Pediatric Resident Profiles

Current PL-1 Residents

Kinnera Are

Hometown: West Islip, NY
Undergrad: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
Why SIU Peds: Everyone at SIU is welcoming and supportive, starting from the interview itself. The attendings are approachable and invested in teaching, and the residents enjoy working with each other which fosters a great learning environment.
Hobbies: Swimming, cooking, reading fiction, watching TV, and spending time with friends and family.
Career Plans: I’m currently considering neonatology, but keeping an open mind!

Nikita Garg

Hometown: Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
Why SIU Peds: It was one of the most friendly program, I interviewed at. Everything felt so right from pre-interview dinner to the interview day. I felt very warm and appreciated here, and could feel that this is the program that would help me achieve my goals in every possible way.
Hobbies: Dancing, doing craftwork, watching movies, travelling and talking to friends and family!
Career Plans: Peds Cardiology and then Interventional Cath!

Amber Hartman

Hometown: Arnold, MO
Undergrad: Missouri State University
Medical School:  University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why SIU Peds: I love that it is a smaller program where you really get to know your fellow residents and attendings. Because it is a smaller program, this allows more one-on-one teaching time with the attendings compared to larger programs that I interviewed at. I also loved the family-type atmosphere that I experienced on my interview day and it helped show how much this program is dedicated to not only resident education but also resident wellness.
Hobbies: Dance (especially tap), trombone, reading, binge watching TV shows with my husband, spending time with family, and exploring new places.
Career Plans: As of now, general pediatrics, but I am keeping an open mind on maybe pursing a fellowship.

Laila Mahmoud

Hometown: Medani, Sudan
Med School: University of Gezira, Faculty of Medicine, Sudan.
Why SIU: It is a wonderful place that feels like one family. Residents support each others and attendings are approachable and supportive as well.  Program leadership is committed to residents' education and wellness and is very receptive to residents' feedback which creates encouraging work and learning environment
Hobbies: Travelling (I've been to 23 countries), painting, reading novels, watching documentaries and spending time with family
Career goals: Not sure yet, Inpatient general pediatrics, medical education or genetic fellowship

Archana Jasti

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Medical School: N.R.I Medical College, India
Why SIU Peds:  I chose SIU because the first thing i noticed when I interviewed here was how close all the residents and attendings were. Everyone seemed happy to be here and that is what I was looking for. This program had everything I was looking for, a smaller city with a children’s hospital that is a big referral center with a diverse population.
Hobbies: I love cooking and baking. I enjoy watching movies and also any water based activity.
Career Plans: Pediatric endocrinology at the moment, but I am going to keep an open mind and decide during the course of residency!

Foram Patel

Hometown: Gujarat, India
Medical School: GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, India
Why SIU Peds: SIU is a program with a well-organized curriculum and very supportive faculties, which is the best for the clinical and academic progress of a resident. The most beautiful part of the SIU is its people. It is not just a group of people working together; it is the family made by kind-hearted, helping natured and dedicated persons. Residency is the toughest part of any doctor’s training, and I’m excited to do my pediatric training at the place, where even on the worst day, I would be surrounded by people who care for me while I continue to care for others.
Hobbies:  Painting, doing art and craft activities, spending time in nature, listening music, outdoor activities
Career Plans: Pediatric Hospitalist

Ruby Raju

Hometown: Homewood, IL (Chicago Suburbs)
Undergrad: Saint Louis University
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis IN
Why SIU Peds: I was looking for a program with a great family feel. On interview day, the residents were so supportive of each other and genuinely enjoyed being together.
Hobbies: cooking, baking, spending time with family and friends and of course Netflix!
Career Plans: Interested in NICU as well hospitalist medicine, but open to other options as well!

Samiha Sarkar

Hometown: Peoria, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: NYIT COM at Arkansas State
Why SIU Peds: When I interviewed at this program, I knew right away that it was the perfect fit for me. The supportive and friendly learning environment was evident. Everyone here felt like a part of a family. The residents were truly happy and had wonderful experiences. It’s a good size program and allows close one to one interaction with faculty who are eager to teach. There is a diverse patient population and disease pathology to further enrich your medical experience.
Hobbies: baking, planning and organizing events, painting, playing badminton, spending time with family or friends
Career Plans: Most likely general outpatient pediatrician but keeping an open mind for other potential pathways!

Current PL-2 Residents

Monica Abdelnour, MD

Hometown:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Undergrad: Bachelor's of Science Major Genetics at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Medical School: National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Why SIU Peds: I come from a city in Canada that is filled with friendly and close knit people just like in Springfield. The kind and approachable nature of everyone at SIU was clearly demonstrated during my interview period. As this was something I searched for in a residency to enable my growth and learning in the next few years, I knew I can find my home and niche with the SIU Pediatrics family.
Career plans: I am interested in Infectious Disease and Inpatient Pediatrics but very open to seeing what else interests me!

Afreen Abraham, MDAfreen Abraham, MD

Hometown:  Ernakulam, India
Medical School:
Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India
Why SIU Peds: ​It seemed like the perfect place to learn. Being a small program everyone knew each other so well. Everyone was so welcoming right from the interview day. The seniors and the staff were so approachable and the program seemed to really care about their residents. It's like a home away from home. Can't thank God enough for the fabulous group of co-residents! Each day gives me a new reason to why I would choose SIU all over again if I had to.
Career plans:  More inclined towards general pediatrics, but will figure out through residency.

Yuri Fedorovich, MDYuri Fedorovich, MD

Hometown: This is a complex question. Half of my life I grew up in Dolyna, a small town founded in 10th century, within the Carpathian Mountains, in Ukraine. In high school I moved to Marion in southern Illinois and stayed there until my next move to Springfield, IL five years before my residency start date.
Undergrad: Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Why SIU Peds: great community, variety of medical cases, resident centered program, staff who are always ready to help and answer questions, residents that I enjoy working with, free food and parking, no traffic, great location in between Chicago and St. Louis, and of course, I did not have to move to a new place after medical school.
Hobbies: Learning and exploring what I have not done before, hiking, running, working on my car since the engine light keeps coming on, sketching, catching up on movies I’ve missed.
Career plans: In search of a best hectic environment that I enjoy working in. 

Sarah Furqan, MDSarah Furqan, MD

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Jinnah Sindh Medical University
Why SIU Peds: I aspired to be part of an outstanding pediatric residency program that focuses on the development of the next generation of doctors who cater the changing needs of medicine.
Career Plans: Fellowship in Neonatology.

Mohammad Jaber, MD

Hometown: Savoy IL
Undergrad: Electrical Engineering at UIUC
Med school: UIC Urbana campus
Why SIU peds: I loved how kind the residents were on my interview and I wanted to be close to home.
Career plans: I am considering NICU. I am open to other options too. 

Vani Krishna, MDVani Krishna, MD

Hometown: Cochin, India
Medical School: Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University
Why SIU Peds: The sense of belonging I felt on my interview day is what made me want to be part of this group. The leadership has been responsive and my colleagues are a joy to work with.
Career plan: still deciding between fellowship choices

Doug Meyer, DODoug Meyer, DO

Hometown:  Peshtigo, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why SIU Peds: SIU Peds is a small program in the Midwest, offering a place to learn how to be a pediatrician close to family (if you are from the Midwest). The program really looks at the whole person, focusing on resident education and well-being, while remaining true to patient centered care. I felt like a part of a family during my interview and feel this is even truer today!
Career plans: General pediatrics in a rural setting 

Usha Ravi, MDUsha Ravi, MD

Hometown: Vizag, India
Medical School: Taishan Medical University, Shandong, China
Why SIU Peds: I loved the way I felt when I met the residents on the pre-interview dinner and felt really welcomed by everyone on the interview day. I knew right away that SIU Peds is the place I wanted to be.
Career Plans: I want to do a fellowship in the future but not sure which one as of now!


Current PL-3 Residents

Adora Anudu, MDAdora Anudu, MD

Hometown:  Lagos, Nigeria
Undergrad: University of Toronto
Medical School: University of Limerick, Graduate Entry Medical School
Why SIU Peds:  I feel like this is a pretty close-knit community. It is great to know everyone that you work with on a professional and personal level. There is definitely a sense of community here. I also love the size of the program because of the one on one attention that we get with attendings. This really encourages an environment to learn.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, reading novels and watching movies
Career plans: Not sure yet! I am keeping an open mind and seeing what residency has to offer

Amy Joseph, MDAmy Joseph, MD

Hometown: Morgantown, WV
Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India
Why SIU Peds: When I came here on my interview day, all the residents seemed to really know each other and were really happy to be here. Also, when we spoke with Dr. Patterson, she gave us so many examples about how changes had been made in the program in response to feedback from residents. To me, it spoke a lot to how much the residents were valued. As a resident, I’m really glad that everything I thought during my interview was true!
Hobbies: Exploring new places, hiking, spending time with my friends and family
Career plans: Planning to do a fellowship, just not sure which one yet

Stephanie Leeds, DOStephanie O'Brien, DO

Hometown: Boone, IA
Undergrad: Iowa State University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Why SIU Peds: I was looking for a small program close to home. I loved everyone I met on interview day and I knew I would fit right in. The staff really values their residents and everyone loves to teach!
Hobbies: Dance, watching Iowa State athletics, shoe shopping, FaceTiming my dog, and traveling
Career plans: General outpatient pediatrics

Nick Luckert, MDNick Lukert, MD

Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
Undergrad: Illinois State University
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Why SIU Peds: I chose SIU because it’s close to home and has everything I’ve ever wanted out of a residency program: small size for a close, tight-knit community feel where everybody knows everybody, a standalone children’s hospital that is the referral center for a majority of the southern half of the state allowing us to see extremely varied pathology, and a wonderful city that is inexpensive, easy to get around, and multiple job opportunities following residency. Springfield is also a fantastic place with many parks for walking my dog and plenty of things to do after work with my wife.
Hobbies: Computers, taking the dog to the park, movies, going out to eat, video games, spending time with my wife and dog.
Career plans: I plan to be a general outpatient pediatrician.

Eman Mosleh, MDEman (Ema) Mosleh, MD

Hometown: East Jerusalem, Palestine
Undergrad: Cornell University
Medical School: Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar
Why SIU Peds: I loved everything about this program when I interviewed. SIU pediatrics is composed of people who encourage learning, compassion, and wellness. There are so many resources for us to use, and resident feedback goes a long way in shaping the program!
Hobbies: Writing, reading, mixed martial arts, playing video games, and pretending to fix my car before I take it to the mechanic.
Career plans: Hoping to go into the field of pediatric hematology & oncology, but who knows! ​

Fatima Tariq, MDFatima Tariq, MD

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi.
Why SIU Peds: Pediatric tertiary care center catering to large amount of population in central Illinois. Dedicated program leadership, learned faculty, courteous and considerate fellow residents and the most fun ancillary staff ever.
Hobbies: hiking, playing muse to my photographer husband, spending time with family and friends, and watching competitive cooking shows.
Career plans: General Pediatrics

Marion Were, MD

Hometown:  Kampala, Uganda
Undergrad: (Leave blank if you went straight to med school from high school)
Medical School: Semmelweis University- Budapest, Hungary
Why SIU Peds: I like how open to and supportive of the program when it comes to foreign graduates it truly is as diverse as it says in the bio. Also am so glad I chose the program and it choose me because it is really big on resident wellness and making sure that as we go through what already is a stressful experience (residency) we have a good safety blanket and a community of people who care about your well-being and making sure that you do not burn out. At the end of the day SIU's actions speak way louder than their words and echo them!!
Hobbies: ​The usual: food, TV (Netflix) and hanging out with my friends like Good Ol' Abe! Travel as well, am huge on travel so am glad that the curriculum is set up in a way that you do have breathing space to hop over to Chicago or St. Louis or even NYC if you and your wallet choose.
Career plans: At the moment a cocktail of Gen Peds and Emergency Med is what I fancy but time will tell....after all I am just getting started!