NGMC Matches Next Class of Resident Physicians

Published on March 23, 2020

It's hard to imagine running out of doctors to care for you and your family. In Georgia, and across the nation though, that is the reality. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) continues to answer the call to address the physician shortage every spring when new residents are announced on National Match Day.

On Friday, NGMC faculty and staff learned who their newest class of 20 Internal Medicine and six General Surgery residents are, along with the first class of 12 Family Medicine residents - Family Medicine being a specialty that is in high need across our state and region. This talented and bright group will begin practicing with the health system on July 1, joining the 26 Internal Medicine and General Surgery residents already working in the hospital and area clinics. NGMC welcomes:

Internal Medicine Residents – Medical School and Home State/Country

  • Olusyei Abidoye, MD, University of Lagos, Texas
  • Comfort Adewunmi, MD, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maryland
  • Hadia Ahmad, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia
  • Mariam Anwar, MD, Liaquat National Medical College, Georgia
  • Abdullah Asreb, MD, University of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
  • Christopher Chew, MD, American University of the Caribbean, West Virginia
  • Rosemary Chofor, MD, University of Health and Sciences, Georgia
  • Loida Del Rio Lopez, MD, San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, Puerto Rico
  • Celine Fadel, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia
  • Paige Gwynn, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia
  • Aqsa Iqbal, MD, Liquat University of Medical and Health Science, Pakistan
  • Nathaniel Kim, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana
  • Henry Ogbuagu, MD, American University of Antigua College of Medicine, California
  • Sahil Parag, DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida
  • Tyler Sadka, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maryland
  • Cesar Sanchez, MD, Ross University School of Medicine, Florida
  • Christine Sykalo, DO, Western University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine for the Pacific, Washington
  • Paul Takla, MD, American University of the Caribbean, New York
  • Nikhilesh Thapa, DO, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Iowa
  • Jifeng Wang, MD, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Florida

General Surgery Residents – Medical School and Home State/Country

  • Ryan Anderson, MD, Ross University School of Medicine, Colorado
  • Tyler Harvell, MD, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Alabama
  • Mena Louis Pbawy, DO, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, California
  • Alec J. Seaton, MD, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia
  • Molly Marie McNamee, MD, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Michigan
  • Dylan Parker Schwindt, MD, University of Missouri-Kansas School of Medicine, Missouri

Family Medicine Residents – Medical School and Home State/Country

  • Christian Albarus, MD, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Germany
  • Maria Angel, MD, International American University College of Medicine, Georgia
  • Sergio Angel, MD, International American University College of Medicine, Texas
  • Brittany Barthelemy, DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Texas
  • Maria Baumgartner, MD, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Florida
  • Samantha Grant, MBBS, University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences, California
  • Adrianna S. Kordek, MD, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Pennsylvania
  • Muhareb "Mike" Mustafa, MD, Ross University School of Medicine, Illinois
  • Abdullah Panchbhaya, MD, Ross University School of Medicine, Canada
  • Macy Phillips Tabb, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia
  • Victoria M. Timmermans, MD, University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Canada
  • Celeste M. Vickery, DO, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida

In the months leading up to Match Day, medical students participating in the National Resident Matching Program apply to residency programs and interview at hospitals across the nation. After those interviews, residency programs rank the students - and students rank the programs. Both rank lists are plugged into a national database which crunches the numbers to determine which of the students match with NGMC. Those results are released on Match Day.

"I'm beyond thrilled to welcome this group of rock stars to Gainesville," says Family Medicine Residency Program Director Monica Newton, DO, MPH. "As a life-long learner myself, we've worked hard to create a program that attracted residents who possess a growth mindset and a passion for excellence. These residents will help fulfill our vision for Family Medicine physicians to care for your entire family, covering the full scope of inpatient, outpatient, pediatrics and family-centered maternity care."

Resident physicians are licensed doctors training in a specialty. They train for three to 10 years after medical school, providing patient care and performing procedures under appropriate supervision. They can write orders and prescribe medication. Residents also have educational, testing and evaluation requirements. Their training is overseen by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

"Studies by the Georgia Physician Workforce Commission have determined the specialties that are in greatest need, with Family Medicine at the top of the list. Adding 12 Family Medicine resident physicians to our system is a great way to bring immediate support and expand care to our community," says John E. Delzell, Jr., MD, MSPH, Vice President of Medical Education for Northeast Georgia Health System and Designated Institutional Official for NGMC. "Our residents will work with our faculty, hospital and clinic staff in numerous ways. We look forward to welcoming all our new resident physicians to the local community and introducing them to patients."

NGMC is working to expand to more than 200 residents across six specialties - internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery, OB/GYN, psychiatry, and emergency medicine - by 2023. That will make NGMC one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the state. The idea is to train the physician leaders of tomorrow right here in Hall County, so that they will stay to practice in this region and the state.

Research conducted by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government found NGMC's residency programs will also have a tremendous impact on Hall County's economy - with a projected economic output of $66 million from 2019 to 2023, with an additional $18 million local economic impact for each year after. Similarly, the program will generate more than 90 incremental community jobs in 2019, rising to as many as 300 jobs by 2023.

Learn more about NGMC's residency programs at

Copyright ©2020 Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc. | 743 Spring Street Gainesville, GA 30501 | (770) 219-9000

COVID-19 questions?
Questions about COVID-19?
Our chatbot can answer simple COVID-19 questions.

Hi there! I can help quickly answer common questions about COVID-19. Please pick one of the options below.

Sent by: Northeast Georgia Health System
  • I don’t feel well. What should I do?
  • How can I help?
  • How can I prevent COVID-19?
  • What is NGHS doing for the COVID-19 crisis?

If you have a fever and cough or difficulty breathing, these steps will help you find the care you need and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region:

  • Call before you come

    Please call your doctor's office or an urgent care clinic for advice about where you should go for treatment.

  • Call 9-1-1 for emergencies

    Calling 9-1-1 is always the fastest and most efficient way to get proper treatment for medical emergencies.

  • Consider staying home and taking advantage of an E-Visit

    When symptoms strike, connect with a provider through an E-Visit instead of traveling to the urgent care or the doctor’s office.

    Learn more about E-Visits from these area practices:

We want to thank our community and local businesses for their amazing generosity during this time. Here are some ways you can support our community and staff:

  • Donate items and resources

    We are currently receiving donations of items and other resources through the Foundation. Learn how to donate resources and other needed items by clicking here.

  • Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

    Many people in our community are sewing masks for our healthcare workers. We have created some mask sewing instructions and information about drop-off locations. Get detailed mask-making instructions here.

  • Send a Digital Letter

    We would like your help making digital letters for the residents at New Horizons Nursing home. Email a letter to and we will hand them out to our residents and staff to enjoy.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to avoid infection is to avoid exposure. Here are simple steps you can take to lower your risk of catching or spreading illness:

  • Wear a mask – a cloth face cover can protect other people in case you are infected. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Avoid close contact – maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. If someone in your household is sick, maintain 6 feet of distance from them as well.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs
  • Monitor your health daily –  Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Learn more by visiting the CDC COVID-19 website.

In late January, NGHS created a Coronavirus Task Force including leaders from across the system to begin preparing for the possibility that our facilities and staff may see patients with COVID-19.

We have been following the guidance of the CDC and are working to ensure staff are diligent in following standard protocol to ask patients about their travel history. In the event that additional preparation is needed, this team will move swiftly to follow any new guidance.

About COVID-19 Testing:

NGHS has the ability to coordinate testing at some of our locations. Please call your doctor's office or urgent care clinic for advice about whether testing is right for you. Recently we implemented a new E-Visit specific to the Coronavirus.

Learn more about E-Visits from these area practices:

Reset cached