Internal Medicine Residency

Residents – PGY 1


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Mohamed Alghizzawi, M.D.

Medical School: Hashemite University Faculty of Medicine
Bio : I was born in Amman, Jordan.I received my medical degree from Hashemite University. I’ve completed my residency in internal medicine in Qatar. Then after that, I decided to pursue my career in the US. I am interested in critical care after residency and I hope to achieve my goal.
Why did you choose UMKC? I chose UMKC because it will offer a great opportunity for me to pursue my career in critical care medicine. I love spending time with my wife and Kansas city is a family-friendly city where there’s plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors.
What are your interests? Playing and watching soccer, and table tennis, and spending time with my family.
Where do you live? Downtown, KC

Dr. Mohammad Alghizzawi
Mohammed Ali, M.D.

Medical School: University of Khartoum
Bio: I was born in Sudan and raised between Sudan and Qatar.  I have work experience in Qatar. I graduated with a passion for internal medicine, medical education and endocrinology (Diabetes care 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 met my requirements in regards to the training program itself and a place to live. It has a good balance between clinical activities, teaching, research, friendly staff, work-life balance, and a good boost toward fellowship goals. Kansas City is a family-friendly place.
What are your interests? I love playing soccer, water sports , reading books, outing with friends and family as well as traveling.
Where do you live? Union Hill

Dr. Mohammed Ali
Yazan Almohtasib, M.D.

Medical school: University of Jordan School of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Doha- Qatar, the little Peninsula in The Gulf area. At the same time, I am originally from Jordan. As for me, I have always been feeling attached to both Jordan and Qatar. I believe since high school, I have been passionate about being in the academic field. My main goal is to combine academic and clinical fields in Cardiology/Pulmonary and critical care.
Why did you choose UMKC, and what do you love about Kansas City? I was fortunate to know about Kansas City, especially UMKC from my friends and colleagues. Obviously, we get all the support we need to establish our careers. Kansas City is peaceful and calm, and I am excited to know more about KC.
What are your interests?  Swimming, and reading books, I am excited to learn Mua Thai.
Where do you live? Union Hill.

Dr. Yazan Almohtasib
Saqr Alsakarneh, M.D.

Medical School: Al-Balqa Applied University Faculty of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. I love extracurricular activities. Therefore I founded an organization that provides medical missions to the underprivileged people and was the president of the students’ council at my university. On the other side, I love internal medicine and have a long-term goal of becoming a Gastroenterologist working in academic settings.
Why did you choose UMKC, and what do you love about Kansas City? I ranked UMKC on the top of my list because it is a University-based program with a very strong academic record and a very high fellowship match rate. Additionally, being trained at two large and very advanced hospitals is a big plus. I like the fact that Kansas City is a big city but at the same time feels like a small town.
What are your interests? I love Soccer, hiking, traveling, and video games. Of course, trying new food and doing BBQ is a big thing also!
Where do you live? Union hill, Kansas City

Dr. Saqr Alsakarneh
Jason Egberuare, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. For medical school I attended UMKC’s Six Year BA/MD Program. Career wise, I’m currently undecided on being a hospitalist vs primary care, so I’m keeping an open mind for all future options.
Why did you choose Kansas City and what do you love about Kansas City? UMKC offered strong clinical training with a diverse patient population at its training hospitals. I love that Kansas City nearly always has something going on for people to try or do in the city. I’m especially excited that KC appears to be getting more recognition of what it has to offer, as it will be a host city in the 2026 Fifa World Cup!
What are your interests? Soccer, table tennis, bowling, video games, trivia nights. I like trying new restaurants and going to events around KC with friends.
Where do you live?  Union Hill

Dr. Jason Egberuare
Ramy Ghaly, M.D.

Medical School: University of Cairo
Bio: I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, where I went to medical school. Right after graduation, I moved to the US to start my Internal Medicine residency.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about KC? The camaraderie and friendly environment that I noticed since my interview day. The opportunity to have a diverse training experience at two different hospitals, University Heath and St Luke’s, with different patient populations. In addition, KC is a perfect sized city with lots of activities to do without the hustle and bustle of a larger metropolis.
What are your interests? Cooking, Soccer, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
Where do you live? South Plaza

Dr. Ramy Ghaly
Ahmed Husain, M.D.

Medical School: University of Khartoum
Bio: I am from Sudan, where I finished medical school. Internal medicine was always a passion, and I had the chance to have clinical experience as I worked at Hamad Medical Corporation in the State of Qatar with interest in infectious diseases.
Why did you choose UMKC, and what do you love about Kansas City? When I applied for the residency, I was looking for a training program to enhance my medical experience, add to my knowledge, and take me through an exceptional training journey. UMKC was the one to fulfill all that. Kansas City is a very welcoming and family-friendly city. I did not feel away from home on arrival. People are very supportive and helpful. It is very quiet and the most important thing, NO TRAFFIC JAM 😊
What are your interests? I like fishing because it clears my mind and thoughts and relaxes me. Also, I enjoy practicing football.
Where do you live? I live in Midtown, Kansas City

Dr. Ahmed Husain
Abdul Khan, M.D.

Medical School: Khyber Medical College
Bio: I was born and raised in Peshawar, a city famous for its rich culinary heritage. I earned my medical degree from Khyber Medical College, a well-known institution in Pakistan. My dream of becoming an exceptional physician has brought me to the US. My future goal is to work with the underserved communities and reduce the healthcare disparities between different segments of the population.
Why did you choose UMKC: The reason I ranked UMKC on the top is that it is a university program with tremendous learning opportunities for residents. Rotating between Saint Luke’s Hospital and the University Health Truman Medical Center, residents are exposed to a diverse patient population. Also, the learning environment is very conducive and the leadership is very supportive. So, I am confident that after completing my residency training here, I will become the best version of myself and will be able to make a huge impact in the community.
What are your interests? I love watching and playing cricket. I also enjoy traveling and hiking.

Dr. Abdul Khan
Jagadish Koyi, M.D.

Medical School: Osmania Medical College
Bio: I was born and raised in a small town called Tenali, India. Was a happy-go-lucky guy in my hometown until highschool and then moved to Hyderabad for medschool. From Hyderabad to Kansas City was a big leap emotionally, culturally. I’ve had this passion for procedures and like to be adept with hands.I am inclined towards GI because It balances my quench for procedures and be a good hospitalist at the same time.
Why did you choose UMKC, and what do you love about Kansas City? It was a no-brainer for me to rank UMKC as my top program. I chose UMKC for the people, 3 years is no short time and when you’re working, time flows super slow. Being surrounded by the right people makes the entire difference in your journey. Everyone here is very thoughtful, caring and accommodating. Virtual interviews made it hard and I visited Kansas City for the first time only after I matched. I fell in love with KC within the few days I got here. After a long day at work there is always something cool happening within a few miles. I love the fountains, parks and walking around in Plaza. You can still not give up the big city life and enjoy the small town feel here.
What are your interests? I love playing racquet sports a lot. Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Pickleball, Volleyball, Cricket. I enjoy running, listening to old music. I wouldn’t call it photography but I take good pictures with my phone. I’m a big foodie and eat to my heart’s content (then worry to my brain’s content). I love being around people, having a good time. Scouting out eateries/restaurants and then compelling my friends to try out is another hobby. 🙂
Where do you live? Plaza, Kansas City

Dr. Jagadih Koyi
Ujjwal Madan, M.D.

Medical School: University College of Medical Sciences
Bio: I am from New Delhi, India. I attended my medical school in New Delhi as well, and graduated in 2021. It’s been an exciting journey moving to Kansas City for my Internal Medicine residency training. In the long run, I am interested in academic medicine with an inclination towards Rheumatology.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City?:
I chose the UMKC family for the warmth and strong camaraderie among residents, and the immense support provided by the faculty. The diverse patient population with excellent clinical training was also one of the reasons that drew me to UMKC. Kansas City has an amazing vibe and lots of great food options, along with having all the big city amenities without the hassles. People here are friendly and it already feels like home.
What are your interests: I enjoy the Indian classical dance Kathak, reading fiction novels, quilling, and hanging out with my friends and family.
Where do you live? Plaza, MO

Dr. Ujjwal Madan
Himil Mahadevia, M.D.

Medical School: B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
Bio: I was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India and that’s where I did my Medical School. I pursued a Research Fellowship in GI Oncology at Mayo Clinic Florida. I am interested in pursuing a Hem/Onc Fellowship after IM Residency and my long term goal is to engage in clinical/translational research to enhance outcomes for cancer patients in addition to clinical practice.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City?
UMKC because you get to work at two different hospitals which have a varied patient population. The residents and attendings are very supportive and empathetic. The hospital staff is very friendly and the overall atmosphere is collegial. Kansas City because it is indeed a big city (plenty of things to do) with a small town feel (people are hospitable, less congestion on roads). Plus I am a KC Chiefs fan and what better place to cheer for them than Kansas City itself.
What are your interests? I like to play outdoor sports like tennis and cricket and watch American Football. I like to travel and explore new places. Also, I am a Space enthusiast and it always fascinates me as to how everything came into being.
Where do you live? Union Hill, KCMO

Dr. Himil Mahadevia
Samuel Monachino, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine
Bio: I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. I went to Rockhurst University for undergrad where I majored in Biochemistry and Spanish. After undergrad, I decided to make the big jump across the street to UMKC for medical school.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City?: As a UMKC student, I saw firsthand that the staff at both St. Luke’s and TMC/UH were deeply dedicated to the students, residents, and patients. Additionally, the cohesiveness among residents speaks volumes about the program. All of this combined with a diverse patient population will make us become more well-rounded clinicians who are both cognizant and responsive to the medical needs of the greater KC community. Some of the best things about KC include all the friendly people and the great food!
What are your interests?: Playing sports, being with family and friends, watching the Chiefs and Royals
Where do you live: Kansas City, MO

Dr. Sam Monachino
Molly O’Brien, D.O.

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Bio: I was born and raised in KC, but decided to get out of town for my undergraduate degree. I attended the University of Nebraska Kearney as a DII Volleyball player and graduated with a BA in Chemistry with Spanish and Biology minors. Family is an extremely high priority for me so naturally I moved back to KC after graduating, and started medical school three years later. I do not plan on specializing after residency as my current plan is to become a Hospitalist.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? Kansas City chose me. After growing up here, I realized it was such a wonderful place to put down roots and raise a family. I love the affordable cost of living, while still getting the perks of big city life. AND the people here are the best. More specifically, I loved the atmosphere and patient diversity at UMKC. Every single person I interacted with on the interview trail had nothing but wonderful things to say about their co-residents, attendings, and overall support system at UMKC.
What are your interests? I love to play volleyball, go camping, travel, read (big sci-fi/fantasy nerd), and eat nutella.
Where do you live? Roeland Park, KS

Dr. Molly O'Brien
Michael Pavlisin, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine
Bio: I’m from St. Louis, MO, but moved to Kansas City in 2011 to attend the 6 Year BA/MD program. After graduating in 2017, I spent the next 5 years in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy. I split time working as a Battalion Surgeon with the Marine Corps and as a General Medical Officer at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command – Charleston. During this time, I discovered my passion for medical education, which is where I hope to spend the rest of my medical career.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I fell in love with Kansas City while here for college and medical school; I also fell in love with a Kansas City girl who followed me in my journey with the Navy. After we welcomed our daughter in 2022, we were super excited to get the opportunity to come back home to our family and friends.
What are your interests? I love the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues. I like doing some amateur woodworking and playing golf. As a family, we enjoy spending time on our family farm. Once upon a time I used to love playing sports, but now everything hurts.
Where do you live? Gladstone, MO

Dr. Mike Pavlisin
Ben Ponvilawan, M.D.

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital
Bio: I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, where I also went to medical school. I went to become a research fellow in Cleveland Clinic before I moved to Kansas City for internal medicine residency training. My long-term goal is to be a physician-scientist in hematology-oncology where I can develop novel treatment strategies to improve patient outcomes.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about Kansas City? I chose UMKC because of its great clinical experience and supportive mentorship from faculty members and residents in the program. Kansas City also provides an excellent work-life balance option, good BBQ, and a variety of recreational activities.
What are your interests? Classical music, animal and wildlife conservation, and exploring different cuisines from around the world.
Where do you live? Riverfront, KCMO

Dr. Ben Ponvilawan
Hana Qasim, M.D.

Medical School: Mu’Tah University
Bio: I was born and raised in Jordan. I practiced medicine in Jordan and Qatar before coming to UMKC. I have had a passion for hematology-oncology since I was in high school, and I’m planning to pursue my dream to become a hemato-oncologist after finishing medical residency.
Why did you choose UMKC, and what do you love about Kansas City? I heard great feedback from my friends who are currently residents in UMKC about the great training program, the supportive environment and how they love living in Kansas City ,being a big city with small town vibes, and now that I’m here, I’ve started realizing everything I’ve heard already!
What are your interests? Having good times with my family. Cooking is a great way to relieve stress and boost my mood.

Dr. Hana Qasim
Laraib Sani, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine
Bio: I was born in Pakistan. We first moved to Houston, Texas when I was young and later moved to St.Joseph, Missouri. I completed my undergraduate at University of Missouri Kansas City Six Year BA/ MD program.
Why did you choose Kansas City and what do you love about Kansas City? I had the pleasure of attending UMKC where I fell in love with the environment, diversity and people. I am also lucky to have the opportunity to stay close to my family. Kansas City is a calm place with plenty of things to enjoy.
What are your interests? Badminton, cooking, baking, painting, reading
Where do you live? Kansas City, MO

Dr. Laraib Sani
Parth Sharma, M.D.

Medical School: All India Institute
Bio: I was born and raised in Jaipur, India aka the Pink City. I then moved to Delhi for my medical school. During my final year of medical school I decided to pursue my Internal Medicine residency in the US. Since the beginning of my medical school I’ve been fascinated by the field of Hematology-Oncology and Palliative Care. I plan to become an Hematologist-Oncologist and work towards improving cancer health disparities.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about KC? I chose UMKC because of the strong clinical training and robust medical education. Rotating at two different hospitals provides me the opportunity to witness wide variety of pathologies while catering to a diverse patient population. Additionally the support system by the faculty staff and senior residents is amazing. KC is perfect sized city with picturesque parks and monuments.
What are your interests? Playing tennis and badminton, swimming, playing guitar and watching movies.
Where do you live? Union Hill on Main

Dr. Parth Sharma
Brianna Stack, M.D.

Medical School: University of Kansas
Bio: I was born and raised in Omaha, NE and went to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for my undergraduate. I moved to KC four years ago to go to medical school. During my third year of medical school I had my daughter Isla.
Why did you choose UMKC and what do you love about KC? I chose UMKC because of the people. Everyone was friendly and inviting during my interview process. I also loved that I would be training at two different hospitals that serve very different patient populations. I already loved KC as I went to medical school here and love that this city is where I got to start my family.
What are your interests? I love watching football and baseball and am a Cornhusker through and through. I also like to crochet and read in my free time.
Where do you live? Olathe, KS

Dr. Brianna Stack
Tatiana Tselovalnikova, M.D.

Medical School: First Moscow State Medical University
Bio: I was born and raised in Russia, where I went to medical school and practiced medicine. I am interested in endocrinology and planning on pursuing this pathway after finishing residency.
Why did you choose UMKC? I chose UMKC School of Medicine because it is a university program that provides strong training in an academic environment with opportunities to get vast clinical experience. Apart from providing excellent teaching and mentoring in medicine, the program is well-known for a strong sense of camaraderie and support, which was obvious to me even virtually. Kansas City is a lovely place to live and work and what makes it special for me is the kind people I meet every day.
What are your interests? I love traveling, baking, watching movies, and skiing.
Where do you live? Plaza, KC

Dr. Tatiana Tselovalnikova