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PGY3

Jackie Childs, MD

Undergraduate: University of Michigan - "Go Blue"
Masters in Applied Physiology
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: The faculty, the lively morning report, the opportunity to get to know subspecialists because a lot in life is who you know.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Being outside, riding bikes, playing at the park with my kids, running/swimming, watching the garden grow.
  • Favorite Reason to Turn on the TV: football and PBS kids, because that's when I get "free time."
Anna Craioveanu, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Des Moines University

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I did a rotation with the Family Medicine team and really enjoyed the people and faculty I met. I also did a few other rotations here and was impressed by the type of pathology seen here (even though it's a hospital in the suburbs).
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching movies, cooking, hanging out with friends and family.
  • Favorite TV Show: “Grey's Anatomy” (yes, I still watch that show).
Andrea Belen Garcia Zurbriggen, MD

Undergraduate: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Medical School: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Not only is it an excellent institution with the support of the entire Advocate System, but also a place where the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The attendings are dedicated to teaching and supporting the residents and the residents stand by each other.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, cooking and traveling
  • Favorite Book: The first book I ever loved, Nube de Noviembre, by Hilary Ruben
Pavittar Singh Grewal, MD

Undergraduate: Arya College, Ludhiana, India
Medical School: Government Medical College, Patiala, India

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Reputation of the hospital, faculty that is committed to the success of residents, helpful staff, friendly residents, and a nice location to live and work.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Travel, movies, technology, Punjabi music, cricket
  • Favorite TV shows: “30 Rock,” “How I Met Your Mother”, “Outsourced”
Robert Maslo, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
BA Philosophy, BS Biology
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I chose ALGH for many resons. First, I was looking for a hospital with a culture of learning/teaching. I did the majority of my medical student rotations here and knew that almost every attending and consultant was willing to take the time to teach. Second, I had gotten to know some of the Family Medicine residents from my rotations and thought they would be a fun group to work with. Finally, I was born at ALGH, my family has been coming here for years, in fact, they just call ALGH "The Hospital." Overall, it just felt like home to me.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Travel, football, reading, technology
  • Favorite Pasttime: Wandering around a country/city I have never been to before.
Gaurav Mehta, MD

Undergraduate: St. Joseph's College, Allahabad, India
Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, India

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Excellent faculty, strong curriculum, diverse population, good clinical experience, resident support. I was most impressed by the friendly faculty and residents during my interview. ALGH was a natural choice for me as it gave me the opportunity to train in one of the top 15 major teaching hospitals in the country and stay close to my extended family. One of the strengths of the program is the family-like atmosphere not only between the house staff and faculty but also the clerical and administrative staff. It's wonderful to be a part of such family!
  • Hobbies/Interests: Music - rock, blues, reggae, reading, hiking, spending time with family, movies
  • Favorite Movie: Rocky, The Silence of the Lambs, 3 Idiots
  • Favorite Quotes: "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Dr. Viktor Frankl; "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool." - Richard P. Feynman
Emily Mika, MD

Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine:  I actually transferred to Lutheran General halfway through my residency training. I chose Lutheran General because of the feel of a University program but in a community setting. I felt this provided the opportunity I needed for optimal education, diversity and experience.
  • Hobbies/Interests:  Singing, running, dancing, skiing, anything that has to do with music or athletics!
  • Favorite Movie:  Definitely the original Footloose
Kirsten Oliversen, MD

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I had many great mentors who graduated from this program. They also offered everthing I was looking for including opportunities to serve internationally and a Sports Medicine Fellowship and staff
  • Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, running & exercising in general, sports medicine and mission trips
  • Favorite Thing: I'm a little obsessed with my cat, Deaglan
  • Favorite TV Shows: “30 Rock” - I'm a little obsessed with Tina Fey, too…so funny!
Shalin Parikh, MD

Undergraduate: Smt. NHL Muncipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
Medical School: Smt. NHL Muncipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, India

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Great clinical exposure through wide varieties of rotations. Friendly, experienced, and supportive faculty. Graduates are prepared to work in any setting.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching basketball and inspirational movies. Singing, spending time with my family, and playing volleyball.
  • Favorite Movies: The Pursuit of Happyness, Invictus
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Quote: "Live in the present. Launch yourself on every wave. Find eternity in each moment." - Henry David Thoreau
Ruchir Thakkar, DO

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Great faculty, great location, great opportunity
  • Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, music, people, yoga, healthy foods, cocktails, traveling
  • Favorite Quote: "Hakuna matata" - Kenyan proverb

PGY2

Katherine Emerine, DO

Undergraduate: Northern Illinois University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, Florida campus

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I have a long history with Lutheran General. My mother, grandmother and I all worked here in the past. I was born here and my children were born here. Lutheran General has always been a great place to work and has provided me excellent care as a patient. I chose Family Medicine because it allows me the broadest spectrum of care. It also allows me to care for the entire family from birth to end of life issues so I can really establish long term relationships with my patients.
  • Hobbies/Interests: My family – my husband and I have three wonderful children that I love spending time with
    Dance – I was classically trained in ballet, jazz, and modern dance
    Music – I play piano and have also played cello and oboe in the past
    Cats – I breed Bengals at home
    Sci Fi – I’m a big Dr. Who fan as well as a few other favorite shows
    Food and Wine – I really enjoy cooking/baking and who doesn’t like to eat
  • Favorite Pasttime: I enjoy reading when there is time. My favorites are usually the classics, and I really like Jane Austen.
Amy Lee, DO

Undergraduate: University of Florida
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Friendly, dedicated and supportive attendings, staff and residents, strong curriculum, great balance of inpatient and outpatient rotations, location
  • Hobbies/Interests: Sports (huge Gators fan), traveling, playing piano and drums, drawing/painting, trying new restaurants, cooking (while trying not to burn the apartment down), trying new things, community service
  • Favorite Food: Anything spicy!
  • Favorite Quote: “You don’t need a reason to help people” – Zidane, FF9
Nesreen Ramli, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I chose Lutheran because of the excellent reputation this institution has. There are many opportunities to learn, and the Family Medicine program is structured in a way that residents have great exposure to various specialties of medicine.
  • Hobbies/Interests: In my free time, I try to be with my family as much as possible. I also have an interest in philosophy and enjoy learning about world religions.
  • Favorite Quote: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain.
Melody Roth, MD

Undergraduate: Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: A supportive community feel with the resources of an academic teaching facility. The faculty within the Family Medicine program itself are great and finding and nurturing your best qualities (something I saw as a student rotating through here), and you can find a teaching faculty member in pretty much any specialty in the hospital willing to sit down and talk to you and answer your questions.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Swing dancing, cooking, board games, swimming, golf. I have also been skydiving once and would like to go again.
  • Favorite Quote: "Everything you do has an effect on others. you make ripples like tossing a stone in a pond.” - MacGyver.
Rinku Shah, DO

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: Nova Southeastern University

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I rotated here as a medical student and loved the facility and the faculty. It was a great environment to learn and practice in, and continues to be so.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Chicago sports, trying new restaurants, reading, and relaxing with my family.
  • Favorite "Something": My favorite “something” is my nephew! But in a strong second is the movie Good Will Hunting and the TV Show “Friday Night Lights”.
Laura Tommaso, MD

Undergraduate: DePaul University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: I have worked in different roles of health care in and out of Advocate institutions, and I appreciate the high standard of care that Advocate Healthcare offers its patients. I appreciate that ALGH has a rich network of specialists and residents to collaborate with us as Primary Care Providers for education and can offer true multidisciplinary patient care. Iam so happy to be a Family Medicine resident with this program because it strives to maintain the highest standards of teaching and support possible.
  • Hobbies/Interests: I am a horseback rider, hunter/jumper discipline and longtime owner of thorougbred horses. I also enjoy my two adopted Jack Russell dogs
  • Favorite Pasttime: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.
Inna Trey, MD

Medical School: Donetsk State Medical University of M. Gorky

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: The supporting, friendly environment of the program.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Reading, tennis
  • Favorite Pasttime: “This too shall pass.” King Solomon Seal.
Thomas Vizinas, DO, MSc

Undergraduate: University of Toronto, Human Biology and Classical Civilization Degrees
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern University
Other Degree: Master of Biomedical Science and Neurophysiology

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: The working world is all about who you know, but the working happily in that world requires an answer to who knows you. Lutheran is a place where they really want to know who you are. It’s the type of place where people actually care what your answer is to the colloquial “Hi, how are you?” question. It’s the kind of place where didactics are more than just being a generic face that blends into an audience. It’s the personal connections fostered by Lutheran’s atmosphere that made it the community where I wanted to work, learn, and grow.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding, marksmanship, swing dancing, movies
  • Favorite Quotes: “You’re killing me, Smalls!” – The Sandlot
Dimitrina Zdravkova, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine – Midwestern University

  • Reason I chose Advocate Lutheran General Family Medicine: Lutheran General Family Medicine is an outstanding residency that is recognized by many for its multiple accomplishments, such as Advocate resources, faculty and supporting staff, and diverse pathology just to name a few. The uniqueness of this program stems from its dedication not only to comprehensive and up-to-date patient care, teamwork, and outstanding mentorship, but most importantly to its strong emphasis on personalized professional development. There’s no better place to learn your craft than in a place that allows you to grow both as a physician and an individual.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Integrative Medicine, the outdoors (hiking, biking, camping), cooking, traveling, family/friend time.
  • Favorite Pasttime: “Never give up, never surrender, just take occasional naps.”
    “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

PGY1

Farah Chaus, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: The perfect amalgamation of academic excellence, great camaraderie and amazingly wonderful folks!
  • Hobbies/Interests:Henna designing, Traveling, Chicago..da Bears!
  • Favorite Quote: "Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration" -- Thomas Alva Edison
Andrew Dahlem, MD

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: It’s pretty apparent to me that the residents, faculty, and staff of ALGH are awesome. I’m really excited and fortunate for the opportunity to contribute whatever awesomeness I can to the already existing awesomeness so as to continue to grow the awesomeness of the awesomeness.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Family, traveling, nerdy board games, Ohio State Buckeyes football
  • Favorite Games: Dominion, Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan, Agricola
Prashant Gupta, MD

Undergraduate: Binghamton University (State University of New York)
Medical School: St. Matthew’s University

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: I knew ALGH was the place I wanted to spend the next three years of my life the minute I stepped foot inside the hospital. Some strong qualities about this program that stood out for me were a friendly faculty and staff, great teaching opportunities, a very well respected institution in a vibrant city, global health opportunities and a strong Sports Medicine program. I know I can become a successful physician with the training offered at this program.
  • Hobbies/Interests: New York sports (go Giants and Knicks!!), tennis, attending sporting events and concerts, trying new cuisines and restaurants, traveling, international and community service, anything involving being outdoors
  • Favorite TV shows: “Homeland”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “How I Met Your Mother"
  • Favorite Quote: “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” –Chinese Proverb
Kay Kelts, DO

Undergraduate: St. Olaf College, MN
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Other Degree: MPH(pending), University of illinois Chicago

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: Lutheran is an amazing place! I loved all of the residents, faculty and staff. They are extremely friendly and always willing to help; it felt as if the entire program was a big family. On top of this welcoming environment, Lutheran has always been known for its great tradition of training physicians. Most importantly, they give you the opportunity to do and learn everything needed to become a great family physician. ALGH is the perfect place to grow as a physician and person. Plus, I was born here!
  • Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, volunteer work, anything outdoors, exercise and being with my family
  • Favorite Quote: “We look at the body in health as meaning perfection and harmony, not in one part, but in the whole.” –Dr. A.T. Still
Yasmeen Jamal Khan, MD

Undergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: Advocate Lutheran General’s Family Medicine program is one of Chicago’s most renowned Family Medicine programs. Residents here are give strong and well-balanced training with the opportunity to care for a truly diverse patient population. After being a patient within Advocate, it is great to join this large healthcare system as a resident and hopefully stay on to work as an Advocate physician after residency. On my interview day, I met many of the friendly faculty and residents, and I realized that this program has a nurturing educational and work environment that will help me to grow and thrive in my training as a confident and competent Family Physician.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family, being the family photographer along with my dad, and watching Bollywood movies
  • Favorite TV shows: Full House, Everybody Loves Raymond, Modern Family, Downton Abbey
  • Favorite Bollywood Movies: Kal Ho Naa Ho, Devdas, Veer-Zaara, 3 Idiots, Jab We Met, English Vinglish
  • Favorite Quotes: “So verily with every difficulty, there is relief. Verily, with every difficulty, there is relief.” The Qur’an, Surah, Al-Inshirah
    “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” – Mother Theresa
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
    “God gives and forgives…Man gets and forgets.”
Drew Lee, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago (BS Biology, BA Philosophy, BA International Studies, MA Bioethics and Health Policy)
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: I chose ALGHFM for residency because 1) the quality of the training 2) focus on patient care and 3) the many new, exciting things happening here. Consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals and top teaching hospitals in the country, I knew ALGH would provide the best of both an academic/community program. As a nationally recognized top performer for several key quality measures, I knew that the well-being of my patients would always come first. Similarly, as a recognized NCQA Tier 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home and the new initiatives to increase quality patient care, I knew that this program would allow me to stay at the forefront of health care reforms occurring nationally.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Music, writing, bioethics, advocacy, global health, community outreach, multimedia and sports (I have been competing in the Korean-American Olympics since I was a teenager)
  • Favorite Quotes: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
    “Why can’t I be the MVP in the league? Why can’t I be the best player in the league? I don’t see why not. I work hard, I dedicate myself to the game and sacrifice a lot of things at a young age, and I know, if I continue to do good what I can get out of it. If that’s me going out and doing whatever, I’m willing to do it…” – Derrick Rose
Ward McCracken, DO

Undergraduate: Penn State, University Park
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, PA

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: Of all the programs I interviewed at, Lutheran General was, unquestionably, the best combination of academic excellence combined with community hospital feel. The academics were comparable to some of the big university programs I interviewed with and yet the sense I got on interview day was that everyone was family. The residents (some whose history with the hospital quite literally goes back to birth!) were all fun and very intelligent and it was also telling when every person in the greater community I talked to, without exception, had nothing but wonderful things to say about the hospital and its doctors. Interview day itself really just confirmed for me that I wanted to be like the physicians I saw here. The location is great (best of the burbs and the city), the quality of training is excellent, and from first interaction to the present the program has gone out of its way to make me feel at home - Lutheran was my first choice and I’m definitely excited to continue my training here!
  • Hobbies/Interests: running, biking, swimming, acoustic guitar, reading, snowboarding, anything that gets me outside, sports medicine, living out my faith to the best of my ability
  • Favorite Book: The Hobbit, Chronicles of Narnia
  • Favorite Moment: The first minute after you finish a good race.
  • Favorite Quote: "Humility isn't thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less” – C.S. Lewis
Rahman Mohammed Abdul, MD

Undergraduate: St. Mary’s Junior College
Medical School: Zaporozhye State Medical University, Ukraine

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: I said to my wife, “I will scream with joy if I get matched with ALGH,” when we walked by the hospital for the first time after coming to the USA, not knowing back then my dream would come true. During my interview, I came to know that the program has a lot more to offer than what I was looking for in my ideal program. The warmth of family, friendly residents, great faculty, excellent learning environment, diversity, and of course, Chicago.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, watching soccer, fighting with my little one and spending time with family and friends.
  • Favorite Movie: Troy
  • Favorite Book: Heavenly Ornaments
Riddhi Shah, MD

Medical School: Windsor University Tver State Medical Academy

  • Reason I chose Lutheran General Family Medicine: Extremely friendly, comfortable and positive environment to work in. I was told during my interview that the attendings are very much approachable and passionate to teach. Advocate Lutheran, community based hospital with diversity of patient population has all the big city hospital benefits and holds a very strong community reputation.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, adventure sports, traveling, reading and music
  • Favorite Quote: “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” -Anonymous

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