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Internal Medicine Residents & Graduates

First-year Internal Medicine Residents

Akshata Chaugule, MD

AKSHATA SATISH CHAUGULE, MD - RAJIV GANDHI MEDICAL COLLEGE AND CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ HOSPITAL

Career Goals: My goal for the next three years of my career is to make the most out of the residency program at MacNeal, by learning what it takes to be a knowledgeable and experienced physician. Once I am done with my residency I might look forward to pursue a fellowship, given the state I will be after three years.

What I like about MacNeal: During my interview at MacNeal, I got a glimpse of the friendly and supportive work atmosphere, through the healthcare team, which I felt was a conducive environment to work. I also saw how the residents are very well taken care off and the education course is really well planned out. Hence I found it to be very suitable for me which is why I chose MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am fond of dancing and I try to learn a new kind of dance form through classes. Recently I learnt Jive and found it to be the most appealing. During my free time, I get out of my home and hang out with my friends, explore nearby places. When at home I enjoy cooking and trying new dishes, while watching tv series.


Umer Farooq, MD

UMER FAROOQ, MD - KING EDWARD MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

Career Goals: I want to do fellowship after residency training.

What I like about MacNeal: Things I like about MacNeal are the friendly working environment, camaraderie among residents, supporting faculty, and the opportunities that MacNeal provides to develop as a medical professional in the field of healthcare.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like to hang out with friends, follow cricket, watch comic TV Shows, especially “Friends,” and cook Desi food.


Syed Gillani, MD

SYED ALI RAZA GILLANI, MD - SHIFA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship after the completion of my residency here with the goal that I would be able to evolve as a competent physician and would be serve the community in the best possible way.

What I like about MacNeal: The reason I choose MacNeal was because of my experience here during the interview. The faculty, residents and all the staff members I met here were helpful, friendly and approachable. This program is big enough to give us vast variety of clinical experience and small enough that we are able to know each other better. It feels like a family here and everyone is always available to help us out in every situation.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am interested in sports especially soccer and cricket. I play soccer myself as a goalkeeper and my favorite club is Chelsea. Other than that, I really love to cook and I am good at cooking Indian food.


Manasa Jasti, MD

MANASA JASTI, MD - ANDHRA MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: I am interested in the challenging Cardiology and the intriguing rheumatology. I would like to pursue a fellowship after I further explore my options during my residency training.

What I like about MacNeal: Life knows what is best and gives it to us in ways we might not know. And I am happy to say that I have found a place so “family-like” which will be my home for the next few years. Residency is a period of rapid growth in our careers but at times, can also be very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally. And having supportive and understanding people around, I believe, is what makes this period fruitful. And of course, Chicago! Being near to the "Windy city" has its perks!!

Interests outside of Medicine: Books! I have a penchant for fiction, mythology, classics, philosophy and astrophysics. Playing strategy and simulation games on PC (especially with my brother). Traveling and adventure sports enthusiast. Carnatic music singer. Badminton for re-energizing. Yoga for relaxing. Creative writing and scrapbooking for “me time”. And I love to continue testing my skills in short film making (PS: Experimented twice so far).


Amulya Kasireddy, MD

AMULYA REDDY KASIREDDY, MD - OSMANIA MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in endocrinology.

What I like about MacNeal: I like the positive working environment at MacNeal which helps us grow not only professionally but also personally. It is home to enthusiastic attendings who are quite approachable and supportive. I hope to become a well-rounded physician with my training at MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: Hiking, reading non-fiction, exploring new places and cultures.


Raymond Lee, MD

RAYMOND CHUNGCURE LEE, MD - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Career Goals: To become a proficient and empathetic clinician throughout residency and hopefully pursue a fellowship in heme/onc.

What I like about MacNeal: After doing my sub-internship at MacNeal, I really felt at home here. Each time I returned (for my interview and subsequent orientation) I felt like I was coming home. The residents, attendings, nurses, and everyone else foster a supportive and friendly environment. The quality of teaching, whether it be bedside or didactic, is exceptional. Also Chicago is the best city.

Interests outside of Medicine: Playing guitar and drums (not simultaneously), seeing live music, playing tennis, biking, napping, hiking, The Office


Umme Malwi, MD

UMME HAANI MALWI, MD - GHANDI MEDICAL COLLEGE, BHOPAL

Career Goals: I want to become a good clinician and to pursue a Hematology-Oncology fellowship after I finish my residency.

What I like about MacNeal: During my interview day at MacNeal I felt a sense of warmth and
comfort. I could connect myself with the environment around and right away knew that I want to do my residency from MacNeal Hospital. The hospital serves the community and I want to be a part of this and help in giving back my share to the community.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like adventure activities and have done zip lining, para-sailing, river crossing, river rafting, and hiking. On the other hand, at times I love to stay at home and make abstract doodles and play around with colors.


Quraish Rababah, MD

QURAISH RABABAH, MD - HASHEMITE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE

Career Goals: I want to become the best doctor I can be to provide my patients with the highest quality of care. A short-term goal of mine is to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: Everyone at MacNeal including the program director, coordinators, attendings, and residents supported me through one of the toughest years of my life. It truly feels like family here. I really like that we get to treat and care for a diverse population of patients in our community. Being affiliated with Loyola also gives us access to great resources and learning opportunities.

Interests outside of Medicine: My greatest passion is pencil portrait drawing. I love to go to the gym, watch sumo wrestling and I am a huge Real Madrid fan. I always enjoy playing videogames, reading novels, and meeting people from different cultures.


Naveen Rameshkumar, MD

NAVEEN SUNDAR RAMESHKUMAR, MD - K.A.P. VISHWANATHAN GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: To improve my clinical skills and become a competent physician. I also have plans to pursue a fellowship in pulmonology & critical care.

What I like about MacNeal: I feel privileged to be a part of the program. With people from different backgrounds getting here every year, there is a great cultural diversity. Everyone in the program- PD, coordinators and hospital staff are very approachable and friendly which makes us feel at home right from the first day. MacNeal provides a well-balanced resident life with great working atmosphere and excellent learning opportunities.

Interests outside of Medicine: Watching cricket and movies, listening to music, love travelling and exploring different places and cuisines.


Shelden Rodrigues, MD

SHELDEN SELAS RODRIGUES, MD - GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE THRISSUR

Career Goals: I want to pursue a career in Oncology.

What I like about MacNeal: Everyone here- from residents to faculty and staff are so friendly, and create a family like atmosphere to work in. MacNeal provides a lot of opportunities to improve our knowledge, and to excel in internal medicine. In addition, the location of the hospital is fantastic, only a few minutes from Chicago.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am an ardent soccer fan. I also love traveling, music and reading.


Jogeet Singh Sekhon, MD

JOGEET SINGH SEKHON, MD - GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE AMRITSAR

Career Goals: To become a capable and proficient physician.

What I like about MacNeal: Macneal has a great learning environment for a resident. Everyone has a friendly attitude and cares for each other. The diversity in patient population allows broadening of medical and cultural knowledge. The faculty cares a lot about the residents and are always receptive to suggestions.

Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing sports. I like to explore new places and play video games in my free time.


Krupa Shingada, MD

KRUPA VITHAL SHINGADA, MD - B.J. MEDICAL COLLEGE, PUNE

Career Goals: I have developed an interest in cardiology and critical care, but in my residency I would like to maximize learning and sharpen my clinical judgement and ability, to become the doctor I’ve always envisioned myself being.

What I like about MacNeal: Even in the few hours I spent here on interview day, every single person made me feel right at home. Add to that the fact that it’s so close to Chicago, a city I felt an immediate affinity with, and it was the perfect fit!

Interests outside of Medicine: I love making home decor stuff especially Dreamcatchers of all kinds. Also, I just got a new bike, which I plan to (hopefully!) use a lot.


Hasrat Sidhu, MD

HASRAT SIDHU, MD - DAYANAND MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: I would like to do a fellowship after residency

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is a like a tightly knit family. The faculty is very approachable and extremely supportive. The camaraderie between the residents is excellent. The numerous didactics for the residents provide endless opportunities for expanding our medical knowledge.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love reading novels and travelling!


Carlos Vaquero, MD

CARLOS ALBERTO VAQUERO, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DR. JOSE MATIAS DELGADO ESCUELA DE MEDICINA

Career Goals: I want to become an excellent Internist, and desire to pursue a fellowship in Gastroenterology or Infectious Diseases.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal was on the top of my list specially because of the great work environment you can perceive immediately after you come inside the hospital, staff is friendly and welcoming. The Internal Medicine program is run by an excellent group of people, that work as a team to constantly make the experience for residents better; they care about your wellness and don't see you like just one more worker. The program has a community-based approach of IM, that seeks offering great quality care and compassionate service to each of their patients. MacNeal Hospital is at a wonderful location, you can enjoy living in the peaceful west suburbs, yet you are still only 20 minutes away from one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the United States.

Interests outside of Medicine: Interests outside of medicine: Traveling, exercising, reading, enjoying great food, watching movies.

Second-year Internal Medicine Residents

DIANA ESPINOZA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MÉDICAS

Diana Espinoza, MD

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship after my residency.

What I like about MacNeal: The kindness of every one who works here as well as the patients makes you feel grateful for being part of this family, we are a team and I am very humble to be part of it. MacNeal provides the perfect environment to learn from a diverse patient population while growing up as a human being and a physician.

Interests outside of Medicine: Books and cross-fit are my passion, and I love Mexican food! Nothing better than tacos!


FANNY GIRON, MD - UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE HONDURAS NUESTRA SEÑORA REINA DE LA PAZ FACULTAD EN CIENCIAS DE LA SALUD

Fanny Giron, MD

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal provides great learning opportunities due to its multicultural community. The family atmosphere makes you feel at home. The faculty, residents and staff are very nice, supportive and welcoming.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love watching soccer games, movies and traveling.


BUDDHI HATHARALIYADDA, MD - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Buddhi Hatharaliyadda, MD

Career Goals: I would like to do a fellowship after my residency training. I have taken interest in critical care and Infectious disease so far, but I like to explore more before finally deciding.

What I like about MacNeal: The most important thing that drew me to MacNeal was its people. From administration to co-residents, everyone I met during the interview-day seemed very approachable and collegial. Next, due to the diverse population we serve at MacNeal I knew I would see a range of pathology with varying presentations and learn a lot, which also made me excited about my training at MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love traveling! I think exploring various cuisines and cultures is one of the best ways to spend my free time. I also enjoy spending time outdoors a lot; it could be anything from hiking in a nice trail to relaxing in a beach. I also love poetry, both writing and reading. Meditation, yoga and staying active are also part of my life!


ZAIN JAVED, MD - SHIFA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Zain Javed, MD

Career Goals: To be a competent physician and ensure the best healthcare for my patients.

What I like about MacNeal: I like the myriad of pathologies patients present with at MacNeal. This in combination with such helpful and supportive faculty, seniors and staff ensures an ideal learning environment.

Interests outside of Medicine: I really enjoy playing sports like basketball, cricket and table tennis. My personal favorite, however, is soccer, which I also follow passionately. Along with sports, I also enjoy playing guitar and ukulele. My other hobbies include reading about history of the world, playing chess and making latte art.


DIANA KREPPEL, MD - TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN, FAKULTÄT FÜR MEDIZIN

Diana Kreppel, MD

Career Goals: I just started intern year and currently my goal is to stay open-minded and try to benefit from every rotation as much as possible.

What I like about MacNeal: The best part of the residency program so far is the camaraderie among residents. Despite having different cultural backgrounds there is so much more that we have in common. I think that all of us consider medicine and residency in particular as a team effort and working with people you laugh with and like to hang out outside of the hospital has such a great impact on the work environment. In addition, the faculty is approachable and invested in teaching. I moved to the U.S. for residency and wanted to be in a city with a high quality of life. I love living in Chicago and being within walking distance of the lake, parks and downtown with all its museums, bars and restaurants.

Interests outside of Medicine: Skiing; strolling, running or cycling along the shore of Lake Michigan; trying out new cuisines; watching my stocks rise; listening to classical and film music and currently growing basil and zucchini.


MANUEL MANRIQUE, MD- UNIVERSIDAD PERUANA DE CIENCIAS APLICADAS (UPC) ESCUELA DE MEDICINA

Manuel Manrique, MD

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a fellowship in cardiology and in the future fly back to Peru to create a medical NGO.

What I like about MacNeal: It is a pleasure to find a place like MacNeal that focus on medicine, teaching how to give the best of our skills as physician to treat our patients. I also love the friendly environment with co-interns, seniors and attendings. I am convinced that MacNeal is the best place to improve my medical skills.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love to spend as much time as I can with my family. I love soccer and I am the biggest fan of Cienciano, my city’s soccer team. I also enjoy cooking and as a big foodie, I can try new food from all over the world here in Chicago!


GABINO MAZA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DE SAN CARLOS FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MÉDICAS

Gabino Maza, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology.

What I like about MacNeal: There is a friendly environment among the staff. The patient population is diverse and you get to learn a lot from each patient. There are a lot of educational opportunities, the faculty are dedicated to the resident education and everyone is approachable.

Interests outside of Medicine: Outdoor activities, reading novels, play soccer and tennis.


DEYGER NAVARRETE, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Deyger Navarrete, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in endocrinology.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal Hospital has a family-like atmosphere that provides the ideal environment for learning. Faculty members, other residents and hospital staff are very encouraging and approachable. MacNeal also provides quality medical education and plenty of opportunities to interact with diverse patient populations and to cooperate with many specialists, not only to deliver the best care to patients but also to assure the necessary exposure to all medical fields for an excellent training experience.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am an avid videogame player, proud holder of some regional and national awards in my country. I am always ready to spend time with friends and family. I enjoy exploring new places and food, and get to know different cultures and people. I like to cook and the experimentation in the kitchen. Although I am not a big fan of sports, I have a small business dedicated to sportswear retailing with my own brand, which nowadays I enjoy to manage during my free time because I am also interested in marketing and entrepreneurship.


SWATHI RAO, MD - KEMPEGOWDA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

Swathi Rao, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a career in cardiology.

What I like about MacNeal: "We are MacNeal." MacNeal is home to a lot of diversity. People from different backgrounds and cultures come together to find common ground with one goal: patient care. There is abundant team spirit and enthusiasm to reach above and beyond. There is clinical and academic learning and increasing focus on research with a faculty that is very supportive and approachable. We here are a close-knit family with connections built to last a lifetime.

Interests outside of Medicine: Avid reader, enjoy books of all genres. Dog owner and lover. Movie-buff, Netflix-binger. Amateur cook, experienced foodie. Singer, writer, actor, traveler. Realist.


HARISH RAVIPATI, MD - GUNTUR MEDICAL COLLEGE

Harish Ravipati, MD

Career Goals: I am interested in cardiology fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal has a family like environment and good cultural diversity. The program leadership takes care of resident well-being, training and has an organized plan for education. I am quite confident that MacNeal will shape me into a well-rounded physician.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like swimming and listening to music. I love traveling and learning about different cultures and their history.


DANIELE RESTIFO, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Daniele Restifo, MD

Career Goals: I would like to improve my skills in the practice of medicine, in order to provide quality healthcare to each one of my patients. I also plan to pursue a cardiology fellowship after residency.

What I like about MacNeal: What I like the most about this institution is the great work atmosphere, the way the staff take care of patients with passion and humanity; and the numerous opportunities that MacNeal gives us to learn new medical skills every single day.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like hanging out with my family and friends, traveling and trying new food. I also enjoy listening to music and going to concerts.


RAUL RODRIGUEZ, MD - UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA ESCUELA DE MEDICINA LUIS RAZETTI

Raul Rodriguez, MD

Career Goals: To improve my clinical skills and to enter an ID fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal fosters an atmosphere in which working every day is enjoyable. There is a good interaction between residents themselves and with the staff, as well as a lot of learning opportunities. With a diverse patient population to learn from, I feel MacNeal gives me an opportunity to improve my skills as a clinician.

Interests outside of Medicine: Traveling, exploring Chicago and its surroundings, trying out new food in the city, learning from new cultures, reading, binge watching series. 


MARIA JOSE ZABALA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD PRIVADA DEL VALLE FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS DE LA SALUD

Maria Jose Zabala, MD

Career Goals: I am interested in pursuing a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: I really like the working environment at MacNeal, everyone is welcoming, friendly and always willing to help. We have approachable faculty that is invested in our growth as physicians. Our patient population is diverse, which provides infinite learning opportunities.

Interests outside of Medicine: I really enjoy outdoor activities. Love traveling, exploring new places and different cuisines. I like to hang out with friends, go to concerts, and movies.


ROMMEL ZERPA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Rommel Zerpa, MD

Career Goals: I want to become an outstanding clinician, pursue a Gastroenterology fellowship, and find the right balance between life and work.

What I like about MacNeal: I have found that MacNeal offers an amazing environment to grow not only professionally, but also as a person and I saw a snapshot of this during my interview day. Being here, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there is a great network of support from everyone in the healthcare team; it feels like a big family. Every day is a thrill with new learning opportunities, from attending physicians and the diverse community of patients. The new alliance with Loyola Medicine entices me with new academic opportunities. Berwyn offers calmness and a relaxing atmosphere, while the closeness of Chicago allows you to explore exciting activities.

Interests outside of Medicine: Karaoke, going to the gym, watching action movies, visiting new restaurants and eating tons of great food, as well as spending time with my family, girlfriend and friends! P.S: I have not played soccer in a very long time, and I played again here with my co-interns and residents, who now I can call my friends!


Third-year Internal Medicine Residents

DANIEL ALCANTAR - UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE GUADALAJARA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Daniel C. Alcantar, MD

Career Goals: My goal is to match into a gastroenterology fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: At MacNeal, they aspire to create a family atmosphere among the residents and staff. I like the exposure given to us, allowing us to rotate in several different subspecialties and elective rotations.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like to travel, spend time with my family, eat, play and watch football and soccer.


RAISA GABRIELA ALVAREZ - UNIVERSIDAD DE GUAYAQUIL FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS

Raisa Gabriela Alvarez, MD

Career Goals: To be a competent physician and to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal has a friendly environment and they are very supportive. There is a diverse patient population which will provide you with excellent clinical experience. The faculty is outstanding and approachable.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like to hang out with friends, explore the city and travel.


RICHARD SAVIO FERNANDES ALMEIDA - MAHATMA GANDHI MISSION'S MEDICAL COLLEGE, NAVI MUMBAI

Richard Savio Fernandes Almeida, MD

Career Goals: To advance my knowledge, develop competencies and hone my skills in the practice of medicine in order to provide quality healthcare to my patients. To pursue a fellowship in the field of cardiology or gastroenterology.

What I like about MacNeal: The opportunity to work under the guidance and mentorship of highly-reputed faculty and to teach internal medicine to medical students. I found the commitment to each resident’s career development and the atmosphere, characterized by warmth and camaraderie, particularly appealing.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am an avid musician and a member of a rock band, “The Phalanx.” Composing music and learning to play multiple musical instruments is my passion. I love travelling, exploring new places and learning about and interacting with people from diverse cultures. I enjoy watching documentaries on archaeology, geography, meteorology, astrophysics and survival skills and keeping myself updated with the latest technology.


MUKARRAM AMINE - LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Mukarram Amine, MD

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal offered me the opportunity to come home, to Chicago, where I was born and raised. Here, I found an environment conducive to learning, where the faculty seemed genuinely interested in making me the best doctor I could be, and where I found friendly and intelligent co-residents and seniors who were constantly helping and teaching each other.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love spending time with my family, especially traveling and exploring new cuisines with my wife. I also enjoy most every outdoor activity I have access to; I am an avid runner, I like to hike, ski, snowboard, swim, bike, and play basketball.


PRACHI JAIN - GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE NAGPUR

Prachi Ajay Jain, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in hematology/oncology.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal not only has great teaching and mentoring but also is home to some of the happiest residents. It has numerous didactic learning opportunities, as well as a diverse patient population, which helps develop independent clinical skills and judgment.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love travelling, painting and reading.


SRI MAHATHI PRIYANKA KALIPATNAPU - ANDHRA MEDICAL COLLEGE

Sri Mahathi Priyanka  Kalipatnapu, MD

Career Goals: My main goal is to become a physician with high clinical acumen. I have special interests in cardiology and nephrology and I would like to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is an excellent place to do residency because of the diverse patient population and focus on academics. MacNeal also has a family-like atmosphere with encouraging faculty, senior residents, welcoming staff and friendly colleagues.

Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing Carnatic classical music on the violin and writing poetry and short stories. I like to do yoga and meditation and I am a nature lover. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.


ADELINE MANOHAR - COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF THE PACIFIC - WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Adeline Manohar

Career Goals: Primary care, but I am also open to pursuing a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: The faculty, staff and residents at MacNeal provide a very supportive environment!

Interests outside of Medicine: I'm always ready to travel and see the world. As much as I like adventures, I’m also homebody - I like spending time with family, friends, and binge watching Netflix shows and movies.


JUAN PABLO PORTOCARRERO CACERES - UNIVERSIDAD CIENTIFICA DEL SUR FACULTAD DE MEDICINA HUMANA

Juan Pablo Portocarrero Caceres

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a nephrology fellowship.

Why MacNeal? I decided on MacNeal because of the quality medical education, hands-on patient care, exposure to a wide clinical pathology, and because of the multicultural work environment.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like to watch sports, especially soccer. I also attempt to see as many live music events as possible.


NIRALI RAMANI - PRAMUKHSWAMI MEDICAL COLLEGE

Nirali Ramani , MD

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is a great program; it provides the ideal environment for growth. Everyone in the program is very supportive, encouraging and approachable. I feel lucky to work with great co-interns, seniors and awesome chief residents who make you feel like family.

Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy traveling, watching movies, playing sports and cooking.


CLAUDIA GISSELL RODRIGUEZ - UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE HONDURAS FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS

Claudia Gissell Rodriguez, MD

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: I love the family environment, the great relationship with faculty members and the exposure to a diverse patient population.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love food! I like trying food from different places and cooking. I also enjoy watching movies and reading a good book.


JORGE ALEJANDRO DORIA MEDINA SANCHEZ - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Jorge Alejandro Doria Medina Sanchez, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal has a very friendly, family-like environment that helps us feel at ease as we continue to grow as physicians. The staff is incredibly helpful and always willing to help. The program is well-balanced, has a diverse patient population, and is a very dynamic place to work.

Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing soccer, biking and the outdoors. I am also big on food - and Chicago delivers.


PAOLA ANDREA SANCHEZ - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Paola Andrea Sanchez, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a cardiology or endocrinology fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: I was impressed with the camaraderie that prevails throughout the program. I am happy to be a part of the MacNeal family for the next three years, plus the hospital has a great location in a nice neighborhood close to Chicago.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love photography but my real passions are traveling and cooking. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is exciting for me. I love experimenting in the kitchen.


JAMES ROBERT TOBIN - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

James Robert Tobin, MD

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a career in hospital medicine.

What I like about MacNeal: My first experience at MacNeal Hospital was completing my sub-internship. The staff and residents were very friendly and welcoming; I knew right away that MacNeal was a good fit for me. The learning environment, as well as the approachability of the attendings and senior residents, was something that really hit home. I felt as though I was part of the team from day one and I'm excited to continue at MacNeal in a larger role.

Interests outside of Medicine: My interests outside of medicine include outdoor activities, running, and playing guitar. I also enjoy listening to live music and I'm an avid Chicago sports fan.


JOSE LUIS ZABALA - UNIVERSIDAD DE GUAYAQUIL FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS

Jose Luis Zabala, MD

Career Goals: I am pursuing a fellowship in critical care.

What I like about MacNeal: With great satisfaction I must confess I am glad I found a place like MacNeal Hospital to start my Internal Medicine Residency training. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at MacNeal Hospital provides plenty of opportunity to both interact with a diverse patient population and cooperate with other specialties to always deliver the best possible care to our patients. Furthermore, the family-like environment at MacNeal Hospital - which is unique and priceless - facilitates a fluid communication with consultants. I firmly believe it will help me stay on top of the latest developments in multiple specialties and contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge.

Interests outside of Medicine: Unquestionably, being a proud father of a four-year-old child has given me a valuable insight to incorporate in my life a diversity of activities that my wife and I together enjoy. Watching movies is our favorite hobby, especially animated movies, my son loves them. Additionally, we love family trips. Traveling around the country gives us the chance to better appreciate the diverse aspects of American culture. In fact, traveling around the world is what my wife and I have planned for retirement.

Recent Graduates

2019 Graduates

  • Jorge Aguilar Augusto Espinal, MD – IM Chief Resident, Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT
  • Seshank Arimilli, MD – ID Fellowship, LUMC, Maywood, IL
  • Jyothsna Priyadarshini Bandaru, MD – Primary Care Physician, Family Health Center, Fort Myers, FL
  • Benjamin Ellison Collie, MD – Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Nivedita Doshi, MD- Hospital Medicine, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, CA
  • Narayana Gandham, MD – IM Chief  Resident, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Detroit, MI
  • Malvika Kaul, MD – Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, UIC, Chicago, IL
  • Anusha Kondapalli, MD – Hospital Medicine, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, WY
  • Sanjay Kumar, MD – Hospital Medicine, Benefits Health System, Great Falls, MT
  • Roberto Kenji Mitsui Akagi, MD – Endocrinology Fellowship, Marshall University, West Virginia
  • Julieta Munoz Mejia, MD – IM Chief Resident, Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT
  • Priyanka Sharma, MD – Senior Registrar in Acute Medicine, Kettering General Hospital, Leicester, UK
  • Glenda Sosa, MD – Academic Hospitalist, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL
  • Anusha Yanamadala, MD – IM Chief Resident, Mercy health University of IL, Rockford, IL