Residents

Meet the Internal Medicine Residents – both past and present – who chose Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital for their training.

Augustine Ajuogu, MD

I grew up in the coffee capital, Seattle, but was born in Nigeria. My background, coupled with my research work in vaccine design and drug discovery, laid the foundation for my interest in global health and becoming a physician. I attended undergrad at Northwest University, then completed my Master's in Immunology from University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

I attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and spending time with my family.

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First-Year Residents

Augustine Ajuogu, MD

I grew up in the coffee capital, Seattle, but was born in Nigeria. My background, coupled with my research work in vaccine design and drug discovery, laid the foundation for my interest in global health and becoming a physician. I attended undergrad at Northwest University, then completed my Master's in Immunology from University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

I attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and spending time with my family.

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Munazza Aslam, MD

Born and raised in rural Pakistan and educated at a Catholic missionary school in the Himalayan foothills, I became fascinated with the ability of medicine to help and empower underserved communities. I ultimately attended Fatima Jinnah Medical College—one of only two women’s medical colleges in Pakistan. Passionate about women’s health and empowerment as well as wellness promotion throughout medical school, I mentored and tutored young women interested in science, participated in clinical research and served as a vice-captain in varsity sports.

Complementing my extroverted personality and enabling me to integrate my interpersonal skills with clinical medicine, internal medicine captivated me. This is because each case provided a new learning opportunity and the ability to consistently utilize my clinical skills to improve patient’s lives. For these reasons, I chose the IU Health Ball Memorial residency program based on program’s strong clinical training coupled with its collegial culture and supportive community. I’m excited to join this collaborative and comprehensive residency program. I look forward to becoming an active member of the greater Muncie and IU Health communities as well.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy mountaineering, water sports, putting a fresh twist on and trying new healthy cooking recipes, and spending time with my husband and son in addition to our extended family in Indiana.

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Anchit Bharat, MD

Coming from a country with a strong emphasis on education and an all doctor family, I was exposed to the profession from a very early stage. When the spirituality bug bit me, I came to realize that Medicine is one of the most pious professions there can be. This combination gave me a good foundation and made me appreciate the immense satisfaction that comes from selfless sacrifices a physician makes throughout his/her life.

The warmth each of my interviewers showed me, made me fall in love with the program. I instantly knew that this is where I wanted to be, as such an environment nurtures quality learning. I am extremely grateful for the faith the program has shown in me. I hope to learn and provide quality service to the people of Muncie and Indiana during my residency.

Some ideas that are close to me are, to provide quality healthcare to people in resource-limited areas, both in US as well as abroad. Teaching is one of my passions and outside of Medicine, I like reading ancient Indian philosophy, working out, watching fiction movies, TV series and cooking. One of my all-time favorite heroes is Indiana Jones, which I believe is quite a coincidence.

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Zheyu Lu, MD

Born in a family of doctors, I found my passion in medicine in my early teenage years. My dream of being a doctor was getting closer when I entered Tongji Medical College in China. While studying in medical school, I developed a major interest in exploring the prevention of disease progression and the effectiveness of treatment. When I followed the routine pathway to be an independent practicing doctor, I met the most important person in my life, my husband. He inspired me to realize there should be no limitation to my potential and the way of practicing medicine. So, I flew the Pacific Ocean to explore my potential and unlimited possibilities in the United States.

On the journey to preparing my medical training in United States, I worked in several different roles in quite distinct health care systems. I learned how to appreciate the importance of evidence-based clinical practice from clinical research. I learned how to cherish the power of empathy and respect in free clinic serving underprivileged population. All of these keep reshaping my understanding of practicing medicine.

Interestingly, I was firstly attracted to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency because of the residents’ bios. I am convinced that only the most supportive program has residents full of motivation and vitality. I feel so lucky to join in this big family. I am quite confident that I will spend the next meaningful and productive three years with wonderful faculty, fellow residents and staffs.

My goal is to become an internist who can provide compassionate care for patients. My interest will be broad in the subspecialties of Medicine and medical research, before I decide on pursuing any fellowship training.

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Aqsa Mahmood, MD

I was born and raised in a small town in Pakistan. After graduation, I did one year of internship, which gave me the perfect exposure that I needed to deal with patients in different clinical settings. I moved to the United States in 2014 with my family and it gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of practicing medicine in the U.S. I observed and worked under the supervision of board certified physicians which introduced me to the way medicine is practiced in the US.

I wanted to start my career in a program that not only focuses on practicing medicine, but also has a good support system. I am glad that I got the opportunity to be interviewed at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and throughout the day I had a very warm and welcoming attitude from everyone.

By the end of the day, I knew that this is the place where I wanted to be for next three years. Another thing that is unique about this program is that the administration is very approachable, and responsive to the input that you provide being a resident. I believe that the emphasis on education and clinical exposure will make sure that I get the most out of my training and become the compassionate and knowledgeable physician I’ve always wanted to be.

Apart from medicine, I am a family person. I like to spend time with my family and friends. I really enjoy cooking, hiking, watching TV and listening to some light music.

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Urooj Najm, MD

I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I am a graduate of Dow Medical College. During my Medical School, I got the opportunity to experience the American Health Care System which boosted my passion to come and learn the art of medicine here. After finishing medical school, I got married and came to the USA. I have moved to different states from Colorado to Kansas and now to Indiana in order to pursue my passion and ambition.

I am delighted that I found IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and matched here. I am really excited about my new journey as an Intern at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Everyone I have come across is amiable and approachable. I believe this program provides the best nurturing environment for the residents to learn and grow and become a competent physician of their choice.

In the beautiful neighborhood of Muncie, we have found our new home where I love to spend time with my family. I like to travel to explore the beauty of nature.

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Haris Noorani, MD

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Fishers when I was 11. Since then, I’ve grown up in the state of Indiana and completed my undergraduate degree in economics at Purdue University. Go Boilermakers! Even in undergrad, I pursued medicine as my dream career and ended up going to St. George’s University in Grenada to fulfill that dream.

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital attracted me due to its strong academic environment, great clinical training, amazing facilities and friendly environment. Seeing the residents interact during afternoon report, I noticed that the environment had a friendly familial vibe. I was pleased to learn that I was given the opportunity to obtain my training here, especially since it allows me to stay in the Indiana and be able to give back to an area that I grew up in.

In the future, I hope to continue my training in infectious disease or critical care. I also hope to be involved in teaching in some aspect. In my spare time, I enjoy jogging, camping, watching movies and playing tennis.

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Shilpa Reddy, DO

My name is Shilpa Reddy and I was born in the United Kingdom before moving to the U.S. as a child. I completed my undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. I went on to attend Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my final year of medical school, I was named Good Samaritan by my peers.

I enjoy teaching and am excited to be involved with medical education here at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, as well as contributing to the delivery of high quality and evidence-based healthcare to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital patients.

Outside of work, I spend much of my time reading about personal finance and entrepreneurship, running, and spending time with my family and friends. While I am open to anything following residency, I am hoping to become a rheumatologist and see myself in private practice. If you are considering completing your Internal Medicine residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, do not hesitate to reach out, as I am happy to answer any questions.

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Hayden Alstott, MD

I’m originally from Corydon (which is Indiana’s first state capitol). I moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, on the Ohio River, when I was still in elementary school. Owensboro is the “Bar-B-Que Capitol of the World” and I’ve brought some of that BBQ expertise to Muncie. I attended the University of Louisville where I received a BS in biology. After that, I graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. If you’re wondering… go cards!

I was attracted to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because it was clear that the entire program worked as a team to accomplish their goals. I felt at home the minute I walked through the doors at Ball. Everyone is inviting and friendly.

I like being active outdoors and playing with my dog. When I have time off, I like to go fishing, hunting or just venturing out in the field or on the water. Around the house, I enjoy fixing things that need fixin’, cooking and gardening.

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Second-Year Residents

Hayden Alstott, MD

I’m originally from Corydon (which is Indiana’s first state capitol). I moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, on the Ohio River, when I was still in elementary school. Owensboro is the “Bar-B-Que Capitol of the World” and I’ve brought some of that BBQ expertise to Muncie. I attended the University of Louisville where I received a BS in biology. After that, I graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. If you’re wondering… go cards!

I was attracted to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because it was clear that the entire program worked as a team to accomplish their goals. I felt at home the minute I walked through the doors at Ball. Everyone is inviting and friendly.

I like being active outdoors and playing with my dog. When I have time off, I like to go fishing, hunting or just venturing out in the field or on the water. Around the house, I enjoy fixing things that need fixin’, cooking and gardening.

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Harmanjot, MD

Born in India and raised in New York, I learned to appreciate the importance of having “enough” in life. One place that I have always put my energy is education, which has been my core value. Having an inquisitive mind, ceaseless curiosity and passionate desire for a life of service ensured that medicine was a perfect fit for me. My diverse preclinical and clinical experiences – from Poland to the United States to India – enriched my education by exposing me to different patient populations, and cultivated a deeper understanding of disparity in health care. For this reason, I’m interested in working with underserved communities.

On my interview day, I was impressed with the supportive, collegial and collaborative work environment here. As you walk the hallways, there is a contagious warmth and camaraderie amongst colleagues and I am delighted to call Muncie my home away from home. I am truly thrilled and extremely grateful to start a new chapter at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where excellent patient care and innovation is the centralized philosophy.

Outside of work, I enjoy yoga, exercising at the gym, cooking and ballroom dancing.

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Adil Khan, MD

Born and raised in Kuwait, I later moved to Pakistan in order to pursue my medical education at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College. Transitioning into health care system in the United States has been truly very exciting. The quest to get training from a leading health care system, started as a challenge, gradually also has emerged as a great sense of responsibility. Having the good fortune of being supervised and taught by many U.S. trained physicians during my rotations led me to consolidate my clinical experience in the US.

I completed my Internship at Prince George’s Hospital Center. I had the liberty to attend interviews for PGY-2 position at multiple programs. However, it was at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital where I was deeply impressed with the warmth and support of the faculty members and residents. After talking with program leadership and residents of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, I knew that this is where I wanted to be. I’m thrilled to be spending the next two more years in the vibrant city of Muncie as an internal medicine resident!

My goal is to become a skilled physician who can play a significant role in health care with dedication and hard work. I feel like I do understand the importance of working hard and the value of having natural interest in field of medicine. My interests in medicine include Gastroenterology, Pulmonology and Cardiology.

When I’m in front of the screen I pass time watching soccer games, You Tube videos, suspense/fantasy, TV drama, long drives, traveling with my wife and playing RPG/MOBA games.

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J. Marco Mendezona, MD

I was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, but was raised in a small town called Victorias, where the sugar industry was number one. Before I found my passion for medicine, soccer was my first love and it helped me obtain my bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines through an athletic scholarship. I then attended medical school at De La Salle Health Sciences Institute and eventually worked as a general practitioner for a private company.

I moved to Texas with my wife and decided to continue my medical career here in the United States. In my efforts to pursue residency, I found myself observing a physician here in Muncie and was taken by how beautiful the place was as well as how friendly the people were. My interview with IU Health Ball Memorial was certainly a reflection of this experience. Aside from the welcoming nature of the faculty and staff, they also foster a family-oriented relationship with the residents and show a tremendous passion for teaching. I am truly ecstatic to be a new part of this program because not only will I grow professionally amidst compassionate doctors who love to teach, I will also enjoy the journey.

My non-physician self is basically a combination of family and sports. I spend my free time either watching or playing sports, particularly soccer and basketball. I also love watching movies, cooking for and traveling with my family.

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Akshita Patel, DO

I was born and raised in Gujarat, one of the western states of India. I moved to the United States at the age of 15 and settled in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with my family. While growing up, I was keen about a career in the healthcare field, which I was introduced to while accompanying my mother to her regular oncology treatments. My interactions with her physicians solidified my dream to pursue a career in medicine, especially oncology. I completed my bachelor’s in liberal arts and sciences at University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA.

As a fourth-year medical student, I had the opportunity to rotate through the Cancer Center at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for a hem/onc rotation. I instantly fell in love with the hospital culture here. It was different from all the other hospitals I have been to. My preceptors were enthused teachers. I was also fascinated with the clinical research at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. At the end of my brief, four-week rotation in fall of 2016, I knew this is where I would like to continue my training as a physician.

My goal is to pursue further training in the field of hematology and oncology. My hobbies outside the field of medicine include adventurous activities, exploring new state parks, cooking and gardening

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Pavan Patel, MD

I was born in New Jersey, however, soon after I moved to the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating high school, my life brought me to a little town called Columbia City in the great state of Indiana. I attended Purdue University and earned a bachelor’s of science in biology. I received my doctor of medicine from Saba University School of Medicine located in the beautiful Dutch Caribbean. My last two years of medical school took me from the heart of Brooklyn to the bayou of Louisiana and everywhere in between. During that time, I met people from all walks of life and got to witness the wide range of medicine.

However, when it came down to choosing where to continue my medical education, I could only think about returning to a state where I have lived for over eight years: Indiana. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is where I felt the most at home. My first impression during the interview process was remarkable. The program was filled with a warm comfort, as well an atmosphere which fosters great medical education. I look forward to becoming a well-rounded physician, so that I can provide the best possible care for my patients. I also hope to make friends and share unique experiences with my fellow residents, staff and faculty along the way.

During my free time, I enjoy reading about and working on cars, watching movies, gaming and hanging out with my friends.

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Jeffrey Payumo, MD

I have spent the majority of my life in California. I was born and raised in Carson and went to undergrad at UC Berkeley. After college, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I worked as a tutor, I volunteered at a free clinic, and I worked in a lab that did cholesterol research. I even worked as a DJ for weddings, parties and events. But I knew that whatever I picked as a career, I wanted to help people. Two years after starting my own tutoring company, I had a desire to learn more. That’s when I decided to go to medical school. I went to Ross University and then headed back to California to do my clinical rotations.

When it came time to choose a residency, I was really drawn to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Before my interview, I was actually in your shoes, reading all of these bios on this website. After reading each and every one, I got a great sense of not only the residents but the supportive learning environment that the program encourages. The warm welcome from all of the staff during my visit to the program made me feel at home and demonstrated all the great things I had previously read. A lot of people warned me though that the weather and winters can be rough, especially for someone from California. I am coming from a place where anything below 70 degrees is freezing and one inch of rain warrants a storm watch. But I feel that this program is a perfect fit for me and I would gladly scrape ice off my car to be a part of it.

In terms of future goals, I am interested in an endocrinology fellowship. Outside of medicine, I love basketball (go Lakers!), watching any type of sports, playing chess, listening to all types of music and discovering new songs to download.

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Sudarsana Srivangipuram, MD

I was born and raised in India, but spent several years of my childhood in Virginia. I pursued my medical education at Alluri Sitarama Raju Academy of Medical Sciences in India. I was fortunate to be able to serve a large, underprivileged population, which instilled in me the values of empathy and compassion. After graduating from medical school, I moved back to Herndon, Virginia to live with my family. I had the opportunity to complete clinical externships in primary care and cardiology, during which I familiarized myself with the American healthcare system.

I chose IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program because of the strong clinical training, excellent facilities and well-organized didactics it provides. The attending physicians are friendly, knowledgeable and have a passion for teaching. The residents, attendings, nurses and staff function like a close-knit family, which promotes a positive learning environment. I am confident that the intellectually stimulating and collegial atmosphere at this program will foster both professional and personal growth. I am honored and excited to begin the next phase of my career at IU Health Ball Memorial.

My interests in medicine include hospital medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology and hematology/oncology. In my free time, I enjoy playing table tennis, painting, cooking and watching TV shows.

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M. Sami Bakdash, MD

Growing up as the first child of two physicians, one of my first memories as a child was running around hospital hallways and playing with medical instruments. I come from a big family of doctors which includes not only my parents, but also four of my uncles and two of my aunts. Both my father and uncle trained at IU Health Ball Memorial’s Internal Medicine Residency Program and once upon a time, I actually lived in this hospital when rooms were rented out to residents. With that being said, I did not only choose medicine but also, medicine chose me.

I’m a proud Hoosier, attending Muncie’s West View Elementary School as well as Storer Elementary, transitioning to Anderson’s East Side Middle School and the former Highland High School. After graduating with honors and a scholarship for college, I continued my Hoosier ride and attended Indiana University Bloomington. I was fortunate enough to obtain two major degrees in psychology and Arabic studies and a minor degree in chemistry, while completing my pre-medical and pre-dental courses.

Before continuing my educational journey, I helped establish a nonprofit organization aimed at providing community service to those in need, such as battered women’s shelters and homeless shelters. Afterwards, I attended American University of Antigua College of Medicine and was able to acquire my clinical medicine training in various hospitals in Chicago, Atlanta and New York.
Finally, I decided to come back to my Hoosier roots and join this advanced medical program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. One of the most attractive features of this program is the emphasis placed on quality patient care and safety. The employees here are trained to work together as one family in prioritizing each and every patient. This creates the best fit atmosphere for excellent patient care. I am truly thrilled to join the ranks of my father and uncle and be a part of this great Ball family.

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Third-Year Residents

M. Sami Bakdash, MD

Growing up as the first child of two physicians, one of my first memories as a child was running around hospital hallways and playing with medical instruments. I come from a big family of doctors which includes not only my parents, but also four of my uncles and two of my aunts. Both my father and uncle trained at IU Health Ball Memorial’s Internal Medicine Residency Program and once upon a time, I actually lived in this hospital when rooms were rented out to residents. With that being said, I did not only choose medicine but also, medicine chose me.

I’m a proud Hoosier, attending Muncie’s West View Elementary School as well as Storer Elementary, transitioning to Anderson’s East Side Middle School and the former Highland High School. After graduating with honors and a scholarship for college, I continued my Hoosier ride and attended Indiana University Bloomington. I was fortunate enough to obtain two major degrees in psychology and Arabic studies and a minor degree in chemistry, while completing my pre-medical and pre-dental courses.

Before continuing my educational journey, I helped establish a nonprofit organization aimed at providing community service to those in need, such as battered women’s shelters and homeless shelters. Afterwards, I attended American University of Antigua College of Medicine and was able to acquire my clinical medicine training in various hospitals in Chicago, Atlanta and New York.
Finally, I decided to come back to my Hoosier roots and join this advanced medical program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. One of the most attractive features of this program is the emphasis placed on quality patient care and safety. The employees here are trained to work together as one family in prioritizing each and every patient. This creates the best fit atmosphere for excellent patient care. I am truly thrilled to join the ranks of my father and uncle and be a part of this great Ball family.

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Erick Christensen, MD

I grew up in Texas, New York and Utah. After graduating from Brigham Young University, I got a master’s of public health degree from Emory University. I worked in public health for a few years in the Washington, D.C. area before enrolling in medical school at the University of Utah. Each place I have lived has offered much to learn and love, and that has been true of Muncie, Indiana.

I was very impressed by the warmth and support that I felt when I interviewed at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. I immediately connected with the attending physicians and loved the camaraderie that I felt among the residents. After interviewing here, I knew that this was the program that would help me become the physician that I wanted to be.

Outside of work, my interests include spending time with my wife and two children, cooking, traveling, camping, cycling and being outdoors.

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Padmini Parameswaran, MD

I grew up in India and my need to find a career that focuses on helping people initially lead me to biomedical engineering. I pursued a bachelor's degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia. During this time, I completed two internships at GlaxoSmithKline. I studied drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics for heart failure drugs, and also safety testing. I was very surprised to discover how many years of intense research went into producing even one drug into market.

As I yearned for a career where I could help people but be gratified and rewarded by seeing results sooner in a more tangible way, I chose to pursue a degree in medicine at St. George's University. During this time, I also went to Thailand to explore their approach to traditional and alternative medicine. I think my experience of medicine in three different countries showed me just how different healthcare can be in resource rich, resource poor countries, and how delivery of care can be different depending on the types of payment models used in each country.

I completed my clinical years of medical school in Brooklyn, New York, and my internship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where I had a challenging and fantastic experience but really missed my husband and family. After interviewing at a few programs to transfer to, I was so excited by IU Health Ball Memorial; the program leaders and residents were so warm and welcoming, I was impressed at how the residents were adept at performing multiple procedures, and at their camaraderie. It was a very easy choice to accept to transfer here when the offer was made! While small-town Muncie is very different to me, having only lived in big cities all my life, I am excited to begin my journey here and make another state in the USA my home.

In my free time, I enjoy camping, painting with new mediums and making things with clay.

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Clifford Hecht, MD

I was born in California but raised in Kansas before eventually completing medical school at Loyola Stritch in Chicago and matching to the Internal Medicine program here at IU Health Ball Memorial. My first exposure to the program was during a wards medicine month I took the fall before I started. It was always my goal to stay in the Midwest for residency training due to family connections, and while rotating here I was very impressed by the genuine camaraderie between residents and faculty as well as the high amount of autonomy given to the resident staff. I did not always see this present during my medical school rotations. The program was gracious enough to grant me an interview at the end of my rotation, and I was very pleased on Match Day to learn I'd be returning here for the rest of my training.

My current career goals are hospitalist or critical care medicine, but I am also trying to keep an open mind about my professional future. My hobbies outside work include video gaming, jogging and dancing with my wife.

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Mallory Nebergall, MD

I was born and raised in the small town of Canton, Illinois, with a childhood dream of becoming a physician. From attending the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign to medical school at Ross University School of Medicine, I have traveled from Dominica, Atlanta, Chicago and New York, gaining invaluable experiences with the expansive field of medicine including the delivery of healthcare to diverse patient populations.

I found a home here at IU Health Ball Memorial in Muncie, where diversity is key in addition to the small-town atmosphere where my dreams all began. Outside of medicine, I am a full-time mother of one and enjoy focusing on physical fitness as well as ballroom dancing.

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Vivek Patel, MD

I was born and raised in Gujarat, in the western part of India. Growing up in a culture where educational priority was topmost, competition to get into a good college was fierce and lack of sports opportunities pushed me towards an educational path. I always wanted to be someone who helps fellow human beings to live better lives. This drew me towards medicine and becoming a great physician to fulfill my wish. After finishing medical school at B.J. Medical College in Ahmedabad in India, I moved to the U.S. to pursue further education. I consider Massachusetts as my home state, as my family lives in nearby Boston and I spent three years there before moving to Muncie. I am really excited for next phase of my life in and around Muncie.

Working as an observer at IU Health Arnett Hospital attracted me towards the IU Health System in Indiana. A healthy educational environment and transparency in work were top most priorities for residency and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is the best fit for both. My gaols for next three years would be hard work, hard work and hard work! Experienced professors and valuable educational resources at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will shape me as a great physician. I will do my best to meet their expectations. I haven't thought about post-residency options. I would like to work as a hospitalist or may consider fellowship options if my residency rotations draw me towards a specific specialty.

I always consider myself as sports fan. Playing sports is my hobby and I like to play soccer, table tennis, cricket, volleyball and anything that involves physical skills. Besides that, I like adventurous trips and love to pass time with friends and family.

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Hatem Sabassi, MD

I was born and raised in Amman, Jordan. I completed my medical education in Egypt, where I underwent six years of rigorous medical training in one of the most crowded countries in the Middle East. This enabled me to deal with a huge number of patients in different clinical settings and to experience the joy of living in a different culture. I came to the United States in 2014 and did a number of electives under the supervision of board certified doctors which helped introduce me to the way medicine is practiced in the US.

I chose IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because of the warm and welcoming nature of doctors and staff from the first moment I visited. I believe that the strong support system and the emphasis on didactic activities and robust clinical exposure will ensure that I will get the most out of my clinical training.

In my free time I enjoy reading, bike riding, hiking and fishing and Muncie is a great place for me to practice my hobbies.

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Richard Uy, MD

I was born in Cebu City, one of the seven thousand-plus islands in the Philippines. I went to New Jersey, where I attended Paramus Catholic Boys High School and then received my undergraduate degree in biology at Cebu Doctors’ University. I pursued and completed my medical degree at Cebu Institute of Medicine. I enjoy cooking, playing tennis and traveling.

I’m excited to start a new chapter in IU Health Ball Memorial. I felt very comfortable and welcome during my interview. The program has the support system that would make learning a great experience and the faculty is approachable, friendly, and loves to teach. I know I will have great learning experience, develop good relationships and enjoy my stay with the program.

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Aisha Davis, MD

I was born and raised in the Caribbean on the tiny island of St. Thomas. Upon graduation from high school, I moved to the U.S and attended Spelman College where I obtained my undergraduate degree in biology. I completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. During the midst of medical school, my passion for laboratory research led me to pursue a master’s degree in translational research.

Prior to the residency interviewing season, I never anticipated attending a residency program in the state of Indiana. I always thought I would move to the east coast to be closer to family. But the minute I completed my interview at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, I knew I wanted to attend this residency program. The warmth and love I felt on interview day at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was second to none! Now that I am currently in the program, the love, support and compassion that I felt on interview is evident in everyone that I encounter, including the residents, attending physicians, nurses and ancillary staff.
Outside of medicine, I absolutely love spending time with family and friends. I also love traveling and have visited many places including Honduras, China and Australia. It is my deepest passion to live and practice medicine internationally. Specifically, I would love to practice medicine in a developing country.

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2018 Graduates

Aisha Davis, MD

I was born and raised in the Caribbean on the tiny island of St. Thomas. Upon graduation from high school, I moved to the U.S and attended Spelman College where I obtained my undergraduate degree in biology. I completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. During the midst of medical school, my passion for laboratory research led me to pursue a master’s degree in translational research.

Prior to the residency interviewing season, I never anticipated attending a residency program in the state of Indiana. I always thought I would move to the east coast to be closer to family. But the minute I completed my interview at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, I knew I wanted to attend this residency program. The warmth and love I felt on interview day at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was second to none! Now that I am currently in the program, the love, support and compassion that I felt on interview is evident in everyone that I encounter, including the residents, attending physicians, nurses and ancillary staff.
Outside of medicine, I absolutely love spending time with family and friends. I also love traveling and have visited many places including Honduras, China and Australia. It is my deepest passion to live and practice medicine internationally. Specifically, I would love to practice medicine in a developing country.

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Deep Desai, MD

Born in India, raised in California, medically educated in West Indies and clinically cultivated in New York: It’s been a long road and I am excited to start the next part in Indiana. I am a huge believer in the difference good friends and family can make in tough times. Residency is definitely going to be tough no matter where you end up, but having a good support system can really help you get through it. IU Health Ball Memorial definitely has that support system and that's what drew me to this program. I think it's pretty apparent how close knit this program is, which you can see every morning at 6:45 a.m. when everyone comes in with a smile on their face and also in the hallways where everyone greets one another.

Aside from medicine, I like to work out, watch sports, play my guitar and spend time with friends and family.

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Tanvi Desai, MD

I consider California my home state, but have moved around all my life. Who else can claim that they’ve attended 15 different schools? I think that’s why it was very exciting for me to attend St. George’s University in Grenada, and finish my clinical years in Brooklyn, New York.

I was drawn to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because of the warm learning environment that the faculty and staff provide. Nurses and doctors work together here as a team, and the lines of communication are always open to provide optimal patient care. One of the most important attributes in a residency for me was a balance between didactic learning and on-the-job learning. At IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, the faculty provides the right amount of support at the right time.

Other than the medical life, I really enjoy yoga, running, finding new music to listen to and spending time with friends and family. I am really excited to call this place my home for the next three years.

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Benjamin Krasin, MD

I’m originally from Spokane, Washington and completed medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. I was a non-traditional medical student and worked for several years prior to medical school as an EMT in an emergency department, as a firefighter, a lifeguard trainer and a swim team coach.

My journey to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was quite random, but definitely fortuitous. I was eager to depart the Pacific Northwest, yet I had no clear destination in mind. The large team structure in the university setting left me feeling disengaged with direct patient care. As such, I focused my attention on smaller programs across the country. I felt an instant connection to the residents and staff at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and knew it would be an excellent residency choice. The smaller, more intimate setting with physicians who are eager to teach proved a much better fit for my learning style.

My interests are varied and always changing. I have two provisional patents related to both the medical field and education. Despite the overwhelming odds against any success related to this, it remains a fun and creatively engaging endeavor. My less expensive hobbies include chess, basketball, brainteasers, debate and kittens.

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Olufemi Olorunda, MD

I was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and grew up in a healthcare system that was, unfortunately, suboptimal. This spurned my quest for an encompassing medical education as I pursued a bachelor’s degree in health information management and a master’s in public health at St. Louis University in Missouri. I had the privilege of pursuing my medical education at St. George’s University as a Keith B. Taylor Scholar, which afforded me the opportunity to study in Newcastle, United Kingdom for a year. My thirst for a well-rounded education has taken me to five different continents allowing me to incorporate multiple cultures and systemic approaches to my daily life and the world of medicine.

My family lives in Muncie and several of my family members have graduated from Muncie Central High School and Ball State University. This, combined with the family atmosphere demonstrated by the residents and staff as well as the attention given to graduate medical education and quality improvement, made Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital an obvious choice to begin my medical career.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sports, especially soccer, traveling, experiencing different cultures, live music events, comedy shows and outdoor sports.

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Karen Roque, MD

I was born and raised in the Philippines and completed my medical education at Cebu Institute of Medicine. I migrated to Orlando, Florida with my family to work as a nurse. Being a nurse has given me a lot of experience and exposure to the medical system. It showed me an opportunity to pursue my medical career.

I am quite familiar with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital through my colleagues. I like that the program's basic learning experience is supplemented with a structured didactic teaching. The house staff is dedicated and warm. For me, these are the things I need for my growth as a physician.

During my free time, I go on trips with my family. I love shopping and dining out. I also love watching movies and reading.

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Amit Shetty, MB, BS

I am from Freeport, Illinois, home of the Freeport High School Pretzels (yep that’s the actual mascot). The chance to play college soccer took me to the University of New Mexico where I redshirted as a freshman and studied pre-med. After my freshman year, I took an opportunity to begin medical school at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, in South India. I had an invaluable experience in my time there, both learning and practicing medicine in a developing country, as well as with my own personal growth. It really made me appreciate everything I have in life and to never take anything for granted.

Choosing IU Health Ball Memorial for residency was an easy decision. During my interview, I saw firsthand the camaraderie amongst the residents and transparency of the faculty. Combine that with the success of the resident alumni, great facilities and wonderful people at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, the program checked all the boxes for me. I look forward to serving the community of Muncie both in and outside of the hospital.

My interests in medicine include interventional cardiology, infectious diseases, and rheumatology. In my free time I like to exercise, play basketball, tennis, and chess, watch movies and hang out with friends. My interests outside of medicine include photography, cooking, meteorology and geography.

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Daniel Stegelman, MD

Hello to all who happen to grace the IU Health Ball Memorial Internal Medicine Residents’ webpage! My name is Daniel Stegelman and I am a new intern at the great IU Health Ball Memorial Internal Medicine Program. I was born in Madisonville, Kentucky and moved to Indiana when I was around five. I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana most of my life and I could never seem to find my way out of Indiana. I attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in geology. I received my doctor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. I am definitely not unfamiliar with “Funcie, IN.” I spent my first two years of medical school in Muncie, working with some of the residents and staff at the IU Health Ball Memorial Internal Medicine Program.

It is really a privilege to be a part of the Internal Medicine Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. I know that I will be working with great staff and residents throughout the next three years. Dr. Johnston and Dr. Dickey actually taught some of my classes while I was in Muncie my first two years of medical school. I have many interests in medicine including research, ethics and patient care. In the future, I could see myself becoming a hospitalist, working mostly primary care, or even attending a fellowship program in endocrinology, infectious disease or nephrology. I am looking forward to making lifelong friends with my fellow residents and colleagues over the next three years. I also look forward to becoming a well-rounded and effective physician who will be able to improve the health and well-being of all of my patients.

When I have the time, I enjoy running, weight lifting, reading science fiction and biographies, hanging out with my dudes and dudettes, making people laugh until they can’t breathe, cuddling with kitty cats and catching up on sleep.

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Tigist Adugna, MD

I was born and raised in Ethiopia and completed medical school at Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty. After gaining qualifications in medicine in my hometown, I worked in different places including Botswana and Ethiopia. I also completed my masters in public health (MPH) in Sweden at Umea International School of Public Health.

From the moment I first visited the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program, I knew without any doubts that this was where I wanted to be. What drew me towards this program is how clinically strong the staff and residents are, which speaks to the value of being able to work in an environment that gives you the opportunity to deliver care to such a unique population with diverse and complex pathologies. I am excited and grateful for this great opportunity. I am proud to call Muncie my new home and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital my family.

Aside from medicine, I enjoy attending spiritual events at my church, spending quality time with my family, traveling and cooking authentic Ethiopian food.

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2017 Graduates

Tigist Adugna, MD

I was born and raised in Ethiopia and completed medical school at Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty. After gaining qualifications in medicine in my hometown, I worked in different places including Botswana and Ethiopia. I also completed my masters in public health (MPH) in Sweden at Umea International School of Public Health.

From the moment I first visited the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program, I knew without any doubts that this was where I wanted to be. What drew me towards this program is how clinically strong the staff and residents are, which speaks to the value of being able to work in an environment that gives you the opportunity to deliver care to such a unique population with diverse and complex pathologies. I am excited and grateful for this great opportunity. I am proud to call Muncie my new home and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital my family.

Aside from medicine, I enjoy attending spiritual events at my church, spending quality time with my family, traveling and cooking authentic Ethiopian food.

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Swetha Boddeda, MD

I am originally from India and graduated from Rangaraya Medical College. After getting married, I moved to the U.S., where my husband completed his residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. While in Utah, I had the opportunity to work in the division of Nephrology in a nationwide BP project called SPRINT, which fortunately allowed me to have encounters with the IM attendings and their patients. The attendings there noticed my inquisitiveness and interest and allowed me to complete an externship with them. While doing my externship, I developed an immense passion for Internal Medicine.

After my husband completed his residency, we moved to Muncie. This is one of the best decisions we have made. He began working as a hospitalist at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. This is how I came to know of the program. The attendings are so down to earth, knowledgeable, caring, approachable, gracious and instrumental in shaping the residents to be the best future doctors. When I learned that I had matched here, my husband and I were so thrilled. I feel so fortunate to train at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Finally, I’m also glad that we found our cozy, little dream home in one of the best neighborhoods in Muncie. I feel so elated to say that “Muncie has been our home away from Home.”

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Sarah Jeong, MD

I’ve spent the majority of my life living in both Illinois and Ohio, so I am essentially a Midwestern girl at heart. Specifically, I was born in Youngstown, Ohio, grew up in central Illinois, went to undergrad at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and then attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. I’d be lying if I didn’t say location was a big part of what brought me to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Being in Muncie places me at almost equidistant from both my parents in Illinois and grandparents in Ohio. However, being here also means that I can spend time learning and growing alongside the wonderful members of my new residency family.

One of the things that really drew me to this program was the degree of closeness between the residents and faculty. To me, this is such an important aspect for the growth of a young physician. There are not many programs that offer the degree of individualized attention, mentorship and support like IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital does. Personally, I am so pleased to be in a program where it is truly impossible to “get lost in the crowd,” where all of my weaknesses will be addressed, and my strengths will be further cultivated. This gives me confidence that I will graduate residency as the best physician I can possibly be.

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Mounish Karlapudi, MD

It’s so nice to be home! Although I was born in Chicago, I grew up in Muncie and consider myself a diehard Hoosier! I graduated from Delta High School and attended Indiana University, where I completed my pre-med coursework while majoring in neuroscience.

I continued my medical career by moving 2,425 miles away from Indiana to St. Georges University School of Medicine, where I completed both my masters in public health and my basic medical sciences on “The Spice Isle” of Grenada, West Indies. During my time on the island, I was able to learn so much about the culture there and was able to play an active role in the preventative medicine guidelines for the country. I also had the privilege to be a part of the One World One Health initiative that brought both the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Sciences together. Through this program we were able to provide free medical clinics for both the citizens of the country, as well as, their pets! It was a great way to provide free medical clinic exams and provide public health awareness at the same time. I completed the last two years of my medical school career by finishing up my clinical rotations in New York City. Living in the city was so much different than Muncie! Learning about the diverse socioeconomic systems of New York and learning how to treat such a diverse population of patient was truly eye-opening.

I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to train at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where the caring staff and attending physicians are not only knowledgeable but approachable. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers the perfect setting to foster medical education while learning how to work as a team to provide better healthcare for our patient population. I am excited to be here, learning from my seniors and sharing experiences with my co-residents.

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Jake Liang, MD

I was born and raised in Guangzhou, Southern China. I caught the medical research bug while finishing a bachelor’s degree of medicine in public health from the College of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China). I then went straight into the master of science program in environmental health at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Realizing how important math and statistics are in research, I also completed a second master of science program in statistics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I then had a blast working as a biostatistician for the FELS longitudinal study (Lifespan Health Research Center, Dayton, Ohio). I must have some self-torturing tendency because as soon as I felt somewhat comfortable in math and statistics, I started med school. The last four years as a medical student in Chicago Medical School (I North Chicago, Illinois) were the longest four years in my life. Having had my share of academic and professional life before residency, I value a nurturing learning environment more than anything else. I am grateful for the residency opportunity IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has given me.

As for fun, I love everything outdoors (hiking, biking, travelling, scuba diving, rock climbing). I am also a second-degree black belt and USA TKD certified referee in Taekwondo, thanks for Master Christina Bailey, Master Luciano Medina and many other excellent instructors. They made a nerd like me fall in love with fighting sports, as well as made that sport an important part of my life.

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Audreen Singson, MD

I have lived all over the world and my family has lived in Springfield, Illinois since I was in high school. I went to Northwestern University for college and the University of Illinois for medical school, where I met my husband.

I am fortunate to be a resident at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because the attendings get to know the residents well by working with us longitudinally.

Outside of work, I love running, finding new places to go running and traveling with my husband.

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Allison Wildin, DO

I have lived in Indiana most of my life. I was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington where I earned my bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with minors in biology and folklore before venturing outside the state to get my doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Des Moines University in Iowa. However, I am now happy to be back in the Hoosier state. I chose the Internal Medicine program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after getting some firsthand experience with the great learning environment and wonderful residents, faculty and staff during a wards rotation during my fourth year of medical school. It is a supportive environment where I know that I can have a balanced life while working towards becoming the best physician I can be.

I love music and in my spare time I listen to music of various genres, play piano and sing. I also like musical theater and enjoy going to the opera or to see Broadway shows. I also enjoy baking, playing tennis, hiking, gardening and spending time with family and friends. I like to read about history and cultures and hope to do some traveling in near future to see and experience many of the places I’ve read about first-hand. However, I am also content to curl up in a chair at home with a cup of mint tea and my cat, Calpurnia.

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Samerawit Zeleke, MD

I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to the U.S. in 2004 with my family. I finished my undergraduate study in chemistry at university of South Dakota and medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. My family is the most important part of my life, and spending time with them is always precious to me. Traveling, spending time around place surrounded by water and watching movies are some of the things I enjoy doing in my leisure time.

What stood out about IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital to me was how welcoming the residents and the staff were. Now that I am in the program, the support, the emphasis on education and the individual attention given to each resident assures me that I will become the kind of physician I always dreamed to become: knowledgeable and compassionate.

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