The 2020-2021 Chief Residents

Amina Basha, MD

 Chief Resident: Research and Education
 Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

I was born and raised in Lake Forest, IL and would have been an Illinois lifer if it wasn’t for my undergrad experience at MIT and brief stint in Seattle, WA. After traveling to both coasts, medicine brought me back to my roots in Chicago, and I’m very glad it did. I was fortunate to go to medical school and then residency at UIC, where the diversity in patient population and cases has helped prepare me for future clinical practice. I wanted to stay on as chief resident, because the people at UIC have shaped the type of doctor I am today and I want to give back to the program as much as I can and help incoming trainees as well. As Research & Education Chief Resident, I hope to help you transition from medical school to residency and then beyond to fulfill your aspirations. I hope to pursue a fellowship in Endocrinology after chief year. During my time away from the hospital, you’ll find me playing or reading with my 4-year old son, Zain.

Brian Borah, MD

Chief Resident: Ambulatory
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

As a member of a Chicago-based family that includes seven children and dozens of first cousins, I have always felt most comfortable in large groups of passionate people who thrive in active environments. It is no surprise, then, that UIC has felt like a second home to me. Not only has UIC given me friends and mentors for life, but it has also molded me into a confident physician who is committed to addressing health disparities both here and abroad. Through the Urban Global Health track, I have researched barriers to HIV care in Guatemala and have fostered collaborations to address the opioid epidemic in Chicago. Outside of the hospital, you can find me jogging on the 606, exploring jazz venues around the city, and obsessively baking sourdough bread. Next year, I plan to pursue a fellowship in infectious disease. 

Ashley Darlington, MD

Chief Resident: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine

I knew I wanted to train at UIC after my interview day because of the diverse patient population we serve and the coveted autonomy praised by the residents. Three years later, I’ve had the privilege to learn more than just medicine from the brilliant faculty, fellows, and peers during my time at UIC. I chose to stay and serve as a Chief Resident to help you reach your most excellent potential. After Chief Residency, I plan to pursue a Cardiology fellowship. In my free time, you can find me chasing after my son or listening to the latest popular podcast.

Sanket Gokhale, MD

   Chief Resident: Quality and Patient Safety
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin

Hi everyone, I’m Sanket, your VA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Chief. I’m originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago (shout out to Libertyville) and earned a pharmacy degree prior to attending medical school. When not in the hospital I enjoy Netflix, the NBA and spending time with family. UIC was my first choice for residency and I have thoroughly enjoyed my last three years here. I’m excited for this upcoming year and am looking forward to meeting you all soon.

Gabriel Marrero-Rivera, MD

Chief Resident: University of Illinois Hospital
Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Being born and raised in Puerto Rico, moving to Chicago for residency was challenging. Nonetheless, from the moment I came to UIC, seeing the opportunity to care for such diverse patient population and the amazing camaraderie among residents and program leadership made the transition effortless and gratifying. Also, being in the heart of the multicultural city of Chicago brings activities, hobbies and new discoveries to your life that enrich you as medical residents. My time as a resident in UIC has been filled with many experiences that have shaped me as a professional physician and I will cherish forever throughout my training and career. I chose to stay as Chief resident in UIC as an opportunity to help others develop into excellent physicians and leaders of the future as well as assisting all to reach their utmost potential. After Chief residency, I plan to apply for Gastroenterology fellowship. During my free time, I like cooking, eating at new restaurants, running, playing tennis, or playing some piano/guitar.


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