Smitha Gudipati, M.D. - Academic Chief
Undergraduate School: Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Chemistry with a concentration of biochemistry, Kalamazoo College
Medical School: St. George's University: Doctor of Medicine
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "Saginaw is my home. I grew up in the area and was lucky enough that I was able to come back to the city that gave me such a wonderful childhood. It's an incredible experience being able to give back to the community and to see the city improve every year."
What are your career goals? "Short term - fellowship in Infectious Disease. I hope to continue working in academia pursuing global healthcare and concentrating in accessibility of HIV treatment in underserved areas worldwide."
Srinandan Guntupalli, M.D. - Administrative Chief
Medical School: NRI Medical College & General Hospital, NTR University of Health Sciences, India
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "Small city with decent sized metro including tri-city and bay area. Minimal traffic and easy to get around. Great patient population and Midwest hospitality. Good environment to learn with variance in pathology. "
What are your career goals? "Short term goal: Bone Marrow Transplant specialist at an academic institution. Long term goal: Be happy and travel around the world."
Vamsee Mupparaju, M.D.
Medical School: MBBS from Guntur Medical College, Guntur, India. Certificate in Clinical & Translation Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "It is a place which is not too busy and not too quiet. Easy to get around. Easy access to beautiful Up North. Small program, noticed friendly environment when I interviewed, all the residents work like a family. "
What are your career goals? "Short term- Pursuing fellowship in gastroenterology. Long term- Practice as a gastroenterologist, helping the people in need. Visit as many countries as possible."
Navneet Panesar, M.D.
Medical School: Dayanand medical college and hospital Ludhiana, India
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "Quiet, small city so everything is short commute. Ample opportunities to learn how to manage both rare and 'bread and butter' cases. Program offers a good balance of both autonomy and supervision. Great support from peers, program director and faculty."
What are your career goals? "Hospital Medicine for couple of years followed by Nephrology fellowship."
Dhara Patel, M.D. - Administrative Chief
Rex Roda, M.D. - Academic Chief
Ronak Soni, M.D.
Medical School: Government Medical College, Surat, India
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "I found the faculty and staff very friendly and the program is very well structured for primary care as well as hospitalist training along with excellent fellowship placement."
What are your career goals? "To pursue Cardiology fellowship"
Fakhar Zaidi, M.D.
Undergraduate/Graduate School: Bachelors in biology and masters in healthcare administration from university of Texas in Arlington, Texas
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "Small city with all the luxuries of a big city. Evening is close by so not a lot of driving. Done my clerkships at CMU and love the people that I work with."
What are your career goals? "Panning on being a Hospitalist in Houston, Texas!"
Shafia Beg, M.D.
Abhishek Bhandiwad, M.D.
Medical School: JSS Medical College, India
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "After medical school, I did a clerkship here at St Mary's and absolutely loved the city. Affordable cost of living, ease of commuting and innumerable outdoor recreational activities makes Saginaw a great place to live in. Northern Michigan is often known as the Switzerland of America and being able to travel around the area is the best part of living here."
What are your career goals? "Short term - Fellowship in Oncology and eventually specialize in Lung and Breast cancer and try to make an impact on patients battling with a cancer diagnosis. Long term- Retire at 50 and travel the world!"
Madline Chembola, M.D.
Medical School: T.D Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Why did you choose Saginaw for your residency? "All my family is from Michigan. It's a small town with the functionality and facilities of a big city. Very less traffic, and hence driving is very efficacious. Lots of scenic beauty and fun. The CMU program is smaller which offers more interaction and personal relationship with each other. It offers adequate autonomy at the same time with good supervising. This program will definitely make me a confident doctor and help me succeed where ever I go. "
What are your career goals? "Hospitalist for 2 years. Later, I will decide on which fellowship to do after becoming a well-rounded physician in general internal medicine before I focus on a fellowship."