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Meet Our Advisors

Our team is passionate about going the extra mile to transform your dreams of becoming a physician into a reality.
Internal Medicine Advisors

Douglas Duffee MD, MDiv, FACP

Program Director/ Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Doug Duffee MD, MDiv, FACP is currently a board-certified General Internist and Program Director for an Internal Medicine Residency. Involved as an academic preceptor since 2012 as part of his private practice of Traditional Internal Medicine, he moved to full-time academic education and subsequently to Program Director in 2019. While a resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, he published the initial clinical description of what is now called PVC-induced cardiomyopathy.

He is actively involved in the recruiting of and working with medical students and Internal Medicine residents, having interviewed, advised, and collaborated with hundreds over the past few years as part of building the Internal Medicine Residency program. This has also involved the reviewing of thousands of Residency program applications. Prior to 2019, Dr. Duffee garnered 23 years of private practice experience in 2 unique settings; a large multispecialty group in Clearwater Florida, and a solo practice (built from the ground up) in Pueblo Colorado. In addition to his role as Program Director, he has served administratively as Chief of Staff and Board Member at Largo Medical Center in Largo Florida, and currently chairs the Research Committee, amongst other roles. In keeping with his love for the comprehensive Generalist approach to medicine, he obtained a Master of Divinity degree in theology now used in supporting the Internal Medicine Residency wellness program and in community volunteer activities.

Billy Zhang, MD

Former Associated Program Director/ Internal Medicine

Dr. Billy Zhang is a board-certified Internist with several years of experience interviewing medical school and Internal Medicine residency applicants. He studied at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts and completed his internship at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital and residency at Lankenau Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Zhang relocated to New York City where he served as a clinical preceptor for medical students and residents and later as an Associate Program Director for NYC HHC Woodhull Medical Center Internal Medicine residency where he was heavily involved in the primary care curriculum development. He has also assisted residency applicants in all elements of residency preparation of all specialties, including the development of personal statements, building effective applications to communicate clear messages, and giving feedback to improve interview skills, especially in students where English was a second language. Currently, Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education for the California University of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine and cares for patients in Southern California. In addition, he provides primary care didactics to local residency programs.

Malek Bawadkji, MD

Medical Oncology Hospitalist at Johns Hopkins

Dr. Bawadkji is currently a Medical Oncology Hospitalist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. He grew up in Aleppo, Syria where he earned his medical degree at the University of Aleppo and graduated with honors. Following medical school, he moved to the United States and pursued a position as a Research Scholar in Medical Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He remained in Baltimore to complete his Internal Medicine residency at MedStar Health Baltimore. He was selected for the “Inpatient Track”, one that is designated to residents with a passion for academic medicine. His clinical interests lie in working on a multidisciplinary team to care for a diverse set of medically complex inpatients with a focus on Oncology patients. Specifically, Dr. Bawadkji is interested in precision medicine; this interest expands to improving the overall survival of cancer patients while decreasing the undesirable adverse effects of cancer treatment. In caring for patients, he strives to provide comprehensive and compassionate patient care by integrating the physical, emotional, and social aspects of a patient’s health. He is local to the Baltimore area, and in his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities (running, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing), traveling, cooking, and exploring new places.

Heya Batah, MD

PGY 2 Internal Medicine Resident/ The Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Batah is a PGY-2 internal medicine resident at the Cleveland Clinic main campus in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Wayne State Medical School in Detroit, MI in 2022 and is interested in pursuing hematology/oncology as a fellowship. She has been a part of multiple organizations that have helped mentor pre-medical and medical applicants, both in college and medical school, respectfully. She was the President of PhiDE, a pre-medical fraternity at her medical school, and the Vice President of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) for several years in her hometown to help guide applicants into both medical school and residency. As a recent graduate, she is passionate about guiding medical students into residency.

Saleem Toro, MD

PGY-5 Cardiology Fellow/ Houston Methodist

Dr. Toro is a cardiology fellow at the Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, USA. In 2011 he earned his Medical Diploma from The University of Kalamoon in Syria. In 2013, he moved to the United States and worked as a research fellow at the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. In 2015, he started his professional training in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and became board-certified in Internal Medicine in 2018.

Following residency training, Dr. Toro practiced hospital medicine for two years. Then he was appointed as a clinical associate staff in the medical intensive care unit at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

In 2021, Dr. Toro earned his MA in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University, focusing on studying physician-patient relationships and end-of-life care. Dr. Toro is active in Cardiovascular Research, and he recently published his first book in the field of bioethics, titled “Introduction to Clinical Ethics: Perspectives from a Physician Bioethicist.”

Dr. Firas Bahdi, MD

PGY-5 GI fellow/ UCLA

Dr. Firas Bahdi is a current Gastroenterology fellow at UCLA. He brings to the table extensive experience in guiding internal medicine residency applicants. Dr. Bahdi excels in offering strategic, individualized advice and practicing mock interviews to help candidates shine in their real interviews, ultimately leading them to a successful match.

Dr. Bahdi completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas after completing a research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Majd El-harasis, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow/ Vanderbilt University

Dr. El-harasis is a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Imperial College London with Distinctions in Clinical Science, Medical Science and Clinical Practice, and numerous academic prizes. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and completed a general cardiology fellowship at Vanderbilt, where he was selected to serve as Chief Fellow. He also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at Vanderbilt as well as a protected year of research funded by an American Heart Association grant.

Dr. El-harasis is very experienced when it comes to interviewing as he himself interviewed for residency, cardiology fellowship, and EP fellowship. He also served for two years interviewing and reviewing candidates on the cardiology fellowship selection committee. He is a passionate educator having won multiple teaching awards (Local Teaching Hero during his intern year in the UK, Best Senior Resident Educator Award, and Best Fellow Educator Award (voted by IM residents for all fellows in the Department of Medicine).

Mo Tabary, MD

PGY1 Internal Medicine Resident/ Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Tabary completed his medical education at Tehran University of Medical Sciences before relocating to the United States in 2021 to advance his career in medicine and research. Following his transition, Dr. Tabary worked as a distinguished Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Pittsburgh. His exemplary contributions earned him the prestigious Postdoctoral Alumni Award in 2024 for his outstanding mentorship and research endeavors. Subsequently, he successfully matched into the Internal Medicine residency program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, USA. Dr. Tabary harbors a keen interest in cardiology and aims to specialize in this field following the completion of his residency. Alongside his medical pursuits, he is deeply passionate about medical education and mentorship, envisioning himself as a future program director of a residency program.

Bridget Adcock, MD

PGY 2 Internal Medicine Resident/ The Cleveland Clinic

I am an internal medicine resident at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland. I graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 2021. I plan on applying for Hematology/ Oncology fellowship. With a strong foundation in medicine and a passion for teaching, I am committed to helping you navigate the challenging process of residency applications and medical school testing. My teaching approach is tailored to your unique learning style, and I am detail-oriented and conscientious in providing the guidance and support you need. Let's work together to achieve your medical career goals!

Dr. Javier Farinas Jr., MD

PGY6 Cardiology Fellow/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Farinas is originally from Miami, FL and attended the University of Miami where he majored in music performance. He subsequently volunteered with AmeriCorps and taught in the Miami-Dade County Public School System before attending medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, IL. He became board-certified in Internal Medicine after receiving his professional training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. After he completes his general Cardiology Fellowship, Dr. Farinas will be moving to Atlanta, GA to complete his Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Emory University.

Dr. Farinas has held numerous leadership positions within the AAMC and SGIM, in addition to participating in various committees at UPMC. He is actively involved with the ACC and is currently on the ACC Fellows in Training (FIT) Leadership Council. He has extensive experience in mentoring pre-medical students, medical students, and residents and has participated in the reviewing, interviewing, and selection of candidates for various positions at every stage of his career.

Joseph Sleiman, MD

PGY6 Gastroenterology fellow /University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Sleiman is a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2017 he earned his Medical Diploma from The University of Balamand in Lebanon, followed by a research fellowship year in Thalassemia research at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. In 2018, he moved to the United States for his professional training in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, with special ClinSchoP track training in clinical research and biostatistics, and became board-certified in Internal Medicine in 2021. Following residency training, Dr. Sleiman continued his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He will return to Cleveland Clinic for an IBD fellowship in 2024.

Dr. Sleiman has a research interest in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), immunotherapy-induced colitis, and machine learning for GI research purposes. He was awarded the 2019 Back To Bedside ACGME grant for piloting an educational curriculum to teach breaking bad news in real-time by patients’ bedsides, and currently mentoring another grant for the 2022 cycle. Currently funded by Pfizer for a radiomics project in advanced imaging detection for stricturing Crohn’s disease. He is currently a reviewer for the American College of Gastroenterology Case Reports Journal and a past Social Media Associate Editor for Evidence-Based GI, a monthly publication by the American College of Gastroenterology.

Samer Alkassis, MD

Hematology/Oncology Fellow/ UCLA

Dr. Samer Alkassis's journey began at the University of Damascus, Faculty of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. In 2016, he embarked on a new chapter by relocating to the United States. At UCLA, he served as a clinical research coordinator. Subsequently, he started his internal medicine residency at Wayne State University. In 2022, he returned to Los Angeles to continue his specialization in hematology/oncology at UCLA. His aspiration is to evolve into a clinician-educator, inspiring the next generation of physicians, pioneering innovative oncological treatments, and providing unwavering support to his patients.

Dr. Louis Saade, MD

Rheumatology Attending/ Former APD MedStar Health

Dr. Saade completed his internal medicine residency training at MedStar Health in Maryland.

After completing his chief residency year, he was granted a faculty appointment as an assistant professor at Georgetown University during which time, he completed two years of training in leadership Education and Development (LEAD) and obtained medical education research certificate (MERC).

Finally and before joining the fellowship program, he served as an associate program director for the IM residency program of MedStar Health - Baltimore. Currently, he is a rheumatology fellow at UPMC.

He has several years of experience in interviewing applicants for residency program. He drew a lot of insight from post interview debrief where he knows exactly the underlying intent of each asked question and has full insight on all controversial questions where there is always ongoing debate on the best way to answer. He can also mitigate all difficult questions, even the ones surrounding red flags, in a very eloquent, professional and even turn them around in a favorable positive direction.

Michal Kloska MD, PhD

PGY-6 Gastroenterology Fellow/ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Kloska is a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2010 he graduated from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland and before moving to the United States he completed his internal medicine residency and pursued a PhD degree. In 2021 he completed internal medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network after which he moved to Pittsburgh for a gastroenterology fellowship.

He actively participated in the interview process of residency and fellowship candidates throughout his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship. Additionally, he authored numerous articles and presented abstracts at national and international conferences.

Ahed Makhoul, MD

Palliative Care Attending/ The Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Ahed Makhoul is a double board-certified Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine Physician with over 7 years of experience. He is currently an attending physician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he has worked for the past 3 years. Prior to that, he completed both his internal medicine residency and hospice/palliative medicine fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Makhoul is also an International Medical Graduate (IMG)- like You! He was ranked #1 among his peers upon medical school graduation. He is passionate about helping other international medical students succeed in their residency match.

Prior to his training journey, he was a medical student observer and an Arabic/English interpreter who first observed, then helped patients with limited English proficiency to receive personalized care in their own language. He currently supervises medical students, residents, and fellows in their clinical rotations in his Outpatient Clinic and Inpatient Consult services; his patients suffer from serious illnesses that affect quality of life. Moreover, He is pursuing his MBA degree at Case Western Reserve University.

As an advisor, Dr. Makhoul will provide you with personalized guidance and support throughout the residency match process, practice your interview skills, and prepare for the match day. Dr. Makhoul, while helping international medical students with The Match Guy, does not represent Cleveland Clinic or its IM residency program.

Yazan Assaf, MD

PGY-5 Cardiology Fellow/ Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Assaf is a fellow in cardiovascular diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA. In 2015, he earned his MD degree from the University of Damascus in Syria, where he was among the top 5% medical students in his class. In 2016 and after taking the USMLE STEP 1 exam, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he did clinical rotations and took the USMLE STEP 2 CS and CK exams. He later moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where he was a research trainee in the department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic. His next stop was Gainesville, Florida, where he did his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Florida, where he received the intern of the month award. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has published more than 20 publications including more than 10 articles, some of which in high-impact journals. He presented his research in national conferences like the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session. He is a peer-reviewer for multiple medical journals. Outside work, he enjoys outdoor activities, traveling and music.

Rand Abedalweli, MD

PGY-2 Internal Medicine resident/ Oregon Health & Science University Portland

Dr. Abedalweli started her medical journey in 2008 at Kalamoon university in Syria. She travelled to the United States in 2014, had to work outside medicine for few years until she got a scholarship to attend one of the Caribbean medical schools. She graduated medicine in 2020 and matched into internal medicine in 2021 at Oregon Health & Science University. She is interested in clinical medicine and currently pursuing research in “biologics to treat spondylarthritis”. She works at OHSU as one of the very few IMGs, and spends time with underserved population. She was recently peer elected for chief resident position and a big advocate for equality in healthcare settings.

Adeeb Sebai, MD

Internal Medicine Graduate/ Vascular Medicine Fellow University of Chicago - North Shore

Dr. Adeeb Sebai completed his internal medicine residency training in McLaren Oakland, Michigan State University in 2023. He is currently a vascular medicine fellow at the University of Chicago - North Shore. Dr. Sebai graduated from Alfaisal University in Saudi Arabia in 2017 after which worked as a research collaborator at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Sebai was recruited by his medical school to teach medical students in courses designed to prepare for USMLE as well as mentoring numerous medical students and graduates in their path for obtaining residency training in the US.

Waddah Malas, MD

PGY-5 Cardiology Fellow/ Loyola University

Dr. Malas is a cardiology fellow at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, USA. In 2017 he earned his Medical Diploma from the University of Damascus in Syria. In 2018, he joined the Emory University Cardiovascular Research Institute where he completed his research internship in women’s health and microvascular dysfunction. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Loyola University in 2022 and is currently a second-year cardiology fellow at Loyola. Dr. Malas also works as a certified internal medicine physician in multiple hospitals in the Chicago area. Dr. Malas has a longstanding experience in mentoring International Medical Graduates.

Mandi Abdelahad, MD

PGY 2 Internal Medicine Resident/ The Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Abdelahad is currently a PGY-2 Internal Medicine Resident Physician at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Cleveland, Ohio. She embarked on her medical journey by completing her undergraduate studies at Florida State University in 2016, followed by earning her medical degree from the Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2022. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Ahad has been actively involved in leadership roles, particularly in areas such as tutoring, peer mentorship, and academic advising. She possesses a strong passion for assisting students, offering guidance and support to help them achieve their aspirations of securing residency positions.

Surgical Advisors

Anthony G. Haddad, MD

PGY 7, Plastic Surgery Fellow/ General Surgery Graduate/ BIDMC | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Haddad is currently a PGY-7 in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at BIDMC/ Harvard Medical School (independent track). Dr. Haddad attended the American University of Beirut in Lebanon where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to receive his MD from American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Haddad completed his General Surgery residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Haddad also has extensive research experience in basic science and clinical research and has published and contributed to multiple manuscripts and book chapters.

Jesse Seilern, MD

Orthopedic Surgery Resident/ Emory University

Dr. Seilern started his medical journey at the Medical University of Vienna. After graduation, he did US Clinical Rotations and Research at Emory before matching in orthopedic surgery residency at Emory. Dr. Seilern is dedicated to mentoring international medical students, leveraging his insights and experiences to guide them through the complexities of matching into competitive U.S. residency programs.

Francisco Rodriguez Fontan, MD

Orthopedic Surgery Resident/ University of Colorado

Dr. Fontan is currently a fifth-year Orthopedic Surgery Resident at the University of Colorado. He is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he completed his medical education and practiced as a general physician. He then spent two years in orthopedic research at the University of Colorado where he ultimately matched. This diverse background has been crucial in his medical journey, culminating in an upcoming Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston next year.

Elie Ramly, MD

Plastic Surgery Fellow/ General Surgery Graduate/ MGH | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ramly is currently a plastic and reconstructive surgery resident at Harvard's Mass General Brigham program and has also completed full general surgery residency training in the U.S. After graduating from medical school in Lebanon, he matched into categorical general surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University. He also has extensive research experience having completed postdoctoral research fellowships at Harvard (MGH) and NYU with over 90 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, over 1350 citations, h-index: 20, i10-index: 38

Dr. Ramly has been part of recruitment panels for residency and fellowship and has reviewed hundreds of applications and interviewed dozens of applicants over the past 10 years.

Adel Alhaj Saleh, MD

PGY-4 General Surgery Resident/ Montefiore Medical Center NY

I'm Adel Alhaj Saleh, a General Surgery resident at Montefiore, NY. As an International Medical Graduate (IMG) with a wealth of experience, including a full surgical residency in my home country and years of work spanning four different countries across three continents, I am what you might call a non-traditional applicant! After dedicating four years to research in the U.S. and completing three preliminary years, my persistence has paid off as I've finally secured a categorical spot. This journey has been humbling yet immensely rewarding!

I'm deeply committed to aiding IMGs, particularly older graduates and non-traditional applicants, who are interested in surgery. My assistance can range from navigating the application process to rapidly acclimating to a new system and, ultimately, standing out as an exceptional candidate. I'll lay bare the potential challenges of adapting to a new system and efficiently strategizing to overcome them. Let's embark on this journey together!

Dr. Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, MD

PGY-7 Neurosurgery resident/ University of Pittsburgh

Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, MD, received his medical degree from Alfaisal University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he graduated summa cum laude, valedictorian and the top of his class. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Abou-Al-Shaar completed 10 months of post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah and a year of neurosurgery internship at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in New York. Currently, he is a PGY-7 Neurosurgery resident at UPMC, Pittsburgh.

Dr. Abou-Al-Shaar is actively involved in teaching medical students interested in neuroscience and neurosurgery. He was recently selected by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to serve as the Neurosurgery Publications resident fellow and was also selected as a member of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies.

Mirhojjat Khorasanizadeh, MD

Neurosurgery Resident/ Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Khorasanizadeh completed his medical degree at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2018. Following his graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, from 2020 to 2022. Subsequently, he started a Neurosurgery Pre-Residency Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, from 2022 to 2024. Dr. Khorasanizadeh has successfully matched into Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is dedicated to mentoring future applicants, particularly those aspiring to enter neurosurgery or explore the pre-residency fellowship path.

Ioannis (Yiannis) Ziogas, MD

PGY-2 General Surgery/ University of Colorado

Dr. Ioannis (Yiannis) Ziogas is a General Surgery Resident at the University of Colorado, CO. He graduated summa cum laude (top 3%) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School, Greece in 2019. Before starting his residency in 2022, he completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, UK and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Pediatric and Adult HPB and Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, TN. Upon completion of his residency, he aspires to pursue fellowships in both Pediatric and Transplant Surgery. He has extensive experience in clinical and translational research with >100 publications, non-profit organization management, and mentorship of US residency applicants.

Souhail Zeineddin, MD, MS

PGY-4 General Surgery Resident/ Northwestern University

Dr. Zeineddin is a general surgery resident at the Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. He started medical school at the University of Aleppo in Syria, then earned his Medical Diploma from The International American University in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean in 2018. He completed his preliminary general surgery intern year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. Then he continued the next two years at Creighton University in Phoenix Arizona. After finishing 3rd year, he moved to Chicago to be a research fellow at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital at the Department of Pediatric Surgery. During that time he earned his MS in Health Services and Outcomes Research in 2022. After two years of research, he was recruited by the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University to finish his last two years of residency, set to graduate in 2025, pursuing a fellowship in pediatric surgery.

Filippos Vingopoulos, MD

PGY1 Ophthalmology Resident/ Stanford University

Dr. Vingopoulos matched into Ophthalmology residency at Stanford University after completing 4 years of post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. As an international medical graduate (IMG) from Greece, he adeptly navigated the competitive residency match system, which included interviews at more than 10 esteemed residency programs. Ultimately, he achieved his first-choice placement in this highly competitive field.

With recent experience in the residency match system, Dr. Vingopoulos has assimilated the knowledge and expertise from his esteemed mentors at institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, Weill-Cornell, NYU, and Stanford, all of whom boast decades of experience serving on residency committees. Dr. Vingopoulos's mentoring approach has been highly personalized, offering one-on-one guidance to over 50 medical students hailing from prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, Tufts, BU, and Weill-Cornell and helping them match into competitive specialties. He focuses on cultivating essential soft skills for interview preparation and takes a holistic view of each applicant, going beyond the CV to develop eloquent, well-rounded candidates sought after by residency committees—those who are the ideal match for their respective teams.

Kareem Sioufi, MD

Ophthalmology Attending/ Medical University of South Carolina

Dr. Kareem Sioufi was born in Damascus, Syria. He started medical school in Syria and left his hometown in 2012 to finish his MD at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences Saint Kitts. Prior to residency, he completed a research fellowship in ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital and a postdoctoral research fellowship year at the Retina service of Wills Eye Hospital. He then completed an internship in general surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) followed by ophthalmology residency at Storm Eye Institute MUSC. Following residency, he completed his retina fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle before joining a private practice group in Atlanta, GA.

He has published over 40 peer-reviewed won multiple awards including the Lawrence Yannuzii Award Atlantic Coast Retina Conference 2016, NEI ARVO Travel Award 2017, Ophthalmology Times Scholar 2018 and 2020, MUSC HELMA Research Award 2021, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Residency Excellence award 2021.

Nadim Azar, MD

PGY1 Ophthalmology Resident/ University of Utah

Nadim Azar, MD, graduated with high distinction from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2017. He earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in 2021. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Duke Eye Center where he focused on research in ocular immunology, artificial intelligence in ophthalmology and pioneering innovative methodologies for detecting dry eye disease. He has presented his research at numerous conferences and has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Azar is passionate about mentoring and guiding medical students, particularly in the field of ophthalmology.

Selim Misirlioglu, MD

PGY-1 Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident/ New York City Health and Hospitals-South Brooklyn Health Campus

After graduating from Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Misirlioglu completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology training in Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine (Turkey). He practiced as an Attending Surgeon at a Koc University Hospital, Istanbul, particularly in the field of Gynecologic Oncology and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS). He managed the department of MIGS data and served as a co-chair of MIGS clinical research. He published more than 20 peer-reviewed original articles in SCI-E journals and more than 50 abstract papers in the national congress of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) as a first- and co-author.

Between 2018-2022, he started as a Research Scientist in the Gynecology Research Laboratory and Preclinical Therapeutics Program at the New York University Langone Health Perlmutter Cancer Center (PCC), an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. He led the development of new Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) tumor models and in vivo testing of experimental cancer therapeutics center-wide. As a team member of translational science projects, their articles are published in world-renowned high-impact journals like Cancer Cell, Gynecologic Oncology and Cancer Discovery. Following that, he completed his surgical internship (PGY-1) at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine Department of General Surgery between 2022-2023 before matching into ObGyn at New York City Health and Hospitals-South Brooklyn Health Campus.

Andrea Amabile, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident/ the Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Andrea Amabile is a first-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery resident at the Yale School of Medicine. After graduating as valedictorian from medical school and obtaining a Master’s in Biostatistics in Italy, he joined the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Yale University where he led the Clinical Outcomes Research Group as a postdoctoral associate (2021–2022) and research faculty (2022–2023).

He has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, with a particular interest in minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery. His work has been presented at national and international conferences. He is the first trainee ever invited to sit on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS). He also served as President of the Junior Researchers Committee of the Association of Italian Surgeons in North America (AISNA) and as Secretary of the Yale Italian Society. He is passionate about helping applicants to surgical specialties, particularly cardiothoracic surgery.

James D. Fisher, MD, PhD

PGY-4 Plastic Surgery Resident/ University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Fisher completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Dr. Fisher enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), where he pursued both an MD in the School of Medicine and a PhD in the School of Engineering. He has served on the admissions committee as a student representative for the School of Medicine, the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) and the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering. He has conducted nearly 100 student interviews over the course of his training. Further, Dr. Fisher has mentored dozens of students over the years, the vast majority of which have successfully gone on to matriculate into top tier medical schools and successfully match.

Dr. Fisher is currently a PGY-4 plastic surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh. He is passionate about basic science research and helping medical students match into residency.

Krishna Vyas, M.D., Ph.D., MHS

PGY-7 Plastic Surgery Fellow/ Cosmetic Fellow/ Mayo Clinic Graduate

Krishna Vyas, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S. graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky in 2009, then went on to receive a Master of Health Sciences degree in microbiology, immunology, international health, and vaccine science from the Johns Hopkins University in 2010. Vyas completed his MD and PhD with honors at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2016. He then completed a six-year rigorous integrated residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota – a hospital consistently ranked as #1 in the nation and world. He has published over 150 manuscripts and book chapters and has presented his research at over 70 national and international conferences.

While at Mayo Clinic, he was President of the Mayo Fellows’ Association from 2020-2022, the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the United States. During this time, he engaged with trainees and leaders in graduate medical education and institutional administration. Prior to this role, he served as wellness chair, secretary and treasurer. He was also a representative of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the institutional body that oversees training programs to ensure compliance with accrediting organizations.

Dr. Vyas was named an instructor in surgery at Mayo Clinic, and then completed an aesthetic surgery fellowship in New York City prior to joining Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School as an Assistant professor and fellow in plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Vyas has mentored hundreds of students over the years.

David Hinojosa-Gonzalez, MD

PGY-1 Urology Resident/ Baylor College of Medicine

David Hinojosa-Gonzalez is a PGY-1 Resident in Urology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He graduated in 2020 from Tecnologico de Monterrey’s medical school in Mexico and later joined Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School for a 2-year research fellowship. He has authored various publications related to the match and IMGs, as well as mentored and prepared numerous peers in the Match process in all aspects of applications ranging from personal statements, ERAS CV and interview preparation. He’s an avid researcher with over 100 publications and presentations, which helped him carve his way into the field where only <2% of the resident workforce are IMGs. Outside of medicine he enjoys music, being a proficient piano and guitar player as well as soccer enthusiast.

Christopher J Kim, MD, PharmD

PGY-6 Urology chief resident/ Duke University

Christopher J Kim, MD, PharmD is a PGY-6 Urology chief resident at Duke University Medical Center. Dr Kim completed his PharmD in 2011, graduating Summa Cum Laude and worked at Hackensack University Medical Center as a staff pharmacist prior to entering medical school in 2014. Dr Kim was awarded a full academic scholarship to Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During his time in urology residency, he has authored many peer-reviewed research articles and mentored several international medical school graduates in both research as well as the residency match process. In his free time, he loves to go hiking and try new restaurants in the triangle.

Tomer Lagziel, MD

PGY-1 General Surgery/ Mount Sinai NYC

Dr. Lagziel is a surgery resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, USA. A distinguished graduate, he received his Medical Doctorate with Honors from the New York State Program at Tel-Aviv University in 2023. Prior to this, from 2021-2022, Dr. Lagziel undertook a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins, specializing in Burn Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care, and Reconstruction. A seasoned speaker, he has presented at numerous prestigious academic conferences, including the American Burn Association, the Academic Surgical Congress, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Moreover, Dr. Lagziel has contributed to over 20 research papers published in reputable surgical journals, primarily focusing on burn surgery, regenerative medicine, and critical care.

Zaina Habrawi, MD

Breast Surgeon in New York

Dr. Zaina Habrawi is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon practicing in NY. Dr. Habrawi received her medical degree from the University of Aleppo in Syria and completed her surgical residency in Aleppo, Syria. She has practiced medicine in both her home country and Dubai before pursuing an SSO-approved breast surgical oncology fellowship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock Texas.

In the USA, she was able to secure fellowship training and is currently practicing in NYC as a breast surgeon with a private practice group without having to do a U.S. residency. She will be able to guide you through the mazes of the healthcare system exploring your options for practicing medicine in the USA without repeating a residency.

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Adeolu Funso Oladunjoye, MD MBBS

Psychiatry Resident/ Baylor College of Medicine.

Funso Oladunjoye, a PGY3 resident at Baylor College of Medicine, originally hails from Nigeria where he completed his medical education. In the U.S., he earned an MPH in Maternal & Child Health with Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health. He has held research roles at prominent institutions including the University of Texas at Houston and Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

He serves as the Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association's Public Psychiatry Fellowship. He served as co-chair of the state’s resident and fellow committee of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Resident and fellow committee collaborating in efforts towards education and advocacy. His academic contributions include over 100 publications and numerous awards such as the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Regional Award, the American Society of Addiction Medicine Ruth Fox Scholarship Award, and the BCM Alpha Omega Alpha Honor medical society. In July 2024, he will commence a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Yonairy Collado Puello, MD

Pediatric Chief Resident/ The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Yona Collado Puello is a Pediatric Chief Resident at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Her residency training at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh provided her with invaluable clinical and research experiences, culminating in her current role as Chief Resident, where she has gained indispensable knowledge about the residency application and recruitment process. These experiences have provided her with a distinctive skillset as she mentors students and residency applicants. As a foreign medical graduate herself, she recognizes the unique challenges faced by foreign medical graduates and is committed to creating individualized plans that will help applicants showcase their strengths in valuable ways as they navigate the residency application process.

Mumin Hakim, MBBS

Emergency Medicine Resident/ Jacobi Montefiore Emergency Medicine

Mumin Hakim is an Emergency Medicine resident at the Jacobi Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program, affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. He completed his medical education at Yenepoya Medical College in Mangalore, India. His journey in the United States began as a research fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Before embarking on his career in Emergency Medicine, Mumin spent two years in General Surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Burn Surgery at Jacobi Medical Center.

Mumin is dedicated to mentoring medical students during their Emergency Medicine rotations and has provided invaluable guidance to many International Medical Graduates navigating the complexities of the match process and the USMLE. He firmly believes that early mentorship can be transformative and is eager to support others in their medical careers.

Nour Gebara, MD

PGY-4 Pediatric Critical Fellow/ Texas Children’s Hospital - Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Gebara is a pediatric critical care fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital- Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA. In 2018, she earned her Medical Diploma from The American University of Beirut. She then moved to the United States and worked as a research fellow/visiting scholar at the Department of Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as part of the Center for Pediatric Research in Obesity and Metabolism (CPROM). She was able to publish several manuscripts and attend conferences during that time. In 2020, she started her professional training in Pediatrics at UPMC-Children’s hospital of Pittsburgh. She continued to work in research and published a couple of case reports. Following residency training, Dr. Gebara secured a fellowship spot at Texas Children’s Hospital- Baylor College of Medicine, where she is currently completing her training and hopes to remain involved in research.

Niraj Vora, MD, FAAP

Neonatology Fellowship Director/ Baylor Scott & White

Dr. Vora, currently residing in Austin, Texas, originally hails from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Dr. Vora pursued his passion for medicine at Windsor University School of Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis. His dedication to the medical field continued with a pediatric residency at Metro Health Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH followed by a Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at Baylor Scott & White Health Texas A & M Health Science Center in Temple, TX where he currently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Neonatology Fellowship.

Dr. Vora has earned several research travel awards and grants, presenting at prestigious national conferences. His dedication to mentorship is reflected in his track record of helping medical students and IMGs secure positions in their desired programs. Dr. Vora, while helping applicants with The Match Guy, does not represent BSW or its pediatric residency program.

Heather Ngai, MD

Emergency Medicine Resident/ Harbor-UCLA

Dr. Ngai is an emergency medicine resident at Harbor-UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Morehouse School of Medicine, with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. During medical school, she tutored and mentored medical students. She is currently an advisor for underrepresented minority students at Drew UCLA. She pursued her own opportunities in research, extracurriculars, and academics that led her to match at her first choice EM residency program. Dr. Ngai excels at holistically analyzing applications and creating tailored plans to help students navigate the residency application process.

Yash Thakker, MD

PGY-1 Family Medicine Resident/ Doylestown Health

Dr. Ash is a PGY-1 Family Medicine Resident at Doylestown Health. He graduated from AMC MET Medical College in 2020 and practiced as a general practitioner for two years before matching at the Doylestown Health family medicine residency program in 2023.

He was able to overcome being an old IMG who had low step scores with a strong and well-rounded application — he is confident that he can help you achieve that as well. As your advisor, Dr. Ash will provide personalized advice tailored to your unique situation, optimize your application and personal statement, recommend networking strategies, and help you improve your interviewing skills. While helping candidates through The Match Guy, he does not represent Doylestown Health or its residency programs.

Mustafa Dodurgali, MD

PGY-1 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident/ Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Dodurgali is a PGY-1 Resident in PM&R at Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from medical school in Turkey. Aspiring to pursue his medical career in the United States, he moved to Boston, MA, in 2022 to join the Spaulding Neuromodulation Center at Harvard Medical School as a research fellow.
While in Boston, Dr. Dodurgali furthered his education by enrolling in the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Program (PPCR) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His outstanding performance in this program led to him being honored with the Clinical Research Scholar Award in 2022. Building on his passion for teaching and sharing knowledge, Dr. Dodurgali also took on the role of Teaching Assistant within the same program. His skills as an educator were recognized with the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2023, further establishing his reputation as a valued contributor to medical education. His achievements in research and education showcase his dedication to advancing the field of PM&R and his commitment to fostering the growth of future medical professionals.

Beatrice Caballero, MD

Family Medicine Sports Medicine Fellow/ University of Washington

I completed my family medicine residency at the University of Washington and became board certified in 2023. I received my medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

I am currently a primary care sports medicine fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. I help provide sideline coverage for UW athletics, including football, men’s basketball and track and field. My special interests include musculoskeletal ultrasound guided procedures, injury care and prevention in the athletes and medical student and resident education.

Mohammed Anwer, MD, MBBS

PGY 2 Family Medicine Resident/ University of Louisville School of Medicine

Dr. Anwer is a dedicated Family Medicine resident with a remarkable journey in the medical field. Originally Dr. Anwer is from Iraq. He holds dual degrees in MD and MBBS. His first medical school was in Yemen, Taiz University School of Medicine, with an MBBS degree. His 2nd medical school was at a Caribbean medical school, Xavier University School of Medicine, reflecting his exceptional medical training. He completed one year of internal medicine residency in Yemen before he was forced to leave because of the war. He did 3 years of research at the University of Kentucky before matching into Family Medicine. Currently, he is a 2nd Year Family Medicine Resident at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Muayad Alzuabi, MD

Neurology Epilepsy Fellow/ UCLA

Dr. Alzuabi is an epilepsy fellow serving at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. He pursued his medical education at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, graduating in 2017. Post-graduation, he assumed a post-doctoral fellow position at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, dedicating two years to research with a focus on systematic reviews. Transitioning into his neurology residency in Charleston, SC, in 2019, he completed the program in July 2023. During his residency, Dr. Alzuabi held the position of Chair for the Resident Journal Club and was an active member of the Residents Education Committee. A keen interest in medical ethics led him to become a fellow of the Joint Committee for Ethics, Law, and Humanities at the American Academy of Neurology.

Shriya Tanti, MD

PGY 1 Anesthesiology Resident/ Yale New Haven Hospital

Shriya is currently pursuing her Anesthesiology residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. She completed her M.D. degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, and Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Georgia State University. She graduated with her Neuroscience degree in 3 years and later went on to work as a medical assistant at an interventional pain clinic before starting medical school.

Throughout her academic career, Shriya has been involved in various teaching and mentorship organizations. During her time in medical school, she also had an active involvement in leadership serving as the American Society of Anesthesiology’s (ASA) Delegate for her school and as president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) and American Women’s Medical Association (AMWA).

Hamza Ibad, MBBS

Diagnostic Radiology/Molecular Imaging resident/ Johns Hopkins University

Hamza Ibad is a Diagnostic Radiology/Molecular Imaging resident at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ibad was born in New York, and raised in Toronto, Canada while holding strong roots to Pakistan. Dr. Ibad graduated from the Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan in 2021 and pursued a post-doctoral research fellowship at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Radiology (Musculoskeletal Division). Dr. Ibad's research and clinical interests include deep-learning applications for automated image interpretation, osteoarthritis, and sarcopenia-related health outcomes. He is passionate about the globalization of radiology and medical education. In his free time, Dr. Ibad is an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, basketball, and baking.

Darwish Alabyad, MD, MS

PGY-1 Radiology Resident/ George Washington University in Washington

Originally from Syria, Dr. Alabyad embarked on his journey in the U.S. during his high school years. He recently completed his medical studies at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he actively participated in numerous quality improvement research initiatives in collaboration with the Neurology Department at Emory University School of Medicine. He also received Master’s of Science from Georgetown University in Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Alabyad is a Diagnostic Radiology resident at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He aspires to specialize in Neuroradiology in the future.

Alexis Bousamra, MD

Pathology Attending/ Former APD Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Bousamra has been part of the Pathology faculty at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) since 2015. He also served as Associate Program Director from 2017 until 2020 at AHN. After earning his degree in Medicine in 2007 at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), he completed 2 years of Anatomic Pathology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, followed by a pathology residency at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. He became board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) in 2013.

Subsequently, Dr. Bousamra moved to Houston, TX to complete two fellowships (Surgical Pathology and Breast Pathology) at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Currently, he practices general Surgical Pathology with an emphasis on Breast Pathology. Dr. Bousamra has extensive experience in interviewing applicants. He also gave his residents two sessions on Social Skills and Networking. He offers valuable insight into how to approach the residency match and interview process.

Hafsa Nebbache, MD

PGY 3 Pathology Resident/ University of Kentucky

Dr. Nebbache is a third-year resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Kentucky, USA. She earned her medical diploma from the Algiers Faculty of Medicine in Algeria. Dr. Nebbache will complete her cytopathology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in 2025-2026. She is actively involved in Graduate Medical Educational committees, including various national and international pathology societies such as the College of American Pathologists and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. Driven by a passion for mentorship, Dr. Nebbache shares her expertise and experience with aspiring medical students, particularly guiding students interested in the pathology field.

Cody Marshall, MD

Cytopathology Fellow/ Allegheny General Hospital

Dr. Marshall is a cytopathology fellow at the Allegheny General Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2019, he earned his medical diploma from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. In the fall of 2019, Dr. Marshall began his Anatomical and Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine residency with Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 2023, Dr. Marshall completed his residency, passed his licensing exams, and began his current fellowship in cytopathology. Dr. Marshall will complete this fellowship in the spring of 2024 and start his second fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Gastrointestinal Pathology.

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