Leadership

Program Director

Abdo Asmar, MD, FASN, FACP

Dr. Asmar is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. He is a founding faculty member and serves as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cook County (Stroger) Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where he also served as Chief Resident. He then completed his nephrology fellowship training at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He is a Designated Clinical Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension. Dr. Asmar is an appointed member of the Orlando Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

His clinical interests are varied and include resistant hypertension, glomerulonephritis, and acid-base and electrolyte disorders. An award-winning physician educator at the college, Dr. Asmar serves as Module Director for the S-4: GI/Renal module and develops content relevant to his specialty for the Cardiovascular/Pulmonary module. He also teaches renal topics in the medical clerkship program.

Dr. Asmar’s academic interest is in student and resident education. His goal as an educator is to empower the learner with a broad knowledge base, foster critical thinking and to infuse a desire for lifelong learning.

Dr. Asmar is a member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Test Material Development Committee. He serves on the National Kidney Foundation of Florida Board of Directors and is also a member of its medical advisory board. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), and the National Kidney Foundation. As a member of the ASN, he serves on the workforce committee and on the William and Sandra Bennett Clinical Scholars Review Committee. Dr. Asmar is also on the editorial board for the American Journal of Kidney Disease.


Associate Program Director

Olga Karasik, MD

Dr. Karasik completed her Internal Medicine residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She has been with the UCF COM/HCA GME Consortium Internal Medicine Resident Program since its inception. Dr. Karasik began her participation in our program as the Administrative Chief Resident for our inaugural class, after which she was Assistant Program Director before being appointed to the role of Associate Program Director.

Dr. Karasik actively participates in the clinical and didactic education of our residents. She facilitates morning report, M&M and Board Review, and actively teaches during rounds with our inpatient teams.


Associate Program Director

Kelli King-Morris, MD, MSCI, FACP

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCF COM
  • Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency
  • Division of Nephrology, Orlando VAMC

Dr. King-Morris completed an Internal Medicine residency and a Nephrology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr. King-Morris practices at the Orlando VA Medical Center in the Nephrology Division. She has been with our program since the beginning, starting as the Assistant Program Director and moving into the role of Associate Program Director.

Dr. King-Morris’ clinical interests include: insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease and transplant recipients; proteinuria kidney disease; and Hepatitis C-related renal disease.




Faculty

Christopher Cooper, MD

Assistant Program Director for Inpatient Medicine, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Joshua Shultz, MD

Assistant Program Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; Transitional Year Program Director, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Allison Ferrara, MD

Continuity Clinic Director, Osceola Care Specialists

Hina Lone, MD

Continuity Clinic Director, Orlando VA Medical Center

Ashwini Komarla, MD

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Curriculum Director; Rheumatologist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Ejaz Ghaffar, MD

Site Director, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Jorge Restrepo, DO

Site Director, Orlando VA Medical Center

Omar Qazi, MD

Clerkship Site Director for Medical Students, Osceola Regional Medical Center

General Internal Medicine:

Kaiser Ali, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Nicole Brenner, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

Kulsum Casey, MD

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Analia Castiglioni, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Christopher Cooper, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

Roger Crouse, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

Adam Earhart, MD

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Allison Ferrara, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

Ejaz Ghaffar, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Esteban Janolo, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Olga Karasik, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Jeffrey LaRochelle, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Theodore Lee, MD

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Hina Lone, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Nejda Lugo Mandes, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Peter Marzano, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

Irene Medary, MD

Critical Care, Orlando VA Medical Center

Rizwan Pasha, MD

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Omar Qazi, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

Thomas Randoll, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jorge Restrepo, DO

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Ray Rush, MD

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Carlos Ruz-Pau, MD

Nocturnist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Joshua Shultz, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center; Osceola Care Specialists continuity clinic

David Simmons, MD

Continuity clinic, Orlando VA Medical Center

Noman Subhani, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Simarpreet Talwar, MD

Nocturnist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Edward Yee, MD

Hospitalist, Orlando VA Medical Center

Zeeshan Zafar, MD

Hospitalist, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Cardiology:

Shazia Aman, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Robert Barrett, MD

Cardiology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Jose Betancourt, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Floyde Burke, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Sayed Hussain, MD

Cardiology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Aamir Javaid, MD

Cardiology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Jooby John, MD

Cardiology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Neelima Katukuri, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Calvin Leung, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Patrick Mathias, MD

Cardiology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Mark Milunski, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Magda Sanchez-Velez, MD

Cardiology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Nephrology:

Edward Casey, MD

Nephrology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Lazaro Delgado, MD

Nephrology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Pran Kar, MD

Nephrology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Kelli King-Morris, MD

Nephrology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jorge Larranaga, MD

Nephrology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Mario Mendoza-Sanchez, MD

Nephrology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Miguel Portocarrero, MD

Nephrology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Maryam Qadir, MD

Nephrology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Infectious diseases:

Mohammed Ahmed, MD

Infectious diseases, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jelena Catania, MD

Infectious diseases, Orlando VA Medical Center

Sajid Chaudhary, MD

Infectious diseases, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Minh Ho, MD

Infectious diseases, Orlando VA Medical Center

Alena Klochko, MD

Infectious diseases, Orlando VA Medical Center

Shoaib Siddiqui, MD

Infectious diseases, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Pulmonology and critical care:

Loui Abdelghani, MD

Pulmonary and critical care, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Hammad Bhatti, MD

Pulmonary and critical care, Orlando VA Medical Center

Edgar Geigel, MD

Pulmonary, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jose Goyos, MD

Pulmonary, Orlando VA Medical Center

Adam Griggs, MD

Pulmonary, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Rami Hanna, MD

Pulmonary and critical care, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Viral Patel, MD

Pulmonary, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Natarajan Rajagopalan, MD

Pulmonary and critical care, Orlando VA Medical Center

Nazia Sultana, MD

Pulmonary and critical care, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jose Urdaneta, MD

Pulmonary and critical care, Orlando VA Medical Center

Sam Venus, MD

Cardiovascular intensive care, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Omid Zad, MD

Cardiovascular intensive care, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Endocrinology:

Theresa Fynn, MD

Endocrinology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Mustafa Kinaan, MD

Endocrinology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Kwame Ntim, MD

Endocrinology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Suzanne Quinn-Martinez, MD

Endocrinology, Orlando VA Medical Center, Fellowship PD

Hanford Yau, MD

Endocrinology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Rheumatology:

Shazia Beg, MD

Rheumatology, UCF Health

Neha Bhanusali, MD

Rheumatology, UCF Health

Seema Frosh, MD

Rheumatology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Ashwini Komarla, MD

Rheumatology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Sujata Vuyyuru, MD

Rheumatology, Orlando VA Medical Center, Fellowship PD

Gastroenterology:

Vinay Katukuri, MD

Gastroenterology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Juan Oharriz, MD

Gastroenterology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Seela Ramesh, MD

Gastroenterology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Tabrez Shams, MD

Gastroenterology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jeannette Vergeli-Rojas, MD

Gastroenterology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Hematology and oncology:

Allison Carilli, MD

Hematology and oncology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Maria Coralles-Yepez, MD

Hematology and oncology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Jorge Otoya, MD

Hematology and oncology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Priya Vishnubhotla, MD

Hematology and oncology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Other specialties:

Robert Badalament, MD

Urology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Fady Baddoura, MD

Pathology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Tejash Dungarani, MD

Pain management, Orlando VA Medical Center

Adam Golden, MD

Geriatrics, Orlando VA Medical Center

Quaratulann Iftikhar, MD

Women health, Orlando VA Medical Center

Fady Baddoura, MD

Pathology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Sabiha Kazi, MD

Palliative care, Orlando VA Medical Center

Soofia Khan, MD

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Osceola Regional Medical Center

David Lebowitz, MD

Emergency medicine, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Residency PD

Tracy Macintosh, MD

Emergency medicine, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Sherwin Mina, MD

Sleep medicine, Orlando VA Medical Center

Brian Nguyen, MD

Geriatrics, Orlando VA Medical Center

Francisco Noda, MD

Orthopedics, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Dhruv Patel, MD

Radiology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Javier Rosario, MD

Emergency medicine and POCUS director, Osceola Regional Medical Center

Melissa Shaughnessy, MD

Women health, Orlando VA Medical Center

Alexander Vu, MD

Allergy and immunology, Orlando VA Medical Center

Maria Wallis-Crespo, MD

Pathology, Osceola Regional Medical Center

David Weinstein, MD

Dermatology, UCF Health