Program Director & Staff


Program Director's Message

Stephen G. Chrzanowski, MDThe University of Buffalo Internal Medicine Training Program of the Catholic Health System of Western New York invites you to take a closer look at our program.

Our commitment to excellence in medical education is achieved by combining hospital-based activities, a multifaceted outpatient experience, and an understanding of the realities of private practice within an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse patient population. We offer a fully approved, three-year program designed to satisfy the requirement for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine or entry into subspecialty fellowship training programs. We highly value scholarship, and through our mandatory research electives, we encourage residents to publish in peer-review journals and present at national meetings.

Located in Buffalo, NY, our program is close to downtown which embodies the true essence of our community through its unique architecture, breath-taking artistic exhibits, and an abundance of historical sites. A short drive will bring you to the Canadian border and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the great Niagara Falls. Buffalo is a true combination of cultural enrichment, entertainment, delicious food, and athletic stimulation.

Our Program seeks candidates who wish to serve the greater community of Buffalo and the surrounding Western New York area. If you desire to ultimately practice in Buffalo there are many opportunities available to you through our Catholic Health System, and other local medical institutions. We offer an active physician recruitment program for which residents are eligible from the beginning of their training. The Catholic Health System of Western New York has received multiple accolades for high quality care and has implemented a state-of-the art electronic health record system. We emphasize evidence-based practice and are at the vanguard of healthcare reform in the United States having been accepted into the Federal Government Accountable Care Organization program.

Stephen G. Chrzanowski, M.D. 
Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Program Staff

Akash Parashar, M.D.

Akash Parashar, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Yvonne McPhail Doll

Yvonne McPhail Doll
Program Administrator


Arlene Krysiak
Program Coordinator (Mercy Hospital of Buffalo)

Core Faculty

Stephen Chrzanowski, MD
Program Director

Akash Parashar, MD
Associate Program Director

Linda Burns, DO

Howard Lippes, MD

Nashat Rabadi, MD

Reza Samie, MD

Supervising Attending Physicians

  • Sara Achakzai, MD
  • Basharat Ali, MD
  • Raed Alnaji, MD
  • Umeer Ashraf, MD
  • Arun Babu, MD
  • Emily Battaglia, MD
  • Romel Bertulfo, MD
  • Thomas Brewer, DO
  • David Capaccio, DO
  • Muhammad Cheema, MBBS
  • Michael Dibella, MD
  • Rakeba Din, MBBS
  • Erik Diringer, DO
  • Steve, DOfitas, MD
  • James Fitzpatrick, MD
  • Michael Gough, MD
  • John Hall, MD
  • Nicholas Hoffman, DO
  • Joseph Huntz, MD
  • Jiyeon Jung, MD
  • Bohdan Kawinski, MD
  • Adam Kawinski, MD
  • Danielle Kwakye Berko, MD
  • Jeffrey Lach, MD
  • Joseph LaTorre, MD
  • Candace Marr, DO
  • Daniel Molloy, MD
  • Khalid Qazi, MBBS
  • Nazeel Qureshi, MD
  • Abdulqwai Rashed, MD
  • Jaime Rodriguez, MD
  • Sherif Sherif, MD
  • Stephen Sorrentino, MD
  • Sharavanan Thevanayagam, MD
  • Joseph Thomas , MD
  • Alan Wang, MD
  • Tawfiq Zabeneh, DO
  • Mahmoud Zahra, MD

Active Faulty

  • Michael Albert, MD
  • Manju Alex, MD
  • Nicholas Botsoglou, DO
  • Brian D’Arcy, MD
  • Katherine Frachetti, MD
  • William Coplin, MD
  • Jill Eysaman-Walker, DO