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5 AUA Alumni Making a Big Impact in the Global Medical Community

Among our hundreds of alumni, many have made significant strides in the global medical community – more so than most Caribbean medical school graduates. Here are some notable AUA alumni making waves in their medical careers:

Dr. Jasmine Riviere-Marcelin (Valedictorian, Class of 2011)

Dr. Marcelin is an Infectious Disease Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Previously, she was an Internal Medicine Resident at the Mayo Clinic and was the first author of a manuscript entitled “41-Year-Old Woman with Fever, Neutropenia, and Elevated Transaminase Levels” published in the January 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. At AUA, she earned a perfect score on her USMLE Step 1 and was the recipient of the Antiguan Tuition Grant.

Dr. Bilal Khan (Class of 2011)

Dr. Khan is a Critical Care Fellow at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Norwalk, CT. There are only two spots open every year for this coveted position and he’s the only Caribbean medical school graduate in this fellowship. He was the Chief Categorical Internal Medicine Resident at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. During Hurricane Sandy, he was one of the few MDs to remain at the hospital for five days, assisting patients in the only health care facility open in the area.

Dr. Hassan Masri (Class of 2010)

Dr. Masri is a Critical Care Fellow at Queens University School of Medicine in Kingston, ON. He studied Critical Care at Stanford for Echo Cardiography training course and was an Internal Medicine Resident at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD. In 2013, he courageously entered Syria through the Turkish border, where he spent nearly two weeks providing medical assistance to refugees. With limited resources, he treated hundreds of patients and, when he returned, raised more than $175,000 to send fuel and winter clothing to Syria.

Dr. Sreekanth Cheruku (Class of 2009)

He is now a licensed anesthesiologist in Texas and is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was a Critical Care Anesthesiology Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH and a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow at Duke University Center in Durham, NC. During his Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Mississippi, he was the recipient of the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists Charles D. Brunson Award.

Dr. Ehsan Esmaeili (Class of 2007)

Dr. Esmaeli is a Hand and Microvascular Surgeon at the South Florida Hand and Orthopaedic Center in Boca Raton, FL. He is board certified in general surgery by the American College of Surgeons and is one of the few hand surgeons practicing in South Florida. He was a Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellow at the University of Connecticut and Chief General Surgery Resident at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina. His wife and fellow AUA alumna, Dr. Ally Bagenholm (Class of 2007), is practicing at an urgent care facility in Boynton Beach, FL.

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