About Samaritan Health

Current GME Resident Profiles

Meet the residents in this year’s program.

Bareeqah Ahmad

Program:

Internal Medicine

Hometown:

New City, NY

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

SUNY Geneseo — B.S. Biology
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine — D.O.

Life before Medical School:

Smelling what The Rock is cooking. Just joking…I was in school all the time: finished high school and undergrad early and went straight to medical school and then residency, and became a physician at age 23.

Interests:

Working out, fitness, basketball, board games, reading.

Favorite Thing About the Area:

Lots of town events and nature activities, in addition to proximity to big cities.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:

The emphasis on education and 1-on-1 learning makes this residency superb. Additionally, the supportive and friendly environment in a very cohesive program is truly rare.

Jack Barkin, DO

Program:

Traditional Rotating Internship

Hometown:

Columbus, OH

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

University of Michigan, BA 13’
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO 18’

Life before Medical School:

Going to college so I could try and get into medical school

Interests:

Netflix, college basketball, movies, & hiking

Favorite Thing about the Area:

Easy to get around town, lots of good outdoor activities

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

Friendly work environment, good place to learn

Alec Bernard, DO

Program:

Family Medicine Resident

Hometown:

Derry, NH

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Saint Anselm College, Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry
Boston University, Masters Degree in Medical Science
University of New England, Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine

Life before Medical School:

After my master’s degree, I continued to foster my interest in medicine by working as an EMT, pathology technician and physician recruiter. Each of these experiences helped to confirm my passion for medicine and desire to become a physician.

Interests:

Outside the hospital, I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Additionally, I try to exercise as much as possible. As residents, we receive a free membership to the YMCA, which is in close proximity to the hospital. This makes staying healthy an achievable goal.

Favorite Thing about the Area:

The North Country truly has everything you need. It is a great combination of commercial development and small, locally-owned businesses and restaurants. The proximity to both Syracuse and the Thousand Islands leaves plenty to do and explore during time away from the hospital.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

One of the greatest strengths of Residency at Samaritan is the family-like atmosphere. Everyone is extremely helpful and the faculty truly values each resident’s individual success.

John Burnett

Program:

Family Medicine

Hometown:

Massena, NY

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
Le Moyne College, Bachelor of Science Biology

Life before Medical School:

College student, Eagle Scout.
Worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in a nursing home.

Interests:

Boating, swimming, hiking, watching movies, snorkeling, shooting hoops, Syracuse basketball fan and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite thing about the Area:

The St. Lawrence River. Have been coming to the area my whole life and love spending time in the Thousand Islands. Some of my favorite activities on the water include boating, fishing, swimming, and kayaking.

Favorite thing about Residency at Samaritan:

The family friendly atmosphere. Always feel welcome and the employees are nice. No competition and everyone is willing to help each other out.

Angela Chen

About Me:

I was born in Taiwan but lived in California. I graduated from University of California, Davis. I am passionate about health and believe that it is the foundation of life and the key to happiness. I am alumni of Touro University Nevada School of Medicine and now a resident of Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, New York. I am bilingual, fluent in both Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Outside of medicine, I love listening to music and singing. I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Program:

Traditional Rotating Internship

Hometown:

San Jose, California

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine — D.O.
University of California, Davis — B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Life before Medicine School:

I was part of the church and served my community. I studied for exams, and when I had time I enjoyed food and karaoke.

Interests:

My interests include puppies, music, singing, travelling, exploring new areas, and food. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite thing about the Area:

The fresh air, the scenery, and the friendly community. There is not a lot of traffic and stores with everything I need are nearby. Also, there are sightseeing spots I can explore on my free time.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:

I love the work environment and culture of Samaritan. My coworkers are great people to work with as they are humble, kind, and interesting. Through our teamwork, we create the perfect environment for patient care. In addition, Samaritan cares for their residents and look after each other as family.

Preet Kaur

Program:

Family Medicine

Hometown:

Mahwah, NJ

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Ramapo College of NJ—Bachelors of Science Biochemistry
NYITCOM—Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree

Life before Medical School:

Spending time with my nieces, picnics with family, having fun.

Interests:

Spending time with friends & family, singing, biking, rollerblading, traveling, exploring the outdoors, movies, shopping, learning about anything/everything, working out at the Y, and saving lives.

Favorite Thing about the Area:

Everything is within a reasonable walking radius and closeby, The Thousand Islands. Canada is ½ hour away. It’s a nice quiet small town area with a lot of beautiful scenery and beaches nearby.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

The didactics. The program directors and their commitment to us. The residency coordinators who are awesome. The program’s dedication to teaching and going out of their way to make accommodations for your personal and professional interests. The family atmosphere with all the other residents.

Ciara Kazakis

Program:

Internal Medicine

Hometown:

Manchester, NH, grew up in Saratoga, NY

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine DO
Univ of South Florida- M.S. Medical sciences
Univ of New Hampshire- molecular, cellular, developmental biology B.S. with a minor in medical laboratory sciences

Life before Medical School:

Not really sure, just school I guess

Interests:

My dogs, my husband and doing outdoor activities (hiking, boating)

Favorite Thing about the Area:

Cold weather and lakes region

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

Close knit family

Adam McSherry

Program:

Family Medicine

Hometown:

Easton, MA

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

UMASS Amherst BS biology
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) D.O.

Life before Medical School:

I worked as an EMT during college prior to attending medical school.

Interests:

Watching sports, disc golf, hiking

Favorite Thing about the Area:

Hiking and nature trails

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

Everyone is so nice here and I can’t wait to meet and work with as many people as I can

Jane Oosthuizen, DO

Program:

Internal Medicine … Best. Program. Ever!

Hometown:

Kinda, sorta everywhere

Colleges and specific degrees:

WVSOM, Lewisburg, WV – DO
GSC, Glenville, WV – BS, BA
WVU-P, Parkersburg, WV – AAS, AS

Life before medical school:

Little bit o’ this, little bit o’ that; reading for enjoyment; vitamin D

Interests:

Spending time with family, including the two best men in my life … Brian and Harrison
Hanging out with my four-legged (and three-legged) children – Widget (the brown one), Basil (the black one), and Huxby (the “special” one)
Traveling the WORLD
Reading for pure enjoyment

Favorite thing about the area:

Thompson Park – best jungle gym!
Weekly farmer’s market (in the summer)
The weather … so far

Favorite thing about residency at Samaritan:

Approachability of the attending’s … and pretty much everyone at SMC; one-on-one learning environment; non-malignant residency program

Eunice Jacob

Program:

Internal Medicine

Hometown:

Norcross, Georgia

College and Specific Degree:

University of South Alabama – Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences
Philadelphia college of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Life Before Medical School:

Chasing cars and living life on the run and away from books

Interests:

Foreseeing my life flash before my eyes

Favorite Thing About the Area:

The sweetest people you will ever meet and a great hospital environment that makes you glad that you came here.

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:

Love the camaraderie and the one on one interaction with the attending.

Kwabena Owusu-Boateng

Program:

Family Medicine

Hometown:

Alexandria, Virginia

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), D.O., Class of 2017
Virginia Tech, B.S. in Biochemistry, Class of 2012

Life Before Medical School:

Born and raised in Ghana. Moved to the U.S. in 2000 and made Virginia my new home. Attended Virginia Tech, worked as a resident advisor, and cheered for the VT Hokies every weekend– all while earning a yellow belt in tae kwon do. Did research as a postbac at the NIH before attending VCOM.

Interests:

Hokies football, playing soccer, watching comedies on Netflix’s , playing video games (Mass Effect, kingdom hearts, super smash brothers), reading, cooking, spending time with my friends and family, listening to music, and taking pictures of nature.

Favorite Thing About the Area:

The small local mom and pop ice cream shops

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:

The emphasis on one-on-one interaction of residents with attending physicians and hands-on learning throughout the program, as well as the opportunity to attend specialty conferences and case reviews.

Hailey Peterson

Program:

Family Medicine

Hometown:

Fremont, CA

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Loyola Marymount University- B.A. Political Science
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine– M.S. Biomedical Sciences
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Life Before Medical School:

Medical mission trips to Mexico and Kenya, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer

Interests:

Water polo, reading, hanging with friends and family, babysitting my nieces and nephew

Favorite Thing About the Area:

Going apple picking

Favorite Thing About Residency at Samaritan:

How much the attending physicians loved to teach, working with the nurses and staff

Matthew Springer

Program:

Internal Medicine

Hometown:

Cherry Hill NJ

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Rider University – Bachelors of Science in Biology
A.T. Still University – Masters of Biomedical Sciences
A.T. Still University – Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine

Life before Medical School:

Before medical school I received an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences. I have been a student for as long as I can remember.

Interests:

I enjoy fishing and any outdoor activity. I enjoy playing guitar and spending time with friends and family.

Favorite Thing about the Area:

The nature in the area is very nice to take in. There are a good amount of things to do within a reasonable distance.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

The residency program is very dedicated. There is good camaraderie within the class. Everyone in and outside the hospital is nice and welcoming.

Paul Tran

Program:

Family Medicine

Hometown:

Orlando, Florida

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of South Florida, Biomedical Science

Life before Medical School:

College student

Interests:

Music, traveling, weight training, swimming, hiking.

Favorite Thing about the Area:

The outdoors.

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

The staff.

Melissa Youssef, M.D.

Program:

Internal Medicine

Hometown:

Greenville, SC

Colleges and Specific Degrees:

Furman University (Greenville SC) – Bachelor of Science in Biology
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston SC) – Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston SC) – MD

Life before Medical School:

Before medical school I was living the blissful, carefree lifestyle of a college student…definitely wouldn’t mind going back to that!

Interests:

Painting on canvas, photography, traveling, playing piano, kayaking, going to the beach, & shopping

Favorite Thing about the Area:

I love the beaches on Lake Ontario and all of the fun festivals and events that take place in the summertime. I also love the weather in the summer! Upstate NY has such kind people that I feel like I haven’t left the South! I do miss sweet tea and grits though. Ask me in a couple of months how I feel about my first “real” winter…

Favorite Thing about Residency at Samaritan:

I chose to come to Samaritan because I love how close and supportive all of the residents are for each other. While the program is small, each resident feels appreciated and the personal care from hospital staff makes the crazy hours and transition from books to the bedside so much better. Everyone at Samaritan is so welcoming and it truly feels like a second family to me!