Current Surgery Residents

PGY-1

Renan A. Ferrufino RosalesAmos Alcius
Education: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine -NY
Personal Interests: soccer, running, guitar, spending time with family and friends
Why Tufts: Leaders of the program care about educating residents and provide great support. The residents are close to each other and very supportive of each other. Additionally, living in Boston is close to family and friends.

 

Alyssa C Brown
Education: University of Utah School of Medicine
Personal Interests: hiking, skiing, camping, rollerblading, playing with my dogs, paddle-boarding, reading, singing, improv
Why Tufts: I wanted a program that was large enough to give me the exposure and training I needed, but small enough that I could feel like I was part of a family and a program that would support me in all of my endeavors. The dedication of the faculty during my interview to resident training, education, and success, was evident and has continued to remain so during my first few weeks here. Tufts did not shy away from my interest in pediatric or global surgery and has been wholeheartedly supportive since my arrival. I definitely found a training program that not only cares about me as a surgeon and trainee, but also as a human and person outside of the hospital. I've also been in the OR and assigned to cases in my first month of residency and couldn't be happier!

 

Naseem Bou-Ayash
Education: University of Balamand, Lebanon
Personal Interests: Education - Robotics, minimally invasive surgery, hernia. Activities - Skiing, martial arts, Chess
Why Tufts: A program with a rich history and a palpable sense of companionship between faculty members and residents. At Tufts, you are surrounded by exemplary role models at all levels who inspire and support you on your career path.  

 

Elsa Chahine
Education: American University of Beirut
Personal Interests: Yoga, Baking, Traveling
Why Tufts: The people, the sense of community, the diversity and the endless opportunities

 

Isaac-Gendelman, MD is a surgical residentIsaac Gendelman
Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Surgery
Personal Interest: Cooking, Gardening, Swimming, Painting, Technology, Reading
Why Tufts: Close department with collegial relationships and supportive peers and Attending. Great clinical opportunities with diverse patient population. 

 

Saman Kamal
Education: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Personal interests: travel, cooking and baking, trying new restaurants, chasing my toddler at the park, exploring Boston with my family 
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts for the warm, welcoming, and supportive environment, combined with strong operative experience and dedication to teaching. 

 

Miklos Palotai
Education: University of Szeged, Semmelweis Medical University (PhD)
Personal Interests: traveling, reading, photoreading, Wing Tsun Kung Fu
Why Tufts: excellent clinical training

 

Renan A. Ferrufino RosalesRenan A. Ferrufino Rosales
Education: Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina, Havana Cuba
Residency training: Neurological Surgery- Instituto de Neurologia y Neurocirugia, Havana Cuba
Personal Interests: Enjoying time with my family
Clinical Interest: Cardiac Anesthesiology, Pain medicine
Why Tufts: During my research experience at the Anesthesiology department, I was amazed with the collaborative environment. Great mentorship from the attendings, strong academics, but also a positive and engaging community.

 

Nicole Wise
Education: Case Western Reserve University SOM
Personal Interests: Frisbee, rock climbing,
Why Tufts: It's the perfect combination of clinical and academic medicine. I feel like everyone here really cares about the patients as people, surgery as an art, and also us residents as a part of the family. I definitely consider myself lucky to be here.

 

PGY-2

Sam Barnett, MD is a surgical residentSamuel Barnett
Education: University of Melbourne
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Surgical Research/Education
Personal Interest: Hiking, Traveling, Australian Football
Why Tufts: Friendly, supportive and welcoming program that includes a broad general surgical experience

Kerry GaffneyKerry Gaffney
Education: Stony Brook School of Medicine 
Clinical Interest: Thoracic, Breast, Colorectal
Personal Interest: Hiking, camping, skiing 
Why Tufts: A well balanced program with the perfect combination of hands-on experience, surgical education and emphasis on cultivating a collegial working environment 

Ian Nickel is a surgical residentIan Nickel
Education: The University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Cardiac surgery, Aortic surgery, Critical Care
Personal Interest: Alpine, Rock and Ice Climbing, Cycling, Backpacking, Pretty much anything that gets me outside!
Why Tufts: The Tufts culture heavily emphasizes resident education and training and I felt that the attendings here all genuinely cared about the success of their residents. The residents themselves all seemed happy and well-supported with abundant post-graduation opportunities and I really appreciated the overall sense of community that is evident throughout this program.

 

Carly Wareham is a surgical residentCarly Wareham
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine 
Clinical Interests: surgical oncology, medical education 
Personal Interests: hiking with my pup, beaching, reading, spending time with friends and family
Why Tufts: I chose tufts because of its tight knit feel, supportive environment, and the faculty’s dedication to resident success. The residents are a fun group of people who support one another. Boston is a great place to train, and Tufts has a unique and diverse patient population. 

 

PGY-3

Ryan HallRyan Hall
Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Medical Education
Personal Interests:  Politics, biking, camping, surfing, basketball
Why Tufts:  The culture at Tufts is one of support and encouragement. Small program size leads to individual attention and closer relationships with attendings and greater autonomy. The academic setting, medical school and professional networks offer all the resources necessary to pursue goals and interests.

 

Caroline RichardCaroline Ricard
Education:  Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: thoracic Surgery, Surgical Education Research
Personal Interests:  Rowing, hiking with my dog, family, friends
Why Tufts: Close-knit group of residents.  Attendings show real interest in our development as surgeons.  Great location!

 

YurieYurie Sekigami, MD
Education: Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical Interests: Surgical Oncology
Personal Interests: Friends and family, tennis, singing, travel
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because of the close-knit feel of the program, wonderful and supportive faculty and for its great location! 

 

Alexandra TedescoAlexandra Tedesco
Education: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Clinical Interests: Cardiothoracic Surgery and Trauma Surgery
Personal Interests: Watching New Orleans sports teams, cross-stitching, spending time with family and friends
Why Tufts: Everyone I met during my interview was incredibly friendly and welcoming. I was impressed by the dedication to teaching by both the residents and faculty.

 

PGY-4

Joshua BloomJoshua Bloom, MD
Education: University of Florida College of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology
Personal Interests: spending time with family, basket ball, weight lifting
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because of the supportive atmosphere and the operative opportunities

 

 

Augustus GleasonAugustus Gleason, MD
Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Trauma and Critical Care
Personal Interests: Exercise/running, app design
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because of the amazing learning environment, friendly staff and dedicated teachers

 

Sam Han is a surgical residentMin Suk (Sam) Han
Education: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Education
Personal Interest: Spending time with family, running, hiking, Baylor sports, photography
Why Tufts: faculty involvement in the care and mentorship of residents, great resident comradery, awesome city 

 

Tina Tian is a surgery residentTina Tian
Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Surgical Oncology, MIS
Personal Interests: photography, travel, family and friends
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because it is a close-knit program with strong, positive support between residents and extremely dedicated faculty. 

 

PGY-5

Dr. Baison is a General Surgery Resident at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA.George Baison, MD
Education: Harvard Medical School 
Clinical Interests:  Surgical Oncology, Thoracic surgery
Personal Interests:  TV, squash, soccer, long walks
Why Tufts: I chose this program because it provides excellent training in a collegial environment

 

Dr. Neidich is a general surgery resident at Tufts Medical Center in BostonEitan Neidich, MD
Education: University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Transplant Surgery
Personal Interests: Saxophone, hiking, rock climbing, travel

 

Dr. Yao is a general surgery resident at Tufts Medical Center in BostonMengdi Yao, MD
Education: University of Minnesota Medical School
Clinical Interests: Vascular Surgery
Personal Interests: Drawing, reading Manga, playing video games
Why Tufts: I really enjoyed the collegial culture when I interviewed here, and I have been very impressed by how much the faculty care about residents' education.

 

Research Year

Alexander Friedman is a surgery residentAlexander Friedman
Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Trauma, MIS
Personal Interests: Traveling, Exercise, Cooking, Movies
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts Medical Center for my surgical training because I felt it would provide me with not only the knowledge and skill set required of a versatile surgeon but also with a unique and intimate learning environment. The competence and accessibility of the staff are second to none here at TMC.  

Manish Karamchandani is a surgical residentManish Karamchandani
Education: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Oncoplastic Reconstruction
Personal Interest: Travel, Exercise, Sports
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts for its excellent mentorship, close-knit resident family, and strong operative experience

Dr. Monica MajumdarMonica Majumdar, MD
Education: Rush Medical College, Chicago IL
Clinical Interest: Vascular Surgery
Personal Interests: walking through the woods, playing cards
Why Tufts: the value placed on resident education is intrinsic in every area of the department; the mentorship extends all the way from the top down to senior and even co-residents

 

Sandra ParkSandra Park
Education: Medical College of Wisconsin
Clinical Interests: Colorectal Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Personal Interests: Swimming, speed-skating, clarinet, baking

 

Summary Statement

We are proud to be part of a very unique surgical program.  Our General Surgery residency program combines premier surgical education in a friendly and supportive environment. We do enjoy multiple hobbies and activities outside of work.