BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) proudly welcomes 20
new doctors to its family medicine and internal medicine residency programs.
“Match Day” -- the much-anticipated day when medical students find out which residency
or fellowship program they are accepted or “matched” into
-- fell on March 19 as the novel coronavirus pandemic was taking hold.
Without the typical pomp and circumstance, the new doctors headed to Baton
Rouge, officially starting July 1.
The physicians will complete their residency training at BRG’s Bluebonnet
and Mid City campuses, which provide a clinical setting for Internal Medicine,
Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesia,
Psychiatry, and General Surgery Residency Programs.
“Our Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency Programs at
BRG have been in place for decades, but never has it been as important
as the past few months to have our residents working side-by-side our
doctors to care for patients,” said Dr. Venkat Banda, Chief Academic
Officer. “They’ve been the backbone of our community’s
response to this pandemic, and we are proud to call yet another group
of young doctors our own here at Baton Rouge General.”
Joining the Family Medicine Residency Program are Jeremy Adel, MD; Patrick
Bergin, MD; Mervina George, MD; Alakananda Mukherjee, MD; Ifeoma Okponyia,
MD; Sitara Satish, MD; Valeria Soegaard, MD; and Jeffrey Thiebaud, MD.
Joining the Internal Medicine Residency Program are Sai Bandaru, MD; Rachel
Ducote, MD; Gift Echefu, MD; Chris Forester, DO; Ashley Capace, MD; Rameela
Mahat, MD; Yara Mouawad, MD; Christina Patterson, DO; Ankush Raju, MD;
Raghu Rudraraju, MD; Alyssa Vicari, MD; and Ashley Zboril, MD.
Through its education programs, the hospital 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.
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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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