USA Health residents match into subspecialty fellowships

Posted on January 27, 2021 by Carol McPhail
Carol McPhail

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Allison Beckett, M.D., has a multitude of reasons to be excited about her match to a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, but one reason stands out.

“The best thing about their program, in my opinion, is their ability to train their graduates to be well prepared in two years due to their high operative volume,” said Beckett, a general surgery resident at USA Health. “This, of course, comes at the expense of being at the hospital a lot – and taking a lot of call! But I feel it is worthwhile to get as much training as possible so that I can be fully confident when I’m out in practice.”

Beckett is one of almost 30 residents at USA who have matched into subspecialty fellowships, after completing interviews online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some residents are remaining at USA Health while others are headed to California, Texas, Minnesota, New York and many points in between. The matches are conducted by the National Resident Matching Program’s Specialties Matching Service.

Internal medicine resident Daisy Escobar matched into a medical oncology fellowship at USA Health, where she will spend time training at the Mitchell Cancer Institute. Escobar said being involved in research projects at the MCI helped her to become familiar with the program and the people involved.

 “I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know everyone at the MCI when becoming an oncologist was just a dream to me,” Escobar said.

Hannah Bahakel, M.D., will train in pediatric infectious diseases at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “I am most excited about the opportunity to pursue my passion,” said Bahakel, who is serving as one of the chief pediatrics residents at USA this year.

Eight USA residency programs announced their matches for the 2021-22 academic year:

Internal Medicine

Daisy Escobar, M.D. – medical oncology, University of South Alabama/USA Health

Neelesh Gupta, M.D. – cardiology, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Gabriel Bolanos Guzman, M.D. – gastroenterology, University of South Alabama/USA Health

Anita Mehta, M.D. – pulmonary disease, Eisenhower Medical Center

Ansh Mehta, M.D. – hematology/oncology, Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Arianna Mohiuddin, M.D. – endocrinology, Tulane University

Kulwant Bath, M.D. – nephrology, UCLA-Olive View


Regina McPherson, M.D. -- hospice and palliative care, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Nicholas Tinker, M.D., – maternal-fetal medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Health System


Shalla Akbar, M.D. – cytopathology, Ohio State University

Sandhyarani Dasaraju, M.D. – GYN/breast pathology and cytopathology, University of Minnesota

Saadia Haleema, M.D. – surgical pathology and hematopathology, Hartford Hospital


Hannah Bahakel, M.D. – pediatric infectious diseases, University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Mirianette Gayoso, M.D. – pediatric endocrinology, University of Florida/UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Caleb Murray, D.O. – pediatric critical care, Florida International University/Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Kaitlyn Parker, M.D., -- neonatal/perinatal medicine, UT Health Science Center/Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Kanya Singhapakdi, D.O. – pediatric cardiology, Louisiana State University/Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Lauren Thai, M.D. – pediatric cardiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore


Darshana Pai, M.D. – child and adolescent psychiatry, University of California Irvine

Jeffrey Tisch, D.O. – child and adolescent psychiatry, University of Rochester


Cole Bahakel, M.D. – interventional radiology independent residency, University of Michigan

William Jani Brackett, M.D. – musculoskeletal imaging, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Benjamin Euwer, M.D. -- musculoskeletal imaging, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ian Smith, D.O. – breast imaging – Medical University of South Carolina


Allison Beckett, M.D. – cardiothoracic surgery, Rush University

Mike Caposole, D.O. – minimally invasive surgery, Tulane University

Frank Rutigliano, M.D. – colon and rectal surgery, University of Texas at Houston McGovern School of Medicine

Andy Tan, M.D. – cardiothoracic surgery, University of Texas Southwestern

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