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University of Baghdad College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq, 2003
Dr. Al Rubaye graduated from Baghdad College of Medicine in 2003. As a medical student, he volunteered in rescue efforts in the war of 2003 providing emergency and trauma care to affected people. This experience motivated him to pursue skills to conduct trauma related cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. He worked during the outrage of war from 2003 -2011 in Baghdad Medical city in different positions as an intern, resident & CT&V surgeon. Working during hard days of war left its influence on his personal, professional character and made him more interested in trauma & war injuries. During his residency years he participated in many cardiothoracic and vascular surgery related publications, in addition he presented his dissertation titled 'Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis' as a requirement to earn the degree of fellowship of Iraqi Board of Medical specialization in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. He attended many international conferences and workshops. Dr. Al Rubaye enjoys family, sport and music.
Jason A. Aminsharifi, MD
MD, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, 2013
Dr. Aminsharifi is a native of South Florida and completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Miami where he served as the Student Body President of the Miller School of Medicine and a member of the Board of Trustees. Prior to pursuing surgical training, Dr. Aminsharifi enjoyed a private sector career in pharmacology. Training in South Florida allowed him to gain a global, multi-cultural perspective on health care delivery and he has been fortunate enough to work in under-served areas across North and Central America. Dr. Aminsharifi's interests include trauma and urological surgery and he plans to pursue a fellowship in Kidney/Liver Transplant.
Loyola University Chicago Stritch SoM
Kris Miguel Cajipe
Baylor College of Medicine, 2014
Dr. Miguel Cajipe graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During medical school, Miguel was actively involved in student life on the Student Council, Alumni Office, as well as the Office of Admissions. He also loved to teach and became an Anatomy Mentor and a Teaching Assistant for Neurology. Miguel loves to try new local cuisines and restaurants as well as creating some wonderful dishes at home.
University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Chu graduated from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Prior to starting his internship, Dr. Chu underwent a research fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles where he worked on projects involved in Leberís hereditary optic neuropathy and conducted basic science research on conventional aqueous humor outflow dynamics. He presented his work in international and national conferences such as the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the North American Neuro- Ophthalmology Society. He is an avid basketball fan and is proudly a new fan of the San Antonio Spurs. During his spare time, he wears a different hat by being a loving husband and father.
MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Universidad del Valle Escuela de Medicina, Cali
Dr. Escobar graduated from Universidad del Valle in Colombia in 2012. As a medical student, he helped in the creation of a database for General Surgery, and was actively involved in a student group created to do recreational activities for hospitalized children. After graduating, he spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh investigating the role of AMPK in the setting of septic shock, and the protective effects that carbon monoxide and sodium nitrite excert in hemorrhagic and septic shock. He presented his work in several national meetings, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2013, and has submitted his results for publication. Dr. Escobar is an avid soccer fan, and enjoys playing soccer whenever possible. He also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his beautiful wife.
Aga Khan University Medical College, 2012
Dr Alina Ghani graduated from Aga Khan University, Pakistan with honors in Biochemistry, Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery and Ophthalmology. Besides having an excellent academic record, she was an active member of 'FALAH', a patient welfare society run by students at her med school. She has worked in several POLIO campaigns and aims at playing a vital role in eliminating the crippling disease from her country. Dr Ghani has an optimistic approach towards life and strives to achieve higher goals. She has a keen interest in urdu literature and poetry.
Medical University of the Americas, St. Kitts & Nevis, 2014
Dr. Ghazala graduated from The Medical University of the Americas, Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis in 2014. As a medical student, he was appointed as a TA in Anatomy, neuro-anatomy and pathology. He also holds a degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Baghdad University in 2004. Dr. Ghazala moved to Amman, Jordan in 2004 where he obtained his Microsoft Certificate Professional and worked in the IT field. In late 2005, he moved to Canada and continued with his profession. Dr. Ghazala decided to pursue medicine in 2008, where he started taking general science courses and was accepted into medical school and the pursue of General Surgery started after finishing his first semester with highest score in anatomy. Also, the clinical rotations have assured him that his decision to pursue a surgical career is an informed one. Dr. Ghazala is pursuing fellowship in Endocrine Surgery after completing his training in General Surgery, however, he is still open to other specialties if it meets his interests. Outside medical field, Dr. Ghazala's interests are: soccer, swimming, scuba-diving (certified), travelling, reading and cooking.
Sindh Medical University
Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, 2012
Dr. Akbar Herekar graduated with honors from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan followed by completion of one year of House-job in Pakistan during which he received the highest possible recommendation. As a medical student trained in prehospital trauma care, Akbar started to respond to mass casualty accidents in Karachi as a trained first responder. He then founded an internationally recognised trauma response organisation called First Response Initiative of Pakistan that has helped develop response teams and trained thousands in basic trauma care in both rural and urban Pakistan. Akbar had the privilege of being a board member for the National Resuscitation Council of Pakistan, and was recently invited by the President of Pakistan and Maj. General of the Pakistan Army as a delegate to the First International Conference on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has been featured in Pakistan's national newspapers multiple times. His research work includes heading the largest neurological study conducted in Pakistan with 'Lifting the Burden' in association with the World Health Organisation and he serves as the Managing Trustee of Board of Headache Research Foundation of Pakistan. Akbar embraces challenges and sees them as opportunities to grow and aims to save lives at a global level. He enjoys outdoors activities, especially travelling, water sports and barbecuing and was also part of his college Volleyball team.
Juan Carlos Herrera
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Western Univ of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Med of the Pacific
Geraldine T. Klein
University of Manchester Medical School, Manchester, England, 2012
Dr. Geraldine T. Klein graduated from the University of Manchester, England with honors and distinction and a combined degree in European Studies. She completed her undergraduate biomedical degree at the University of St Andrews, Scotland graduating with honors. She grew up in Dusseldorf, Germany, and has been fortunate to have experienced healthcare in Berlin at the Charité and Virchow Klinikum, as well as the Universitätsspital Basel, Switzerland. Graduating in 2012, before moving to San Antonio she worked at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham, England. During her student and professional career Dr. Klein has been involved in numerous teaching activities for medical students and enjoys the challenges this poses. During medical school she set up a student mentoring program working with underprivileged children to support and educate them on options of pursuing an academic career. Outside of medicine Geraldine enjoys traveling and is an avid skier.
The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
University of North Texas HSC
Jose Navas Blanco
Universidad del Zulia Facultad de Medicina
Dr. Navas graduated from the University of Zulia, in Maracaibo, Venezuela. As a medical student he was awarded in three opportunities with the 'Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence', as a doctor he had the opportunity to work in a rural hospital in his country, providing primary and emergency care for the population that the hospital served, for the timeframe of 1 year. He performed in the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Maracaibo, playing the violin for 3 years. He loves music, outdoor activities, traveling around the world and languages.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Medical School
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
St. Matthew's University School of Medicine (Grand Cayman), 2014
Dr. Polito graduated from the George Washington University with her BA in international affairs and earned her MD from St. Matthew's University School of Medicine. She has six years of clinical trial research experience and during medical school, served as Secretary of the SMU research club. Ultimately, Dr. Polito would like to share her nontraditional medical path with future medical students, helping them understand the value of a varied range of experiences, and fostering in students from a wide variety of backgrounds the confidence to pursue careers in medicine.
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Parker, Colorado, 2014
Dr. Robbins graduated as valedictorian of his class from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a medical student he took time to pursue his passion for traveling and medical humanitarianism abroad. During his first two years of medical school he took time to visit Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, and India to learn about the different cultures and the individual needs each of these people groups face. During his third and fourth year Dr. Robbins took advantage of opportunities to travel and work with multiple surgical and specialty programs around the country; visiting programs from Oregon to Rhode Island and everywhere in between. Dr. Robbins enjoys challenges and sees them as opportunity to learn and mold into the great surgeon he wishes to become. He also enjoys being outdoors in the mountains and being on the water, whether it is backcountry skiing or surfing and kayaking.
University of North Texas Health Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Denton, TX, 2014
Dr. Rourke graduated from University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a medical student, she committed over 200 volunteer hours running a homeless shelter health screening program at local shelters. She spent countless hours serving on the Medical Student Government Association as the Vice-President as well as the TCOM 2014 Class Vice-President for 4 years. Dr. Rourke was selected to attend the Betty Ford Center Medical Education Program and was inspired to bring addiction awareness back to her medical campus and created 'Addiction Awareness Week' which is now going on its third year of seminars, group sessions and guest speakers. Dr. Rourke was awarded 'Student Doctor of the Year' in 2013 for her participation and development of volunteer experiences and outreach programs at the university. She's lived in a hut in Panama, to an apartment in Istanbul and was inspired to apply to medical school after completing a MPH in Epidemiology at UT and working for several years at MD Anderson. She loves creating characters with different accents and personalities which is likely attributed to a life of participating in performing arts and Improv comedy. She's a Michigan Wolverine at heart, 'Go Blue!', who loves hockey (playing and watching), participating in triathlons/duathlons and just got hitched!
Hernan Sanchez Trejo
Dr. Sanchez Trejo was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He completed medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Before coming to the U.S. he spent his time researching mucocutanous leishmaniasis and went into private practice. He joined UTHSCSA in 2014 where he completed his internship in General Surgery. Dr. Sanchez Trejo represented his home country playing basketball. He is a member of Peruvian American Medical Society(PAMS), a non profit organization that focus on delivering specialized health care to underserved areas in Peru.Dr. Sanchez Trejo is fluent in Spanish. His main interests are minimally Invasive Surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
Michael Scott, MD
UT School of Medicine at San Antonio, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, 2014
Dr. Michael Scott fondly considers San Antonio his hometown, despite growing up outside of Texas as the son of a U.S. Army colonel. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University, College Station in 2010, and he recieved his M.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in 2014. His career goals include training in Trauma and Surgical Critial Care. His outside interests include spending with his wife, Samantha, and long-distance running.
University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, 2014
Hi my name is Jehan Shah. I graduated from with a degree in Biology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Then I moved to Tampa, Florida to attend the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani COM. During my years at USF COM I was involved in the leadership, business and entrepreneurship scholarly concentration. I helped to streamline the clinical and operational duties of the student-run volunteer clinic. I strongly believe that physicians need to be the leaders in improving healthcare in this country. I hope to be involved in clinical improvement projects throughout residency and beyond. I enjoy staying active by working out, doing yoga, hiking, playing basketball and golf. I am an avid NBA, NFL and NCAAF fan. One of the goals on my bucket list is to visit 90% of the countries in the world.
St. George's University Caribbean Medical School, Grenada, West Indies
Matt Sherrod graduated from Texas A&M University with plans to attend seminary and become a pastor. While working in the medical field to save money for graduate school, he became fascinated with surgery and the possibility of ministering to people in a very practical way. Consequently, he went back to school in order to obtain the proper prerequisites for medical school, ultimately graduating from Saint George's University with an MD. He is now pursuing surgery as an intern at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio's general surgery program. While not busy with academic pursuits Matt enjoys hunting white-tailed deer and spending time with his wife and baby boy.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program:
Wendie Grunberg D.O.
General Surgery Residency Mercy Catholic Medical Center Philadelphia
Doctor of Osteopathy at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Doctor of Osteopathy at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate degree in Biology at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania
Rambod Charepoo M.D.
Hand/Microsurgery Fellowship Medical University of South Carolina Charleston S.C.
Burn/Reconstructive Fellowship University of Tennessee Memphis TN
General Surgery Residency Waterbury Hospital Waterbury CT/St. Francis Hospital Trenton NJ
Doctor of Medicine St. George University of Medicine Grenada
Undergraduate degree in Psychology University of Georgia Athens Georgia
Critical Care (Trauma) Fellowship:
James P. Carroll, MD, MPH, FACS |
MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, 1998 MPH, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA, 1998 Surgical Internship, University of Colorado Surgical Residency, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2003
Dr. Carroll graduated in 1994 from the University of California with a BS in Biological Science and a second BS in Psychology. He went on to receive his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a Master of Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1998. He completed his internship at the University of Colorado and completed his surgical residency training in 2003 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Carroll received his board certification from the American Board of Surgery in 2004 and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also serves as an Instructor in Tactical Medicine and Advanced Trauma Life Support. He holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Disaster Life Support. At Tulane University, he was honored with the Edward McCool Award of Surgical Excellence. Dr. Carroll is currently a fellow in the UTHSCSA Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program, as well as a Clinical Instructor.