Johnston Memorial Hospital | News Article

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

JMH Graduate Medical Education welcomes new residents

JMH Family Medicine Residency Program, from left (front row): Dr. Nicole Zeky, Dr. Mylanie Facelo, Dr. Alexandra Bowling, Dr. Susan Samudre, Dr. Tina Smith, and Dr. Elizabeth Dockery; (second row) Dr. Brian Condit, Dr. Leisa Walker, Dr. Kimberly Edwards, Dr. Ronna New, Dr. Troy Beavers, Dr. Lauren McGee, Dr. Tyler Kirk; (far back in the middle) Dr. Troy Reece.


ABINGDON, Va. – The Johnston Memorial Hospital Graduate Medical Education residency programs held their second welcome event on Nov. 1, with Mountain States leaders as well as members of the teaching faculty, family, friends and administrators on hand to celebrate the future of medicine in Southwest Virginia. 

“This is a proud day for Johnston Memorial, as we are officially launching our Internal Medicine Residency Program,” said Dr. Brian Condit, chief medical officer at JMH.

Those present included Dr. Morris Seligman, Mountain States executive vice president and chief medical officer; Stan Hickson, VP/CEO at Johnston Memorial; JMH residency program directors Dr. Camelia Chirculescu for internal medicine and Dr. Ronna New for family medicine; and Dr. Condit.

The internal medicine program welcomed four new residents: Dr. Margaret Tajak, Dr. Ayan Novruzov, Dr. Ram Kommaraju and Dr. Adam Varbanoff.  In addition, Dr. Trenton Keel was recognized as being the pioneer resident for the Internal Medicine program which began with a single resident in July 2015.

JMH Internal Medicine Residency Program and administrators (left to right): Dr. Morris Seligman, Dr. Trenton Keel, Stan Hickson, Dr. Maggie Tajak, Dr. Camelia Chirculescu, Dr. Adam Varbanoff, Dr. Ram Kommaraju, Dr. Ayan Novruzov, Dr. Brian Condit“The idea of an internal medicine program at JMH was sparked by the acknowledged physician shortage in Southwest Virginia and the mission of the program is to train physicians in the region for our region,” Dr. Chirculescu told the audience. “We want physicians to stay in the area and serve patients here. The internal medicine residency program provides new physicians with the clinical skills they need, as well as experience working with the people and healthcare services in this region.”

The Family Medicine program welcomed its second class of residents:  Dr. Troy Beavers, Dr. Elizabeth Dockery, Dr. Tyler Kirk, Dr. Tina Smith, Dr. Leisa Walker and Dr. Nicole Zeky. 

Dr. New noted that, “Here at JMH, we are continuing to witness true history in the making for graduate medical education. This evening is a part of history for the residency programs and for our resident physicians. I would like to congratulate all of the second-year residents on your successful completion of your internship and all of the new residents on receiving your long white coat that marks your entry into medicine as a physician.”

Both program directors and Dr. Condit proudly presented promotion certificates to the internal medicine and family medicine residents who completed their intern year of residency training. For internal medicine, that was Dr. Trenton Keel; for family medicine, it included Dr. Alexandra Bowling, Dr. Kim Edwards, Dr. Mylanie Facelo, Dr. Lauren McGee, Dr. Troy Reece and Dr. Susan Samudre.

In addition, Drs. Bowling, McGee and Reece were recognized for their research and scholarly activity endeavors. Dr. Facelo was presented with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Humanism & Excellence in Teaching as an American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Future Leader.

Seventeen residents are currently in training at Johnston Memorial Hospital, 12 in family medicine and five in internal medicine, moving toward a complement of 33 residents by 2020.  We are looking forward to seeing these residents become healthcare providers and leaders in our region.