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PGY-4

Ifrah Ahmed, M.D.
Ifrah Ahmed, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate School: University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
Favorite Cell: Histiocyte
Hometown: Saint Louis, MO
​Email: ifrah.ahmed@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology? 
"I love the friendly and caring atmosphere. It is the only place that made me feel like my colleagues and teachers would not only be my mentors but also my family."


Rory Deol, D.O.
Rory Deol, D.O.

Medical School: A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ
Undergraduate School: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 
Favorite cell: Macrophage
Hometown: Waukon, IA
​E-mail: rory.deol@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology?
"Having grown up in the Midwest, I wanted to do my residency in a location that not only allowed me to easily visit family, but also provided me with a variety of academic opportunities. I even rotated here during medical school and my experience with both the residents and attendings assured me that this was where I wanted to do my residency."


Muhammad Atif Salyana, M.D.
Muhammad Atif Salyana, M.D.

Medical School: King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan
Favorite Cell: Monocyte
Hometown: Jhang, Pakistan
Email: muhammmadatif.salyana@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology? 
"I loved the motivating spirit of interviewing faculty."


Niraja Shainoju Korremla, M.D.
Niraja Shainoju Korremla, M.D.

Medical School: Bhaskar Medical College and General Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Undergraduate School: Bhaskar Medical College and General Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Favorite Cell: Hepatocyte, neuron, and cardiomyocyte (there are cool reasons for my favorites)
Hometown: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Email: niraja.shainojukorremla@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology? 
"I chose SLU pathology because I did research colloborating with SLU pathology and I loved the teaching and encouragement given by the attendings. I attended various conferences where I learned a lot and established a good rapport with residents."


PGY-3

Thomas Fay, M.D.
Thomas Fay, M.D.

Medical School: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
​Undergraduate School:University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
​Favorite Cell: Astrocyte
Hometown: Columbia, MO
Email: thomas.fay@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology?
"Saint Louis University draws a diverse group of intellectuals that share a common interest, seeking truth. This is at the heart of what we do in pathology, and the main reason I chose to train here."   


Elizabeth Davaro, M.D.
Elizabeth Davaro, M.D.

Medical School: George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington DC
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame, IN
Favorite Cell:  Coy cells “shy little cells with atypical nuclei and high N/C ratios, hiding in the background”
Hometown: North Palm Beach, Florida
Email: elizabeth.doane@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology?
"The cooperative, enthusiastic and close-knit group of residents"


James Doan, D.O.
James Doan, D.O.

Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Favorite Cell: Clue cell
Hometown: Houston, TX
Email: james.doan@health.slu.edu
Why SLU Pathology?
“The faculty are very supportive and love to teach. Work and life balance are easily obtained. There is no evidence of malignancy.”


Odianosen Eigbire-Molen, M.D.
Odianosen Eigbire-Molen, M.D.

Medical School: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
​Undergraduate School: Washington University in Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO
​Favorite Cell: Interstitial cells of Cajal
Hometown: Benin City, Nigeria 
Email: odia.eigbiremolen@health.slu.edu  
Why SLU Pathology? “I was initially drawn to the program because I wanted to explore the gateway to the midwest.” 


PGY-2

Tatiana Bihun, M.D.
Tatiana Bihun, M.D.

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Dutch Antilles 
Undergraduate School: University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Favorite Cell: Schwann Cell
​Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Email: Tatiana.bihun@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology? 
"I was looking for a close-knit program with collaborative faculty and a strong Forensic fellowship."


Alex Heimbigner, M.D.
Alex Heimbigner, M.D. 

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Favorite cell: Plasma cell
Hometown: South Jordan, UT
Email: alex.heimbigner@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology? 
"SLU has a group of residents that is both diverse and close-knit, working in a place big enough to have the big city trappings but small enough to avoid big city costs and traffic."


PGY-1

Katie Hanson, M.D.
Katie Hanson, M.D.

David Starr, M.D.
David Starr, M.D.

Ahmet Surucu, M.D.
Ahmet Surucu, M.D.

Medical School: Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey 
​Undergraduate School: Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey 
Favorite Cell: Hematopoietic stem cells
​Hometown: Sanliurfa, Turkey
​Email: ahmet.surucu@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology?
“I chose SLU because of the nice people, friendly work environment, having chance to exposure academic and private practice which will make me well prepared for life after residency.​”


Post-Sophomore Fellows

Jakob Hockman, M.S.
 Jakob Hockman, M.S.

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate School: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Favorite Cell: Histiocytes – you can never be wrong if you say it looks like a histiocyte 
Hometown: Diamond, MO
Email: jake.t.hockman@health.slu.edu 
Why I chose to do a PSF year:
"Pathology is where the answers are and there is no rotation in medical school. I'm here for extra training and experience before applying to residency. Plus the residents, they’re great."


Fellows

Ashley Ellis
Ashley Ellis

Transfusion Medicine


Peyman Dinarvand, M.D.
Peyman Dinarvand, M.D. 

Gastrointestinal Pathology
Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Undergraduate School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Favorite Cell: Physaliferous cell
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Email: peyman.dinarvand@health.slu.edu 
Why SLU Pathology?
"A residency program with strong clinical and research settings was my goal, and by choosing SLU Pathology I achieved that goal. The SLU Pathology residency is a program where you really enjoy your residency experience.”