Meet the past residents who chose the Internal Medicine Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for their training.
Class of 2022
Chelsie Brady, MD
I grew up and graduated high school in Mooresville, IN just down the road. I started out working at my home town hospital at 16 years old as a phone operator. I knew very early on that becoming a doctor was my dream. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington for undergrad with majors in both biology and biochemistry. I then came to Indianapolis where I completed a 1 year pre-professional non-thesis masters in Biology while awaiting acceptance into medical school.
For about a year and a half prior to medical school, I worked as an anesthesia technician at University Hospital downtown Indianapolis. This is where my love for procedures and the practice of medicine really began. I loved the immediate gratification that completing procedures brought and the life changing/saving effects they provide. I also learned that I very much enjoy the critical care side of medicine. My first two years of medical school were spent at IU School of Medicine at the Muncie campus. I grew to love the people and community and I knew that it would be a perfect place to practice medicine close to my family.
After graduating from Ross University School of Medicine, I completed a Transitional Year Residency Program for intern year at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, GA. I had never heard of Rome before I interviewed there. The small town feel and the hospitality of the community was something that drew me to the program. I am thrilled to become a part of the IUHBMH family and return to where my medical education began!
When not in the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my two dogs - one full German shepherd and one mix. I enjoy taking them on long walks and to the park to play ball or to go for a swim. I also enjoy weight lifting, live music, trying new restaurants, wineries and of course relaxing with Netflix!
Brian Carlo David, MD
My parents served as a physician and a dentist in rural health community clinics in the Philippines. Growing up in a medically inclined family, I was exposed to the public health situation of my community at an early age. Because of my interest to serve in the medical field, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as my undergraduate course. I then attended medicine proper at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center College of Medicine in Quezon City, Philippines.
As I move to the US to pursue my medical career, I feel really grateful to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for accepting me into their residency program. During my interview, I witnessed how the residents, coordinator, and the faculty treated each other as one family. I know that we have a faculty that listens to us and is willing to guide us as we progress through our medical careers. I am really looking forward to making this my home for the following years.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy watching sports, playing video games, and travelling.
Vitaliy Molchanov, MD
I grew up in a small Ukrainian coal mining town. I was immersed in the medical field watching my mother working as a nurse. It was a profession that always had a calling to me, where I can give the most back to my community, especially with values my parents instilled in me at a young age made an impression that carries with me to this day.
The program in Muncie is akin to working with a supportive family, helping me grow as a person, and professionally. Working with the attendings who are excellent teachers, offering guidance and support in every aspect of our professional development. They prioritize resident learning with a 'hands on' experience, always aiming to expand your knowledge base, while providing a very conducive learning experience.
During my downtime, I like to keep up with fitness, and to stay in shape through a multitude of sports. I also try my hand at clay sculpting, which helps bring me back to balance and keep me centered.
Rajeev Sharma, MD
I was born in Vancouver, Canada, but have lived all over including The Philippines, Chicago, and now Muncie. I was exposed to medicine early on when my mom would take me to work and I would visit with patients. I knew at a young age that I wanted to become a physician. I spent the majority of my years in California and attended UCLA for my undergrad. Go Bruins! After medical school, I went back to Los Angeles for a dedicated research year where I learned how to provide solutions for the betterment of patient care.
When the Family Medicine Residency contacted me for an interview, my curiosity was piqued. After I researched online, saw residency profiles, and read information about the program, I knew this was a place where I would fit in well. Interview day confirmed all of my research. The faculty, residents, and coordinating staff were extremely helpful and positive. My ultimate goal was to find a program that would allow me to take my training to the next level to provide effective patient care. IU Health Ball Memorial is definitely that place where I will get the necessary tools and support to thrive. Additionally, I look forward to seeing a wide variety of complex cases that will allow me to investigate various disease processes.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife, traveling, powerlifting, watching/playing basketball and learning new hobbies, most recently skiing and golf.
Azka Tasleem, MD
Born and raised in a “non-doctor” family of Lahore, Pakistan, medicine has been more like a “fantasy turned into ambition” for me. I received my medical degree from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan. The journey of medical school and endeavors to secure a residency position in the US has undoubtedly been a roller coaster ride, but I believe that beauty lies in making the maximum use of the immense potential each one of us has been blessed with. IU Health Ball provides an amazing learning environment amidst a group of friendly, encouraging people. I look forward to becoming a better doctor and a better human being, working with such a nice crowd.
Hamza Viquar, DO
Although the place of my birth is Karachi, Pakistan, I grew up in Mickey Mouse’s backyard--Orlando, Florida. As a high school student volunteering at Give Kids the World, I was exposed to terminally ill children, and yearned to help them. Thus, starting my interest towards the medical field. I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. My undergraduate education further piqued my interest, and soon I was looking at applying to medical school. I attended the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.
I was very fortunate to be offered an interview at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. The residents and the staff had great energy and it showed that the program really took care of them. Due to the supportive and friendly atmosphere, I knew this was the place for me to learn and grow to my fullest potential.
My interests unrelated to medicine are spending quality time with my family and friends, watching Netflix, playing video games, baking, sports, and listening to music.
Zachary Williams, DO
I was born and raised in the Muncie area and graduated from Yorktown High School. My wife also grew up in East-central Indiana. While attending med school In Tennessee, we both knew it was important to us for our two children grow up near extended family. My wife and I are thankful to be back in Indiana.
I started my career in medicine as a surgical technologist. Through my seven years of experience I developed a passion for medicine and serving people. I completed my bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-East in human biology. I spent the next four years in Tennessee at Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine obtaining my medical degree.
Practicing medicine close to home has always been a goal of mine. Training in that same environment, I knew would only better prepare me for the needs of the community. I was excited to have the opportunity to rotate at IU Health Ball Memorial as a medical student and immediately felt like part of the family.
When I’m not at the hospital I am spending time with my family. I enjoy running and hiking. We enjoy traveling to new places, as well as exploring local places and attractions. We as a family are involved in our church, and also want to be involved in our community. We are excited for this next chapter in our lives.
Adel Yazji, MD
Born and raised in beautiful Jacksonville, Fl, home of the Colts beating Jacksonville Jaguars. I attended the University of North Florida with a bachelor's in biology and continued my education by attending Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. I completed my preliminary intern year at Baltimore MedStar Health before transferring to Muncie to continue as a categorical Internal Medicine resident physician.
When I'm not working away, I "used" to be a gym rat thinking I'm still in my high school football playing body, otherwise I'm listening to EDM/house music, being a foodie and eating at "bougie" spots. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who enjoys brunch more.
Vancy Zora, DO
I was born and raised in Iraq. The war of 2004 caused my family to leave the country to provide myself and my siblings with better education and opportunities. Coming to a foreign country which I couldn’t speak the language of was not easy. However, with constant reminders of my ultimate goal (being a doctor), I was able to continue my studies through high school and college. I completed my undergraduate at Wayne State University in Michigan then medical school at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.
I am very excited to be part of IU Health Ball family for many reasons. IU Health Ball offers many opportunities and experiences that I look for in a program. For example, I am very interested in the variety of rotations, teaching opportunities, moonlighting, countless procedures, and community outreach. I was also looking for a program that has a home-feel to it. During my interview, I enjoyed the camaraderie and teamwork that the residents have established with one another. Furthermore, I liked the humble personalities I met that day.
My hobbies and interests are weight lifting, sprints, outdoor activities, cooking and home decorating.
Class of 2021
Augustine Ajuogu, MD
I grew up in the coffee capital, Seattle, but was born in Nigeria. My background, coupled with my research work in vaccine design and drug discovery, laid the foundation for my interest in global health and becoming a physician. I attended undergrad at Northwest University, then completed my Master's in Immunology from University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
I attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and spending time with my family.
Munazza Aslam, MD
Born and raised in rural Pakistan and educated at a Catholic missionary school in the Himalayan foothills, I became fascinated with the ability of medicine to help and empower underserved communities. I ultimately attended Fatima Jinnah Medical College—one of only two women’s medical colleges in Pakistan. Passionate about women’s health and empowerment as well as wellness promotion throughout medical school, I mentored and tutored young women interested in science, participated in clinical research and served as a vice-captain in varsity sports.
Complementing my extroverted personality and enabling me to integrate my interpersonal skills with clinical medicine, internal medicine captivated me. This is because each case provided a new learning opportunity and the ability to consistently utilize my clinical skills to improve patient’s lives. For these reasons, I chose the IU Health Ball Memorial residency program based on program’s strong clinical training coupled with its collegial culture and supportive community. I’m excited to join this collaborative and comprehensive residency program. I look forward to becoming an active member of the greater Muncie and IU communities as well.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy mountaineering, water sports, putting a fresh twist on and trying new healthy cooking recipes, and spending time with my husband and son in addition to our extended family in Indiana.
Anchit Bharat, MD
Coming from a country with a strong emphasis on education and an all doctor family, I was exposed to the profession from a very early stage. When the spirituality bug bit me, I came to realize that Medicine is one of the most pious professions there can be. This combination gave me a good foundation and made me appreciate the immense satisfaction that comes from selfless sacrifices a physician makes throughout his/her life.
The warmth each of my interviewers showed me, made me fall in love with the program. I instantly knew that this is where I wanted to be, as such an environment nurtures quality learning. I am extremely grateful for the faith the program has shown in me. I hope to learn and provide quality service to the people of Muncie and Indiana during my residency.
Some ideas that are close to me are, to provide quality healthcare to people in resource-limited areas, both in US as well as abroad. Teaching is one of my passions and outside of Medicine, I like reading ancient Indian philosophy, working out, watching fiction movies, TV series and cooking. One of my all-time favorite heroes is Indiana Jones, which I believe is quite a coincidence.
Zheyu Lu, MD
Born in a family of doctors, I found my passion in medicine in my early teenage years. My dream of being a doctor was getting closer when I entered Tongji Medical College in China. While studying in medical school, I developed a major interest in exploring the prevention of disease progression and the effectiveness of treatment. When I followed the routine pathway to be an independent practicing doctor, I met the most important person in my life, my husband. He inspired me to realize there should be no limitation to my potential and the way of practicing medicine. So, I flew the Pacific Ocean to explore my potential and unlimited possibilities in the United States.
On the journey to preparing my medical training in United States, I worked in several different roles in quite distinct health care systems. I learned how to appreciate the importance of evidence-based clinical practice from clinical research. I learned how to cherish the power of empathy and respect in free clinic serving underprivileged population. All of these keep reshaping my understanding of practicing medicine.
Interestingly, I was firstly attracted to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency because of the residents’ bios. I am convinced that only the most supportive program has residents full of motivation and vitality. I feel so lucky to join in this big family. I am quite confident that I will spend the next meaningful and productive three years with wonderful faculty, fellow residents and staffs.
My goal is to become an internist who can provide compassionate care for patients. My interest will be broad in the subspecialties of Medicine and medical research, before I decide on pursuing any fellowship training.
Aqsa Mahmood, MD
I was born and raised in a small town in Pakistan. After graduation, I did one year of internship, which gave me the perfect exposure that I needed to deal with patients in different clinical settings. I moved to the United States in 2014 with my family and it gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of practicing medicine in the U.S. I observed and worked under the supervision of board certified physicians which introduced me to the way medicine is practiced in the US.
I wanted to start my career in a program that not only focuses on practicing medicine, but also has a good support system. I am glad that I got the opportunity to be interviewed at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and throughout the day I had a very warm and welcoming attitude from everyone.
By the end of the day, I knew that this is the place where I wanted to be for next three years. Another thing that is unique about this program is that the administration is very approachable, and responsive to the input that you provide being a resident. I believe that the emphasis on education and clinical exposure will make sure that I get the most out of my training and become the compassionate and knowledgeable physician I’ve always wanted to be.
Urooj Najm, MD
I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I am a graduate of Dow Medical College. During my Medical School, I got the opportunity to experience the American Health Care System which boosted my passion to come and learn the art of medicine here. After finishing medical school, I got married and came to the USA. I have moved to different states from Colorado to Kansas and now to Indiana in order to pursue my passion and ambition.
I am delighted that I found IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and matched here. I am really excited about my new journey as an Intern at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Everyone I have come across is amiable and approachable. I believe this program provides the best nurturing environment for the residents to learn and grow and become a competent physician of their choice.
In the beautiful neighborhood of Muncie, we have found our new home where I love to spend time with my family. I like to travel to explore the beauty of nature.
Haris Noorani, MD
I was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Fishers when I was 11. Since then, I’ve grown up in the state of Indiana and completed my undergraduate degree in economics at Purdue University. Even in undergrad, I pursued medicine as my dream career and ended up going to St. George’s University in Grenada to fulfill that dream.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital attracted me due to its strong academic environment, great clinical training, amazing facilities and friendly environment. Seeing the residents interact during afternoon report, I noticed that the environment had a friendly familial vibe. I was pleased to learn that I was given the opportunity to obtain my training here, especially since it allows me to stay in the Indiana and be able to give back to an area that I grew up in.
In the future, I hope to continue my training in infectious disease or critical care. I also hope to be involved in teaching in some aspect. In my spare time, I enjoy jogging, camping, watching movies and playing tennis.