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Meet the Internal Medicine Residents

Internal Medicine Residents

Class of 2019

Bruna Albanese
F. Bruna Albanese, MD

Medical School: Second University of Naples, Italy
Hometown: Houston, Texas
About: I started my career as a dentist and had the fortune of practicing in a unit dedicated to very complex patients with dental problems. It was there that I fell in love with internal medicine.

John Michael Humienny
John Michael Humienny, MD

Medical School: Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla
Hometown: Steubenville, Ohio
About: As a lifelong resident of Ohio, I never dreamed that I would shift gears and end up studying medicine in Anguilla. I followed in the footsteps of my mom and grandmother when I chose to become a registered nurse. I spent two years working as a nurse in the ICU, and while I loved nursing, the more I was exposed to medicine, the more appealing it became.

Jreisat, Sally
Sally Jreisat, MD

Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, Jordan
Hometown: Oak Lawn, Illinois
About: I’m a simple person with a passion for medicine.

Kircheva, Diana
Diana Y. Kircheva, MD

Medical School: Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois
About: I was born and raised in Bulgaria. Upon graduating high school, I moved to Germany to study medicine and to learn a new language. While I was in Germany, my family emigrated to the United States, which created new opportunities for me.

Kubiak, Michal
Michal J. Kubiak, MD

Medical School: Medical University of Warsaw, Poland
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
About: I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. My city is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula and is considered the cloudiest, foggiest and windiest city in Canada.

Melendez, George
George Melendez, MD

Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
About: I was born in Miami, Florida, and both my parents are Peruvian. We moved to Puerto Rico when I was young and have lived there ever since.

Okafor, Anderson
Anderson I. Okafor, MD

Medical School: The Commonwealth Medical College, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
About: I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and grew up both in Huntsville and overseas in Nigeria. I served as a medic in the military before embarking on my journey to become a physician.

Unjom, Zabina
Zubina Unjom, MD

Medical School: Shifa College of Medicine, Pakistan
Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois
About: I was born and raised in Pakistan. When I was 16 years old, I moved to Thailand. While in Thailand, I graduated from high school and returned to Pakistan for medical school.

Class of 2020


Taryn Fernandes, MD

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Illinois
Hometown: Redding, California


Adam Kedzia, MD

Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Hometown: Toronto, Canada


Karam Khaddour, MD

Medical School: Tishreen University Medical School, Syria
Hometown: Lattakia, Syria


Dipesh Ludhwani, MD

Medical School: Pramukh Swami Medical College, India
Hometown: Ahmedabad, India


Nadiia Marenych, MD

Medical School: Kharkiv National Medical University, Ukraine
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois


Theodora Pappa, MD

Medical School: Athens University Medical School, Greece
Hometown: Athens, Greece


Belaal Sheikh, MD

Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences, Pakistan
Hometown: New Hyde Park, New York


Mohammed Nasaruddin, MD

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois

Class of 2021


Ammar Aqeel, MD

Hometown: Vallejo, California
Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences, Pakistan
About me: I was born in Chicago, but moved to the Bay Area when I was very young. There I learned to play basketball and appreciate food and various types of culture. My passion to pursue medicine was cultivated by my father, who is also a physician. He has tirelessly devoted his life to helping others and I hope to do the same. I like playing basketball, listening to podcasts and working out. I also enjoy watching documentaries and trying exotic hot sauces.


Claudia Cottone, MD

Hometown: Palermo, Italy
Medical School: University of Palermo, Italy
About me: I was born and raised in Italy where I worked as a Gastroenterologist. I then moved to Miami, Florida where my U.S. journey started. I like swimming, theatre, solving puzzles.


Nikita Jain, MD

Hometown: Meerut, India
Medical School: Subharti Medical College, India
About me: My medical school journey made me realize the importance of pure thoughts, hard work, and selfless love. In my experience, these three qualities can bring one closer to true happiness. These qualities being my core made Centegra an ideal program. On my interview day, I instantly noticed the genuine connections the staff forged amongst themselves. During my stay here I hope to learn, continue forging connections and attain happiness. I like painting and trying new cuisines.


Jonathan K. Jakubowski, MD

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Medical School: Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland
About me: I was born on the eastern edge of Canada, in Newfoundland. First, I made my way to Ontario, and finally settled in Alberta. When I am not in the hospital, you will find me in the mountains or in the water. I like skiing, scuba diving, and soccer.


Saad Jamil, MD

Hometown: Hanover Park, Illinois
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten
About me: I was born in Pakistan and grew up in Saudi Arabia before my family immigrated to Chicago. After undergrad, I went to St. Maarten to study medicine at American University of the Caribbean. In all the traveling I fell in love with internal medicine and the rest is history. I like camping, mountain biking, hiking, and most outdoor activities.


Jennifer Li, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Medical School: Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago
About me: I was born in China. I came to the US at 11 and spent most of my childhood in southern California. I received my medical education in Chicago. During my time here I have found myself falling in love with the city. I am glad that I can continue my medical training at Centegra Hospital and feel privileged to serve the people in this community.


Rosemina Patel, MD

Hometown: Bharuch, India
Medical School: Al-Ameen Medical College, India
About me: Born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and raised in the western part of India, I grew up a middle child in the family surrounded by three siblings and loving parents. After attending medical school in India, I decided to broaden my medical skills and that brought me to this wonderful part of Illinois. During my free time I enjoy reading memoirs and singing along to musical theater songs.


Vasu Patel, DO

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; Kansas City, Missouri
About me: I chose medicine as a career because it allows me to give back the most to those around me. I’ve been blessed to grow up and live in the diverse culture of Chicago. Here, I’ve picked up my values and beliefs in medicine. I value strong communication, honesty, understanding, and a strong patient-physician relationship. I’m a forward thinking, patient empowering, and growth oriented person. I like to travel, hiking, scuba diving, reading, and cooking.


Anna Sikora, MD

Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada
Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
About me: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends (including my new Centegra family!), traveling, hiking with my German Shepherd “Tadek”


Brian West, MD

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Medical School: Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, North Chicago
About me: I’ve lived in every state that borders Lake Michigan as well as Cairo, Egypt. I’m very grateful to have this career and I’m dedicated to bettering the health of my patients, one at a time. I believe hard work and a positive mental attitude can move mountains. I like anything outdoors! I have a passion for fitness and exploring nature by foot, boat, and bike.