I was born in Richmond, Virginia, but was raised in Amman, Jordan, and received my education there, where I graduated from The Hashemite University.
I am very excited to join the Internal Medicine Residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and the Muncie community. I was attracted to many aspects of the program, from the collegiality and family feel I sensed between the residents to the supportive faculty and the hands-on experience with the exposure needed to advance my career as a physician delivering high-quality, passionate patient care.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy watching and playing soccer, lifting weights, and most importantly spending time with friends and family.
Marriam Ali, MBBS
I was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and belong to a family of doctors, with my mother, brother and sister-in-law all being exceptional physicians in their respective fields. Having followed my mother around in hospitals as a kid and hearing the medical jargon, medicine has always fascinated me, probably owing to my family's positive experience of the field.
I married my high school sweetheart and moved to Muncie in 2021. As my husband was already training as a resident at IU School of Medicine/Ball Memorial Hospital and had always spoken so highly of the program and the staff, it was a no brainer for me as to what program would be my number one choice. My brother-in-law and uncles being only a few hours’ drive away was a cherry on top as spending time with family and friends is a way of relieving stress for me.
My hobbies include cycling, working out and having LOTR marathons with my husband.
Mona Atta, MD
I was born in Pittsburgh after my parents settled there from Pakistan and I have since lived in many places across North America. My medical school journey at Ross University took me to some beautiful islands in the Caribbean before I found myself at home right nearby in Fishers, Indiana. All my settling and resettling strengthened my passion for people, ultimately affirming my interest in continuing to know and care for people through Internal Medicine.
I am excited to deepen my roots in Indiana and get in touch with the new communities in my reach throughout my residency at IU School of Medicine and Ball Memorial Hospital. I am confident I will grow more with every day here and through every human encounter at this illustrious facility.
When I am outside the hospital, you will probably find me taking a walk or reading and in every moment striving to connect with the world around me.
Mina Batarseh, MD
I attended medical school at the University of Jordan and completed a one-year internship. During my training, I grew to appreciate the role of internal medicine in patient care, so I decided to pursue it as a specialty.
I am delighted to match for residency at IUH Ball Memorial Hospital, as the program reflects many of the aspects I look for to advance my medical career. The people are very welcoming and helpful, and the culture revolves around medical excellence and supporting each other.
Outside of medicine, I like to play video games learning about technology and computers and playing basketball.
Aireen Lacap, MD
Hi, I’m Aireen! I was born in St. Louis, MO. Until June 2021, I had never travelled outside of the Philippines. Since I was a kid, I dreamt of becoming a doctor. Since I was in college, I dreamt of practicing in the US. By the grace of God and the full support of my wonderful family, I graduated from St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine, and I am excited to start residency training at IU School of Medicine and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
IU Health Ball Memorial was the last interview invite I received and the last interview I attended, but they gave me the lasting impression — these are the kind of people I want to work and grow with. I know the rigor of residency will get to me at times, but our mentors take care of their in-training doctors so that they can take good care of their patients. It is the same kind of supportive culture I want to imbibe in my future practice in primary care someday.
Out of the hospital, I am probably doing YouTube dance workouts, practicing my cooking, rewatching my favorite films with giant spaceships or monsters, and reading ridiculous sci-fi books. I love the sea, and I have a weird penchant for abandoned places and shipwrecks.
Keeret Mann, MBBS
Hi everyone, I’m Keeret and I am thrilled to have matched at the Internal Medicine Residency program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hopsital! From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a doctor as it was the ideal combination between helping people, being able to understand complex subjects about the human body, and always striving to satisfy my curiosity for knowledge. I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, but moved to India after high school. My passion and pursuit of medicine led me to completing medical school at Government Medical College Amritsar. There, I encountered many great experiences which instilled in me the resilience and ambition needed to be where I am today. This is also where I met the love of my life! After my husband and I got married, I moved to the United States, and I am now excited to call Muncie home for the next three years.
During the residency interview process, IU Health Ball Memorial stood out to me for a variety of reasons. The welcoming atmosphere, tailored curriculum, career mentoring, autonomy given to the residents, and the camaraderie between the residents and attendings alike made it a place where I knew I would both be happy and flourish. I believe I made an excellent choice ranking this program #1 and I am grateful to be here. I am looking forward to learning and growing into the best physician I can be.
Outside of medicine, my hobbies include interior design, reading, journal writing, exploring new places and foods as well as hanging out with friends and family!
Luis Salazar, MD
My interest in medicine started with the fascination I felt during biology classes in high school, here in Indiana. After a few twists and turns in life I decided to pursue medical school in Guatemala, where I was born and lived until 8 years old. During my time in medical school, I was exposed to the disparities in health care that encumbers many people today. This is something that has very much shaped me as a physician and which I hope will improve the care I provide for my patients. Vital to my success in this journey was the support of my wife, my grandfather, my parents, friends, and family. I look forward to being at IUH Ball Memorial and coming back to Indiana!
When I'm not in the hospital or studying, you can most likely find me doing long distance rides on my bike, running, and playing video games!
Nayan Shrestha, MD
Life is a blessing but at the same time it is fragile. I learned this at an early age; having witnessed my elder brother suffer myocardial infarction and losing my close aunt to cardiac arrest. These life events touched me profoundly and ignited my desire to understand human physiology.
Hi everyone! My name is Nayan and I grew up in Nepal and graduated from Kathmandu Medical College (KMC) in 2018.
My quest to learn about human physiology led me on a non-traditional route to medical school. Right before medical school, I spent 5 years living in a spiritual ashram, away from material living, practicing meditation and yoga. During medical school, I immersed myself into research and volunteering. I was successful in publishing multiple research papers and leading a local chapter of Lions Club International. It was during medical school that I decided to apply for the United States Medical Residency Program.
I am grateful to have matched at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program. The strong academic program with institutionally based faculty members with a commitment to teaching and academic excellence is what attracted me to IU Health Ball Memorial. I am looking forward to growing in this caring and supportive environment and to enhance my skills to become a compassionate and caring clinician.
In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time with my family, doing yoga and meditation, traveling, hiking, playing Sudoku, and cooking.
Second Year Residents
Amir Beirat, MD
I was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, but grew up and lived most of my life in Jordan. I attended medical school at the University of Jordan and completed a year-long medical internship after graduating. My experiences throughout medicine along with the great mentors I was able to work with allowed me to experience the many different aspects of Medicine contributing to my choice of pursuing Internal Medicine. I am excited to be a part of the IUH Ball Memorial Hospital family and the Muncie community. Medicine aside, I enjoy spending my free time exploring new places, weightlifting, solving puzzles, hiking, and most of all hanging out with friends and family.
Vijaypal Dhillon, MD
Though I was born in Queens, New York, I have lived all over the United States including Michigan, Texas, California, and now Indiana. Wanting to learn more about my culture and heritage, I studied in India and completed my MBBS from Government Medical College Amritsar. Living there and seeing different walks of life helped me grow as not only a physician, but as a person. It was an enlightening experience that strengthened my resolve to pursue medicine.
On interview day, I was excited to interview with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. During my interview, the faculty seemed very passionate and excited to teach. We bonded over common interests and experiences. The residents felt supported and were extremely vocal about their positive experience at the program. With my goal being to find a program which fosters personal and professional growth, I knew IU Health Ball Memorial was somewhere I wanted to be. I am looking forward to being part of the community.
Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my wife, reading comics, sports, working out and watching Netflix. I love reading about cutting edge technology and watching the occasional romcom for fun.
Joseph Emran, MD
As the first doctor in the family, medical school was a challenge initially as I lacked a role model and vision, but with dedication and hard work, I graduated from Al-Hashemite University, Jordan. While I received exceptional training in Jordan and bonded to my community in bettering lives, my desire to be close to immediate family sparked my US residency journey. I had the privilege of matching for residency here at Ball Memorial Hospital, and am excited to be a part of this community! Aside from medicine, I enjoy cooking, taking long drives, and most importantly spending quality time with family and friends.
Ibrahim Khan, MD
My name is Ibrahim khan and I am from Orange County, California. A desire to advance myself academically in an ongoing manner, a love for science, and a passion to serve others led me to pursue medicine and graduate from J.S.S Medical College in India.
While in medical school I began to appreciate the integral role played by Internal Medicine in treating patients both in and out of the hospital, I was also drawn to the exposure of a broad range of pathology we encounter and the ability to pursue various fellowships. This led me to choose internal medicine. While researching residency programs and later interviewing at them, IU Health Ball Memorial stood out for its strong academic program, distinguished faculty, and a supportive environment. Throughout my interview process, the genuineness of everyone in the program was palpable. I am truly grateful to become a part of the IU health Ball Memorial family and look forward to calling Muncie my home.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, playing basketball, exploring the outdoors, and anything that gets my adrenaline pumping!
Sasmith Menakuru, MD
Hello everyone! My name is Sasmith, and I was born and raised in New York and have lived there most of my life. I decided to go to Medical School in India, where I attended Narayana Medical College. From a young age, my goal was always to help people in any way I could, and I carried these values with me throughout my life. This led me to develop an interest in Internal Medicine as it allows me to form bonds with my patients while also giving me challenges in the form of complex cases. Becoming a doctor has always been a constant in my life, and I am excited to begin my journey.
I am delighted I matched into Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital’s Internal Medicine Program, as I believe the program will give me the tools required to be the best doctor that I can possibly be. I mainly looked for three aspects in a program. First, I wanted a rigorous training program that would prepare me to become a strong and compassionate clinician. Second, I was keen on a program that would allow me to see a wide range of cases and a focus on teaching. Lastly, I wished to be in a program where everyone was warm and supportive and would be invested in my growth as a budding physician. The program here at IU Health Ball Memorial fulfilled all that I desired, and I am very proud to be here. I am looking forward to my three years here and will make the most of my time here in Muncie.
In my free time, I love cooking, making hot sauces, traveling, investing, adventure sports, and hanging out with friends. Some of my accomplishments include becoming an Eagle Scout with a Double Sliver Palm and creating an NGO during my time in India for the underserved. I love meeting new people and making new friends from all walks of life, and I am always on the lookout for a new adventure.
Ahmed Salih, MD
My story started when I was in 1st grade! My father, who is a nephrologist, would pick me up from school and take me with him to the hospital. Some moments can define your whole life, and as such, I was in love with the clinical setting.
I am originally from Sudan, a country in north east Africa but I was born and raised in Arar, Saudi Arabia. After high school I moved to Egypt as I was awarded a scholarship to study medicine at Cairo University. After graduation, I practiced medicine in Egypt and rotated for several months in different clinics in the US. Living in all these countries, I relished working with people from diverse backgrounds and thus increased my cultural sensitivity, a necessity when patients attend from all walks of life.
Many experiences later, I was hired by the Mayo Clinic as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Internal Medicine department. This position has embraced my curious mind and helped me intensify my contribution to the advancement of medicine.
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital stood out from all my other interviews. The focus on the residents, training and friendliness I experienced during my interview was enough to rank it on the top of my list. I am extremely excited to call Muncie home for the next three years.
Apart from medicine, you will find me exploring new places, taking pictures, listening to music, or watching a TV series. I currently have a goal to read a book every month, learn a new skill every year and enjoy life to the fullest.
Sana Sheraz, MD
I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where after O and A Levels, I went to medical school at Ziauddin University. Coming from a family that puts high value in education, I was always determined to pursue the highest standards of professional excellence. Throughout my medical school, I traveled for elective rotations in different countries including the United States and experienced how medicine is practiced around the globe. For me, Internal Medicine was the plan since day one. I moved to the United States right after graduation and started a new life in northwest Indiana in 2014. Since then, Indiana has been home.
While studying for the USMLE, I rotated through multiple settings in internal medicine and its subspecialties. I was lucky to have been mentored by some truly exceptional physicians. I instinctively gravitated towards IUHBMH at the time of ranking. The expertise of Ball’s Internal Medicine program at building academic excellence and clinical acumen in its residents is unparalleled. Everyone at Ball, from the faculty to the coordinator to the senior residents, is invested in your professional growth and treats you like family. There has been considerable camaraderie among my own class since the day we found out we matched at Ball. I am confident that IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will help me reach my peak potential while providing me with a platform to work in an area where I’d make the most impact.
Outside of work, I like to be outdoors for adventurous water sports or a simple tennis game. I love traveling and taking road trips. Hanging out with friends and family and going on shopping sprees— furniture, car, clothes, shoes, you name it— are my go-to hobbies.
Realistically, my plan involves being a hospitalist but I’m also interested in cardiology. Let’s see how life unfolds.
Muhammad Umar, MD
I was born in Pakistan and graduated from one of the highly prestigious medical schools in Pakistan named Sindh Medical College. I moved to the United States in 2018; since then, I have rotated with many physicians, including a rotation at Stanford University. During one of my rotations, I was captivated by Internal Medicine due to the integral role of Internal Medicine in an individual’s overall health. IU Health Ball Memorial’s Residency program stood out due to its academic excellence, friendly environment, and intense clinical training. During the interview, I felt welcomed and appreciated the positive energy and approachable nature of everyone, including the program’s attendings. This sealed the deal, and I knew I wanted to train at IUH Ball Memorial Hospital.
Outside of medicine, I like to spend quality time with my family and friends, watching Netflix, team sports, lifting weights, investing, and exploring the nature.
Third Year Residents
Zubair Almani, MD
I was born and raised in Hyderabad, Pakistan. I completed my MBBS from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences. After graduating, I started practicing medicine which allowed me to experience a variety of cases. I belong to a family of doctors so it did not take me long to realize that I should pursue a career in one of the best healthcare systems across the globe.
I am delighted to be a part of IUH Ball Memorial Hospital training program. On the interview day, I was told by the senior residents that the program is supportive towards the residents. I feel confident in saying that these 3 years will be worthwhile and will make me a better overall physician.
Besides medicine, I like to watch TV and take long drives. I am interested in exploring new places and I love to play cricket.
Qiraat Azeem, MD
I was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and graduated from Dow Medical College in 2014. After a year of internship, I got married and moved to Indianapolis in 2017. Since then Indiana has been my home!
While I was preparing for my steps, I worked under remarkable mentors who introduced me to the health care system in United States. My combined experience from the US and Pakistan gave me an adequate exposure to different demographic parameters and clinical settings.
When I started researching residency programs, IU Health Ball Memorial stood out for its academic focus, amazing facilities and exceptional faculty. Throughout the interview day, the collegial environment and approachable team definitely gave me a sense of belonging.
Being close to the family came as the cherry on top! I am delighted to be a part of IUH Ball Memorial Internal Medicine team.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son and doing arts and crafts.
Venkat Narsimha Gaddam, MD
Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, I frequently visited the United States in my younger days to spend time with my parents who emigrated. My love for science and a desire to render care to the diseased steered me towards Medicine.
After graduating from Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences, I did a few stints as an extern across various hospitals in the US to gain more insight into the modus operandi of the health care system in the country. That’s when I fell in love with Muncie. The interview experience at IU Health Ball Memorial sealed the deal for me. The program was very welcoming, and the residents had the vibe I could connect to. I witnessed genuine happiness and was delighted when I learned that I matched here. I’m gung-ho about serving here while I learn to become a better and able physician.
In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends and family, explore diverse foods, cultures, and play soccer, chess, volleyball, and ping pong.
Alvin Hu, MD
I was born and raised in the bay area of California. As a first generation Asian American, I grew to recognize the importance of my own culture and how it strengthened my bond to the Asian community. The deep human connections and quality communications I gained through the mutual understanding of culture compelled me to travel abroad to broaden my world view. Thus, I completed medical school at Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland. Throughout medical school, I had the opportunity to take on clinical training in Poland, Taiwan, and the U.S. learning various medical and social cultures while obtaining valuable life lessons from my peers. These past experiences have come to shape me as a person, strengthening my core values in life and medicine. While I have always believed strongly in the values of compassion, logical thinking, support, and empathetic acceptance, through my broader understanding of cultures, I hope to foster an even deeper connection between me and my future patients enabling the highest quality of medical care. I am determined to carry and share these values of which I believe in.
When I visited IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital I witnessed an undeniable supportive and empathetic environment among co residents and staff. I believe this is the place that embodies my core values and will translate to quality patient care. Thus, this is the perfect place for me to grow and train among excellent role models. This is why I chose IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Maryam Khan, MD
I grew up in Pakistan and then immigrated to the US (New Hampshire). Passion towards medicine landed me to a full scholarship in medical school in Pakistan followed by achieving my American dream of training in the US healthcare system. I did not come from a family of doctors, being the first and only doctor in my family, the interest in internal medicine evolved after losing my beloved grandmother from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis- a grandmother/best friend whom I admired the most as a role model, for her exceptional humanistic qualities. Internal medicine got my devotion.
This dedicated journey led me to one of my interviews at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. I still remember each event of the interview day, the didactics at Ball Memorial are fantastic, the morning report is at its excellence while the residents, program coordinator, program director treated me like a family and clarity on program goals with emphasis on resident academic and clinical education was what attracted me to make an easy decision on why I wanted Ball Memorial to be the foundation of my training. Moreover, tremendous opportunities which I am being offered here in the program such as research projects, teaching medical students and experiencing the best training is a bonus of all.
My plan involves pursuing a fellowship of my choice. Internal Medicine, for me, has always been a calling as well as a privilege. My late grandmother’s confidence in me will be kept as a burning desire till I become a star physician. Besides medicine, I am a very social person, I love exploring new places and meeting new people. My vision for my career is to serve, as service to humanity is a service to God.
Landon McGlinchy, DO
I grew up in Beaverton, Oregon. I came to love the outdoors and spending time with my family. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah for undergraduate studies. After freshman year, I departed for southern Japan as a proselytizing missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I learned to love all things Japanese and decided to major in Japanese.
I developed a passion for medicine after a summer of shadowing a great physician. I attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. Now I’m fond of the Midwest! I am so excited to be part of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. We look forward to being a part of the Muncie community.
You’ll find me in my free time playing Scrabble versus my wife, chasing my children around a playground, playing pickup basketball, reading the latest NBA highlights, or going for a bike ride.
Adelina Priscu, MD
I was born and raised in Romania. I had a passion for medicine from a young age. By high school, I realized I must follow it.
I went to Medical School in Cluj-Napoca, which is in the heart of Transylvania, at “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy. I am the first one in my family to attend medical school. I met the love of my life and my current husband when I was in my second year of my training. After graduation, I moved to the United States, where I continued pursuing my dream of becoming a physician. While I was studying for the USMLE exams, I did several observerships in different specialties and I worked in research with pediatric kidney transplant patients. During this transitionary time, I was extremely fortunate to discover great mentors willing to share their knowledge, skills and expertise with me. I will always put into practice the things I learned from them whenever I take care of my patients.
Even before my interview day at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, I had a great feeling about the program. On my interview day, I realized that my intuition was correct, and this is an incredibly supportive program, with great attending physicians, a collegial environment and happy, friendly residents. This is the place where I want to work, learn and grow. I am grateful and excited for this opportunity and I know it is going to be an amazing journey.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, baking, reading and playing board games.
Ibrahim Shah, MD
I grew up and completed my primary and secondary education in Lahore, Pakistan. Coming from a family of businessmen, going into the field of medicine was quite a leap for me. After completing med school I went through the usual turmoil of securing a residency position here in the US.
All of my hard work and determination paid off when I got matched at IUH Ball Memorial. From my interview day, I knew this place would be the perfect fit for me. All the residents seemed ambitious and determined to strive towards excellence. I hit it off well with the attendings, bonding over our common interests. It seemed like the perfect place for me to hone my skills as a physician, all the while having a fun and supportive environment to work in.
In my free time, I enjoy playing video games with my friends, re-watching The Lord of the Rings for the thousandth time and reading fantasy novels.