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First-year fellows



Name
: Josiah Bote
Hometown: Haverhill, MA
Med School: UMass Medical School
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy going to concerts and playing music. I also play in adult league soccer and kickball. 
Why did you choose UMass for fellowship? The faculty are amazing and UMass has a large volume of cases which makes it a great training center. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I enjoy the food scene in the area, participate in adult sports leagues and golf during the summers.



Name: Marissa Ciuffo
Hometown
: Queens, NY
Med School: NY Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Stony Brook University Hospital
Hobbies/interests:  baking, reading, spending time with my mini golden doodle 
Why did you choose UMass for fellowship?  A strong academic foundation with exposure to all areas of the field, supportive faculty and approachable staff. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I don’t know yet. I am looking forward to exploring Central Mass!



Name:
Aaron Cohen
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Med School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Hobbies/Interests: Live music, cooking, eating at restaurants, spending time with friends/family
Why did you choose UMass for fellowship? Top-notch clinical training and volume. Genuinely supportive faculty.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? New to the area but love the restaurants, outdoor hikes, Wegmans and breweries.



Name:
Fahed Darmoch
Hometown: Aleppo, Syria
Residency: St Vincent Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University
Hobbies/Interests: Horse-back riding, drone flying, spending time with family and cooking
Why did you choose UMass for fellowship? Excellent training program with strong clinical exposure in all aspects of cardiology. I also appreciate their approachable faculty and friendly environment.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I enjoy driving to beautiful places around the New England area, shooting photos, and discovering new restaurants.



Name
: Bryan Dolan
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Being outside with my 2 children, Adeline and Lucas, playing football, soccer, and golf, reading, fan of our many great New England sports teams
Why did you choose UMass for fellowship? Excellent faculty that love to teach, family atmosphere, high volume center with great exposure in all cardiology subspecialty areas
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Lots outdoor activities including hiking and boating, many amazing restaurants and breweries, great live sports including Holy Cross and the soon-to-be Worcester Red Sox



Name:
Cecillia Wong
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Med school: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/Interests: Running, weightlifting, spending time with friends and family
Why did you choose UMass for fellowship? Fantastic co-fellows, great supportive faculty, high volume centre
What are your favourite Central Massachusetts activities? Eating at great local restaurants and cafes, and visiting nearby large cities and small towns


Second-year fellows



Name: Jonathan Bisaillon
Hometown
: Niskayuna, NY
Med School: Albany Medical College
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Following NY sports teams (Giants and Yankees), spending time with my family, running, gardening, drinking beer and grilling.
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Large academic program with excellent faculty and fellows creating a family-like work environment that is fully supportive. Also it’s a great ​location near our families. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Hiking with my family, being close to many different beaches (North Shore, Cape Cod, Rhode Island), and all the great breweries.



Name: Alejandro Folch Sandoval
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Med School: Universidad Panamericana, Escuela de Medicina, Mexico City
Residency: Boston University Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Working out, playing tennis, spinning
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Being the referral center for Central and Western Mass and northern Connecticut, it provides very well-rounded training with the busiest cath and EP labs in the region and a growing advanced heart failure service. It also has very renowned faculty and is close to Boston.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Being close to family and Boston activities, skiing and trying new breweries



Name: Ely Gracia
Hometown
: Miami, FL
Med School: New York Medical College
Residency: Stony Brook University
Hobbies/interests: Fly fishing, cooking, hiking, yoga
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Excellent leadership, ample research opportunities and a strong focus on the education of its​ fellows
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Hiking and fly fishing in the local trails



Name: Ahmed Nagy
Hometown
: Cairo, Egypt
Med School: Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Soccer, horseback riding, outdoor activities and video games
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Strong clinical training in all areas of cardiology, ample opportunities for research, very supportive and approachable faculty who are invested in education
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Hiking, kayaking, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends



Name:
Kevin O’Day
Hometown
: Westborough, MA
Med School: UMass Medical School
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Golf, travel, guitar
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? I love the people in the department. Everyone is smart, approachable and dedicated to patient care. This is a demanding clinical fellowship and that's what I desired the most in my training. It has excellent exposure to noninvasive imaging and EP, a heavy cath lab volume and a growing advanced heart failure division. 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities?: Rotating through the various great restaurants of Worcester and surrounding towns, Tree House Brewery on a weekend is always a treat and I also love being close to the beach towns of the Cape throughout the summer.



Name: Khanh-Van Tran
Hometown
: Worcester, MA
Med School: UMass Medical School (MD/PhD)
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Cooking, hiking, skiing and spending time with my family
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? The location is close to my family and community and the clinical training is great.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Apple picking in the fall and hiking at Mt. Wachusett.


Third-year fellows



Name: Patrick Abt
Hometown
: Syracuse, NY
Med School: Upstate Medical University
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Syracuse Basketball, NFL, pasta making 
WWhy did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Great laid-back atmosphere, fellow-driven program with excellent cardiology exposure
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Local breweries and restaurants



Name: Summer Aldrugh, co-chief fellow 2020-2021
Hometown
: Stone Mountain, GA
Med School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Spending time with family, cooking, hiking and shopping.
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Excellent training and great exposure, nice fellows, attendings and good support staff
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Great restaurants, hiking and fishing areas and convenient access to large cities.



Name: Matthew Gottbrecht, co-chief fellow 2020-2021

Hometown
: Hanover, MA
Med School: UMass Medical School
Residency: University of Virginia Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Playing with my daughter Simone and dog Otto, golfing, jogging and, Boston sports! 
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Outstanding faculty and co-fellows, large volume center with an amazing breadth and complexity of cases and Central Mass is a great place to live.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Going for walks with my family and dog through one of the local parks, playing golf at one of the beautiful local golf courses and going out to a local brewery or one of Worcester’s outstanding restaurants



Name: Christopher Phelan
Hometown
: Waterbury, CT
Med School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Music/concerts, golf, spending time with family/friends and diastology.
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Collegial environment, busy hospital with significant pathology, strong clinical program and many opportunities in medical education
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I enjoy trying new restaurants and breweries in the area, many golf courses, and close to Boston as well as my hometown and great suburban areas to live.



Name: Saadia Qazi
Hometown
: Portland, ME
Med School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA
Hobbies/interests: Hiking, soccer, cooking, love going to the library to pick out a good book to read every month
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Close to home, enjoy living in New England, and thought the community and overall vibe at UMSS was as stellar as the educational experience offered.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? I enjoy finding new places to hike and explore in Central and Western MA. I’ve really come to enjoy living in Worcester.



Name: Weijia Wang
Hometown: Nanjing, China
Med School: Zhejiang University
Residency: Tufts Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: sailing, skating, fishing, reading and traveling 
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? Wide range of cardiac pathology to see, good procedure volume, great attendings and mentors 
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Catching bass in Dean park, sailing on Lake Quinsigamond​, looking for fresh seafood in Wegmans


ABIM Research Pathway fellow



Name: Timothy Cashman
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Med School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (MD, PhD)
Residency: UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center
Hobbies/interests: Being active, exploring outside/hiking with my family, cooking baking, history, board games
Why did you choose UMass Medical School for your fellowship? I had done residency here and was therefore very familiar with the faculty and fellows. They were a HUGE draw as all of them are inspiring, excellent clinicians and easy to work with. Worcester is also close to both my wife’s and my family and we love the area. The acuity and complexity of the patients is also outstanding.
What are your favorite Central Massachusetts activities? Hiking, exploring local farmers’ markets and trying new restaurants