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

Maurice Alston, MD

MD: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Doctor's Hospital
General Cardiology Fellowship: Doctor's Hospital
Maurice.Alston@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

Salim Thabet, MD

MD: American University of Beirut
Residency: Case Western
General Cardiology Fellowship: Emory University
Salim.Thabet@osumc.edu
Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellows

Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellows

Deepthi Mosali, MD

MD: Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical School
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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Jordan Thomas, MD

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Jordan.Thomas@osumc.edu

Jordan-Thomas
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, Chief Resident
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, Chief Resident
Beth.Foreman@osumc.edu

CVM Beth Foreman

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Zachary Garrett, MD

MD: West Virginia University
Residency: The Ohio State University, Chief Resident
Zachary.Garrett@osumc.edu

Samuel Hayes, MD

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

Jason Hopper, MD

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

CVM Jason Hopper

Kristopher Kline, DO

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

CVM Kristopher Kline

Amanda Lyon, MD

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

CVM Amanda Lyon

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

James Mann, MD

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

CVM James Mann

William "Bo" Marshall, MD

MD: The Ohio State University
Residency: The Ohio State University, Chief Resident
William.Marshall@osumc.edu

Salvatore Savona, MD

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

CVM Salvatore Savona

Anezi Uzendu, MD

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

CVM Uzendu

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellows

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellows

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

Marc Lee, MD

MD: West Virginia
Residency: University of Tennessee
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Tennessee
Marc.Lee@osumc.edu
Cardiovascular Diagnostics Fellows

Cardiovascular Diagnostics Fellows

Mitkumar Patel, MD

MD: Medical University of Lublin
Residency: St. Elizabeth/Tufts
General Cardiology Fellowship: University of Massachusetts Bayside
Mitkumar.Patel@osumc.edu
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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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

Jemina Osei MD

MD: The Ohio State University
Residency: University of South Florida
General Cardiology Fellowship: Howard University
Jemina.Osei@osumc.edu

Omar Kahaly, MD

MD: University of Toledo
Residency: The Ohio State University
General Cardiology Fellowship: The Ohio State University
Omar.Kahaly@osumc.edu
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellows

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Fellows

Maryam Taufeeq, MD Second year fellow

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

Neha Verma, MD Second year fellow

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

Irina Azaryan, MD First year fellow

MD: Yerevan State Medical University
Residency: Mt. Carmel Health

Paul Belany, DO First year fellow

DO: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: The Christ Hospital
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Fellows

Feng Li, MD Third year fellow

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

Christopher Linz, MD Third year fellow

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

Ahmad Malli, MD Third year fellow

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

Christopher Murphy, MD Third year fellow

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

Fasika Aberra, MD Second year fellow

MD: University of Michigan
Residency program: Vanderbilt University

Jennifer Behzadi, MD Second year fellow

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

Stephanie Pointer, MD Second year fellow

MD: Morehouse School of Medicine
Residency program: Vanderbilt University

Viyan Udawatta, MD Second year fellow

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

Ahmad Anaizi, MD First year fellow

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 First year fellow

MD: University of Pittsburgh
Residency program: Duke University Hospital

Anjuli Luthra, MD First year fellow

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

Laura Nemer, MD First year fellow

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

Infectious Diseases Fellows

Infectious Diseases Fellows

Jessica Barrett, DO Second year fellow, chief fellow

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 Second year fellow

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 Second year fellow

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 First year fellow

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 First year fellow

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 First year fellow

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

Bhavnish Bucktowarsing, MD Second year fellow, Chief Fellow

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

Jessica Nelson, MD Third year fellow

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

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Josh Leisring, MD Second year fellow

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

Stephen Roderer, MD Second year fellow

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

Naveed Ashfaq, MD Second year fellow

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

Annise Chung, DO Transplant Nephrology Fellow

DO: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus – Suwanee, GA
Residency Program: PCOM Consortium
Nephrology Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
 

 

Joseph Tasch, DO First year fellow

DO:  A.T. Still University of Health Sciences – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Program: Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV
 

Rasha Alawieh, MD First year fellow

MD: American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon
Residency Program: American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
 

Sherif Metwally, MD First year fellow

MD: Wayne State University, MI
Residency Program: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
 

Tyler Gutkoski, MD First year fellow

MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Residency Program: Case Western MetroHealth, Cleveland, 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

Prarthna Chandar, MD 2018-2019 Fellow

MD: Government Kilpauk Medical College
Residency program: Maimonides Medical Center (India)

Clinical interests: Pulmonary, critical care, Interventional Pulmonology
Research interests: Endobronchial valves, medical thoracoscopy
Hometown: Chennai, India
 
Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows

Avi Cooper, MD Third year fellow

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

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

Bio: Avi Cooper was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Boston, Massachusetts in high school. He attended Yeshiva University in New York City where he studied English literature and biology and graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian. He attended medical school at Harvard University where he was selected for a research fellowship through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He remained in Boston for his Internal Medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he developed an interest in medical education and completed a clinician educator track. As a senior resident Avi was selected by his peers to receive the Lowell McGhee award for excellence in teaching and joined the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He came to The Ohio State University in 2016 for fellowship. 

During fellowship he has helped develop a small group-based core curriculum for residents rotating in the MICU and is investigating techniques to help enhance the educational value of MICU rounds. Avi also served as the primary preceptor for a pre-clinical Ohio State medical student in his fellow's clinic for the Longitudinal Practice curriculum and received departmental recognition for his research into transitions in training from medical school to residency. He has co-authored a textbook chapter with Dr. McCallister on teaching pulmonary/critical care fellows and was awarded the Robert J. Fass Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow from the Department of Medicine during his second year. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. His clinical research interests center on the prevention of organ injury in sepsis. 

Outside of medicine, Avi enjoys spending time with his wife and son, drinking good cold-brewed coffee, playing classical piano, and training for (short) triathlons.

Stephen Doyle, DO, MBA Third year fellow

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 Third year fellow

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

Van Le, MD Third year fellow

MD: Boston University
Residency program: ­­­­­Lahey Clinic

Virgil Secasanu, MD Third year fellow

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 Third year fellow

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

Megan Conroy, MD Second year fellow

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

 

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Elie Homsy, MD Second year fellow

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 

Jennica Johns, MD Second year fellow

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 Second year fellow

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

 

Arindam (AJ) Singha, MD Second year fellow

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

 

Ryan Story, MD Second year fellow

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

 

Blake Chopin, MD First year fellow

MD:  Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency Program: 
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Internal Medicine 

Clinical Interests: 
Interstitial Lung Disease
Research Interests: 
Interstitial Lung Disease and Quality Improvement
Hometown: 
Kansas City, MO

Kevin Ho, MD First year fellow

MD: Wayne State University
Residency Program:
Michigan

Clinical Interests:
Pleural Disease
Research Interests:  
Pleural Disease
Hometown:
Rochester Hills, Michigan

Nihal Patel, MD First year fellow

MD:   The Ohio State University
Residency Program:
University of Maryland

Clinical Interests:
Sepsis, ARDS
Research Interests:
Healthcare economics, critical care outcomes and occupational health
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

Rachel Quaney, MD First year fellow

MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Residency Program:
University of South Carolina Greenville

Clinical Interests:
Critical care and sepsis
Research Interests:
Critical care outcomes, medical education, quality improvement
Hometown:
Wichita, KS

Brittany Rosales, MD First year fellow

MD: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Residency Program:
Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Clinical Interests:
Critical care medicine
Hometown:
La Porte, Texas

George Venious, MD First year fellow

MD: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency Program:
Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Clinical Interests:
General pulmonology and critical care
Hometown:
New Hudson, MI
Rheumatology Fellows

Rheumatology Fellows

Elaine Alexander, MD Second year fellow

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

Bryan Coniglio, MD Second year fellow

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

John Fleming, DO Second year fellow

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

Veronica Mruk, MD Second year fellow

MD: Jagiellonian University Poland
Residency program: East Carolina University

Yue Ding, MD First year fellow

MD: University of Iowa

Residency Program: Medical College of Wisconsin

Jacob Seymour, DO First year fellow

MD: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency Program: Riverside Methodist Hospital

Lydia Cortes-Betancourt, MD First year fellow

MD: University of Puerto Rico

Residency Program: VA Caribbean Healthcare System