Traditional Chiefs

The five Internal Medicine Traditional Residency Program Chiefs are nominated by their peers and faculty and invited through a rigorous selection process to help manage the Traditional Internal Medicine Residency Program. They have multiple roles, including that of attending, teacher, troubleshooter, facilitator, procedural supervisor, and confidante. They run morning reports, organize noon conferences, and attend in the outpatient clinics and inpatient Fitkin Service, Step Down Unit, and West Haven VA general medical floors. They also each give a Medical Grand Rounds presentation on a subject of their choosing. Acting as a liaison between the residents, program leadership, and hospital administration, the chief residents advocate for the needs and wants of the residents and oversee their professional development.  Perhaps most importantly, their door is always open for advice, a laugh, a game of magnetic darts, or candy!

Traditional Chiefs

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George Goshua, MD

Resident Int Med Education

Chief Resident, Internal Medicine

Education

MD, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, 2015

BS, University of Toronto, 2010

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Frederick Howard, MD, BA

Resident Int Med Education

Education

MD, University of Michigan Medical School, 2015

BA, Cornell University, 2011

Research Interests

Hematology; Medical Informatics

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Brian Persaud, MD

Resident Int Med Education

Education

MD, Stony Brook School of Medicine, New York, 2015

MA, Boston University, 2010

BA, Boston University, 2010

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Christopher Sciria, MD

Resident Int Med Education

Education

MD, University of Buffalo, 2015

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Merilyn Varghese, MD

Resident Int Med Education

Education

MD, Stony Brook School of Medicine, New York, 2015

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VA Chiefs

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Victor Bilan, MD

Quality/Safety Chief

Resident Int Med Education

Education

MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2015

BS, University of Pittsburgh, 2008

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Priya Duggal, MD

Center of Excellence Chief

Hospital Resident

Education

MD, Temple University School of medicine, 2015

BA, Stony Brook University, 2010

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