Residents

PGY-3

Cassidy Finn

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Elmira College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in Cheektowaga, NY a suburb just outside of Buffalo. I left the Western New York area for both Undergrad and Medical School. While it was exciting to experience life in other parts of the state including New York City, I always knew I wanted to move back home to be closer to family and friends. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband Albert, our Weimaraner pup Willow and our friends, eating/trying new food (only food that others cook since I’m terrible chef) and travelling. I love the that we have 4 seasons in Buffalo and try to take advantage of them all- taking advantage of patios and being so close to the water in the summer, Bills Game in the fall and skiing in the winter.
Why This Program: As a student, I was fortunate enough to spend several months at Sisters Hospital during my third and fourth year. I instantly felt right at home here and knew Sisters would be a great fit for me. The Family Medicine Program has such a family feel and this is exactly what I was looking for in a residency. The attendings, residents and staff are all so welcoming, patient and supportive creating the perfect environment for learning and growing as a resident. I am so thrilled to be back home in Buffalo starting my career with such a wonderful group of people!

Paisley Mafi

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Canisius College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo and was lucky enough to meet my fiancé, Ahmad, who is also from Buffalo, during medical school at LECOM. We knew that we wanted to come back to Buffalo for residency so that we would be close to our family and friends. Some of our favorite spots to hang out are Glen Falls, Delaware Park, and Canalside.
Why This Program: Since my first rotation at Sisters Hospital as a third year medical student, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. All of the residents and attending physicians were super friendly, competent, and excited to teach. People seemed to go the extra mile to help each other out. It was clear that everyone in the program was happy to be here and that was the single most important factor in choosing my residency program.

Amanda Merkle

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Cornell University
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in Rochester, NY where I met my wonderful Fiancé, Matt at Monroe Community College. From there, I transferred to Cornell where I majored in Biology. After college I spent a year working as a scribe in the emergency department at Rochester General Hospital before beginning medical school. Throughout my clinical years of school, I spent many months on family medicine and primary care rotations during which I was able to foster my passion for preventative medicine and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. Outside of medicine, I enjoy being outdoors, exploring new cities, and trying delicious food with my friends and family.
Why this Program: My experience rotating at Sisters of Charity Hospital exceeded my expectations for a family medicine residency program. The active teaching and camaraderie between the staff, coupled with a supportive and professional environment provided a wonderful fit for me. I could not be more proud to complete my residency training at Sisters of Charity Hospital! I look forward to taking care of the Buffalo community and helping people live healthy and happy lives.

Sarah Bevilacqua

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo
Hometown: Hamburg, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in the Buffalo Southtowns, in Hamburg, NY. After spending my medical school years in Erie, PA, I am excited to be back home in Buffalo with my family. I enjoy spending plenty of time with my wonderful boyfriend, family, and friends. I have one younger brother, and enjoy getting to as many of his college hockey games as possible. In my spare time, I enjoy running, dance, and yoga.
Why this program: I was fortunate to have many of my medical school rotations at Sisters of Charity Hospital, where I was able to get to know the Family Medicine program well. I was constantly impressed by the quality of training and the positive, welcoming learning environment the program provided to its residents. Having such an amazing program in my hometown, was the cherry on top, and when it came time for me to apply to residency programs, I knew this one would be a perfect fit.

Jacob Maclean

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Michigan State University
Hometown: Cadillac, MI
Personal Info: I’m crazy about loving Jesus, loving my wife Sam and our cool dog Dempsey, loving my awesome MacLean family at home in Michigan and here in Buffalo. I’m an ENORMOUSLY huge Michigan State Spartans fan (GO GREEN!), I love Scotland and having any kind of adventure. I love having fun and of course long walks on the beach.
Why this program: I picked Buffalo Sisters’ Family program because of my extended family living so close and my wife Sam and I wanting to take a chance and live out of state for a few years in the coolest city in New York. Go Bills!!

Andrew Wuu

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of Colorado at Boulder
Hometown: Englewood, CO
Personal Info: I spent the majority of my life in Englewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. In my free time, I enjoy watching martial arts movies and snowboarding. Other than that, I have started a business and enjoy traveling.
Why this program: Unlike many of my fellow residents, I have no overt connections to western New York. I choose this program because of my interview day experience. Generally, I thought most programs all looked good to me but the difference was the residents. The residents at SOCH exhibited a strong sense of camaraderie and, to me, finding people I can rely on and trust over the course of my residency was the deciding factor.

PGY-2

Frishta Abwai

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University
Undergraduate College: Brandeis University
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Personal Info: Hi everyone, my name is Frishta Abawi and I am from originally from Brooklyn, New York. I love hiking, running, and exploring the outdoors. I am a big fan of food, so I love trying new restaurants and different types of food. I am a Brooklyn Nets fan and have faith in my team this year. I also love coffee, and Brooklyn pizza!
Why this Program? I chose Buffalo’s Sisters Family Medicine program because it was one of the few Family Medicine Residency programs that offered a women’s health track, which is something I am interested in pursuing. Additionally, everyone on my interview day, from the residents to the faculty, were very kind, personable, caring, and friendly. It seemed like the faculty really cared about the training and educational experience of the residents. I got really good vibes from the program and thought it would be a wonderful place to train (even if the pizza isn’t as good).

Eric Grimaldi

Medical School: LECOM
Undergraduate College: John Carroll University
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and was beyond excited when I learned I’d be completing residency in my hometown. I attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio for undergrad and after a gap year, attended LECOM in Erie, PA for medical school. If you know me, you know I’m a huge sports fan. In high school I played golf, basketball and tennis, and then went on to play 4 years in college on the John Carroll Varsity tennis team. When I’m not golfing or shooting around the basketball, I’m usually hanging out with friends or playing my Xbox (I’m a big gamer too). I’m also a huge pizza guy, so if there’s a good pizza place in Buffalo you’re looking for, I can help you out. Oh yeah, and Go Bills.
Why this Program? While I love Buffalo, I didn’t want to just go to a program because it was in my hometown. It had to be a program that hit all the check marks. Good people, friendly atmosphere and a fun workplace. Once I was able to rotate here with the program, I was without a doubt that this program was my favorite. When you are in residency with some stressful hours at times, it really does make a difference when you are working with great people who you enjoy being around. The residents, attendings and hospital staff at Sisters hospital are all some of the friendliest people you’ll meet. And at the end of the day, that’s what makes residency what it’s supposed to be, a fun, compassionate and educational environment that helps you become the best doctor you can be.

David Khatib

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Syracuse University
Hometown: Youngstown, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in a little town just north of Niagara Falls, where I grew up playing soccer and hockey. I went to Syracuse University for undergrad and then spent a year in Philadelphia at Drexel, before moving out to Chicago for medical school. I love traveling and living in new cities, but there really is no place like Buffalo, and I’m so excited to be back! I recently moved to Elmwood Village and enjoy exploring the city with my little golden retriever Sadie, cheering on the Bills, the lake in the summer, and skiing in the winter.
Why this Program? I was very excited at the opportunity to move back to Western New York for residency, but really it was the people in this program that made the difference. I spent a month at Sisters as a 4th year student and immediately was impressed by the friendly, family like culture among the residents, as well as each attendings commitment to fostering our growth as individuals. It’s a perfect environment for learning and really developing as a family physician.

Kevin Lyon

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo
Hometown: Amherst, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in Amherst, NY where I attended Sweet Home High School and completed my undergraduate studies at UB. After finishing medical school in Erie, PA, I am thrilled to be back home in Buffalo! In my free time, I enjoy golfing, skiing, playing lacrosse, watching football and cooking. I love spending time with my friends and family, and of course hanging out with my rambunctious German Shepherd, Enzo.
Why this Program? Unlike many of my co-residents, I didn’t have the opportunity to rotate at Sisters of Charity Hospital as a medical student. However, after interviewing at over a dozen family medicine programs throughout the North East, I had a clear idea of what I was looking for in a residency program. Sisters of Charity Hospital exceeded my expectations. They provide our family medicine residents with a welcoming learning environment, maintain high quality training, and incorporate osteopathic principles and practices throughout the program. I truly am lucky to have such an incredible family medicine residency in my hometown, and I look forward to practicing medicine in Buffalo and giving back to this great community. #Buffalove

Alyse Sireika

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: Canisius College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I live just outside of Buffalo in West Seneca with my husband, Zach, our dogs, Ruby and Moose, and our cat Mojo! I love spending time with my family and friends and getting outdoors whenever I can! In my free time you can usually find me hiking or walking my dogs, doing group exercise classes, or watching cooking shows and snuggling with all of my fur babies!
Why this Program? I grew up in the Buffalo Southtowns and I love it here. I knew that after leaving Buffalo to go to Erie for medical school, that I had to come back here for residency! I was fortunate enough to have most of my rotations of medical school at Sisters of Charity Hospital and got to know the Family Medicine program and all the residents very well. Both the residents and faculty are all very supportive and foster a welcoming learning environment. There is nowhere else I'd rather be for residency.

PGY-1

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Alina Glatkowski, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine -Bradenton
Undergraduate College: Florida State University
Hometown: Clearwater, Fl
Personal Info: I grew up in Clearwater, FL about 15 minutes from beautiful beaches. I love boating and scuba diving anytime I’m home visiting my family. Before medical school, I worked as a nursing assistant in Tallahassee. I look forward to exploring Buffalo and cannot wait to experience all four seasons (even winter). Hopefully this will be the year I learn how to ski!
Why This Program? I had the opportunity to rotate through Sisters of Charity Family Medicine Program multiple times through my third and fourth year of medical school. From my first day, I was welcomed with open arms. The residents and faculty alike go out of their way to create a comfortable learning environment. This program feels like a family, and everyone wants you to succeed. I can’t imagine doing residency anywhere else.

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Tiffany Hoffmann, DO

Medical School: LECOM
Undergraduate College: Houghton College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: Hi everyone, I’m Tiffany Hoffmann! I am from Buffalo, NY and am so excited to stay and complete my residency training here! If I’m not in the hospital, you can probably find me outdoors, on a road trip, or in another country (on my vacations). I love traveling, learning about new cultures, & tasting every dessert I see - I have been to 28 countries (& hopefully many more to come!). I am a huge hiker and also love kayaking, snowboarding, camping, and bonfires. When I’m forced to stay inside on a rainy day, I love cooking & baking! And I can’t leave out my love for ice cream!
Why This Program? I chose Buffalo’s Sisters Family Medicine Program because I loved my time here during medical school (doing a couple rotations). I wanted to stay local to be close to family and friends but also wanted a program that had a family-feel to it, had a diverse patient population, the residents got along outside of the hospital as well as inside, & one that I could continue doing OMM at. I found all those characteristics in this program and only have positive things to say about my time here so far!

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James R. Loomis, III DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)
Undergraduate College: Canisius College
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I was born and raised in Hamburg, NY. After attending Canisius High School and Canisius College, I went to medical school at LECOM in Erie, PA. Luckily, I was able to come home for my third and fourth year rotations, and later matching into the Family Medicine program at Sister’s of Charity Hospital. Outside of medicine, I enjoy scuba diving, golfing, ice hockey, skiing, and spending time with family.
Why This Program?? During my fourth year of medical school, I was very fortunate to rotate with the Sister’s Family Medicine program for two months. I was greeted with a warm welcoming, and I immediately felt at home. The attending faculty continually maintains a high standard of professionalism, quality of patient care, and dedication to learning. The residents are by far some of the friendliest people, and are always willing to lend a helping hand. I’m blessed to be back in my home city and to be part of a program that I can call family.

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Karl Mueller, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of Central Florida
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Personal Info: I was a military brat growing up, so I moved around a lot as a kid. Born in California and have lived in Kentucky, Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania and now New York. Did undergrad at UCF, GO KNIGHTS! Went to LECOM Bradenton in sunny FL for medical school, and took a chance on Buffalo and absolutely fell in love it. The wings and beef on weck were great, the people were awesome, and having seasons other than summer was a big draw. In my spare time, you can find me hanging out with my beautiful girlfriend, walking our dog, Chewy; grilling, cooking, or hiking.
Why This Program? I rotated through SOCH and the Catholic Health system during 3rd and 4th year clinicals. I came to find that the attendings, residents and staff were all incredibly personable, friendly, and after a while they began to feel like family. It was a difficult decision to leave family and friends back home, but I knew this decision was the correct one. There is a fantastic support system in this program, and everyone looks out for one another. This program honestly has it all.

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Aditya Varambally, DO

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Undergraduate: Queen’s University
Hometown: Mississauga, Canada
Personal Info: Hi Everyone! I grew up in Canada in the Greater Toronto Area and attended Queen's University. Throughout college, I found myself drawn to the intersection of medicine and community. I took a snow hiatus for medical school in Phoenix. Volunteering with some of the most underserved populations in the city solidified my interest in Family Medicine. I found myself looking to move closer to home and am so glad to be at Sister's Family Medicine. Outside of health care, I enjoy hiking, experimenting with food, and brewing beer.
Why This Program? The decision to choose Sister’s Family Medicine was an easy one. Despite not rotating here, I felt immediately welcomed by the residents and faculty alike. Everyone facilitated a supportive atmosphere of well-being and professional growth on my interview day. Residents happily answered my questions after interview day and were very helpful. I'm ecstatic to explore Buffalo and get hiking!