Current Residents

Our current residents report that our rotations and electives, stimulating research opportunities and supportive faculty constitute a rewarding training environment.

Chief Residents


Sarah Ackah.

Sarah Ackah, MD


Medical School: St. George’s University

Sarah is a native Texan who has lived in warmer climates most of her life. Her medical interests include primary care, public health, and sociocultural research. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, hiking, watching Korean dramas and is currently learning Chinese.

Akaash Kataria.

Akaash Kataria, MD


Medical School: American University of the Caribbean

I am originally from Orange County, California and have really enjoyed my time in WNY. There are beautiful hikes both in WNY and across the border in Canada. You can really take in the four seasons here, which I didn’t really appreciate prior to moving to Buffalo.

I plan on pursuing a Clinical Informatics fellowship. The program's small size has really helped me achieve my goals in residency and has allowed me to form close bonds with my fellow residents and faculty.

Outside of residency, my friends and I try to make the most of our time off. In the wise words of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes, “it's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy… let's go exploring!”

Michael Murray.

Michael Murray, MD


Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

I was born and raised in Western New York and Buffalo will always be home. I am a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan with season tickets and also enjoy re-watching "The Office" over and over.

I feel that our program is particularly strong with how much support we are given as residents which really helps us to thrive as developing physicians.

After residency, I will be staying in the Buffalo area to work in Primary Care.


Meghan Bohince.

Meghan Bohince, MD


Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

I am a native Western New Yorker. I grew up in Hamburg. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes in nearby parks, spending time with my Maine Coon cat and Newfoundland puppy, as well as cheering on our Buffalo sports teams. I love Buffalo for many reasons: great food, great people, and four distinct seasons that we take full advantage of.    

Our Med-Peds Program has a lot of favorable qualities. At the top of my list, it has a true family feeling with supportive attendings and co-residents that really care about one another; which helps create a comfortable learning environment.

I am interested in primary care. In our program, we get a lot of experience in our continuity clinics with our own cohort of patients that we can build relationships with throughout our four years of residency; it is very rewarding.

Aysha Malik.

Aysha Malik, MD


Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

I have traveled quite a bit while growing up and have lived in NYC, Long Island, Dubai, Boston, and now Buffalo! Therefore, there is never a simple answer to “where are you from?” What I love most about Buffalo is the growing diversity and the fact that we get to witness all four beautiful seasons.

At the moment, my medical interests are pretty broad. Thus far, I have enjoyed every rotation that I have been. However, I do especially like inpatient medicine.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies, dancing, experimenting with cooking, reading, and traveling!

Paige Matthews.

Paige Matthews, MD


Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Growing up, I moved around a lot. I have lived in Boston, Dallas, Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana and most recently Buffalo. Though uprooting and moving a lot was my normal, it was easy to settle into Buffalo due to the friendly people who live here, great food, and plethora of activities.

The residency program has been incredibly supportive, and I consider them my second family. I know that I can reach out to any one of the residents or faculty to talk about anything. Though I am unsure what I want to do after residency, I have enjoyed many of the rotations so far. I am likely leaning towards hospitalist medicine and/or palliative care.

Outside of residency, I enjoy working out, baking, trying out a new restaurant, and spending time with my friends, family, and cat.

Nisha Shah.

Nisha Shah, DO


Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am from the Denver area and no, I don’t ski; but I enjoy doing other outdoor activities in my free time. I especially love cycling and exploring new hiking trails. Like most other human beings, I also enjoy traveling, attending live music events, and trying new restaurants.

I chose to come to Buffalo because its Med-Peds program provides a rigorous training experience within a supportive environment that fosters learning and growth. Our versatile training also grants us the opportunity to care for diverse patient populations, including underprivileged communities. Most importantly, the program feels like a family (all warm, fuzzy feelings included). I know I can go to anyone in the program for support and advice.

My experiences in college, medical school, and thus far in residency have helped me to better understand the systemic racial and gender inequities in health care. I aim to continue exploring issues regarding social determinants of health and apply this to my future career interests in social justice advocacy, palliative medicine, primary care, and bad amateur comedy.

Anum Ahmed.

Jennifer Tarakmi, MD


Medical School: St. George’s University

I’m originally from Florida and moving to Buffalo was my very first experience with snow! I have fallen in love with this cute little city and have enjoyed getting to experience a little of all four seasons. My Med-Peds family have become my home away from home.

What I love most about our program is the continued support from our faculty, yet independence we are given to grow as a clinician throughout our training.

My interests are in global and public health. When I finish residency, I’d like to work in underserved areas targeted on early preventative health care. 


Thomas Hargest.

Thomas Hargest, MD


Medical School: St. George’s University

I'm from Philadelphia, PA, and am most interested in pulmonary/critical care and rheumatology. I am considering either as a fellowship. I really like Buffalo, both the city and the program, mostly because of how nice and supportive everyone is and the food options. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing piano/guitar, watching movies, reading, skiing, traveling, and trying new restaurants!

Sandhya Joshi.

Sandhya Joshi, MD


Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

I am originally from the Bay Area, California. I chose Med-Peds in Buffalo because there is so much variety in terms of the patients we see here.

Because we rotate at multiple sites, we interact with the rural population, urban population, refugee population, as well as in primary care. There's never an opportunity for boredom here, and I'll leave residency prepared for the future. After residency, I am interested in pursuing infectious disease.

Our program's strength is the fact that we regard each other as a family. The support we get from each other and our faculty as residents is exceptional.

Outside of residency, I like reading, lifting weights, trying new foods, and traveling.

Chrisana Pokorny.

Chrisana Pokorny, MD


Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Hello! I'm originally from Duluth, Minnesota and went to the South Bend campus of Indiana University for medical school. I chose Med/Peds because I love the potential for lifelong continuity of care. The program here at Buffalo has been a fantastic opportunity to pursue this interest and develop these relationships with patients in the hospital and with follow up in clinic.

Both the adult and pediatric hospitals serve a wide region of WNY and allow us to see complexity on both sides and learn from outstanding faculty. We are a close-knit group, and my co-residents and the faculty are my family. After residency, I am interested in pursuing a combined adult/pediatric fellowship in Rheumatology.

Outside of medicine, I love being outside in any season: winter hiking, summer hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and being out on the water in my kayak as much as possible. I also make time to play my piano, catch a musical, puppy sit, and spend as much time as I can with my newfound, life long friends. 

Shannon Schmit.

Shannon Schmit, MD


Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

I grew up in Batavia, NY, and made my way to Buffalo for medical school. I love the 716 and all of the food, diversity, and fun it has to offer. My medical interests include primary care and palliative medicine. I enjoy trying new restaurants and cafes, spoiling my rescue pup, getting together with family and friends, and binge-watching Fixer Upper.


David Chan, MD

David Chan, MD.


Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine


Andrew Hurst, MD

Andrew Hurst, MD.


Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

I’m originally from Long Beach, New York on the south shore of Long Island. I came to Buffalo eight years ago for undergrad, and though I initially planned on returning to continue my education and training, Buffalo kept a tight grip on me.

What I like most about Buffalo is the friendliness of everyone. It’s no surprise it’s called the “City of Good Neighbors.” I enjoy attending and serving at my church, The Chapel. Finally, though the NY Giants will always be my team, I’m enjoying watching good Bills football (finally!).

Having gone to medical school here, I was really excited to join the UB Med-Peds family. I could see how close everyone was with each other when we met for our monthly conferences. Everyone is extremely supportive of one another and someone is always available to lend a helping hand.

My medical interests include primary care and hospitalist medicine. I plan to work with underserved populations and I am trying to work on my medical Spanish vocabulary to serve others both here and abroad.

Shonnell McBain, MD

Shonnell McBain, MD.


Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine


Michael Reed, MD

Michael Reed, MD.


Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine