Yale’s clinical practice welcomes more new physicians

New recruits bring expertise in a number of disciplines

In the last few months, new doctors from around the country have been arriving at Yale to work in cardiology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and other areas of the practice. Their skills and expertise will mean even better care for our patients.

Internal Medicine

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Allergy & Immunology

Christina Chia Price, MD, is an instructor in immunology, who is treating adults at Yale Physician’s Building as well as children at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center at One Long Wharf. Dr. Price is board-certified in internal medicine, and board-eligible in allergy and immunology. She has clinical interests in immunodeficiency, including common variable immune deficiency; selective antibody deficiency and secondary immune deficiency; urticaria (hives); allergic rhinitis and asthma; systemic anaphylaxis; food allergy and drug allergy. She completed her medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.


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Cardiology

Paras Satish Bhatt, MD, is an assistant professor of cardiology who is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, and board-eligible in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Bhatt has clinical interests in atrial fibrillation ablation, device implants, ICDs and pacemakers, SVT ablations and VT ablation. He completed his medical degree at Rush Medical College and his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he also completed fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and electrophysiology.

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John K. Forrest, MD, is an instructor in cardiology who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He has clinical interests in aortic stenosis, coronary artery disease; percutaneous coronary interventions; valvular heart disease; transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR); and peripheral vascular disease and interventions. A native of New Haven, Dr. Forrest completed his medical degree at Yale School of Medicine, and his internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was a fellow in cardiovascular disease, and interventional and structural heart disease at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Digestive Diseases

AnnMarie Huysman Liapakis, MD, is an assistant professor in digestive diseases who is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She has clinical interests in endoscopy, transplant hepatology and viral hepatitis. Dr. Liapakis completed her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She completed fellowships in gastroenterology and hepatology at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and in transplant hepatology at New York Presbyterian Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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Infectious Diseases

David Barrett Banach, MD, MPH, MS, is an assistant professor in infectious diseases who is board-certified in internal medicine, and in public health and general preventive medicine. He is board-eligible in infectious disease. He has clinical interests in infectious disease, health care-associated infections and infections in organ transplant recipients. Dr. Banach completed his medical degree and master’s in public health at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and his residency and infectious diseases fellowship, along with his master’s in clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Onyema Eberechukwu Ogbuagu, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Yale AIDS Program who is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in infectious disease. He has clinical interests in HIV/AIDS care, tuberculosis and Hepatitis C. Dr. Ogbuagu completed his bachelor of medicine at University of Calabar in Nigeria, his residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his fellowship in infectious disease at Yale School of Medicine.

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Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine 

Jose L. Gomez Villalobos, MD, MS, is an instructor in pulmonary medicine who is board-certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease, and board-eligible in critical care medicine. He has clinical interests in airways disease, asthma, COPD and medical informatics. Dr. Gomez-Villalobos completed his medical degree at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia, his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and his fellowship in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He earned his master’s in computational biology and bioinformatics at the Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Neurology

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Richard J. Nowak, MD, is an instructor in neurology who is board-certified in both neurology and neuromuscular medicine. He was recently appointed director of clinical neuromuscular research and has interests in Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, CIDP, neuropathy and ALS. Dr. Nowak completed his medical degree at Drexel University College of Medicine and his master’s at Northwestern University. He completed residencies in internal medicine and in neurology, as well as a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Babar Khokhar, MD, MBA, is an assistant professor of neurology and the new chief of the Section of General Neurology, the new director of neurology outpatient clinics and assistant director of neurology residency program. He is board-certified in both neurology and neuromuscular medicine. Dr. Khokhar has clinical interests in motor neuron disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, primary lateral sclerosis, neuromuscular medicine and general neurology. He completed his medical degree and MBA in healthcare management at Tufts University School of Medicine, and was a resident and chief resident in neurology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He completed his neuromuscular medicine fellowship at the VA Medical Center in West Haven and Yale School of Medicine.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Nicole Kummer, MD, is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and board-eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She completed her medical degree at Chicago Medical School, and residencies in internal medicine at Ohio State University, and in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was a fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at University of Connecticut.

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Michelle Silasi, MD, is an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences in the section of maternal-fetal medicine, who is board-eligible in maternal-fetal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. She has a clinical interest in high-risk maternity, maternal medical complications of pregnancy and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Silasi's academic interests are related to the role of infection as an etiologic factor in preterm labor during pregnancy. She completed her medical degree at University of Texas Health Sciences Center, her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Women and Infant’s Hospital in Rhode Island, and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Ophthalmology

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Juan Javier Servat, MD, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual science who is board-certified in ophthalmology. He specializes in a wide variety of surgical procedures involving the most advanced endoscopic and laser techniques in ophthalmic plastic surgery, including endoscopic lacrimal surgery (DCR) and endoscopic brow lift. Dr. Servat’s s clinical interests include problems involving the eyelids, orbit (eye socket) and tear ducts. He completed his medical degree at Universidad San Martin de Porres, and his residency in ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine, where he also served as chief resident during his final year. He also completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) fellowship in ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan.

Pediatrics

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Deepa Camenga, MD, MHS, is an instructor who is board-certified in pediatrics. She has clinical interests in substance abuse, smoking cessation, eating disorders, mental health disorders, school problems, ADHD, and medical and psychosocial management of complex co-morbid disease processes. Dr. Camenga completed her medical degree, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, and her MHS at Yale School of Medicine, where she was also a postdoctoral fellow. She was a resident and chief resident at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester.

Surgery

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Paul M. Kirshbom, MD, is the new chief of pediatric cardiac surgery. Dr. Kirshbom, who joins Yale from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will lead a partnership between Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center designed to provide comprehensive pediatric cardiac surgery at both institutions. He joins the faculties of both the Yale and University of Connecticut schools of medicine. He is board-certified in cardiac and thoracic surgery, and has clinical interests in congenital heart disease; neonatal and cardiac repairs; neurological protection; and pediatric cardiac, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Dr. Kirshbom completed his medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his general and cardiac surgery residencies at Duke University Medical Center. He was then a fellow in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Emily Christison-Lagay, MD, is a pediatric surgeon specializing in patients with cancer. She is board-certified in surgery and pediatric surgery, and has dedicated interest in pediatric solid tumors including thoracic, liver and renal tumors, as well as neuroblastoma, childhood sarcomas and pediatric diseases of the thyroid. She also provides general pediatric surgery including neonatal care. She completed her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and her general surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, with research in tumor angiogenesis at Boston Children's Hospital. From there, she completed a pediatric surgical fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, followed by a "super" fellowship in pediatric surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Doruk Ozgediz, MD, is board-certified in surgery and pediatric surgery, and has clinical interests in minimally invasive, neonatal, general pediatric and thoracic surgery. He completed his medical degree at University of California at San Francisco, where he was also a surgical intern and resident. Dr. Ozgediz was a fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.