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Internal Medicine Residents – Norton

Norton Community Hospital

Meet the current residents in the internal medicine residency program at Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia.


Alam, Rehan, MD

Rehan Alam, M.D.           
University of Medicine and Health Services, St Kitts

Antanesian, Vagharsh, MD

Vagharsh Antanesian, M.D.        
Yerevan State Medical University Named for Mkhitar Heratsi

Brown, Taylor, MD

Taylor Brown, M.D        
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Garcia, Kenny, MD

Kenny Garcia, M.D.        
Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine, Santo Domingo

Lilly, Michael, MD

Michael Lilly, M.D.        
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Patel, Dhruvi, MD

Dhruvi Patel, M.D.        
West Virginia University School of Medicine

Risenhoover, Alex, MD

Alex Risenhoover, M.D.        
Oklahoma College or Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

Shook, Micah, MD

Micah Shook, M.D.        
Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Yousaf, Imran, DO

Imran Yousaf, D.O.      
A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine



DeBusk, Allison, MD

Allison DeBusk, M.D.      
Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kaur, Gurvinder, MD

Gurvinder Kaur, M.D.    
Medical University of Lublin

Masud, Parisha, MD

Parisha Masud, M.D.      
Aureus University School of Medicine

Patel, Poonam, MD

Poonam Patel, M.D.      
Saint James School of Medicine Anguilla

Pervaze, Shohan, MD

Shohan Pervaze, M.D.      
American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Sadiq, Zaynah, MD

Zaynah Sadiq, M.D.      
American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Sonar, Nirmay

Nirmay Sonar, M.D.      
Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College, Navi Mumbai

Vinyank, Suprada, MD

Suprada Vinyank, M.D.      
Sri Siddhartha Medical College

Mathew Sgouros      
St. George's University School of Medicine 
Not pictured.


Johum Haque, MD

Johum Haque, M.D.     
Jinnah Sindh Medical University

Iftekhar, Rafi, MD

Rafi Iftekhar, M.D.     
St. George's University School of Medicine

Khan, Faizan, MD

Faizan Khan, M.D.     
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Medical University of Bahrain

Khattak, Asfand, MD

Asfand Khattak, M.D.     
Bacha Khan Medical College

Kulkarni, Vaishnavi, MD

Vaishnavi Kulkarni, M.D.     
Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences

Paghdar, Smit, MD

Smit Paghdar, M.D.     
Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research

Pekel, Akin, MD

Akin Pekel, M.D.     
Medical University 'Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov' Varna Faculty of Medicine

Bilal Rahimuddin, MD

Bilal Rahimuddin, M.D.     
Al-Ameen Medical College

Siles Borda, Mishell, MD

Mishell Siles Borda, M.D.     
Medical University of Lublin

Testimonials from former residents

Norton Community Internal Medicine Residency can help prepare you for whichever path you choose.

The majority of the residents who graduate from our program become hospitalists; however, we have had several residents successfully enter fellowships, including cardiology, hospice and palliative care, infectious disease, nephrology and more.

Protrait: Dr. Sara Sadiq-Ali

"As a resident physician at Norton Community Hospital, I was taught acute inpatient medicine with supervised autonomy. Today, as a fellow physician specializing in infectious diseases, I feel proficient in treating any ailment with confidence"

“My career goal prior to and throughout medical training has been to provide care for cancer patients. After interviewing at the Norton Community Hospital internal medicine program, I immediately felt Dr. Bentley and the medical education administration were invested and supportive of my goal, even prior to starting as an intern."

"I continued to have this unwavering support as I navigated the learning curve of intern year, chose diverse electives in my area of interest during second year and developed leadership skills as chief during my third year. Navigating the care of patients with limited resources is a unique benefit to Norton Community Hospital's program, with the support of attending physicians who care about the art of medicine and the importance of integrating humanism into the typical internal medicine curriculum." -Dr. Sara Sadiq-Ali

Portrait: Dr. Jessica Davis

With the flexibility of diversifying rotations and the autonomy of a smaller program, I was able to work on a variety of research projects, learn in many different hospital settings and appreciate the value of consulting physicians. These experiences at Norton Community Hospital inspired me to not only pursue a hematology/oncology fellowship, but to continue training in what some patients need more than medicine – supportive care. I finished a palliative care fellowship at the University of Tennessee and look forward to completing my hematology/oncology fellowship at the same institution, thanks to my foundation of medicine built at Norton Community Hospital.” -Dr. Jessica Rich Davis

Portrait: Dr. Jason Brown

“A common misconception about smaller or more rural programs is that they leave residents underprepared for specialty training. On the contrary, my experience at Norton Community Hospital forced me to critically think and act in a patient’s best interest, when a specialty was not readily available. I became a better-rounded physician because of these situations, and they have served me well in my years since leaving.” -Dr. Jason Brown