current residents

PGY-1

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.

What are you most looking forward to about intern year? I am looking forward to learning a lot and growing into my role as a resident pediatrician. I am excited to explore the Albany area and spend time with my coresidents. I am excited to see how this program will help shape me into a thorough pediatrician and challenge me as I work through residency training.

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.
What are you most looking forward to about intern year? Learning as much as I can and going on adventures with my co-residents!

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.

What are you most looking forward to about intern year? To see how much I can grow and learn. I know it'll be challenging but I'm excited to see myself thrive through it all with the help of my albany med pediatrics family.

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.

What are you most looking forward to about intern year? Starting to feel like a real doctor! It's exciting to learn pediatric medicine in more depth and to have clinical duties, including a panel of patients in the general pediatrics clinic that I provide a majority of care for.

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!

What are you most looking forward to about intern year?: I'm excited for all the clinical hands-on learning and I'm excited to bond with and be a part of a team of hardworking, like-minded, kid-focused individuals!

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.

What I’m looking forward to most during intern year: having the feeling of "I’m just the intern" slowly fade away. That happens, right?

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.

What are you most looking forward to about intern year?: Continuing to learn and grow as a physician as well as building new relationships.

Khushboo Patel, DO

School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Virginia Campus

Hometown: Edison, New Jersey

Professional interests: Palliative Care and General Pediatrics

Personal interests: Baking cookies, finding new breweries, hiking, FaceTiming 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. Residents were definitely working hard but were also taking care of themselves and having fun. This has held true during my intern experience so far. I have felt tremendous support from my co-residents and preceptors and look forward to building these relationships during the next few years. I also look forward to training at an institution that truly values teaching me how to be a great pediatrician.

DC Rosario, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: Derwood, MD

Professional Interests: pediatric neurology, neonatology, palliative care, pediatric complex care, genetics, pediatric oncology

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.

What are you most looking forward to about intern year? I look forward to optimizing my learning experience and enhancing patient care. I'm super excited to collaborate with various services within the hospital. I'm grateful for the opportunity to provide care for my own patients as well as create lifelong memories with my colleagues and faculty.

Lauren Sussman, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY

Professional Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Advocacy

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

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 especially Dr. Nagle. 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 for children with chronic illnesses, and I saw the PedSTAR rotation as a great jumping off point for that.

What are you most looking forward to about intern year?: The first thing I am most looking forward to during intern year is getting to know my way around the hospital. After I master that, I am very much looking forward to the PedSTAR rotation. But mostly, I am excited about being part of the AMC pediatric family.

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-2

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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: I'm deciding between rural full spectrum pediatrics and doing fellowship training in NICU or EM (I'm soul searching trying to reconcile my competing loves of continuity and community on one hand and acuity on the other!).
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.

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, 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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PGY-3

Daniel Fernandez, MD

School: Albany Medical College

Where are you from: Albany, NY

Professional Interests: Still deciding, but interested in fellowships including Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Cardiology.

Personal Interests: Both playing and watching soccer, all kinds of animals (especially my German Shepard), anything outside in the summer, Kurver Kreme ice cream, music concerts at SPAC, country music in the summer, skiing in the winter.

I am beyond excited to be doing my pediatric residency training at AMC! I was born and raised in Albany and love the capital district. When I was 12 years old, I was diagnosed with Leukemia and was treated here at Albany Med. The physicians and nurses and entire staff were amazing and helped me get through a difficult time. I know that the pediatric residency program here is strong and will give me the knowledge and skills to become an excellent pediatrician! I look forward to being able to train and work, to give back to the hospital where I was treated and the community that I grew up in.

Tomilayo Jacobs, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from: Abuja, Nigeria

Professional Interests: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Peds ED, Research

Personal Interests: I love traveling, board games, Manchester United and Pinterest recipes.

During my interview, I could tell the residents had a great relationship with each other. I also like that we have the STAR block, which is dedicated to research and advocacy.

Rajesh Kulenthiarajan, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Hometown: Boston, MA

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine, Community/Global Health

Personal Interests: Everything and anything Boston sports related, tennis, microbrews, trying to find a good pizza slice anywhere I go. Did I mention Boston sports?

AMC has shown me such a wide range of cases, pathology, and experiences that I thought i’d never see. From rare cancers, to brain tumors, to treating congenital cardiac babies, these are cases you can only see and treat first hand in residency. Albany itself renewed my love for hiking, long drives in the country, and good IPAs. Coming from a big city like Boston I have come to appreciate the close knit neighborhoods, the accessibility to nature. My wife and I have totally embraced the upstate life.

Molly McGuiggan, MD

School: Albany Medical College

Where are you from: Glens Falls, NY

Professional Interests: Children with complex medical needs.

Personal Interests: I like spending time in the Adirondacks, boating, swimming and doing different water sports. I also love reading and going to trivia nights.

I know I wanted to be at a program that was a smaller and community-oriented, but still offered a wide variety of pathology so that I could be confident in my skills for whatever career path I choose. After my rotations with the AMC Pediatrics Department as a medical student, I know this program fit me perfectly. The faculty are invested in your education, the patient population is diverse, and the residents are very supportive of one another. It's definitely a great place for me to continue on my path of becoming a pediatrician.

Dane Nickel, MD

School: Ross University School of Medicine

Hometown: Goderich, ON Canada

Professional Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, LGBTQ+ Health and Advocacy, Mock Codes

Personal Interests: hiking, tennis, traveling, city trekking, gardening, coin collecting, soccer, rugby

I did not anticipate all the opportunities that Albany Medical Center and in specific the Pediatric program has to offer. During my time at AMC I have had the opportunity to attend conferences, expand my research interests, rotate at the NY state Department of Health, and involve myself in administrative committees. The unique aspect though is that everyone in the program gets to be involved in whatever interests them, and there are enough positions for everyone.

Another part I was not expecting about Albany that I discovered after arriving was its proximity to adventures. I have been able to hike numerous times in the Catskills and the Adirondacks and every time I get to one of the peaks I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to grow and explore in a place as unique as Albany.

Kunal Patel, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from: Chester, VA

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics

Personal Interests: Golf, basketball, and exploring new restaurants/cuisines.

As an applicant, AMC stood out because of the environment. The residents and faculty work in an environment that is not only collegial, but also familial! It's a unique quality that I believe facilitates the transition from a resident to a well-balanced pediatrician.

Kathleen Shanley, MD

School: Albany Medical College

Professional Interests: General Pediatrics

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, friends, and my puppy.

What have you come to realize and appreciate about your training experience and life in Albany that you didn't anticipate?

How quickly this time would go by and how much I appreciate working with all of the amazing individuals I have met along the way.

Nikos Svoronos, MD, PhD

School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Where are you from: Gainesville, FL

Professional Interests: Pediatric Cancers, Global Health, Tumor Microenvironment, Immunotherapy
Personal Interests: Traveling, food, hiking, camping, rock climbing, reading, basketball, football

What have you come to realize and appreciate about your training experience and life in Albany that you didn't anticipate?
Albany is a great place to live and practice medicine. If you care about something, you’ll find a lot of support from fellow residents, chiefs, attendings, administrators, etc. Our program is like a second family to me!

Abby Thomas, DO

School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional: primary care, OMM, global health, mental health

Personal: running, traveling, true crime podcasts, my cat, Harry Potte

Jamie Wardinger, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: I am interested in neonatology and will be applying for a NICU fellowship this year!

Personal Interests: dance, soccer, talking with my family back in Canada, hanging out with friends, movies, brunch, shopping, Peloton, and working out (depending on my rotation). I like hanging out by the pool or on the lake in the summer with my friends, exploring haunted houses/going apple picking/carving pumpkins in the fall and going on hot chocolate tours and snowboarding with friends in the winter!

What have you come to realize and appreciate about your training experience and life in Albany that you didn't anticipate?: I chose this program because of the people, but I couldn't have anticipated that we'd all become such great friends. We work together day and night, but we also all hang out together outside of work, and we don't get sick of each other! I know I can depend on these people, and everyone has been supportive during our training. The program itself (hence, the people running it) truly believe in and support the residents, and I have really appreciated how they work to make changes for our benefit and work to ensure we get what we need out of our residency training.

Shayna Wrublik, MD

School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from: Germantown, MD

Professional Interests: Child Abuse, Hospitalist, Critical Care

Personal Interests: Traveling, arts and crafts, coffee, reading for fun, football, cooking shows, HGTV

The AMC Pediatric Residency Program initially stood out to me because of the residents. They were all so nice and welcoming. It was evident their friendships were genuine. I immediately felt very comfortable and could really see myself being friends with all of them. I am excited to spend time with them both in and out of the hospital.

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