Internal Medicine Residents

Internal Medicine ResidentsNazareth Hospital’s Internal Medicine residency program offers a dynamic post-graduate educational experience in the heart of Northeast Philadelphia. Our residents come from many walks of life and go on to pursue careers in a number of medical fields, including:

  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospitalist Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Outpatient Practice
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonology/Critical Care

Current Internal Medicine Residents

First Year Residents

Hamzah Akram

Hamzah Akram, MD

I was born and raised in Canada and completed my undergrad at McMaster University. I decided to pursue medical school at MUA in West Indies. It’s been quite the experience but all worth the ride (Thank you God).

Future plans: I’m still deciding which way to sail the boat!

Interests: In my spare time you’ll see me playing ball or just kicking back and having a good conversation with friends while sipping on some good tea.

Interesting fact about me: My dad thought me a little something about cars, so I can do some basic repairs.

Favorite quote:
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.

But who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Preeti Bansal

Preeti Bansal, MD

I was born in India and moved to Upper Darby, PA at the age of 12 where I went to high school. Wanting to explore, I got my BS at the University of Pittsburgh and MD at the American University of Antigua. I am grateful to be given an opportunity to be a part Nazareth Community. I am looking forward to my time here and hope to step a foot forward in preventive medicine.

Outside the hospital, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I like listening to music, watch movies, and cook. After spending almost 10 years outside of the Philadelphia area, I am excited to be back and explore the city.

Yannick D’Silva

Yannick D’Silva, MD

Yannick is from Missassauga, Ontario, Canada. He enjoys basketball, baseball and golf. When not in the hospital, he can be found watching the Raptors and Tiger Woods.

Joby Jacob

Joby Jacob, MD

Joby grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Biology and Sociology. He attained his doctorate of medicine from the American International Medical University in the Caribbean. When he is not in the hospital, he enjoys playing the guitar, playing basketball, hiking, and volunteering. He is passionate about hunger and poverty alleviation efforts domestically and internationally. Joby aspires to be a physician who is a servant leader. Go Eagles!

Favorite quote: “Service is the rent we pay for the life we have been given.” - Marian Wright Edelman

Maliha Khan

Maliha Khan, MD

Born in Dubai, raised in Indiana, where I went to high school and then college at IU, and schooled in Chicago for my Masters and then Grenada for medical school at Saint George's University, travel has been a big part of my life. Lucky for me, it is what I enjoy most in my spare time, whether with family and/or friends.

I spend the rest of my free time staying active, hiking, playing volleyball, and exploring nearby places/things to do. Currently, residency takes up most of my time, but I enjoy all the history, food, and major league sports teams Philadelphia has to offer.

Sruthi Nelluri

Sruthi Nelluri, MD

I was born and raised in Telangana, India where I graduated from Kakatiya Medical College. I moved to the United States to pursue my dream of becoming a well-rounded doctor. I have been passionate about learning all my life. I am excited to start as the intern this year and look forward to great achievements with my Nazareth family. It has been a blessing to train and grow in an atmosphere that is both challenging and nurturing.

I like to spend my free time with my family and friends, watch movies, travel to new places. Besides the outstanding residency program, the city of Philadelphia has also been a wonderful new place to call home. It has been exciting exploring the city.

Being a doctor is my ambition, and now that I am one, I wish to take things further in various aspects of practicing medicine to be the best.

Favorite quote: “It’s not what we face that defines us; it’s how we deal with it.”

Alicia Rosen

Alicia Rosen, MD

University of Pennsylvania BA (2013)
Trinity School of Medicine MD (2017)

I am a native Philadelphian, born and bred in the Northeast. I am passionate about my city and my community. It is very exciting to be home to serve this unique and diverse neighborhood. I love to travel, SCUBA dive, learn new languages, and try new cuisines. I enjoy classic movies and most music. I look forward to exploring all internal medicine has to offer, though I may look to specialize in the future. Look forward to meeting everyone around the hospital!

Syed Sohail

Syed Sohail, DO

Undergraduate: Rutgers University-New Brunswick, BA
Medical Education: Campbell University SOM, DO

I am excited to be in internal medicine because of the diverse and broad nature of pathology the field has to offer. After college, I went to medical school in North Carolina and realized I wanted to pursue a field that allowed the development of quality relationships, collaboration and challenges with people. I am a big football fan and love to watch the Giants play in N.J. My free time is usually spent with family and friends, and I love sharing experiences of my recent trip to Paris and London—especially the food!

Medical/Career Interests: Integrative Medicine, broad-spectrum practice, hospital medicine.

Personal Goals: Travel to each of the seven continents!

Favorite Quote: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Second Year Residents

Anisha Daxini

Anisha Daxini, MD

Anisha was born and raised in India and attended medical school at J.J.M. Medical College, India. After medical school, she worked as a regional tuberculosis officer in a Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program serving primarily the rural and medically underserved population with the vision of achieving “TB free India.” While there, she played a key role in designing and developing a project to create awareness and prevention strategies for TB/HIV/AIDS patients and fostered her interest in internal medicine, patient care, global health and leadership.

She immigrated to the U.S. in 2017 and has grown to love her adopted city, Philadelphia. She describes her time at Nazareth as enjoyable and enriching. The high incidence of preventable chronic illnesses in her patients led to the discovery of her new love, “Lifestyle Medicine.” She feels honored to be chosen as the PiT “Global Alliance Liaison” in American College of Lifestyle Medicine (2018-2019) to represent the U.S. and is currently working on developing the “Positive psychology Module for Lifestyle Medicine residency curriculum.”

Outside of work, she likes to hike, do yoga, run on the Schuylkill banks and listen to music. She recently checked off skydiving from her bucket list and is learning the Ukulele.

Angela Han

Angela Han, DO

Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: AT Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Hobbies: Traveling, Photography

Joshua Kuhl

Joshua Kuhl, MD

I was born and raised in the first state, Delaware, where I remained through college, majoring in biology and psychology at the University of Delaware. Afterward I traveled south where I attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Virginia to earn my medical degree. From there, I headed north to Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York where I received my accelerated master of public health degree in epidemiology.

Now in Philadelphia, I am enjoying the blend of urban and suburban life, and the benefits of training at a community hospital, where I am preparing for a career as a hospitalist. In what spare time residency affords me, I enjoy weightlifting and riding motorcycles.

Favorite quote: “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world,” by Miyamoto Musashi.

Sheharyar Minhas

Sheharyar Minhas, MD

Medical School: Saint Georges University
Career Plans: Cardiology

I was born in Pakistan and I moved to the U.S. at age 11. I graduated summa cum laude from Christian Brothers University in Memphis where I also served as a President of Alpha Chi National Honors Society. I was honored to be selected into the Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During that time my interest in academic research developed.

I have published several research papers and presented at regional and national level. I am interested in pursuing cardiology fellowship and working in an academic center. I also have a passion in public health and health care policy.

During my intern year I met love of my life. My wife is from Little Rock, Arkansas. Outside of medicine, I enjoy exploring world airlines and traveling around the world. I flew over 75,000 miles last year. I love building LEGO modular sets and I have a dedicated room for my Lego City. Starbucks is my passion and I have rarely missed my venti mocha light frappuccino since I was in high school. My biggest influence in life is my mother, and my family and God are everything to me.

Vinayasree Shyam

Vinayasree Shyam, MD

Vinayasree Shyam is from Canada. She holds a Bachelors in Honors Science with major in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Biology and Psychology. She received her Medical Doctorate from Ross University.

Jesmin Chowdhury

Jesmin Chowdhury, MD

Krishna Patel

Krishna Patel, MD

Amanprit Singh

Amanprit Singh, MD

Aparna Vuppala

Aparna Vuppala, MD

Peter Zijlstra

Peter Zijlstra, DO

Third Year Residents

Shafat Sirajee

Shafat Sirajee, DO, Co-Chief Resident

Shafat grew up in Southern California and completed his Bachelors at the University of California, San Diego in Bioengineering. After working as an engineer, Shafat attended Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. He enjoys downhill skiing, working with wood, and working on his culinary skills. He plans on becoming a teaching attending once he finishes his training. Although there are many aspects to his character, the following quote defines his mindset most accurately: “When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.”

Daniel Shin

Daniel J. Shin, DO, Co-Chief Resident

Daniel was born in San Jose, California and moved to Philadelphia at age 5. He went to college at Pennsylvania State University and then received his graduate degree from Drexel University. He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hobbies: Cooking, Golf, Video games

Hopes and aspirations: Applying for a pulmonary critical care fellowship. Would love to battle in Kitchen Stadium one day and achieve the title of Iron Chef. Special shout out to Nick Foles and the world champions, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tiffany Holmes

Tiffany Holmes, DO

Aileen Zhen

Aileen Zhen, DO

Aileen grew up in Boston, MA where she cheered for the Red Sox and the Patriots. She went to Brandeis University where she obtained her BS in Biology. After college, she did three years of basic sciences research at Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston before moving to Maine to attend the University of New England College of Medicine.

In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, sports, and traveling. She is currently pursuing a fellowship in Nephrology and hopes to one day become an academic nephrologist.

Rouminder Kaur

Rouminder Kaur, DO

Rouminder received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis and a Master of Science at Drexel University College of Medicine. She attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Hobbies: Playing Tabla in the rain. Zip lining. Reading. Mothering.

Favorite quote: “If you are not willing to look stupid, nothing great is ever going to happen to you.” - Dr. House