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Class of 2023

Faheem Ahmad, MD

Medical School: Hamdard College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi, Pakistan

"A doctor-patient relationship should be a noble and therapeutic one. I know that my patients have many expectations from me when it comes to their physical health, mental health and their everyday life concerns. My goal is to provide patients with an effective medium through my knowledge and through my practice, where they can find answers to their concerns through a mutual decision making and improve their overall health."

Mehwish Aziz, MD

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, Cayon, Saint Kitts and Nevis

"From a very young age, I had been fascinated by how vital medicine was in society. I knew I always wanted to be a physician, but later discovered that family medicine would be my true calling because of its long-term approach to patient care. Growing up in a small town, Rockford’s community-oriented familiarity seemed like a second home from which I could learn, grow and experience a host of challenges. My favorite part about Mercyhealth is that it teaches us the importance of continuity of care. The program truly focuses on patient-centered care while actively adapting its services to the evolving need of community. When I’m not practicing medicine, I love to touch base with my family, watch crime shows, cook and most importantly eat!"

Seif Eid, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine, True Blue, Grenada

"I chose family medicine due to the wide scope of practice while establishing long-term relationships with patients. My goal is to be able to advocate for the health and well-being of my patients while providing a comprehensive level of care. I enjoy practicing in Rockford because it is a multicultural city which provides great opportunities for outdoor activities and cultural experiences."

Amanda Ghuman, MD

Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, West Bay, Cayman Islands

"Throughout medical school, I have always had an interest in primary care as well as in preventive and integrative medicine. I believe that family medicine will allow me to combine these interests into a practice that will enable me to build meaningful and lifelong relationships with my patients. I can use these relationships as the foundation for healing and creating a healthy lifestyle. I like that I have a chance to prevent, detect or intervene upon illness before long-term complications develop. Outside of my practice, while growing up near the Rocky Mountains, I developed a passion for hiking. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends."

Hyojin Jeon, MD

Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine, Ribishi, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

"I was born in South Korea and moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a pianist. During this time, I discovered my passion for medicine and switched my career path to medicine. During medical school, I met the love of my life and we love spending time raising our beautiful daughter. I enjoy occasional family outings to Rock Cut State Park. After residency, I intend to get involved in an outpatient clinic setting and serve the underserved community as a family physician."

Adam Lee, MD

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Osbourn, Antigua & Barbuda

"I believe the practice of medicine should be treated as if all involved members of the care team are part of the patient’s family. The patients themselves are instrumental to working with us in reaching goals and making plans and decisions. At Mercyhealth, I enjoy the opportunity to care for patients of all ages and backgrounds."

Navjot Minhas, MD

Medical School: Aureus University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba

"Treating patients holistically as whole human beings with interdependent bodies and minds is, to my knowledge, the most effective and thorough way of providing medical care. It is also a central factor in what draws me to family medicine. While the creative process of assisting patients to better understand and improve their health brings me great satisfaction, the long-term treatment involved in this field will enable me to create professional relationships with patients that are built on trust, open communication and emotional intimacy. Cheers to a beautiful life!"

Caleb Oluwadamisi, MD

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, Cayon, Saint Kitts and Nevis

"I'm just a regular kid from Nigeria with a curious mind and a strong passion for helping people. I consider myself a jack of all trades, so family medicine was a no-brainer for me. The ability to care for people of all ages, genders and demographics requires a strong foundation of all the fundamentals in medicine and this is the reason why I chose family medicine."

Ekroop Sekhon, MD

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, Cayon, Saint Kitts and Nevis

"I chose family medicine because I’m passionate about providing patient-centered care to a wide variety of patient populations. My goal is to utilize the skills and knowledge gained at Mercyhealth to provide evidence-based and best practice care to enhance all patients' quality of life. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest has given me an appreciation for being outdoors and staying active, which is why I love Rockford and all of the great things to do here."

Keith Shankar, MD

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, Cayon, Saint Kitts and Nevis

"My passion for medicine emerged following a volunteer excursion to Kenya, where I assisted in orthopedic surgery and pediatric intensive care. The adrenaline of practicing medicine was novel and far surpassed reading about it in textbooks. Throughout rotations in medical school, I found something to appreciate in each specialty, but ultimately found my path with family medicine. The versatility in practice, flexibility in lifestyle and the fulfillment of developing long-term relationships with patients has only further verified my choice. Family medicine is a cornerstone of medicine that encompasses knowledge, scope and humanism into one intangible career."

Luvleen Shergill, MD

Medical School: Aureus University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba

"I chose to pursue a career in family medicine because of the broad scope of practice, continuity of care and opportunities to build lifelong relationships with my patients. My interests include behavioral and global health. Outside of medicine I enjoy travelling, exploring new cities and cultures, as well as spending time with my family."

Adrian Velasquez, MD

Medical School: University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines

"While working as an emergency room nurse in New York City before residency, I realized the role of primary care and its unrecognized importance. Conditions left untreated by a primary care physician are often the root cause of most ER visits and hospitalizations. In order to make a change in our community, I believe preventive medicine through family medicine must be the forefront of our health care system. I was born and raised from the Philippines. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending downtime with my partner and our dog, Bruno. I love being outdoors and playing different sports like table tennis, badminton and volleyball."

Class of 2024

Keziah Aibangbee, MD

"Family medicine was my career choice because it is a specialty that teaches both how to prevent and treat diseases. With this knowledge, I am better equipped to help my patients and their families anytime and anywhere I find myself in the world."

Namrata Anand, MD

Medical School: St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

"As a family medicine physician, I want to care for people in all age groups. Family medicine doctors are usually the first point of contact into the medical world and the best advocate for preventive medicine. I aim to be an advocate and educator for my patients so that we can learn from each other in a meaningful way."

Devendra Autar, DO

Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

"I decided to pursue family medicine because of the wide scope of practice as well as the long-term relationships I am able to build with my patients. The philosophy I take with my patients is that we work together as a team. We come up with a plan to suit their goals. My time here with Mercyhealth gives me the opportunity to care for patients from all walks of life while giving me skills needed to be successful as a general practitioner."

Numan Aziz , MD

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies

"I believe family medicine is the heart and soul of the medical field. It encompasses pieces of all the specialties and is the doorway by which many patients get more specialized care. I truly enjoy building long-term relationships, providing comfort and inspiring change while tailoring treatment plans that are best suited to the patients. Mercyhealth allows me to learn and adapt from well-rounded, experienced physicians. In my spare time, I like to play basketball, work on cars, cook and most importantly eat!"

Bryan Ikeudenta, MD

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies

"Being a family medicine physician is a privilege and an art. The precious gift of helping and healing those along the entire spectrum of life is a blessing. I'm thankful for where I am now and will be more thankful for where I will take my patients to and the lessons I will learn from them."

Katarzyna Jasinska, MD

Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College, Kraków, Poland

"What a privilege to care for people of all ages. Family medicine can heal, educate and console all persons in the community. It is a harmonious balance between art and science. It is an exciting, challenging journey which can bring hope to those most in need. It is my mission to provide quality and compassionate health to build a better tomorrow."

David Jeong, MD

Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine, Ribishi, St. Vincent & Grenadines

"It is my ultimate goal to form lifelong bonds with my patients and help them achieve their full health potentials. I am grateful for the opportunity to become a part of their life journey and intend to provide an environment that feels like home."

Panav Jha, MD

Medical School: St. Mathew's University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

"I chose family medicine because of the ability you have to influence every facet of a person's life. Whether it be medical or personal, I love the idea of being able to bring a positive influence to my patients. I'm excited about the chance that I have to make meaningful relationships throughout my career."

Anqi Li, DO

Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College of Ostopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

"I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for undergraduate. After college, I spent two years working at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. I decided to come to Chicago for medical school after shadowing two physicians who were both CCOM alumni. During medical school, I was involved in a variety of projects including integrative medicine use and public perception, diabetic education to Chinese Americans, and tourniquet simulation in non-trauma settings. I was drawn to Mercyhealth Alpine's commitment to family medicine and knew Rockford would be a great place to train. I have a few interests in medicine, including sports medicine, mental health and urgent care. For this reason, I chose primary care, and I'm looking forward to a great three years in Rockford. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, cooking and playing with my cat, Tootsie."

Harshraj Sidhu, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados

"The all-encompassing nature of family medicine solidified my interest in this specialty. Its focus on the preventive model of care is something that I felt aligned seamlessly with my medical interests. As a family medicine physician, I hope to build generational bonds with my patients in which I can see them through all phases of their life. Growing up in a culturally diverse community allowed me to understand that comprehensive care is a combination of physiological and social determinants of health. I aspire to employ this approach in my practice to help my patients reach their health goals."

Class of 2025

Tobin Chemplavil, DO

Medical School: Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I am most engaged when I prioritize variety. There is no other specialty that provides more variety than family medicine. I can support patients at every stage of their life and build those relationships over time. I can improve health outcomes by promoting prevention in wellness visits. I can confidently address acute presentations while also managing chronic diseases. I can keep my hands active with osteopathic manipulative treatment and perform as many procedures as I feel comfortable with. Most importantly, I can tailor my career to suit my changing interests. The responsibility of being my patient’s initial contact, the broad scope in exposures/duties and flexible work-life balance is what drew me to this amazing specialty.”

Michael Chen, MD

Medical School: Poznan University of Medical Sciences Center

"I was born in Taiwan, grew up in Vancouver, completed a BSc in pharmacology at the University of Alberta, and received my medical degree at Poznan University of Medical Sciences. I chose family medicine because of the diverse scope of practice and the opportunity to form personal bonds with my patients. I strongly believe in educating and empowering patients to make the best medical decision for themselves. In addition to primary care, I am interested in hospital medicine, medical education and health care management."

Chimdindu Emeka-Emeh, MD

Medical School: Washington University of Health and Sciences

“The diversity of family medicine is one of the many reasons I chose the specialty. The ability to connect deeply and build long-standing relationships with my patients is indeed what I look for in a specialty, I am excited for this opportunity to embark on this journey to impact the lives of my patients positively.”

Rumman Khalid, MD

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

“I decided to pursue family medicine as a career because it is gratifying to form long-term relationships with patients and positively impact their lives. I am aspiring to practice full-spectrum family medicine. This field offers a flexible lifestyle and allows me to treat patients from all walks of life, which is a huge blessing. In my spare time I indulge in technology, meditate, and most importantly, eat good food.”

Perrune-Elisabeth Longange-Eketshi, MD

Medical School: Medical University of the Americas

"As family medicine physicians, we play an integral role in preventive medicine; ensuring patients are healthy and preventing negative health outcomes. We help educate patients to give them the necessary tools to make healthy lifestyle changes. I love the continuity of care that family medicine offers to develop meaningful relationships with our patients, to provide the best clinical picture in diagnosing and treating any underlying illness."

Yifeng Lu, DO

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

“I have been inspired by many wonderful people in my life, and one of them is my grandfather who was a well-rounded physician that practiced in a rural area for many years. It’s fascinating that he and his colleagues managed to help people living in the rural area with limited resources but unlimited wisdom. Therefore, I want to follow his path into family medicine, where I can practice a full spectrum of medicine and help everyone to maintain well-being in both body, mind, and spirit. My passion for family medicine constantly motivates me to be a better diagnostician, an empathic listener, a team player and a research pioneer.”

Gabriel Menna, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

"Family medicine gives me the opportunity to interact with a diverse patient population, and allows me to build positive relationships with people of various ages and different backgrounds, so I can better serve the community. I was drawn to family medicine because it is a very diverse, versatile field that encompasses the full breadth of medicine. When I'm not working, I really enjoy being outdoors, hiking, camping and taking pictures. I also enjoy gardening and aquascaping.”

Michael Mossad, DO

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

“I chose family medicine as it was truly the best fit for me. I enjoy not only the broad base of knowledge family medicine entails, but creating long-term relationships and providing the best personalized treatment for each patient. My goal at the end of the day is to serve the underserved and there is no better way to do that than as a primary care physician.”

Asher Piedad, Jr., MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

"Being a family medicine physician is a rewarding career where you develop long-term relationships with your patients. As someone who is considered a ‘people person’ I value building interpersonal relationships. To do this as a career is such an honor and I am so blessed to train at Mercyhealth. Family medicine offers variety in the work because you take care of people of different ages and backgrounds. You are not limited to one area of medicine. During medical school, I loved most of my clinical rotations so family medicine was a natural fit for me. When I am not working, I read books, go to the gym, play basketball and tennis, hike, bike and go fishing.”

Ammar Tarawneh, DO

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

“I believe it is important to build a strong long-term connection with patients and work together in order to offer the most comprehensive plan and highest quality of care. This is why I chose to go into family medicine, as I believe I can have a strong impact on all aspects of my patients’ lives. My passions include preventive medicine and sports medicine, and family medicine is the perfect platform for me to pursue these passions. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, playing sports, including basketball, football and soccer.”