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Family Medicine Residency

Our Family Medicine Residency Program is one of the oldest and most respected family medicine and hospital programs in the country. Because of our size, location and experience, we offer flexible programs that can be tailored to meet your professional goals. We have a dedicated, award-winning faculty committed to providing you one-on-one attention and support, an exciting, diverse group of intelligent and dynamic fellow residents and state-of-the-art facilities.

Mission Statement

“To develop highly competent, compassionate family physicians through patient centered care and ever-improving medical education best practices. To cultivate each learner’s growing knowledge, skills, professionalism, and passion so they become leaders in the communities they serve. To bring awareness and sensitivity to multicultural environments that residents may encounter during clinical training. “

  • ACGME accredited with Osteopathic Recognition. Acquired Osteopathic Recognition by the ACGME in 2015
  • No competing residencies give you ample time to learn procedures and gain experience
  • Strong balance between hands-on clinical and academic training, including research opportunities and a regular schedule of conferences and grand rounds
  • A diverse patient population providing the widest range of clinical pathology
  • Gain competency performing LARC, minor surgery, cryotherapy, endometrial biopsies, and other procedures
  • Neonatal training includes access to a Level II NICU and full-time neonatologist
  • OMT moonlighting opportunities in the second and third years of residency
  • Acupuncture opportunities in the third year of residency
  • Diversified training including hormone affirmative therapy, Hep C treatment, and addiction medicine training
  • Opportunities to participate in national, state, and regional advocacy
  • Refugee Clinic located within our residency office
  • Board pass rate of 100% over the past 5 years
Osteopathic Medicine

Few teaching hospitals embrace and support the principles of Osteopathic Medicine as well as United Health Services. Being one of the first hospital and family medicine programs in Binghamton and New York to receive Osteopathic Recognition, you will be encouraged to maintain your identity as an Osteopathic physician and develop the skills that make your training unique.

Fellowships After UHS Residency

United Health Services residency graduates are very successful in earning fellowships. Listed here are Family Medicine graduates who have earned fellowships over the past 5 years:

Resident Fellowship
Rehan Azeem, MD Geriatrics, United Health Services Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
Karyssa Bowron, MD Sports Medicine, United Health Services Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
Sohaib Mannan, MD Geriatrics, Brown University, Providence, RI
Jane Simpson, DO Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI
Anna Liggett, MD Geriatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
B. Max Kammerman, MD  Sports Medicine, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Sandita Seecharan Reddammagari, MD  Geriatric Medicine, United Health Services Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
Corina Arana, DO Geriatric Medicine, United Health Services Hospitals, Johnson City, NY
Avinash Mantha, MD Geriatric Medicine, Loyola University, Hines, IL
Alan DeMaine, DO Hospice & Palliative Medicine, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Amrita Chakraborty, MD Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Levanon, NH
Program Director

Daniel Young, MD

I am a lifelong resident of the Binghamton area, received a Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and my medical degree from Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse, after which I completed my Family Medicine Residency here at United Health Services Hospitals. After 20 years of rural clinical practice with part-time medical student/resident teaching, I returned to the residency as director in 2012. I am board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and was named Fellow by the American Academy of Family Practice. I have been very active in organized medicine since 1991.  I am on the Board of Directors of the Broome County Medical Society, Treasurer of the New York State Academy of Family Practice and am a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York’s delegation to the American Medical Association. My areas of interest include teaching pediatric topics and creating M+M case based lectures. In my spare time, I enjoy golf, hiking the Finger Lakes Trail, birding and performing magic.

Message from Dr. Young,

"Welcome to the Wilson Family Medicine Residency. Our program provides you a unique training experience that will help you meet your professional goals, be they private practice, group practice or post-graduate fellowship. The dynamic curriculum offers each resident an individualized education plan designed to help you maximize your training in the areas of your most significant interest. Our eclectic faculty represents a diversity of backgrounds in both clinical interest and training experience. You will become a full spectrum family physician by training in a clinic with a diverse patient panel, procedure clinic, dermatology clinic, musculoskeletal clinic, acupuncture on-site, OMT clinics and a fantastic clinic staff.

I hope you will come and see first-hand why the Wilson Family Medicine Residency offers the most comprehensive training available to insure your success in today's ever changing medical landscape."

General Floor Medicine 3 blocks
ICU .5 block
Palliative .5 block
Pediatrics - Inpatient 1.5 blocks
Night Float 1.5 blocks
Obstetrics 2 blocks
Outpatient Pediatrics 1 block
Surgery 1 block

Emergency Medicine

1 block
Community Medicine .5 block
Ambulatory Medicine 1 block
Primary Care Clinic Office Hours 4 hours/week
General Floor Medicine 3 blocks
Pediatrics 1.5 blocks
Night Float 1 block
MSK1 1 block
Behavioral Science 1 block
Community Medicine .5 block
Ambulatory Medicine 1 block
Gynecology 1 block
Geriatrics 1 block
Medicine Elective 1 block
Elective 1 block
Primary Care Clinic Office Hours 12 hours/week
Night Float .5 block
General Floor Medicine 1.5 blocks
Emergency Medicine 1 block
Practice Management 1 block
Outpatient Pediatrics 1 block
Dermatology 1 block
Psychiatry 1 block
MSK2 1 block
Ambulatory Medicine 1 block
Sub-specialty 1 block
Electives 2 blocks
Out of Town Elective 1 block
Primary Care Clinic Office Hours 16 hours/week


Areas of Concentration

Our Residency offers a unique opportunity for you to tailor your educational needs. We offer senior residents, in good academic status, the opportunity to pursue areas of concentration which enable the resident to use elective time to receive additional training:

Geriatric Medicine: Participate in a one block geriatrics rotation in your second year and focus on geriatrics, palliative care and nursing home/case reviews during third year. Maintain a more traditional geriatric patient population in the continuity outpatient clinic and participate in our geriatric and dementia clinics on a weekly basis.

Advisors: James Crosby, MD, Rana Ahmad, MD

Hospitalist Medicine: Focus is on additional training in hospital medicine and is ideal prep for those pursuing a career as a hospitalist physician, with additional blocks on in-patient rotations including Internal Medicine as well as ICU and/or CCU.

Advisor: Daniel Young, MD

Sports Medicine: Spend time working with Sports Medicine physicians and fellows in and around the Binghamton area including time in the Sports Medicine Clinic and with local high school, Division I college (Binghamton University) and professional athletic teams.

Advisor: Jocelyn Young, DO, Stanley Hunter, MD

Women's Health and Obstetrics: Focus is on your patient load in the continuity clinic with a higher percentage of female and pre-natal patients that you will follow through to delivery and beyond as well as expanded training in obstetric ultrasound. Emphasis on gynecological procedures.

Advisor: Katherine Holmes, MD


Daniel Young, MD

Program Director

Title: Program Director - Family Medicine Residency

Medical School: Upstate Medical Center

Residency: United Health Services Hospitals

Specialty Areas: Family Medicine, Child Sexual Abuse, Public Health and Organized Medicine

Background: Enjoys Golf, Hiking, Performing Magic

Awards: The Charles D. Sherman, MD Award in recognition of extraordinary assistance, availability and support to medical students by MSSNY (Medical Society of the State of New York)



Katherine Holmes, MD                                                                                                                                                                 

Title: Associate Program Director

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Residency: Brown University Department of Family Medicine, Maternal Child Health 

Fellowship: Brown University

Special Interests: Care Underserved Populations, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Awards: NYS Academy of Family Physicians Family Practice Educator of the Year 2016

Dr. Katherine Holmes joined the residency faculty in 2014 and became associate residency director in 2017. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Holmes worked in a federally funded health center and for a short time in a private practice setting. She completed a maternal child health fellowship in 2005, buprenorphine training in 2005, acupuncture certification in 2009, and has recently graduated from the National Institute for Program Director Development (NIPDD) in 2023. Her clinical interests include women’s health, reproductive counseling for patients, obstetrical care, treatment of substance use disorders in primary care, and treatment of mental health. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Holmes has helped to start the pediatric literacy program by collaborating with the national organization Reach Out and Read and has developed a partnership with the community organization VINES, enabling delivery of fresh vegetables to some of our patients with food insecurity. Her scholarly interests include screening for and better treating social determinants of health as well as reducing health care disparities. Recent work has also focused on helping medical learners, both medical students and residents find ways to respond and find support when faced with microaggressions in the clinical learning environment. Her personal interests include yoga, reading, baking, and spending time with family.


Joshua D. Steinberg, MD

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine, Class of 1995

Residency: St. Joseph's Family Practice Residency - Syracuse, NY, Class of 1998

Specialty Areas: Patient Centered Care, Obstetrics, Evidence Based Medicine and Information Mastery

Background: Before United Health Services, was faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University, hospitalist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, and faculty at University of Cincinnati. Enjoys: Cooking, running and playing with his children.

Creator: Multiple medical iPhone apps (search: Joshua Steinberg in iTunes)

Awards: "Family Physician Changing our World" Award, Family Medicine Educational Consortium, Nov. 2017

Hi folks.  I’m a full-spectrum core faculty family physician at the UHS Wilson Family Medicine Residency.  I earned my bachelors from Yale, my MD from SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, and graduated residency at St. Joseph’s in Syracuse, NY.  I have 25 years experience in patient care and education.  I present regionally and nationally on clinical care and medical education.  I have been published in American Family Physician.  I run a nationwide collaborative curriculum project in obstetrics and I’m the local champion of the IMPLICIT Interconception Care program.  I do research with students and residents for fun (really!).  And as a hobby and service to our profession, I write free point-of-care decision-support software for smartphones. I am a husband and father of two energetic boys.  You might bump into me running and biking with my kids, or making poor showings at triathlons.   And have a vision.  My personal vision is that a cadre of well-trained family physicians equipped with good information and good values can help to fix most of what ails American healthcare.  


Jocelyn Young, DO

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: University of Rochester/Highland Family Medicine

Specialty Areas: Gender Affirming Care, Masters of Science in Health Professions Education, certificate in Leading Professional Well-Being from the American Academy of Family Physicians, certificate in Palliative Care Educators Program from Harvard

Awards: NYS Academy of Family Physicians - Family Medicine Educator of the Year (2023), Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the American Academy of Family Physicians (2017), Resident Teacher Award from the STFM (2019) , Advocacy Award from the AFMRD (2019), Resident Award for Scholarship from the AFMRD (2018)

I am a graduate of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Rochester/Highland Family Medicine Residency Program where I served as chief resident. I returned to my hometown to join the faculty at UHS. Professionally, my interests include end-of-life medicine, medical education, women's health, hepatitis C management, and advocacy.  In the community I am involved with the local tv/radio station, WSKG, as a member of the community advisory board; and serve as a member of the Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network Board of Directors. In organized medicine, I am a board member of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, a board member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and heavily involved in medical societies at the local, state, and national levels.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking, and cross stitching. 


Suganya Mahinthan, MD

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: Medical University of the Americas (MUA)

Residency: United Health Services

Special Interests: Care for the under served population, social determinants of health, women’s reproductive health, URM in medicine, anti-racism in healthcare, microaggressions training, inpatient medicine, gender affirming care, Hep C management, and POCUS.

Awards: AFMRD Resident Award for Scholarship and STFM POCUS Certificate

I was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Toronto, Canada. I received my Bachelor's of Science from the University of Toronto. I attended MUA for medical school, and spent my 3rd and 4th years working with diverse and underserved populations in both the US and Canada. I am a graduate from the Family Medicine Residency at UHS Wilson in Binghamton, NY where I also served as chief resident. After residency, I stayed on as faculty at our program and as clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. I spend my time precepting in the residency clinic, rounding with the inpatient Family Medicine Team, caring for my own patient panel, and teaching both residents and medical students. I also co-lead the microaggression training as well as the POCUS curriculum development and teaching at our residency program. I have been involved with New York State Academy of Physicians since residency, and currently served as a board member. In my spare time, I enjoy visiting family and friends in Toronto, trying new foods, exploring Upstate NY, and adding to my collection of hot sauce. 


Jane Simpson, DO

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Campus

Residency: United Health Services Hospitals. Johnson City, NY

Fellowship: Palliative, Brown University, Providence, RI

Specialty Area: Family Medicine, Palliative Medicine

I am originally from the 1000 Islands region of New York State. I studied Biology and Political Science at Clarkson University and had research areas in constitutional analysis, and evolutionary biology.  I attended Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech (VCOM) for medical school, and spent my 3rd and 4th years working with underserved populations in West Virginia. I completed my Family Medicine Residency at UHS Wilson Hospital in Binghamton, NY where I served as chief resident and then I completed a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Brown University working at Rhode Island Hospital and The Meriam Hospital. After Fellowship I returned to UHS as faculty at the family medicine residency, faculty at the SUNY Upstate Medical University clinical campus, and as a Palliative Medicine attending. I spend my time working with the palliative care team in Wilson Hospital, precepting in the residency clinic, teaching at the resident and medical student levels, and rounding with the Family Medicine team at Wilson. I am passionate about medical advocacy, organized medicine, end of life care and helping patients and families make difficult medical decisions, as well as helping patients with pain control related to their chronic and acute illnesses. In my spare time I enjoy visiting the 1000 Islands to spend time with family and enjoy boating on the St Lawrence River. I also enjoy cooking, exploring new restaurants, travel, wine, and board games with friends.


Jacqueline Bhandari

Jacqueline Bhandari, MD

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: SUNY Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

Residency: Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Lancaster, PA

Specialty Areas: Family Medicine, Women's Health, Medical Care for Refugees, Immigrants and Underserved Populations

Before working for United Health Services, I worked in a private full spectrum medical practice in Buffalo, NY where I began my medical work with resettled refugees. I am currently the lead advisor for the resident lead Refugee Medical Care committee for the residency program, that is involved with providing update medical care to newly resettled refugees and immigrant. I also have a strong interest in women's health and pediatrics. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four children and am very involved in my church. In addition, I like hiking, gardening and knitting. 


Rana Ahmad

Rana Ahmad, MD

Title: Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship; Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: Ishtar Medical College, Pakistan

Residency: St. Elizabeth's Family Medicine Residency, Utica, NY

Fellowship: United Health Services Family Medicine Geriatric Medicine

Specialty Area: Geriatric Medicine



James Crosby

James Crosby, MD

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: SUNY Upstate University - Syracuse, NY

Residency: Wilson Family Practice Residency

Specialty Areas: Geriatrics, Dermatology

Background: United Health Services - Previous Residency Director, 30+ years on faculty. Fun: Grandkids, harmonica, piano, guitar, orchids, garden. Passion: Spirituality


Upasana Tiwari, MD

Title: Family Medicine Residency Faculty

Medical School: Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Residency: UHS Wilson Family Medicine

Specialty Areas: Family Medicine


James Docherty, DO

Title: Director of Osteopathic Education

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: United Health Services Hospitals

Specialty Areas: Family Medicine, Osteopathic Practice and Principles

Awards: Resident Advocacy Award from the AFMRD, Mark j. Marmora award for excellence in osteopathic medicine

I am originally from Long Island, NY. I graduated from Hofstra University with both a Bachelor's and master’s in biology with an emphasis on molecular biology. After teaching undergraduate biology at Hofstra University and Nassau Community College, I entered New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. I spent an extra year in medical school - classically called a "fellowship" or "scholar" year - to receive extra training in academic medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and complete coursework for a Master's in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM). During this time, I participated in many research projects with the most prominent being managing a clinical trial investigating effects of OMT on Parkinson's Disease. Throughout medical school, I engaged with various advocacy groups, mainly the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the American Medical Association (AMA) in the capacity of Northeast (region 7) Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee on Medical Education (CME) in the Medical Student Section (MSS), lobbying in Albany and Washington D.C. I completed Family Medicine Residency at United Health Services, continuing my interest in both osteopathic medicine by graduating with Distinction of Advanced Osteopathic Training and advocacy by serving as the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Vice Chair in the AMA and Chair in the MSSNY. I am now the Director of Osteopathic Education overseeing the osteopathic recognition programs with both internal medicine and family medicine residents, as well as, fourth year medical students. I split my time between running OMT clinics, precepting in the office, rounding in the hospital, and organizing the osteopathic opportunities available to our learners. 


Calvin Brown, LCSW-R, CASAC

I have lived in Vestal, NY most of my life. I went to SUNY Oneonta for undergrad and SUNY Binghamton to get my Master’s in Social Work. I worked at the UHS Methadone Clinic for 10 years before joining JC Primary Care as a Faculty Social worker in June of 2023. Some of my professional interests are: harm reduction, medication assisted treatment, gender affirming care and social determinants of health. For fun I like to hang out with my kids, cook, watch sports, work out and play golf. 


Sarah Eaton, LCSW-R

I received my BA in Experimental Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!). After completing my master’s I moved back home to Binghamton, NY where I was born and raised. I worked for eight years in the Emergency Room at Binghamton General Hospital (BGH) in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. Subsequently, I transferred to the Methadone Clinic at BGH where I facilitated the admissions for the program. I recently started as faculty social worker in April 2023. In my free time you will find me at the gym, spending time with family, or working on a home renovation project. 

Current Residents


Jensine Agenmonmen, MD
Medical School: University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School 

Hi! I’m Jensine, I was born in Washington DC; however, I spent my formative years in Lagos, Nigeria. I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa because I was interested in the interplay of factors that made the human body healthy. I soon came to know this ‘interplay of factors’ as the social determinants of health. My interest in understanding these factors began not too long after I left Nigeria. It became very apparent to me that a vast majority of diseases that Nigerians were suffering from, stemmed from unequal access to these determinants of health. This piqued my interest in pursuing medicine, and ultimately, specializing in Family Medicine, a specialty that aims to provide holistic care to patients. Following completion of my undergraduate degree, I moved to the beautiful country of Ireland, where I attended medical school at the University of Limerick School of Medicine.

My interests in medicine include women’s health, global health, and preventative care. Some of my hobbies include photography, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Very excited to spend the next few years getting the best training here at UHS!

Aaron Bridgemohan, MD
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Hello, I’m Aaron and I'm from Ontario, Canada. I completed my undergrad at the University of Waterloo and went to Saba University School of Medicine. Going to medical school on Saba was a completely different from growing up in Canada but it was nice to experience my Caribbean heritage. During medical school I rotated at many different hospitals and I’ve seen more of the United States than I’ve seen of Canada. My first experience with family medicine was when I shadowed a family physician during undergrad. I was amazed at the long term and collaborative relationships she built with her patients. I knew that was something I wanted as well.  The UHS FM program will provide me with the opportunity to learn and grow in a welcoming and friendly environment. Outside of medicine I love to watch hockey and I’m a huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs (so painful). I also collect model trains and love my Corgi Theodore!

Vejay Budhu, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Hi, my name is Vejay and I was born in Canada and grew up in Brampton, Ontario. At a very young age I was interested in being a doctor; in pursuit of this dream I attended the University of Toronto and earned my Honors Bachelor of Science Degree. My journey then led me to Ross University School of Medicine where I earned my Medical Degree. I am very excited to be here at UHS and am looking forward to the amazing opportunities that lie ahead. In my spare time you probably will find me either studying, playing sports, listening to music, or watching anime and tech videos. I also love spending time with my family, building new things, and learning more about technology.

Shane Gopaul, MD
Medical School: St George’s University School of Medicine 

Hey! I was born in Guyana, studied in Canada and completed medical school at St. George’s University. I’ve had the privilege of learning in very diverse communities and am excited to continue that training here in Johnson City, NY. I’m looking forward to working in a program that shares my values in community outreach and health equity. I love sports, my fiancée Indu and puppers Thangu, and having a good laugh. Don’t be shy, I’d love to chat!

Jacqueline Lau, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine 

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, but travelled to different cities for my studies - Hamilton for my undergraduate, Ottawa for law school, Grenada for medical school, and now finally settling in Johnson City for residency. I developed an interest in medicine during my time in law school learning about health disparities and the importance of health care advocacy. UHS gave me the opportunity to pursue my interest in advocacy while exploring other areas, such as preventative care, women's health, and integrative medicine.  Outside of medicine, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and spoiling my corgi, Spiffy.

Nicolette McLain, DO
Medical School: Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi, my name is Nicolette McLain and I grew up here in Vestal, NY. I attended Vestal Central High School and continued my education at Broome Community College and then Binghamton University. I went on to work at our local hospitals as a medical office assistant, nursing assistant, mental health technician as well as an independent home health care aide. I knew my passion was in medicine so I continued my education at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine. It was there that I fell in love with family medicine and rural medicine. My goal as a family physician is to provide a more personalized form of medicine and utilize osteopathic manipulative techniques to help my patients find balance in their bodies and provide relief from pain. My interests outside of medicine include cooking, baking, reading, yoga and spending time with my family. I am excited to be back home and giving back to the very community that made me who I am today!

Seyedeh Mirrazavi, MD
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas

I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 17. I attended the University of British Columbia for my undergraduate studies and Medical University of the Americas for medical school. Living in Canada and the Caribbean, I was constantly surrounded by diversity, and attribute this to my love for people and their unique stories.

Family Medicine and I found each other at the end of my third-year rotations. I love the ability to create meaningful relationships with patients and to work collaboratively to improve their quality of life. During my last year of medical school, I had the opportunity to complete an elective rotation at UHS Family Medicine program. During my time here every faculty and staff member I met was so kind and approachable. This experience gave me the sense that this program was not just a team but a family. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such a positive and supportive program.

My interests in medicine include women’s health and preventive medicine. Outside of work I enjoy going on long walks, trying new places with good food and spending quality time with friends and family.

Michael Powell, MD
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

I’m a Binghamton Area native who lived through our two floods, still has a B Mets jersey, and regularly has to explain what a spiedie is, so it’s a real honor to be back to serve the community I love. I had considered a career as a physician since I was young because I love science, enjoy being with people, and wanted to follow the example of the great physicians in my life. But it was through my time volunteering at UHS and in Syracuse, my philosophy education at The University of Scranton and great mentors at Upstate Medical University that inspired me to pursue Family Medicine. My professional interests include broad spectrum outpatient care, addiction medicine and palliative care, and I’m very excited to not only care for patients but hopefully make our community a healthier place. When I’m not working you can find me juggling, practicing piano, trying to catch up on Marvel and Star Wars shows, and spending time with my family and friends.

Katie Skolnick, MD
Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Fairport, NY, just outside of Rochester. I studied biology and chemistry during my undergraduate education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with the goal of entering the health care field. I decided on becoming a physician in undergrad after shadowing an oncologist because I was inspired by the way the physician, patients and their families worked together through difficult experiences to help the patients reach their goals. After college, I moved back to upstate NY and attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. While in medical school, I enjoyed learning about the different facets of medicine through student leadership, service, and research opportunities. I spent my third year and part of my fourth year at the Upstate Clinical Campus in Binghamton which is when I fell in love with family medicine and this program. Some of my interests in medicine include obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics but I have yet to experience an aspect of family medicine that I do not enjoy. I also have an interest in medical education and hope to work with medical students and residents throughout my career. Outside of medicine I like to stay active by playing softball and snowboarding. I also enjoy reading, streaming new shows, and eating ice cream at one of the many local shops!


Deborah Alfa, MD
Medical School:
Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. I left Nigeria at the age of 16 to Gambia, West Africa for my pre-medical sciences; I then attended Spartan Health Sciences in St. Lucia for my medical school. I also had the opportunity to complete all my clinical rotations in Chicago. Witnessing the devastating complications of preventable diseases in underserved communities fueled my desire for primary care. During my studies, I had the opportunity to serve with organizations like Sarah’s Circle, Care for friends whose mission is to provide people in the community with the basic human fundamentals; health care, food and housing. These experiences developed my interests within medicine, which include caring for the underserved community, providing health care access regardless of socioeconomic status, women’s health and global health. My interest outside of medicine involves anything that has to do with food; cooking, trying out new restaurants and new food with friends. I also enjoy traveling, the outdoors, watching way too much TV, and music. I am excited to be starting my family medicine residency at United Health Services hospitals! I know I will be well-equipped to provide care to a diverse patient population. 

Nahosi Bowa, MD
Medical School:
St. George’s University School of Medicine

I was born and raised in Zambia and have been interested in medicine for as long as I can remember. When the opportunity to study medicine in the Caribbean presented itself, I jumped at it. Enjoying crystal blue water on white sandy beaches after class was a unique and special part of the experience. After completing the first two years of medical school in the Caribbean, I moved to Chicago to do my third- and fourth-year clinical rotations, which were both exciting and challenging. I developed a lot as a person, met people from various walks of life, and even picked up a bit of Spanish. I got to experience the highs and lows of modern medicine through my encounters with patients in a way that I’ll never forget. After graduating from medical school, I did a Master's degree in Clinical and Health Research at Southampton University in the UK. It has taught me so much about the biomedical research that forms the foundation of current medical practice. It has also allowed me to discover my own research interests which include: telemedicine, the effects of vaping and decline in empathy during medical training. At present, I’m excited to be starting off my medical career in Family Medicine at UHS and look forward to everything that will come with it. Outside of medicine, I love exploring my creative side and really enjoy singing and hand-made embroidery. Baking is another activity I really enjoy and would like to get better at, but I don’t get enough opportunities to practice and so kitchen mishaps do happen from time to time. In the future, I hope to be able to travel more and learn to play the Ukulele.

Christian Edwards, MD
Medical School:
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine 

I am originally from the Metro Detroit area and went to medical school at American University of the Caribbean. During medical school I tutored molecular cell biology, immunology and anatomy. My interests include sports medicine and research. During residency I enjoy doing bedside procedures, inpatient resident rotations and clinic work. My hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, gardening and spending time with my wife and our pets; we have dogs, cats and rabbits! 

Olivia Hu, MD
Medical School:
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook

Youthful me was keen on the lovely (really, honest!) beaches of Long Island and math. I loved to create things by baking, paper folding, and painting. Still, I knew I wanted to understand the interactions between people and diseases on many levels so I went for a combined BS-MD program at Stony Brook University, with a short break teaching abroad. I was involved in research into vertical transmission of the microbiome, a number of interest groups, and our free clinic where I found meaning in making real contact with our patients as humans. Now, I have come upstate for a residency to see even more breadth of patients and problems in family medicine. For now, my clinical interests include women's health, integrative medicine, and in-office procedures but I can't wait to get sucked in by more. In my spare time, I like to explore the area's bountiful farmers' markets and U-picks, make interesting new recipes, and learn all the secret spots of the area!

Ramandeep Mangat, MD
Medical School:
St. George’s University School of Medicine

I was born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India but moved to Toronto, Canada at a very young age where I grew up for most of my life. I completed my undergraduate at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in BSc with Honors. I always had an interest in medicine growing up and decided to pursue my medical degree at St. George’s University where I did a global scholar’s program. I did my first year of basic medical sciences in Newcastle, England, my second year in Grenada, West Indies, and my third and fourth clinical years in the United States. I chose UHS for residency because of the diversity in its faculty and local community, the tremendous learning environment along with the unique opportunity to learn and gain experience in Osteopathic medicine, and the outdoor and recreational activities in the area including local community events. I enjoy watching sports, playing soccer, exercising and going to the gym, traveling and exploring new cultures, and trying new food! I want to practice the full scope of family medicine in the future and serve my local community with an overall goal to improve quality of care and access to primary care and preventive medicine.

Ruchi Parikh, MD
Medical School:
Saba University School of Medicine

I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. Fascinated by the human body, I studied human physiology at the University of Western Ontario and then went to medical school at Saba University School of Medicine. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I grew up surrounded by people and different cultures. Saba was very different from Toronto and I loved the chance to explore the island and become a part of the community. My time on Saba also opened my eyes to barriers of care and after medical school, I had the opportunity to work on research and care teams that addressed these issues. My time with the Memory and Mobility Clinics in Kitchener, ON taught me so much about the importance of the holistic approach to care, ensuring that patients’ physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing are all taken care of, and how teamwork is crucial to providing the best care possible. The UHS Wilson FM program embodies this philosophy and is one of the reasons we are a great fit. My interests outside of medicine include hiking, reading, cooking, crafts, and travel.

Megan Rigotti, DO
Medical School:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I grew up right here in Vestal, NY. I loved growing up in the area with its amazing fall foliage and carousels. I went to Vestal High School and during my time there I began volunteering at Wilson Hospital during the summer. I continued my education at the University of Scranton where I studied biology and philosophy. After college, I worked as a scribe in the Emergency Departments at Wilson Hospital and Binghamton General Hospital. I loved meeting and talking to patients from all backgrounds and cultures. I continued to pursue my love of medicine and began medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I was able to work in my school's student run clinic, join various clubs and expand my knowledge there. I am very excited and proud to come back and practice medicine in my hometown that I love. My interests in medicine include women’s health and addiction medicine. My interests outside of medicine include reading, spending time with friends and family, and exploring all this area has to offer (my favorite being summer concerts in the park and the church festivals with great food)!

Sabba Sarwar, MD
Medical School:
Windsor University School of Medicine

I was born in Pakistan, grew up in Brooklyn, and moved to Staten Island 5 years ago. For undergraduate, I attended Hunter College in New York and Windsor University for medical school. I was interested in taking care of patients from all walks of life and patient advocacy, which led me to pursue Family Medicine. I was an active member of NYSAFP as a medical student and now as a resident. I previously served on leadership commission, chair for student election committee and currently as part of the operations commissions and DEI at NYSAFP. My interests in medicine include patient advocacy, caring for marginalized communities, women's health and inpatient medicine. I chose this program because of the supportive faculty who is heavily involved in leadership and advocacy. During the interviews, I felt appreciated and knew I found my support group who will help me become a competent physician. Outside of medicine, I love spending time with my family, gardening, cooking, traveling, hiking, shopping, fashion and EATING! 

Peter Yang, MD
Medical School:
Cebu Institute of Medicine

I grew up in the county of Queens, NY, one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country, with my parents and younger brother. After graduating high school, I was accepted into SUNY Binghamton where I studied Cell and Molecular Biology and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science. During my 4 years of undergraduate study, I became especially interested in the relationship between food and health and worked as a Nutritional Sciences TA. Wanting to pursue a career that could combine my interest in the sciences as well as impact the health of the community around me, I decided upon medicine. I was accepted into the Cebu Institute of Medicine in the Philippines in 2015 where I had the opportunity to work with underserved communities, practice leading community workshops on preventative medicine, and eat some of the most delicious food known to mankind. After graduating in 2019, I came back to the States during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and worked closely with physicians who supported their communities through those hard times. My professional interests include preventative medicine and reproductive health. In my off time, you can find me swimming, biking, and exploring the outdoors.



Tanzeel Awadalla, MD
Medical School:
Omdurman Islamic University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 



Ansa George, MD
Medical School:
David Tvildiani Medical University AIETI Medical School

I was born, raised and spent my formative years in a rural town in south India. In my town, access to a physician was the difference between life and death. Since childhood, I was fascinated by what physicians do and also wondered if I could become one. I completed my medical school from David Tvildiani Medical University, Georgia followed by multiple rotations in Canada which I call home now as well as in the United States. The journey to my dream of becoming a physician took me through four countries spanning 12 years culminating in my residency here at UHS. The opportunities and exposure are simply endless at UHS FM program. I personally consider the mentoring by a dedicated faculty advisor and periodic feedback sessions from the faculty as a whole the best part of this program. The community support initiatives, home visits, excellent administrative support, the camaraderie between faculty, fellow residents, office and clinical support personnel all makes the UHS FM residency program more family and less work environment. I look forward to becoming a rural family physician which is when my life would come full circle. My favorite quote is “It is much more important to know what sort of patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has.” Sir William Osler (1904)

*Joseph Giannetta, MD
Medical School:
Ross University School of Medicine

Hi, my name is Joe Giannetta. I am from Cortlandt Manor, New York. I went to undergrad and graduate school at The University of Scranton and medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. I am a huge New York sports fan and love the Yankees, Jets, Knicks, and Rangers! In my free time I like to play basketball, golf and cornhole. I am very competitive and hate losing. I am interested in pursuing a fellowship in Sports Medicine. I also volunteer with the Vines project, which includes delivering fresh veggies to patients in our community. I love this program because everyone is so nice, friendly, and welcoming. We are truly family! 

*Henika Kaura, MD
Medical School:
Medical University of the Americas

Hi! I’m Henika and I'm from Ontario, Canada. I attended the University of Waterloo and Medical University of the Americas. My passion lies within global medicine and serving the underserved. I am interested in advocacy and recently joined MSSNY. I like community projects such as our Vines project which entails providing vegetables to communities to enforce lifestyle change. I enjoy getting to know our residents and experiencing all that the city has to offer. I love our family medicine program. UHS provides a friendly and motivating environment to develop the skills and knowledge to become a great physician.

Lukas Kost, MD
Medical School:
Medizinische Fakultat Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg 

I’m originally from Freiburg, Germany. I attended medical school at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. I completed a pediatric residency in Germany before moving to the US. I extended my scope in Family Medicine to be able to establish long-lasting relationships with families and to care for them throughout their lives. Our family medicine program offers a supportive environment to hone my skill set as a primary care physician. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, hiking in the great parks around Binghamton and playing soccer.

Saeed Mahmood, MD
Medical School:
Medical University of the Americas

I grew up and completed my undergraduate studies in Brooklyn, NY and then went to medical school at Medical University of the Americas in the Caribbean. When thinking about residency programs, I wanted a program with a challenging full-spectrum curriculum, one that would support my medical interests and goals, and most importantly, a program that felt like a family. UHS Family Medicine exceeded all these criteria when I was fortunate enough to do a rotation here during my 4th year of medical school. I felt incredibly welcomed, and was immediately drawn to the kind, open and welcoming culture among the attendings, residents and staff. I enjoy training at UHS and living in Johnson City, NY for my residency training. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time outdoors, watching/playing cricket, exploring new places, and spending time with friends and family.

Bhreagh Orrell, MD
Medical School:
Medical University of the Americas

I am a second year family medicine resident from Nova Scotia, Canada, and I absolutely have an accent. I was lucky enough to grow up in North Sydney, on Cape Breton Island, voted the most beautiful island in Canada, and I love being near the ocean. I attended Memorial Composite High School and from there attended Cape Breton University for my undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I worked as a registered nurse at the Northside General Hospital where I found a love for advocacy, patient care and medical knowledge, which prompted me to further my education in medicine. For the first time, I left home to move to another (warmer) island, St. Kitts and Nevis, to attend Medical University of the Americas. I am so grateful for my experience on the island, the knowledge I gained and the people I met. Following my academic studies on the island, I travelled throughout the United States to complete my medical rotations, one of which I was able to obtain through the UHS Family Medicine Residency program. Unfortunately, while here, COVID surged for the first time (in 2020) and required me to return home, however the one week spent here was one of my favorites. Therefore, I was incredibly fortunate to match here for residency. I now live here, in Binghamton, NY, with my greyhound Dolce. My hobbies include hockey, attending sporting events, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family. My medical interests include rural, palliative and sports medicine. 

Jayapriya Palaniappan, MD
Medical School:
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute

My name is Dr. Jayapriya Palaniappan. I was born in India and grew up in Saudi Arabia and Canada. I went to Sri Ramachandra Medical school and completed my internship training there. 

When I virtually interviewed for this program, I felt that the faculty and residents were approachable and were genuinely trying to get to know each of us personally. The camaraderie and support is what makes our program special. My interests include procedures, outpatient medicine, palliative, and geriatric medicine. I am part of the OMT track and started the social media committee. I am also involved in various activities, such as wellness and refugee committee, conferences, and community outreach programs such as Vines. In my free time I like to paint, hike, play sports, travel, do photography and explore community events/ restaurants with friends and family!

Saeema Sayed, MD
Medical School:
Medical University of the Americas

My name is Dr. Saeema Sayed and I am from Toronto, Canada.  I went to the University of Toronto for my undergraduate studies where I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Paramedicine. Although I really enjoyed being a Paramedic, I decided to further my education and go to medical school. As an M.D. I chose to do my residency training in Family Medicine because I enjoy outpatient medicine and everything it offers such as the ability to have continuity of care and to establish a lasting relationship with my patients. The UHS Family Medicine Program was my top choice for residency because of the friendly faculty, the ability to tailor my residency track to my interest and its close proximity to home (Toronto). I am an easygoing individual who enjoys to sleep, shop and eat!  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and truly believe in a good work-life balance.


* Indicates Co-Chief Residents

Family Medicine Residency Benefits

Salary: $60,890 (PGY 1)

Insurance Coverage:

  • Health Insurance: UHSH is partnered with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) to provide our employees with Blue Preferred (UHS PPO). UHSH covers a major portion of the health insurance premiums. Premiums are deducted bi-weekly from your paycheck.
  • Pharmacy: Prescriptions may be filled through UHS, an Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield network pharmacy or through mail order.
  • Life Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital, equal to your annual salary.
  • Malpractice Insurance: Provided and paid for by the hospital.
  • Dental Insurance: Standard and high option dental plans available at shared cost with the hospital.
  • Vision Insurance: Shared cost with the hospital
  • Wellness Rewards
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Direct Deposit

Personal Time Off: (vacations, holidays, board exams, interviews, unexpected absences including illnesses): 18 days (PGY-1), 25 days (PGY-2), 27 days (PGY-3)

Moving Allowance: A moving allowance of $300 is provided to each resident.

Professional Development Fund: 1st and 2nd year residents are allotted $750/year to be used towards conferences, books, and/or other items related to your professional development/education. Required programmatic dues will be paid for out of the fund. This allotment increases to $1,500 in your third year of residency which is designated for board application fees

Academic Appointments: All residents receive an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Instructor at Upstate Medical University (SUNY), Syracuse, New York.

Athletic/Gym Privileges: Residents have access to the non-fee based athletic facilities at Binghamton University: gymnasium, weight room, indoor and outdoor tracks, pools, racquetball and tennis courts.

Membership: All Family Medicine Residents will receive AAFP and STFM membership.

· American Academy of Family Physicians: www.aafp.org

· American Board of Family Medicine: www.theabfm.org

· Family Medicine Interest Group: http://fmignet.aafp.org

· Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: www.stfm.org

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To Apply

Applications are accepted via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). Deadline to apply is December 31. Completed application includes:

  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcript from your medical school
  • MSPE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores

Application Criteria:

  • We prefer applicants who have graduated from Medical School within the last five years, or who have not been away from clinical medicine for more than 5 years and /or who have had observerships in the U.S.
  • First time pass is preferred. Applicants need to have passed Steps 1 and 2 (both parts) prior to the Rank Order List deadline.
  • Have applied for and received or are soon to receive ECFMG certification, if applicable.

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