masaryk University
Professional Interests: Global Health , Refugee Health , Infectious Diseases
Personal Interests: Traveling, exploring new places through the culture, food and people. I love all kind of outdoor activities, hiking the mountains (and getting their good tidings), biking, running. I am also a reader, enjoy cooking and baking for family and friends.
Asmita Sharma, MD
Asmita Sharma, MBBS
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Medical School: Chitwan Medical College (
Professional Interests: Global Health// Intensive care?/Endo?/EM? Safe to say I am still figuring it out.
Personal Interests: Read, eat, read some more, explore outdoors and learn people's stories. I live for stories. Also family. Doing anything and everything with my family tops everything else.
Rida Sherwani, MD
Rida Sherwani, MBBS
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Dow Medical College
Professional Interests: Interested in NICU or Heme/Onc fellowship. Giving myself space to make the decision after these specific rotations.
Personal Interests: I am an avid reader, particularly drawn to fantasy and classics (Always up for LOTR/ Harry Potter/ Star Wars marathons!). I love writing and sketching in my free time, but still like outdoorsy activities and can't wait to take up winter sports in Syracuse!
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Simmerman, MD
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Simmerman, MD
Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
Medical School: New York Medical College
Professional Interests: Likely primary care, but I have some interest in adolescent medicine and child abuse pediatrics.
Personal Interests: I enjoy a lot of different crafting hobbies like sewing, and knitting. I often end up teaching myself these things so I can make gifts for my friends and family. I also bake, mostly cookies and cakes. When it is nice outside I like to go hiking.
Andrew Smith, MD
Andrew Smith, DO
Hometown: Washington, PA
Medical School: Lincoln Mem Univ, Debusk Col of Osteopathic Med
Professional Interests: Neonatology
Personal Interests: Running, Going to the thrift store, Being outside, Finding new Netflix documentaries
Dayna Ukwuoma, MD
Dayna Ukwuoma, MD
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Medical School: American University of Antigua (AG)
Professional Interests: Right now I'm leaning towards general pediatrics, but I'm keeping my mind open to considering other sub-specialties!
Personal Interests: I'm obsessed with Orangetheory Fitness! I also enjoy hiking, boxing, cycling, traveling, baking, and spending time with friends/family.

PL-2

Vaishali Adlakha, MD
Vaishali Adlakha, MBBS
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Medical College
Professional Interests: Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology (maybe) and Masters in Public Health
Personal Interests: I love Calligraphy and working out (Zumba and Yoga are my favourite exercises!). I'm also trying my hand at cooking traditional Indian recipes :)
Sophie Duron, MD
Sophie Duron, MD
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: I would like to do a fellowship in PICU or ED in addition to doing continued work on a yearly basis globally with clinics in underserved countries.
Personal Interests: I love to play soccer (even tore both my ACLs doing so!), traveling to go on adventures and find new under-discovered/non-touristy places, relaxing with my family and hiking with my husband. I also love a full day of skiing and ending the day next to a fireplace enjoying fondue and raclette!
Evan Ho , MD
Evan Ho , MD
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: In terms of specializing, either Pediatrics Intensive Care or Emergency Medicine. More generally speaking, I want to be involved in pediatric advocacy, medical education, and/or medical technology
Personal Interests: Specialty coffee, singing and guitar playing, cooking, basketball, skateboarding (and hopefully transition to snowboarding).
Richard Johnson, MD
Richard Johnson, MD
Hometown: Georgetown, Guyana
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Undecided at the moment. For now, I’ll settle for being the best clinician and advocate I can be.
Personal Interests: I enjoy hiking, reading (JK Rowling is my first literary love), animals, especially dogs, eating (although it might not appear that way), binge-worthy TV and tennis -Federer is the GOAT! My goal is to visit all seven continents before I kick the bucket and to hopefully master at least one new language.
Maria Liverpool, MD
Maria Liverpool, MD
Hometown: Vestal, NY
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: Likely General Pediatrics, but I'm keeping my options open!
Personal Interests: Working out, live music, concerts, laughing, dancing, discovering new people, places, and foods!
Laura Mejia-Connolly, MD
Laura Mejia-Connolly, DO
Hometown: Central Islip, NY
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Professional Interests: Critical Care
Personal Interests: reading, traveling, exploring, food, Marvel movies, board games, spending time with family, friends, and my cat (Thor)
Jean Meneses, MD
Jean Meneses, MD
Hometown: Houston, TX
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: I may be interested in doing a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology or ID
Personal Interests: Hiking and being out in nature is probably my favorite thing to do on weekends. I love Sunday nights when I get to cook with my wife and watch our favorite shows together. Backpacking through different countries and learning different cultures through traveling is something I truly enjoy.
Yisroel Miller, MD
Yisroel Miller, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate/Aureus University
Professional Interests: I enjoy general pediatrics but also have a strong passion for hematology/oncology.
Personal Interests: Playing piano, getting lost in nature, snowboarding, surfing and hanging out with family and friends. Of all the things I enjoy, I love spending time with my daughter the most.
Jina  Patel, MD
Jina Patel, MD
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: At the moment I am interested in general pediatrics, but I am looking forward to exploring subspecialties during residency!
Personal Interests: In my free time I like to eat, drink, and be merry! I love spending time with my family and friends, and I absolutely love being a proud aunt to my nieces and nephew!
Alex Ramirez, MD
Alex Ramirez, MD
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Professional Interests: Undecided, leaning towards hospital medicine but interested in a couple of subspecialties as well (mainly cardiology, GI, infectious disease).
Personal Interests: Hanging out with family/friends, watching and playing sports, music, eating, traveling
Reena Ray Garg, MD
Reena Ray Garg, MD
Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics and Developmental Behaviour Peds.
Personal Interests: I love doing yoga, traveling,reading and spending time with my family.
Ruby Sangha, MD
Ruby Sangha, MD
Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: I love microbiology and immunology , possibly a allergy and immunology fellowship. I also like pediatric emergency medicine and public health.
Personal Interests: orange theory, food ( find me at Trader Joe’s), outdoors, Disney ,Broadway, I love the holidays , reading , traveling , hanging with friends/family.
Aditi Shaily, MD
Aditi Shaily, MD
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Keeping an open mind but considering a Fellowship in Infectious Disease, Hematology-Oncology, EM/Child Abuse or PICU.
Personal Interests: Biking, cooking (& even more, eating), music, meditation, nature strolls...or simply staying-in in my fuzzy socks with a steaming cup of tea and a good book!
Holly Stacey, MD
Holly Stacey, MD
Hometown: Kleinburg, Ontario
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: At this point, I am up in the air with a 50/50 chance of pursuing primary care vs. fellowship. I find Heme-Onc incredibly fascinating and I also enjoy endocrinology and international health.
Personal Interests: I enjoy running both competitively and leisurely and I also enjoy high-intensity workout classes and spinning. I am a huge foodie: I love trying out new restaurants as well as experimenting with new recipes. I also love travelling the world, riding roller coasters and hiking. Spending time with family, friends and my black lab puppy are by far my favourite past times! The Toronto Maple Leafs are my all-time favourite sports team.

PL-3

Rohan Akhouri, MD
Rohan Akhouri, MD
Hometown: New Delhi, India, and Boston
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency and Health Policy
Personal Interests: I love eating, cooking, and traveling (in that order).
Sarah Baluta, MD
Sarah Baluta, MD
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: I really like immunology and genetics so possibly allergy and immunology fellowship.
Personal Interests: I play soccer, enjoy running and working out. I love food and finding new places to eat where I look up the ratings and pictures of the food before I go. I am always hanging out with my family, my friends, and my dogs.
Lina Bourjas, MD
Lina Bourjas, MD
Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: Keeping an open mind while considering general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, and neurology
Personal Interests: Hanging out with my family and friends (it’s a cliché for a reason!), art museums and fairs, exploring local coffee shops, hiking, and watching trash TV (Urban Dictionary definition: TV programmes of the worst quality)
Maxwell Burchman, MD
Maxwell Burchman, DO
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
Medical School: St. George's University
Nara Cho, MD
Nara Cho, MD
Hometown: South Korea/Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: I'm interested in general pediatrics or child abuse pediatrics but I'm keeping an open mind.
Personal Interests: Family, friends, model building, travel, cooking, horseback riding, watercolor painting and Smart Home.
Tyler Colangelo, MD
Tyler Colangelo, MD
Hometown: White Plains, NY
Medical School: University of Queensland
Scott Corrigan, MD
Scott Corrigan, DO
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics mostly likely but have interest in nephrology and infectious disease
Personal Interests: Soccer, cooking, hiking and hanging out with my fiancee and puppy (maybe soon to be puppies)
Nadya Dillon, MD
Nadya Dillon, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professional Interests: Emergency Medicine and International Health
Personal Interests: I enjoy dining and having great conversations with family and friends. I love the performing arts, especially choreographed dancing, and preparing home-made ice cream!
Anam Farooqui, MD
Anam Farooqui, MBBS
Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Aga Khan University
Professional Interests: Neonatal medicine, Global medicine
Personal Interests: Food, Running, Yoga, Current affairs
Veena Gopalakrishnan, MD
Veena Gopalakrishnan, MD
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Medical School: Saba University
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics and International Health
Personal Interests: Dancing, yoga, art and design, travelling, spending time with family/friends, and of course, a Toronto Raptors fan!
Brett Holdaway, MD
Brett Holdaway, DO
Hometown: Payson, UT
Medical School: ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Hanging out with my wife and kids, playing basketball, and watching BYU football
Aarani Kandeepan, MD
Aarani Kandeepan, MD
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
Medical School: St. George's University
Professional Interests: Neonatology and Global Health
Personal Interests: I love reading, watching movies, snorkelling, baking desserts, Indian classical dance and travel with a focus on exploring different cultures and more importantly their food.
Dean  Karahalios, MD
Dean Karahalios, DO
Hometown: Northbrook, IL
Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Interests: Undecided, but considering hospitalist or subspecialty. I'm also interested in global health.
Personal Interests: I enjoy staying active, especially outdoors. I also love to travel, cook, and explore my second passion for architecture. Languages fascinate me, and one day I hope to be able to play more than just one self-taught song on the piano!
Carlee Lenehan, MD
Carlee Lenehan, MD
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Medical School: Universidad Iberoamericana
Professional Interests: Excited to explore all subspecialties to find my one true passion, but overall goal is to be the BEST pediatrician I can be!
Personal Interests: I love to bake cupcakes, play with my Golden Retriever and German Shepherd, watch Disney movies, exercise, and smile! I never say no to trying new foods and I am happiest on a new travel adventure!
Kaitlyn McGregor, MD
Kaitlyn McGregor, MD
Hometown: Watertown, NY
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Uzma Rani, MD
Uzma Rani, MBBS
Hometown: Punjab, Pakistan
Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Medical University
Professional Interests: Preventive medicine/ General Pediatrics
Personal Interests: Spending time with my lovely family and exploring different cuisines in the beautiful Upstate region
Jason Silkey, MD
Jason Silkey, MD
Hometown: Denver, CO
Medical School: Ross University
Professional Interests: Peds ER or Primary Care
Personal Interests: Visual art both viewing and creating, Outdoor activities (Skiing, SCUBA, hiking, etc), my dogs, and traveling

Chief Residents

Scott Corrigan, MD
Scott Corrigan, DO
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics mostly likely but have interest in nephrology and infectious disease
Personal Interests: Soccer, cooking, hiking and hanging out with my fiancee and puppy (maybe soon to be puppies)
Valerie Ho, MD
Valerie Ho, MBBS
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical School: University of Limerick, Ireland
Professional Interests: Community Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Personal Interests: Cooking and baking, watching crazy intense cooking shows, traveling to new places, being outdoors, DIY projects, and playing the ukulele!
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