Current Residents

Meet the current residents of the Sinai Hospital General Surgery Residency Program! To learn more about each resident, including their education history, recent research and future plans, click on their headshot.

You can also see the graduates of the Surgery Residency Program and where they are today.

Class of 2025
Tarek Hassab
Tarek Hassab, M.D
Alexandria University
Ya-Ching Hung, M.D.
Ya-Ching Hung, M.D.
Taipei Medical University
Alana Keegan, M.D.
Alana Keegan, M.D.
Xavier University Medical School
Class of 2024
Stephanie Armocida, M.D.
Stephanie Armocida, M.D.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Rebecca Carr, M.D.
Rebecca Carr, M.D.
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Matthew Goldfarb, M.D.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Vadim Rosin
Vadim Rosin, M.D.
University of Michigan Medical School
Class of 2023
John Anagnostakos, M.D.
John Anagnostakos, M.D.
Temple University School of Medicine
Erika Wheeler, M.D
Erika Wheeler, M.D
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Class of 2022
Neda Amini, M.D.
Neda Amini, M.D.
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Zhan Li, M.D.
Zhan Li, M.D.
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Willie Liang, M.D
Willie Liang, M.D
Howard University School of Medicine
Shreya Doshi, MBBS
Bonny Van Winkle, M.D.
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Class of 2021
En Yaw Hong, M.D.
En Yaw Hong, M.D.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Abdel Salous, M.D.
Abdel Salous, M.D.
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Class of 2020
Dave Chou, M.D.
Dave Chou, M.D.
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Solange Cox, M.D.
Solange Cox, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Katherine Florecki, M.D.
Katherine Florecki, M.D.
University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts
Zain Hashmi, M.D.
Zain Hashmi, M.D.
Aga Khan University Medical College

Resident Profiles

Phone: 410-601-6412
Address: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2435 W. Belvedere Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
Dave Chou, M.D.

ychou@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Additional Degrees: BS, UC San Diego
MS, Georgetown University

Value Added Year: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Surgery – Transplant Basic Science Research

Future Plans: Burn Surgery Fellowship

Recent Research: Arun Mavanur, Kareem Bedeir, David Chou, Solange Cox., Ashraf Reyad, Ana Wilson, Susan Woznia. Improving VTE Prophylaxis Compliance in Surgical Inpatients. Second Annual Resident QI Project Competition. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. 2015. Baltimore, Maryland

David Y.T. Chou, Yuchuan Ding, Changya Peng, Tony Wang, Jose Rafols. Differential Gene Expression Analysis in Ethanol-Medicated Rats Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Medical Student Research Symposium. Wayne State University School of Medicine. 2011, Detroit, Michigan

Tony Wang, David Y.T. Chou, Jamie Y. Ding, Vance Fredrickson, Changya Peng, Steven Schafer, Murali Guthikonda, Christian Kreipke, José A. Rafols, Yuchuan Ding. Acute Ethanol Treatment After Traumatic Brain Injury Reduces Brain Edema and Expression of Aquaporins. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2013 Feb; 118(2):390-396 0

Favorite Things About Sinai: Great supporting APP staff, good in-house and away rotations with a balanced curriculum to explore various surgical interests, the value-added year of residency

Solange Cox, M.D.

scox@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Additional Degrees: BS, Chemistry – Mount Holyoke

Value Added Year: Georgetown University Hospital – Breast Surgical Oncology Outcomes Research

Future Plans: Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship – MD Anderson

Recent Research: S. Cox, et al. Surgical Complications in Nipple Sparing Mastectomy: Safe in Older Patients. 2018 American College of Surgeons.

Bartholomew AJ, Cox SE, et al. The Impact of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy on Complications following Nipple-sparing Mastectomy. 2018 American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Bozzuto LM, Cox SE, et al. Opioid Free Anesthesia for Patients Undergoing Mastectomy with Reconstruction. 2018 American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Favorite Things About Sinai: The residents in my class year and the close bonds we have

Katherine Florecki, M.D.

kfloreck@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts

Additional Degrees: BS, Acadia University

Value Added Year: Johns Hopkins University - VTE

Future Plans: Acute Care/Trauma Surgery Fellowship

Recent Research: Florecki K, Anaokar JM, Katlic MR, Carter Y. Pneumothorax Ex Vacuo Following Thoracentesis for Persistent Pleural Effusion. Journal of Surgery and Clinical Science. 2018

Park H, Florecki K, Schmoekel N, Dubose J, Stein D, Scalea T. A Novel, Minimally Invasive Approach to Assure Hemostasis for Intercostal Bleeding After Trauma. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2018

Florecki K, Haut E. How Rare is too Rate Not too Care? JAMA Surgery. 2018

Albaghdadi A, Leeds I, Florecki K, Canner J, Schneider E, Sakran J, Haut E. Variation in the use of MRI for cervical spine clearance: An opportunity to simultaneously improve clinical care and decrease cost. Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 2019

Favorite Things About Sinai: The size of the program, there are no fellows, and we gain early operative experience

Zain Hashmi, M.D.

mhashmi@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Aga Khan University Medical College

Value Added Year: Trauma Outcomes Research Fellowship at the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Future Plans: Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

Recent Research: McCarty JC, Hashmi ZG, Herrera-Escobar JP, de Jager E, Chaudhary AC, Lipsitz S, Jarman MP, Caterson EJ, Goralnick E. A Randomized Clinical Trial of Laypeople’s Ability to Apply Different Tourniquets after Hemorrhage Control Training (TRIAGE – TouRnIquet trAininG Effectiveness). JAMA Surgery (accepted May 2019).

Hashmi ZG, Jarman MP, Uribe-Leitz T, Goralnick E, Newgard CD, Salim A, Cornwell E 3rd, Haider AH. Access Delayed is Access Denied: Relationship between Access to Trauma Center Care and Pre-Hospital Death. Journal of American College of Surgeons. Jan 2019. (PMID: 30359830).

Hashmi ZG, Haut ER, Efron DT, Salim A, Cornwell EE 3rd, Haider AH. A Target to Achieve Zero Preventable Trauma Deaths Through Quality Improvement. JAMA Surgery. July 2018. (PMID: 29641805).

Favorite Things About Sinai: A well-structured team-based approach to providing excellent clinical care and surgical education.

En Yaw Hong, M.D.

eyhong@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Value Added Year: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Surgery – Vascular Research

Future Plans: Applying to Vascular Surgery Fellowships

Recent Research: Tan WP, Hong EY, Phillips B, Isenberg GA, Goldstein SD. Anastomotic leaks after colorectal anastomosis occurring more than 30 days postoperatively: a single-institution evaluation. American Surgery. 2014.

Cavarocchi NC, Wallace S, Hong EY, Tropea A, Byrne J, Pitcher HT, Hirose H. A cost-reducing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program model: a single institution experience. Perfusion. 2015.

Ayad M, Whisenhunt A, Hong E, Heller J, Salvatore D, Abai B, DiMuzio PJ. Posterior tibial vein aneurysm presenting as tarsal tunnel syndrome. Vascular. 2015.

Poster presentation at ASAIO, Chicago 2016

Favorite Things About Sinai: Invested faculty, abundant variety of surgical cases and the friendly co-residents and APP staff

Abdel Salous, M.D.

asalous@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Additional Degrees: PhD, Pharmacology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
MSc, Health Care Management, Marquette Universitym
BSc, Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University

Value Added Year: Postdoctoral research fellowship
Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Laboratory
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Future Plans: Hand Surgery, Microsurgery

Recent Research: LeVine DN, Cianciolo RE, Linder KE, Bizikova P, Birkenheuer AJ, Brooks MB, Salous AK, Nordone SK, Bellinger DA, Marr H, Jones SL, Fischer TH, Deng Y, Mazepa M, Key NS. Endothelial alterations in a canine model of immune thrombocytopenia. Platelets. 2019;30(1):88-97.

Panchatcharam M, Salous AK, Brandon J, Miriyala S, Wheeler J, Patil P, Sunkara M, Morris AJ, Escalante-Alcalde D, Smyth SS. Mice with targeted inactivation of ppap2b in endothelial and hematopoietic cells display enhanced vascular inflammation and permeability. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 Apr;34(4):837-45.

Salous AK, Panchatcharam M, Sunkara M, Mueller P, Dong A, Wang Y, Graf GA, Smyth SS, Morris AJ. Mechanism of rapid elimination of lysophosphatidic acid and related lipids from the circulation of mice. J Lipid Res. 2013 Oct;54(10):2775-84.

Favorite Things About Sinai: Academic orientation, operative experience, collegiality

Neda Amini, M.D.

namini@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Science

Value Added Year: Johns Hopkins Hospital – Surgical Oncology

Future Plans: Applying to Surgical Oncology Fellowships

Recent Research: KRAS mutational status impacts pathologic response to pre-hepatectomy chemotherapy: a study from the International Genetic Consortium for Liver Metastases. Margonis GA, Amini N, Andreatos N, Sasaki K, McVey J, Mirza MB, Warner S, Buettner S, Barbon C, Wang J, Pulvirenti A, Angelou A, Kamphues C, Antoniou E, Pikoulis E, Pawlik TM, Kaczirek K, Poultsides G, Wagner D, Endo I, Imai K, Aucejo F, Kreis ME, Wolfgang CL, Weiss MJ. HPB (Oxford). 2019 Apr 9. pii: S1365-182X(19)30493-9.

Age of Transfused Blood Impacts Perioperative Outcomes Among Patients Who Undergo Major Gastrointestinal Surgery. Kim Y, Amini N, Gani F, Wagner D, Johnson DJ, Scott A, Ejaz A, Margonis GA, Xu L, Buettner S, Wasey JO, Goel R, Frank SM, Pawlik TM.Ann Surg. 2017 Jan;265(1):103-110. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000001647

Prognostic Implications of Lymph Node Status for Patients With Gallbladder Cancer: A Multi-Institutional Study. Amini N, Kim Y, Wilson A, Margonis GA, Ethun CG, Poultsides G, Tran T, Idrees K, Isom CA, Fields RC, Krasnick B, Weber SM, Salem A, Martin RC, Scoggins C, Shen P, Mogal HD, Schmidt C, Beal E, Hatzaras I, Shenoy R, Maithel SK, Pawlik TM.Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Sep;23(9):3016-23. doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5243-y.

Favorite Things About Sinai: Friendly environment to work, variety of cases

Bonny Van Winkle, M.D.

bovanwin@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Additional Degrees: BA Anthropology, Appalachian State University
MS Biomedical Anthropology, SUNY Binghamton

Value Added Year: Johns Hopkins University, Trauma research with Dr. Haut

Future Plans: Applying for Surgical Critical Care Fellowships

Favorite Things About Sinai: My co-residents and living in Baltimore

Zhan Li, M.D.

zhanli@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

Additional Degrees: BS, Biological Science, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Value Added Year: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore – Geriatric Surgery Research Fellow

Future Plans: MIS/General Surgery

Recent Research: Li Z, Coleman J, D’Adamo C, Wolf J, Katlic M, Blumberg D, Ahuja V. (In press) Operative mortality prediction for primary rectal cancer: age matters. Journal of American College of Surgeons.

Keegan A, Wolf J, Li Z, Coleman J, Katlic M. (In press) Predicting adjuvant therapy outcomes in geriatric surgical oncology patients.

Li Z, Coleman J, Naanaa D, D’Adamo C, Ahuja V. Surgical Resident Education Improves ACS NSQIP Outcomes. QuickShot Presentation at the 14th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. Houston, Tx, February 5, 2019

Favorite Things About Sinai: My favorite thing about Sinai is the group of co-residents I get to work with every day.

Willie Liang, M.D.

wliang@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine

Additional Degrees: BSc, Biochemistry - UCSD

Value Added Year: University of Maryland Medical Center – Vascular Surgery Research

Future Plans: Applying to Vascular or Trauma Surgery Fellowships

Recent Research: Reeves, Inez, Willie Liang, Sadegh Asadi, and Richard Millis. "Umbilical Cord Vitamin D, Ionized Calcium and Myocardial Oxygen Demand." Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 5 Nov. 2013. Web.

Ho, Gilbert J., Willie Liang, Masaaki Waragai, Kazunari Sekiyama, Eliezer Masliah, and Makoto Hashimoto. "Bridging Molecular Genetics and Biomarkers in Lewy Body and Related Disorders." International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 2011 (2011): 1-18. Print.

Favorite Things About Sinai: Quality training and family atmosphere. People are easy to work with.

John Anagnostakos, M.D.

janagnos@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Additional Degrees: BS, Bioengineering – Lehigh University

Future Plans: Vascular Surgery Research

Favorite Things About Sinai: The lasting friendships amongst colleagues.

Erika Wheeler, M.D.

elwheele@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine – Florida Atlantic University

Additional Degrees: BA, Neuroscience – Johns Hopkins University

Future Plans: Rural General Surgery

Recent Research: QI Project – VTE Prophylaxis in Surgical Patients

Favorite Things About Sinai: Small program and smaller hospital – everyone knows everyone. This makes patient care easier to implement. Plus, the marketplace has really tasty treats.

Stephanie Armocida, M.D

sarmocid@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Additional Degrees: B.S., Microbiology – The Ohio State University
M.S., Physiology – Case Western Reserve University

Value Added Year: Bench Research

Recent Research: Rice TC, Armocida SM, Kuethe JW, Midura EF, Jain A, Hildeman DA, Healy DP, Gulbins E, Caldwell CC. “Burn Injury Influences the T cell homeostasis in a butyrate-acid sphingomyelinase dependent manner”. Cell Immunol. 2017 Mar; 212:25-31.

Kuethe JW, Armocida SM, Midura EF, Rice TC, Hildeman DA, Healy DP, Caldwell CC. “Fecal Microbiota Transplant Restores Mucosal Integrity in a Murine Model of Burn Injury.” Shock. 2016 June; 45(6): 647-52

Paris Z, Horáková E, Rubio MA, Sample P, Fleming IM, Armocida S, Lukes J, Alfonzo JD. “The T. brucei TRM5 methyltransferase plays an essential role in mitochondrial protein synthesis and function.” RNA. 2013 March;19(5):649-58

Favorite Things About Sinai: Early exposure to a wide variety of subspecialty cases. Early and extensive involvement in OR cases. Academic atmosphere in a community hospital setting.

Matthew Goldfarb, M.D.

mgoldfar@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Additional Degrees: BS, Psychology – Union College

Value Added Year: Clinical Research

Future Plans: Will either be pursuing vascular fellowship, surgical critical care fellowship, or possibly colorectal fellowship

Favorite Things About Sinai: The collaborative and collegiate atmosphere! The attendings, other residents, and mid-level providers are all extremely understanding, friendly, and help create an enjoyable working environment.

Vadim Rosin, M.D.

vrosin@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School

Additional Degrees: BS Biology, University of Florida

Value Added Year: Planning to pursue clinical research in Cardiac Surgery in Baltimore

Future Plans: Applying to Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowships

Recent Research: Shuyun Wang, Shan Huang, Vadim Rosin, Sean Johnson, Jeffrey Lee, Joshua Wong, Eric Colomb, Russell Witt, Stephen J Weiss, and Ming-Sing Si. Abstract 17290: Stimulation of Angiogenesis by Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Paracrine and Autocrine Roles of SLIT3. Circulation. 2017;136:A17290.

Rosin V*, Plaska AW*, Lussiez A, Bevins J, Reddy RM. Value of Cardiothoracic Rotations for General Surgeons. Michigan Journal of Medicine. 2017;2(1)

Lussiez A, Bevins J, Plaska AW, Rosin V, Reddy RM. General Surgery Resident Satisfaction On Cardiothoracic Rotations. Journal of Surgical Education. 2016:73(1).

Favorite Things About Sinai: PA/NP support and value-added year

Rebecca Carr, M.D.

rcarr@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Additional Degrees: B.A. Integrative Biology - University of California, Berkeley

Value Added Year: Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) with the Thoracic Surgery Group.

Future Plans: Thoracic Surgery

Recent Research: Carr R, Wilson A, Sweeny K, Crowley H. Reducing CT scan utilization for pediatric appendicitis workup. ACS Quality and Safety Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2018.

Favorite Things About Sinai: The emphasis on faculty mentorship

Tarek Hassab, M.D.

thassab@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University

Future Plans: Colorectal Surgery , Minimally-Invasive Surgery, or Surgical Oncology

Recent Research: Hassab TH, Segev L, Kalady MF, Church JM. Distribution of colorectal cancer in young African Americans: implications for the choice of screening test. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2019 Aug;34(8):1477-1482.

Hassab TH, Church JM. Appendix orifice polyps: a study of 691 lesions at a single institution. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2019 Apr;34(4):711-718.

T Hassab, J Church, M Kalady Colorectal Cancers in African Americans: A Unique Pattern of Molecular Origins. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 62 (6), E76-E77 (podium presentation)

Favorite Things About Sinai: Excellent work environment, resident well-being and learning are the main focus of the program. Strong support from seniors/attendings. Many PA/NPs to help out while you operate. Wide variety of cases. Opportunities for research as well.

Ya-Ching Hung, M.D.

ychung@lifebridgehealth.org

Medical School: Taipei Medical University

Additional Degrees: M.P.H. – National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan

Recent Research: Westfal ML, Perez NP, Hung YC, Chang DC, Kelleher CM. Pathologic discordance to clinical management decisions suggests overtreatment in pediatric benign breast disease. Breast cancer research and treatment. 2019 Apr 13:1-8.

Hung YC, Williams JE, Bababekov YJ, Rickert CG, Chang DC, Yeh H. Surgeon crossover between pediatric and adult centers is associated with decreased rate of loss to follow‐up among adolescent renal transplantation recipients. Pediatric transplantation. 2019 Jul 22:e13547.

Bababekov YJ, Hung YC, Chang DC, Rickert CG, Adler JT, Bethea E, Pomfret EA, Pomposelli JJ, Yeh H. Do Social Determinants Define" Too Sick" to Transplant in Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease?. Transplantation. 2019 Jun.

Favorite Things About Sinai: Great staff support and the value-added year