Current Residents


Batool Huzaifa Husain, MBBS

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

Batool interests include general surgical pathology and GI. When not studying, Batool likes watching TV, traveling and spending time with family. On why she chose UIC: “During my interview, I liked the program, faculty, and Program Director.”

Saman Karimi, MD, MS

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada

Saman is interested in GI Pathology. ​Outside of UIC, Saman likes photography and spending time with family and friends. On why she chose UIC: “Excellent faculty, residents and staff with many opportunities to learn and conduct research.”

Pouyan Kheirkhah, MD

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Medical School: Azad University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Pouyan is interested in surgical pathology and cytopathology. Pouyan likes working out, watching movies, playing video games and hanging out with friends. On why he chose UIC: “Because of the patient population, educational opportunities and professional environment.”

Bartlomiej ‘Bart’ Radzik MD

Hometown: Norridge, Illinois

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford

Bart is our current Chief Resident and has interests in forensics, informatics, teaching medical students, and apple-green birefringence in polarized light. Some of Bart likes include biking, hiking, photography, exploring Chicago, coaching High School debate, and watching a sunset. Why did Bart choose UIC: “Great location (Chicago has the prettiest downtown in the world), great faculty, staff, the residents hang with each other after work, but more than anything, UIC listens to their residents and works to constantly improve the program.”

Ujalla Sheikh, MBBS

Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

Medical School: Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamsharo, Pakistan

Ujalla is interested in cytopathology and surgical pathology. Outside of UIC Ujalla enjoys cooking and spending time with family. On why Ujalla chose UIC: “I had already worked with some faculty members here on a few Pathology related research projects and I really enjoyed the working atmosphere and the great level of teaching provided.”


Anita Arackal, MD

Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois

Medical School: American University of Antigua, Antigua

Anita is interested in transfusion medicine, surgical pathology, neuropathology. Outside of UIC Anita enjoys hiking, trying new food in the city, and drawing. Why Anita chose UIC: “Everyone here was welcoming and very supportive. It’s also close to home and the city. We also have many hospitals near by in the IMD that it’s really easy to meet new people and build connections.”

Abdul Mohammed, MBBS

Hometown: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Medical School: Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Abdul is interested in Clinical Informatics. Outside of UIC Abdul likes soccer, tennis and cricket.

Suhalika Sahni, MBBS

Hometown: Chandigarh, India

Medical School: Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Suhalika is interested in general surgical pathology. When not studying, Suhalika likes table tennis, listening to live bands and dancing. On why she chose UIC: “Great academic institute with excellent faculty.”


Saul Turcios Escobar, MD

Hometown: San Miguel, El Salvador

Medical School: Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, El Salvador

Saul has interests in dermatopathology, breast pathology, bone and soft tissue. When Saul is not studying, he likes to go to the movie theater, try Chicago’s famous restaurants and hang out with friends. On why he chose UIC: “I currently have friends living in Chicago and heard good comments about the program along with the Chicago Pathology Society. On the day of my interview, the Program Director and faculty were very enthusiastic.”

Busra Bacik Goksu,MD

Hometown: Turkey

Medical School: Dokuz Eylul University, Konak, Turkey

Busra is interested in surgical pathology. When not at UIC, Busra loves singing, baking and spending time with her little one. On why she chose UIC: “The Pathology program offers a diverse and collegial learning environment. Faculty members are very friendly and dedicated to teaching.”

Michael Stone, DO

Hometown: Rockford, Illinois

Medical School: Midwestern University CCOM, Downers Grove, Illinois

Michael loves all aspects of Pathology and continues to explore all that it has to offer. Outside of UIC, Michael likes to hang out with friends. On why he chose UIC: “The residents and faculty.”

Ayesha Zaidi, MBBS

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudia Arabia

Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

Ayesha is interested in surgical pathology. Ayesha enjoys exploring new places and restaurants throughout Chicago, attending Broadway performances and spending time with family. Ayesha chose UIC because: “Work environment is very resident friendly and faculty members are very approachable. UIC Pathology is an academic center. The training period covers variety of subspecialities.”


Yvonne Owusu Agyapong, MD

Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana

Medical School: Medical University of Warsaw, Poland

Yvonne has interests in surgical pathology. When Yvonne is not studying, she likes dancing, traveling, trying new restaurants and spending time with family. On why Yvonne chose UIC: “I chose because of the academic strength of the program, the sense of community, and camaraderie that exists among residents and faculty.”

Patrick Bladek, MD

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Medical School: Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Patrick is interested in clinical pathology. On why he chose UIC: “I attended UIC as an undergraduate. The program has a track record of sending graduates to excellent fellowships.”

Jianhua Liu, MD

Hometown: China

Medical School: Zhengzhou University College of Medicine, China

Jianhua has interests in surgical pathology and hematopathology. Outside of UIC, Jianhua likes hiking, cooking and baking. On why she chose UIC: “I like the diverse and friendly working environment, passionate and approachable faculty, well organized training, extensive learning and research opportunities.”

Kyle Lockart, MD

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Medical School: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Kyle is interested in blood banking, medical microbiology, and hematopathology. Kyles is a coffee and tea enthusiast, podcast and movie buff, and enjoys cycling when not studying. Kyle chose UIC because: “Our program allows for individualized feedback and a more personal experience with the attendings. Senior residents and faculty are more than willing to assist you in a professional capacity and support in endeavors outside of the hospital as well.”

Gustavo Mendez, MD

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, Illinois

Gustavo has varied interests in blood banking, surgical pathology, informatics and hematopathology. Gustavo’s current hobbies are learning guitar, expanding his plant collection and going to a good Karaoke bar but his favorite activities include exploring Chicago and his neighborhood. On why he chose UIC: “This institution has offered a diverse learning environment with dedicated trainees, faculty, and a strong academic community.”

Su Yeon Yeon, MD

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Medical School: Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea

Su Yeon is interested in molecular pathology, GI, and clinical informatics. Su Yeon enjoys crafting, drawing/painting, visiting museums and galleries. On why she chose UIC: “Great faculty members who are willing to teach. All the residents are friendly and the city itself is beautiful with lots of places to visit!.”