Saint Agnes Hospital

Strong Foundation, Brilliant Future.

The Medical Residency Faculty at Saint Agnes Hospital

The strength of the Department of Medicine arises from its outstanding faculty of physicians. Our faculty is very engaged and involved with the residents presenting an extensive didactic curriculum as well as working hands-on with residents in the care of their patients. Our philosophy is to keep “our patients first” and incorporate evidence based research in the context of sound clinical judgment and patient’s individual goals of care. Every resident is assigned faculty advisers who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. The advisers serve as personal mentors throughout the residency. In addition, many faculty members are greatly engaged informally in promoting and assisting residents with their future goals. “We succeed when you do.”

Faculty

  • Dr. Richard Pomerantz

    Dr. Richard Pomerantz

    Dr. Richard Pomerantz is a nationally recognized interventional cardiologist who brings decades of clinical, educational and managerial expertise to Saint Agnes Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. Prior to joining Saint Agnes, Dr. Pomerantz spent two decades at the University of Rochester Medical Center most recently as Clinical Chief of the Cardiology Unit and Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program. He earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed an internship and residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by fellowship training in clinical and interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He is a member of numerous national and international professional associations, including the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is a Past President of the NY State Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He has also been an avid contributor to research, professional presentation and published work on a variety of clinical topics relative to interventional cardiology.

  • Dr. Sapna Kuehl

    Dr. Sapna Kuehl

    Dr. Sapna Kuehl is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency program, at St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore, Maryland. She is on faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and has interest in patient safety and quality. She served as the chair of the Internal Medicine Peer Review Committee for five years and has participated on multiple interdepartmental quality improvement projects throughout the hospital. She is a member of the Council of American College of Physicians for the state of Maryland and chairs the Council of Young Physicians for the state. She has been a member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine since 2004 and is a member of the National APDIM survey committee. She is one of the administrators for the Community Hospital Education and Research Network, within APDIM. And is a reviewer for the online journal “Journal of Community Hospitals Internal Medicine Perspectives. Dr. Kuehl is board certified in Internal Medicine and received her undergraduate degree in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical System. She has worked as a hospitalist and been in private practice before moving into graduate medical education. She is married, has two children and enjoys painting in acrylics and her work, “A Garden Path” was selected for display at the American College of Physicians - Artists National Meeting in 2006.

  • Dr.  Maria del Pilar Morales

    Dr. Maria del Pilar Morales

    Dr. Morales joined St. Agnes in July 2008 when she began her internal medicine residency training; she completed her residency in June 2011. She then spent a year as chief resident for the program and part time hospitalist. Upon completion of her chief resident year Dr. Morales joined the faculty at St. Agnes as an Associate Program Director and Academic Hospitalist. Dr. Morales received her medical degree from Escuela Colombiana de Medicine/Universidad el Bosque in Bogota, Colombia and graduated in the summer of 2002. She then spent a year working with the navy in the rainforest of Colombia as a general practitioner. After completing her social duty with the navy she returned to her home town, Bogota, and worked in primary care and occupational health for several years before deciding to pursue residency training in internal medicine in the United States. Dr. Morales is board certified in internal medicine. She is a member of The American College of Physicians (ACP), the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), where she recently presented a workshop on integrating international medical graduates into residency training in the United States. . She enjoys all aspects of general Internal Medicine but she particularly enjoys teaching and training residents. Her long term plans are to develop new programs to enhance graduate medical education at St. Agnes and beyond, to pursue research in the field, and to foster a robust academic hospitalist program at St. Agnes.

  • Dr. Deborah Som

    Dr. Deborah Som

    Dr. Deborah Som is the Director of Ambulatory Medicine and the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency. Dedicated to St. Agnes since 1998, she came to our hospital after completing her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical System. She is a member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) as well as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). She has been a judge in the ACP Associates Meeting, a forum for residents to compete with clinical vignettes and research projects. As a member of the Ethics Committee, she has been interested in development of an Ethics Curriculum and case-based conference series for the medical residents. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and interested in outpatient quality improvement initiatives and care of under-served populations. She is married, has three children and lives in Annapolis. She also has a special interest in resident teaching and mentoring, including a focus on career counseling and work-life balance for residents.

  • Dr. Shadi Barakat

    Dr. Shadi Barakat

    Shadi Barakat, MD joined the Saint Agnes Department of Medicine in August 2011. Prior to this post, he completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He received his medical degree from the University of Damascus in Syria, and completed residency in medicine at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore in 2008. He is currently serving as Chief of Endocrinology & Medical Director of the Diabetes Center. He has always enjoyed working with and teaching medical residents and students. He had the opportunity to teach “Introduction to Clinical Medicine Part 1” to a group of University of Maryland medical students while serving as chief resident from 2008 to 2009, and “Advanced Physical Diagnosis” to a group of University of Missouri medical students where he was the chief fellow from 2010 to 2011. He is married, has one child and lives in Columbia.

  • Dr. Huong Diem Nguyen

    Dr. Huong Diem Nguyen

    Dr. Nguyen joined St. Agnes in July 2012 after serving as a staff endocrinologist and internal medicine attending at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering with honors from the Johns Hopkins University. She then went on to study medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She completed an internal medicine internship at National Naval Medical Center before serving as a General Medical Officer for the US Navy in San Diego, California. She completed internal medicine residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and then served as a general internist at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California. She then returned to National Naval Medical Center to complete a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. Dr. Nguyen is board certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. She is also certified in clinical densitometry and endocrine neck ultrasound by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists respectively. She is a member of the Endocrine Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Nguyen has been published in several medical journals. She enjoys all aspects of general endocrinology.

  • Dr. George Lawrence

    Dr. George Lawrence

    Dr. George Lawrence graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and did his post-graduate training at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School. He recently stepped down from being the Chief of Endocrinology at St. Agnes Hospital (1971-2011) but still is active in the Division of Endocrinology. For the past 18 years he has been the Director of the Off-Shore Medical Student Program and is involved in the Internal Medicine CORE and elective program in Internal Medicine.

  • Dr. Bernard Kim

    Dr. Bernard Kim

    Dr. Bernard Kim joined the staff at St. Agnes in July 2012 after completing his medical training. He received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles. He then completed a Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperors College. After a clinical internship as an acupuncturist, he desired a more thorough understanding of human pathophysiology. Therefore, he went on to attend medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He then moved to Maryland where he completed internal medicine residency at University of Maryland Medical Center and fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and board eligible in critical care medicine. Dr. Kim enjoys being involved with the medical resident training program at St. Agnes. He is involved with inpatient resident education on the pulmonary consultation service as well as attending on the medicine ward service. He has special interests in lung cancer screening and staging, bronchoscopy, ultrasonography and international medicine. He has recently participated in medical mission trips to Samar, Philippines and the A.I.C. Kijabe Hospital in Kenya.

  • Dr. Robin Li

    Dr. Robin Li

    Dr. Robin Li joined Saint Agnes Hospital after completing her internship and residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) as well as the National Alliance for Wound Care (NAWC). Dr. Li is dedicated to the medical education of the residents in the outpatient ambulatory clinic, where she has worked since joining St. Agnes in 2003. As a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee, she is active in promoting ongoing medical education to residents and practicing physicians within St. Agnes and those throughout the medical community. She is interested in providing care to the medically underserved of Baltimore, and is particularly interested in teaching and mentoring medicine residents, including counseling on career and life choices. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Wound Care Certified Specialist, and has previously served on the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) at St. Agnes Hospital. She is married, has three children, and lives in Columbia. She enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Dr. Durga Dhoj Adhikari

    Dr. Durga Dhoj Adhikari

    Dr. Durga Dhoj Adhikari is a medical graduate from Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal. He initially joined Saint Agnes Hospital as an internal medicine resident in July 2008. Subsequently, after his graduation in June 2011, he joined the faculty at Saint Agnes Hospital as an academic hospitalist for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Since then he has been actively involved in training and mentoring internal medicine residents. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a current member of American College of Physicians. Apart from academics, he is interested in administrative responsibility as well. He was an associate chief resident during his residency and currently also serves as the Director of Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) at Saint Agnes Hospital. As a Director of IMCU he participates in different hospital committees-hospital throughput, critical care committee etc. He is involved in improving hospital throughput and also trains residents in triaging patients for different levels of care in the hospital.

  • Dr. Ricardo Conti

    Dr. Ricardo Conti

    Dr. Conti did his initial medical training in Brazil. His first internal medicine residency and his cardiology fellowship were completed in 1997 at the University of São Paulo, one of the most prestigious South American Universities. After his cardiology fellowship, Dr. Conti studied myocardial infarction in young patients and received a research doctorate degree/Ph.D. also from the University of São Paulo. Dr. Conti is board certified in Cardiology by the Brazilian Society of Cardiology and board certified in Intensive Care by the Brazilian Association of Intensive Medicine. He worked as a teaching cardiologist for eight years at the Heart Institute/University of São Paulo and also as a private cardiologist and intensive care physician. In 2007, Dr. Conti came to United States and initially interpreted echocardiogram studies at Yale University. In 2008 he came for the first time to Saint Agnes Hospital, where he did Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. Conti is board certified in Internal Medicine and worked as a hospitalist with intensive care privileges and then as the Intensive Care Director at Chester River Hospital/University of Maryland System. Dr. Conti came back to Saint Agnes in 2013 to work with previous friends and to continue his teaching career.