Orange Park, FL - On June 6th Orange Park Medical Center celebrated the graduation of 30 residents from four of their Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs. Friends, family, instructors and administrators attended the graduation ceremony at Timuquana Country Club.

The exiting graduates will be followed by an incoming class of 57 residents and fellows that will bring the hospital's graduate medical education program to a total of 101 physicians. The training programs at Orange Park Medical Center vary in length from 1-4 years and include family medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, psychiatry, cardiology, emergency medicine, hospice and palliative medicine and a transitional year program which focuses on subspecialties.

"Orange Park Medical Center is a growing academic center," said Dr. Joseph Parra, the hospital's Chief Medical Officer. "As the largest hospital in Clay County it's our responsibility to contribute to the future of healthcare in our community."

Orange Park Medical Center's parent company HCA Healthcare has the largest residency program in the country and is a leader in resident education across the United States.

Dr. Parra says, not only does having a graduate medical education program elevate the care provided at Orange Park Medical Center but it gets ahead of the physician shortage that is on the rise.

On average, 70% of residents stay within the community of their residency program. Orange Park Medical Center will continue to recruit skilled physicians to the Clay County area to assist in the long term need.

Graduating residents:

Internal medicine

  • Ghulam Aftab, MD
  • Waseem Joseph David, MD
  • Kavitha Ganesan, MD
  • Shabana Iyer, MD
  • Angela A. Lazo, III, MD
  • Shahdi Kendra Malakooti, MD, MSC
  • Furquan Pathan, MD
  • Sidra Zafar, MD
  • Hasan Zahid, MD, MBBS

Transitional year

  • Semerjit Singh Bains, MD
  • April Amber Ballard, MD
  • Simi Daisy Cadmus, MD
  • Sean Christopher Cofano, MD
  • Mario Consuegra De Leon, MD
  • Hieu Minh Diep, MD
  • Kathleen Lynn Donovan, MD
  • Raymond Michael Fertig, MD
  • Tim Brendan Fitzgerald, MD
  • Stanley Gregory Guillaume, MD
  • Nicole Ashley Markwith, MD
  • Alisha Rathi, MD
  • Bradley Thomas Sifrig, MD
  • Steven Anthony Vernali, MD

Family medicine

  • Jenny Hu, MD
  • Kyle Roy Judkins, MD
  • Tracey Yun-Young Lee, MD
  • Ahmad Karmel Mohammadieh, MD
  • Eniye Odigie, MD
  • Jeanette Rodriguez, DO

Dermatology

  • Alyssa J. Miceli, DO