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Meet Our Residents

A Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency trainee in Jacksonville, Florida.

Our residents come from medical schools around the U.S. and outside the country. Read more about their backgrounds and interests outside of the residency.

Welcome from the chief residents

Welcome to Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency (Florida) website!

We are honored that you are considering Mayo Clinic to further your medical training. As the chiefs, we work as a liaison between the resident body and the program faculty. We are always striving to improve the program through medical education, patient care, administration, and research. Our roles include developing curriculum, advocating for resident issues, and acting as a general resource for the needs of our residents.

From the prioritization of patient care, opportunities for clinical education and research, supportive faculty, and a sense of community among the residents, Mayo Clinic is an excellent organization to continue your Internal Medicine training. Not to mention, Jacksonville is an awesome place to both live and work. With beautiful weather, endless beaches, an international airport, and a strong residency program, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, is your best choice for furthering your medical career.

Emily Butts, M.D.
butts.emily@mayo.edu

Himesh Zaver, M.D.
zaver.himesh@mayo.edu

Kamal Shair, M.D.
shair.kamal@mayo.edu

Meet our chief residents

Emily Butts, M.D.

Emily Butts, M.D.

Chief resident

Hometown: Leesburg, Georgia

Medical school: Medical College of Georgia

About me: I chose Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville because of all the incredible people here. The entire Mayo Clinic work culture is extremely positive and collaborative. I am lucky to get to stay an extra year with my Internal Medicine Residency family as chief resident. So far it has been a fantastic opportunity to help with the education of our residents! I plan to pursue fellowship in hematology/oncology after chief year. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy the beach, hosting game nights, and scuba diving.

Himesh Zaver, M.D.

Himesh Zaver, M.D.

Chief resident

Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee

Medical school: East Tennessee State University

About me: I chose Mayo Clinic for the tailored medical education unique to each individual. My days after work are often spent at the park or beach with my 2-year-old son and newborn daughter. My research is focused on personalized medicine and the applications pharmacogenomics and artificial intelligence may have in endoscopy and patients with liver disease. My professional goals align with being a clinician-educator in gastroenterology/transplant hepatology.

Kamal Shair, M.D.

Kamal Shair, M.D.

Chief resident

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine

About me: I was drawn to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville’s smaller program size, but even more so by its warm culture! From day one, I knew this was where I belonged. I started my career as a materials engineer and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before discovering medicine was my second calling. The warmer weather in Florida has allowed me to explore new interests outside of work, such as flying and boating. I also enjoy weightlifting, indoor rock climbing, scuba diving, travel, being a foodie, and nearly anything that occurs in microgravity!

Class of 2023

Albert Bui

Albert Bui, D.O., Pharm.D.

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Medical school: Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: My hobbies include playing/watching basketball, rollerblading, exploring new restaurants, going to the beach, and making people laugh! I love my experience in Jacksonville thus far. I hope to pursue nephrology/critical care as a future career.

Aman S. Bali

Aman Bali, M.D.

Hometown: Durham, NC

Medical school: Duke University

About me: Academically, my interests include gastroenterology, health services research, artificial intelligence, and the gut microbiome. Outside of medicine, I'm an avid basketball fan and enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, lifting, watching movies, and working on my golf game.

Justin T. Call

Justin Call, M.D.

Hometown: Rock Hill, SC

Medical school: Medical University of South Carolina

About me: My academic interests include pulmonology/CC, asthma, and ILD. I am an all-around family man with two adorable kids that keep me on my toes. My hobbies include running, reading fantasy, and video games. I am all about the beach life which may have been why I chose Mayo Clinic.

Pedro Cortes

Pedro Cortes, M.D.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical school: Harvard University

About me: I relocated to Jacksonville for Internal Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic. My career interests include advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy and innovation. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, and traveling to cities and national parks with my wife.

Wiaam Y. Elkhatib

Wiaam Elkhatib, M.D.

Hometown: Indiana

Medical school: Indiana University

About me: Previously a biomedical engineering graduate, I hope to combine my interests in health and technology to further humankind’s presence in space exploration by specializing in aerospace medicine. My other passions include human rights education, medical research, studying metaphysics and world religions, and spending afternoons on the beach or with family. 

Anna Kornafeld

Anna Kornafeld, M.D.

Hometown: Hungary

Medical school: Semmelweis University, Budapest

About me: Pulmonology and critical care are my main interests. I love educating communities about smoking prevention. My research interests include interventional pulmonology, COPD, hypoxia, chronic cough, rare pulmonary disorders, and social media use. In my free time, I practice ashtanga yoga, running on the beach, playing board games, and being with my cat, Pompom.

Justin J. Kuhlman

Justin J. Kuhlman, M.D.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Medical school: Florida State University

About me: I couldn't be more grateful to train at a wonderful institution so close to family and friends all while developing new great friends during training. I have a strong desire to pursue hematology/oncology and have been fortunate enough to get involved with lymphoma research while here at Mayo Clinic. Outside of medicine, my wife and I like to go to the beach and get in a round of 18 on the golf course every now and then.

Nahyr S. Lugo-Fagundo

Nahyr Lugo-Fagundo, M.D.

Hometown: Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Medical school: Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Puerto Rico

About me: I'm interested in Interventional Cardiology. I also enjoy paddle-boarding, long distance running, walks on the beach with my toy poodle, Nala, cooking, and baking.

Ben J. McCormick 

Ben McCormick, M.D.

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Medical school: University of South Alabama

About me: I plan to pursue a career in academic hematology/oncology with specific interests in malignant hematology and bone marrow transplant. In my free time, I enjoy Alabama football, Atlanta Braves baseball, exploring new coffee/craft beer/bourbon, and spending time with my 2-year-old bernedoodle (Dansby), and my fiancée who is a pediatrics resident at University of Florida in Gainesville.

Parsa S. Mirmehdi

Parsa Mirmehdi, M.D

Medical school: UCF College of Medicine

About me: I am very passionate about my patients and hope to make a difference in their lives. I enjoy the sunny Florida weather and spending time with family.

Ayan Nasir 

Ayan Nasir, M.D.

Hometown: Born in Pakistan. Lived in Orlando, Florida.

Medical school: University of Central Florida College of Medicine

About me: I studied financial engineering at Columbia University and worked in international finance before transitioning to medicine and studying at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. My research interests include healthcare data management, healthcare economics, and healthcare policy. I am still deciding on possible fellowships and career paths, but is excited to continue exploring areas of interests at Mayo Clinic. I am recently married and in my free time, I love to travel, enjoy music, and play sports (basketball, football, cricket).

Zeynep I. Seckin

Zeynep Seckin, M.D.

Hometown: Turkey

Medical school: Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University Faculty of Medicine

About me: My future career goal is Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. My research interest is primarily obstructive sleep apnea and its association with acute and chronic thromboembolic events. I like to play tennis; my all-time favorite tennis player is Roger Federer. My new favorite pastime activity is training my little doggie boy, Sokka.

Class of 2024

Varun Bansal, M.D.

Varun Bansal, M.D.

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida

Medical school: Baylor University

About me: My hobbies include classical violin and chess. My sister and I founded Music MD’s to provide music to hospitalized patients.

Sabrina Billings

Sabrina Billings, M.D.

Medical school: Drexel University

About me: I am interested in rheumatology and enjoy baking, road trips, college football, and learning the harmonica.

Chris Chase, M.D.

Chris Chase, M.D.

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Medical school: Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

About me: I enjoy cycling, kayaking, sporting clays, hydroponic, and aquaponic farming.

Nikita Jhawar

Nikita Jhawar, M.D.

Hometown: Bridgewater, New Jersey

Medical school: Drexel University

About me: I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I enjoy traveling to national parks, tennis, photography, and singing Indian classical music.

Christian Karime, M.D.

Christian Karime, M.D.

Hometown: Oslo, Norway

Medical school: Semmelweis University in Hungary

About me: I enjoy fishing and landscape photography.

Lauren Loeb

Lauren Loeb, M.D.

Hometown: Ridgeland, Mississippi

Medical school: University of South Alabama

About me: I am interested in gastroenterology, and I enjoy basketball, tennis, crossfit, and going to the beach.

William Mai

William Mai, M.D.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Medical school: George Washington University

About me: I am interested in cardiology. I enjoy photography and abstract art, acoustic guitar, and computer programming.

Karl Mueller, M.D., Ph.D. 

Karl Mueller, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical school: Texas Tech University

About me: I enjoy the humanities and weight training.

Bennett Parker, M.D. 

Bennett Parker, M.D.

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Medical school: University of Alabama

About me: I am interested in cardiology, and I enjoy playing the guitar, hiking, backpacking, golf, and fishing.

Marie Plante, M.D. 

Marie Plante, M.D.

Medical school: University of South Carolina

About me: I am interested in hematology-oncology. I have two cats and enjoy scuba diving shipwrecks and horseback riding.

Adam Sandin

Adam Sandin, D.O.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Medical school: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn Campus

About me: I am a lifelong Jaguars fan, and enjoy deep sea fishing and trying new breweries.

Paul Travers, M.D. 

Paul Travers, M.D.

Hometown: Staten Island, New York

Medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University

About me: I play the bagpipes, saxophone, and guitar, and I enjoy rock climbing, golf, and playing soccer. My girlfriend just graduated from PA school.

Jing Wang, M.D. 

Jing Wang, M.D.

Hometown: China

Medical school: Georgetown

About me: I enjoy playing the piano and cello, painting and illustration for medical publications, and yoga.

Class of 2025

Santiago Galeano Lovera, M.D.

 

Santiago Galeano Lovera, M.D.

Hometown: Asunción, Paraguay

Medical school: Universidad Nacional de Asunción.

About me: I was first attracted to Mayo Clinic after doing a rotation during which I was amazed by the Mayo culture and its values. I chose this program because of its amazing opportunities and supportive environment. My favorite activity in the world is traveling and I'm passionate about Japanese culture. I also enjoy outdoor activities, road trips, and exercising. I hope to pursue cardiology as a future career.

Brittany Jackson, M.D.

Brittany Jackson, M.D.

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Medical School: University of South Alabama School of Medicine

About me: Academically, my interests include hematology and oncology, global health, and ways to eliminate the medical disparities in underserved areas. My parents were both in the military so I traveled all over the world growing up. Outside of medicine, I enjoy all things food, DIYs, shopping, HIIT exercises, and watching Netflix with my fiancé.

Joseph Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Joseph Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Hometown: Suwon, South Korea

Medical School: McGovern Medical School- The University of Texas Health Science Center

About me: I was born in Korea but grew up in Kazakhstan. I came to the United States to study biomedical engineering. Together, my wife and I love exploring new places, trying new restaurants, playing board games, and doing escape rooms. I'm interested in researching new therapeutics and diagnostic techniques in hematology, oncology, and rheumatology.

Blake McKinley, D.O.

Blake McKinley, D.O. 

Hometown: Logan, Utah 

Medical school: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

About me: After residency, I plan to pursue a fellowship in hematology/oncology. When not in clinic work, I enjoy going to the beach with my wife and three kids, exploring nature, and finishing carpentry. 

Tyler Mistretta, M.D.

Tyler Mistretta, M.D.

Hometown: Melbourne Beach, Florida

Medical School: Florida State University

About me: My professional interests include hospital medicine and gastroenterology. In my free time, I enjoy watching FSU football, going to the beach, playing golf, running, and spending time with my girlfriend and our labrador retriever.

Nanjiba Nawaz, M.D.

Nanjiba Nawaz, M.D.

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

About me: I enjoy being in nature, traveling, and absolutely love the beach! You may also find me in pottery classes, taking on any new arts/crafts projects, and learning to cook different cultural dishes. I'm interested in pursuing a fellowship in gastroenterology as it combines all my interests.

Induja Nimma, M.D.

Induja Nimma, M.D.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

About me: I'm currently exploring my future career options and hope to practice in a field with procedures. When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy hiking, tennis, volleyball, dancing, and binge-watching Schitt’s Creek. I also love cooking and trying new foods so I'm excited to check out all the awesome places Jacksonville has to offer!

 Sheila Okere, M.D.

Sheila Okere, M.D.

Hometown: Macon, Georgia

Medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

About me: My career interests are palliative care, hospital medicine, and community engagement. I enjoy dancing, traveling, and comedic sitcoms. I'm also a trained aerialist, occasionally participating in competitions and showcases.

 Caroline Olson, M.D.

Caroline Olson, M.D.

Hometown: Prairie Village, Kansas

Medical school: University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine

About me: In my free time, I play the viola and enjoy hiking, baking, painting, and going to the beach! I’m interested in gastroenterology or rheumatology and medical education.

 Hasan Saleh, M.D.

Hasan Saleh, M.D.

Hometown: Olean, New York

Medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University

About me: I grew up in a small town in Western New York but I’m looking forward to transitioning to the sunshine and beaches here in Florida. My hobbies include basketball, golf, video games, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities. I also enjoy watching sports, especially the Buffalo Bills. My wife and I like to explore new places and spend time with family. My career interests include gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, and business in medicine.

Michael Schmidt, M.D.

Michael Schmidt, M.D.

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

About me: I grew up in South Carolina so I'm a diehard Clemson fan. Outside of college sports, I enjoy many outdoor activities including fishing, kayaking, and (poorly playing) golf. I plan to pursue a career in cardiology and I am highly interested in medical education as well.

 Artur Schneider, D.O.

Artur Schneider, D.O.

Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland

Medical school: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

About me: I came to the United States nine years ago to swim competitively in college and study medicine. With my wife I love exploring new places, going to the beach, watching movies, and trying different restaurants. I'm currently planning on a career as a cardiologist. I am interested in interventional cardiac procedures, valvular disease, heart failure as well as disease prevention.

 Rex Siu

Rex Siu, M.D.

Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Medical School: East Tennessee State University

About me: I grew up in a family of cooks and love to cook and learn about new foods. I spend my free time with my wife and two kids. We explore local food places, relax at beaches/parks, and enjoy sports. I'm interested in gastroenterology, nutrition, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Claire Wilson, M.D.

Claire Wilson, M.D.

Hometown: LaGrange Park, Illinois

Medical school: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

About me: I absolutely love going to the beach with family and friends and enjoying the beauty of Jacksonville (especially after moving from the Midwest)! I also love working out, hosting game nights, trying out new restaurants, watching reality TV/Netflix, and playing with my ragdoll cat, Leo. I have an interest in rheumatology and medical education.

Residents in the Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency program in Jacksonville, Florida.
Internal Medicine Residency class of 2021-2022