For a list of our residency graduates, please see our Alumni page.
SatyaPal Chahar, MBBS
I grew up in Rajasthan and received my medical education from Sardar Patel Medical College, Bikaner, India. After that, I worked as a primary care provider for a few years back home in India. Before starting my pathology residency, I worked as a research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School for a year.
I am currently a third-year resident in the Anatomic Pathology (AP)/Clinical Pathology (CP) Residency Program at Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. The friendly work environment and support of my colleagues and attending faculty have made my residency training more joyful and interesting. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking and hiking, for which the Cleveland Metroparks system has provided great opportunity.
Behtash Ghazi Nezami, MD
I am from Tehran, Iran, and graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. During medical school, I pursued biomedical research in gastroenterology and urology. After moving to the U.S., I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University from 2010 to 2015. I have published 45 journal articles and book chapters.
I lean towards molecular genetics and surgical pathology and my goal is to establish an academic career where I can combine teaching, research and clinical service. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, oil color painting and sculpting. Over the past few years, I have focused more on photography, especially portrait, and event photography, as well as landscape and macro photography. I take some time every week to maintain my website and online art-portfolio. I also enjoy attending cultural events, traveling, exercising and hanging out with friends.
Bhunesh Maheshwari, MBBS
I received my medical degree from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Pakistan and I am currently a PGY2 resident in the Anatomic Pathology (AP)/Clinical Pathology (CP) Residency Program at Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. After finishing medical school, I did mandatory clinical training back home and research at Johns Hopkins. I think Pathology is unique in the fact that it bridges the gap between clinical and basic sciences. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family.
Shawn Silver, DO
I grew up in Michigan and went to Michigan State University for both undergrad and medical school. I love Detroit sports, especially hockey, and have a unique ability to find free coffee anywhere in a hospital. Moving to Cleveland has been an exciting change for me and I enjoy exploring the restaurant scene and finding spots to share with the other residents.
I'm interested in a career that combines my passion for community outreach, higher education and pathology. Everyone at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University has been so welcoming, and I am excited to continue my education here and see where the next few years take me.
Catherine Gestrich, DO
I'm from Bedford, Virginia, and I attended Liberty University for undergrad, where I studied Biology. I then attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2017. My primary interests are pediatric and perinatal pathology.
My current research project involves investigating the molecular pathology of pediatric glioblastoma. I specifically chose this program because of the wide variety of cases, the excellent (and friendly) faculty and abundant research opportunities. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my Boston terrier and traveling.
Akisha Glasgow, MD
I am from Trinidad. I went to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma for my undergraduate degree in Biology PreMed with a minor in Chemistry. I attended St. George's University for medical school and graduated in 2009, after which, I worked as a surgical house officer in Trinidad.
I would like to specialize in Breast/GYN pathology. I chose this program because I found that the attendings were not only very knowledgeable but also approachable. Some of my hobbies include fishing, reading, gardening and more recently, biking.
Behiye Goksel, MD
Hi! My name is Behiye Goksel. I am from Turkey and graduated from Pamukkale University School of Medicine. Before residency, I did research at The Ohio State University on digital image analysis of brain neoplasms. I am currently interested in gynecological and breast pathology but still open to any other subspecialties.
Research-wise, I am studying prognostic differences between African-American and Caucasian women with respect to endometrial cancer. I love traveling, but because of lack of time and resources, I spend my free time with friends, Netflix and my mean cat, "Zipir."
Audrey Jajosky, MD, PhD
I grew up in "Wild and Wonderful" West Virginia and completed my MD/PhD training at West Virginia University. As a clinical pathology research-track resident, I chose University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University because of the friendly faculty, opportunities for immune-cell engineering and beautiful University Circle neighborhood. I plan to pursue a molecular pathology fellowship and work in an academic setting to develop anti-cancer immune-cell therapies with "memory."
Since moving to Cleveland, I have enjoyed sailing on Lake Erie, running through the Cultural Gardens, watching the Cavaliers, listening to the Cleveland Orchestra and experiencing all forms of incredible art. I also love the great outdoors: hiking, trail running, cross-country skiing, wake surfing and playing sand volleyball.
Amelia Nakanishi, MD
I'm from St. Louis, MO, and graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2017 with honors. I'm an Anatomic Pathology (AP) only resident pursuing a forensic fellowship. My research interests include post-mortem toxicology and autopsy-based medical education. I know 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' by heart and roll sushi when it suits me.
Herleen Rai, MD
I am a Cleveland native, Canadian born and American raised, and I have a lot of pride for The Land. My undergraduate degree was obtained at The Ohio State University (I will always bleed scarlet and grey). I received my MD degree from Ross University, where I had the unique opportunity to spend time on the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica.
I choose this pathology program for many reasons, most important of which is the wide variety of cases we are exposed to and the inspiring faculty. This allowed me to find my niche, hematopathology, which I have decided to pursue as my career path. I have a passion for makeup artistry; the face is my canvas. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this passion is volunteering my skills and working with breast cancer patients helping to make them feel beautiful again and easing their minds during their stressful transition. I am also an avid NBA basketball fanatic, enjoy reading and have a newly found love of traveling.
Yi Yuan Zhou, MD
Hi! My name is Yi Yuan, but I go by Yi (pronounced like the letter). I was born in Shanghai, China but grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacology at the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree in neuroscience from the University of Ottawa. I attended Trinity School of Medicine in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.
My current interests in pathology are in perinatal and pediatric pathology, but I am also interested in integrating new technologies to improve and facilitate how pathology is practiced and taught. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, cooking, drawing, swimming, watching anime and other animated media and reading.
Nathaniel Havens, DO
Originally from South Jersey, I am a class of 2015 graduate of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. I completed my undergraduate studies also at Rowan, where I earned a degree in biochemistry with a Spanish minor. After medical school and some time in family medicine, I worked as an analytical chemist for Johnson Matthey.
My current interests in pathology include molecular and hematopathology. I chose University Hospitals for many reasons, including the academic strength of the program, particularly the clinical pathology components, the people I met on the interview day and the supportive, collegial environment. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, hiking, traveling and skiing. I also love to experience new restaurants and cuisines. Though originally trained as a classical pianist, I've recently begun experimenting with software synthesizers and sound design.
Brandon Maveal, MD
I attended the University of Toledo in Ohio as an undergrad and then received my medical degree from Ross University. I have always loved biology, chemistry and science in general. I have worked in many different fields, including farming, junkyard, UPS and as a pharmacy technician. I truly enjoy learning, whether it is a new skill, a new fact or a life lesson.
I enjoy hands-on learning by doing, but also enjoy a good book. I am a firm believer in exercising mind and body, so I exercise regularly. For fun, I love to play guitar/bass, watch movies, go to concerts, listen to music, practice martial arts and have fun with friends. I am easily won over with coffee and food.
Priya Nirmalanantham, MD
My name is Priya Nirmalanantham. I was born in Sri Lanka but moved to Canada at a young age, and grew up in Brampton, Ontario. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology and Pharmacology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. I then went on to complete my medical degree at Saba University School of Medicine.
Since graduating, I have been involved in research activities at Juravinski Hospital, looking at the molecular profile of FIGO 1 Endometrioid Endometrial Adenocarcinoma that behave more aggressively than expected with metastasis and recurrences. At a personal level, I am a spiritual person who loves sketching, painting, cooking and reading. Overall, I am very excited and honored to be entering the field of pathology and look forward to growing both professionally and personally over the next four years!
Abdullah Osme, MD
I was born and raised in Turkey, and I went to medical school at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Istanbul. After my graduation, I worked as an emergency room doctor for two months and then completed one year of a family medicine residency. After that, I decided to pursue a career in the U.S. and joined Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). There I was involved in proteomics research about lipid metabolism of the liver for one and a half years.
Subsequently, I joined Case Western Reserve University, where I conducted research analyzing mesenchymal stem cells and inflammatory bowel disease for another year and a half. I am currently a first-year resident at University Hospitals. Outside medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking different Turkish cuisine. I also enjoy playing table tennis, and am always up for a challenge to a match!
Theresa Spivey, MD
I am excited to be a part of the University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University Pathology Program! I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando majoring in Psychology and Molecular & Microbiology with a minor in Business. After debating in which field to pursue graduate studies, I ultimately ended up at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten. There I discovered my love of Pathology and desire to specialize in the field.
My specific career goals are dependent upon my experience during residency where I hope to find my niche and setting (academic vs. community). I enjoy teaching (I was the histology TA and pathology tutor at AUC), and the continuously evolving field that we are a part of. I hope to gain some experience in research as well as improving my presentation skills to fellow physicians and other providers. My interests outside of work include spending time with my dog, Huxley, and my significant other, Abe, who will be relocating with me to Cleveland. I enjoy traveling, anything involving food/cooking, hiking, video games and movies/TV shows. Additionally, I am passionate about giving back to the community by volunteering at a local food pantry.
Shanelle De Lancy, MD
I was born and raised in the twin island republic, Trinidad & Tobago. Following high school, I opted to remain close to home. I attended St. George’s University SOM in the neighboring island of Grenada, where I discovered my passion for pathology. Following a brief stint as a learning strategist, I found myself engrossed by medical education and have been working as a teaching fellow in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at my alma mater. I hope to continue teaching medical students throughout residency. My current field of interest is hematopathology but I will be keeping an open mind throughout training. Outside of medicine, I enjoy trying new restaurants and foods, reading novels, NBA, playing board/card games, listening to music and hanging out with my family and friends.
Luvy Delfin Mendez, MD
I can proudly say I am a Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals first year pathology resident. I was born and raised in Cuba. I received my medical degree with honors from the University of Medical Sciences in Havana. A few years later I finished Family Medicine and Anatomic Pathology residencies. Then, I attended two fellowships in Oncopathology and Molecular Pathology. I practiced in the National Institute of Oncology and Radiobiology in Havana, Cuba for two years, where I gained strong clinical knowledge that allowed me to engage in a wider variety of research topics and clinical trials mostly related to prostatic adenocarcinoma and bone and soft tissue tumors. Later on, I was part of Labopat team, Puebla Mexico for almost a year. I am confident that the Case Western Reserve University/UH Pathology Program, has all the elements to develop well-rounded pathologists. In my free time, I enjoy camping and traveling. I also take pleasure in cooking for my family and friends and trying new restaurants here and there. I love dogs and a cup of coffee anytime.
Riley Lochner, MD
I was born and raised in San Diego, Calif. I went to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. for undergrad, where I conducted research in marine microbiology. I completed an MS in Biomedical Forensic Science from Syracuse University, where I worked as a graduate teaching assistant in Forensic Pathology. During graduate school I interned for two years at the medical examiner’s office, functioning as a death investigator and autopsy technician. I then went on to complete my medical studies at Ross University. I am interested in forensic pathology and neuropathology. I hope to gain more teaching and research experience during residency. I am excited to move to Cleveland and begin my training at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Moving with me will be my soon-to-be wife, Stephanie. I enjoy travelling, all things food/cooking related, movies, museums and board games. We are both excited to explore our new city and are looking forward to find ways to give back to our new community.
Simona Pichler Sekulic, MD
I received my medical degree from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine where I also subsequently finished general clinical internship training. Afterward, I moved with my husband to the United States and have in the interim worked in varying basic science research laboratories. I am looking forward to my AP/CP training, and for now am undifferentiated and keeping an open mind as to further subspecialty training. In my spare time, I will find myself reading an interesting history book, often regarding the given city or region I am living in.
Oziel Valdez Sanchez, MC
My name is Oziel Valdez-Sanchez. I am the eldest son in my family, and I have one brother and one sister. I was born in 1990 in Monterrey, Mexico, where I graduated from ‘Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon’ School of Medicine, which is the biggest university in the northeast of Mexico. I consider that I have an inquisitive mind, am someone who likes to understand the “whys” and the “hows” of the disease process, and other topics beyond medicine, and I think that pathology is the medical specialty that best matches those interests. Outside of medicine I like to do simple things such as having a conversation on any topic with a good friend, taking a walk, contemplating the scenery and practicing meditation.
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I attended University of Toronto as an undergraduate studying human biology and physiology. Subsequently, I received my medical degree from St. George's University. As a child, I spent my summers in my uncle's lab in Nanjing, China where I began to discover my interest in life sciences. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an assistant researcher at University Health Network, where I familiarized myself with the laboratory environment and underwent training to use confocal microscopes. Outside of academics, I like to meet people, read news, watch shows, follow sports and travel abroad.
Michael Williams, MD
Mingfei Yan, MD
Hi, my name is Mingfei. I was born and raised in China, and I went to medical school at Xi’an Jiaotong University in my hometown. Afterwards, I went to The Chinese University of Hong Kong for a PhD, during which time I researched breast cancer biology. After moving to the U.S., I worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center for prostate cancer research before I was matched into the pathology residency program at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals. I found pathology a very promising specialty for me to pursue postgraduate medical training, since it really allows us to dig inside the pathogenesis of different diseases, and thus help us to make accurate and personalized diagnosis as well as to innovate novel therapeutics for patients. I am really looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life at Case Western Reserve University. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, cooking, watching movies and traveling, etc.