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.



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.


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!


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.


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.


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!



Anas Ahmed, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Seton Hill
Undergraduate College: University of Iowa
Hometown: Champaign, Illinois
Personal Info: I like to read about history, reasoning, rationality, logic, and I enjoy doing creative writing (short stories are my forte). Whenever time permits, I like going on road trips and traveling learning about countries and languages and seeing how different cultures and customs have evolved over time.
Why this Program? This family medicine program has a rich pedigree and is well established and trusted in the community. A strength of this program is having multiple private practice clinics affiliated with it around Buffalo, allowing you to see a multitude of patients with different backgrounds and disease pathology, with low patient no show rates. From an inpatient perspective you get to rotate through different sizes and specialty hospitals in the area working with many great well- trained specialists. Moreover, we have our own family medicine inpatient service allowing us to take care of our clinic patients when they are admitted to the hospital which facilitates good continuity of care. All in all, the long-term outlook of any program is dependent on the people it encompasses and the faculty, staff, and residents here are supportive, caring, and help foster to create an environment conducive to learning and getting a quality family medicine training.


Zeshma Durrani, DO

Personal Info: I grew up in Raleigh, NC, and lived in West Virginia for a few years while I was in medical school. I moved to Buffalo, NY to be closer to my extended family in Canada. I love how Buffalo offers a unique experience rich in nature, food, and culture. Besides medicine, I am interested in creating digital content, fashion, food and travel. I plan on settling in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY to raise my son with my husband.
Why this Program? The most attractive aspect of the Sisters Family Medicine program for me are the people that make up the program! Everyone that I communicated with during the interview process was very helpful, encouraging, and responsive. I am excited to have the opportunity to train locally at a clinically robust program that offers a great mix of inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, and a great continuity experience in our established primary care clinic. I am glad to be here and look forward to learning from my faculty and peers and giving back to the community!


Matthew Jones, DO

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: The College at Brockport- SUNY; University of Rochester Post-Bacc
Hometown: North Tonawanda, NY
Personal Info: Born and raised in the Buffalo area and there’s no where else I’d rather be! I worked as an Athletic Trainer before medical school, so sports have always been a big part of my life. I have an amazing wife and two kids at home that keep me grounded and always put a smile on my face.
Why this Program? With how much time we spend working as residents, I wanted to find a program that had a strong family feel and had residents that support one another. I spent most of my third and fourth year of medical school rotating through Sisters and always felt that this was the right place for me. Everyone is close knit and willing to lend a hand whenever you need it. I enjoy incorporating OMT in my care for patients and having a program with Osteopathic Recognition was important to me.


Joshua Korobok, DO

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate College: York University
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Personal Info: I grew up an hour and a half away in Toronto. My family and I would frequently visit Niagara Falls/Buffalo throughout my childhood so it’s nice to be back. Family medicine has always interested me long before medical school. The idea of being a “swiss army knife” and being able to take a holistic view of patient care has always guided my interests. I have been involved with the Canadian Osteopathic Medical Student Association (COMSA) for several years and have mentored many Canadian premedical students pursuing education in the United States. We hope to see the D.O. profession continue to grow in Canada. Outside of residency, I am excited to try the local cuisine and experience all that Buffalo has to offer. So far, I learned the pizza is much better this side of the border.
Why this Program?

  1. The Osteopathic and holistic approach to care.
  2. Seeing how satisfied residents were with their experiences here after speaking to them.
  3. Being able to train in Buffalo - physicians and facilities here are world class and we have great opportunities to access them.


Jonathan Weber, DO

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)
Undergraduate College: St. Bonaventure University
Hometown: Angola, NY
Personal Info: I grew up in Angola, NY, a small town about 40 minutes from Buffalo. I attended St. Bonaventure University (Go Bonnies!) and played soccer for a couple of years and then made my way to LECOM in Erie. I was fortunate enough to do a rotation at Sisters during my 4th year with the family medicine department and was very impressed with what the program had to offer. In my spare time, I enjoy watching the Bills win, boating, kayaking (anything on the lake), working on my horrendous golf game, soccer, tennis and skiing.
Why this Program? I know I wanted to stay in the Buffalo region for the long term, where my roots are. Filled with good people, food, and of course the Buffalo Bills (Go Bills!). After rotating with this program, it was easy to get a sense of the teamwork, camaraderie and support you receive from residents and faculty. From my experience, everyone in the program is there to help you become a better doctor. Residency is going to be tough wherever you go, so it’s nice to know that at Sisters you work with a team that will always have your back. Picking Sisters was an easy choice.