Sixteen graduate from Sovah Medical Residency Program

July 2, 2018

Sovah Health announced today that the Sovah Medical Residency Program hosted its graduation for medical residents on Friday, June 22 at the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. Sixteen physicians were recognized for completing their three-year residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine at Sovah Health in 2018. Several physicians and employees were also honored with awards for their commitment to training medical students and for their dedication to their profession. 

“I am so proud of our graduates and all they have accomplished in their three years here in Danville,” said Dr. Amber Fedin, DO, FACOFP, Director of Medical Education. “We estimate that over a thirty year career, this year’s graduating class will treat 2.5 million patients, demonstrating the extensive impact our program has on healthcare – here locally and across the nation.

The 2018 Family Medicine graduates included: Garrett Beatty, DO; Ausma Memon Farooq, DO; Jenessa C. Hill, DO; John Cody Lee, DO, MBA, MPH; and Noah Isadore Wallace, DO. The 2018 Internal Medicine graduates were: Oladapo Adekunle Adefeso, MD, DO; Richard V. Castle, DO, MS; Nikhil Bharadwaj Chinmaya, DO; Corey Sanders Deuso, DO; Carole Ngankeu Hall, DO; Adam C. Hughes, DO, MBA; William Clay Lancaster III, DO; Kinali Narendra Patel, DO; Brent James Portz, DO; Savannah Catherine Schultz, DO; and Geoffrey Thomas Scott, DO.

Several residents and physicians were honored with individual awards.

  • The Dr. Michael Moore Excellence in Education Awards, presented to physicians who exemplify academic excellence and passion in teaching and for passing on knowledge to the next generation of physicians, were presented to Kimberly Bird, MD (Internal Medicine) and Amber Stephens, DO (Family Medicine).

  • The MVP Clinical Staff Awards, awarded to the Most Valuable Players on the healthcare team who demonstrate excellence and genuine compassion for patients, were presented to Iya Kassa (Internal Medicine) and Phyllis Cash (Family Medicine).

  • The MVP Staff Awards, awarded to most valuable players who go above and beyond in assisting resident physicians, were presented to Laurie Galvez (Internal Medicine) and Sara Lankford (Family Medicine).

  • Dr. Saad Syed and Dr. Asia Zierle Ghosh (Family Medicine) and Dr. Brent Portz (Internal Medicine) were recognized as Residents of the Year for demonstrating excellence and genuine compassion for patients, a strong work ethic, effective leadership and supervision, and a positive attitude and interaction with staff, faculty and peers.

  • Dr. Kevin David (Family Medicine) and Dr. Samuel Lazoff (Internal Medicine) received the Servant’s Heart Award, for going above and beyond to serve the needs of patients, colleagues, and the residency program.

“Sovah Health’s medical residency program has experienced many major milestones, especially over the past year with our new ACGME accreditation,” said Ross Taylor, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Sovah Health. “Congratulations and best wishes to our new graduates and welcome to our new interns.”

Formed in 2010, the Sovah Medical Residency Program recently received institutional and program accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program continues to grow through a recent partnership with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Lynchburg, VA) and through an affiliation with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Resident physicians and medical students live in Danville and rotate through local physician practices and Sovah Health. Each resident receives nearly 9,000 hours of training during their three-year residency. During a year’s time, the residents see over 100,000 patients across the region and contribute approximately $1.5 million to the local economy.