Class of 2020

Ali Aikhayat, MDAli Aikhayat, MDAli was born in Baghdad, Iraq and went to medical school at Al-Nahrain University College of Medicine in Baghdad. He worked as a primary care physician in Iraq and Jordan before coming to the United States with his family.  In preparation for residency, Ali did observerships in Arizona, Massachusetts, and most recently at Nardone Medical Associates in Pawtucket where he was part of a quality improvement project on colon cancer screening.  Ali’s interests include soccer, reading, and traveling. 


Aristides J. Armas Villalba, MDAristides J. Armas Villalba, MDAristides was born in San Cristobal, Tachira State in Venezuela and raised in Caracas. He graduated from Dr. Jose Maria Vargas Medical School, Universidad Central de Venezuela, in 2012. After graduation, he worked in the underserved community of Carayaca-Vargas where he ran the emergency department of the area’s only hospital. After coming to the United States, Aristides did research and clinical work at Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Texas Endocrinology Group. Aristides enjoys sports (mainly soccer, baseball, and cycling); spending time with friends and family; and, going to the movies. 


Maen Assali, MDMaen Assali, MDMaen was born in Nablus, Palestine. He went to medical school at Jordan University of Science and Technology. He did a year of research work in cardiology and Hematology/Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota before joining our program. Maen spends his free time playing soccer and going to the gym. He has an interest in psychology and how people think. When asked to describe himself, Maen quotes Michaelangelo: “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”


Anthony Berghelli, DOAnthony Berghelli, DOAnthony Berghelli earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and attended Boston University for his undergrad. In his free time he enjoys reading, hanging out with family and friends, and going to zoos and museums.When asked why he had chosen Kent he said "I spent the majority of my 3rd year rotations at Kent Hospital and I found it to be an excellent learning environment. All of the teaching attendings were very knowledgeable and dedicated to helping both students and residents understand not only medicine, but how to truly care for patients.Everyone at the hospital including the residents and staff were very friendly and welcoming, making Kent a great place to work. Not only is there a large patient population at the hospital, but there is extreme diversity in the cases that you see. During my time rotating at other hospitals, I came to appreciate even more what Kent has to offer. I feel is has the perfect mix of interesting cases, excellent attendings, and focus on education and I’m honored to be a resident at this program."

Jaime Bickford, DOJaime Bickford, DOJaime Bickford earned her medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, her graduate degree from Pace University and attended St. Lawrence University for her undergrad. In her free time she enjoys sports such as volleyball, softball, and she commented that she would play anything. She also loves drawing and painting, she finds it a great counterbalance to the analytical part of her life. In addition, she also enjoys house decorating and repair, driving with the doors and roof off her jeep, camping, mountain biking and snowboarding (even though she thinks she's horrible at it).When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "I chose Kent because of its mission, its academic caliber, and the genuinely nice people I met during interview day. I sensed great camaraderie among the residents and a very friendly atmosphere conducive to learning and growth as a medical professional.There was an institutional sense of teamwork here that I had not experienced at other hospitals. Ultimately, the residents in the IM program are knowledgeable, compassionate, well-rounded physicians who seem prepared to conquer just about anything; I wanted to be part of their team."


Urey Chow, DOUrey Chow, DOUrey Chow earned her medical degree at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and attended Trinity College for her undergrad. In her free time she enjoys outdoor – running, hiking, tennis, traveling, and exploring new surroundings. She also enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes and loves trying new restaurants as well.When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "I knew I wanted to return to the Northeast for residency, but I chose Kent Hospital for reasons beyond location. When interviewing at Kent, I felt at home immediately. The residents were the most genuine and cohesive group of residents I had seen and this camaraderie and support was one aspect of the program that really stood out to me.The strong didactics, dedication of the teaching faculty, and many research opportunities are several of the other reasons I chose Kent. The residents seem genuinely happy and seem to have a great work/life balance with many organized social activities outside of work.Furthermore, the faculty seems truly invested in the education of the residents and supports their ambitions. I am excited to become a part of the Kent family and work with such a great group of individuals!"  

Saikiran Earasi, DOSaikiran Earasi, DOSaikiran Earasi earned his medical degree at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and attended Pennsylvania State University for his undergrad. Saikiran grew up near Philadelphia, and is a very big sports fan. He loves watching and playing football, and it goes without saying that he's a big Eagles fan. Aside from sports, he also loves hiking, kayaking and just being outdoors in general. He also recently picked up photography, and I enjoys taking landscape and architectural shots.When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "One of the most striking aspects during interview day was how genuine, personable and approachable everyone was. It was nice to see that not only do all the residents get along well, but also the resident-attending relationship was very strong.I could see how well supported the residents were by the attendings, and also how deeply invested the attendings were towards resident education. I chose Kent Hospital because I know this program will provide me with excellent training to become the type of physician I see myself as in the future. " 


Marya Haq, MD, MHAMarya Haq, MD, MHAMarya Haq was born in Saudi Arabia. She went to medical school at Army Medical College in Pakstan, then moved to Canada where she earned her Master’s degree in Health Administration. Marya has since interned for the CEO of a large Canadian healthcare organization, worked on multiple quality improvement and health information technology projects, and co-authored an epidemiologic publication on health indicators in Southwestern Ontario. She is passionate about health system reform through quality improvement and innovation in primary care and global health. In her free time, she enjoys heated philosophical discussions, volunteering, and using the phrase one-rep max without irony.   


DinaDina Ibrahim, MDDina Ibrahim, MD was born in Cairo, Egypt and went to school at Cairo University of Medicine. She worked as a primary care physician before doing an Internal Medicine Residency at the National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology in Egypt. Dina worked as a Research Fellow in the Echocardiography Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before joining our program. In her free time, Dina writes novels, acts, and is learning to play the guitar.  


Ambrish Jha, MDAmbrish Jha, MDAmbrish was born in Balara, Nepal and went to Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences in Nepal. He did his internship year in Nepal and practiced as a Primary Care Physician there. Ambrish is fluent in English, Hindi, and Nepali. He is interested in economics and finance, and enjoys reading and cooking. 




Darif Krasnow, DODarif Krasnow, DODarif Krasnow earned his medical degree at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California and attended Bard College for his undergrad. In his free time he enjoys running in the woods, hiking with his wife, playing guitar and building furniture. He also loves to cook. On a medical note, he is very interested in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "When I rotated at Kent as a medical student, I was immediately drawn to the strong sense of community, the commitment to resident education, and the importance placed on well-being. I found all the faculty and residents to be enthusiastic teachers and was particularly impressed with the emphasis they placed on patient-centered care. "


Ben Lichtenfels, DOBen Lichtenfels, DOBen Lichtenfels earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and attended Providence College for his undergrad. In his free time he enjoys the great many activities New England has so to offer. In the spring there is some great fishing on Narragnasett bay where he enjoys catching striped bass. In the summer he enjoys fishing off shore for albacore, tuna and other larger fish! As the leaves begin to fall, it is hunting season and he enjoys deer hunting, and duck hunting! Finally as the snow falls he heads to the mountains whenever he can go skiing!When asked why he had chosen Kent he said "Kent Hospital is located in the best state, and is staffed by even better people. The comradely from fellow residents is by far the best I encountered during my interviews during my 4th year of medical school. The teaching staff at Kent was also a huge draw, Dr. Cronin and Dr, Merolli are inspiring educators who push us to become the best doctors we can be."  


Nasifa Nur, MDNasifa Nur, MDNasifa was born and raised in Bangladesh. She went to Sir Salimullah Medical College in Mitford, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She was as a research intern at the Cardiothoracic Research Center at Rhode Island Hospital. Outside of medicine, art and sculpture are Nasifa’s interests, and acrylic painting is a favorite hobby. In her free time, Nasifa likes to spend time with family and friends. 



Rawan Oniez, MDRawan Oniez, MDRawan was born in Syria, went to medical school at Damascus University, and did two years of internal medicine residency in Syria before moving to the United States to do research and community service at Cambridge Health Alliance. Her interests include cooking, watching comedies, and walking.  




Tajul Prodhan, DOTajul Prodhan, DOTajul Prodhan earnedhis medical degree at Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh and attended Dhaka College, Dhaka, Bangladesh for his undergrad. In his free time he loves discovering new places, watching movies and spending time with his friends and family or occasionally going for a long drive.  When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "I have always been looking for a program which strongly emphasizes teaching with supportive and motivational group of residents and attending physicians. During my rotation at Kent, I felt like a part of a big family and I knew this is the type of environment where I could flourish in.In addition to the wonderful environment, my wife and I fell in love with Rhode Island. Being from Nova Scotia, Canada, we wanted to be somewhere with small city charm and Rhode Island is the perfect place for that."


Alicia Yanac, DOAlicia Yanac, DOAlicia Yanac earned her medical degree at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus and attended University of Scranton for her undergrad. In her free time she loves everything outdoors especially hiking. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with family, trying new recipes, tennis, yoga and piano. When asked why she had chosen Kent she said "My best friend from med school is a Rhode Island native and her stories of home peaked my interest. After my interview I could tell why! I immediately felt at home and all of the residents and faculty were warm and welcoming. I was impressed with the caliber of teaching and knew Kent would be the perfect learning environment. I look forward to being part of the Kent family and exploring the wonderful state of Rhode Island."


Abraham Walusimbi, MDAbraham Walusimbi, MDAbraham was born and raised in Uganda.He went to medical school at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda. He completed medical internship at St. Francis Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, and worked as a general practitioner at Nakasero Hospital and AAR Health Services in Kampala. Abraham is the founder and president of Abraham’s Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit community organization providing free medical and other services to orphans and the needy in the underserved areas of Uganda. Abraham is fluent in English and Luganda and his interests include traveling, exercise, and community service.


Fatima Zeba, MDFatima Zeba, MDFatima was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. She went to medical school at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University. She’s passionate about open-access medical education and volunteer work. Her interests and hobbies include reading, creative writing, typography, and table tennis.