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Graduation day exercises were held on Friday, June 17, 2016, for residents and fellows completing their training at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Michael J. Dacey, president of Memorial and Kent hospitals, performed the dual role of congratulating the graduates and greeting the new residents and fellows coming to the hospital in their wake.

In the Department of Family Medicine, Melissa Nothnagle, MD, residency program director, Fadya El Rayess, MD, MPH, associate program director, Anna Filip, MD, assistant program director, and Jeffrey Borkan, MD, PhD, physician-in-chief, Department of Family Medicine, announced the graduates and welcomed new residents.

Family medicine graduates and their plans include: Susan Boisvert, MD, will enter a fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Massachusetts; Michael Chen-Illamos, MD, will be a family physician at the Open Door Family Medicine Clinic in Ossining, NY; M. David Dick, DO, will do outpatient family medicine at Newton-Wellesley Physicians-Family Medicine in Waltham, MA; Laurie Garabedian, DO, will work for Steward Medical in Foxborough, MA; Samantha Greenberg, MD, will enter the maternal-child health and reproductive health fellowship at Brown Medical School; Jessica Heney, MD, will continue to serve the underserved at the Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket; Katya Jarrell, MD will start the maternal-child health and global health fellowship through Brown/ Thundermist; Bridget Marvinsmith, MD, will join a family practice in the Portsmouth, NH area; Sarah Phillips, MD, will start a geriatric medicine fellowship at Boston Medical Center; Gabe Pleasants, MD, will work at East Bay Federal Health Center in Newport; Jeff Sorokin, MD, is staying at Brown Medical School to complete a fellowship in integrative medicine; Jeremy Stricsek, MD, will join the Union Square Cambridge Health Alliance Family Practice; and Rachel Trippett, MD, who will work for the Indian Health Service in Zuni, NM.

New family medicine residents, who will see patients in the Family Care Center under the supervision of staff physicians, are: Laura Anthony, MD; William Blair, DO; Minoo D’Cruz, MD; Robert Fruggiero, MD; Yardana Kaufman, MD; Amanda Kelvey, DO; Amy Kwok, MD; Ye Li, MD; Claire Lyons, MD; Angelina Palombo, MD; Payal Patel, MD; Jennifer Tran, MD; and Diana Wohler, MD.

In the Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, the graduating physicians and their plans include:Umama Gorsi, MD, will move on to a preventive cardiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota; Ameya Hodarkar, MD, will start an endocrinology fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Boston; Jae Young Lee, MD, will practice hospitalist medicine at Metrowest/Union Hospital, Framingham, MA; Fady Marmoush, MD, will begin a cardiology fellowship at St. Vincents Hospital, Worcester, MA; Anum Saeed, MD, will start a preventive cardiology and atherosclerosis fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas; Mervat Saleh, MD will start a hematology/oncology fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC; Rachana Sedhai, MD, will practice hospitalist medicine at St. Lucie Medical Center, Port St. Lucie, FL; Muhammad Shafi, MD, will begin a pulmonary/critical care medicine fellowship at Case Western/Metro Health Medical Center in Ohio; Omair Tahir, MD, will practice hospitalist medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital; Arman Uzunyan, MD, will practice hospitalist medicine at San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield, CA; Nicole Yang, MD, will move onto a rheumatology fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston; and Chief Resident, Yehia M. Naga, MD, who will move onto a private practice at Nardone Medical Associates in Pawtucket.

Graduates received their plaques from Dino Messina, MD, PhD, residency program director, Joseph Diaz, MD, physician-in-chief, Sajid Saraf, MD, associate program director and Sabrina Witherby, MD, assistant program director.

The graduates made way for a new class of internal medicine residents, who began a three-year program that includes education and patient interaction under the supervision of experienced doctors. They are Saif AlAdwan, MD; Ahmad AlSalman, MD; Faeq Kukhon, MD; Ahmed Mohamed, MD; Mahmoud Mowafy, MD; Paulette Pinargote Cornejo, MD; Reema Qureshi, MD; Isha Shah, MD; Roy Souaid, MD; Aaron Wheeler, MD; Juliet Yirerong, MD; and Oleksandr (Alex) Halytskyy, MD, chief medical resident.

Folasade Ajayi, MD, MPH, Ashley Lakin, DO, MA, and Matthew Malek, MD, MPH, all graduated from the Maternal Child Health Fellowship Program. Marla Hansel, MD, graduated from the Global Health Fellowship. Melissa Mackel, DO, graduated from the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Eva Troyb, PhD, graduated from the Pediatric Neuropsychology Program.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.