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 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: The Metroparks
One unique fact about yourself: I have 4 tattoos

Elias Kikano, MD

Chief Resident
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

Chief Resident
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, 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, Neuroradiology
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

Chief Resident
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, 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

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
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

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Abdominal Imaging, and 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

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
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: Abdominal Imaging, 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: I grew up in Eastern Europe

Felipe Matsunaga, MD

Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR)
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: Pediatric Radiology, 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
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 went to Lebron’s last finals game in a Cavs jersey.

Class of 2024

Imran Abuhamdeh, MD

Imran Abuhamdeh, MD

Academic Interests: Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal
Hobbies: Ping pong, video games, watch movies/series, occasionally draw/paint
Favorite thing about Cleveland: It has everything a major city has to offer without the traffic!
One Unique Fact about Yourself: Nickname in college was Jimmy, short for Jimmy Neutron because of the hair style I used to rock

Effie Adjei, MD

Effie Adjei, MD

Academic Interests: Abdominal imaging, Cardiothoracic imaging
Hobbies: Fiction writing, Podcasts, Traveling, Knitting
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Museums, Mitchell's Ice Cream
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I used to be a third degree black belt in Taekwondo

Lauren Burkard-Mandel, MD, PhD

Lauren Burkard-Mandel, MD, PhD

Academic Interests: Breast Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Research
Hobbies: Cooking, Hiking, DIY home projects, Travel
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Close proximity to parks, food scene
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I love home renovation and completely gutted, designed and renovated my previous home in Buffalo, NY

George Fu, MD

George Fu, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Imaging Informatics, Data Science, Machine Learning
Hobbies: Playing Piano, Composing Music, Coding, Mobile and Web Development
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Institute of Music, Severance Hall
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I have a twin brother

James Guirguis, MD

James Guirguis, MD

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Interventional Oncology
Hobbies: Traveling, Boating, Skiing, Basketball
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Lake Erie and the restaurant scene
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I was on a Nile Cruise with Colin Kaepernick and his family

Samantha Jayasinghe, MD, MBA, MPH, MS

Samantha Jayasinghe, MD, MBA, MPH, MS

Academic Interests: Musculoskeletal, Abdominal Imaging, Quality & Safety
Hobbies: Traveling, Learning languages, Trying new activities, Listening to audiobooks
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Great restaurants, summer weather, and friendly people!
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I ran the Boston Marathon and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

Colin Marshall, DO

Colin Marshall, DO

Academic Interests: Vascular and Interventional, Abdominal Imaging, Musculoskeletal
Hobbies: Cleveland sports, Working out, Playing hockey/basketball, Snowboarding
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Sports teams and going downtown for food and drinks
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I'm interested in quantum mechanics and the implications it has on everyday life

Jean Mutambuze, MD

Jean Mutambuze, MD

Academic Interests: Neuroradiology, Abdominal Imaging, Vascular and Interventional, Medical Student/Resident Education
Hobbies: PC building, Stock trading, Watch collecting, Biking, Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks, Lake Erie, The Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I was born in Uganda!

Gregory O'Connor, MD

Gregory O'Connor, MD

Academic Interests: Abdominal Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Hobbies: Cooking, Fitness, Triathlon, Travel, Hiking, Camping, Volleyball
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Mason's Creamery, Yours Truly
One Unique Fact about Yourself: My first job was as a caddy

Jakob Weaver, MD, MPH

Jakob Weaver, MD, MPH

Academic Interests: Neuroradiology, Imaging Informatics
Hobbies: Exercise, Podcasts, Soccer, Stand-up comedy
Favorite thing about Cleveland: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
One Unique Fact about Yourself: I built my first computer when I was 10 years old

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