current residents

PGY-1

jake abbuhl
Jake Abbuhl, MD

School: Albany Medical College

Hometown: Slingerlands, NY

Professional Interests: I am most interested in general pediatrics. I also have some interest in hospitalist medicine and emergency medicine. I hope to get involved in research related to childhood obesity.

Personal Interests: Anything outdoors! I spent my undergraduate years fly fishing in Maine at Colby College. I also got to rock climb in the local gyms and outside at the gunks while I was in medical school in Albany. In the winter I have enjoyed getting back into skiing over the past few years, with all of the great options in upstate New York. Also, pizza and sushi.

What drew you to our training program? After completing medical school at Albany Medical College I knew I wanted to stay for residency. The residents and attendings that I worked with were all so supportive of one another and made for a great learning environment. The wide catchment area of AMC provides extremely diverse patients and pathology. We also have program leadership that works to make tangible changes rapidly if things need to be improved. Plus, the outdoor opportunities in upstate New York are endless. Hundreds of mountains to hike in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Countless streams and lakes to explore. Additionally, great restaurants and breweries are available throughout Albany and in the surrounding cities like Troy and Saratoga.

kelsey card
Kelsey Card, DO

School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Salem, NH
Professional Interests: General Pediatrics
Personal interests: Playing board games, golfing, hiking, and finding new tv shows to watch!
What drew you to our program: I was originally drawn to Albany Med for the strong general pediatrics program with opportunities for community outreach and how close it is to home. But it was the sense of community that I felt during the interview (even through Zoom interviews!) that really made my decision.

abhilash gazula
Abhilash Gazula, MD, MPH

School: University of Massachusetts

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Professional interest: Critical Care, Cardiology, Med Ed, Health Policy

Personal interest: Woodworking, Cooking, and Failing to keep plants alive

What drew me to the program? Large PICU, great group of people, Dr Nagle was a very fun and honest interviewer

sacha magder
Sacha Magder, MBBCH

School: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland School of Medicine

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Professional Interests: PICU, Pediatric Cardiology

Personal Interests: Anything outdoors: hiking, skiing, and especially skiing (downhill or X-country).
Music has always helped me keep my head level, and during covid, I got really into music producing too.

What drew you to our training program? One of the biggest things that brought me to AMC was the PICU - it's a big unit, but operates without fellows, which really gives residents the opportunity to build independence and confidence.

The other thing that really got me interested in AMC was the PedSTAR program. I'm really looking forward to getting some hands-on experience learning about advocacy and policy.

chenani mogibelo
Chenani Mogibelo, MD

School: St. George’s University

Hometown: Botswana

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, PICU, endocrinology

Personal Interests: Cooking, knitting, painting, writing, walks

What drew you to our training program?: I liked the NICU and PEDSTAR rotations and during my interview the PD emphasized that the program was resident centered, which meant more hands-on experience and real-time feedback, which I really appreciate.

justin morris
Justin Morris, DO, MS

School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Albany, NY

Professional Interest: I like to have variety both in the organ systems I'm addressing and the patients' stories I'm hearing, so I'm considering HemOnc and Hospitalist Fellowships. I also enjoy Medical Education, Narrative Medicine, and Global Health.

Personal Interest: I love exploring my surroundings by running, day hiking, and road cycling. And I enjoy learning new ways to tell stories by reading short fiction and The New Yorker.

What drew me to AMC: I consider myself really lucky that the place where I got my first clinical experiences, already feel quite comfortable, and is down the road from where I grew up, just happens to be an ever-improving teaching hospital that provides strong Pediatric care. The class size is a happy medium, continuity clinic is just across the street, and the cafeteria is decidedly above average for a hospital.

soumya rajupet
Soumya Rajupet, MD

School: St. George’s University

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Interests: Trying to keep an open mind but hospitalist, general pediatrics

Personal Interests: Painting, Indian classical dance, singing, hiking, exploring new restaurants

What drew you to our training program?: I loved how down-to-earth and genuine everyone I met was, and the program's emphasis on making sure we receive a well-rounded education. But the biggest thing that stood out to me was the sense of camaraderie/friendship between the residents. The impression I got was that everyone worked hard but was genuinely happy and supported which is exactly what I was looking for.

atsan senghor
Atsan Senghor, MD

School: St. George’s University

Hometown: Dakar, Senegal

Professional interests: General Pediatrics, Medical Education

Personal interests: Spoken word poetry, salsa dancing, baking

What drew you to AMC?: The close-knit environment, faculty dedication to resident's learning, large catchment area, and a small city

ian shaw
Ian Shaw, DO

School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Sutton, MA

Military service: United States Navy

Professional Interests: General pediatrics, developmental, adolescent pediatrics

Personal Interests: Reading, going for walks, music, movies, coffee, dining out

What drew you to our training program? Of all the programs I interviewed with AMC gave me the best vibes. Living somewhere with a great income to cost of living ratio was very important to me as I have kids and higher expenses. I also didn't want to live in a huge, overwhelming city with my family and have a tough commute to work everyday. Albany really checked off all the important factors, both professional and personal, that I was looking for in a pediatric residency.

j'nae smith
J’nae Smith, MD

School: St. George’s University

Hometown: Trinidad

Professional Interests: Neonatology, Child Advocacy

Personal Interests: Photography, hiking, biking, anything outdoor activity really, playing video games, finding new places to eat.

What drew you to our training program?: Initially I was drawn to the program because of its curriculum, particularly PEDSTAR which is unique to this program, the number of subspecialties and the diversity/size of the patient population served by AMC. After interviewing at this program, I realized how genuinely connected the residents are, I could tell that they genuinely liked being around each other both inside and outside of the hospital and this isn’t something that’s easily portrayed through virtual interviews, but I was able to get a sense of that. The experiences shared by the residents let me know that this program is one where I will be supported throughout my entire training in an environment where there is great camaraderie amongst faculty and residents. The attendings further showcased the close-knit feel and support this program offers. The program director, Dr. Nagle, made it very clear during my interview that he is willing to work with the residents to ensure that their individual needs are met to allow for successful training.

ray trembley
Ray Trembley, DO

School:Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Selma, CA
Military Service: United States Navy

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Possibly Hospitalist.

Personal Interests: I'm a new white belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bicycling on my gravel bike, but most of the time is dedicated to raising my two children (They're time-consuming!)

What drew you to AMC?: During my time in the military, I was stationed in the Capital Region where we were heavily involved in charity work with children in the community. Many of these children and parents had a wonderful experience with their care at Albany Med. The well-rounded, dynamic, interdisciplinary curriculum supports the program’s laser focus on providing outstanding, high-quality care for Eastern New York’s children. Taking all of these factors into account, I knew there would be no other residency program in America that would be better suited for my desire to return and serve my adopted community.

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PGY-2

nicole d'emic
Nicole D'Emic, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: Ossining, NY

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Rheumatology, Genetics, Adolescent Medicine

Personal Interests: Baking, hiking, playing board games and finding great ice cream shops

What drew you to our training program? I was looking for a program with a great diversity of patients and approachable friendly residents which is exactly what I found at AMC. I was also drawn to the many specialties available here to help me explore my career interests. Above all, the best thing I remember about my interview day was how connected and happy the residents were.

kayla delmar
Kayla Delmar, DO

School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hometown: Plattsburgh, NY
Professional Interests: Undecided
Personal interests: Being a dog mom, yoga, hiking,traveling, cooking.
What drew you to our program: The friendly atmosphere, fun residents and location close to family.

luisa gonzalez
Luisa Gonzalez, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: I would say I have 3 hometowns because we have moved a lot so Cartagena, Colombia, Naples, Florida, and currently Frederick, Maryland

Professional interest: unsure but I like advocacy, emergency pediatrics, General peds.

Personal interest: spending time with my cute puppy Confetti, trying new recipes, gardening, reading, and having dance parties in front of the mirror.

What drew me to the program? EVERYTHING! the whole interview experience was amazing. The residents were authentic and kind. They genuinely liked each other and their chemistry was undeniable. I immediately felt at ease and comfortable around them. PK and the entire team of attending physicians were enthusiastic about the program and I felt that this would be a program where I would feel supported by them while learning from them. Also the STAR program dedicated to advocacy/research was a huge component of the curriculum which is unique to this program.

nadia hill
Nadia Hill, MBBCHB

School: University College Dublin School of Medicine and Medical Science

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Professional Interests: NICU, child advocacy, hospitalist

Personal Interests: travelling, knitting, baking, DIY projects, hiking, canoeing and kayaking

What drew you to our training program? I remember finishing my interview and thinking that the residents I spoke with were the loveliest people I met on the interview trail. Everyone talked about how supported they felt throughout their training, and spoke so highly of the faculty and program. Dr. Nagle is also super passionate about making the residency program experience as good as it can be for everyone. Additionally, there is extensive training available for starting an advocacy research project, which I found was unique to the program.

nick lam
Nick Lam, MBBCH

School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland School of Medicine

Hometown: Hong Kong

Professional Interests: GI, mental health, childhood obesity, community advocacy

Personal Interests: Rocking climbing, cooking, hiking, video-games, martial arts.

What drew you to our training program?: I was drawn to the all around quality of the program. I liked that here you have the ability to be involved in the entire process of patient care from start to finish. Also as someone interested in fellowship, I liked that there is exposure to the whole variety of pediatric subspecialties. The class size was also important for me because of the level of attention and camaraderie you get with smaller class sizes. Needless to say I felt extremely welcomed by all the residents and program leadership. And finally, as someone with family and friends in Canada and New York City, the location was an important factor for me in choosing this program!

hunter macdonald
Hunter MacDonald, DO

School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Oneonta, NY

Professional Interest: Definitely not sure. Primarily interested in pediatric hospitalist currently, but that could change by tomorrow.

Personal Interest: Playing guitar, playing video games, all the outdoor activities I can do while the weather is nice.

What drew me to AMC: My hometown is about an hour away from here, and I went to college across the street from AMC and lived in Albany for 2 more years before moving to Maine for medical school. I always imagined coming back to the area and having the opportunity to work at Albany Med.

kate mcgrath
Kate McGrath, DO

School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Plymouth, MA / Fryeburg, ME

Professional Interests: General pediatrics, hematology/oncology

Personal Interests: Anything outside, especially hiking and skiing. New England sports. Cooking and baking.

What drew you to our training program?: The size of the program and the number of pediatric subspecialties first interested me in the program, but it was the sense of community that I felt on interview day that led me here.

khushboo patel
Khushboo Patel, DO

School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

Professional interests: General Pediatrics

Personal interests: Baking, working out, hiking, spending quality time with my cat

I was drawn to AMC by the genuine connections amongst residents that I observed during my interview experience. It seemed as though everyone was friends with each other and wanted their peers to succeed. I also felt that both academic and personal growth was valued in this program. The residents were definitely working hard but were also taking care of themselves and making time for fun. This has held true during my time at AMC thus far. I have felt tremendous support from my co-residents, attendings and staff here and look forward to building on these relationships. I also appreciate being at an institution that truly values teaching me how to be a great pediatrician.

dc rosario
DC Rosario, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: Derwood, MD

Professional Interests: neonatology, genetics, neuro-oncology, critical care

Personal Interests: travel, music (singing, live concerts), basketball, true crime/thriller movies, anime/manga, trying new food

What drew you to our training program? I was immediately drawn to the camaraderie among the residents and quality of training. As the only academic medical center and pediatric tertiary care center within 25 counties, we often see rare, unique pathology arising from a large, diverse patient population. There are countless opportunities to get involved in whatever aspect of pediatrics interests you. The program is incredibly well-rounded, and the warm atmosphere is second to none.

lauren sussman
Lauren Sussman, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY

Professional Interests: Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Chronic Illness Advocacy and Wellness

Personal Interests: Dance (ballet, tap and theatre jazz), Broadway Musicals, British Literature (especially Jane Austen and Harry Potter), scrapbooking, Pub Quizzes

What drew you to our training program?: There were many things I loved about AMC, such as the amazing residents, the great opportunities within the program, and the wonderful support I felt that the faculty provided. One of the biggest things that really drew me to AMC was the PedSTAR rotation. My future goals as a physician involves wanting to pursue avenues of advocacy and wellness for children with chronic illnesses. Another thing I really enjoyed about working in the city of Albany is the catchment area, which really has shown to be a great experience for exploring and learning about many various different pathologies amongst the pediatric population.

kristy wilkinson
Kristy Wilkinson, MD

School: Albany Medical College
Hometown: Colonie, NY

Professional Interests: PEM, PICU, or hospitalist medicine

Personal Interests: Riding/training/competing horses, spending time with my family, 2 cats, 2 dogs and horse, trying new restaurants, craft beer tasting, and skiing in the winter.

Albany will always have a special place in my heart. I was born here at AMC and grew up just outside of Albany. I went to undergraduate at Siena, and stayed for medical school. I really got to know the residents, attendings, and nurses on the pediatric floors during my time as a student and knew it was an excellent, supportive training environment.

I’m most looking forward to continuing to build amazing friendships with AMC Peds throughout my intern year and beyond!

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PGY-3

alice basin
Alice Basin, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from: I grew up in the Bronx for 10 years and then moved to Glen Rock, NJ.

Professional Interests: Endocrinology, Genetics, Cardiology, Rheumatology...still deciding!

Personal Interests: I used to be a competitive ballroom and latin dancer, but now I enjoy salsa dancing, learning new styles and choreographing wedding dances for my fam and friends. I love to run and hike; now that I live in the Capital Region, I plan to become an Adirondack 46er!

The AMC Pediatric Residency Program initially stood out to me because: I was impressed by the residency program on my interview day and felt confident it would help shape me into a strong and well-rounded pediatrician. All the residents and faculty I met were very welcoming. I knew I would have a great network of people around me if I was to join the team.

russell dedon
Russell Dedon, MD

School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Hometown: I am from Dublin, California (SF East Bay area)

Professional Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Neurology and General Pediatrics

Personal Interests: Dancing (ballroom and swing), folklore, bicycling, board games and reading for pleasure.

Looking back on the last year, it's incredible to see how much you accomplish, and how far you progress with patient care. At the beginning of the year I felt like I was scrambling after my seniors to watch and learn how to care for a patient, and by the end of the year I felt like a valued and crucial part of the care team, an actual physician.
This unexpected pandemic has pushed open some major revelations. I originally ranked Albany as my number 1 choice because of the staff and their pledge of support, and man, has it ever been put to the test by these circumstances. The clinical faculty has come through in every way. I have always felt supported and engaged regardless of my assignment.

lea dikranian
Lea Dikranian, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from: Montreal, CA

Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Critical Care

Personal Interests: Traveling, hiking, the Montreal Canadians, petting every dog that passes me on the street and attempting to find authentic poutine in Albany.

Looking back on intern year, please share with prospective applicants what made you feel most accomplished/inspired/fulfilled: The amount of personal and intellectual growth each one of us has attained. As an intern, we often suffer from imposter syndrome. By the end of the year, it was exciting to see how we all had more confidence in our ability to treat and educate our patients.

What have you come to realize and appreciate about life in Albany that you didn't anticipate? The close proximity to my fellow residents. We are able to get together often as we are all within walking distance/short drive from each other. I also appreciate being so close to the outdoors. There are many hiking opportunities including the 46 Adirondacks High Peaks.

raya al ghalayini
Raya Al Ghalayini, MD

School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine

Where are you from: Amman, Jordan

Professional Interests: Allergy/Immunology and Child Advocacy

Personal Interests: Art, tennis and travel

Looking back on intern year, please share with prospective applicants what made you feel most accomplished/inspired/fulfilled: It's incredible how one year can change a person, starting off I felt indecisive and needed constant verification. After one year of residency, I feel more confident making decisions and advocating for my patients. I think this change was mainly due to having amazing seniors in intern year who provided me with an appropriate combination of independence and supervision.

What have you come to realize and appreciate about life in Albany that you didn't anticipate?:
Before moving here, I didn't realize how beautiful nature is in Albany. There are many things to do all year long, I also feel like in our residency program, we have great dynamics, everyone is so genuine and supportive.

maya mihic
Maya Mihic, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from: Montreal, CA

Professional Interests: Definitely fellowship - NICU is at the tope of my list, but currently loving hematology/oncology.

Personal Interests: Traveling the world; exploring and eating my way through cities, one country at a time. Netflix and movies, valid interest provides me with a lot of joy.

The AMC Pediatric Residency Program initially stood out to me because: During the interview process I was told by many residents that you get a "feeling" and a "vibe" from the programs. Going into interviews, I took diligent notes because I wanted to make my decision on logic alone. Turns out the "feels" are real people! I left the AMC interview having taken zero notes and feeling amazing. I wanted to work with every single resident I met that day and hang out with them after work! I also had a feeling Dr. Nagle took every resident as a project and helps them get to their finish line, whether it be gen peds or fellowship (I was not wrong). When ranking, I made my decision solely on a gut feeling that AMC was the program right for me. Once the basics were covered (Level 1 Trauma, Level 4 NICU and tertiary care center) I just trusted my gut. Plus, total bonus that I'm closest I've been to home in 4 years!

amber molin
Amber Molin, DO

School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from: Hicksville, NY

Professional Interests: Endocrinology, Critical Care

Personal Interests: Running, yoga, photography and meeting new dogs in the neighborhood.

The AMC Pediatric Residency Program initially stood out to me because: When I interviewed at AMC, I got the impression the residents all got along really well, both at work and in their free time. I also felt they were fully prepared to move onto the next part of their training upon graduating residency.

nicole saglamer
Nicole Saglamer, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Public and global health, preventive medicine & child advocacy

Personal Interests: Cooking (the kitchen is my happy place), traveling with family and friends (I can't sit still), and eating my way through foreign cities

Intern year was definitely different than what I expected, but in the best way. It's crazy how much you learn and grow as a new doctor in just one year, but I think this feeling is a real testament to AMC peds. Everyone is so willing to teach, give the residents an opportunity to learn and really provide us the opportunity to grow into great pediatricians. It has been comforting to learn and go through training with a team that not only believes in you but pushes you and challenges you only to make you the best doctor you can be.

To be honest, I have always loved living in big cities and wasn't sure how living in a smaller city like Albany would be, but I think it has been a great place to be a resident. I love how close me and all my fellow residents live to one another and how easy it is for us to hang out, go out to eat, plan activities and make last minute plans. I also really appreciate how friendly everyone is, though NYC will always be home for me, I love how nice (and less grumpy) people upstate are!

addie smith
Addie Smith, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: I grew up about half on the east coast (PA, ME, MA, OH, & MD) and half overseas in England (I was born in London), Poland, and Hungary. The longest I have lived in one place was Colorado for 8 years prior to med school.

Professional Interests: After graduation, I want to move back out west and work as either a rural community pediatrician in a mountain town or possibly as a community hospitalist. I haven't ruled out EM fellowship sometime in the future though!
Personal Interests: Anything outside! I especially love backcountry skiing, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, and going for boat rides. I also love dogs, cooking, reading, traveling and hanging out with my family!

Looking back on intern year, please share with prospective applicants what made you feel most accomplished/inspired/fulfilled:
It has been very fulfilling that in the first month of my second year, I am working NICU nights, and, while far from knowing how to handle every problem that comes my way, I do feel comfortable managing the floor solo, knowing when and how to get help, and perhaps most importantly, when I need it! That aside, it has been so inspiring to watch some of the patients I first met in the newborn nursery grow up -- they're 9 months old at the time I'm writing this!
What have you come to realize and appreciate about life in Albany that you didn't anticipate?:
Albany has great access to the outdoors and Albany itself is a really easy place to live, especially during the busy days of residency. Housing is inexpensive, and you don't have to battle traffic to get around. There are great outdoor options nearby, as well as nice restaurants and bars when you need a quick break but don't have tons of time.
What drew you to our training program?:
Looking back on intern year, please share with prospective applicants what made you feel most accomplished/ inspired/ fulfilled: "I remember feeling very fulfilled in the first month of my second year, when I was working NICU nights, and I realized that, far from being able to handle every problem that came my way, I did feel comfortable managing the floor alone at night (with lots of help from the APPs and attendings!), knowing when and how to get help, and, perhaps most improtantly, when I needed it! That aside, it has been inspiring to watch some of the patients I first met in the newborn nursery grow up -- they are now almost 2 years old!"

emma weismann
Emma Weismann, MD

School: Tulane University School of Medicine

Where are you from: Valparaiso, IN, but my heart belongs in New Orleans.

Professional Interests: Adolescent Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Personal Interests: Reality television, shopping, drinking good wine, and trying to tame my wild kitten, June.

The AMC Pediatric Residency Program initially stood out to me because: of Dr. Nagle, our program director. The residents are his top priority, and he interacts on a genuine level with all of us on an almost daily basis. He cares about our struggles, our goals, our cohesiveness as a team, and our lives outside of medicine. He roots for the underdog and believes in us - sometimes more than we believe in ourselves. Plus, he helped curate the most incredible group of co-interns, whom I love so much. I truly would not be at AMC if it weren't for Dr. Nagle.

courtney willis
Courtney Willis, MD

School: Albany Medical College

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine

Personal Interests: I enjoy reading a good book and watching movies/Netflix. I love playing board games and I may also do the occasional Harry Potter Lego set!

Looking back on intern year I really appreciate how much everyone was dedicated to my education. There was always a senior resident or attending ready to teach something to make me a better doctor. I also had the opportunity to perform a lot of procedures. Everyone teaches with amazing knowledge and without judgment. It inspires me to be that type of senior resident and eventually attending.

I really appreciate living in Albany. We (all of my co residents and I) live so close to each other that we are able to get together frequently. We are always able to find a place to go out for dinner without having to make reservations. We are also always able to find things to do without spending a lot of money. I anticipated the lower cost of living in Albany than at other programs but I did not realize how much money I would be able to save while in residency.

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