Our PGY3 Residents


Benjamin Allar, MDBenjamin Allar, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Ben's hometown is Newton, Massachusetts. Ben completed received his BA summa cum laude at Connecticut College, majoring in Biological Sciences and Religious Studies. He received multiple awards for academic and leadership excellence, including the Unsung Hero Award and the Judy Bailen Kateman '65 Outstanding Senior Prize. As a student at Tufts University School of Medicine, Ben was elected to AOA, served on the Admissions Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and was an active student delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society. Ben also served as President of the Team Cathedral Project, mentoring and teaching local students and was engaged in a number of clinical research projects. His surgical interests are colorectal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, HPB, and surgical education. He enjoys cooking, reading, and golf.

Huma Baig, MDHuma Baig, MD

Harvard Medical School

Huma's hometown is Glenview, Illinois. She received her BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and her BA in Latin American Studies from Yale University. At Yale, she volunteered with refugee populations and mentored incarcerated women. Between college and medical school, she pursued a fellowship with the Yale School of Public Health, investigating transmission of the Zika virus in urban Brazilian populations with publications in Neuron and PNAS. Huma received her MD from Harvard Medical School, where she served as a leader of Mission Crimson, a tutoring and mentoring program for minority and low-income elementary students in Boston. Huma is interested in surgical oncology. She is fluent in five languages and enjoys yoga, traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with loved ones.

Nicholas DeStefino, MD, PhDNicholas DeStefino, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Nick's hometown is Scottsdale, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, with degrees in both neuroscience and history. He then matriculated to the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School, earning his PhD in Neurobiology and serving as an Editor of the Journal of Emerging Investigators. Nick is interested in education, participating as both an undergraduate and graduate teaching assistant, and volunteered as a junior clinician in the Crimson Care Collaborative, an interdisciplinary student-faculty run medical clinic. Nick co-led the pediatric clinic as a staffing director, senior director, and program-wide medical education chair and volunteered to provide patient outreach for patients discharged after hospitalization for COVID-19. Nick is interested in surgical oncology and GI surgery and enjoys running and reading.

Scott Fligor, MDScott Fligor, MD

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Scott's hometown is Marblehead, Massachusetts. Scott received his BS from Georgetown University, cum laude, majoring in Biology of Global Health. He received his MD from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he was elected AOA. As a medical student, Scott participated in a number of research projects in trauma surgery, resulting in multiple presentations and publications. He held numerous state and national positions in the Medical Society of Virginia and the student section of the American Medical Association. Scott's clinical interests include pediatric surgery. He enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving, travel, Georgetown basketball, and Boston sports.

Camila Guetter, MDCamila Guetter, MD

Universidade Federal do Paraná Faculdade de Medicina

Camila's hometown is Curitiba, Brazil. She received her MD from the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil. As a medical student, Camila received the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program Scholarship enabling her to pursue research at UCLA and BIDMC, leading to multiple publications. Camila has held multiple leadership positions in the Association of Women Surgeons, including serving as National Vice Chair for the Medical Student Committee, on the AWS Publications Committee, and medical student liaison for the Resident and Fellow Committee. In 2019, Camila received the Patricia Numann Medical Student Award from the AWS Foundation. Camila also served as Medical Student Community Administrator for the American College of Surgeons Virtual Community and Scientific Director of the Simupack Medical Simulation App, a resource for trauma surgeons. Camila is interested in trauma surgery and enjoys tennis, playing piano, traveling, and rescue dogs.

Betty Liu, MDBetty Liu, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Betty's hometown is Corvallis, Oregon. She received her BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating summa cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa and was a harpist with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. Betty studied ambulatory care practices and engaged in a number of clinical research projects, prior to matriculating to Tufts University School of Medicine, which led to several publications and an award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. As a medical student, Betty published a cookbook on Shanghai food through Harper Collins and volunteered as a photographer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a national organization that seeks to comfort grieving parents who face the loss of an infant through remembrance photography. Betty enjoys cooking and photography and is interested in general surgery and surgical education.

Josephine Nwokedi, MD, MBAJosephine Nwokedi, MD, MBA

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Josephine's hometowns are Los Angeles, California and Arlington, Virginia. Josephine received her BS in Psychobiology, with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She matriculated at the MD/MBA program at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, participating in multiple international social entrepreneurial projects impacting health and quality of life. While at Keck, Josephine served as Community Service Co-Chair of the Student National Medical Association, Program Chair of the Tom Bradley Outreach Program, a teaching and mentoring program for underserved communities, and a Care-Team Coordinator in Keck's Student-Run Clinic. Josephine also pursued several clinical research projects in the field of trauma surgery. Her interests include cooking, especially Sierra Leonean and Italian cuisines, cycling, and travel.

Jemin Park, MDJemin Park, MD

University of Michigan Medical School

Jemin's hometown is Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, with election to AOA. He was engaged in various research projects throughout college and medical school, resulting in multiple publications. As a medical student, Jemin served as a Surgery Clerkship Curriculum Developer and Social Services Coordinator for the University of Michigan Student-Run Free Clinic, where he assisted patients applying for Medicaid. Jemin's interests include violin, orchestra, volleyball, and soccer. He is an accomplished violinist and was a member of both the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Life Sciences Orchestra at the University of Michigan.

Pamela (Nina) Scalise, MDPamela (Nina) Scalise, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine

Nina's hometown is Chicago, Illinois. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. She received a number of design awards for her work related to assistive devices for the disabled and a mobile surgical training application. Nina matriculated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where she participated in the Innovation in Medicine program, allowing her to continue to engage in medical device development. Nina received the Silver Scalpel Award in Surgery for outstanding clinical performance and was an active peer educator. Nina enjoys dance, knitting, and volleyball. Her clinical interest is pediatric surgery.

Savas Tsikis, MDSavas Tsikis, MD

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of Medicine

Savas's hometown is Rhodes, Greece. Savas received his BS summa cum laude at the University of Connecticut,majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and served as President of Habitat for Humanity. He received his MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, pursued a number of clinical research projects, and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Savas is passionate about teaching and served as a peer educator for undergraduate and medical courses and developed basic science curriculum. He also served as Co-President of the Health Professions Exposure Program. His surgical interests include pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. Savas enjoys sailing, weight lifting, and traveling to new places.

Integrated Vascular Surgery

Jeremy Darling, MDJeremy Darling, MD

Tufts University School of Medicine

Jeremy's hometown is Albany, New York. He received his BA in Psychology from Boston University and his MD from Tufts University. Between college and medical school, Jeremy spent several years working as a research assistant in the Division of Vascular Surgery at BIDMC. His outstanding work led to over 30 peer-reviewed publications (including six first author publications) and eleven presentations at national meetings. Deciding on a career in medicine, Jeremy obtained his MS in Medical Sciences from Boston University before matriculating at Tufts University School of Medicine. During this time, the focus of his research work at BIDMC was maintaining and evaluating institutional databases on patients undergoing lower extremity revascularization. He utilized this data for his master's thesis, which focused on mid- and long-term outcomes in patients with diabetes who underwent both open and minimally invasive lower extremity procedures. Jeremy's interests include film and film criticism, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, the Beatles, squash, and spending time with his wife and their Shetland sheepdog named Butter.


Fatemeh Adiliaghdam, MDFatemeh Adiliaghdam, MD

Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine

Fatemeh's hometowns are Tabriz, Iran, Tehran, Iran and Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. While in medical school, she pursued several international summer research programs. She was one of twenty medical students worldwide to participate in the Lower Saxony Summer Academy in Germany. Prior to joining BIDMC, Fatemeh served as a Research Fellow at MGH, where she studied the accuracy of clinical staging of early-stage rectal cancer among different facilities, the proportion of under-staged patients who do not receive recommended neoadjuvant therapy, and how this would affect their longer-term oncological outcomes such as recurrence and survival. She also investigated the role of IBD related susceptibility genes in innate immunity, identifying the anti-viral therapeutic role of RNA interference (RNAi) and distinguishing immunomodulatory capacity of intestinal viruses in healthy and IBD. Fatemeh's interests include dancing in Aftab, a Persian dance group run by young professionals in New England, basketball (she was invited to the Iran women's national team), art films and international cinema, and live music.

Jaime Pardo Palau, MDJaime Pardo Palau, MD

Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicina

Jaime's hometown is Cali, Colombia. He received his MD from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. As a medical student, he volunteered at the Gustavo Escallon Cayzedo Outpatient Center, which provides medical services to low-income patients in remote areas of Bogota. After graduating medical school, Jaime pursued a research fellowship at BIDMC with Dr. Dhruv Singhal in Plastic Surgery and Dr. Ted James in Breast Surgery. His research studies included axillary staging in breast cancer patients, lymphatic immediate reconstruction, lymphedema prevention and treatment, patient decision-making tools for mastectomies and breast reconstruction options, and ethnic disparities in breast surgery. He also worked with Dr. Fred Shapiro from Anesthesiology on a study of digital decision aid tools to help patients undergoing breast surgery to better understand their anesthesia options. Jaime is currently pursuing a MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His interests include robotic and laparoscopic surgery, virtual reality for surgical planning, and integrative care in surgery. His hobbies include horseback riding, water skiing, soccer, and salsa dancing.

J. Christopher Polanco Santana, MD, MSc, MPHJ. Christopher Polanco Santana, MD, MSc, MPH

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud

Chris' hometown is Cabarete, Dominican Republic. He received his MD from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. After medical school, Chris pursued a research fellowship with Dr. Tara Kent at BIDMC. He went on to receive a Master's of Science degree from Dresden International University in Germany and a Master's of Public Health degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As a MPH student, Chris continued to work as a research fellow with Dr. Tara Kent at BIDMC. He participated in a series of studies related to clinical and pathophysiological HPB surgery problems, as well as a project elucidating whether letters of recommendation writer characteristics, including gender, age, professorial rank, and leadership positions, predict language bias and the Provider Awareness and Cultural Dexterity Toolkit for Surgeons (PACTS) Trial. Chris' interests include kitesurfing and hiking. He is also a self-taught computer programmer since the age of 12.

Mariana Rodriguez, MDMariana Rodriguez, MD

Universidad de Los Andes Facultad de Medicina

Mariana's hometown is Bogota, Colombia. She received her MD from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. While in medical school, Mariana was awarded the Best Classmate Award - Class of 2018. After graduation, Mariana pursued a research fellowship with Dr. A. James Moser at BIDMC, where she worked on research projects related to postoperative outcomes after minimally invasive surgery in patients with pancreatic and gastric cancer. She is also pursuing a MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Mariana's interests include music, dancing, soccer, hiking and camping. Since 2016, Mariana has participated in 5k, 10k, and 21k races as well as sprint triathlons.