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First-Year Fellow

Syed Javed Hasan Zaidi
Residency: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 
Medical School: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, India

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: There is a large volume of a variety of cardiac pathologies to encounter and treat. All my colleagues are exceptionally friendly and a pleasure to interact with.
  • Personal Information: I completed my residency in pediatrics at the University of Hawaii (I was lucky!) and then moved to Illinois with my wife and 2 children to pursue fellowhip in pediatric cardiology at Advocate Christ. I enjoy nature; hiking on adventure trails with my family and we like exploring new and different places and meeting people of different backgrounds.
  • Goals: I would like to super-specialize after my fellowship and then find work in a close knit community in an academic setting where I can continue to have positive interactions with my patients and their families.

Second-Year Fellows

Rishi Ram Adhikari
Residency: Albany Medical Center
Medical School: B.P. Koirala Institute of Medical Sciences, Nepal

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: As a fellow, I like the supportive and friendly environment of Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn, well-balanced work and didactics, patient flow, state-of-the-art surgical heart unit and supportive attendings.
  • Personal Information: I live with my family in Tinley Park, IL. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love driving and traveling. Other than pediatric cardiology, my areas of interest include history, geography, and current and international affairs.
  • Goals: In the future, I am interested in working in a teaching institution as a pediatric cardiologist.

Vibhash Kumar
Residency: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Medical school: J.N. Medical College, India

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: What I like most in our program is the friendliest working environment, widest possible exposure to cardiac pathologies and the excellent  learning environment.
  • Personal Information:  I authored a book chapter on the role of ICD in prevention of ventricular arrhythmia and presented a poster on a patient of Williams syndrome, all during residency. I received best research award during his residency. I like travelling, watching movies and spending time with my family in my free time.
  • Goals/accomplishments: I am interested in interventional pediatric cardiology.

Third-Year Fellows

Waseem Cossor
Residency: Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital - Oak Lawn
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Hometown: Cleveland, Saint Louis, Chicago. Yes, I claim all three.

  • What I Like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: The range of pathology we see here is incredible. Rarely does a day go by where I do not see something I have never seen before.
  • Personal Information: I am an all-around Midwesterner: I was born in Cleveland; attended high school in Saint Louis; College in Rolla, Missouri; back to Saint Louis for medical school; and on to Chicago for residency and fellowship. In my spare time (yes, we do get a little spare time) I enjoy playing the drums. In college I was in a punk band. In residency I cobbled together a motley crew of residents, a nurse practitioner, a child life music therapist, and a pediatrics program director to form a Beatles cover band, which performed at the hospital holiday party.
  • Goals/Accomplishments: I plan on pursuing a fourth-year fellowship in advanced imaging (ECHO, CT, MRI). I am currently working on several research projects involving 3D echocardiography.

Lalitha Gopineti
Residency: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Medical school: Sri Venkateswara medical college, Tirupathi, India

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: The most important thing I like here is the high quality of care provided to our patients. We see a wide variety of congenital and acquired cardiac conditions. There are very well-known and experienced faculty in each subspecialty and great cardiac surgeons. Once I graduate from here, I am very confident that I will be able to provide similar high-quality care to my patients.
  • Personal Information: I am very grateful to my family for giving me wonderful support throughout my journey so far. I love spending time with friends. I enjoy cooking, listening to music and watching movies. I like watching cricket and tennis.
  • Goals/accomplishments: I would like to go into general cardiology practice after fellowship and might consider an extra fourth-year training later on.

Nida Yousef
Residency: Hurley Medical Center/ Michigan State University
Medical School: University of Jordan Medical School
Hometown: Amman/Jordan

  • What I Like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: I like how fellows are close to each other. Our cardiology nurses and nurse practitioners are very helpful and pleasant. I like how the whole department gets close to each other and celebrates special occasions and birthdays. This makes us feel like family!
  • Personal Information: I like to spend my free time with my son and husband. I have watched hundreds of episodes of Sesame Street with my son. We love to spend the weekends walking in downtown Chicago and visiting the downtown museums. I also enjoy preparing and tasting food.
  • Goals/Accomplishments: I would love to pursue further training in cardiac imaging and fetal echo. I wish to find a job that provides a perfect balance between family and work!

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