About Us

About Us

The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Internal Medicine Residency Programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Ten (10) Categorical Internal Medicine (3-year program) and four (4) Preliminary (1- year program) positions are available. Residents are board eligible for certification in Internal Medicine upon completion of the Categorical program.

Teaching Modalities
Direct patient care, teaching rounds, conferences (formal lectures, case presentations, morbidity/mortality conferences and topics in basic science, pathology, radiology, medical ethics and practice management), monthly journal club, research, as well as weekly Board Review sessions.

Ambulatory patient care is provided at AxessPointe where resident continuity clinics are held. In addition, residents spend time in the private offices of internists and subspecialists as part of their ambulatory training.

All of our teaching faculty are Board-certified in their specialty.

Training facilities include the Heart & Vascular Center, the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Summit County (PCI, Level 3 certified in diagnostic testing, treatment and research); The McDowell Cancer Center (the largest inpatient unit in the area) providing patients with access to the newest therapies, diagnostics, and surgical techniques to minimize side effects and improve outcomes; The Simulation Center providing our residents and students with a state-of- the-art venue for simulation in a broad spectrum of applications. Hands-on simulation helps teams and individuals develop preparedness and insight that is best learned and practiced in realistic conditions. This translates into improved real-world communication, collaboration, teamwork, and crisis management. Additional training opportunities include our Hemodialysis Unit, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Wound Center, Neuroscience Institute, Endoscopy Lab, Pulmonary Function Lab, Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Lab as well as MRI, CT, Pet Scanning and Ultrasonography.

The first Primary Stroke Center in the area designated by the Joint Commission with active reperfusion and stroke team protocols allows Akron General to serve as a regional referral center for many area hospitals.

Research participation is required during the three-year program. 
Each year, many of our residents are selected for presentations at local, state and/or national meetings, or have their work published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Involvement in our research program has been instrumental in the successful Fellowship placement of many our residents.

Welcome

Welcome

A Letter from the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. We offer ten Categorical Internal Medicine (3-year program) and four Preliminary Medicine (1-year program) positions. Upon completion of the Categorical program residents are Board eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination.

Our Internal Medicine program has a long-standing history of providing an excellent education to our residents. We have a strong and committed faculty who is actively involved in your education. The atmosphere at Akron General is very friendly and supportive. Everyone from administration, nursing, care managers, social workers and other ancillary staff is focused on providing optimal patient care and all work well with resident housestaff.

Akron General has been recognized multiple times in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report. This recognition is a result of our performance in advanced treatment guidelines, the incorporation of evidence-based medicine into patient care, technological advancements in information processing and the presence of both basic and clinical research within the institution.

Akron General provides its residents with the best of both worlds. As one of the primary affiliated hospitals of Northeast Ohio Medical University, Akron General residents have all of the advantages of a university program combined with the first-hand, frontline care of a community hospital. As a Level I Trauma Center, Akron General offers residents the opportunity to provide comprehensive care for severely ill patients. Residents are able to perform a vast array of procedures and interact one-on- one with the teaching faculty without working in the shadow of a fellow. Many of our residents go on to subspecialty training as evidenced by our high fellowship placement rate. Our diverse subspecialty faculty is very involved in assisting residents in obtaining fellowship positions at some of the premiere academic centers in the country. Because of the breadth of our faculty, residents interested in pursuing a career in primary care are able to design their schedule to best prepare them for private practice or a career in hospital medicine

I know first-hand that Akron General offers each of its residents a learning environment that is academically challenging and personally rewarding. We will provide each of you with the skills to become an excellent physician no matter what field you choose. I encourage you to review the information on our website and should you have any questions, please give us a call. I look forward to meeting you during the interview season.

Sincerely,


Joseph A. Finocchio, MD
Program Director

 

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

  • Inpatient Medicine: 16 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Night Float: 8 weeks
  • Selective: 4 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic: 12 weeks

PGY – 2

  • Inpatient Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care: 8 weeks
  • Outpatient Medicine: 2 weeks
  • Night Float: 4 weeks
  • Selective: 18 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic: 6 weeks

PGY – 3

  • Inpatient Medicine: 8 weeks
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Night Float: 4 weeks
  • Selective: 10 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics: 2 weeks
  • Neurology: 4 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic: 12 weeks
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Allergy

  • Bela Faltay, MD — NEOUCOM, Assistant Professor

Cardiology

  • Shyam Bhakta, MD — Wayne State Univ School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • Jeffery Courson, DO — Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • David Cutler, MD — Emory University, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Sachin Gandhi, MD — Maulana Azad Medical College, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Anubhav Garg, MD — Washington University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • David Hedrick, MD — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Vinayak Hegde, MD — Topiwala National Medical College, Assistant Professor
  • Stephen Heupler, MD — Ohio State University, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • James Hodsden, MD — Ohio State University, Professor
  • Mark Iler, MD — Ohio State University, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Anmar Kanaan, MD — Jordan University of Science & Technology, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Stephen Klautky, MD — West Virginia University, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • George Litman, MD — Boston University, Professor
  • Fernando Munoz, MD — Universidad Central Del Este, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Vinay Pai, MD — Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Robert Schweikert, MD — Medical College of Ohio, Associate Professor
  • Sergey Vitebskiy, MD — Emory University School of Medicine, Faculty Appointment pending

Critical Care

  • Anthony Cucci, MD — SUNY Medical School, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Amit Diwakar, MD — University of Medical Sciences New Delhi, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Harish Kakarala, MD — NEOUCOM, Associate Professor
  • Ann Leano, MD — Medical College of Pennsylvania, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Timothy Murray, MD — University of Alberta Canada, Associate Professor
  • Michael Passero, MD — Brown Medical School, Associate Professor
  • Sanjiv Tewari, MD — University of Alberta Canada, Associate Professor
  • Lokesh Venkateshaiah, MD — Bangalore Medical College, Clinical Assistant Professor

Dermatology

  • James Libecco, MD — NEOUCOM, Assistant Professor
  • Eliot Mostow, MD — Ohio State University, Professor

Endocrinology

  • Daniela Ciltea, MD — Carol Davila University of Medicine, Associate Professor
  • Nicole Dombroski, DO — Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • Toni King, MD — NEOUCOM, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Kevin Miller, MD — Ohio State University, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Michael Morocco, MD — Ohio State University, Assistant Professor

Gastroenterology

  • Scott Fulton, MD — University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor
  • Reynaldo Gacad, MD — University of Santo Tomas, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Jeffrey Gellis, DO — Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Jeffrey Neher, MD — Ohio State University, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Richard Salvino, MD — Medical College of Ohio, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Martin Shill, MD — Witwatersrand University, Clinical Associate Professor

General Internal Medicine

  • Daniel Chapa, MD — Texas Tech Univ School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Diane Chomo, MD — NEOUCOM, Clinical Professor
  • Shweta Diwakar, MD — Tribhuvan University, Faculty Rank Pending
  • Joseph Finocchio, MD — NEOUCOM, Professor
  • Gayle Herrington, MD — University of Alabama, Assistant Professor
  • Peter Kunze, MD — Case Western Reserve University, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Waleed Nemer, MD — Alexandria University School of Medicine, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Eugene Pfister, MD — Ohio State University, Clinical Professor
  • Suban Razack, MD — Stanley Medical College, India, Clinical Associate Professor
  • John Robinson, DO — Ohio University, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Jeffrey Solomon, MD — Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine,Assistant Professor
  • Ken Koon Wong, MD — University of Calgary, Faculty Appointment Pending

Geriatrics

  • Eugene Pfister, MD — Ohio State University, Clinical Professor
  • Rufus Reuben, MD — Gandhi Medical College, Clinical Assistant Professor

Hematology/Oncology

  • Kathryn Leininger, MD — The Ohio State University Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Weiquan Lu, MD — Peking Union Medical College, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Laurie Matt-Amaral, MD — University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • Osei-Tutu Owusu, MD — Royal Post Graduate Medical School of London, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • John Petrus, MD — NEOUCOM, Professor
  • Esther Rehmus, MD — University of Michigan School of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Sonia Sandhu — PT. B.D. Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty Appointment Pending

Infectious Diseases

  • Gary Bollin, MD — Ohio State University, Clinical Professor
  • Anurag Duggal, MD — Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Dayanand Medical College, Assistant Professor
  • Donald Dumford, MD — Wright State University, Assistant Professor
  • Rajiv Sahni, MD — University of Delhi, Assistant Professor
  • David Watkins, MD — NEOUCOM, Clinical Professor
  • Richard Watkins, MD — American University of the Caribbean, Associate Professor

Nephrology

  • Amr Alyafi, MD — Jordan University of Sciences & Technology, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Darryl Anderson, MD — University of Maryland School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Preti Chaturvedi, MD — NEOUCOM, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Thomas Kayani, MD — Albert Einstein University, Assistant Professor
  • Vinh Quang Nguyan, MD — St. Matthew University, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Rupesh Raina, MD — King Georges Medical College, Assistant Professor
  • Susan Ray, MD — NEOUCOM, Clinical Professor
  • Karl Schwarze, MD — Wayne State University, Clinical Professor
  • Tom Tanphaichitr, MD — NEOUCOM, Assistant Professor
  • Miriam Zidehsarai, DO — Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor

Neurology

  • Raed Azzam, MD — American University of Beirut, Assistant Professor
  • William Freiberg, DO — Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Norman Friedman, MD — NEOUCOM, Assistant Professor
  • James Gebel, MD — University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Associate Professor
  • Ahmed Itrat, MD — AGA Khan University of Health Sciences - Pakastan, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • William Novak, MD — Wright State University, Assistant Professor

Pharmacology

  • Melanie Boros, PharmD — Ohio Northern University, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Larry Frazee, Pharm.D — University of Toledo, Professor
  • Patrick Gallegos, PharmD — Texas Tech University School of Pharmacy, Associate Professor
  • Amy Rybarczyk, PharmD — University of Toledo, Clinical Assistant Professor

Pulmonary Medicine

  • Anthony Cucci, MD — SUNY Medical School, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Amit Diwakar, MD — University of Medical Sciences New Delhi, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Harish Kakarala, MD — SUNY Medical School, Faculty Appointment Pending
  • Ann Leano, MD — Medical College of Pennsylvania, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Timothy Murray, MD — University of Alberta Canada, Associate Professor
  • Michael Passero, MD — Brown Medical School, Associate Professor
  • Sanjiv Tewari, MD — University of Alberta Canada, Associate Professor
  • Lokesh Venkateshaiah, MD — Bangalore Medical College, Clinical Assistant Professor

Research

  • Rupesh Raina, MD — King Georges Medical College, Assistant Professor

Rheumatology

  • May Azem, MD — Damascus University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor
  • Nikita Hegde, MD — Bangalore Medical College, India, Clinical Associate Professor
Application

Application

We appreciate your interest in Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the residency program that best suits your needs. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. We maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our medical students and residents.

  • Residency applications and the additional items below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Application Deadline: 2018 application deadline date is coming soon!
  • Interview Dates: TBD
  • Expected Program Length: Three years

Application consists of:

  • Medical School Academic Transcript
  • Minimum USMLE (Step I-score 230, Step II CK-score 240 and Step II CS-Pass) First Attempt
  • Comlex (Level 1-score 515, Level 2 CE-score 550 and Level 2PE-Pass) First Attempt o
    • Must have successfully completed USMLE Step I, Step II CK and Step II CS and/or Comlex Level 1 and Level 2 CE prior to Rank List deadline.
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (if applicable) 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean's Letter
  • Personal statement

All information must be submitted before an application can be reviewed.

Interviews are by invitation. If you have been selected to interview, we will contact you by email using the information you have provided.

We cannot check the individual status of each application. Once you have applied via ERAS, you will be contacted within two to three weeks if you have been selected for an interview. Due to the number of applicants, we cannot send letters of regret if you are not selected for an interview.

Important Information for International Medical Graduate Applicants

  • Applicant must be ECFMG certified before NRMP Rank Order List Deadline.
  • Must have successfully completed USMLE Step I, Step II CK and Step II CS and/or Comlex Level 1 and Level 2 CE prior to Rank List deadline.
  • 1-B and J-1 Visas are accepted.
  • Prior U.S. experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the past 5 years.
Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

  • Ja’Far Alzu’bi, MD — University of Jordan
  • Tarik Atassi, DO — Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Alibel Bello, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Yashu Dhamija, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Ahmad Jabri, MD — University of Jordan
  • Taylor Kann, DO — Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Monisha Kumar, MD — Madras Medical College
  • Kurian Pannikottu, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Rachel Powers, DO — Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Elizabeth Verghese, MD — Amrita School of Medicine 

PGY – 2

  • Ahmad Ababneh, MD — University of Jordan 
  • Alessandra Boufford, MD — Oakland U William Beaumont SOM
  • Udit Dhal, MD — J.S.S. Medical College
  • Aastha Jasrotia, MD — Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Sonika Malik, MD — Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College for Women
  • Safal Patel, MD — Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research
  • Arrvind Raghunath, MD — S R M Medical College and Research Centre
  • Narine Sharkhatunyan, MD — Yerevan State Medical University Mkhitar Heratsi
  • Komal Thind, MD — Sri Guru Ram Das Institute
  • Rama Krishna Vura, MD — Odessa Medical University 

PGY – 3

  • Roulan Abu Hweij, MD — University of Jordan 
  • Barbara Amanambu — University of Sint Eustatius SOM
  • Brian Diede, DO — Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Abhinav Dodeja, MD — Amrita School of Medicine
  • Mayada Ismail, MD — Ross University
  • Ravkiran Khurana, MD — Kasturba Medical College
  • M. Farhan Nasser, MD — Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College Pune
  • Irtsam Shahid, MD — Allama Iqbal Medical College
  • Dharmvir Singh, MD — Kharkov Medical University
  • Tushar Thakur, MD — Tribhuvan University
  • Poornima Vinod, MD — Hassan Institute of Medical Science 

PGY – 4

  • Denise Sese, MD — University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine
Alumni

Alumni

2017 Graduates

  • Mahrous Abo Hassan, MD — Hospitalist, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Mohit Gupta, MD — Nephrology Fellowship, New York Presbyterian — Weill Cornell Campus, New York, NY
  • Andrew Herman, MD — Hospitalist, Mercy Medical Center, Canton, OH
  • Mohamed Khayata, MD — Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Fellowship, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
  • Vignan Manne, MD — Hepatology Fellowship, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Yuanjie Mao, MD — Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
  • Amy Rak, MD — Hospice & Palliative Care Fellowship, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • Denise Sese, MD — Chief Resident, Internal Medicine Program, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH
  • Anamay Sharma, MD — Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
  • Navdeep Tandon, MD — Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH

2016 Graduates

  • Harsimran Basra, MD — Hospitalist, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Chaojie Chen, MD — Primary Care, Akron General Express Care, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Karla Detoya, MD — Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Kathleen Enriquez, MD — Geriatrics Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Tarandeep Kaur, MD — Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Yahya Kurdi, MD — Hospitalist, North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo, MS
  • Rabih Nayfe, MD — Geriatrics Fellowship, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
  • Ala Nijim, MD — Pulmonary Fellowship, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • Allen Reeves, MD — Chief Resident/Junior Faculty, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Anis Rehman, MD — Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Talha Riaz, MD — Infectious Disease Fellowship, University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

2015 Graduates

  • Mohamed Abdelfatah, MD — Gastroenterology Fellowship, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Hussam Al—Sharif, MD —Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • Ankit Anand, MD — Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • Christopher Black, MD — Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship, University of Nevada—Reno, Reno, NV
  • Monica Dorvil—Bello, MD — Hospitalist, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Ashleigh Glass, DO — Hospitalist, Chatham Hospitalist Group, Savannah, GA
  • Lisa Godinsky, MD — Primary Care, Akron General Express Care, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Karthika Linga, MD — Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
  • George Shu, MD — Hospitalist, Sound Physicians, Mt. Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH
  • Pushwaz Virk, MD — Hospitalist, St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Daniel Wheeler, MD — Hospitalist, Sound Physicians, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, OH

2014 Graduates

  • Hazel Abool, MD — Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center, La Junta, CO
  • Ali Al—Ameri, MD — Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • Bolanle Adepoju, MD — Hospitalist, Apogee Physicians, Traveling Team, Goshen, IN
  • Udit Agarwal, MD — Cardiology Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Rebecca Brauch, MD — Infectious Disease Fellowship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Michael Fistek, DO — Primary Care, Internal Medicine of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Rommel Geronimo, MD — Hospitalist, William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT
  • Ahmed Malkawi, MD — Hospitalist Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM
  • Rajandeep Paik, MD — Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
  • Navedeep Sharma, MD — Hospitalist, Sound Physicians, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, OH
  • Chandanmal Suthar, MD — Hospitalist, Sound Physicians, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, OH

2013 Graduates

  • ShereMaria Agaiby, MD — Independence Family Health Center and Integrative Medicine Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Markus Agito, MD — Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Samantha Almendras, MD — Primary Care, Summit Adult Medicine Center, Akron, OH
  • Shweta Diwakar, MD — Primary Care, Montrose Primary Care, Akron, OH
  • Scott Forster, MD — Hospitalist, Tripoint Medical Center, Concord, OH
  • Jaya Kala, MD — Nephrology Fellowship, University of Texas, Houston, TX
  • Peter Kunze, MD — Hospitalist, Internal Medicine of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Ursula Liong, MD — Hospitalist, Akron General Hospitalist, Akron, OH
  • Ken Wong, MD — Infectious Disease Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, Primary Care, Internal Medicine Center of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Amr Yafi, MD — Nephrology Fellowship, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH, American Kidney Group, Akron, OH
Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

Through Internal Medicine and Subspecialty research, we take an interdisciplinary approach to moving medicine forward.

For more information about resident research in the Department of Medicine, please contact:

Joseph Finocchio, MD
Program Director
330.344.1543

Nairmeen A. Haller, PhD
Director of Research
330.344.6001