BATON ROUGE, La. – Seventeen new physicians are beginning careers
at health systems and physician practices across the country after graduating
from Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) residency programs in Family Medicine
and Internal Medicine. For the fourth year in a row, 100 percent of BRG’s
Family Medicine residents who took the board examination have passed.
BRG’s Internal Medicine residents will take their board exams in August.
Three graduates will remain at BRG – Stephanie Coleman-Lawrence,
MD and Rachael Kermis, MD in Family Medicine and Swapna Varakantam, MD
in Internal Medicine. Dr. Kermis will practice at Baton Rouge Family Medical
and will also serve as a part-time FMRP faculty preceptor for the Family
Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Coleman-Lawrence will practice at BRG’s
Oak Grove clinic in Prairieville, and Dr. Varakantam will practice as
a hospitalist at BRG.
The Family Medicine graduates are Aarti Attreya, MD; Stephanie Coleman-Lawrence,
MD; Janice Dara, MD; Rachael Kermis, MD; Cory Lemoine, DO; Matt Mann,
MD; and William Devin Owens, MD.
The Internal Medicine graduates are Shanti Akasapu, MD; Rajendra Boyilla,
MD; Navya Eleti, MD; Matthew Casey Geiger, MD; Nic Latuso, MD; Venkat
Kishore Mukku, MD; Bilal Saiyed, MD; Ramandeep Singh, MD; Swapna Varakantam,
MD; and Prathyusha Yeturu, MD.
“Our residents work with our doctors to contribute to exceptional
patient care,” said Dr. Vincent Shaw, Program Director of BRG’s
Family Medicine Residency Program. “Their success is a representation
of the culture of learning we’ve fostered for decades in our medical
Family and internal medicine residency programs typically require three-year
commitments following medical school. Upon completion of residency, physicians
take exams to obtain board certification, then begin medical practice;
or continue with additional fellowship training in sub-specialties such
as sports medicine, geriatrics, cardiology, OB/GYN, global health, or others.
Through its education programs, BRG trains annually more than 500 medical
students, residents, fellows, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants,
nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and radiation
technologists, and provides instructional locations for medical students
from other schools, including Tulane and LSU.
BRG’s Family Medicine Residency Program graduates are, from left to right, Aarti Attreya, MD; Stephanie Coleman-Lawrence, MD; Cory Lemoine, DO; Matthew
Mann, MD; Devin Owens, MD; Rachael Kermis, MD; and Janice Dara, MD.
BRG Internal Medicine Residency Program graduates are (front row, left to right)
Navya Eleti, MD; and Prathyusha Yeturu, MD; (middle row, left to right)
Swapna Varakantam, MD; and Shanti Akasapu, MD; and (back row, left to
right) Bilal Saiyed, MD; Venkata Kishore Mukku, MD; Nicholas Latuso, MD;
Vasudev Tati, MD (Program Director); Matthew Casey Geiger, MD; Ramandeep
Singh, MD; and Rajendra Boyilla, MD.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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