Current Surgery Residents


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


Jeff Aalberg
Education: Tufts University, Tufts University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Rowing, Cross-country skiing
Why Tufts: I love everything Boston has to offer, the people I have met along the way, and the patient population served.


Austin Olano
Education: Michigan State Univerity, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Personal Interests: Musical theatre, running, traveling, exploring new restaurants
Why Tufts: The opportunity to work with a diverse patient population in the heart of Boston alongside top-notch surgeons, combined with the palpable camaraderie between the residents made Tufts the perfect fit for me!


Nicholas Coccoluto
Education: Boston College, Tufts University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Exercising, being outdoors, spending time with friends/family, snowboarding
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because of the family atmosphere, excellent reputation for training surgeons, and proximity to Boston.


Eamon Khatibifar
Education: Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Playing guitar/music, baseball, travelling, history, politics
Why Tufts: Tufts is a supportive, warm, and welcoming program that provides its residents both excellent clinical training across the surgical disciplines and incredible mentorship to achieve one's goals.


Jake Lee
Education: Saint Louis University, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Tennis, cooking, travelling, trying new restaurants, spending time with his German Shepard
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because of the collegial environment, diversity, and supportive culture. I was born and raised in Missouri, so I'm excited to fulfill my dream of living on the east coast with faculty dedicated to my success as a future surgeon.


Callie Ding
Education: Boston University, Boston University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Figure skating, cooking, watching TV
Why Tufts: I have been living in Boston since undergrad and grew to love it as a city. Tufts Medical Center serves a diverse population, including the area of Chinatown, which not only provides me with the clinical experience that I desire, but also allow me to give back to the community.


Shreya Ranjan
Education: University of Michigan, Tufts University School of Medicine
Personal Interests: Traveling, cooking, reading, spending time with friends/family
Why Tufts: I chose Tufts because of its nurturing and enriching environment. I was able to experience that as a medical student here and that is exactly what I was looking for in my residency program!



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!


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. 


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.



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. 


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



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! 


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.  


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



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. 


Research Year

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

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!

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.

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.