Get to know our fellows

Our fellows are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds with unique experiences and interests. We look forward to getting to know you as well!

Class of 2024

Joseph Banno
Joseph Banno, MD

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Medical school: Ross University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health to continue my training because of the people. Every other aspect of the program provides a complete general cardiology training and doing it with such great people will make the journey that much more special.

What are your clinical interests? My main clinical interest include electrophysiology, sarcoidosis and sudden death. I would like to be a proceduralist in the future. I also like cardiology critical care and management of shock with particular interest in mechanical support.

Hobbies: My hobbies include basketball, yoga, running, cooking and playing video games.

Ryan Ber
Ryan Ber, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Medical school: Meharry Medical College.

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? Choosing Spectrum Health for cardiology fellowship was a no-brainer! The largest academic network in West Michigan, world-class facilities, an up-and-coming expanding small city and the welcoming faculty with a passion for teaching made it an easy choice.

What are your clinical interests? My current clinical interests are in the field of interventional cardiology; using CDT for the management of Lower-extremity DVTs as well as PEs.

Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy running (before moving to Grand Rapids, along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia), climbing, a good swim and new local places to enjoy coffee.

Trisha Gomez
Trisha Gomez, MD

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Medical school: Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I chose Spectrum Health because all subspecialties of cardiology are well-represented throughout the training. During the interview, everyone was very friendly and they felt like family to me. Since matching, the support we have been getting from the program has been great and the resources available to us are more than adequate to prepare us for training.

What are your clinical interests? I am still undecided but I'm leaning towards advanced heart failure.

Hobbies: I love traveling and exploring countries I have never visited. I also like trying out new restaurants and discovering new recipes to cook. And sometimes, I just enjoy binge watching TV series at home.

Hassan Saleh
Hassan Saleh, MD

Hometown: Toledo, OH

Medical school: University of Toledo College of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I choose Spectrum Health because of the facilities, the volume and content of cases and the faculty. I knew I wanted to be at a program with high volume and advanced cases and given the volume of patients on advanced cardiac support I knew I would get a great scope of practice here.

What are your clinical interests? My clinical interests include cardiology, heart failure and critical care

Hobbies: I enjoy wood working, biking, music, traveling, NBA and NFL.

Class of 2023

Rajus Chopra
Rajus Chopra, MD

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Spectrum Health is a patient centered institution with a focus on education and training, which is exactly what I wanted in a program. Spectrum Health is also very innovative and a leader in research.

What do you like most about your program? I'm looking forward to advancing my knowledge in cardiovascular diseases and training with the wonderful faculty and staff.

Clinical Interests: Preventative Cardiology and Imaging are my clinical interests.

Living in West Michigan: All the natural beauty of West Michigan and the wonderful people is what makes me excited to live here.

Hobbies: My favorite hobby is watching and participating in sporting activities. I also thoroughly enjoy cooking and learning new recipes.

Eesha Purohit
Eesha Purohit MD

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for cardiology fellowship because of the people. When I was a resident I became good friends with an infectious disease fellow who had done residency at Spectrum Health and she only had good things to say. When I interviewed everyone was friendly and welcoming and I got the impression that this was a place I would want to train at and stay.

What do you like most about your program? I am looking forward to learning and building new relationships.

Clinical Interests: I love all cardiology and am still deciding what I would want to specialize in, right now I am between interventional and electrophysiology.

Living in West Michigan: I am excited to be near the lake and also looking forward to getting in some good hiking!

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family, working out, tennis, board games, zumba and hiking.

Marvin Kajy
Marvin Kajy MD

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? I chose Spectrum Health for my fellowship training for multiple reasons. It is a tertiary care center that offers all subspecialties of cardiology and thereby exposing the fellow to all aspects of cardiology. The faculty foster an environment of learning and mentorship. It has great research opportunities. Out of all the programs that I interviewed at, I felt that this program would provide me with the greatest opportunity to grow as a physician.

What do you like most about your program? I am looking forward to an exciting year where I can learn how to manage a range of cardiac conditions and learn how to perform cardiovascular procedures.

Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are mechanical circulatory support, anticoagulation, atrial fibrillation and advanced heart failure.

Living in West Michigan: The people are very nice and the area caters to many interests. You can do many outdoor activities, enjoy arts and music, play professional sport and enjoy the local food scene.

Hobbies: My hobbies are playing soccer, running and watching movies.

Class of 2022

Chris Madison
Chris Madison, MD

Hometown: Pueblo, CO

Medical School: University of Cincinnati

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? The cardiologists at Spectrum Health are passionate about providing excellent care for each patient, dedicated to teaching fellows and are down-to-earth people. Spectrum Health is a tertiary care center that draws from a large geographical area, which gives fellows abundant opportunities to learn from a high volume of procedures and studies.

What do you like most about your program? The attendings, fellows and support staff enjoy their work. The expectation is we work hard and maximize the opportunities available including didactics, clinical rotations and research.

Clinical Interests: I find all areas of cardiology interesting and rewarding in their own ways.

Living in West Michigan: We have four season in West Michigan which gives a chance to enjoy the snow in the winter and the beaches on nearby Lake Michigan in the summer. Grand Rapids is a fun city with plenty of delicious restaurants to enjoy.

Hobbies: I love spending time with my wife. We prioritize time with our church and small group. I enjoy running, hiking, cycling and I play piano and guitar.

Malav Parikh, MD
Malav Parikh, MD

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

Medical school: Wayne State University

Why did you choose Spectrum Health for your residency/fellowship? I was drawn to the Spectrum Health cardiology fellowship the moment I sat down in the Sim Center on my interview day. The people here in this program is the biggest factor that led to my decision. The faculty and staff are fully committed to creating the best educational experience possible and the system has an abundance of volume and facilities to make this possible. In this fellowship, education (both hands-on and didactic) does not take a backseat to anything!

What do you like most about your program? The people are the best part of the program. They are all fully committed to making this the best fellowship possible.

Clinical interests: My main interest is interventional cardiology. I will be an upcoming interventional cardiology fellow at Spectrum Health. However, I have found enjoyment in all aspects of cardiology during my fellowship.

Living in West Michigan: I moved to West Michigan from Detroit and immediately loved it. Grand Rapids has a (small) city feel with tons of nature and parks. Even though I lived in Michigan my whole life, I had never spent much time in West Michigan. The community here feels like home and that feeling is enhanced by the culture fostered by the cardiology fellowship.

Hobbies: My hobbies include basketball, watching sports and visiting breweries.

Lahdan Refahiyat
Lahdan Refahiyat, MD

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Medical School: Michigan State University

Why did you choose Spectrum Health? Spectrum Health, like Grand Rapids, is a hidden gem. Since moving to Grand Rapids for medical school, I have had the pleasure of seeing the city and Spectrum Health grow. We have achieved the seemingly elusive goal of being a tertiary center, with state-of-the-art medicine and technology that runs on people who are genuinely caring and approachable. I am continually impressed by not only how intelligent and hard working my colleagues and mentors are, but also by how kind and generous they are to trainees and staff. I get the opportunity, every day to work in an environment that challenges me to be better and that also brings me joy.

What do you like most about your program? The cardiovascular disease fellowship program is truly amazing. I don't think that anything I can say would truly suffice as its value is largely due to the people who are a part of it. While the foundation of the program is built on an incredible cardiovascular center in which we are exposed to a large volume of any and all pathologies that can occur in the cardiovascular world, the faculty and staff truly give life to this program. The faculty are genuinely eager to teach trainees. They show passion and joy for what they do and this really sets the tone for our work environment. I have never met another group of people who work hard, and are as smart and at the same time are really grounded, normal people who also like to have a laugh and enjoy life.

Clinical Interests: I have the fortune of loving all aspects of cardiology! Thus, I have yet to decide if I will subspecialize, but I hope to make that decision soon.

Living in West Michigan: West Michigan is a great place for anyone who likes to be active and enjoy the outdoors! We are a 30 minute drive away from Lake Michigan where we have access to beautiful, soft sand beaches. There are countless biking and hiking trails that are just 10-15 minutes from the hospital / downtown area. Runners, bikers and yogis will love this area! Most importantly, West Michigan is the best place to make random friends given how friendly everyone is!

Hobbies: I love to be outdoors whenever possible! Biking and playing basketball with friends are some of my regular warm weather activities. I love to read (like the nerd that I am) - we have several really great, truly beautiful libraries (including the original Grand Rapids library that's just a few blocks from the hospital). I also practice yoga and play the violin. Our local delicious restaurants also make dining out with friends a regular activity!


Cardiovascular Fellowship 2021 Graduates
Class of 2021

Stephen Wilkinson, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University

David Bryska, Interventional Fellowship, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Jose Rios Salcido, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University

Class of 2020

Adnan Kassier, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, Ascension Borgess, Kalamazoo, MI

Jose Tan, Advanced Cardiac Imaging/Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fellowship, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

Manivannan Veerasamy, Non-Invasive Cardiologist, The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, GA

Cardiovascular Fellowship 2020 Graduates