Yale’s clinical practice welcomes its newest physicians

Latest group brings diversity and impressive expertise

In the last few months, new doctors from around the country have been arriving at Yale to work in diagnostic radiology, neurology and other areas of the practice. Their skills and expertise will mean even better care for our patients.

Diagnostic Radiology

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Melissa Durand, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and specializes in breast imaging. She has clinical interests in breast cancer, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, MRI and interventional procedures including preoperative needle localization, stereotactic ultrasound and MR core biopsy. Dr. Durand completed her medical degree at University of Kansas School of Medicine, her residency at Hartford Hospital, and a fellowship in breast and body diagnostic radiology at Yale School of Medicine.

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Amit Mahajan, MBBS, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology, internal medicine and infectious disease. He specializes in neuroradiology, and has clinical interests in emergency imaging, functional imaging, head and neck imaging, interventional angiography, pediatric neuroradiology, seizure imaging, spine imaging, and neurodiagnostic and interventional angiography. Dr. Mahajan completed his medical degree at the Armed Forces Medical College, his residency at the Hospital of Saint Raphael, and fellowships in both infectious disease and neuroradiology at Yale School of Medicine.

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Ajay Malhotra, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and specializes in neuroradiology. He has clinical interests in functional imaging, head and neck imaging, pediatric neuroradiology, neuro-oncology, MR neurography, spine imaging, and both neurodiagnostic and spine interventions. Dr. Malhotra completed his MBBS at VSS Medical College and Hospital in India, and his residency in radiology at Government College in Amritsar, India. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology, and fellowships in diagnostic neuroradiology, interventional neuroradiology and musculoskeletal radiology at University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed his master’s in medical management at the University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.

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Frank Minja, MD, is an assistant professor of neuroradiology who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology with a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in neuroradiology. He has clinical interests in advanced neuroimaging techniques including functional MRI and DTI tractography for neurosurgical planning; MR spectroscopy in the evaluation of radiation necrosis versus tumor recurrence; and the emerging technique of vessel wall imaging. Dr. Minja completed his medical degree and medical internship at Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowship in neuroradiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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John Morgan, MD, is an assistant professor in neuroradiology and emergency radiology. He is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and has a certificate of added qualification (CAQ) in neuroradiology. In addition to neuroradiology, he has clinical interests in MRI, body imaging, and neurointerventional procedures, including pain management. Dr. Morgan attended Ross University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at New York Medical College. He completed his neuroradiology fellowship at Yale School of Medicine.

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Jay Pahade, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and specializes in body imaging. He has clinical interests in contrast-media/contrast-induced nephropathy, improving patient centered radiology, and GI and GU abdominal imaging, including hepatic and pancreatic malignancies. Dr. Pahade completed his medical degree at University of Buffalo School of Medicine, and his residency and fellowship in radiology at Harvard Medical School-Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Internal Medicine

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Medical Oncology/Palliative Care

Andrew Putnam, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in both family medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. His clinical interests include diabetic neuropathy, pain and symptom management in cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Putnam spent the last 11 years practicing with the palliative care group at Lombardi Cancer Institute at Georgetown University Hospital, where he served as director of the palliative care program from 2005-2012. A graduate of Yale University, he completed his medical degree at University of Connecticut, his residency in family medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a fellowship in palliative medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ophthalmology

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Ophthalmology

Jessica Chow, MD, is an assistant professor who is board-certified in ophthalmology and specializes in cornea and external disease, refractive surgery and comprehensive ophthalmology. Her clinical interests include corneal transplantation, ocular surface disease, and cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Chow completed her medical degree and residency at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

Michael Dewar, MD, and Umer Darr, MD, formerly Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, PC, in New Haven, have accepted full-time faculty positions in cardiac surgery. Combined, they bring 60 years of experience in the treatment of coronary, valve and aortic disease. Surgeries will be performed at both campuses of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital.


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Umer Mansoor Darr, MD, is an assistant professor of surgery who is board-certified in cardiac and thoracic surgery. He was trained at Yale and Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Darr specializes in all aspects of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. This includes aortic aneurysm repair, mitral valve surgery, coronary artery bypass, minimally invasive strategies and lung surgery. He has a strong academic interest in the diseases of the aorta, and had a vital role in developing and establishing one of the largest databases of aortic disease at Yale. These efforts have yielded a substantial progress in the treatment strategies of aneurysms and the optimal time for intervention. In addition, Dr. Darr is a founding member of a team of physicians who have established Heart Institutes in the third world countries, where cardiac problems have reached epidemic proportions. He actively maintains an academic affiliation with these facilities (www.tabbaheart.org), helping them achieve the highest standard of care. Dr. Darr is a strong proponent of family centered, compassionate delivery of health care.

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Michael L. Dewar, MD, is an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery who is board-certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery. He practices adult cardiac valve and coronary artery surgery. He maintains a special practice in aortic valve pathology performing the Ross procedure, aortic valve repair and aortic homograft replacements. As a member of Club Mitral, he specializes in complex mitral valve repair and Maze procedures. He performs minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery and has performed more than 1,100 beating-heart bypasses. Dr. Dewar completed his medical degree at University of Massachusetts, then went to Canada where he completed residencies at McGill University, Hotel Dieu de Montreal, and Royal Victoria Hospital. In addition, he was a fellow in both cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Montreal General Hospital, and in cardiac surgery at Royal Victoria Hospital. He then came to Connecticut, where he has been an attending surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital since 1989, and served as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at West Haven Veterans Medical Center from 1991 to 1993. He has been medical director of Yale’s Cardiac Surgery Physicians Assistant Program since 2006. In addition, Dr. Dewar directs an active cardiac surgical exchange in St. Petersburg, Russia, and heads the Almazov Foundation of North America.

Urology

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Preston Sprenkle, MD, is a urologist with clinical interests in acute kidney injury, kidney cancer, bladder cancer and prostate cancer—specifically the use of MRI-ultrasound fusion prostate biopsy and prostate cancer active surveillance. He completed his medical degree at Columbia University, his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and his fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.