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The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Celebrates Class of 2020 with Virtual Commencement


The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education (TWCGME) streamed a celebration for graduating residents and fellows Friday, June 19, online at TheWrightGraduation.org. The virtual event was designed to accommodate social distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Class of 2020 included 60 graduates from TWCGME’s internal medicine, regional family medicine and national family medicine residencies as well as its cardiovascular disease fellowship program.

Commencement featured remarks and congratulations from Wright Center board members Gerard Geoffroy and Harold Baillie, Ph.D.; graduates and program directors as well as executive leadership, including Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, CEO of The Wright Center for Community Health (TWCCH) and President of TWCGME; Dr. Jignesh Y. Sheth, Chief Medical Officer of TWCCH and Senior Vice President of Operations for TWCGME; Dr. Jumee Barooah, Designated Institutional Official for TWCGME; and attorney Jennifer J. Walsh, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for TWCGME.

Local graduates include: Dr. Graham Yeager, Waverly Twp.; and Dr. Matthew McDonnell, Pittston, both of the internal medicine residency program. Other internal medicine residency graduates who plan to stay in Northeast Pennsylvania to practice medicine or continue their studies include Dr. Tapan Buch, who will begin a cardiology fellowship with TWCGME in July; Dr. Prasanthi Limgala, who will join Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton; Dr. Kelly O’Leary, who will practice with Adfinitas Health at Regional Hospital of Scranton; Dr. Fouzia Oza, who is joining Regional Hospital of Scranton as a hospitalist; Dr. Nirali Patel, who will serve as internal medicine physician faculty at TWCGME while also embarking on a geriatrics fellowship tract; and Dr. Muhhamad Pir and Dr. Najam Saqib, both of whom will stay in Scranton at TWCGME for cardiology fellowships.

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