Radiation Oncology Residency : Meet the Residents

Meet the Residents

Shefali Gajjar, M.D.Shefali Gajjar, M.D.PGY 4
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Undergraduate: Texas A&M University
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Internship: University of Texas Medical Branch – Preliminary Medicine Year
Outside interests: Yoga, dance, and travel
Favorite thing about Miami: Warm winters and being close to the water-particularly being able to go kayaking in December and having dolphins swimming on both sides of you!
Clinical/Research Interests: Health care disparities, global health



Stephen Ramey, M.D.Stephen Ramey, M.D.PGY 4
Hometown: Florence, South Carolina
Undergraduate: Furman University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Internship: Medical University of South Carolina – Preliminary Medicine Year
Outside interests: Running, Clemson football (2016 National Champs!), game nights with friends, Netflix time with my wife
Favorite thing about Miami: How much there is to do. From just hanging out at one of multiple beaches, to going to a concert/play downtown, to taking a cheap cruise/flight to the Caribbean, to attending a professional sporting event; you never run out of new things to do.
Clinical/Research Interests: Quality improvement, prostate cancer, big data, smoking cessation


Awad Ahmed, M.D.Awad Ahmed, M.D.PGY 3
Hometown: Queens/Brooklyn, New York
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Internship: Abington Memorial Hospital- Preliminary Medicine Year
Outside interests: Weights, Motorcycle, Flying, Reading
Favorite thing about Miami: The beach, great restaurants, diversity of the city, how far money can go, cafecito.
Clinical/Research Interests: Education, Workforce, Policy.


Mary Dean, M.D.Mary Dean, M.D.PGY 3
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Medical School: Louisiana State University Shreveport
Internship: Houston Methodist Hospital Transitional Year
Outside interests: Tennis, scuba diving, live music
Favorite thing about Miami: Huge melting pot of many different people and cultures. Also great vantage point for traveling, especially to the Caribbean and Central/South America
Clinical/Research Interests: Education, finance/cost analysis


John Jarboe, M.D.John Jarboe, M.D.PGY 3
Hometown: Charlotte Hall, Maryland
Undergraduate: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Internship: Baptist Health System, Birmingham, AL – Preliminary Surgery Internship
Outside interests: Snorkeling and fishing in the Keys
Favorite thing about Miami: Being at the beach in the winter
Clinical/Research Interests: Radiation sensitization of sarcoma, kinase activity profiling

Steven Engel, M.D.Steven Engel, M.D.PGY 3
Hometown: Mequon, WI
Undergraduate: Georgetown University
Medical School: University of Miami
Internship: Jackson Memorial Hospital – Preliminary Surgery Intern
Outside interests: Golf, running, Green Bay Packers
Favorite thing about Miami: When we’re not working, we’re on vacation
Clinical/Research Interests: GI, CNS, development of a formal mentorship program



David Asher, M.D.David Asher, M.D.PGY 2
Hometown: Elon, North Carolina *Undergraduate: * Duke University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Internship: Riverside Regional Medical Center – Transitional Internship
Outside interests: Family, Church, Beach, Sports.
Favorite thing about Miami: There’s so much to do! I most enjoy walking to the beach with my wife, son, and friends. We also enjoy driving to the Keys, which is an easy day or weekend trip.
Clinical/Research Interests: Quality improvement, education, palliative care.


Gregory Azzan, M.D.Gregory Azzan, M.D.PGY 2
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Undergraduate: North Carolina State University
Medical School: Drexel College of Medicine
Graduate School: Fox Chase Cancer Center and The Wistar Institute *Internship: Crozer Chester Medical Center, Transitional Year
Outside interests: Spending time with my adorable wife Adrianne and larger than life son Elis. Outdoor activities. Home improvement. Rest and relaxation on the beach!
Favorite things about Miami: Beautiful tropical weather – Florida’s “endless summer”. Diverse mix of cultures. Great restaurants. Awesome outdoor parks. Abundance of family friendly activities.
Clinical/Research Interests: Cancer biology research. Quality of life improvement in cancer care.


Benjamin Farnia, M.D.Benjamin Farnia, M.D.PGY 2
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Dallas
Medical School: The Baylor College of Medicine
Internship: The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School – Transitional Year *Outside interests: Organic produce, running, laughing, catching up on Game of Thrones
Favorite thing about Miami: Coconut Grove – it’s a beautiful place to call home
Clinical/Research Interests: Biomedical ethics, aerospace medicine, palliative care


Nirav Patel, M.D.Nirav Patel, M.D.PGY 2
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Undergraduate: University of Virginia
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Internship: Lehigh Valley Health Network – Transitional Year
Outside interests: Traveling, Weight lifting, Soccer, Watching football/soccer/basketball/tennis/golf, TV Shows
Favorite thing about Miami: Warm weather year round, proximity to beach, great restaurants
Clinical/Research Interests: SRS, CNS metastases, Genomic Medicine


Benjamin O. Spieler, M.D.Benjamin O. Spieler, M.D.PGY 2
Hometown: Andover, MA
Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Internship: Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northshore University Hospital, Preliminary Internal Medicine Resident
Outside interests: Camping, Sports, Guitar
Favorite thing about Miami: Cultural Diversity
Clinical/Research Interests: Glioma, Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer