Department of Pediatrics 2012 - 2013 Resident Physicians
Dina Alshunnaq, MD, Chief Resident - Third Year Resident
My husband and I joined the ETSU family more than two years ago. We just loved ETSU and Johnson City felt like a second home to us instantly. The area is so beautiful and peaceful. We are not particularly big on outdoor activities, but just sitting out on the balcony and enjoying the scenery is wonderful. It's really one of the most beautiful places on earth. I usually spend my free time with my husband and friends (and occasionally at the nearby outlet or mall!)
The ETSU Pediatrics department is wonderful; it feels like one big family. I love that our education alwayscomes first and I really enjoy our monthly Simulation lab session, they have been a great learning experience.
University of Jordan
Divya Gupta, MD – Third Year Resident
My mantra in life has always been "Laugh often, Dream big and Reach for the stars!!!" Doing my residency training at ETSU has helped me live by this more and more each day. My first visit to North East Tennessee welcomed me to the beautiful landscape, the vibrant hospital and the warm people. Dedication to train excellent residents among the faculty members, the focus on continually improving resident education, ease of approachability of attendings and the camaraderie shared among residents helped me make my decision to pursue my residency training at ETSU.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my residency experience here and I wouldn't have to think twice about my choice, if I had to do it all over again.
Graduate: Texas Woman's University – Houston; Medical School/Graduate: Sri Siddhartha Medical School, India
Jonathan Hathaway, MD – Third Year Resident
I am a 3rd year resident. My interests include anything outdoors; hiking, kayaking, skydiving, mowing the yard, you name it. If am forced indoors I enjoy football, fantasy football, board games, stock trading and politics. I was in the military for 8 years as a paratrooper where I got to travel the world and meet a lot of very interesting people. I am actually a laid back person who likes to take the time to enjoy the little things in life and wanted a program that would be flexible with my busy life.
This program was my 1st choice because the faculty are very understanding and willing to work with you. Most importantly, I chose ETSU because I knew the people I would be working with. The attendings and residents are wonderful and always willing to lend a hand and be a team player.
Undergrad: Winthrop University South Carolina; Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Jenny Rose, MD, Chief Resident - Third Year Resident
Being from this area, I must admit that I am biased about loving ETSU Pediatrics. I always knew I wanted to be a physician, but it was not until my 3rd year of medical school that I decided on Pediatrics. The attending physicians with ETSU are passionate about teaching and truly care about each of their patients. I chose ETSU because it is a small program that sees the breadth of pediatric medicine, is in a beautiful location, and has faculty and residents who feel like family to me. I am the mother of two beautiful children, and I'm happily married. I enjoy swimming, cycling, the UT Vols, and playing with my kids at the park or the pool. I aspire to learn medical Spanish and do medical missions abroad.
Undergraduate: Davidson College, NC; Medical School: ETSU, Quillen COM
Mai Shehata, MD – Third Year Resident
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially walking in my neighborhood with my two wonderful girls. I also enjoy traveling. My role model in my life is my mom and my biggest support system is my husband.
At Johnson City you will enjoy the beauty of nature, the amazing weather and an easy low-traffic life. At residency, you dedicate part of your life to your education and work; I wanted a program with an excellent training foundation of a wide spectrum patient population, dedicated teachers and a friendly atmosphere. I enjoyed the very family friendly program and city. I know that I will graduate with a strong pediatric training and lifelong friendships. Our caring attending physicians will care a lot about you as a person, not only as a physician or resident. ETSU/Pediatrics was my first choice and I would choose it again for myself and my family.
Medical School: Ain Shams University, College of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Jessica Albright, MD – Second Year Resident
My husband and I are originally from Jefferson City, TN which is a small town not too far from Johnson City. My husband, family, friends, and previous teachers/professors have all been strong and supportive influences for me during my medical training. I am the first in my family to graduate college and decided to push that a little further by pursuing a medical degree. My husband and I are avid TN Vols fans and during football season, I am often in Knoxville (when not working) cheering on the Orange and White. Also in my free time, I enjoy hiking, cycling, participating in sports of all varieties, reading, watching movies, and playing with our dog, Neyland.
I attended medical school at Quillen College of Medicine and fell in love with the Children's hospital, the ETSU Pediatrics faculty and what would be my future senior residents. Our residents are a close-knit group and care for each other like family. Although I interviewed at several other programs, none seemed quite like "home." I plan to practice as a general pediatrician after graduation, but feel as though I could choose almost any specialty as well and be fully prepared from my experiences and connection at ETSU Pediatrics.
Undergrad: Carson-Newman College, Major: Chemistry, Minor: Psychology; Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
Amanda Jackson, MD – Second Year Resident
Coming from a large medical program I was looking for a smaller residency program for a number of reasons. I found what I was looking for in this program. I have enjoyed the close-community and university academic mixed approach. I absolutely love the region! My favorite activities are outdoors. Johnson City has granted me the opportunity to go hiking, join a community softball team, and continue passions like swimming (MWF 6-7am if you want to join me!!). It has also been great to be involved with many community events through my local church and with my softball team, a habitat for humanity project, community health fair events, etc.
The beauty of the Appalachian Mountains is breathtaking and the sunrises and sunsets are worth watching daily. Not enough can be said for the personal interactions and the concern and compassion of the attending physicians in our program. The opportunity to absorb some of the combined knowledge and bedside manner of each of the specialists that are nearly always readily available to speak with you is a definite benefit not available in many programs. I would recommend that all residents interested in a smaller program to check us out!
Undergraduate: Taylor University Upland, IN; Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Katie Lawson, MD – Second Year Resident
I enjoy long distance running, outdoor activities such as hiking and snow skiing, and hanging out with my fellow residents. During my post call days, I particularly liked lying on the couch and watching the Daily Show or Colbert Report and eating Indian food with my boyfriend. I chose to stay at ETSU for residency because I love working with my fellow residents! I also think the faculty are great teachers. They are very supportive with my future career plans as I hope to go into Gastroenterology. I am able to have lots of hands on experience and easily participate in research.
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin; Medical School: ETSU Quillen COM
Jason Pryor, MD – Second Year Resident
I am a native East Tennessean and chose ETSU Pediatrics because it offered an opportunity to work with skilled, caring attendings and residents. The large area that ETSU serves provides a broad spectrum of disease pathology for residents to manage. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, and I try to spend as much time as I can with my wife and family. Johnson City offers beautiful seasons and is a great place to live. I also try to make it to Knoxville for as many Tennessee football games as possible! My first year at ETSU was an amazing experience. The faculty's dedication to resident education is impressive. This is a great place to train!
Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University; Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine
Arti Thiagarajan, MD – Second Year Resident
I grew up in a close - knit family. This is one of the major reasons I chose ETSU Pediatrics for my residency training. The faculty and residents were so personable when I interviewed here. All of the residents loved the program and were so happy at ETSU. The variety of interesting cases, ability to do procedures, and excellent teaching are all reasons I enjoy this program. Working in a state of the art new children's hospital with faculty and colleagues that have a selfless enthusiasm to help children are just some aspects that I love.
I enjoy music and dance. I also like playing racket sports, including tennis, and table tennis. Born in India, moving to Kenya and growing up in Toronto, Canada and training in Johnson City, TN, I absolutely love exploring new places!
Undergrad: McMaster University, Ontario, Canada; Medical School: University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, Netherland-Antilles
Jeremy Bradley, MD - First Year Resident
I grew up in middle Tennessee before moving to East Tennessee for college. I have been at ETSU for undergrad, medical school, and now residency. I enjoy doing almost anything, especially hiking and camping. I'm really big into sports of all kinds and have been playing rugby for the past 8 years. College football season is probably my favorite time of the year and I own or have seen almost all of the Pixar/Dreamworks movies. I chose ETSU Pediatrics because I loved the close knit family feel that I saw with residents, attendings, nurses and the rest of the hospital staff.
Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University; Medical School: ETSU Quillen College of Medicine DONE
Madhavi Gavirneni, MD - First Year Resident
I moved to Johnson City in 2009 with my husband. I instantly fell in love with the beautiful mountains and charming people who showed me the best of southern hospitality. We did not want to leave this beautiful are so I looked into the Pediatrics Department at ETSU, Niswonger Children's Hospital.
I really like the relationship between residents and faculty and they are in many ways like a family. I wanted to be in a program that would make me feel comfortable and I was able to picture myself training with confidence at ETSU. In my spare time from residency, I like biking, tennis, reading books, cooking, and travelling.
Undergrad: Sri Chaitanya Junior College, Major: Biology; Medical School: Rangaraya Medical College
Nilesh Dankhara, MD - First Year Resident
Everyone I met during my interview was happy, welcoming, and warm. I felt like ETSU Pediatrics is a good environment to train in. People are extremely supportive, friendly and wonderful! In my free time I like to get together with family and friends and have a good time. I also like to travel, watch sports & movies and be outside.
Medical School: C.U. Shah Medical College, Gujarat, India.
Ghassan Saeb, MD - First Year Resident
I believe in the general saying, "to be a good specialist you have to be first a good generalist" and ETSU Pediatrics Department will make you an excellent one. I liked the family - like program where you get the chance to know everybody personally, so you are not just a number. The program and the city are designed to be family – friendly. So I go out with my family to enjoy the beauty of Johnson City and the surrounding green covered mountains whenever I can.
Aleppo University College of Medicine, Syria
Piyush Singh, MD – First Year Resident
I like riding motorcycles and watching movies. My favorite sports are cricket and field hockey. I am trying to learn American football. I have lived in various parts of India and the United States. I am fascinated with different cultures and languages.
I like ETSU because it has a great balance between clinical and didactic activities. I am interested in a Hematology / Oncology fellowship and being a St Jude's Tri-Cities affiliate hospital is the best part of program for me. All the residents, faculty and staff are very nice and friendly. I enjoy coming to work here each day.
Graduate School: University of North Texas Health Science Center; Medical School: Andhra Medical College, India
Tyler Williams, MD – First Year Resident
I am originally from Boone, NC not too far from good old Johnson City. My wife, children, and I came back this way for residency to be closer to family and friends. I also, chose ETSU because out of everywhere else that I interviewed nowhere else had the same camaraderie that was found here with the residents and staff.
I enjoy Frisbee golf, soccer, movies (I have a whirl wind of useless movie quotes in my head), cartoons (Adventure Time, Phineas and Ferb, Tom and Jerry, Regular Show, the Adventure of Gumball to name a few), spending time my family (wife and three kids), and long romantic walks on the beach with candle light dinners (just for fun hahaha). I have enjoyed my time here and feel this is a wonderful place to live and train.
Undergraduate: Appalachian State University; Medical School/Graduate: Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine