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.


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.



Harjit Kaur

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I was raised in Williamsville, but the only time I actually left Buffalo was to go to medical school in Indianapolis. I am excited to be back in the area to be closer to my family and friends.
Why this Program? I had always wanted to come back home since there is no place like Buffalo. Every one that I met had been extremely approachable and so helpful.


Christina Walton

Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of Rochester
Hometown: North Syracuse, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in North Syracuse, NY and met my wonderful husband in our high school years. I went to the University of Rochester for my undergraduate education in Public Health and Biology. My public health major had a significant influence in directing me towards both osteopathic medicine and family medicine. I learned the value of listening and understanding the many factors that contribute to individual health and the importance of educating families. I went on to attend Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, where I continued to enjoy family medicine, preventative medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. I enjoy spending time with my family, husband, our English Bulldog named Boris, and our rabbit named Thumper.   


Kim Tran

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of California, Irvine
Hometown: Tustin, California
Personal Info: I was born in Vietnam, raised in California, and trekked to the East Coast for medical school out of a curiosity for snow. Taking advantage of Buffalo's geography and location, much of my free time has been spent chasing waterfalls, rock climbing, and trying obscure dishes at new restaurants. When I'm not going on adventures, I am hanging out with my cat, Babou, or trying my hand at botany (there's currently a little forest growing in my apartment). Lastly, I have been known to have a not-so-secret love affair with food - once I get started talking about it, I can go on for days!
Why this Program? In the past two years, Buffalo has taken up a special spot in my heart. I am enamored by the loyalty and love Buffalonians have for their city. (And no traffic!) It definitely was not difficult to make the choice when it came to residency programs. I had first heard of the Sisters Family Medicine Residency program as a second year medical student during my school's Hospital Day event. Sisters Hospital was highly regarded amongst my classmates who were from Buffalo, and I remember telling myself that I wanted to one day be a resident at that program, especially because it was one of the few in the area that still trained their residents in osteopathic manipulative treatment. On top of it all, I loved the sense of comraderie and happiness at this hospital. Everyone, from the faculty to the residents and administrative staff, is kind and supportive of one another. I feel that this is the type of environment that will help me thrive and train to become a strong physician in the next few years. 


Mai-Linh Notaro 

Medical School: >Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Erie
Undergraduate College: University at Buffalo
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in Orchard Park, NY and now live in the Allentown area in downtown Buffalo. I love exploring the culinary scene, hanging out with my hyperactive kitten, and spending time with my family who also lives in the area. 
Why this Program? When I rotated with the family medicine program at Sisters, one of the senior residents told me that the number one rule of residency was to "live off the land", or in other words: if someone is offering you free food at work, eat it. I felt that any program that emphasized such valuable lessons was the perfect place for me. The more time I spent with the people in this program the more I was impressed with how incredibly supportive, down to earth, and fun to work with everyone is, and I'm very grateful to be a part of this program.