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News & Events

Recent Events

Welcome New Teaching Faculty

We are very pleased to announce that three outstanding academic hospitalists joined the ranks of our teaching faculty earlier this summer. Welcome Drs. Anas Atrach, Ammer Bekele and Viktorya Wolfer. With this new complement of teaching faculty, now all resident teams on the wards are run by a teaching hospitalist, further fostering an environment of learning and delivery of high quality and safe patient care.

Welcome New Interns

Please join us in welcoming our new intern class of 2017. We continue to have great success with our yearly recruitment efforts, and we are fortunate to have an outstanding group of doctors join our PGY1 class. Our interns hit the floor running and are already making us proud with their skills and eagerness to do and learn.  Keep up the good work!
Procedure Training and Simulation Lab

Dr. Ricardo Conti, one of our academic hospitalists, is spearheading our procedures curriculum and started a simulation lab for our residents last year. This has been a tremendous success. Dr. Conti’s efforts have helped our residents hone their skills and confidence in performing a variety of procedures for their patients.
Graduation 2014

Congratulations to all the graduates of the class of 2014!
As is now tradition, graduation took place at Turf Valley Resort on June 13, 2014. Faculty, staff, residents and their families came together to celebrate all the accomplishments and success of our 2014 class. The graduation video, which featured our chairman Dr. Pomerantz, was a complete hit!
Special congratulations to our intern and resident of the year doctors: Darling Ruiz-Cerrato and Rihab Sharara, who again and again demonstrate commitment and devotion to the profession.
Congratulations to the subspecialty teaching attending of the year, intensivist Dr. Pablo Garcia.  This year’s winner of the Golden Apple Award was Dr. Durga Adhikari, who has been a great teacher and mentor to our residents. Dr. Adhikari is leaving to further his medical training in a fellowship in rheumatology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

2014 Class Success

We are extremely proud of our graduating class of 2014; our dear third year residents have exceeded our expectations and never cease to amaze us with their intelligence, dedication and most of all their immense hearts. About 60% of the class applied and interviewed for fellowship positions this year and 100% of them matched at very competitive training programs around the country! We are ecstatic about these results and we have full confidence they will be shining stars at their new institutions, just like they have been during their time here at Saint Agnes!
These are the fellowship programs our third years will be joining this year:

  • Dr. Ahmed Abdelaziz – Hem/Onc at Wayne State University, Michigan

  • Dr. Darwin Ashbaker – Pulmonary Critical Care at A & M Scott And White, Texas

  • Dr. Siddharth Dugar – Critical Care at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

  • Dr. Abhineet Kumar – Hem/Onc at University of Arizona, Tucson

  • Dr. Mohamed Morsy – Cardiology at University of Tennessee, Memphis

  • Dr. Chintan Patel – Cardiology at Geisenger Health System, Pennsylvania

  • Dr. Hibba-Tul Rehman – Hem/Onc at University of Vermont – Fletcher Allen Cancer Center, Vermont

Sameer Ahmed will stay for one more year with us as our Chief Resident and afterwards plans to apply for a fellowship in cardiology.

The rest of the our PGY3 class will be following a very rewarding, noble and much underserved path in medicine as follows:

  • Dr. Meetu Agrawal will be working as a local primary care doctor.

  • Dr. Meenakshi Dagar will be working as a hospitalist in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Dr. Sindhuja Marupudi will working as a hospitalist at Wake Forest.

  • Dr. Alfredo Montero will be the joining Aventura and West Side Regional Medical Center as an academic hospitalist  

To all our PGY3s we congratulate you and we wish you a life full of happiness and achievements.

Winners at ACP
As it is now tradition most of the Internal Medicine training programs in the state of Maryland met to compete for the Doctor’s Dilemma championship; the competition was held on Saturday February 1st, at Turf Valley Resort, during ACP’s Maryland Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting. As usual, the caliber of all participating residents was outstanding so competition was fierce; the audience was kept on-edge throughout.  We are proud to announce that our program is the champion this year and will be representing Maryland at the upcoming national ACP meeting in the spring. Congratulations to our outstanding team: Siddarth Dugar (PGY3), Naresh Bhandari (PGY2), Rihab Sharara (PGY2), and Ji Yon Kwon (PGY1)!

Past Events

Holiday Party 2013

On Friday December 13, 2013 the Internal Medicine Residency program hosted their traditional holiday get-together in the Alagia auditorium to celebrate a year full of great accomplishments and to give thanks for all the excellent work and camaraderie. This year’s party was themed 70s style, attendance was excellent, musical entertainment was provided by D.J. Adam who dazzled us with great song selections, funny videos were provided by one of our medical students Jasmine Toor, fun group games were organized and run by the residents, and  last but not least food was Mediterranean style and simply delicious! A great many thanks to our second years Rihab Sharara, Safa Hegazin and Inas Abuali who organized the party and made sure it was an undeniable success! Great job girls!

Graduation 2013

Congratulations to all the graduates of the class of 2013!
This year we gathered in style at Turf valley Resort on June 7th to celebrate our residents’ success, to show them gratitude for their hard work and to bid them goodbye as they move on with their careers and lives. This class was an outstanding one and left their mark in the program, they created a legacy for future generations to follow. This year we had an all time high attendance and we had great entertainment, the residents did an outstanding job on their graduation video which will be a great memento for the program.  

Special congratulations to our residents of the year Dr. Naresh Bhandari and Dr. Saquib Chaudhri, thank you for your dedication and all your hard work; congratulations also to the subspecialty teaching attendings of the year Dr. Shadi Barakat and Dr. Bernard Kim, your commitment to resident education and the residency has been of paramount importance in the ongoing improvement of the program.  Lastly but not least, congratulations to Dr. Robin Li who won the Golden Apple Award, Dr. Li has always been an huge supporter of the residents and the residency, she has helped shaped the outpatient experience into an enriching and fruitful one for all the residents.  


This year’s Annual Maryland Associates Meeting, sponsored by the American College of Physicians was once again held here at St. Agnes Hospital on May 16th, 2013 and it reached all time high attendance with well over 300 participants.  Residents from all the local Internal Medicine residency programs participated, including the armed forces, and presented a total of 250 posters and oral presentations in this well known state-wide competition. This year we once again reached an all time high of submissions and would like to congratulate all the residents for their commitment to academia and patient care.  On a special note our own Dr. Sapna Kuehl was honored with the C. Lockard Conley Award for her contributions to resident education and training and research.

International Day 2013

The popularity of International Day at St. Agnes Hospital just keeps growing and growing, this year our nurses and IT department made amazing and delicious contributions; celebration took place as is tradition in the Alagia auditorium on March 23rd.  Once again we showcased many different cultures and countries from around the globe with delicious food and power point presentations by our very own residents and medical students.  International Day continues to be one of the most anticipated events of the year at our institution and it fosters institutional relationships and cultural competence.