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Internal Medicine Residents & Graduates

First-year Internal Medicine Residents

LISSETH BELTRAN, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS 

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in cardiology and to attain the knowledge and skills required to provide compassionate and exceptional care for my patients.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is a truly exceptional place. Many programs talk about their family atmosphere and camaraderie. Here, you will feel these values in every way you can!. Moreover, the residency program is committed to outstanding resident training, while fostering a supportive and collaborative environment with emphasis on continuous improvement. Personally, I cannot be happier to be part of this team.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love traveling to new destinations, experiencing new cultures and discovering new food. However, as much as I like to explore and hang out with friends, I also enjoy spending my time at home, watching a movie or TV serie, and of course cooking something new!


AMALA CHACKO, MD - FATHER MULLER MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL  

Career Goals: I would like to pursue a career in cardiology.

What I like about MacNeal: A conducive environment is very important for learning, and that includes the people you work with. At Mac Neal, I have a 'family away from family'. From teaching to resident wellbeing, Mac Neal has dedicated and proficient staff. The cultural diversity that Mac Neal brings is an excellent tool to broaden the scope of learning. I am also happy to know that I am working at a place that encourages and values volunteer community services.

Interests outside of Medicine: Passionate Garfield Comics fan, love to indulge in conversations on hypothetical theories, head over heels in love with Indian classical dance forms, and an ardent animal lover.


ANEURIN FERNANDEZ, MD - ST. JOHN'S MEDICAL COLLEGE 

Career Goals: To become a competent physician, abundant in knowledge and full of compassion. I would like to practice medicine as an Infectious disease specialist in the future.

What I like about MacNeal: I witnessed a friendly work atmosphere at MacNeal on my interview day. The staff who interviewed me seemed like they genuinely cared about their residents. Being a community program, it gives you an opportunity to learn from patients who present with diverse pathologies. MacNeal cares about its community and strives to impart a sense of service and compassion to its residents. Lastly, MacNeal is quite close to the beautiful city of Chicago.

Interests outside of Medicine: I have had a passion for cooking from a very young age. I enjoy trying out new recipes from around the globe. I also like to spend my time gardening, hiking, and learning about various cultures and ethnicities.


DIANA FRANCO, MD - PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD JAVERIANA 

Career Goals: My overall career goal is to become an excellent internist and apply what was learned to provide humanized and comprehensive high-quality medical care. In the future I would also like to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: In MacNeal I was able to see how the residents treated everyone like family. The program was supportive of its members and emphasized community within the hospital. I feel privileged to be a part of Loyola medicine, its resources and its input within the medical field, and lucky to be a part of a diverse atmosphere that makes up MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: I cherish spending time with my family and caring for my cats. I enjoy trying the best desserts along with finding a new great Sushi spot. I have always been a big fan of Star Wars since I was a child thanks to my Dad. Creatively I have always loved taking the time to practice oil painting, coloring and planning my next travel destination.


SHAWN GEORGE, DO - DEBUSK COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE 

Career Goals: I want to hone my clinical skills to become a well-rounded physician that provides the best care possible to all the patients I encounter in the future.

What I like about MacNeal: I love the overall family like atmosphere that I experienced the moment I stepped foot in the hospital. It is very apparent that the program not only assures the proper training of all their residents, but they also look after their mental health and wellbeing. The cherry on top is that the hospital is located minutes away from the best city in the world, Chicago.

Interests outside of Medicine: Avid movie/TV show watcher, travelling, listening to music, buying stocks, and a connoisseur of deep dish pizza.


DANIELA GOYES VACA, MD -UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE ECUADOR 

Career Goals: During my residency, I want to develop the critical thinking that I need to address complex medical pathologies with a well-rounded approach. My long term goal is to pursue a fellowship in Gastroenterology.

What I like about MacNeal: Certainly, MacNeal has a balance between clinical service and education. Besides, I like how the program encourages and supports its residents to pursue their individual goals.

Interests outside of Medicine: 


AYESHA IKRAM, MD - KING EDWARD MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship

What I like about MacNeal: At MacNeal, I love the family atmosphere among the residents and staff. The diversity in patient population and pathologies provides an infinite learning opportunities. Here, I found an environment conductive to learning, where the faculty seemed genuinely interested in making me the best doctor I can be.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love travelling, cooking, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.


HASSAN KHAN, DO - LAKE ERIE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Career Goals: Currently undecided about post-residency plans, but I am considering different fellowship opportunities.

What I like about MacNeal: I am originally from the Chicagoland area and this program allows me to give back to a community that I cherish. I enjoy the diverse population and cultures, and the interesting pathologies that come with it. I have family nearby, but I also value the camaraderie and supportive culture of the residents and faculty that foster a family-like environment in the workplace.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am a die-hard sports fan, especially when my beloved Chicago teams are playing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, learning, watching films/tv shows, and spending time outdoors.


GENESIS MALDONADO, MD - UNIVERSIDAD ESPIRITU SANTO

Career Goals: Fellowship in Rheumatology

What I like about MacNeal: Since the beginning MacNeal made me feel welcomed. Everyone fosters a comfortable and friendly environment. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to start my Medical career at MacNeal. The service they bring to the community is outstanding and I am eager to be part of the team.

Interests outside of Medicine: Whenver I have free time away from the hospital, I enjoy doing outdoors activities such as hiking, climbing and paddling. I also love to explore Chicago and spend quality time with friends and family.


LYDIA ROBLES, MD - UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE GUADALAJARA, FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Career Goals: My short-term goal for the next three years is to obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent and compassionate physician, to provide exceptional patient-centered care to all of my patients. In the future, I plan to focus on Primary Care but also intrigued in pursuing an Endocrinology fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: It was clear to me since the beginning that MacNeal was an overall excellent program in which I’d be honored to be part of. The staff, residents, and faculty I met during my interview were all friendly, approachable, and encouraging. There is an evident family-like atmosphere from the start. MacNeal offers a positive learning environment that prioritizes compassionate patient care and resident education. I value the strong community service MacNeal provides for its diverse patient population.

Interests outside of Medicine:  I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy cooking, traveling, and exploring different cultures. I take joy in nature and outdoor activities. To relax I practice yoga and mindfulness meditation. For “me time” I enjoy DIY projects and gardening.


CARLOS MAZARIEGOS LETRAN, MD- UNIVERSIDAD DE SAN CARLOS DE GUATEMALA

Career Goals: To never stop learning! I want to grow personally and professionally in this residency, developing new skills to practice internal medicine with excellence, integirty and empathy. I dediate the hard work in the coming years to my patients and to my fellow colleagues with whom I am excited to share new experiences and  knowledge.

What I like about MacNeal: Since the day of my interview, I knew this was the place where I wanted to train. I personally observed an environment of close camaraderie and mutual respect that involved everyone, from the administrative staff to the residents. The program itself is meaningful to me since it mainly focuses on giving back to the community. For me, coming from a developing country where healthcare is fragmented and limited, this gives me the motivation to work harder to serve others. I know MacNeal is the place where I will get the tools needed to accomplish this.

Interests outside of Medicine: Big Disney fan here! I enjoy traveling, trying new food, reading, swimming and hanging out with friends and family.


AMMU SUSHEELA, MD - KEMPAGOWDA INSITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES 

Career Goals: To be a good clinician first and foremost. I have a passion for geriatrics as well as critical care. So hopefully combine them in my future career path along with having a research involvement to answer clinical questions.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is the best place to undergo my clinical training with the extensive dedicated community involvement and access to the Loyola University. Its support for diversity, close knit family atmosphere, supportive faculty attracted me most to the program. Being in suburbs of Chicago gives me the chance to enjoy this fantastic city as well.

Interests outside of Medicine: Yoga, Meditation, Bonsai gardening, Dancing, Poetry, Potlucks


RIGOBERTO TEJEDA ACEVEDO, MD - UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE GUADALAJARA, FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a career in Primary Care; become a competent physician to provide quality healthcare to a diverse patient population.

What I like about MacNeal: The family-like atmosphere provides an excellent work environment not only for professional growth but also personal. The quality of medical education and the wide patient population make MacNeal an exceptional place for residency training. I am enthusiastic to become part of the MacNeal family in the upcoming years.

Interests outside of Medicine: Admire nature through hiking; spend quality time with family and friends; watch sports, especially soccer.


ALEJANDRO VILLAFRANCA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE HONDURAS

Career Goals: After Residency I am Looking towards a Fellowship. In a Long term I see myself as an Attending Physician Working and Teaching in an Academic Institution.

What I like about MacNeal: The Program provides a great learning environment to build Healthcare Specialists with Professionalism, Medical Knowledge, Leadership and empathy to improve patient care. I am very grateful to be Part of this family, as I came in and met the staff and healthcare workers I knew right away that MacNeal was a good fit for me.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like spending time with family and friends. My favorite hobbies are sports, music and gastronomy. I like watching sports games but I am even more into practicing them. I am an amateur guitar player and I am trying to get better on it! I also enjoy cooking and learning new recipes.

Second-year Internal Medicine Residents

Akshata Chaugule, MD

AKSHATA SATISH CHAUGULE, MD - RAJIV GANDHI MEDICAL COLLEGE AND CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ HOSPITAL

Career Goals: My goal for the next three years of my career is to make the most out of the residency program at MacNeal, by learning what it takes to be a knowledgeable and experienced physician. Once I am done with my residency I might look forward to pursue a fellowship, given the state I will be after three years.

What I like about MacNeal: During my interview at MacNeal, I got a glimpse of the friendly and supportive work atmosphere, through the healthcare team, which I felt was a conducive environment to work. I also saw how the residents are very well taken care off and the education course is really well planned out. Hence I found it to be very suitable for me which is why I chose MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am fond of dancing and I try to learn a new kind of dance form through classes. Recently I learnt Jive and found it to be the most appealing. During my free time, I get out of my home and hang out with my friends, explore nearby places. When at home I enjoy cooking and trying new dishes, while watching tv series.


Umer Farooq, MD

UMER FAROOQ, MD - KING EDWARD MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

Career Goals: I want to do fellowship after residency training.

What I like about MacNeal: Things I like about MacNeal are the friendly working environment, camaraderie among residents, supporting faculty, and the opportunities that MacNeal provides to develop as a medical professional in the field of healthcare.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like to hang out with friends, follow cricket, watch comic TV Shows, especially “Friends,” and cook Desi food.


Manasa Jasti, MD

MANASA JASTI, MD - ANDHRA MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: I am interested in the challenging Cardiology and the intriguing rheumatology. I would like to pursue a fellowship after I further explore my options during my residency training.

What I like about MacNeal: Life knows what is best and gives it to us in ways we might not know. And I am happy to say that I have found a place so “family-like” which will be my home for the next few years. Residency is a period of rapid growth in our careers but at times, can also be very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally. And having supportive and understanding people around, I believe, is what makes this period fruitful. And of course, Chicago! Being near to the "Windy city" has its perks!!

Interests outside of Medicine: Books! I have a penchant for fiction, mythology, classics, philosophy and astrophysics. Playing strategy and simulation games on PC (especially with my brother). Traveling and adventure sports enthusiast. Carnatic music singer. Badminton for re-energizing. Yoga for relaxing. Creative writing and scrapbooking for “me time”. And I love to continue testing my skills in short film making (PS: Experimented twice so far).


Amulya Kasireddy, MD

AMULYA REDDY KASIREDDY, MD - OSMANIA MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in endocrinology.

What I like about MacNeal: I like the positive working environment at MacNeal which helps us grow not only professionally but also personally. It is home to enthusiastic attendings who are quite approachable and supportive. I hope to become a well-rounded physician with my training at MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: Hiking, reading non-fiction, exploring new places and cultures.


Raymond Lee, MD

RAYMOND LEE, MD - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Career Goals: To become a proficient and empathetic clinician throughout residency and hopefully pursue a fellowship in heme/onc.

What I like about MacNeal: After doing my sub-internship at MacNeal, I really felt at home here. Each time I returned (for my interview and subsequent orientation) I felt like I was coming home. The residents, attendings, nurses, and everyone else foster a supportive and friendly environment. The quality of teaching, whether it be bedside or didactic, is exceptional. Also Chicago is the best city.

Interests outside of Medicine: Playing guitar and drums (not simultaneously), seeing live music, playing tennis, biking, napping, hiking, The Office


Umme Malwi, MD

UMME HAANI MALWI, MD - GHANDI MEDICAL COLLEGE, BHOPAL

Career Goals: I want to become a good clinician and to pursue a Hematology-Oncology fellowship after I finish my residency.

What I like about MacNeal: During my interview day at MacNeal I felt a sense of warmth and
comfort. I could connect myself with the environment around and right away knew that I want to do my residency from MacNeal Hospital. The hospital serves the community and I want to be a part of this and help in giving back my share to the community.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like adventure activities and have done zip lining, para-sailing, river crossing, river rafting, and hiking. On the other hand, at times I love to stay at home and make abstract doodles and play around with colors.


BRIAN MCCULLY, MD - 

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Quraish Rababah, MD

QURAISH RABABAH, MD - HASHEMITE UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE

Career Goals: I want to become the best doctor I can be to provide my patients with the highest quality of care. A short-term goal of mine is to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: Everyone at MacNeal including the program director, coordinators, attendings, and residents supported me through one of the toughest years of my life. It truly feels like family here. I really like that we get to treat and care for a diverse population of patients in our community. Being affiliated with Loyola also gives us access to great resources and learning opportunities.

Interests outside of Medicine: My greatest passion is pencil portrait drawing. I love to go to the gym, watch sumo wrestling and I am a huge Real Madrid fan. I always enjoy playing videogames, reading novels, and meeting people from different cultures.


Naveen Rameshkumar, MD

NAVEEN SUNDAR RAMESHKUMAR, MD - K.A.P. VISHWANATHAN GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: To improve my clinical skills and become a competent physician. I also have plans to pursue a fellowship in pulmonology & critical care.

What I like about MacNeal: I feel privileged to be a part of the program. With people from different backgrounds getting here every year, there is a great cultural diversity. Everyone in the program- PD, coordinators and hospital staff are very approachable and friendly which makes us feel at home right from the first day. MacNeal provides a well-balanced resident life with great working atmosphere and excellent learning opportunities.

Interests outside of Medicine: Watching cricket and movies, listening to music, love travelling and exploring different places and cuisines.


Shelden Rodrigues, MD

SHELDEN SELAS RODRIGUES, MD - GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE THRISSUR

Career Goals: I want to pursue a career in Oncology.

What I like about MacNeal: Everyone here- from residents to faculty and staff are so friendly, and create a family like atmosphere to work in. MacNeal provides a lot of opportunities to improve our knowledge, and to excel in internal medicine. In addition, the location of the hospital is fantastic, only a few minutes from Chicago.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am an ardent soccer fan. I also love traveling, music and reading.


Jogeet Singh Sekhon, MD

JOGEET SINGH SEKHON, MD - GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE AMRITSAR

Career Goals: To become a capable and proficient physician.

What I like about MacNeal: Macneal has a great learning environment for a resident. Everyone has a friendly attitude and cares for each other. The diversity in patient population allows broadening of medical and cultural knowledge. The faculty cares a lot about the residents and are always receptive to suggestions.

Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing sports. I like to explore new places and play video games in my free time.


Krupa Shingada, MD

KRUPA VITHAL SHINGADA, MD - B.J. MEDICAL COLLEGE, PUNE

Career Goals: I have developed an interest in cardiology and critical care, but in my residency I would like to maximize learning and sharpen my clinical judgement and ability, to become the doctor I’ve always envisioned myself being.

What I like about MacNeal: Even in the few hours I spent here on interview day, every single person made me feel right at home. Add to that the fact that it’s so close to Chicago, a city I felt an immediate affinity with, and it was the perfect fit!

Interests outside of Medicine: I love making home decor stuff especially Dreamcatchers of all kinds. Also, I just got a new bike, which I plan to (hopefully!) use a lot.


Hasrat Sidhu, MD

HASRAT SIDHU, MD - DAYANAND MEDICAL COLLEGE

Career Goals: I would like to do a fellowship after residency

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is a like a tightly knit family. The faculty is very approachable and extremely supportive. The camaraderie between the residents is excellent. The numerous didactics for the residents provide endless opportunities for expanding our medical knowledge.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love reading novels and travelling!


Carlos Vaquero, MD

CARLOS ALBERTO VAQUERO, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DR. JOSE MATIAS DELGADO ESCUELA DE MEDICINA

Career Goals: I want to become an excellent Internist, and desire to pursue a fellowship in Gastroenterology or Infectious Diseases.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal was on the top of my list specially because of the great work environment you can perceive immediately after you come inside the hospital, staff is friendly and welcoming. The Internal Medicine program is run by an excellent group of people, that work as a team to constantly make the experience for residents better; they care about your wellness and don't see you like just one more worker. The program has a community-based approach of IM, that seeks offering great quality care and compassionate service to each of their patients. MacNeal Hospital is at a wonderful location, you can enjoy living in the peaceful west suburbs, yet you are still only 20 minutes away from one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the United States.

Interests outside of Medicine: Interests outside of medicine: Traveling, exercising, reading, enjoying great food, watching movies.

Third-year Internal Medicine Residents

DIANA ESPINOZA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DE CUENCA FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MÉDICAS

Diana Espinoza, MD

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship after my residency.

What I like about MacNeal: The kindness of every one who works here as well as the patients makes you feel grateful for being part of this family, we are a team and I am very humble to be part of it. MacNeal provides the perfect environment to learn from a diverse patient population while growing up as a human being and a physician.

Interests outside of Medicine: Books and cross-fit are my passion, and I love Mexican food! Nothing better than tacos!


FANNY GIRON, MD - UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE HONDURAS NUESTRA SEÑORA REINA DE LA PAZ FACULTAD EN CIENCIAS DE LA SALUD

Fanny Giron, MD

Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal provides great learning opportunities due to its multicultural community. The family atmosphere makes you feel at home. The faculty, residents and staff are very nice, supportive and welcoming.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love watching soccer games, movies and traveling.


BUDDHI HATHARALIYADDA, MD - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Buddhi Hatharaliyadda, MD

Career Goals: I would like to do a fellowship after my residency training. I have taken interest in critical care and Infectious disease so far, but I like to explore more before finally deciding.

What I like about MacNeal: The most important thing that drew me to MacNeal was its people. From administration to co-residents, everyone I met during the interview-day seemed very approachable and collegial. Next, due to the diverse population we serve at MacNeal I knew I would see a range of pathology with varying presentations and learn a lot, which also made me excited about my training at MacNeal.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love traveling! I think exploring various cuisines and cultures is one of the best ways to spend my free time. I also enjoy spending time outdoors a lot; it could be anything from hiking in a nice trail to relaxing in a beach. I also love poetry, both writing and reading. Meditation, yoga and staying active are also part of my life!


ZAIN JAVED, MD - SHIFA COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Zain Javed, MD

Career Goals: To be a competent physician and ensure the best healthcare for my patients.

What I like about MacNeal: I like the myriad of pathologies patients present with at MacNeal. This in combination with such helpful and supportive faculty, seniors and staff ensures an ideal learning environment.

Interests outside of Medicine: I really enjoy playing sports like basketball, cricket and table tennis. My personal favorite, however, is soccer, which I also follow passionately. Along with sports, I also enjoy playing guitar and ukulele. My other hobbies include reading about history of the world, playing chess and making latte art.


DIANA KREPPEL, MD - TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN, FAKULTÄT FÜR MEDIZIN

Diana Kreppel, MD

Career Goals: I just started intern year and currently my goal is to stay open-minded and try to benefit from every rotation as much as possible.

What I like about MacNeal: The best part of the residency program so far is the camaraderie among residents. Despite having different cultural backgrounds there is so much more that we have in common. I think that all of us consider medicine and residency in particular as a team effort and working with people you laugh with and like to hang out outside of the hospital has such a great impact on the work environment. In addition, the faculty is approachable and invested in teaching. I moved to the U.S. for residency and wanted to be in a city with a high quality of life. I love living in Chicago and being within walking distance of the lake, parks and downtown with all its museums, bars and restaurants.

Interests outside of Medicine: Skiing; strolling, running or cycling along the shore of Lake Michigan; trying out new cuisines; watching my stocks rise; listening to classical and film music and currently growing basil and zucchini.


MANUEL MANRIQUE, MD- UNIVERSIDAD PERUANA DE CIENCIAS APLICADAS (UPC) ESCUELA DE MEDICINA

Manuel Manrique, MD

Career Goals: I plan to pursue a fellowship in cardiology and in the future fly back to Peru to create a medical NGO.

What I like about MacNeal: It is a pleasure to find a place like MacNeal that focus on medicine, teaching how to give the best of our skills as physician to treat our patients. I also love the friendly environment with co-interns, seniors and attendings. I am convinced that MacNeal is the best place to improve my medical skills.

Interests outside of Medicine: I love to spend as much time as I can with my family. I love soccer and I am the biggest fan of Cienciano, my city’s soccer team. I also enjoy cooking and as a big foodie, I can try new food from all over the world here in Chicago!


GABINO MAZA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DE SAN CARLOS FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MÉDICAS

Gabino Maza, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology.

What I like about MacNeal: There is a friendly environment among the staff. The patient population is diverse and you get to learn a lot from each patient. There are a lot of educational opportunities, the faculty are dedicated to the resident education and everyone is approachable.

Interests outside of Medicine: Outdoor activities, reading novels, play soccer and tennis.


DEYGER NAVARRETE, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Deyger Navarrete, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in endocrinology.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal Hospital has a family-like atmosphere that provides the ideal environment for learning. Faculty members, other residents and hospital staff are very encouraging and approachable. MacNeal also provides quality medical education and plenty of opportunities to interact with diverse patient populations and to cooperate with many specialists, not only to deliver the best care to patients but also to assure the necessary exposure to all medical fields for an excellent training experience.

Interests outside of Medicine: I am an avid videogame player, proud holder of some regional and national awards in my country. I am always ready to spend time with friends and family. I enjoy exploring new places and food, and get to know different cultures and people. I like to cook and the experimentation in the kitchen. Although I am not a big fan of sports, I have a small business dedicated to sportswear retailing with my own brand, which nowadays I enjoy to manage during my free time because I am also interested in marketing and entrepreneurship.


SWATHI RAO, MD - KEMPEGOWDA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

Swathi Rao, MD

Career Goals: To pursue a career in cardiology.

What I like about MacNeal: "We are MacNeal." MacNeal is home to a lot of diversity. People from different backgrounds and cultures come together to find common ground with one goal: patient care. There is abundant team spirit and enthusiasm to reach above and beyond. There is clinical and academic learning and increasing focus on research with a faculty that is very supportive and approachable. We here are a close-knit family with connections built to last a lifetime.

Interests outside of Medicine: Avid reader, enjoy books of all genres. Dog owner and lover. Movie-buff, Netflix-binger. Amateur cook, experienced foodie. Singer, writer, actor, traveler. Realist.


HARISH RAVIPATI, MD - GUNTUR MEDICAL COLLEGE

Harish Ravipati, MD

Career Goals: I am interested in cardiology fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal has a family like environment and good cultural diversity. The program leadership takes care of resident well-being, training and has an organized plan for education. I am quite confident that MacNeal will shape me into a well-rounded physician.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like swimming and listening to music. I love traveling and learning about different cultures and their history.


DANIELE RESTIFO, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Daniele Restifo, MD

Career Goals: I would like to improve my skills in the practice of medicine, in order to provide quality healthcare to each one of my patients. I also plan to pursue a cardiology fellowship after residency.

What I like about MacNeal: What I like the most about this institution is the great work atmosphere, the way the staff take care of patients with passion and humanity; and the numerous opportunities that MacNeal gives us to learn new medical skills every single day.

Interests outside of Medicine: I like hanging out with my family and friends, traveling and trying new food. I also enjoy listening to music and going to concerts.


RAUL RODRIGUEZ, MD - UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA ESCUELA DE MEDICINA LUIS RAZETTI

Raul Rodriguez, MD

Career Goals: To improve my clinical skills and to enter an ID fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal fosters an atmosphere in which working every day is enjoyable. There is a good interaction between residents themselves and with the staff, as well as a lot of learning opportunities. With a diverse patient population to learn from, I feel MacNeal gives me an opportunity to improve my skills as a clinician.

Interests outside of Medicine: Traveling, exploring Chicago and its surroundings, trying out new food in the city, learning from new cultures, reading, binge watching series. 


MARIA JOSE ZABALA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD PRIVADA DEL VALLE FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS DE LA SALUD

Maria Jose Zabala, MD

Career Goals: I am interested in pursuing a fellowship.

What I like about MacNeal: I really like the working environment at MacNeal, everyone is welcoming, friendly and always willing to help. We have approachable faculty that is invested in our growth as physicians. Our patient population is diverse, which provides infinite learning opportunities.

Interests outside of Medicine: I really enjoy outdoor activities. Love traveling, exploring new places and different cuisines. I like to hang out with friends, go to concerts, and movies.


ROMMEL ZERPA, MD - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA

Rommel Zerpa, MD

Career Goals: I want to become an outstanding clinician, pursue a Gastroenterology fellowship, and find the right balance between life and work.

What I like about MacNeal: I have found that MacNeal offers an amazing environment to grow not only professionally, but also as a person and I saw a snapshot of this during my interview day. Being here, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there is a great network of support from everyone in the healthcare team; it feels like a big family. Every day is a thrill with new learning opportunities, from attending physicians and the diverse community of patients. The new alliance with Loyola Medicine entices me with new academic opportunities. Berwyn offers calmness and a relaxing atmosphere, while the closeness of Chicago allows you to explore exciting activities.

Interests outside of Medicine: Karaoke, going to the gym, watching action movies, visiting new restaurants and eating tons of great food, as well as spending time with my family, girlfriend and friends! P.S: I have not played soccer in a very long time, and I played again here with my co-interns and residents, who now I can call my friends!


Recent Graduates

2020 Graduates

  • Daniel Alcantar, MD- Chief Resident, University of Arizona
  • Raisa Alvarez, MD - Infectious Disease, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Mukarram Amine, DO - Chief Resident, MacNeal Hospital
  • Richard Fernandes Almeida, MD- Nephrology, University of Wisconsin
  • Prachi Jain, MD - Hematology-Oncology, Ohio State University
  • Sri Mahathi Kalipatnapu, MD - Nephrology, University of Chicago
  • Adeline Manohar, DO - Primary Care, Kaiser Permanente California
  • Juan Pablo Portocarrero, MD- Nephrology, Northwestern University Chicago
  • Nirali Ramani, MD- Nephrology, RUSH University Medical Center Chicago
  • Claudia Rodriguez, MD - Nephrology, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Jorge Sanchez, MD - Nephrology, University of Southern California
  • Paola Sanchez, MD- Geriatrics, Emory University
  • James Tobin, MD - Hospital Medicine, Javon Bea Hospital Illinois
  • Jose Luis Zabala, MD - Nephrology, Mayo Clinic