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Ryan Bahar, MD

Hospital Resident

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Ryan Bahar, MD


Ryan Bahar is a preliminary medicine resident in internal medicine and aspiring clinician-educator. He will pursue advanced specialty training in diagnostic radiology at the University of California San Francisco beginning in July 2025.

Ryan proudly descends from Michigan farmers on his mom's side and, on his father's, Iranians who fled here in the 80s. He grew up in Georgetown, MA, where he was valedictorian of his high school class and went on to study Neuroscience at Brown University. He graduated magna cum laude (highest honors) as the Department of Neuroscience prize recipient in 2018. In between college and medical school, Ryan pursued a Fulbright Scholarship as a cultural ambassador and English teacher in rural Czech Republic.

As a medical student at Yale, he was heavily involved with radiology and medical education scholarship, studying applications of artificial intelligence in neuro-oncology under Mariam Aboian, MD, PhD, and engaging in projects aiming to uplift the role of the clinician-educator in academic medicine under Janet Hafler, EdD, and Jeremy Moeller, MD, MSc. His scholarly efforts have culminated in first-author publications in Cancers, Frontiers in Oncology, Medical Education Online, and Neurology: Education. Most recently, advised by Thilan Wijesekera, MD, MHS, he completed his doctoral thesis entitled, "Radiology Education for U.S. Medical Students in 2024: A State-of-the-Art Analysis."

Outside of research, Ryan produced and oversaw the Fourth Year Show ("YSM: Yale School of Mystery"), reestablished the Medical Education Interest Group, co-developed a Medical Education elective, and collaborated on the blueprint for the new Medical Education Concentration. He also co-led the Medical Student Council, served as Head Admissions Ambassador, represented medical students through the Radiological Society of Connecticut Resident and Fellow Section, and engaged in various near-peer teaching roles. He helped developed curriculum on caring for transgender and gender diverse patients for the Clerkship precedes. He also served the broader New Haven community co-leading the Anatomy Teaching Program for high school students and volunteering as a patient navigator.

In his spare time, he is an avid amateur long-distance runner (having finished the Newport Marathon and REVEL Mt. Charleston Marathon in 2023), downhill skier, and bell collector.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Yale School of Medicine (2024)
  • ScB
    Brown University, Neuroscience (2018)

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