Current Residents

PGY-3

Sameh Askandar, MBBCH

Sameh Askandar Hometown:
Undergraduate degree:
M.B.B.Ch,(Medicine and Surgery), Ain Shams University, 2009
Medical degree: M.B.B.Ch,(Medicine and Surgery), Ain Shams University, 2009
Master's Degree: General Surgery Residency: Intergrated Plastic Surgery Residency, Ain Shams University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt, 2014 Internship: Ain Shams University Hosiptal, Cairo, Egypt, 2010

Personal interests outside of the residency program:
Spending time with my family, biking and enjoying outdoor activities.

Atinuke Osinusi, MD

Atinuke Osinusi Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Belmont University 2011
Medical degree: Doctor of Medicine degree, Meharry Medical College, 2016

Personal interests outside of the residency program:
Reading, eating, working out, spending time with friends and family

Marisha Sirdar, MD (Designated Resident Wellness Official)

Marisha Sirdar Hometown: Spent most of my childhood years in Jamaica.
Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science, University of South Florida, 2011
Medical degree: Doctor of Medicine degree, Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, 2017

About Marisha: I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida and medical school at Ross University in Dominica. During medical school, I, along with my colleagues, formed a non-profit organization, Talking4Health. Our goal is to provide health services and education within our local communities, as well as internationally.

I chose the Baptist Family Medicine Residency Program because it is one of the largest hospital systems in the Mid-South. It is a program partnered with Church Health, whose focus is on the body, mind and spirit. They are not only kind and compassionate toward patients and their families, but also to the staff.

What is your day like? Any challenges?What's rewarding about your day?
Some challenges that arise are having complex cases and being able to find solutions for them with a great team to facilitate my education.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
The food. There are so many different restaurants located all over Memphis to dine and try new things!

Why did you choose your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
I was greatly influenced by my family and growing up in an impoverished country. Having the experiences that I had as a young person encouraged me to want to care for people and ensure that they have the means and resources to live a healthy life. With family medicine here at Baptist and Church Health, I am able to do that.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
The family medicine program here is well rounded, gives a good work-life balance, and the program itself feels like a family.

Kent Starkweather, MD (Chief Resident)

Kent Starkweather Hometown: Cookeville, TN
Undergraduate degree: Centre College, BS Economics, 2006
Medical degree: M.D. ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, 2017

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist has one of the largest hospital networks in the United States, and is continuing to expand in a market that has seen a lot of downsizing in the past few years. The hospital has a great history in the Memphis community and a great reputation.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I have really enjoyed getting to know the community of Memphis. From the people to the culture, it has been very welcoming to me and my wife.

What is your day like?
Days vary based on rotations. The faculty are very friendly and provide a great learning environment for interns and residents.

Why did you choose your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
My passion is helping the indigent communities both here in the U.S. and abroad. Medicine has helped open the door to many communities that I would have otherwise had a difficult time entering.

PGY-2

Spencer Conner, MD

Spencer Conner Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Pre-Med; Furman University; Greenville, SC. 2010
Medical degree: Doctor of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Memphis, TN. 2017

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because of the excellent clinical experience residents receive. I was also impressed by the medical staff who are very focused on resident education and ensuring residents are well prepared. The facilities and health care infrastructure are also excellent and allow for delivery of high quality patient care.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
My favorite thing about Memphis is all the different activities there are to do around the city. A few of my favorites are the Levitt Shell, the Memphis Grizzlies, Shelby Farms, Overton Park, and the Cooper-Young District. There is always something going on in the city.

What is your day like? Any challenges?What's rewarding about your day?
As a healthcare provider, there are many daily challenges and obstacles that have to be overcome in taking care of a patient. I take pride in knowing that my knowledge and skills that I have developed are improving someone else’s life which makes the effort well worth it.

Why did you choose your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
Family medicine offers me the ability to offer a high level of care in a specialty that I find very rewarding. I love the “problem solving” aspect of family medicine as well as being on the front line and using medical knowledge to improve the lives of others. My goal in life is to help others who are in need, and family medicine offers the ability to combine a broad array of medical knowledge and the ability to directly work with and improve the lives of patients.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Residents benefit from an excellent clinical experience and a medical staff who are very focused on resident education and ensuring residents are well prepared. The facilities and healthcare infrastructure are also excellent and allow for the delivery of high quality patient care.

Rounak Quadri, MD

Rounak Quadri Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergraduate degree: BS, Biology, University of California, Irvine, 2011
Medical degree: MD, Ross University, 2018
About Rounak: I grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California, Irvine, where I majored in Biology. For medical school, I went to Ross University on the island of Dominica. While at Ross University, I was able to enjoy hobbies such as hiking and travelling while studying medicine. I’ve travelled across America, Europe, Asia, and hope to one day go to Bhutan or Namibia. I’m deeply passionate about working with and educating underserved communities and I hope to have more opportunities to do that at Baptist.

Why did you choose Baptist? :
I chose Baptist because of the environment and connection I felt the day I interviewed. I really felt that the program’s values meshed with my own and felt that I could achieve my goals and could grow as a physician here. Baptist is also located in a great city that has amazing food. I am looking forward to more fun times in this great city during my time as a resident here.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I would definitely say the people. They have been so kind and welcoming here.

Why medicine as a career?
I chose my career because I believe strongly in primary care and preventive medicine. Growing up, my family would take summer vacations in Bangladesh and noticed first hand the problems that develop without access to care. This inspired me to go into medicine and I hope to one day give back and open a mobile clinic there.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Residents benefit from an excellent clinical experience and a medical staff who are very focused on resident education and ensuring residents are well prepared. The facilities and healthcare infrastructure are also excellent and allow for the delivery of high quality patient care.

James (Jim) Ryan, MD

James Ryan Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, Materials Science Engineering; Wright State University; Dayton, OH; 2006
Medical degree: Doctor of Medicine; University of Toledo; Toledo, OH; 2016
About Adriana: Adriana grew up in Florida, the daughter of a physician. After receiving her MD from the Ross University School of Medicine, she moved to Memphis to begin her residency at Baptist. She enjoys working out and travel, and in her downtime she likes to shop, cook, and watch new movies.2

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because of the quality of the hospital system and specifically the Family Medicine Residency Program’s unique faith-based collaboration with Church Health which truly cares for people in all aspects of their lives, not simply just as medical patients.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
Being brand-new to Memphis, I am excited to get to know the city and the people.

What is your day like?
I look forward to each new day hopefully bringing a variety of experiences and new opportunities to interact with and care for people.

Why medicine as a career?
While studying engineering in college, I broke my ankle, requiring surgery and physical therapy. It was this experience that initially sparked my interest in medicine, seeing firsthand the interplay between the science of medicine and the daily interaction with patients. I love science, but I am also a “people person” and was drawn to this opportunity to more directly care for people every day. I appreciate that the specialty of Family Medicine provides variety all across the spectrum, which especially fits with my personality of loving variety and having a broad range of interests.

Scott Parker, MD

Scott Parker

PGY-1

Angella Anderson, MD

Angelle Anderson, MD 

Adriana Gonzalez-Canal, MD

Shelia Thomas Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Minor in Biomedical Physics; Florida State University; 2012
Medical degree: Doctor of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine; Miramar, FL; 2018
About Adriana: Adriana grew up in Florida, the daughter of a physician. After receiving her MD from the Ross University School of Medicine, she moved to Memphis to begin her residency at Baptist. She enjoys working out and travel, and in her downtime she likes to shop, cook, and watch new movies.2

Why did you choose Baptist?
Baptist Hospital and the Church Health Center have a progressive way of thinking that coincides with my own rationale. The emphasis on exercise and nutrition, and overall harmony in a person's life, is what attracted me to this program.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I love the quiet, homey feel of this city. They often call it the biggest small town in the South, and I can see why.

What is your day like?
There really is no such thing as a typical day for me as my experiences constantly change based on the patients I am caring for. But if there’s one thing consistent about my days as a resident, it’s the feeling of accomplishment as I overcome new challenges.

Why medicine as a career?
My father was a physician and I always admired his passion for medicine. I've wanted to be a doctor since I could remember, and I am happy to say I have never strayed from that path.

Charquincy Hollowell, MD

Shelia Thomas Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; University of South Alabama; Mobile, AL
Medical degree: Doctor of Medicine, University of South Alabama College of Medicine; Mobile, AL
About Charquincy: Charquincy is a native Memphian. Between graduating from the University of South Alabama and entering medical school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in several force protection and communication leadership rolls. Charquincy was deployed three times in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. While in the military, he spent time traveling in Europe, Australia, and Mexico. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, football and riding motorcycles.

Why did you choose Baptist?
I chose Baptist because of its unique faith-based approach to medicine. I didn't want a program that treated patients as just a constellation of symptoms, but as a whole person: body, mind, and spirit.

Why medicine as a career?
I've always known that I wanted a career in medicine, but I needed a specialty that wasn't mundane. I found that field during my family medicine rotation. In one day, I treated congestive heart failure, participated in a code, and assisted in delivering a baby and from that day, I was hooked on family medicine.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
Because they take care of you. They even feed you, which for a resident is an important factor. The extensive hospital system that is Baptist ensures that you will benefit from the variety of clinical hospital opportunities that are available. Additionally, their benefit package is competitive.

Esha Sharma, MBBS

Shelia Thomas Post graduate degree: Master of Public Health; Washington University; St. Louis, Mo.; 2019
Medical degree: MBBS; K.J. Somaiya Medical College; Mumbai, India; 2012
Internship: K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai; India; 2012
About Charquincy: Originally from Mumbai, India, Esha attended medical school at K.J. Somaiya Medical College in Mumbai affiliated with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. She also holds a Master in Public Health degree with Epidemiology/Biostatistics specialization from Washington University in St. Louis. She served as a volunteer physician in a welfare home for children that worked towards preventing second-generation human trafficking in Mumbai. Her academic interests include understanding the behavioral aspect of diseases and promoting preventative medicine and holistic approach to have healthy communities.

Why did you choose Baptist?
The Baptist Memorial/Church Health Family Medicine residency program has a unique emphasis on training physicians to serve vulnerable populations. It aligns perfectly with my goal of practicing medicine with a holistic approach and promoting preventative medicine to have healthy communities.

Why medicine as a career?
In India, my grandfather’s work as a pandit, which is equivalent to a priest, provided me with the example of how counseling and social support improved the quality of life of people with terminal illnesses. He would tell me stories that reinforced the need for human connectedness and ongoing psychosocial support in our community. It was quite evident that there was an obvious link between our physical health and our social environment. After graduating medical school, with a desire to practice medicine with a holistic approach, I started my journey as a general practitioner in India.

Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?
I recommend Baptist to anyone who wants experience with diverse patient population. Everyone in the program is always willing to help and you get to experience high quality patient care at Baptist, making the learning experience that much more worthwhile. And residents receive intimate training in taking care of the underserved patient population.