Mahmut Akgul, MD
I grew up in the capital city of Ankara in Turkey where I received my medical degree at Gazi University School of Medicine. I have been passionate about pathology since starting medical school. Before residency, I did research in the department of pathology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on digital pathology and hematopoietic neoplasms in patients with AIDS. UH-Cleveland Medical Center was my first choice on my rank list. The abundant high-quality case exposure, mentorship, research and teaching opportunities, and the professional and supportive culture among residents are the most significant aspects of our program. My main interests are genitourinary pathology, cytopathology, and digital pathology. In my spare time, I participate in activities within the Turkish medical community and enjoy reading, listening podcasts about history, and spending time with my two cats.
Hadi Shojaei, MD
I was born in Maragheh, Iran. I received my M.D. degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. While at medical school, I developed an interest in clinical research and conducted multiple research projects on gynecological malignancies. After graduation, I continued to pursue that interest as a research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, evaluating new tumor biomarkers in ovarian cancer. I think UHCMC is a great place for pathology residency because of a strong and multifaceted approach to education, research, and service. This approach enables broad diversity in career paths at the forefront of the residents. I am currently working on a project evaluating tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in endometrial cancers, correlation with molecular subtypes, and their prognostic value in African-American and Caucasian women. I’m pursuing AP/CP training with a special interest in gynecological pathology and cytopathology and will complete a Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania after residency. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as swimming.
Hammad Tashkandi, MBBS
Hi, my name is Hammad Tashkandi, I am a graduate of Taibah University Medical School, Saudi Arabia. I am currently a PGY4 resident. I joined UHCMC in my second year of residency for family reasons, and it has been a great experience working with a close-knit group of colleagues and attendings. I will be doing a Hematopathology fellowship followed by a Molecular Pathology fellowship, and after that I will be looking for an academic job. My favorite hobbies outside of pathology include photography and traveling. I also enjoy biking with my family in Cleveland Metroparks.
Menglei Zhu, MD, PhD
Mohadese Behtaj, MD
I was born in Lahijan, Iran. I received my M.D. from the Iran University of Medical Sciences. After graduation I moved to United States and started working with the department of Hematology/ Oncology at Case Western Reserve University. My main area of research involved evaluating the genomic classification and various biomarkers in small cell lung cancer. I enjoy biking, hiking, listening music and spending time with my family and friends. I am pursuing AP/CP training and my area of interests are surgical/oncologic pathology and bone and soft tissue pathology. Our program features individual sign-out sessions with faculty members, daily teaching conferences, including didactic lectures and unknown glass slide sessions. Our faculty members are very friendly and supportive.
Wei Chen, MD
I was born and grew up on the east coast of China. I attended Zhejiang University School of Medicine where I received my MD degree. After graduation, I completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship in medical oncology in Hangzhou. I moved to Cleveland in 2015, and am currently a resident in the AP/CP program at Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. At present, my interests are in genitourinary pathology and gastrointestinal pathology, and I am currently working on projects related to prostate cancer markers expression in hepatocellular carcinoma. I think Case is a great place for pathology residency because of the great case diversity and specimen volume. The faculty here are dedicated and willing to teach residents. I enjoy traveling and movies in my spare time.
Wissam Dahoud, MD
I was born and raised in Syria and attended the medical school of Aleppo University, where I graduated in the top ten in my class. I then moved to Damascus University where I did my OBGYN residency training. My interest in pathology began through involvement in basic science research in the Reproductive Biology Department at Case Western Reserve University, where I worked for three years. I am currently in my third year of AP/CP residency training. My primary interest is in gynecologic pathology and I am excited for the next step in my career, which will be fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, taking advantage of Cleveland’s lakes and woods.
Nafiseh Janaki, MD
I was born in Tehran, Iran, and received my medical degree from Beheshti University School of Medicine in Tehran. After graduation, I worked for almost 4 years as an emergency room doctor and family physician in southern cities of Iran. Before joining the UH Cleveland Medical Center residency program, I worked as a research fellow on prostate and lung cancer projects in the Biomarker Discovery Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Currently, I am a resident in the AP/CP program at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University. My interests are in cytopathology and genitourinary pathology and I am currently working on projects related to application of molecular testing in cytology and prostate cancer histomorphology. In my free time I enjoy traveling, dancing, and cooking.
Hamza Gokozan, MD
I am originally from Denizli, a mid-sized city located in southwestern part of Turkey, where I also attended medical school. After medical school graduation in 2012, I traveled to the U.S. for my postgraduate studies at the Ohio State University, and worked on a few projects relating to central nervous system development in mice and humans and digitized image analysis of brain tumors until I joined University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center / Case Western Reserve University as a resident in July 2015. I am currently a third-year resident at UHCMC, with interests in cytopathology and breast pathology. I am working on cytology-histology correlation studies of breast adenocarcinomas and ancillary test validations for cytology daily practice. Thanks to the collegial working environment here at UH, I am truly enjoying my time in Cleveland. My hobbies include singing, bowling, swimming, and sightseeing.
Sirisha Kundrapu, MBBS
I am currently a PGY3 resident in clinical pathology at CWRU/UH Cleveland Medical Center. I received my medical degree from Rangaraya Medical College in India. Due to the changing practice of medicine with the increasing applications of informatics and the opportunity to combine computer skills with medicine, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in medical informatics at Rutgers University. While working as Infectious Diseases research associate at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, I was able to apply informatics tools in the projects that led to significant reductions in redundant and inappropriate test orders, time to diagnosis and cost of testing. My goal is to expand upon the skills I have developed through my informatics background, research experience and residency training and become a valued clinical pathologist specialized in Blood Banking-Transfusion Medicine.
SatyaPal Chahar, MBBS
Behtash Ghazi Nezami, MD
I am from Tehran, Iran, and graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. During medical school, I pursued biomedical research in gastroenterology and urology. After moving to the United States I started my postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University from 2010 to 2015. I have published 45 journal articles and book chapters. For fellowship I lean towards molecular genetics and surgical pathology. My goal is to establish an academic career where I can combine teaching, research and clinical service. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, oil color painting, and sculpting. Over the past few years I have focused more on photography, especially portrait, and event photography, as well as landscape and macro photography. I take some time every week to maintain my website and online art-portfolio. I also enjoy attending cultural events, traveling, exercising and hanging out with friends.
Bhunesh Maheshwari, MBBS
I received my medical degree from Liaquat University of medical and health sciences, Pakistan and I am currently a PGY2 resident in the AP/CP program at UHCMC/Case Western Reserve University. After finishing medical school I did mandatory clinical training back home and research at Johns Hopkins. I think Pathology is unique in a fact that it bridges the gap between clinical and basic sciences. In spare time I enjoy spending time with family.
Rachael Nakfoor, MD
Kara Roncin, MD
I was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Canada and obtained my Bachelor of Science with honors in the field of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Soon after, I enrolled in medical school at Medical University of the Americas on the island of Nevis and completed another Bachelor of Science in Health Science in addition to obtaining my medical degree. During clinical rotations at various hospitals throughout the United States, I fell in love with the challenges that pathology presented. Pathology is behind every patient case, and can be essential to multiple facets of patient care. My subspecialty interests are genitourinary pathology and breast pathology, with particular interest in pathology services at the community level. Within the UH system, I am a current resident member of the Quality Improvement (QI) committee and the Special Topics committee. Some of my ongoing research projects are in the fields of transfusion medicine and digital pathology. In the future, I hope to establish some pathology-specific software projects, including interfacing for many of the tasks completed daily at most residency programs. Cleveland is a beautiful city, with essentially any activity one could hope for, and I enjoy spending time at the various events throughout the Northeast Ohio region, when I am not at home working on puzzles or any of my other hobbies.
Shawn Silver, DO
I grew up in Michigan and went to Michigan State University for both undergrad and medical school. I love Detroit sports, especially hockey, and have a unique ability to find free coffee anywhere in a hospital. Moving to Cleveland has been an exciting change for me and I enjoy exploring the restaurant scene and finding spots to share with the other residents. I’m interested in a career that combines my passion for community outreach, higher education, and pathology. Everyone at University Hospitals/Case Western has been so welcoming, and I am excited to continue my education here and see where the next few years take me.
Catherine Gestrich, DO
Akisha Glasgow, MD
Behiye Goksel, MD
Audrey Jajosky, MD
Amelia Nakanishi, MD
I'm from St. Louis, MO and graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2017 with honors. I'm an AP only resident pursuing a forensic fellowship. My research interests include post-mortem toxicology and autopsy-based medical education. I know 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' by heart and roll sushi when it suits me.
Herleen Rai, MD