Diagnostic Radiology Residents

Diagnostic Radiology Residents

The Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program prepares residents for a successful career in the field of radiology. We promote a collaborative learning atmosphere which engages attending radiologists, residents and ancillary staff in a team-based approach to provide residents with the knowledge and skills for success.

Learn More about Resident Life and Our Alumni

We value interpersonal relationships as much as we value education. Our residents and alumni come from broad and diverse paths. We actively create a welcoming, supportive and enriching environment to support diversity, including women in radiology.

These collaborative relationships are strengthened through both professional experiences and getting to know our residents outside the workplace.

Our current residents

Class of 2020

Erin Alencherry, MD

Nuclear Medicine Pathway
Academic Interests: Breast Imaging, Nuclear Medicine
Hobbies: Hanging out with my son and husband, hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants in CLE
Favorite thing about Cleveland: There are many fun neighborhoods to explore...it is also very affordable and has minimal traffic!
One unique fact about yourself: I met James Brown when I was a child (pics to prove it)

Joseph Curcio, DO

Chief Resident
Academic Interests: Neuroradiology
Hobbies: Weightlifting, Flag Football, Poker, Baseball
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Nightlife
One unique fact about yourself: First person in my family to become a doctor

Nathan Frantz, DO

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Camping/Hiking, Golf, Record Collecting, Gardening, Playing with my dog, Cleveland sports
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Lake Erie and the Cleveland Metroparks
One unique fact about yourself: I have an extensive collection (~2500) of vinyl records

Rod Momenian, MD

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Abdominal Imaging, MRI
Hobbies: Biking, Watching movies
Favorite thing about Cleveland: No traffic fun winter activities
One unique fact about yourself: I'm serious on the outside and fun on the inside

Farhad Mehrkhani, MD

Farhad Mehrkhani, MD

Academic Interests: Breast Imaging, Neuroradiology
Hobbies: Video games, Biking, Camping, Movies
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Beautiful nature especially for camping
One unique fact about yourself: Semiprofessional photographer

Elham Najafpour, MD

Academic Interests: Breast Imaging, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: My twin boys and my family, Traveling, Baking, Watercolor Painting, Tennis, Fashion, Swimming, Reading
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Summer and Fall Weather, Friendly People
One unique fact about yourself: I make my own French macaroons and Turkish baklava

Saman Panahipour, MD

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology
Hobbies: Taking my twin boys for a walk, Swimming, Watching movies, Apple Developer
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Affordable Housing
One unique fact about yourself: Movie Lover

Nikolay Shavladze, MD

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional
Hobbies: Watches, Cars, Audio Systems, Restaurants
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Fire Food and Drink, Sunsets, Museums, Concerts
One unique fact about yourself: John Travolta Hair

Zubair Syed, MD

Chief Resident
Academic Interests: Breast Imaging, Imaging Informatics, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Technology, Movies, Sports (Cubbies for life), Chess, Cooking
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Great Food Scene, Awesome Outdoor Activities Year-Round, Great People!
One unique fact about yourself: I was (sort of) close/wanted to play semi-pro video games in Korea

Lisa Walker, MD

Chief Resident
Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional
Hobbies: Traveling, Exploring new foods and recipes, Podcast enthusiast, Golf, Tennis, Running with my dog Yoda
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks, Edgewater dog beach, Michell's ice cream, Ginko's sushi, and my amazing UH family!
One unique fact about yourself: I used to do pageants

Class of 2021

Samuel Azeze, MD, MPH

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Abdominal Imaging, Interventional Oncology
Hobbies: Basketball, Playing guitar
Favorite thing about Cleveland: The food scene!
One unique fact about myself: Favorite cereal is cocoa puffs; Least favorite cereal is raisin bran.

Myroslav (Slava) Gerasymchuk, MD

Academic Interests: Neuroradiology
Hobbies: Board games, Bonsai, Hockey fan, College Basketball, Video Games
Favorite thing about Cleveland: It's only 3-hour drive from my hometown Detroit
One unique fact about yourself: I have 4 tattoos

Elias Kikano, MD

Nuclear Medicine Pathway
Imaging Informatics Pathway
Academic Interests: Abdominal Imaging, Imaging Informatics, Nuclear Medicine Oncologic Imaging
Hobbies: Tennis, Swimming, Technology, Video games
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Hometown, Amazing food scene
One unique fact about yourself: Used to work as an Apple Genius

Victor Kondray, MD

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Education Pathway

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, Cooking, Movies, TV Shows
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland sports, Go Browns/Cavs/Tribe!
One unique fact about myself: Hungarian was my first language

Payam Lahiji, MD

Academic Interests: Abdominal Imaging, Vascular and Interventional, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Soccer, Volleyball, Working out Cooking, Video games
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Beach, Hiking, B-Spot
One unique fact about yourself: I love to cook!

Sooyoung Martin, MD

Academic Interests: Abdominal Imaging
Hobbies: Baking, Needlepointing
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Amazing Summer Weather
One unique fact about yourself: I was a beekeeper for one day

Maharshi Rajdev, MD

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Education Pathway

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional
Hobbies: Music, Podcasts, Playing Chess, reading, Hiking, Baking
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Mitchell's Ice Cream
One unique fact about yourself: Make great cocktails

Karma Salem, MD

Academic Interests: Breast Imaging, Oncologic Imaging, Genomics, Cancer Biology Research
Hobbies: Cooking, Board Games, Reading Historical Fiction, Barre/Yoga, Traveling, Trying to keep my plants and dog alive
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Great food and cultural scene in an up and coming city
One unique fact about yourself: I've been married 4 times - to the same person!

Patrick Slattery, MD

Academic Interests: Breast Imaging
Hobbies: Weightlifting
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks
One unique fact about yourself: I have run two marathons

Samer Soussahn, MD

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Breast Imaging, Pediatric Radiology, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Biking, Tennis, Traveling, Video games
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Incredible Food Scene
One unique fact about yourself: I have a foreign currency collection of over 70 countries and growing

Class of 2022

Amir Ata Azar, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Research, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Off-Roading, Photography, Poetry, Music, Friends and Family
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks, Lake Erie beach, Ski Slopes, and Culture
One unique fact about yourself: I try to find what I ignore

Sara Dastmalchian, MD

Sara Dastmalchian, MD

Academic Interests: Abdominal Imaging, Vascular and Interventional, MR Fingerprinting and Radiomics
Hobbies: Movies, Water Sports, Fashion, Mixology
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cedar Point
One unique fact about yourself: I have lived in 12 cities in 3 different countries

Robert Devita, MD

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Oncologic Imaging, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Winemaking, Running, Cooking, Traveling
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland sports and Little Italy
One unique fact about myself: I am a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo

Ahmad Hashmi, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Sports, Podcasts, Travel
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Baker Mayfield
One unique fact about yourself: I was born in Pakistan

Galina Mamaliga, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Travel, Going to the Movies
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Mitchell's Ice Cream
One unique fact about yourself:

Felipe Matsunaga, MD

Quality and Safety Pathway
Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Oncologic Imaging and Therapies, Safety and Quality
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Soccer, Photography
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Edgewater Park
One unique fact about yourself: Lived in five different countries and traveled to another 52, 143 to go...

Keval Parikh, MD

Imaging Informatics Pathway
Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Healthcare Finance, Imaging Informatics
Hobbies: Sports, Traveling, Podcasts, Watching Standup
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Summer Festivals
One unique fact about myself: I met Jibbs on an episode of My Super Sweet 16

Haran Rajeswaran, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Musculoskeletal
Hobbies: Football, Working out, Ethnic Eats
Favorite things in Cleveland: Hosting the Philadelphia Eagles
One unique fact about myself: I play violin

Daniel Smith, MD

Academic Interests: Abdominal Imaging, Oncologic Imaging, Musculoskeletal
Hobbies: Movies, Video Games, Board Games
Favorite thing about Cleveland: All of the great restaurants and food scene
One unique fact about yourself: I am a former nationally ranked competitive fencer

Tom Soker, DO

Tom Soker, MD

Education Pathway
Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Breast Imaging, Medical Student/Resident Education, Veteran's Affairs, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Playing and Watching Sports, traveling, Eating, Listening to music
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Affordable housing, Great Summer Weather
One unique fact about yourself: I own two NCAA national championship rings

Class of 2023

Ross Avery, MD

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal
Hobbies: Travel, Cooking Indian food, Hiking, Investing, Golf, Fly Fishing
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks
One unique fact about yourself: I spent a summer as a wildland firefighter

Thomas Bomberger, MD

Academic Interests: Neuroradiology, Imaging Physics, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Playing Softball, Watching sports, Learning how to play golf and the piano
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Summer Warm Weather, great food and drinks everywhere with big outdoor events several times per week
One unique fact about yourself: My family once owned the oldest still-standing distillery in the United States (back in the 17-1800s)

Kaushik Chagarlamudi, MD

Academic interests: Musculoskeletal, Abdominal Imaging, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Golf, Basketball, Exploring new cuisines
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Browns
One unique fact about yourself: I used to be a ball boy for some of the world's best tennis players

Sahejmeet Guraya, MD

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Pediatric Radiology, Imaging informatics
Hobbies: Powerlifting, Video Games/Esports, Basketball
Favorite thing about Cleveland: The amazing restaurant scene
One unique fact about yourself: I've been to all 50 states and have lived in eight different cities in three countries.

Jackson Herzog, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Neuroradiology
Hobbies: Reading, Running, Trying New Vitamix Recipes
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Everyone is so friendly
One unique fact about myself: My first job was working in a cornfield in Iowa

Anthony Higinbotham, MD

Academic Interests: Neuroradiology, Quality and Safety
Hobbies: Golf, Music, Video games
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Little Italy
One unique fact about yourself: I have Rocco Mediate's old sand wedge. However, it does not seem to be as good in my hands.

Michael Hornick, MD

Academic Interests: General Diagnostic Radiology
Hobbies: Hiking, Exercising (mostly CrossFit), Reading Fiction, International Traveling.
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Sports teams, Museums, and Top-Notch Restaurants
One unique fact about yourself: I am the 5th of my family to do a residency at CWRU/UH.

Grace Maltbie, MD

Academic Interests: General Diagnostic Radiology
Hobbies: Cooking, Hiking
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks
One unique fact about yourself: I have a 5-year-old daughter

Jonathan Pierce, MD

Academic Interests: Oncologic Imaging, Vascular and Interventional, Neuroradiology, Imaging Informatics
Hobbies: Basketball, Travel, Trying new restaurants, Podcasts, Cooking
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland sports
One unique fact about yourself: I used to work at Morton Salt

Neal Shah, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Imaging informatics, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: Basketball, Coding, Working Out
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Barrio Tacos
One unique fact about yourself: I like my milk warm

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