25 Faculty Members Join 8 Medical School Departments

Published December 4, 2019

Twenty-five faculty members with a variety of clinical and research experience — representing eight medical school departments — have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months.

Bhavyaa Bahl, MD

Bhavyaa Bahl, MD, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital.

She was chief resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Huntsville Regional Medical Center.

Brian Edelstein, MD

Brian Edelstein, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics, earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He completed an internship in general surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, a residency and internship in pediatrics at the University of Chicago and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Stephanie M. Ficarro, PsyD

Stephanie M. Ficarro, PsyD, is an academic scholar in the Department of Psychiatry.

Her specialty is forensic psychiatry.

Ficarro earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Medaille College. She earned her master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Kathryn K. Hufmeyer, MD

Kathryn K. Hufmeyer, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Her research involves developing and studying educational methods for teaching trainees best practices for clinical documentation in electronic medical records.

She received her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and completed a residency in internal medicine at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Neha Jassal, MD

Neha Jassal, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics.

She earned her medical degree from Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

She completed her pediatric internship and residency at Harlem Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Gopal Katkoria, MD

Gopal Katkoria, MD, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

Katkoria earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine.

Katkoria completed his residency at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley/Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Alysia V. Kwiatkowski, DO

Alysia V. Kwiatkowski, DO, is an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine.

Kwiatkowski earned her DO in medicine from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She earned her master’s degree in natural sciences from UB. She completed her residency at Albany Medical College, where she was chief resident. Kwiatkowski also completed a fellowship in rheumatology at Rush University Medical Center.

David R. Lloyd, MD

David R. Lloyd, MD, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

Lloyd earned his medical degree from the Jacobs School, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from UB.

Sultan Mahmood, MD

Sultan Mahmood, MD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine. He has participated in various research projects and quality improvement projects to improve the access and quality of the colonoscopy procedure.

He earned his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and his bachelor’s degree from Punjab University.

At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology.

Zachary G. Puca, MD

Zachary G. Puca, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Puca earned his medical degree from the Jacobs School.

He completed his residency in psychiatry at UB.

He is an attending physician at Erie County Medical Center.

Aishwarya Ramachandran, MBBS

Aishwarya Ramachandran, MBBS, is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine.

Ramachandran earned her medical degree from the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research.

She completed her residency at Presence St. Francis Hospital.

Pooja Sofat, MD

Pooja Sofat, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology.

Sofat earned her medical degree from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

She completed her residency in adult neurology as well as a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at UB. Her expertise is in diagnosing and managing general adult neurology patients as well as electroencephalogram interpretation.

Rachelle M. St. Onge, MD

Rachelle M. St. Onge, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

St. Onge earned her medical degree and master of public health degree from Upstate Medical University and completed her residency at the University of Rochester.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.

She performs deliveries and surgeries at both Oishei Children’s Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

James Youssef, MD

James Youssef, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine, completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at UB. He also completed a fellowship in cardiac MRI at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and a fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital.

He has specialized training in advanced heart failure and cardiac transplant, as well as advanced cardiovascular imaging.

Margaret M. Deangelis, PhD, professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Louisiana State University, her master’s in physiology from Medical College of Virginia and her bachelor’s degree from Clark University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

She has more than 80 publications to her name and serves on the steering/leadership committee for the international AMD genetics consortium, sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She was recently appointed to the Scientific Oversight Committee for the Global Eye Genetics Consortium.

Rebecca H. Hicks, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

Suparna Saha, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. She earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. Saha completed her residency at Stony Brook University School of Medicine at Mather Hospital and her internship at Icahn Mount Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Robert L. Borowski, DO, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.

Deepinder S. Brar, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.

Simranjit S. Gill, DO, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Abigail S. Green, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Nathaniel M. Ivanick, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.

Zarine Kamaluddin, MD, is an academic scholar in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.

Alberto F. Monegro, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.

Avantika Rudraraju, MD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine.