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First-year fellows


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Name: Jacob Baxter
Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Med School: LSU Medical School New Orleans 
Residency: UMass Chan Medical School / UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, basketball, hanging with my dogs, relaxing with friends and family
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? After doing residency at UMass it is hard to leave. Everyone, including the attendings, pharmacist, fellows, and residents make working at UMass enjoyable. The program is clinically strong and the amount of pathology that walks through the front door is truly exciting. Whether you are on wards service, in the cath lab, or the CCU you never know what is going to show up. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I love being able to go fly fishing or kayaking within 30 minutes of my house. I also enjoy taking my dogs on hiking trails and seeing abundant wildlife. There are a number of great restaurants in the area that we enjoy eating at as well.  


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Name: Shantel Brissett  
Hometown: Hanover, Jamaica  
Med School: University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.   
Residency: Harlem Hospital Center  
Hobbies/Interests: Exploring new restaurants, live music, relaxing at the beach, travel, spending time with family and friends 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Strong clinical training with heavy volume, diverse patient population, good exposure to cardiology subspecialties and faculty dedication to teaching. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? New to the area but looking forward to exploring.


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Name: Sisira Gorthala
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Med School: SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY
Residency: Stony Brook University Hospital
Hobbies/Interests: Global/public health, history, dance, watching movies, finding new restaurants, planning travel, but most importantly spending time with my family and two kids
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship?  
I had the advantage of insider information that the people really were just as nice and down to earth as they appeared during interviews. Add to this the amazing volume given no local competition yet good proximity to Boston, dedicated teaching in congenital heart disease and cardio-obstetrics, and close-knit community.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? 
New to the area but already enjoying local farms/farmer's markets, hikes, and access to both mountains and beaches. So much to discover despite a tiny geographical area!


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Name: Roozbeh Nikooie
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Med School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Yale School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Fat biking, traveling & road trips, gym, cars & driving, light off-roading, exploring new foods & restaurants
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? High volume center with robust clinical training, strong cath lab, supportive environment, and plenty of research opportunities  
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Multiple outdoor activities and hiking, exploring beautiful central MA roads, exploring new restaurants, visiting friends in Framingham, Boston, and Connecticut


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Name: Tenes Paul 
Hometown: Somerville, MA
Med School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UMass Medical School / UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife, checking out new restaurants and bars, playing golf, watching Formula 1.
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Superb clinical and research mentorship from attendings within the division of cardiology, excellent clinical breadth and exposure, supportive working/learning environment. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Worcester is the place to be! There are tons of new restaurants, bars, and breweries, as well as endless opportunities for outdoor activities.


Second-year fellows


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NameJeannine Jeha
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Med School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: In my spare time, I love to collect antiques. I have a fairly green thumb, thanks to spending my childhood on my grandparents’ farm. I have a special interest in public health, specifically advocating for comprehensive health education within our public schools as a means of health promotion. 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship?  I trained here for residency and just love the people at UMass Chan. It felt right to train at a place that is familiar, but still full of surprises. UMass Chan certainly has a charm to it! As trainees, we are fortunate to have high volume and acuity with a diverse patient population. Also, I wanted a clinically-oriented program with dedicated faculty and research opportunities. 

What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Finding awesome restaurants! Great outdoor activities (trails and lakes) with a mix of cultural experiences (museums and concert halls).


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Name: Keith Love
Hometown: Hopkinton, MA
Med School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Residency: Yale School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Birding, fly fishing, guitar, boat building, skiing, writing 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Clinically heavy program with extensive procedural exposure
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I love the proximity to friends and family. Also, Massachusetts has an amazing spread of outdoor activities with mountains, rivers, and coastlines all an easy day trip away.
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NameDeborah Nadler
Hometown: Acton, MA
Med School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University
Hobbies/Interests: reading, walking my dog, hanging out with my family and friends, eating oysters and lobster rolls.
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship?  Every attending I interviewed with was so excited about the program and highlighted their support and accessibility. I felt it was the ideal combination of location, volume and faculty with a nurturing, supportive environment.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I’ve lived in Eastern and Western Mass, and I’m loving Central so far! Great food, shopping, and beautiful, scenic walks with a reasonable cost-of-living. Easy accessibility to my family in various parts of Mass., and to family and beaches in RI (my former home).
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Name: Offdan Narvaez-Guerra
Hometown: Arequipa, Peru
Med School: Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria Facultad de Medicina Humana, Peru
Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Playing the guitar and drums, swimming, tennis, soccer
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Excellent clinical training, exposure to all areas in cardiology, supportive and approachable faculty.

What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I don’t know yet, but my fiancée and I are still exploring various activities offered in Central Mass.


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Hometown: I was born and raised in Dubai, but originally from Cairo, Egypt. 
Med School: Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo.
Residency: UMass Medical School / UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, spending time with my pets (my 13 cats, dog and parrot). 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship?  To me, being a cardiology fellow at UMass Chan is like being a member of a very lovely FAMILY! Everyone is very supportive, approachable and sets an excellent model for how patient care should be. Furthermore, being trained in the tertiary care referral center for Central and Western Massachusetts is giving us excellent exposure to a wide variety of cases with a great procedural volume. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? The nature is this state is fascinating. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and road trips.
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Name: Brooks Willar
Hometown: Easton, MA
Med School: UMass Medical School
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife, two kids, and dog. I also enjoy biking, playing tennis, golf, and basketball. 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship?  I was a med student here at UMass Chan and thought the faculty was excellent. I am interested in imaging and interventional cardiology and UMass has great echo training and very high STEMI volume. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Worcester is blossoming with tons of restaurants and breweries, great outdoor activities, and a close proximity to the mountains and Cape. 

Third-year fellows


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Name
: Josiah Bote
Hometown: Haverhill, MA
Med School: UMass Medical School
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy going to concerts and playing music. I also play in adult league soccer and kickball. 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? The faculty are amazing and UMass Chan has a large volume of cases which makes it a great training center. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I enjoy the food scene in the area, participate in adult sports leagues and golf during the summers.


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Name: Marissa Ciuffo
Hometown
: Queens, NY
Med School: NY Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Stony Brook University Hospital
Hobbies/interests:  baking, reading, spending time with my mini golden doodle 
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship?  A strong academic foundation with exposure to all areas of the field, supportive faculty and approachable staff. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I don’t know yet. I am looking forward to exploring Central Mass!


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Name:
Aaron Cohen
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Med School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Hobbies/Interests: Live music, cooking, eating at restaurants, spending time with friends/family
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Top-notch clinical training and volume. Genuinely supportive faculty.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? New to the area but love the restaurants, outdoor hikes, Wegmans and breweries.


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Name:
Fahed Darmoch
Hometown: Aleppo, Syria
Residency: St Vincent Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University
Hobbies/Interests: Horse-back riding, drone flying, spending time with family and cooking
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Excellent training program with strong clinical exposure in all aspects of cardiology. I also appreciate their approachable faculty and friendly environment.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I enjoy driving to beautiful places around the New England area, shooting photos, and discovering new restaurants.


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Name
: Bryan Dolan
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Being outside with my 2 children, Adeline and Lucas, playing football, soccer, and golf, reading, fan of our many great New England sports teams
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Excellent faculty that love to teach, family atmosphere, high volume center with great exposure in all cardiology subspecialty areas
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Lots of outdoor activities including hiking and boating, many amazing restaurants and breweries, great live sports including Holy Cross and the soon-to-be Worcester Red Sox


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Name:
Cecillia Wong
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Med school: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: Running, weightlifting, spending time with friends and family
Why did you choose UMass Chan for fellowship? Fantastic co-fellows, great supportive faculty, high volume center
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Eating at great local restaurants and cafes, and visiting nearby large cities and small towns


ABIM Research Pathway fellow


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Name: Timothy Cashman
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Med School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (MD, PhD)
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Being active, exploring outside/hiking with my family, cooking baking, history, board games
Why did you choose UMass Chan for your fellowship? I had done residency here and was therefore very familiar with the faculty and fellows. They were a HUGE draw as all of them are inspiring, excellent clinicians and easy to work with. Worcester is also close to both my wife’s and my family and we love the area. The acuity and complexity of the patients is also outstanding.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Hiking, exploring local farmers’ markets and trying new restaurants