Get to know our residents and hear from them why they love practicing at CAMC and enjoy being part of the Charleston, West Virginia community.

PGY 3 Residents

Saranya Dinesan, MD

Saranya Dinesan, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Kerala, India

Medical School: Government Medical College Kottayam, Kerala, India

Interests: Spending time with family and friends, Cooking, Dancing

Future Goals: Specializing in Hematology-Oncology, Teaching

Life in Charleston: Charleston- serene and beautiful place, life by the river, friendly people

Strengths of CAMC: Hospital that is close to the community with benefits of University hospital, Amazing faculty, get to work closely with specialists starting from first year, strong didactics

Ahmed Abdelhaleem, MD

Ahmed Abdelhaleem, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Benha, Egypt

Medical School: Benha University

Interests: I find my passion in travel and visiting new places to explore different cultures and meet new people whom I can share life experience with. Also, I like reading in History and Geography. Last but not least, I have three adorable children and a spectacular wife, with whom I enjoy my time.

Future Goals: Cardiology Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Charleston is a wonderful place for everyone likes nature. It is a very green city and rich in natural resources. It has a fair weather that is not very cold in winter and not so hot in summer. It is very placid and makes me feel very peaceful and enjoy meditation while walking.

Strengths of CAMC: Training in our program is a wonderful opportunity which is a blend of clinical and academic aspects. Here we do many ICU rotations (up to 6 months during residency), we have daily morning reports and daily didactics. We see diversity of cases of varying degrees of complexity that makes us proficient doctors.

Divya Kalluru, MD

Divya Kalluru, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Medical School: Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences

Interests: Travel and explore new places, painting

Future Goals: Pursuing a career in Pulmonology/ Critical Care Medicine

Life in Charleston: Just like the state tag line "wild and wonderful", very scenic, innumerable trails to hike with beautiful waterfalls.

Strengths of CAMC: Healthy working environment with resident friendly faculty which is most important factor when we start residency

Andrei Malko, MD

Andrei Malko, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: I am originally from Toronto, Canada

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Life in Charleston: Beautiful nature of West Virginia!

Strengths of CAMC: Everything that I and my family was looking for in a residency program, we found here. Sincere administrative staff; residents, who are a family; excellent balance of mature and young physicians, whose sole role is to teach and guide you through residency and beyond. Being an immigrant to Canada, having lived there for half of my life, and, now, in West Virginia, I feel I am home.

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Perathu Manivannan, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India.

Medical School: PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Interests: Music, Traveling, Adventure sports, Cooking.

Future Goals: Pursuing a fellowship in Cardiology.

Life in Charleston: Charleston's access to several state parks, National parks, hiking trails, scenic drives, ski resorts, adventure sports on the New River gorge.

Strengths of CAMC: Patient population, approachable teaching staff, opportunities to do procedures, morning report, and research opportunities

Adil Memon, MD

Adil Memon, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Dow Medical College

Interests: Traveling and exploring new places, outdoor/indoor sports, woodwork

Future Goals: Cardiology/Gastroenterology Fellowship

Life in Charleston: People of Charleston, nature and outdoors, great weather with all 4 seasons. Get from one end to another end of city within minutes without any bothersome traffic.

Strengths of CAMC: Diverse clinical pathology, supportive faculty and great working environment.

Stephen Saldanha, DO

Stephen Saldanha, DO - PGY 3

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Music, Tennis, Archery and Bowhunting, Movies

Future Goals: General Internist

Life in Charleston: My favorite thing about Charleston is the ease of commute to pretty much anywhere in the city.

Strengths of CAMC: The strength of our program is faculty that truly cares about resident wellness; and a very close group of residents that are all willing to help at a moment’s notice.

Prerna Sharma, MD

Prerna Sharma, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Medical School: St. George’s University SOM

Interests: painting, learning french

Future Goals: Critical Care Medicine/ Nephrology

Life in Charleston: Great balance of peace/calm especially during a demanding residency period, a very friendly place

Strengths of CAMC: Strong exposure to pathophysiology and faculty who are not only experts in their field but are always willing to teach.

Katie White, MD

Katie White, MD - PGY 3

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine

Interests: Cuddling cats, hikes, indoor cycling

Future Goals: My interests remain broad, but I do plan to pursue fellowship training.

Life in Charleston: Charleston has always been home to me. It’s a small town nested among the hills with nearby outdoor activities, but only a 3-5 hour drive away from larger cities.

Strengths of CAMC: We see complex patients daily at CAMC. No board question will ever include the amount of problems and medications the average patient we see has. Therefore, I feel we are well equipped to manage complex cases on our own following residency.

PGY 2 Residents

Parameshwara Bolla, MD

Parameshwara Bolla, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Medical School: Osmania Medical College

Interests: attending music/sport events

Future Goals: Rheumatology

Life in Charleston: Kanawha river and sceneries amidst the hearty culture of west by God virginia

Strengths of CAMC: Excellent training, Amazing teachers with a resident friendly environment.

Joel Chittazhattu, MD

Joel Chittazhattu, DO - PGY 2

Hometown: Garland, Texas

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus

Interests: Football, Soccer, Hiking

Future Goals: Pulm-Critical Care, or Gastroenterology

Strengths of CAMC: Strong Academic Teaching program accompanied by wide exposure to clinical pathology.

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Khadija Naseem, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Medical School: Service Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

Interests: I love spending my free time with my kids.

Future Goals: Academic Internal Medicine

Life in Charleston: Scenic views, peaceful environment and friendly people

Strengths of CAMC: Healthy working environment, a lot of pathology and friendly program leadership

Lauren Searls, DO

Lauren Searls, DO - PGY 2

Hometown: Hagerstown MD

Medical School: WV School of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Painting, distance running, hanging out with my husband and two cats

Future Goals: Gastroenterology, Critical Care or Academic medicine

Life in Charleston: Small city, nearby hiking trails

Strengths of CAMC: Transitioned autonomy

S. Tahira Naqvi, MD

S. Tahira Naqvi, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Jinnah Medical and Dental College

Interests: Taking chances, poetry, karaoke, and live music. I also enjoy drawing human portraits and biking (not simultaneously).

Future Goals: Working pro bono in third world countries

Life in Charleston: Being surrounded by scenic views yet having a city life.

Strengths of CAMC: Support system and constructive feedback

Ayesha Shameem, MD

Ayesha Shameem, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Lahore,Pakistan

Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Medical University

Interests: Traveling food

Future Goals: Pulm/critical care

Life in Charleston: I love Charleston’s peaceful scenery and natural beauty.

Strengths of CAMC: Diverse patient population, excellent faculty.

Abigail Staton DO

Abigail Staton, DO - PGY 2

Hometown: North Muskegon, MI

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia

Interests: Travel, tennis, reading, hiking Future interests: Nephrology

Life in Charleston: Friendly city with close proximity to nature

Strengths of CAMC: Great learning environment that promotes resident autonomy with diverse disease pathology.

Loc Tran, DO

Loc Tran, DO - PGY 2

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia

Interests: Hiking, traveling, cooking, hanging out with family and friends

Future Goals: Still deciding on being a future hospitalist or applying for internal medicine sub-specialty.

Life in Charleston: My favorite season of the year is Fall, as coming from California, I truly enjoy the breathtaking views of the Appalachian mountains covered in trees and seeing the fall foliage change of colors, it is truly "almost heaven" when I see the beautiful mother nature in my favorite season, something I never experienced in my part of California.

Strengths of CAMC: I feel the strengths of CAMC, is the first hand exposure to the myriad of ailments afflicting the Appalachian folks and knowing that I am getting the best training to become a competent yet physician practicing great medicine and bedside manners that will carry me far in my future endeavors of being hospitalist or sub specialty training.

Balachandra Vaidyanathan MD

Balachandran Vaidyanathan, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Medical School: Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute

Interests: Running, Hiking, Music, Binge watching shows and Cooking.

Strengths of CAMC: Great people and supportive environment most importantly.

Ling Jie Wan MD

Ling Jie Wang, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Interests: Hiking, cooking, reading

Future Goals: A mix of inpatient an outpatient practice, I would like to be able to follow my patients for all their medical needs.

Life in Charleston: I have come to fall in love with the people in Charleston, the people I work with, and the people I treat.

Strengths of CAMC: There is a lot freedom for residents to practice independently, a lot of trust is placed in residents and I see the seniors I work with more than deserving of that trust.

Josh Zegeer, MD

Josh Zegeer, MD - PGY 2

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Medical School: WVU School of Medicine

Interests: Soccer, WVU sports, being outdoors

Future Goals: Practicing medicine

Life in Charleston: The sense of community

Strengths of CAMC: It is a good environment to learn, most people are very willing to teach and most patients are receptive to helping new physicians develop their skills.

PGY 1 Residents

Borna Amir-Kabirian

Borna Amir-Kabirian, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Medical School: Medical University of the Americas

Interests: Tennis, soccer, hiking

Future Goals: Cardiovascular or Gastroenterology Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Amazing scenery with endless trails and friendly people.

Strengths of CAMC: Diverse clinical pathology, high acuity of care, and supportive faculty and staff.

Mark Ayoub

Mark Ayoub, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Medical School: Avalon University SOM/Cairo University

Interests: Soccer, movies, videogames and food

Future Goals: Gastroenterology Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Charleston is a very beautiful city. It has everything you need in a big city with a small town feel and the advantage of easy commute. It allows you to de-stress easily through the beautiful nature and trails and it is only a few hours away from major cities, which is an added bonus.

Strengths of CAMC: Definitely the people, that being faculty or residents. Both truly care about resident wellness. The residents are a close-knit group that would spare no effort to help in any given situation.

Alexander Ball

Alexander Ball, DO - PGY 1

Hometown: South Charleston, WV

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: I enjoy spending time off with my wife Allie and golden retriever Leo. I love to go on fishing trips and take my dog camping, binge watch shows on Netflix and eat good food!

Future Goals: Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship

Life in Charleston: It is my hometown! I love many of the restaurants in town. Charleston is also relatively close in proximity to many of the beautiful lakes and states parks in WV.

Strengths of CAMC: I chose CAMC to learn and build a career where I intend to stay and practice medicine. CAMC is a top tier academic institution where I will get the best experience and opportunity to pursue fellowship, as well as serve my community.

Morgan Bush

Morgan Bush, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Medical School: WVU School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Baking, hiking, reality TV and tennis

Future Goals: Wherever the road takes me but I hope to always remain in my home state of WV!

Life in Charleston: I have lived here for a large part of my life. I love to be out on the river, walking in the neighborhood, going out to eat on Capitol Street, and just being outside enjoying the mountain views.

Strengths of CAMC: I grew up here and most of my family and my husband's family still live here. It is a wonderful place to be!

Brandon Howe

Brandon Howe, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Paducah, KY

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Ice hockey, skateboarding, playing with my dogs, and the great outdoors

Future Goals: Match here at CAMC in the Pulmonology/Critical Care Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Hiking with my pups. disc golf, and Live on the Levee

Strengths of CAMC: CAMC is a great teaching institution that offers multiple competitive fellowship opportunities and it is a perfect medium between a community and university program.

Joshua Kepfinger

Joshua Kepfinger, DO - PGY 1

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hobbies: Rock climbing, hiking, biking and cooking

Future Goals: I plan to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology with the goal of specializing in Interventional Cardiology.

Life in Charleston: When I am not at work I like going on hikes in the Kanawha State Forest with my wife and two dogs, or go to Summersville Lake to swim and do some rock climbing.

Strengths of CAMC: In addition to being a great place to learn, CAMC has the nicest and most welcoming faculty and staff I have had the pleasure of working with.

Roma Nagin

Roma Nagin, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Anything outdoors - hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowboarding

Future Goals: Still deciding but possibly Cardiology or Gastroenterology Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Go for hikes

Strengths of CAMC: Supportive faculty that cares about residents and love to teach!

Mouhammed Sakkal

Mouhammed Sakkal, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Charleston, WV

Medical School: Marshall University School of Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Basketball, hiking

Future Goals: Philanthropy, Specializing

Life in Charleston: Spend time with my family and loved ones

Strengths of CAMC: Because Charleston is home.

Austin Straley

Austin Straley, DO - PGY 1

Hometown: Kingsport, TN

Medical School: LMU - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests/Hobbies: Snowboarding, computer science, and football

Future Goals: Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Nestled in the center of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Charleston offers all the outdoor activities one could want while still providing a big city feel. The unique array of food options paired with the nature-filled ambiance makes living downtown both entertaining and relaxing.

Strengths of CAMC: The opportunity CAMC provides as an academic institution as well as my dedication to giving back to the Appalachian region made choosing to continue my career at CAMC easy. I owe everything I have accomplished to the area that raised me and my hope is to try as hard as possible to pay it back.

Jultom Tomg, MD

Julton Tomanguillo Chumbe, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Moyobamba - Peru

Medical School: Cesar Vallejo University

Interests: Hiking with my family, fly fishing, and cleaning ancient Roman coins

Future Goals: Gastroenterology fellowship, research and academic teaching

Life in Charleston: Ideal place for families. Calm and beautiful nature all around.

Strengths of CAMC: A great program with strong academic faculty. A program that is 100% invested in your growth as a resident and future attending. Plenty of opportunities to do research.

Aisha Zia, MD

Aisha Zia, MD - PGY 1

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Dow Medical College

Interests: Traveling and exploring new places, jet skiing, cooking and love spending time with my cat (Bella) and family

Future Goals: First and foremost want to be a good internist. Future interests include primary care and Cardiology, working with underserved populations and community engagement.

Life in Charleston: Beautiful hilly Landscape and driving through tree-lined roads. Greatly enjoying beautiful scenic views of gentle rising mountains.

Strengths of CAMC: Diversity both in co-workers and the cases. Open-door attitude of all residents and staff is beyond limits. Extremely grateful to be surrounded by the wonderful people of CAMC

Preliminary Residents

Mohammed Bhinder

Mohammed Bhinder, MD, MBBS - Preliminary Medicine

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan / Frederick, MD

Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan

Interests: Spending time with my family, BBQing/Grilling, bodybuilding, building gaming PCs, cars and real estate.

Future Goals: To be a teaching/academic physician

Life in Charleston: Boating at Summersville Lake, kayaking, hiking, enjoying the abundance of wilderness. If you are adventurous, Charleston is the place for you. Most major cities are about a 2.5-5 hour drive away. Low cost of living and slow-paced lifestyle, perfect for a family!

Strengths of CAMC: CAMC is one of the biggest tertiary care hospitals in WV, serving both an urban and rural populace. You will get to see a myriad of complex and interesting pathologies in your short time as a trainee. The CAMC IM Program leadership has established a very close knit, friendly and family like learning environment. Everyone is very approachable and willing to teach. I could not be happier to be a part of the CAMC family.

Ilham Kashgarian

Ilham Kashgarian, MD - Preliminary Medicine

Hometown: Kashgar, China

Medical School: Xinjiang Medical University

Interests: Traveling, hiking, playing soccer, playing chess

Future Goals: Cardiology or Gastroenterology Fellowship

Life in Charleston: Charleston is a great place within a couple of hours drive from major cities; it has a variety of outdoor activities for you and your family. Kanawha State Forest is less than a half hour drive; it is one of our favorite places to go on the weekends.

Strengths of CAMC: CAMC faculty are dedicated, always willing to teach. The residents are friendly and help each other, like a big family.

Sarah Lago

Sarah Lago, DO - Preliminary Medicine

Hometown: Irwin, Pennsylvania

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hall

Interests: Video gaming, weightlifting and floor exercises

Future Goals: Pursue a Radiology specialty

Life in Charleston: Hiking and finding hole-in-the-wall shops

Strengths of CAMC: Welcoming and friendly community of co-residents and attendings who want to see you learn.

Maria Rana

Maria Rana, DO - Preliminary Medicine

Hometown: Princeton, WV

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Exploring new cities, hiking, outdoor sports, painting, cooking, and trying new cuisines.

Future Goals: Improve healthcare in West Virginia and for underserved populations both nationally and internationally.

Life in Charleston: I love the combination of a city nestled amongst natural beauty as well as the proximity to my hometown and outdoor activities. Love living on the river with a view of the state capitol yet still walking distance to the hospital!

Strengths of CAMC: I wanted to learn from patients within my target demographic, work with the awesome attending physicians at CAMC, and stay close to home.

Lydia Tambasis

Lydia Tambasis, DO - Preliminary Medicine

Hometown: Camp Hill, PA

Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Interests: Archery, hiking, gardening, and playing with my dogs!

Future Goals: Expanding my medical knowledge

Life in Charleston: Hiking for sure, so many great outdoor places to explore. Also, love outdoor sports such as archery and hunting.

Strengths of CAMC: I completed my clinical years of medical school here and fell in love with the sense of community and family environment that is offered at this program. Everyone is so willing to help and teach.