Current Residents

 

Third Year

 

Jesse Goodall, MD
Jesse Goodall, MD

 

Where is your hometown?

Vancouver, BC.


Where did you attend medical school?

St. George's University


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?


To be closer to family.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Beautiful landscapes.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Nice summer weather.


What are your hobbies?

Piano and fitness.


What are your career goals?

I plan to go into either Primary Care or Intensive Care.




Esra'a Ismail, MD
Esra'a Ismail, MD

 

Where is your hometown?

Palestine.


Where did you attend medical school?

An-Najah National University.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Medium size program with exposure to most subspecialities, varied patient population, and friendly residents and staff.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Amazing weather and nature, lovely people, cultural diversity.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Lansing is a safe, affordable city with lots of parks and lakes, and it is close to Detroit and Ann Arbor. And most important: no heavy traffic!!


What are your hobbies?

Drawing, cooking, shopping, hiking.


What are your career goals?

I am interested in pediatric endocrinology.




Bryce Jorgensen, DO
Bryce Jorgensen, DO

Where is your hometown?

Greeley, CO


Where did you attend medical school?

Des Moines University


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I wanted to train at a medium sized program where I would work closely with attendings and subspecialists. My decision has not let me down! Working closely with so many tremendous subspecialists from MSU and University of Michigan has developed close personal relationships that have become invaluable to my training. Additionally, the level of autonomy has been amazing. The best part of this program is the family atmosphere within the program.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The close proximity to the Lakes and so many outdoor activities. I love being able to drive a little over an hour and hike to a secluded beach. Michigan in the Fall is amazing!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Being directly situated in the middle of the state is amazing. You can travel to Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lake Michigan in roughly an hour. Additionally, Lansing has some amazing breweries and restaurants. The fall here is my favorite with all the sporting events on MSU’s beautiful campus.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, skiing, and spending time with my wife and our two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. GoPackers!!


What are your career goals?

Plan on pursuing NICU Fellowship.




Tulasi Karri, MD
Tulasi Karri, MD

 


Where is your hometown?

Visakhapatnam, India


Where did you attend medical school?

Andhra Medical College, India


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Friendly residents, medium sized program with more hands-on experience for procedures and we can do subspecialty electives.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Beautiful waterfalls, sand dunes and lots of hiking trails.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Small place with less traffic.


What are your hobbies?

Traveling, craft work especially quilling, mandala art.


What are your career goals?

General pediatrics/NICU.




Dhaatri Kuchipudi, DO
Dhaatri Kuchipudi, DO

 


Where is your hometown?

Ann Arbor, MI.


Where did you attend medical school?

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?


I loved the size of the program and the fact that there are no fellows besides in the NICU. I wanted a program that would give me autonomy and let me gain confidence in my medical decision-making skills. I also really liked the camaraderie between the residents and the willingness to help each other out.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I like being close to home as well as having the opportunity to ski in the winters and explore endless trails in the UP during the summers. There is always something for everyone in Michigan as there are lakes with beautiful beaches, quaint picturesque towns, skiing, hiking, bike trails, wineries and so much more.

What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I love the river trail as well as the proximity to East Lansing and Okemos. There are plenty of awesome gyms and parks in the area. There are great bars and restaurants.


What are your hobbies?

I love biking, going to the gym and exploring northern Michigan. The nerdier side of me loves board games and trivia nights!


What are your career goals?

I plan to pursue a PICU fellowship.




Caroline Lewandowski, DO
Caroline Lewandowski, DO

 

Where is your hometown?

Kalamazoo, MI.


Where did you attend medical school?

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I wanted a medium sized program at a community based hospital that still had the opportunities and sub specialties of a large hospital.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Having four seasons and beautiful outdoor places to explore, professional and college sports, access to beach and lake activities.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Easy to get around town quickly and all the benefits of being near MSU. Also, Lansing isn't far from bigger cities like Detroit or Grand Rapids.


What are your hobbies?

Singing/theater, trivia, board games, MSU sports, snowboarding.


What are your career goals?

I plan to go into general pediatrics.




Anna McFarland, DO
Anna McFarland, DO


Where is your hometown?

Clinton Township, MI.


Where did you attend medical school?

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?


Felt very comfortable here with all the residents and attendings during my rotation. I specifically wanted a small to medium sized program. Sparrow offers almost all sub-specialty experiences in such an environment.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I enjoy all the opportunities to experience the outdoors in Michigan as well as having the option of experiencing city life.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I attended MSU for undergraduate studies and medical school, so being close to the university is awesome. It’s always nice to walk around campus and enjoy MSU sporting events.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy hiking here in Michigan and a few fun trips outside of the US. I also enjoy fly fishing, which has taken me to some amazing places around the world doing my other favorite thing, traveling and meeting new people.


What are your career goals?

General Pediatrics with a focus in adolescent care.




Durany Mohammed, DO
Durany Mohammed, DO

 


Where is your hometown?

Redwood City, CA.


Where did you attend medical school?

Touro University, in California.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?


The residents I met when I did my sub-internship rotation here as a 4th year medical student :)


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Central location, close to big cities with plenty of nature to adventure through as well.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

The people I’ve met.


What are your hobbies?

Climbing, Yoga, Movement meditation.


What are your career goals?

Traditionalist in rural setting for a few years then Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.



Second Year

 

Liala Burmeister, MD
Liala Burmeister, MD

 


Where is your hometown?

Muskegon, MI.


Where did you attend medical school?

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The location, the people, and the feeling community.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The seasonal changes and being close to family and friends.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

 


What are your hobbies?

I like spending time with family and friends, running/exercise/competitive sports, and spending time outdoors.


What are your career goals?

I plan to go into pediatric hematology/oncology.




Khash Ebrahimzadeh, MD
Khash Ebrahimzadeh, MD

Where is your hometown?

Toronto, ON, Canada.


Where did you attend medical school?

Windsor School of Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The program director and the residents.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Very diverse, and the green environment.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

The friendliness of people living in the city.


What are your hobbies?

Playing soccer, tennis.


What are your career goals?

Thinking about fellowships but undecided right now.




Ahmed Eldessouky, MD
Ahmed Eldessouky, MD

Where is your hometown?

Rochester Hills, MI


Where did you attend medical school?

St. George's University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

MSU is my alma mater, close to family and friends, diverse patient population in this area with a lot of exposure to varied pathologies.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Exploring Michigan in the Fall!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Being close to MSU!


What are your hobbies?

Soccer, photography, cooking, travel, spending time with family and friends.


What are your career goals?

I plan to go into general pediatrics.




Zachary Goldstein, DO
Zachary Goldstein, DO

Where is your hometown?

Okemos, MI.


Where did you attend medical school?

Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The primary care focus.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The lakes!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Being close to MSU during football season.


What are your hobbies?

Running, biking, paddle boarding, and walking my dog.


What are your career goals?

Sports medicine.




Sara Mohamed, MD
Sara Mohamed, MD

Where is your hometown?

Alexandia, Egypt.


Where did you attend medical school?

Alexandria School of Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

It is an amazing pediatric family.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

There are a lot of activities to be done, different areas to explore and variety of food options.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Amazing Campus area.


What are your hobbies?

Swimming, eating and driving.


What are your career goals?

Cardiology fellowship / NICU fellowship.




Stephanie Montoya, DO
Stephanie Montoya, DO

 

Where is your hometown?

Miami, Florida.


Where did you attend medical school?

Philadephia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Loved my audition rotation at Sparrow and the residents were amazing! :)


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The nice people and awesome bars!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I actually live in Grand Rapids :)


What are your hobbies?

Working out, reading and watching scary movies with my fiancé aka soon to be husband! :)


What are your career goals?

I plan to go into general pediatrics.




Hasan Othman, MD
Hasan Othman, MD

Where is your hometown?

Alexandria, Egypt.


Where did you attend medical school?

Alexandia School of Medicine.


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Friendly people, autonomy, and location of the hospital.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Nature, lakes, and close to Chicago and Cleveland.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Awesome parks, wonderful nature, and quiet environment.


What are your hobbies?

Playing and watching soccer, BBQ, outdoor activities.


What are your career goals?

Cardiology / Pediatric Critical Care fellowship.




Hinna Singh, MD
Hinna Singh, MD

Where is your hometown?

Totonto, ON, Canada.


Where did you attend medical school?

Windsor School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

MSU/Sparrow Peds Residency was my first choice not only because of the location of Sparrow but also because the physicians, residents and staff whom I had met were some of the most humble and dedicated people that I wanted to work with.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

My favorite part of living in Michigan is that it feels like home. We get to experience all four seasons and enjoy trips to parks, lakes, malls, trails, numerous events as well as be a part of a diverse community.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

My favorite part about living in Lansing are the people and how much spirit everyone has during MSU Football Season (Go Green!).


What are your hobbies?

My hobbies include playing chess, exploring trails, traveling to different cities/countries and visiting new restaurants to try every kind of cake.


What are your career goals?

To pursue a fellowship after residency.



First Year

 

Alina Leschiner, MD
Alina Leschiner, MD

Where is your hometown?

Tolyatti, Russia


Where did you attend medical school?

First Pavlov State Medical University of Saint-Petersburg


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I chose MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency for its friendly, collaborative and supportive atmosphere. It has clicked immediately. I also liked the curriculum structure and the opportunity to be exposed to all pediatric subspecialties. It will definitely give me a perfect basis for my future career.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I love having well-demarcated seasons and the continental climate. Plus, the nature in Michigan is really fascinating and I am looking forward to explore it during the next 3 years.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Lansing strongly reminds me of my hometown which is the capital of Russian automobile industry. The city is quiet and at the same time here you can find anything for life you could ever think of.


What are your hobbies?

I love cooking and dancing. I also used to write stories and novels, one of which is in the process of being published in Russia.


What are your career goals?

I am considering applying for a Neonatology fellowship after my residency but I am open to other options as well.




Lara S. Al-Agailat, MD
Lara S. Al-Agailat, MD

Where is your hometown?

Madaba, Jordan


Where did you attend medical school?

University of Jordan School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Choosing MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency is not just a 3-year decision, it’s a lifelong commitment to a program where I found wide opportunities provided to the residents starting with education, wellness, friendly environment and most importantly residents, attendings and all the staff working at Sparrow who works together as a team, more like a family.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Winter months of Michigan.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

The natural beauty of the city and the calm environment.


What are your hobbies?

Cooking and coloring.


What are your career goals?

Pursuing fellowship after residency.




Joe Ann Lourens, MD
Joe Ann Lourens, MD

Where is your hometown?

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Where did you attend medical school?

Avalon University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The people! 100% the people! I have been blessed to work with a wonderfully supportive and insanely gifted team here at MSU/Sparrow.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The natural beauty of Michigan. No matter where you are, nature is always close by. Not too many people get to see deer on their drive to work!! I love it!


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I love that it is a little smaller, not a huge urban area. The commute to work is short and living costs are lower. Plus there is still plenty to do and see in Lansing!


What are your hobbies?

Travel and food! Visiting new places and exploring local culture & cuisine is just so much fun!!


What are your career goals?

I am not sure just yet, but it will be inpatient, absolutely! More than likely ID. Special interest for me is TB and HIV.



Ekaterina Iausheva, MD
Ekaterina Iausheva, MD

Where is your hometown?

Moscow, Russia


Where did you attend medical school?

Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

As almost every student, I was looking for a program where I could get a diverse clinical experience with a well-balanced curriculum, high board passing rates, etc, but as for me it was also very important to have good people by my side. And I am so happy that I ended up here at MSU/Sparrow pediatric residency. It definitely combines everything that I was looking for.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I like that it has all 4 seasons as my favorite holiday is New Year and I can’t imagine it with 40C outdoors. I also heard that it has a very beautiful nature, but hasn’t had a chance to explore it yet.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

One of the advantages of the smaller city is that everything you need is located relatively close to you.


What are your hobbies?

Baking, zumba, yoga, reading, skiing, skating, traveling.


What are your career goals?

At this point I more interested in general pediatrics and peds endocrinology.



Amanda Jiminez, MD
Amanda Jiminez, MD

Where is your hometown?

San José, Costa Rica


Where did you attend medical school?

Universidad de Ciencias Médicas, Costa Rica


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

During the interview, I could tell the residents were really happy there to be there and had good relationships amongst the other classes and attendings.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

It's not everywhere you find genuinely friendly people. I have to say, I'm still getting used to strangers saying hello wherever you go.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

I like that you can find small cute cafes and nice restaurants, but also I can walk a few miles from my place and walk through a forest trail.


What are your hobbies?

Dancing, hiking, eating.


What are your career goals?

I like general pediatrics, but I'm pretty sure I'll pursue a fellowship eventually. For now, I'm interested in Heme/Onc, but that could change in the next few years.



Ravleen Saini, MD
Ravleen Saini, MD

Where is your hometown?

Canton, MI


Where did you attend medical school?

Avalon University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

During my interview, I learned about how the Pediatric Residents at Sparrow met with the Governor of Michigan (Gov. Whitmer) and changed the MI car seat recommendations to match the recommendations of AAP. I loved it. I knew that Sparrow would be the perfect place for me to make a difference in this world. Also, being from MI, I'm super passionate about giving back and serving my community who helped me get to this point. Lastly, I love that we get to see and treat kids with so many backgrounds at the clinic, so Sparrow was my top choice.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Michigan is home, so being close to my family was important. I love everything about living in Michigan (except the potholes).


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Being so close to the capital. Driving to hospital every morning and seeing the capital building during sunrise is an amazing view.


What are your hobbies?

Zumba/working out/hiking, cooking, watching NBA, spending time with family.


What are your career goals?

I'm keeping an open mind. I love everything about being a pediatrician.



Muhammad Sheraz Raza, MD
Muhammad Sheraz Raza, MD

Where is your hometown?

Karachi, Pakistan


Where did you attend medical school?

Dow Medical College


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

Dr. Stiffler inspired me during the interview, also the residents are super nice and friendly.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

Natural parks, population diversity, multicultural food.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

Living in the downtown, near Capitol.


What are your hobbies?

Reading, weight lifting, Teaching.


What are your career goals?

NICU or Peds ER.



Savannah Gowan, MD
Savannah Gowan, MD

Where is your hometown?

San Antonio, TX


Where did you attend medical school?

Ross University School of Medicine


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

The location, the friendly people, and the Starbucks. Past residents were also highly successful at attaining their desired fellowships.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

I really enjoy the fall in Michigan. The weather is beautiful and it's fun to go apple picking and drink cider and eat apple donuts.


What are your hobbies?

I enjoy traveling, hiking with my dogs, and spending time with family. I also love to cook and watch cooking shows.


What are your career goals?

I’m hoping to pursue an inpatient fellowship after residency, but I am unsure which specific fellowship I am going to pursue.



Adila Abulhamail, MD
Adila Abulhamail, MD

Where is your hometown?

Jeddah, Saudi


Where did you attend medical school?

King Abdulaziz University


Why did you choose the MSU/Sparrow Pediatric Residency Program?

I loved how down-to-earth everyone is. Attendings and residents have been so supportive, encouraging and warm.


What do you like most about living in Michigan?

The four seasons especially Winter months … I love snow and skiing. Also, the Arabic food is amazingly good, similar to my hometown cook.


What do you like most about living in Lansing?

It is safe with great parks, wonderful waterfront and the Potter Park Zoo is a must.


What are your hobbies?

Travelling, Shopping and exploring new restaurants.


What are your career goals?

Pursuing Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship after my residency.