First Year Residents - Class of 2018
|James Cozens, MBBS|
University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine
|Yolana Fuks, MD|
St. George's University
|Dmitry Goft, MD|
American University of the Caribbean
|Umaira Ikram, MD|
Ross University School of Medicine
Brooke Lamparello, MD
|Kunjan Shah, MD|
Medical University of the Americas
Second Year Residents - Class of 2017
Amit Bhowmik, MD
I have spent the vast majority of the past 18 years in Toronto, Canada. Before that, as a kid, I managed to avoid rampant cholera outbreaks, TB and malarial disease in a country that I used to call home- Bangladesh.
Being raised by nagging parents who pursued advanced doctoral training in their respective fields, the importance of hard work and dedication ware not lost on me.
I attended the University of Toronto for Undergraduate studies, where I worked in clinical research with post-transplant patients at tech Toronto General Hospital, which initially attracted me and eventually led me to study medicine at Ross University SOM
During medical school, I traveled to different parts of the US for clinical training, including Michigan, Miami, Baltimore, Cape Cod and Chicago. It was because of these experiences that I knew Albany, NY was such an amazing place, providing small town charm with al the necessary attractions of a large metropolis. Also, AMC has hate happiest bunch of residents that I've come across.
In medical school, I enjoyed everything from pediatrics to geriatrics and all else in between. I truly believe Family Medicine exemplifies the very definition of a physician, encompassing all scopes of medicine with emphasis on prevention and patient education. Ultimately, I would like to become involved in taking care of aging/aged population, thus a Geriatrics fellowship is on my agenda.
Besides medicine, my personal interests include watching basketball and football, making casual and unproductive trips to the gym, unhealthy binging on my favorite shows, going to the movies, experimental cooking and traveling with my family.
Nora Callinan, MD
I found myself back in Albany for medical school, where I had an excellent education and wonderful classmates. My interest in the connection between the mind and body increased and I became more dedicated to bridging the gap between physical and mental well being. This was my drive to become a family physician in order to serve the whole patient. I was also honored to become inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. I decided that the people in the family medicine program here are so wonderful that this is where I wanted to do my residency. As I go forward in my career I look forward to having their excellent mentorship.
Outside of work, I love to exercise and recharge in tech outdoors. Lakes, mountains, and trees feed my soul. I enjoy cooking healthy meals with my significant other. I also like to sing and I hope to be able to continue on with some of the singing groups I have been with the past four years.
Robert Freeman, MD
I grew up in a small town in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY, with parents who were Physician Assistants and two younger brothers. I did not realize it then but I learned a great deal about both medicine and family in that setting. Since than I have lived in seemingly every part of upstate NY - in Ithaca for college, Rochester while working at a hospital, and Syracuse for medical school. IN residency I can not proudly add Albany to the list.
At Ithaca College, I studied Exercise Science and was an EMT and CPR instructor in my spare time. I gained perspective on two extremes of health, both fitness and illness. Family medicine has given me a chance to help patients deal with both. It has also appealed to me for having the most continuity in patient care. I hope to someday work in a small community practice and saw Albany's Family Medicine residency program as a great fit, with both a large academic center and community hospital.
My hobbies include backpacking and fly-fishing, especially in the Adirondacks. I am also a diehard Yankees fan.
Jennifer Lee, MD
As a child growing up in central New Jersey, becoming a doctor was the last thing I ever thought I would pursue. I was born with multiple craniofacial clefts, requiring numerous facial reconstructive surgeries starting at a very young age. I was sick of hospitals and wanted nothing to do with medicine, or so I thought.
As a high school student, I fell in love with studying science, whether it was the biology of a cell or the chemical processes that occur inside of them. I began college at Boston University as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major with the intent of pursuing medical research as a career. After two long and lonely summers in a lab, I realized that my extroverted personality was not a good fit for the more introverted research world. I began to volunteer in hospitals and slowly felt a separation from my personal experiences in medicine and a growing knowledge of how to use them to empathize with patients. As a rising junior in college, I was lucky enough to gain early acceptance to the Boston University School of Medicine through the MMEDIC program, which allowed me to continue my community work in Boston. Through my last two years of college and into medical school, I developed a passion for the medically underserved a passion for the medically underserved population of Boston. My other interests include nutrition, obesity prevention, access to healthy and affordable food, and health maintenance education. The combination of these passions led me to choose family medicine. I believe strongly that there is a need for primary care physicians to serve all members of our communities, and want to continue to pursue the best education and training to shape me into an intelligent and compassionate primary care provider.
Outside of medicine, I have many other passions and interests. I am recently married and enjoy cooking and trying new food with my husband. When I have time, I post what comes out of our kitchen or reviews of new restaurants on a food blog. I also love hiking or walking with our dog, and am looking forward to being closer to the mountains in our new home in Albany.
Nazish Shafi, MD
My parents brought me to the land of opportunities at the age of four. I was raised in the melting pot community of Queens until moving to Long Island for undergraduate studies. There, I completed my Bachelors in Pre-Med at NYIT in 3 years and moved forward to Dominica to attend Ross University. Many times along the way, I continued to revive my interest in practicing medicine. I actively participated in peer counseling and volunteered summers at the Bodies exhibit. During college, I worked as a Pharmacy Technician and after graduating I spent a year at Phillips Cardiac call center; monitoring results of handheld pacemakers. I chose family medicine because it combines many of these interests. It enables me to connect with patients daily, exposes me to wide range of pathology and allows me to continuously learn about treatment options while now teaching preventive lifestyle measures as well.
Choosing to train at Albany was just as easy to decide on the people, culture and beautiful setting won me over instantly. The capital city provides me the opportunity to reach my goals; which my parents envisioned while leaving all of our extended family away years ago. My family here is of four only and very close knit. I have an older sister who is in travel biz and arranges our fun annual getaway to places as far as Dubai and Alaska. I love exploring new places, meeting people and capturing images of landscapes along the way. I also enjoy creating scrapbooks to store all my adventures in. My all time favorite hobby however, is a local one-- doing neat DIY crafts with my 3 yea old niece. As she relocates to New Jersey, I am happy to be a short trip away at AMC.
Arthur Wise, MD
Born and raised in the Hudson Valley near Kingston, NY I made Albany my home for undergraduate and then medical education. I married the best woman in the world and we were blessed with a son during my last year of medical school.
I look forward to the educational opportunities of family medicine residency and always find working together with my peers rewarding. As out skill sets grow and knowledge deepens we'll find out place within the wide scope of family medicine. We have excellent role models in our faculty and three years to make fast friendships.
When I'm not working or studying I enjoy my son, splitting wood and all things outdoors. I've hiked in the Helderbergs, Shawangunks, Catskills and Adirondacks. I also like reading and exploring Albany.
Third Year Residents - Class of 2016
Donald Bringley, DO
I was born in Rochester, NY and consider myself an upstate New Yorker through and through. I love the outdoors and my best childhood memories are of boating, fishing, and swimming on Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes.
After high school I completed my undergraduate studies at St. John Fisher College. While in college I volunteered at a inner city health clinic in Rochester where I discovered both the great need for primary care physicians and the rewards and challenges of a career in medicine. This inspired me to apply to medical school, and happily I was accepted at the University of New England in Maine. My clinical years of medical school solidified my interests in primary care and set me on the path to becoming a Family Physician.
During medical school I was also lucky enough to meet my future wife, Johanna who is also starting her residency here at Albany Medical Center in OB/GYN. I am very excited to settle into the community here in Albany and start the next chapter of my career.
Christine Carle, MD
I have always lived in the capital region and am excited to be staying here for residency. I was raised in Scotia, NY and earned my BS at Siena College. As a nontraditional student, I spent five years completing my graduate studies at RPI in Troy before medical school. In graduate school,I studied the possible role of abnormal protein aggregation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurodegenerative disease. At RPI, I had the privilege of working in a great lab, but had always wanted to become a physician. In my final years of graduate school, I took the MCAT and received acceptance to Albany Medical College. I scheduled my thesis defense and completed my Ph.D. in chemistry only two weeks before beginning medical school.
In my spare time, I take road trips around Upstate New York and New England with my husband. I also enjoy sewing, block printing, and collecting postcards. I am very happy to be staying in the area to complete my family medicine residency. In the future, I look forward to a career practicing in the Albany area.
Kristina Gracey, MD
Growing up in Stafford, CT, with three brothers and two vivacious parents, it was not surprising to me that I love children, the outdoors, most athletic ventures (except my basketball sills are atrocious), and meeting new people around the world. What happens a bit more surprising is my love for Albany, NY, and this love is true.
I came to Albany after a journey that involved an undergraduate education in Neuroscience at Trinity College followed by three years of neuroscience research in Boston, MA and a year of infectious diseases research in New Haven, CT. Research has been a focus of mine since college, combined with an interest in understanding populations and public health. During my years in Boston, I pursued a MPH in Maternal and Child Health at Boston University, where I affirmed my desire to combine a career of research with a career in medicine. Thus, I began my medical education at Albany Medical College and through the years, discovered a deep connection to Albany: to my neighbors, running teammates, an extensive network of physicians and researchers at AMC who have become my friends, and a set of strikingly beautiful landscapes that amaze me on a daily basis. I can't imagine not running every day.
In my home in Guilderland, there are 7 of us. My husband is a local attorney who absolutely loves his job, running marathons, and taking care of dogs. The last part is so important since we have three dogs, the largest if which is 100 pounds of pure love. We have a spirited, Irish red-headed child who has become well known in the community for her energy, and she has a goldfish. So that makes 7. Undoubtedly, my husband holds down the fort while I venture out to Uganda with fellow AMC students on medical missions, train for marathons, and embrace exciting learning opportunities in the hospital. Of course, I can also count on my AMC community for continually supporting me and my many interests. I am very proud to say that I am staying at AMC for my residency in Family Medicine.
Theodore Hausler, DO
I was born right down the road from Albany Med in a town called Niskayuna. I spent my childhood hiking in the woods behind my house, going skiing at the nearby slopes, and enjoying the sights and sounds of bustling Albany. After high school I was accepted into a 7 year program at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, Long Island. After 3 years, I graduated with my Bachelors of Science. Following undergrad, I decided to take some time off from my studies. I have family in Isreal so I decided to spend some time there. I was in Isreal for 8 months working on a Kibbutz and volunteering as a 1st responder in their ambulance core, Magen David Adom.
After a refreshing year off, I returned to attend medical school at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in rural Lewisburg, WV. I loved my time in medical school, the teachers were great, the facilities were superb, and the area around me was full of hiking trails, swimming holes, and oodles of other mind-relaxing activities. While in school I adopted my favorite companion, Izzy, who on the very next day peed in the middle of the school library.
Upon completion of medical school in 2012, I felt an inherent desire to implement my skills in an area that was in dire needs. Therefore, I spent the next 5 months in rural Africa: Sierra Leone, Uganda, and South Africa practicing medicine. I found the experience to be challenging but at the same time extremely rewarding and enlightening.
I look forward to spending the next 3 years here at AMC applying my skills and at the same time learning from my friends, colleagues and patients.
Youngho Paul Kim, MD
Born and raised in beautiful San Diego, California. I soon was interested in what was beyond my immediate reality after moving to Boston for college. Since then, I have lived in Minneapolis, Chicago, Beersheva, Isreal ( for medical school) and finally Albany. I have always enjoyed living in various cities and living in different cultures; by constantly being on the move, I am always being challenged to change and exposing myself to new ideas and people. I am happy to move to a beautiful part of the country where I can settle down and enjoy the outdoors. Ever since I could remember, I have always enjoyed meeting new people and hearing their stories and life experiences, thus I knew that family medicine was the field for me. It truly is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be a doctor in such a context. Outside of the hospital, I can be found enjoying a book at a local cafe, watching movies in my bed, running along a wooden path, hiking wherever there are trees, shopping at Trader Joe's, or wandering in another country, looking for friendly folks.
Mark Quaresima, MD
I was born and raised in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Queensbury, NY. As the middle of five children, I grew up in a crowded house and quickly learned what it meant to be a family.
I attended the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies and will forever be a devoted fan of the Fighting Irish. From there I moved closer to home for medical school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. During medical school I was proud to be included into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
In 2012, I married my wife Meghan. She was my high school sweetheart. There was only one problem - I was NOT her high school sweetheart. We were good friends until college when she finally fell in love with me.
Together, Meghan and I saw Albany as a great location for residency. It had the perfect combination of being an esteemed program, having excellent faculty, having a true sense of community, and being a short drive up the Northway to Queensbury where we still have quite a bit of family.
A mentor told me once, "You need to do what you believe." Family Medicine is what I believe to be true medicine. In what other field of medicine is prevention more important than the cure? Where else could you are for everyone from newborns to grandparents? For me, the Breadth of knowledge that a Family Physician must know is a challenge I look forward to taking on.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing hockey, soccer, and golf. I also take advantage of the mountains by either hiking or downhill skiing depending upon the season. My favorite pastime, however, is sitting by the lake on a warm summer's day with family and friends.