Our Current Fellows

The Ohio State University Department of Internal Medicine offers a dynamic learning environment for fellows. If you're looking for excellence in medicine, you'll find it right here in each of the subspecialty training programs in the Department of Internal Medicine. Our faculty and fellows proudly uphold a strong tradition of excellence in clinical medicine and an innovative and outstanding teaching environment. Each program emphasizes advanced knowledge through research, an integral part of the mission of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Interventional Cardiology Fellows

Interventional Cardiology Fellows

Abiodun Ishola, MD

MD: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Abiodun.Ishola@osumc.edu

Nader Makki, MD

MD: American University of Beirut Medical School
Residency: University of Iowa
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Nader.Makki@osumc.edu

Umair Ahmad, MD

MD: St. Matthews University School of Medicine
Residency: Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Umair.Ahmad@osumc.edu

Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellows

Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellows

Naveen Saha, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: Case Western, University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Naveen.Saha@osumc.edu

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Cardiovascular Medicine Fellows

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellows

Jarrod Betz, MD

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency program: University of Colorado
Jarrod.Betz@osumc.edu

Courtney Campbell, MD

MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
Courtney.Campbell@osumc.edu

Serena Day, MD

MD: Drexel University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Serena.Day@osumc.edu

CVM Serena Day

Katherine Dodd, DO

DO: University of New England College of Medicine
Residency program: University of Rochester Medical Center
Katherine.Dodd@osumc.edu

CVM Katherine Dodd

Beth Foreman, DO

DO: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency: Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
Beth.Foreman@osumc.edu

CVM Beth Foreman

Avirup Guha, MBBS

MBBS: Seth G.S. Medical College
Residency program: Medical College of Georgia – Georgia Regents University
Avirup.Guha@osumc.edu

CVM Avirup Guha

Samuel Hayes, MD

MD: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Residency program: University of Utah
Samuel.Hayes@osumc.edu

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Jason Hopper, MD

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Residency: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Jason.Hopper@osumc.edu

CVM Jason Hopper

Omar Kahaly, MD

MD: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Omar.Kahaly@osumc.edu

Kristopher Kline, DO

DO: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Florida
Kristopher.Kline@osumc.edu

CVM Kristopher Kline

James Mann, MD

MD: Howard University College of Medicine
ResidencyThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
James.Mann@osumc.edu

CVM James Mann

Bryan Lee, MD

MD: Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Bryan.Lee@osumc.edu

CVM Bryan Lee

Salvatore Savona, MD

MD: University of Florida College of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Salvatore.Savona@osumc.edu

CVM Salvatore Savona

Amanda Lyon, MD

MD: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency program: University of Michigan
Amanda.Lyon@osumc.edu

CVM Amanda Lyon

Anezi Uzendu, MD

MD: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency: University of Alabama Birmingham
Anezi.Uzendu@osumc.edu

CVM Uzendu

Mark Marinescu, MD

MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency program: University of Virginia Health System
Mark.Marinescu@osumc.edu

M. Wesley Milks, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Michael.Milks@osumc.edu

CVM Michael Wesley Milks

James Monaco, MD

MD: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Residency program: Emory University
James.Monaco@osumc.edu

Adam Reynolds, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Adam.Reyolds@osumc.edu

CVM Reynolds

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellows

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellows

David Briston, MD

MD: West Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: University of Miami
General Cardiology Fellowship: Children's Hospital at Montefiore
David.Briston@osumc.edu

Lauren Lastinger, MD

MD: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Lauren.Lastinger@osumc.edu

Cardiovascular Diagnostics Fellows

Cardiovascular Diagnostics Fellows

Andrea Cardona, MD

MD: University of Perugia, Italy
General Cardiology Fellowship: St. George's University of London
Andrea.Cardona@osumc.edu

Mohamed Elamin, MBBS

MD: University of Juba College of Medicne
Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Toledo
Mohamed.Elamin@osumc.edu

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Electrophysiology Fellows

Electrophysiology Fellows

Rafael Cavalcanti, MD

MD: Tufts School of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation    
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Kentucky
Rafael.Cavalcanti@osumc.edu

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Muhammed Afzal, MD

MD: King Edward Medical University 
Residency: Good Samaritan Hospital
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Kansas Medical Center
Muhammad.Afzal@osumc.edu

Auroa Badin, MD

MD: University of Damascus
Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine – Jersey City Medical Center
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria
Auroa.Badin@osumc.edu

Hemant Godora, MD

MD: The University of North Carolina
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital – Washington University
General Cardiology Fellowship: The University of Alabama
Hemant.Godara@osumc.edu

Diego Fernando Alcivar Franco, MD

MD: Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil
Residency: University of Kentucky   
General Cardiology Fellowship: Summa Akron City Hospital
DiegoFernando.AlcivarFranco@osumc.edu

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellows

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellows

Pratima Nayak, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Veena Kesireddy, MD

MD: Katuri Medical College
Residency: Southern Illinois University

Maryam Taufeeq, MD

MD: Aga Khan University Medical College
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Neha Verma, MD

MD: St. George's University School of Medicine 
Residency: Morristown Medical Center

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows

Feng Li, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Christopher Linz, MD

MD: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Residency program: Case Western University

Ahmad Malli, MD

MD: American University of Beirut
Residency program: University of Minnesota

Christopher Murphy, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: University of Utah

Fasika Aberra, MD

MD: University of Michigan
Residency program: Vanderbilt University

Jennifer Behzadi, MD

MD: Indiana University
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Stephanie Pointer, MD

MD: Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency program: Vanderbilt University

Viyan Udawatta, MD

MD: University of Chicago 
Residency program: UPMC Montefiore/Presbyterian

Ahmad Anaizi, MD

MD: University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Veronica Jarido, MD

MD: University of Pittsburgh
Residency program: Duke University Hospital

Anjuli Luthra, MD

MD: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency program: Wake Forest Medical Center

Laura Nemer, MD

MD: University of Cincinnati 
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Infectious Diseases Fellows

Infectious Diseases Fellows

Jessica Barrett, DO

Dr. Barrett was born in Sidney, OH. She graduated from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, in 2013. She completed her internal medicine residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH, in June 2016. She received her BA in microbiology and molecular biology from Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Sisham Ingnam, MBBS

Dr. Ingnam was born in Damak, Nepal. He graduated with is MBBS from Kathmandu University School of Medical Services Nepal in 2008. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, OH, in June 2016. Dr. Ingnam is interested in reading, trekking and photography.

Khadieja Khalid, MBBCH

Dr. Khalid was born in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with her MBBCH from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain in 2012. She completed her internal medicine residency at University Hospital - Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH in June 2016. Dr. Khalid was married in December 2016.

Ashley Buffomante, MD

Dr. Buffomante was born in Buffalo, NY.  She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine with her MD degree in 2013.  She continued in Internal Medicine Residency at OSU and was the Chief Resident in 2016.  She is an AOA member and enjoys cycling, reading, and travel.

Griffen Taylor George, MBBS

Dr. George was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.  He graduated from the University of Queensland School of Medicine in Australia in 2014.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Miami/JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional GME Consortium in Atlantis, Florida.  He enjoys travel, hiking, hockey, trivia and baseball.

Philip Goldstein, MD

Dr. Goldstein was born in Baltimore, MD.  He graduated from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences in Israel in 2014 with his MD degree.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati in 2016.
Nephrology Fellows

Nephrology Fellows

Jonathan Ducastel, MD

DucastelPictureMD: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Kalamazoo Campus, Kalamazoo, MI, 2013
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, 2016

Gerardo Franco Ahumada, MD

FrancoPictureMD: Universidad Veracruzana Facultad de Medicina Veracruz, 2005
Residency program: Canton Medical Education Foundation - NEOMED, Canton, OH, 2016

Mohammad Katout, MD

KatoutPictureupdateMD: University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Syrian Arab Republic, 2002
Residency program: McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, MI, 2011

Jessica Nelson, MD

NelsonPictureUpdateMD: Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Huntington, WV, 2012
Residency program: Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA, 2016

Eshetu Obole, MD

ObolePictureMD: Jimma University College of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Ethiopia, 2003
Residency program: Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 2013

Josh Leisring, MD

Josh PictureMD: University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Stephen Roderer, MD

Steve PictureMD: The Ohio State University School of Medicine, Columbus, OH
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Priya Singh, MD

MD: Maulana Azad Medical College, India
Residency program: Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA

Naveed Ashfaq, MD

MD: Dow Medical College, Pakistan
Residency program: Dow University of Health Sciences and Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Bhavnish Bucktowarsing, MD

MD: Kasturba Medical College, Mani pal, India
Residency program: Canton Medical Education Foundation/NEOMED, Canton, OH

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

Bethany Brisbin, MD

Undergraduate: BA in psychology, Miami University
MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Julia Agne, MD

Undergraduate: BS in biomedical engineering, University of Cincinnati
MD: University of Cincinnati
Residency program: The Ohio State University - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Kevin (Yunpeng) Li, MD

Undergraduate: BS in genetics, University of California - Irvine
MD: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Residency program: University of Minnesota - Internal Medicine

Kristen Moyer, MD

Undergraduate: BS in psychology and biology, University of North Carolina
MD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Graduate: MS of theological studies at Duke Divinity School
Residency program: Yale-New Haven Hospital - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Interventional Pulmonology Fellow

Interventional Pulmonology Fellow

Ashraf Rashid, MD

2017 - 2018 fellow
MD: Seton Hall University/St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
Employer: Carolina Medical Center

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Lana Alghothani, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care and end of life care
Research interests: Critical care outcomes
Hometown: Upper Arlington, Ohio

Bio: Lana Alghothani grew up in Upper Arlington, Ohio. A lifelong buckeye, she attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in biology and Arabic and a minor in Spanish. After graduating cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, she completed an internal medicine residency there and stayed on as a fellow in 2015.

During her fellowship, Lana has worked with Drs. Diaz and Nana-Sinkam investigating the exosomal microRNA content of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of individuals with HIV and emphysema. She also serves on the ERT/code blue and diversity task force committees. Lana takes pride in sitting on the College of Medicine’s Admissions Committee, and has participated in its various activities, including Women in Medicine and MD Camp. She also has been invited several times as a panelist discussing diversity in medicine. 

Outside of medicine, Lana enjoys spending time with her family, exploring different parts of the world and cooking various cuisines. She has a special affection for coffee and often outscores her brothers when it comes to sports trivia.

Bryan Hay, MD

MD: University of Kansas
Residency program: Vanderbilt University
Clinical interests: Sepsis, ARDS, pulmonary vascular disease
Research interests: Clinical outcomes, ARDS, clinical education
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

Bio: Bryan Hay was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas with a BS in biochemistry before also attending the University of Kansas for medical school. After graduation he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he completed an internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. After residency, Bryan started his fellowship at The Ohio State University in 2015.

Bryan has presented original research on pulmonary hypertension, ARDS and pulmonary fibrosis at several international conferences. He is currently working with Megan Ballinger investigating the role of macrophages in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. Physician leadership is another area of interest. He has served on various multidisciplinary councils throughout his training and currently sits on the Medical Critical Care Operations Council and the Pharmacy, Therapeutics and Drug Utilization Formulary Committee at OSU.

Outside of work, Bryan is an avid sports fan and craft beer enthusiast. He also enjoys exercising, traveling and discovering everything Columbus has to offer with his family.

Steven Campbell, MD

MD: University of Kentucky
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Quality improvement measures in the ICU 
Research interests: Pulmonary hypertension
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Sheri Shimizu-Saito, MD

MD: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine
Residency program: ­­­­­University of Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program

Clinical interests: Asthma, COPD
Research interests: Asthma, COPD, clinical outcomes research in critical care
Hometown: Pearl City, Hawaii

Michael Wert, MD

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Sepsis, ARDS and cystic fibrosis
Research interests: Code blue quality improvement, medical and resident education, cystic fibrosis
Hometown: Pittsburg, PA

Ryan Westman, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care, interstitial lung diseases
Research interests: Critical care, interstitial lung disease
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Avi Cooper, MD

MD: Harvard Medical School
Residency program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care, general pulmonary
Research interests: Medical education
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

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Stephen Doyle, DO, MBA

MD:  Kansas City University
Residency program:  University of Kansas

Clinical interests: Sepsis, critical care, COPD
Research interests: Sepsis, critical care, COPD, medical education, quality improvement
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Derrick Herman, MD

MD: University of Cincinnati
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Van Le, MD

MD: Boston University
Residency program: ­­­­­Lahey Clinic

Virgil Secasanu, MD

MD: University of Central Florida
Residency program: University of Colorado

Clinical interests:  Interventional pulmonology, critical care
Research interests: Bioengineering, medical device development, pleurodosis, interventional pulmonology
Hometown: Cumming, GA

Joanna Tsai, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: Critical care, end of life care, sepsis, lung cancer
Research interests: Clinical outcomes, sepsis, lung cancer
Hometown: North Potomac, MD

Elie Homsy, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital (Med-Peds)

Clinical interests: Ultrasound, critical care, pulmonary hypertension
Research interests: Pulmonary hypertension
Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon 

Arindam (AJ) Singha, MD

MD: State University of New York Upstate
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

 

Jennica Johns, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Fellowship Program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) 

Kevin Patterson, MD

MD: Michigan State College of Human Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical interests: COPD, critical care
Research interests: Medical education, clinical outcomes 
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan

 

Megan Conroy, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Clinical interests: Critical care, sepsis, general pulmonary medicine
Research interests: Medical education, quality improvement, critical care
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland

 

Ryan Story, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency program: Vanderbilt University

Clinical interests: Critical care
Research interests: Point of care ultrasound, critical care 
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

 
Rheumatology Fellows

Rheumatology Fellows

Paul Jensen, MD

MD: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Donald Whisler, MD

MD: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Residency program: Allegheny General Hospital - Western Pennsylvania Hospital

Kai Quin, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Elaine Alexander, MD

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Residency program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Bryan Coniglio, MD

MD: Wayne State University
Residency program: Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State

John Fleming, DO

DO: Michigan State University/Osteopathic
Residency program: Western Michigan University/Homer Stryker

Veronica Mruk, MD

MD: Jagiellonian University Poland
Residency program: East Carolina University