Pathology Resident Testimonials

Living in Detroit

Laura Favazza, D.O.

favazza laura 13cHometown: China, Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? I like the wide variety of specimen along with the incredible wealth of knowledge of the attending physicians and their dedication and enthusiasm to teaching. Also, there is ample opportunity to learn about laboratory management and LEAN practices. Finally, the camaraderie of my fellow residents makes each work day fun.
What are your plans for the future? Oncologic surgical pathology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I am currently applying for Molecular pathology as a second fellowship.
What is living in Detroit like for you? Living in the Metro Detroit area is great because it is multicultural and full of delicious foods. It is busy and exciting as there is always something going on downtown, or in the surrounding communities that is fun for both adults and children. There are many outdoor activities and lots of beautiful scenery making it a great home.


Rohit Gulati M.D.

gulati rohit 13cHometown: Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? The program offers a comfortable environment for the residents. The staff are excellent and have reasonable expectations of the residents. My fellow residents are the best group I have ever worked with. We often spend time together after work. We take care of each other.
What are your plans for the future? After residency I will be joining the University of Indiana for a Hematopathology fellowship. I like Michigan and I plan to stay close by after fellowship.
What is living in Detroit like for you? I lived on campus for three years and it's safe and convenient. Downtown can be fun even in winter time and it is developing even further. The Detroit metro area has a lot to offer. I love to try out different cuisines and there are many restaurants around. There are Indian cultural events, art and music festivals and concerts which are fun weekend activities.


Brie Kezlarian, M.D.

kezlarian brie 13cHometown: Bloomfield, MI
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? I like the variety of specimens to which I am exposed, and I love the atmosphere. We have a great community here.
What are your plans for the future? I will be going to Memorial Sloan Kettering next year for the Oncologic Surgical Pathology fellowship and then pursuing a Cytology fellowship!
What is living in Detroit like for you? I live in a suburb, which is great because I get to enjoy all the things which come with living near Detroit, i.e. great museums, festivals, concerts, sporting events, etc., and I get to retire in the evenings to a place with lots of trees and space to move around.


Ramya Gadde, M.D.

Gadde Ramya 14CHometown: Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Medical School: PSI Medical College
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? The volume and the variety of cases that we see on a regular basis make training here the best learning experience. The staff pathologists, other technical staff and friendly co-residents make this learning experience enjoyable.
What are your plans for the future? I am applying to surgical pathology fellowships this year.
What is living in Detroit like for you? The vibrant midtown offers many restaurants and entertainment options. Henry Ford housing makes for a safe and convenient living.


Alpa Shah, M.D. M.P.H.

Shah Alpa 14CHometown: Burbank, CA
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? At Henry Ford, we see pathology from a wide geographic area and a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, making our exposure to different disease processes quite vast. This, in addition to the large number of cases we see per year, gives us a strong foundation in this field and puts us at a distinct advantage after residency training. We have community clinics within our system, all connected through our electronic medical record, which allow for a long term follow-up in our patients and thus enabling excellent clinical research projects.
What are your plans for the future? I am applying to oncologic surgical pathology and dermatopathology fellowships this year.
What is living in Detroit like for you? I truly love living here. My husband and I, and our dog (a rambunctious white boxer--and unofficial mascot of our residency program!) live in Royal Oak, which is a perfect community for young professionals. There is a chic downtown with hip restaurants, bars, theaters, parks and boutiques. One of my favorite activities is yoga, and there several studios nearby. Our home is a quick 15 minute drive to the hospital. Detroit is affordable and there are several beautiful lakes and parks to enjoy on your days off. There are also good sports teams here to follow if you are a fan! We have Red Wings hockey, Lions football, Tigers baseball and Pistons basketball – most of which have been doing well! We work hard at Henry Ford, so having such a livable community is a great bonus!


Mohsin Jamal, M.D.

Jamal Mohsin 14CHometown: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Medical School: Shifa College of Medicine
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? The strongest part of our program is the vast number of cases the residents are exposed to. Whether it’s AP or CP, the opportunities to learn and grow are endless. I was deeply impressed by the close and collegial atmosphere between the faculty and residents, and how the faculty were truly interested not only in our development towards becoming excellent pathologists, but genuinely interested in us as people.
What are your plans for the future? I am applying to surgical pathology fellowships this year.
What is living in Detroit like for you? Coming from an international community, living in Detroit has been a pleasant and wonderful surprise. It has a very diverse community and a lot of heritage. If you love outdoor activities, then this is the place to be. Also, Detroit has some of the most beautiful suburbs.


Zhichun Lu, M.D.

Lu Zhichun 14CHometown: Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China
Medical School: Inner Mongolia Medical University
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? The most attractive thing about this program is that it offers a large number and variety of specimens, in both anatomic and clinical pathology. The attending pathologists are all very nice, knowledgeable and dedicated to teaching. It is an ideal place to receive excellent training and to achieve you career goals.
What are your plans for the future? To be an excellent well-rounded pathologist practicing in either an academic or private practice setting
What is living in Detroit like for you? I live in Troy, which is a less than 30 minute commute from Henry Ford Hospital. Troy is one of the most dynamic and livable cities in Michigan, and the country overall. It has renowned A+ rated schools and excellent public services. Moving from California, my family and I are very satisfied with living in Metro Detroit.


Omar Rayes, M.D.

Rayes Omar 14CHometown: Damascus, Syria
Medical School: Damascus University
What about the Henry Ford Hospital residency training program do you find most valuable? The most valuable aspect of our residency program is the wide variety of cases we get to see every day. Our staff are very friendly and eager to teach. There’s also a comprehensive didactic schedule and several teaching sessions throughout the week.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to become a medical examiner and am currently applying to forensic pathology fellowships.
What is living in Detroit like for you? I live in Detroit and I like it. There are many great restaurants and events to go to in the Detroit area. I plan to stay in Michigan for fellowship and onwards.

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