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Lower Bucks Hospital Hosts Residency Graduation

Fifteen graduates to begin careers after completing three-year medical residency


Bristol, PA (06/28/2023) – On June 16, the Lower Bucks Hospital’s Residency Program celebrated its 2023 resident physician graduates with a ceremony and reception at the Radisson Hotel in Philadelphia. Fifteen resident physicians graduated this year, after three years of training at the hospital.


Residency is a stage of graduate medical training. Residents hold a medical degree and practice medicine under the indirect supervision of an attending physician. Successful completion of a residency program requires obtaining a medical license.


“It is a great honor to be a part of the residency program at Lower Bucks Hospital. Our programs focus on education and are integral to decreasing health disparities by providing more medical care to the community.  We are very excited to continue to serve the community for years to come,” said Teresa D. Robinson, MSEd, administrative director and designated institutional official over Lower Bucks Hospital and Suburban Community Hospitals’ residency programs. “As the Program Director, I have had the privilege of working with the residents from their first day through graduation, getting a first-hand seat to the talented doctors they have become.”


She added, “Today is a celebration of your hard work and commitment to your patients and the community. But, it’s also a great reminder of how by working together, we can truly change people’s lives.”


The residency program offers a learning environment across several settings, including hospital, ambulatory, emergency, and various specialty rotations. The rotations include training with community physicians specializing in pediatrics, behavioral health, wound care, podiatric medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, dermatology, gynecology, obstetrics, general surgery, orthopedics, nephrology, urology, and pulmonology.


“I’m extremely proud of our graduating residents. For the past three years, they have worked to bring quality health care to the region.,” said Ronak Bhimani, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Lower Bucks Hospital.  “The relationships they created in the community and our healthcare system, helped to build a strong foundation for all future classes. Their impact on this residency program will last for many years. We are all very thankful for their hard work, sacrifice and dedication.”

Members of the Class of 2023 include:

  • Eahab Abdul-Lattif, MD, Hospitalist, HCA Florida Putnam Hospital, Palatka, FL
  • Salman Ahmed, MD, Primary Care Practice, RWJ Barnabas Health, Hamilton, NJ
  • Samantha D’souza, MD, Headache Medicine Fellowship, Jefferson Headache Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Andrea Davila, DO, Primary Care Practice, New Jersey
  • Triantafilos Iakovidis, DPM, The Bond Clinic, Winter Haven, FL
  • Marriyam Jawad, MD, Geriatric Fellowship, Jefferson Abington Hospital, Abington, PA
  • Sabin Karki, MD, Hospitalist, Sentara Albermarle Medical Center, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Charles Lyerly, DPM, Private Practice, Clemmons, NC
  • Sindhuja Muddam, MD, Primary Care Practice, Sentara Medical Center, Norfolk, VA
  • Kulin Patel, MD, Primary Care Practice, Pennsylvania
  • Aaron Rodas, MD, Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Larkin Community Hospital, Hialeah, FL
  • Darshini Shah, MD, Primary Care Practice, Hackensack Meridian Health, Clark, NJ
  • Bereket Tewoldemedhin, MD, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, NJ
  • Abhishek Verma, MD, Hospitalist, JKF University Medical Center-Hackensack Meridian Health, Edison, NJ
  • Adeel Yousphi, MD, Primary Care Practice, New Jersey


Faculty and Nursing Awards (Certificates and Awards)

Teaching Faculty Award (Certificate)

Radhika Pathalapati, MD, Nephrology

Teaching Faculty of the Year Award (Award)

Radhika Pathalapati, MD, Nephrology

Nursing and Healthcare Team Awards (Certificates)

Donna Estel, RN, Intensive Care Unit

Stephanie Faherty, CRT, RCP, Respiratory Therapist

Resident Awards (Awards & Certificates)

Resident Appreciation Award by Nurses (Awards)

Recipients: Bereket Tewoldemedhin, MD and Aaron Rodas, MD

Resident Award of Excellence – Outpatient Medicine ~ (Award)

Recipient:   Sindhuja Muddam, MD

Resident Award for Intern Teaching ~ Chosen by the Intern Classes (Certificates)

Award Recipients:   Shanae Nguyen, DO for FM, Bereket Tewoldemedhin, MD for IM, and Charles Lyerly, DPM for Podiatry

Resident Award for In-service Exams (ABIM, ABFM, and ABFAS) (Certificates)

Family Medicine (ABFM)

PGY1 – Mihir Amin, MD; PGY2 – Ayesha Bakhtiar, MD; PGY3 –  Kulin Patel MD; and PGY3 –  Adeel Yousphi, MD

Internal Medicine (ABIM)

PGY1 – Samriddha Thapa, MD; PGY2 – Ashish Acharya, MD; and PGY3 – Sabin Karki, MD

Podiatry (ABFAS)

PGY3 -Triantafilos Iakovidis, DPM

Resident Research Poster Presentation Award ~ (Certificates and Monetary Awards)

Award Recipients:    

First Place Tie: Samantha D’souza, MD and Bereket Tewoldemedhin, MD

Second Place: Marriyam Jawad, MD

Third Place:   Abhishek Verma, MD

Resident Research Award: Samantha D’souza, MD

Resident Award for Compassionate Care ~ based on information provided by the patient experience department (Award)

Award Recipient: Bereket Tewoldemedhin, MD

Resident of the Year Award ~ (Award)

Award Recipient: Sabin Karki, MD

Intern of the Year Award for Internal Medicine (Award)

Award Recipient:   Madeeha Subhan Waleed, MD

Intern of the Year Award for Family Medicine (Award)

Award Recipient:   Mihir Amin, MD


Medical residency training is required to practice as a physician in the U.S. and begins after graduation from medical school.

Residents seek a graduate medical education program that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredits each year. After completing a qualifying residency program, physicians are eligible to take an exam to become board-certified in the program specialty.


During this time, the residency staff reviews hundreds of applications for the limited number of spots.  After interviews, the residency program and applicants submit their ranking of preference to The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP’s computerized mathematical algorithm matches applicants’ preferences with the selected programs for training positions available at teaching hospitals nationwide. The matches are announced on Match Day – the third Friday in March.


The Lower Bucks Hospital Residency program comprises osteopathic, allopathic, and podiatric physicians. Throughout the years, the hospital has trained residents from universities in the Philadelphia region. On the educational side, residents benefit from exposure to a large, diverse patient population with a broad spectrum of disease states and clinical-social scenarios in inpatient and outpatient settings.


The awards marked the culmination of the ceremony, celebrating the hard work and dedication of the medical and surgical residents at Lower Bucks Hospital. The community eagerly awaits the continued accomplishments of these dedicated medical professionals as they embark on the next chapter of their journey.


To learn more about Lower Bucks Hospitals Residency Program visit




About Lower Bucks Hospital: Lower Bucks Hospital is a community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks County region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Located in historic Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable medical staff, including cardiology, orthopedics, radiology, wound care, and general surgery. The hospital has more than 200 physicians on staff, as well as another 700 employees. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.


Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.


About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit