Residents – PGY 1

PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Preliminary

 

Khalid Abdalla, M.D.

Medical school: Gulf Medical University

Dr. Khalid AbdallaBio: I was born in Perth, Australia and grew up in Abu Dhabi, where I attended medical school. I am interested in cardiology and hematology/oncology, and I intend to practice in an academic setting after graduating.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? The program at UMKC is well-balanced in terms of clinical training and research. I love the barbeque in KC!
What are your interests? Music, photography, cooking.
Where do you live? Plaza
Mohamed Ahmed, M.D, M.Sc.

Medical School: Alexandria University

Dr. Mohammad AhmedBio: I was raised in Dubai, and then I went back to my hometown Alexandria to finish medical school. My goal is to be a gastroenterologist
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because it has the perfect balance between education opportunities and autonomy besides Kansas City is the ideal place for a small family like mine to live.
What are your interests? I love soccer and jogging.
Where do you live? Overland park
Ameer Al-Ghalailat, M.D.

Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Ameer Al-GhalailatBio: I was Born and raised in Jordan, in the country side of the small city of Madaba where I did my High school education, I perused medicine after in JUST university were I spent 10 years during which got my degree and did 2 years of residency in KOUH hospital. I moved to the US in 2020. My career goal is to be an intensivist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC as for its warm friendly environment and as I got family in it. What I love most about Kansas City the architecture of its buildings.
What are your interests? Music, Oud Instrument playing
Where do you live? Jackson County
Sara Brigham, D.O.

Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Dr. Sara BrighamBio: Born and raised in KC, excited to stay and complete my residency training at home. My career goal is to be an Oncologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because of the diverse clinical opportunities and the kindness the residents and faculty showed me during my interview day. KC is a fantastic place to live, it has everything you want (including professional sports) without the traffic or hassle of a larger city.
What are your interests? Reading, Chihuahuas and Spicy Food.
Where do you live? Overland Park, KS
Reuben De Almeida, M.Sc., M.D.

Medical school: Saba University School of Medicine

Dr. Reuben De AlmeidaBio: I’m a Canadian from Toronto and went to a surreal carribean medical school. I’m keeping an open mind, but so far leaning towards hospitalist vs endocrinology.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC was one of the best interviews I had, with engaging attendings and happy/supportive resident and work culture. Ultimately I ranked it first because of Kansas City, it’s a mid-western hidden gem, not too big, not too small, barely any traffic, and relatively low crime, and lots of fun stuff to do.
What are your interests? I love to garden and cook, specializing in spiced bbq chicken. If it wasn’t for covid-19 I’d be bringing food for the staff on a regular basis 
Where do you live? I live in Rockhill, equidistant from Truman Hospital and St. Lukes (8mins drives each way). It’s a great area with cheaper rents, nestled between two large green parks, and the Nelson Atkins Museum is very close by. Just a 5mins drive to the popular KC Plaza area.
Kristen Eckert, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Dr. Kristen EckertBio: I’m from Springfield, MO, I moved to Kansas City for the BA/MD program at UMKC. I especially enjoy inpatient medicine and plan on becoming a hospitalist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I had a great experience as a student here and decided to stay. Kansas City has good food, coffee shops, and everyone loves our sports teams.
What are your interests? Travel, new restaurants, and fishing
Where do you live? Brookside
Ahmed Elballat, M.D.

Medical School: Tanta University, School of Medicine

Dr. Ahmed ElballatBio: I was born and raised in Tanta, Egypt, where I finished medical school. I was a part of an international federation of medical students that has broadened my perspectives significantly. I traveled and experienced medical practice in a few places other than Egypt such as Hungary, Spain, and Qatar before I finally settle in the USA. I graduated with a passion for cardiology and electrophysiology in particular, which remains to be my career goal after internal medicine residency.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC and Kansas City satisfied at least the minimum of what I was seeking in a training program and a place to live in. It is the balance between clinical activities, teaching, research, friendly staff, work-life balance, and the good boost toward a cardiology fellowship. Kansas City is a family-friendly place that doesn’t get on your nerves and let you do your own things at your own pace.
What are your interests? I love swimming, water sports, Table tennis, and traveling. I fathom the sacredness of our roof-top garden family nights with my parents and big family. I appreciate family time and running with Maryam -my wife- after my little girl Khadeeja. Something else I’m missing would be enjoying a good book on the beach with a beloved company.
Where do you live? Overland Park. I don’t know much about the different residential areas of the city yet. But despite being a bit far from work, I found peace of mind here. A friendly community, quiet, safe, and family-inclined neighborhood.
Marwa Elsayed, M.D.

Medical School: Cairo University

Dr. Marwa ElsayedBio: My life is full of multicultural experience; I was born and raised in KSA, moved with my family to Qatar after graduating from my Medical school at Egypt, and currently I am a resident of Kansas City. Since Breast cancer is a common disease run in my family, my ultimate goal is to be an Oncologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City I fell in love with UMKC after attending their residents’ reports. It was a mix of teaching and having fun at the same time, and on top of that, the diversity of pathology between TMC and St. Luke’s hospital is very unique.
What are your interests? I am a mother for 3 amazing boys, so my kids’ future and well-being is always a priority, and medium-sized Kansas City is the perfect place for a family who are raising kids since it provides the environment and facilities of a big city while keeping the suburban lifestyle intact. Because I am a person who likes deep thinking and analysis, I love solving puzzle games, especially Sudoku, and as a mother of three charming boys, I enjoy solving Sudoku with them. After spending time training our brains in Sudoku, we treat ourselves through pleasure while cooking ice cream waffles.
Christina Gomez, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

Dr. Christina GomezBio: I was born in Springfield, MO where I grew up until moving to Bloomington, Illinois. I went to Loyola Marymount University in LA for undergrad before transferring into the UMKC BA/MD program. I plan on spending my intern year deciding which fellowship to pursue.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Kansas City is an up and coming city with great BBQ, food, and sports. The cardiology, gastroenterology, and critical care excited me most about the program.
What are your interests? I enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. In my spare time, I like to check out new restaurants, cook, and try different workout classes in the area. I love being a part of the Chief’s kingdom.
Where do you live? Westport area. I’m close to the best food in the city with the Plaza and Westport.
Preetham Gunta, M.D.

Medical school: Armed Forces Medical College, India

Dr. Preetham SatyaBio: I grew up in India and recently moved to the US for residency. I love teaching and want to eventually practice at an academic center.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because it is university medical center and for its diversity. I now realize that what is best here is the work/learning environment.I like Kansas City because it is a small city with big city amenities.
What are your interests? Music, traveling.
Where do you live? Plaza
Patrick Kane, M.D.

Medical School: University of South Dakota

Dr. Patrick KaneBio: I grew up on a family farm in South Dakota and my mom was a hospice nurse. I want to do a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because of the great training opportunities and great support provided to residents. I love how fast and easy it is to get around the city.
What are your interests? reading, hiking, downhill skiing, video games
Where do you live? Lenexa
Sohaib Khatib, M.D.

Medical School: An-Najah National University-Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences -Nablus-Palestine

Dr. Sohaib KhatibBio: I was born and raised in Palestine. I did my medical school in Palestine and graduated in 2018. I have special interest in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, which is my ultimate career goal.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC is a highly-esteemed institution that equips its residents with the tools to succeed as well-rounded physicians. During my interview, I was amazed by the family mentality displayed by the residents and faculty. Splitting time in two hospitals will expose residents to diverse patient population and broad range of pathologies. Kansas City is a wonderful place to live, work and start a family. What I like most about KC is the photogenic nature of the city with many parks around.
What are your interests? Watching and playing soccer, jogging ,cooking and hanging out with family and friends.
Where do you live? Mission, Kansas
Abhay Mishra, M.D., MRCP (UK)

Medical School: Kolkata Medical College, India

Dr. Abhay MishraBio: I was born and raised in India. I did my medical school in the cultural capital of India, Kolkata. I practiced medicine in India and England before moving to the US.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC is not just a university but is like an extended family where everyone is so supportive and helpful.I like the weather in Kansas City and it’s an amazing place to raise kids.
What are your interests? Spending time with my family.Playing cricket, soccer, tennis.
Where do you live? Overland Park
Kareem Mohamed, M.D.

Medical School: Ain Shams University

Dr. Kareem MohammedBio: I was born and raised in Egypt, where I finished my medical school then moved to the US. My career goal is to be an academic hospitalist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Because of its great reputation and outstanding Internal medicine training. Having lots of friends here.
What are your interests? Weight training
Where do you live? Mission, Kansas
Wael Mohamed, M.D.

Medical School: Kasr Alainy School of Medicine – Cairo University

Dr. Wael MohamedBio: I was born in Manhattan, Kansas, raised in Cairo, Egypt, where I finished my medical school, then moved to Boston, MA where I worked as a clinical research fellow in Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University. I am still exploring my options for 3 more years of fellowship. I think I am going to reach a decision once I get more exposure to different rotations throughout the first year of residency.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? On the interview day, I had this inner feeling that UMKC is my number choice on the rank list. You get to meet and talk to the happy, cheerful, and confident residents, then you say “I wanna be a part of that team”.I may sound biased, but Kansas City is one of the best cities I’ve ever lived in. A mix of Boston/NY and Texas.
What are your interests? Family, family and family. Then comes, table tennis and soccer.
Where do you live? Overland Park, Kansas. Everything is green here! A lot of fountains!
Nisha Patel, M.D., B.S.

Medical School: University of Kansas

Dr. Nisha PatelBio: I was born and raised in Olathe, KS. I went to KU for both undergrad and medical school. I am strongly considering hospital medicine but still open to everything!
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I was immediately drawn to UMKC’s collegial/friendly atmosphere and diversity in patient population. KC has a lot to offer – excellent restaurants, various activities, parks, museums – without the hassle of big city traffic.
What are your interests? Drawing, watching Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” with a cup of tea, tennis, shows/movies, traveling, reading, anything nature-related, learning to play guitar
Where do you live? Plaza Westport (8 min. walk to SLH!)
David Roelofsz, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

David Roelofsz, M.D.Bio: I was born in Kansas City and grew up in Liberty, and have always been active in the community. My career goal is to be an academic intensivist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC is a strong program with good resident autonomy. I love Kansas City as well for its food, sports, and artistic interests.
What are your interests? Soccer, tennis, golf, video games, exercising, chiefs football, musicals/plays, improv, Go (board game), listening to/making/playing music, fishing, camping/backpacking, rock climbing, travelling, skateboarding, and cooking
Where do you live? Liberty, MO
Heath Turner, BLA, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine

Dr. Heath TurnerBio: I’m a native Kansan. born and raised in Winfield Kansas. I came to Kansas City for medical school and liked it so much I decided to stick around for residency. I am hoping to complete IM residency and then return back to a more rural area and practice small towm primary care.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I really like the combination of TMC and St. Luke’s hospitals. The patients and specialists at both give an experience I didn’t see at other programs. Kansas City is also a great attraction for this program. its just large enough to include anything you could want but small enough to still feel like home.
What are your interests? I’m an avid outdoorsmen. so I’ll do anything to get outside. Hiking. hunting. and fishing are my go too hobbles when I have time. I also enjoy racket sports of about any kind. Cooklng. and woodworking.
Where do you live? I lived downtown for most of medical school before moving to Overland Park. Prior to residency, I moved downtown to Quality Hill, as I just missed being downtown and closer to
the hospitals.
Aamer Ubaid, MBBS, M.D.

Medical School: Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan

Dr. Ameer UbaidBio: I was born in Peshawar, Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia. I moved back to my country for higher education. With a clear ambition in my mind, I worked hard and landed in one of the best medical schools. My career goal is to be an interventional cardiologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I am certain that UMKC with a strong clinical curriculum and innovative research opportunities will help me mold into a passionate physician and will provide me great exposure to a diverse array of patients with a multitude of pathologies. The vibrant culture, friendly people, great food and weather make Kansas City feels like home.
What are your interests? I enjoy cooking, travelling and playing badminton/cricket
Where do you live? Westport

 

_Res-2

PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Preliminary

 

Abdelrhman Abumoawad, M.D.

Medical school: Ain Shams University School of Medicine

Dr. Abumoawad AbdelrhmanBio: I was raised in Egypt, where I finished my medical school then moved to the US.  I lived in Minnesota for the past several years working hard in a clinical trial team that studies stem cells. My career goal is to be an academic Cardiologist. I got  married  in my internship year, and we are excited about having our first baby soon.
Why did you choose UMKC? Training in UMKC Medicine program provides wide spectrum of patients and diseases; by receiving training in Truman Medical Center which is an urban safety net hospital, and  Saint Luke’s Hospital which is a tertiary referral center.
What are your interests? My interests include squash, tennis, soccer.
Where do you live? Overland Park, KS
Hamzah Abu-Sbeih, M.D.

Medical school: University of Jordan

Dr. Hamzah Abu-SbeihBio: I was born in Saudi Arabia, then moved to Jordan where I finished medical school. I moved to the US to get training in oncology to become physician researcher.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because of diversity of trainees and patient population as well as practice in different settings (Truman and Saint Lukes). Kansas City is in the middle of the US, which makes it easy to travel around, and people here are very welcoming.
What are your interests? Soccer and cooking.
Where do you live? Downtown
Kathleen Adams, M.D.

Medical School: American University of Antigua

Dr. Kathleen AdamsBio: II was born and raised in a tiny town in Central Ohio, got my BS at The OSU, then went to Antigua for Medical School. My career goal is to be in academic GI, Pulm/cc or nephrology.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? My interview with Dr. Wooldridge and Dr. Cochren made me feel like this was really the program for me.
What are your interests? Crafting, costumes, Disney
Where do you live? Quality Hill District in Downtown KC
Ibrahim Alakhras, M.D.

Medical School: University of Jordan

Dr. Ibrahim AlakhrasBio:  I was born and raised in Jordan, where I finished my medical school then moved to the US. My career goal is to be an academic intensivist
Why did you choose UMKC? Friendly environment. KC is quiet, great place to start a family.
What are your interests? Cooking, Soccer, Reading
Where do you live? Mission, KS
Mohammed Alqawasma, M.D.

Medical School:  University of Jordan

Dr. Mohammed AlqawasmaBio: I was born in Kuwait, raised in Palestine,did my medical school in Jordan,my career goal is be  a pulm/critical staff.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Because of the great collegial atmosphere and great fellowship opportunities. What i love most about Kansas is having all the four seasons and the CHEIFS!
What are your interests? I like to play basketball and fishing.
Where do you live? I live in Overland Park.
Sarah Alshami, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Dr. Sarah AlshamiBio: I grew up in Arkansas and moved to Kansas City at the age of 18 to attend the UMKC School of Medicine 6-year BA/MD program. I am married to my wonderful husband, Hani Alturkmani.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Being a medical student at UMKC, I was able to see how well everyone worked together in the UMKC Internal Medicine program. Our program has such a welcoming environment, great residents, and supportive staff. I also like the unique experiences we have practicing at Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital. I fell in love with Kansas City while in medical school, and decided to stay for residency! I love the diversity, annual festivals, sports, and the variety of restaurants in Kansas City. There is always a new restaurant to discover!
What are your interests? I enjoy exercising, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.
Where do you live? Downtown
Suveen Angraal, M.D.

Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Dr. Suveen AngrallBio: My career goal is Cardiology with an academic focus on preventive health. My research focuses on outcomes and health policy research, and application machine learning in healthcare to find data driven solutions.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because I knew the mentorships and exposure that I will get here would be second to none. UMKC harbors a unique blend of clinical training and research opportunities which the residents can harvest to advance their careers. Further, Kansas City as a metropolitan prioritizes art and culture. There is always something for everyone. You can take a walk in the Plaza, get local produce at River Market, explore Van Gough in Nelson Atkins Museum, experience historic jazz district in 18th&Vine, and always, treat your taste buds with delicious BBQ.
What are your interests? Guitar, Busking, Traveling, amateur mixology and  cooking
Where do you live? Plaza, KC
Ain ul Ejaz, M.D.

Medical School: The Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Dr. Ain ul EjazBio:  Went to medical school back home due to love for medicine, wanting to give back and be able to help those who are unwell. Had a great learning experience with lots of emphasis on medical knowledge, clinical rotations, developing empathy and exposure to public health. Met my wonderful husband while there and came to US after getting married.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I decided to do my residency at UMKC because of the great people here including the residents, support staff and faculty. Everyone goes out of their way to help each other out especially at the beginning of intern year. Our internal medicine residency curriculum provides robust training that prepares us to work independently after graduation or pursue further career choices. Kansas City is a wonderful place to live in. We have just the right amount of traffic, all kinds of cuisines and restaurants, beautiful parks and trails for those interested in outdoorsy stuff.
What are your interests? My interests include writing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Where do you live? We live around the Plaza in Kansas City.
Joel GarzaJoel Garza, D.O.

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Rebecca Maltsev, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City

Dr. Rebecca MaltsevBio: I was born and raised near St. Louis, MO. I’m interested in a career as a hospitalist or as a hybrid-traditionalist (working in both inpatient and outpatient settings, alternating weeks).
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I have lived in Kansas City since 2012 and I intend to live here forever! It’s the perfect size city: some hustle and bustle with minimal traffic. We have excellent restaurants, outdoor spaces, and museums. I chose UMKC for residency because I saw firsthand as a student how much camaraderie the residents have: it truly is a family who would do anything for each other. I also wanted to train at an institution with a diverse group of people. Even the hospitals we work at offer varied experiences with different patient populations, practice models, and EMRs.
What are your interests? traveling with my husband, weightlifting, eating dessert.
Where do you live? Union Hill
Khushwant Mangat, M.D.

Medical School: Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

Dr. Mangat KhushwantBio: I was born and raised in a small town named Doraha in Indian state of Punjab. I finished my medical school in 2009 and served in Indian Army for 7 years before moving to the US to be with family and pursue my medical career.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC offers such a diverse experience in terms of clinical training and having the opportunity to work at two vastly different hospitals adds a lot to your skill set. With residents coming from all over the globe it is a wonderful mix of cultures and traditions which enriches your experience. One of the best things about Kansas City is the traffic. You do not get stuck in traffic for hours. It is very affordable to live  especially if you have family with you. So many amazing food options is another plus.
What are your interests? Soccer and Quentin Tarantino movies.
Where do you live? Near Legends outlet.
Adel Muhanna, M.D.

Medical School: University of Jordan School of Medicine

Dr. Adel MuhannaBio: I was born and raised in Jordan, a small beautiful country in the middle east. I finished my med school at University of Jordan, where I met my Fiancé, and came to the US to do my Internal Medicine residency. I am interested in Cardiology as a life career.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I had a very fun interview day. UMKC IM residency program offers training with great variety of cases and patient population, it also offers great amount of autonomy that prepares residents to be very competent and confident in their future careers.
What are your interests? Best part of my day is hanging out with my family and Fiancé. I enjoy playing Tennis, soccer and basketball. I love movies and binge watching sitcoms and Anime. I find exploring KC so satisfying and joyful. I enjoy collecting Diecast car models and action figures as a hobby.
Where do you live? I live in a cozy apartment in Overland Park, KS
Osama Okasha, M.D.

Medical School: Alexandria University, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Osama OkashaBio: I was born and raised in Egypt, finished medical school and partial training in cardiology then moved to the US. My career goal is to have a job with combined inpatient and advanced imaging cardiology services.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? The quality of the training and the people who were since day one made me feel that I’m back home with my family. I love Kansas City being a big city with ability to find everything you want to do, and quiet enough to enjoy your daily life without stresses.
What are your interests? Playing soccer, videogames and spending as much as I can with my family and my friends.
Where co you live? Overland Park, KS
Sindhuja Palle, M.D.

Medical School: Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Sindhuja PalleBio: I was raised in Toronto, Canada and moved to India to attend medical school. Both countries are home! KC is the first city I’ve lived in, in the United States and I can’t wait to see where life takes me next. My career goal is to be an academic cardiologist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC residents have strong camaraderie which is what drew me to this program. I wanted to be in an environment conducive to learning. Kansas City is also great! It has pleasantly surprised me with all the good food, beautiful trails and free parking!
What are your interests? Food, NBA (Go Raptors!)
Where do you live? Union Hill
Taher Sabobeh M.D

Medical School: Hashemite University – Jordan

Dr. Taher SabobehBio: I was raised in Jordan and completed my medical school. Joined HMC -Qatar and completed Internal Medicine residency then moved to the states. My carrier goal is to be an academic pulmonary critical care physician
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC has a great reputation. KC is family friendly, has a great barbecue and weather.
What are your interests? Table tennis, Travelling, Sightseeing
Where do you live? Overland Park, KS
Yasser Sammour, MD

Medical School: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Yasser SammourBio: I was born in the UK but lived my entire life in Egypt. I went to med school in Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. My goal is to become a Cardiologist. I did a year of Cardiology research fellowship at Cleveland Clinic before joining Internal Medicine residency at UMKC.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC mainly for the extremely friendly people they are able to recruit one year after another, and also for the strong Internal Medicine and Cardiology trainings.
What are your interests? I like playing video games and watching movies and TV shows.
Where do you live? Overland Park, Kansas
Islam Shatla, M.D.

Medical School: Menoufia University School of Medicine.

Dr. Islam ShatlaBio: I was born and grew up in Menoufia, Egypt.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I am excited to complete my residency training at the outstanding internal medicine program at UMKC. I am intending to pursue a career in cardiology. I am living in Overland park, Kansas where you can enjoy so many outdoor activities with your family.
What are your interests? Away from medicine, I enjoy watching soccer and tennis, as well as spending time with my wife, Hadeel and my kids Mohamed and Lily. I love traveling to new places.
Where do you live? Overland Park, Kansas
Mallak Zatreh, M.D.

Medical School: Mutah University, Jordan

Dr. Mallak ZatrehBio: I was born and raised in Jerusalem, I moved to Jordan to complete my medical studies. There I worked with local and national organizations to raise awareness about breast cancer among women which is considered a taboo subject over there.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I’m lucky to be a resident at UMKC, I believe the road through IM residency is not an easy one and can have some speed bumps, however it can be achieved with good guidance and with a strong supportive community of residents, staff and faculty as seen here at UMKC! Kansas City indeed has been a second home to me, I love how diverse it is.
What are your interests? In my free time, I can be found reading a good book while listening to my favorite concentration music and enjoying a cup of coffee. I also enjoy listening to podcasts, exploring new places, cultures and cuisines.
Where do you live? I live on the plaza.

 

Associate Program Directors

Cochran, Calvin Douglas
Douglas Cochran, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, UMKC School of Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Saint Luke’s Hospital

dcochran@saint-lukes.org

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests:

Coordination of continuing medical education, Management of multidisciplinary chronic pain clinic

Zia, Mudassar
Mudassar Zia, M.D.

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Associate Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, Section Chief – Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospital Medicine
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Truman Medical Center – UMKC Health Sciences District

ziam@umkc.edu

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests:

Internal Medicine, Gastroparesis and its impact on chronic medical conditions.

 

Department Chair

Dr. Jill Moormeier
Jill Moormeier, M.D., M.P.H.

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Section: Hematology/Oncology
Truman Medical Center – UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests:

Assessment and evaluation, Program development

 

Program Director

David Wooldridge, M.D., Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
David Wooldridge, M.D.

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Saint Luke’s Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests:

Curricular development, QI/Patient Safety, Bedside application of evidence-based medicine, Transitional care.

 

Training Hospitals

Saint Luke’s Health System

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (west view)

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Founded in 1882, Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of the region’s largest tertiary care hospitals. The hospital features 65 medical specialties, including the world-renowned Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, and Cancer Institute. With some of the nation’s leading specialists, the hospital offers patients access to the latest lifesaving treatments.

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City (east view)
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City (east view)

Other specialties provided include outpatient rehabilitation services, transplantation (heart, liver, kidney), high-risk maternity care with a Level IIIb NICU, Level I Trauma Center, kidney dialysis, and the Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer, which is unique to the region.

Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of Kansas City’s leading research and academic medical institutions, serving as a primary teaching hospital for both UMKC and  Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.

With some of the nation’s leading subspecialists, Saint Luke’s offers patients access to the latest lifesaving treatments. It has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and was one of the nation’s first hospitals to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Residents will work with some of the best internists and subspecialists in the region, providing care to a group of patients with diverse and complex medical conditions.

Recognitions: Saint Luke's Hospital
  • 2020 Listing as Top 15 Health System by IMB WatsonHealth
  • 2018, 2019, & 2020 recognition among Becker’s Healthcare 100 Great Hospitals 
  • 2018 U.S. News & World Report: Annual lists of America’s Best Hospitals. In addition, three specialty programs—Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery—were nationally ranked in the top 50. The hospital also ranked as high-performing in six specialty areas: Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology.
  • 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five-Star Quality Rating
  • 2018 Healthcare Equality Index: Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality
  • 2018 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence
  • 2018 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™
  • 2017 Achieved Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification by The Joint Commission (one of 3 hospitals in the US)
  • 2017 Achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
  • 2016 Top 9 Healthcare Systems in the United States, Patient Communications Best Practices by Health Finance Management Association
  • 2014 Achieved Advanced Certification in Heart Failure by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association

Truman Medical Center/University Health

Truman Medical Center

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Truman Medical Center is an academic medical center providing quality healthcare to the Kansas City community and beyond, for those with the very best insurance and those with no insurance at all.

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Truman Medical Center’s physicians, in affiliation with UMKC, teach the doctors of the future. With two acute care hospitals (one in the UMKC Health Sciences District just south of Downtown and a second location in Southeast Kansas City near Lee’s Summit), Kansas City’s largest behavioral health program, University Health – downtown’s only freestanding specialist and surgery center – and a Women’s and Primary Health location under construction, TMC provides care from birth through senior years.

Truman Medical Center  also has the only American College of Surgeons Verified Level 1 Trauma Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Our trauma team sees it all and saves lives every day. Those who have a serious fall or are involved in a car accident say “Take me to Truman for Trauma” to get the best possible care.

Truman Medical Center is known for having the Brightest Minds and Biggest Hearts in Kansas City. It’s where academic experts and compassionate care come together.

Recognitions: Truman Medical Center/University Health
  • 2018 Health KC Certified Platinum for Workplace Wellness
  • Gold Seal Certification for Total Joint Replacement – Knees and Hips.
  • HIMSS Stage 7 designation for inpatient/outpatient EMR, placing TMC in the top 2 percent of hospitals nation-wide
  • 2011-2018 Hospitals and Health Networks ‘Most Wired’ award.

Day-In-The-Life

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Our residents split time between our two hospitals. Across their residency, many of their general inpatient rotations are at Truman Medical Center. Here’s what a typical day looks like for our first-year residents on the general medicine  inpatient service:

6:30-7 a.m. Medicine teams meet at our resident workspace. Sign out occurs between the night team and day medicine teams. This face-to-face communication provides an opportunity to ask questions to the overnight team and communicate critical information that may have developed overnight.
7 a.m.–9 a.m. Teams pre-round on their patients, develop plans to be presented on rounds, and anticipate who may discharge that day.
*8:45 a.m. – 9 a.m. Residents at Truman Medical Center participate in multidisciplinary rounds with their team’s specific social worker and case management in order to facilitate safe and effective discharges.
9 a.m.–11:45 a.m. Attending-facilitated teaching rounds.
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Resident Report: A senior resident presents a prior case designed to teach clinical reasoning, physical diagnosis, and management principles in an interactive format.
12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Noon Conference: The bulk of these conferences are comprised of Internal Medicine and subspecialty faculty teaching core concepts pertaining to a given specialty or medical condition. Other conferences held during this time frame include monthly Journal Club, Patient Safety Conference, Morbidity & Mortality, and Chiefs’ Conferences.
1 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Medicine teams continue to work on patient care management and accept new admissions to their team.
4:15 – 5 p.m. Non-call teams* perform a face-to-face sign out to the short call team. Inpatient teams alternate short call coverage every fourth day of service. Short call means the team stays until 7 p.m., cross-covers the other teams, and takes admissions until handoff to the Night Float team at 7 p.m.

 

Procedure Training and Simulation

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UMKC’s School of Medicine has been providing simulation-based education to health professions students, residents in training, and faculty for over 12 years. As an Internal Medicine Program, we utilize the state of the art Clinical Training Facility (CTF) and Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory as a site for simulation, procedure training, and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) education.

The CTF offers Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training programs through the UMKC Emergency Medical Services program as well as a Mastery Learning program in Central Line Training facilitated by UMKC faculty. Additionally,  our residents obtain training in lumbar puncture, thoracentesis, paracentesis, arterial lines, and venous line placement.

Recently, the program has launched ultrasound courses for residents. Residents get hands-on training in diagnostic cardiac, thoracic, and abdominal ultrasound.