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Cardiovascular Fellowship

Fellows

Class of 2017
Cardiovascular Disease Fellows

  • Karim Al-Azizi, MD, graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt, and served his residency at St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland in Pontiac, MI. Dr. Al-Azizi’s clinical and research interests include interventional cardiology and structural heart disease and interventions.
  • Amro Alsaid, MD, graduated from University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt, and served his residency Michigan State University’s Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Alsaid’s clinical and research interests include multimodality cardiac imaging and invasive echocardiography.
  • Cyrus Hadadi, MD, graduated from Drexel University College of medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and served his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. 
  • Daniel Makowski, DO, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and served his residency at the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA.
  • Chintan Patel, MD, graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and served his residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Patel has been accepted as our Class of 2018 Interventional Cardiology Fellow. 

Interventional Cardiology Fellow

  • John Pfeifer, MD, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Cornell Medical Center.   Dr. Pfeifer graduated from the Geisinger Cardiology Fellowship in 2015. 

Cardiology Fellowship Class of 2018

  • Mohamed Abdelrahman, MD, graduated from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt, and served his residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. 
  • Sameer Ahmed, MD, graduated from American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Antigua and Barbuda, and served his residency at St. Agnes Hospital/Ascension Health in Baltimore. 
  • David Knorek, MD, graduated from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in the Cayman Islands and completed his residency at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Scranton, PA. 
  • Mamatha Pinninti, MD, graduated from Kakatiya Medical College in India and completed her residency at SUNY Buffalo in New York.
  • Rizwan Tahir, MD, graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan and completed his residency at SUNY Buffalo in New York and the University of Illinois. 

Cardiology Fellowship Class of 2019

  • Claudine Dumandan, MD, graduated from University de Stanto Tomas in Philippines and completed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center. 
  • Nathaniel Eldredge, MD, graduated from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. 
  • Yasser Khalil, MD, graduated from University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine in Iraq and completed his residency at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.  Dr. Khalil’s clinical and research interests include preventive cardiology and clinical lipidology.
  • James Kilcoyne, DO, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. 
  • Mark Schneider, DO, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center. 

Previous fellow experiences
“Geisinger in Danville is a unique experience. Once you spend time here, you will quickly realize the facilities and staff leave a lasting impression. I can’t think of a hospital with all the resources and organization that leads to an efficient, educational and warm working atmosphere. I am finishing up my third year of fellowship, and I have seen a great deal of patients with varied pathology thanks to the large catchment area. The amount of supervised procedures and education is more than you see at many major institutions. The teaching attendings are great with various backgrounds and have excellent clinical acumen. When living in and around Danville, you will grow to love the charm of the area and the people, as I did. With a doubt in my mind, this place been a wonderful place to train and live.”
- Raj Parai, MD, Cardiology Class of 2016

“As one can imagine, the beginning of your cardiology fellowship is a very tense and anxiety-ridden time. One of the things I looked for on the interview trail was an environment that would be able to offset those feelings and make it possible for me to get the best training. When I came to Geisinger the first time I saw right away that the working environment was very collegial and that the attendings take much pride in the fellows’ education. Our support staff here is phenomenal and the pathology we see is very broad. My experience here has been great.”
– John Ulahannan, MD, Cardiology Class of 2016

“The ideal cardiology fellowship for me would be a place where I would encounter a large volume and variety of pathology so when I finish my training I would be comfortable being on my own. Geisinger was the perfect place meeting these wishes. In addition, the education I have received from many well trained and experienced attending cardiologists has been outstanding. The camaraderie among fellows and staff is another reinforcement why I chose Geisinger for my cardiology fellowship.”
– Gregory Yost, DO, Cardiology Class of 2015, Interventional Cardiology Class of 2016

“Geisinger is a comprehensive cardiology program with a balance of a strong clinical approach, extensive research opportunities and a collegial environment which fosters learning.  Being the only major referral center in the region, the clinical, procedural, and imaging volumes are ample. This is complemented by an outstanding teaching faculty and state of the art technology. All the attending cardiologists have an open door policy and are willing to spend the extra time for one-on-one teaching. It is truly a unique place to learn cardiology.
– Bilal Saeed, MD, Cardiology Class of 2014, Interventional Cardiology Class of 2015