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MD, Al-Nahrain University College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, 2007
Dr. Aboud earned his M.D. from al-Nahrain University College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. During the last two years of his medical education at al-Kadhimiyah Hospital, the affiliated university hospital, and just as the city of Baghdad was swept by a raging flame of insurgency and violence, Dr. Aboud volunteered in the emergency department to assist in the process of relieving the incoming surge of casualties that crippled the acute health care system there. It is during that time that the sparkle of becoming a surgeon lit up as his ultimate clinical ambition. After graduation in 2007, he traveled to Jordan where he did a clinical attachment in general surgery with the Jordan University Hospital in Amman. By 2008, Dr. Aboud arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, where he was able to enroll in a clinical observership in al-Makassid Hospital, a hospital affiliated to the American University of Beirut. In December 2009, Dr. Aboud achieved his dream to arrive to the United States; his first station was Salt Lake city, Utah. Working hard in his recertification process, he finished all his USMLE steps in less than 8 months while working as a research associate with the American University and Regional Pathologists (ARUP) - a reference laboratory affiliated to the University of Utah. His involvement in research, however, did not hinder his passion and ambition in the field of general surgery and acute care, thus he was keen on getting himself more integrated in the American surgical health care system by volunteering- and shadowing in the division of vascular surgery at the University of Utah Hospital for almost an entire year. Dr. Aboud enjoys reading and writing English poetry and prose; he has openness towards different cultures, which is reflected in his studying of Eastern and Western schools of philosophy and tradition. A huge Salvador Dali aficionado, he is an avid gallery stroller in the wards of modern art; he enjoys running and hiking, and has just participated in Salt Lake City Marathon in April, 2011.
MD, American International School of Medicine, Georgetown, Guyana, 2004
Dr. Andrew Adams is a native of Guyana . He completed medical school at the American International School of Medicine in Georgetown , Guyana. Dr. Adams is interested in pursuing a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery. He also wants to be involved in promoting easy access to quality healthcare , especially to underserved patient populations.
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, 2011
John Admire grew up in Denton, Texas. He attended UT- Austin for his undergraduate degree in Biology. John attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, completing his degree in 2011. John is interested in surgical trauma and critical care and plans to pursue a fellowship in this area after the completion of residency at UTHSC San Antonio.
MD, Belarussian State Medical University, Minsk, Belarus, 2004
Dr. Babayeuski is a native of Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from Belarusian State Medical University and received his medical degree in 2004. He completed his intern year at the Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital in 2005 and passed the certification exam. Dr. Babayeuski has been working as a general surgeon since August, 2005. He passed the Board Qualifying Exam: 'Surgery' in 2008. He is interested in pursuing a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and aiding in medical education throughout his career.
MD, Universidad Panamericana, School of Medicine, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008
Dr. Leon-Becerril native of Xochimilco (Mexico City), Mexico, received his MD degree in 2008. In 2007, he finished 1 year of rotatory internship at Dalinde Medical Center; during this year he visited Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX, and the Nephrology and Gastroenterology department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. After his internship, in 2008 he finished one year of Social Service in one of the poorest regions in Latin America – 'The Mountain Region' – in the state of Guerrero, where he was the primary care physician of the Rural Clinic located in the town of Tlaquiltepec. During that year, besides giving primary care to the inhabitants of the community and taking care of the medical emergencies, he developed strategies to improve quality of healthcare and prevention of highly prevalent medical issues among the community, especially against dengue fever. After medical school he was a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Methodist Research Institute where he was involved in cardiovascular surgery, transplant and assist devices clinical trials. Currently Dr. Leon-Becerril works as a Surgical and Research Assistant of a plastic surgeon in Mexico City. His major interests in the surgical field are cardiac and vascular surgery. He loves spending time with his wife, family and friends; he also is a huge fan of soccer, snorkeling, hiking, road trips and cooking.
MD, UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2011
Brandon was born to a working class family in Sour Lake, TX. As the second of five children, he was the first in his family to attend college when he enrolled in Lamar University. It was here that he decided to pursue a career in medicine. Brandon began volunteering at the local hospital and, under the guidance of the trauma surgery team, chose to become a surgeon. After graduating from UTHSCSA School of Medicine, he stayed to complete a residency in General Surgery. Married with two young boys, Brandon spends most of his free time teaching his boys to play the guitar and dreaming of forming a family rock band.
MD, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq, 2006
Dr. Bunyan is a medical graduate of Al-Kindy College Of Medicine, Baghdad University. As an Iraqi medical student living inside Iraq during the war, Dr. Bunyan and his family had to face a lot of challenges that threatened their lives everyday, but his will to graduate and become a doctor downgraded all the difficulties. Throughout all his pre-medical and medical curriculum, Dr. Bunyan ranked always high among his class, including first nationwide in national Iraqi public exams,and third among his medical graduation class. In October 1999, he represented his country at the National Parliament Of Youth, held in Paris, France, in the Environment workshop, discussing and explaining the consequences of wars on environment and general health. Dr. Bunyan completed his Internships in Iraq and Jordan. He also did a sub-internship in General Surgery at the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, OK, and in Internal/Family/Occupational Medicine in Texas suburbs. He spent some time observing in the Cardiovascular Surgery Department at the UTHSC-Houston, Memorial Hermann Hospital. His ambition is to become a General Surgeon with high educational and professional standards, and to persue a fellowship in Hepatobiliary and Transplantation. In addition to his career, Dr. Bunyan likes to spend time with family and friends, teaching his son swimming and soccer. Dr. Bunyan enjoys playing dominos, and has a special interest in Arabic poetry and travel.
MD, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India, 2003
I am passionate about surgery and feel that no journey is too long. I am committed to achieving my intended goals. I am loyal to colleagues, the institution and the profession and I am grateful to the teachers who have guided me through my career so far. In a challenging environment I realise the importance of a sound work ethic and effective communication within a team structure. I can effectively prioritize and organise my workload. I am aware of my limitations and aim to work hard as trainee to achieve my potential. I am confident of making a significant positive impact in a training programme.
I am a keen sportsman and enjoy and play a wide range of sports and games. I was a member of my college teams for football, hockey, handball and chess. I continue to play squash and tennis regularly at the local club now.I also enjoy listening to and playing the guitar. I have a diploma in Children's Art and enjoy Philately. I was also the treasurer of the junior doctors' mess in Swindon and take a keen interest in organising social activities.
MD, Instituo de Ciencias del la Salud (Ces), Medellin, Colombia, 2006
Dr. Gomez graduated from Universidad CES in 2006. He completed a year of social service in Chinchina, a small town located in the heart of Colombia's coffee zone. Dr. Gomez returned to Medellin where he worked with his father as a Surgical Assistant in his Urology practice and teaching Physiology in his Alma Mater for a year and a half. In the fall of 2009, he joined the UTHSCSA department of Surgery/Trauma as a Research Assistant where he was responsible for initiating, implementing and monitoring various clinical research projects. Pedro Pablo enjoys photography, going to the movies, learning from different cultures and spending time with family and friends.
MD, University of of Baghdad College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, 2011
Dr. Hassan graduated from Baghdad College of Medicine in 2006. Living in Baghdad during the height of the war was very dangerous and caused Dr. Hassan many hardships, but he persevered and had a very successful academic career there. Due to safety concerns, Dr. Hassan was forced to relocate to Amman, Jordan, where he finished his internship at Jordan University Hospital. He then got the opportunity to come to Texas to participate in an elective course at Texas Heart Institute and there he became increasingly interested in surgery. Most recently, Dr. Hassan spent 2 years at Texas Children's Hospital as the Pokorney Clinical Research Post Doctoral Fellow of the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine. There he has written and published numerous studies that have been presented at local, national and international meetings. His interest now lies in pursuing a career in Pediatric Trauma Surgery. He is an avid basketball player, billiard enthusiast, and new fan of everything 'Texan', including horseback riding. He also enjoys writing Arabic poetry.
MD, University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Science, St. Augustine, Trinidad Y Tobago, 2005
Dr. Hosein was born in Trinidad and attended the University of the West Indies in the Faculties of Natural & Medical Sciences. Before his medical education, Dr Hosein worked at the Environmental Management Authority in Trinidad where he was a Technical Coordinator in Pollution Prevention and Control. While in medical school, he represented his faculty as the Chairman of the Medical Sciences School Association. He also conducted clinical research in the Community Health department in his third year. After he graduated, he worked in his country's level 1 hospital in the emergency room and attained the position of shift coordinator.
MD, UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2011
Born and raised in San Antonio, Dr. Lahourcade attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology in 2006. After college, he returned to his hometown to attend the University of Texas School of Medicine San Antonio where he received his medical degree in 2011. Dr. Lahourcade plans to pursue a career in general surgery but has not ruled out a fellowship for specialty training.
MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Dr. Martinez was raised in El Paso, Texas and began his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at El Paso before transferring to Fordham University in the Bronx, graduating in 2006. For medical school, he attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, receiving his medical degree in June of 2011. Dr. Martinez is currently undecided what direction his career will head in but maintains a strong interest in academics.
MD, UT School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, 2011
Ashley Corley grew up in Waco, Texas. She attended Samford University for her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine. She attended medical school here at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, completing her degree in 2011. Ashley is interested in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery and plans to stay involved in academic medicine throughout her career.
MD, Universidad Central de Venezuela – Luis Razetti, Caracas, Venezuela, 2011
Dr. Medina Graduated in 2007 from The Luis Razetti School of Medicine of Venezuela's Central University in Caracas. He received The 'Dr. José Izquierdo' Award, granted by the Department of Morphologic Science for outstanding performance in Anatomy and Neuroanatomy. After graduation he worked for a year working with the underserved populations of the inner city of Baruta in Caracas and also the costal population of the town of La Sabana in Venezuela.
MD, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2010
Dr. Putnam grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, and was an engineering undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University. Upon graduating, he moved to Managua, Nicaragua, to start a nonprofit development organization called Manna Project International. Dr. Putnam then pursued his medical degree at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, where he graduated as the Valedictorian. Outside of work, he enjoys skiing, surfing, and spending time with his nephews and nieces.
MD, University of Texas School of Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 2010
Caesar A. Ricci III is a native of Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the UTHSCSA School of Medicine in May 2010. Before starting medical school, he worked as a Spanish interpreter at Children's Medical Center of Dallas. He obtained a B.S in 2001 and MPH in 2003, both from Texas A&M University. In addition to his interests in surgery, he has been involved in global health programs that have recently led him to travel to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Chad, where he worked with Sudanese refugees escaping the violence in Darfur.
MD, Universita Komenskeho, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2006
Dr. Szalayova was born and raised in Bratislava, Slovakia. She attended Medical School at Komensky University, and completed her first year of surgical residency at Cyril and Method University Hospital. She settled down in San Francisco bay area after marriage and began to pursue her dream in surgery again. Meanwhile she has served as Clinical Safety Manager for a silicon valley based high-tech company to deploy clinical trial technology for European Union countries. Subsequently she did clinical observer-ships at the Rush Medical Center, Department of Cardiothoracic surgery in Chicago and at UCSF, Department of General Surgery. In addition she has worked briefly as a postdoctoral research fellow at UConn Health Center in Department of Gastroenterology on basic science research project involving targeted mitochondrial uptake by Huh7 liver cells. She is an avid chess player, as well as enjoys painting, walks with her dog, photography and sometimes get on a motorcycle ride with her husband.
MD, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 2011
Dr. Vega-Bonet was born and raised in Rincon, Puerto Rico. She obtained a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campu; graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors in 2007. Then, in 2011 she received her MD from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine at Puerto Rico and was selected as a member of the Gamma Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Throughout the course of her studies, Yatzmellie spent time serving her community and volunteering in health care fairs with organizations such as the Association of Students of Medicine of Puerto Rico (AEMPR), 'Iniciativa comunitaria-Medicina Urbana' and Aguada Presbyterian Church. Her current professional interests include performing breast cancer research and pursuing fellowship training in surgical oncology. Besides medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to cook, write and skate.
MD, St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman Island, 2011
Dr. Russell Zwiener was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Spring, Texas, a suburb just north of Houston. He completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em Horns!) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 2005 before completing his medical degree at St. Matthews University in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands B.W.I. in 2010. While in high school, Russell was a volunteer firefighter and received his EMT. As an undergrad he received his paramedic and worked at Brackenridge Trauma Center in Austin Texas. In addition in his interest in surgery, he enjoys all things Texas Longhorns, spending time with his fiance', skiing, visiting his parents on Lake Travis, SCUBA and hunting on the family ranch in south Texas. Russell is engaged to Jaime Gele, a landscape architect, and will be getting married in October 2011 in Georgetown, Texas.
Urology Preliminary Residents:
Eminajulo Adekoya, MD
MD, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, 2011
Raveesh D. Richard, MD
MD, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 2011
Jeffrey T. White, MD, PhD
MD, Louisiana State University, New Orelans, LA, 2011
Dr. White is a native of New Orleans, LA and attended Rice University, graduating with a BS in bioengineering in 2004. He returned to New Orleans for medical school as an MD/PhD student and completed a doctorate of philosophy in 2009 and medical doctorate in 2011. His dissertation developed a gene regulatory network for development of a specialized cell of the glomerulus, the podocyte. Dr. White is interested in the application of developmental biology to adult and pediatric urologic diseases. In his free time, Dr. White enjoys playing rugby, cooking, traveling and watching the New Orleans Saints.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program:
Critical Care (Trauma) Fellowship:
Delfino Randy Garza, MD |
MD, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine, 2005
Residency, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso, 2011
Dr. Garza completed his medical degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005 and completed his residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso in 2011. He is currently a fellow in the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program with expected completion in June 2012.