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PGY-2 Residents

Haitham Alwahab, M.D.
My Clinical Interests are...Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
My Hobbies are...Soccer, Hiking, Video Games, Classic Music, Dining Out and Watching movies.
One Person I would like to meet is...Roger Federer
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)... I would like to pursue a fellowship and spend more time with my family.
Something you would never guess about me is...when I was a little boy I rode a tank!
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Lamborghini Aventador.
Soumya Billa, M.D.
My clinical interests are... Gastroenterology.
My hobbies are... Singing, Dancing and Cooking.
One person I would like to meet is... Sachin Tendulkar.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... To become a good physician, wife and mother.
Something you would never guess about me is...I am a good cook.
If I win the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A secluded island.
Sushma Chamarthi, M.D.
My clinical interests are...Gastroenterology and Nephrology.
My hobbies are... Cooking, Traveling with my husband, Shopping, Biking, Watching Movies and Listening to music.
One person I would like to meet is... Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Former President of India).
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... I would like to work in an academic institution, exploring various research and teaching opportunities and playing an active role in community health promotion.
Something you would never guess about me...My favorite channel is the Disney Channel.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A chartered flight to travel the world.
Gemmie Devera, M.D.
My clinical interest are...Border Health, addressing health disparities, undeserved populations, primary care sports medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.
My hobbies are... Figure Skating, Running, Playing the piano, Hanging out with family and friends and Cheering on the LA Lakers.
One person I would like to meet is... Michelle Kwan.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)..I grew up as aCaliRicaTexan in the Golden State, Isla del Encanto and the Lone Star State with some border Tex-MEx thrown in the mix. I will advocate for the children in Border Communities that have shaped me into who I am today or wherever the wind takes me.
Something you would never guess about me is...My name is pronounced "Jaime". The spelling came from a combination of my parents' names. It taught me to see things differently, think outside the box and challenge assumptions.

If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A plane ticket to explore the world.

Glenn Patrick Halke, D.O.
My clinical interests are... Learning about the bugs & drugs; Infectious diseases have always fascinated me, and I think ID is a pertinent topic in pediatrics as well as any medical field.
My hobbies are..
.How to better spend a day than getting into the great outdoors? Trail running and hiking are among my favorite activities. When that rare opportunity presents itself, I enjoy pounding on the old ivories to help relax after a stressful day. Music, whether I am playing or listening, is an absolute necessity.
One person I would like to meet is...
I think I am like most Americans, infatuated with the royal family. Sure, with the president and first lady, we have our own flavor of royalty, but that is not the same. In fact, I am quite intrigued by Britain in general (culturally and politically), so having tea with the Queen would absolutely make my day. What we'd discuss would take a whole lot more contemplation!
When I grow up (Plans after residency)...
For now, the plan is to practice general pediatrics through a Christian mission organization doing medical missions in Africa, at least a couple of years. I have spent a considerable amount of time in East African countries and can definitely see myself returning to that region on a more permanent basis, although other locations are not out of the question.
Something you would never guess about me is...
I once had hair, long hair, down to my shoulders. 2. I experimented one time by literally bleaching my hair to get that really far-out bleached blonde look. I've got the pictures to prove it!
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...
A ticket out of my current circumstance of school debt quickly followed by a ticket back to Africa.
AruN Joseph, M.D.
My clinical interests are... I like all aspects of Pediatrics but I have always found growth and development fascinating.
My hobbies are... Reading, (especially the news), playing sports, computer games, traveling and taking photographs.

One person I would like to meet is... Oh there are quite a few people I'd love to meet! Right now the top two are Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa.
When I grow up (plans after residency)... I haven't decided yet.
Something you would never guess about me is..
. I have a titanium reinforced jaw! Does that make me partially like Wolverine??
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is...
A house. Or maybe a few:)
Rosalind Lopez, M.D.
My clinical interests are... Working with children of all ages, especially counseling the teenagers (Adolescent Medicine).
My hobbies are...Reading theology and biblical studies, discovering new music, Bicycling and Taking silly photos with family and friends.
One person I would like to meet is... the talented writer, director, comedian and philanthropist Tyler Perry.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... I would like to open a recreation and counseling center for at-risk youth in my hometown.
Something you would never guess about me is... I like singing and dancing karaoke.

If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Book a getaway vacation to Seychelles with all my family and friends.

Janel Lynch, M.D.
My clinical interests are... Emergency Medicine, ID and Global Health.
My hobbies are... Swimming, Snowboarding, Traveling and Reading.
One person I would like to meet is... Albert Einstein.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... Emergency or ID Fellowship and working/volunteering abroad.
Something you would never guess about me is... I love learning new languages.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Tickets to travel the world.
Eduardo Macias, M.D.
My clinical interests are...Endocrinology and Cardiology
My hobbies are... Sports, Grilling, Outdoors and Reading
One person I would like to meet is... I woul have liked to have met C.S. Lewis.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... I want to do a fellowship and maybe later find a cure for diabetes.
Something you would never guess about me is... I was saved by my Lord Jesus Christ when I was fifteen.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Pay off my loans!!!
Brian Mahmood, M.D.
My clinical interest are... Under served medicine, advocacy, policy, public health, border health, general pediatrics, infectious disease, pulmonology, intensive care, hospital medicine and many more! That is why I chose pediatrics!
My hobbies are... Reading- I love Ernest Hemingway and Jack Kerouac, listening to music and going to shows (My favorite bands are The National, Ryan Adams, The Lusitiania (local El Paso Band, go check them out), arguing about politics, watching and reading the news, watching movies and TV, writing, traveling, taking photographs, watching baseball (Go Rangers!) and playing video games.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... I am not sure yet but probably try to work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) or a similar organization or in an under served area in El Paso or maybe do a fellowship.
Something you would never guess about me is...I have six tattoos and a bionic foot.

If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Pay off my medical school loans then build clean water systems for villages in developing countries.

Leena Mathew, M.D.
My clinical interests are... Neonatology, Endocrinology, Childhood Obesity with related complications.
My hobbies are... Reading, playing PS and online games, I love to travel and watch movies.
One person I would like to meet is... Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man. He was the man with an armor who revealed his identity to all, showing superheros can be accepted by society. Love the determination despite multiple failures to create the ultimate Iron Man. And the cool, smooth personality make it even more fascinating.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... Neonatology Fellowship.
Something you would never guess about me is... I am a huge Disney fan!
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... Airline tickets to see all of Europe.
Ittay Moreno, M.D.
My clinical interests are..Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
My Hobbies are… Playing all sports, traveling, music and books.
One person I would like to meet is… Benjamin Franklin: as an advocate of his Thirteen Virtues, I have a few questions regarding a couple of them.
When I grow up (Plans after Residency)… Make El Paso shine!
Something you would never guess about me is… I own a Shih Tzu
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A backpack and a round-the-world ticket.
Vanessa Ruiz, M.D.
My clinical interests are... Neonatology and General Pediatrics.
My hobbies are... Running, yoga, reading books, traveling, watching movies, spending time with family and friends and outdoor activities.
One person I would like to meet is... It is hard to narrow it down to one, but it would have to be Mother Teresa or Eleanor Roosevelt.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... Either enter into a Neonatology Fellowship or begin serving the community of El Paso as a general physician.
Something you would never guess about me is... I am extremely afraid of heights
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A hospital!
Daniela Vidaurri, M.D.
My clinical interests are... Cardiology and NICU
My hobbies are... I like to practice yoga! I enjoy watching all kinds of movies. I love spending time with family and friends.
One person I would like to meet is.. Dalai Lama
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... I want to be a happy, funny, crazy about her patients, down to earth, smart doctor.
Something you would never guess about me is...I love rock and fast cars.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A wildlife animal shelter.
Mohamed Zebda, D.O.
My clinical interests are... Primary Care, Neonatology, Hematology-Oncology.
My hobbies are... Basketball, Football, Traveling, Reading and Spending time with family and friends.
One person I would like to meet is... Dr. Michael E. DeBakey.
When I grow up (Plans after residency)... I plan on practicing General Pediatrics in an under served area.
Something you would never guess about me is... I was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy is... A gift for my parents.
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