First Year Residents

Francis Battung, MDFrancis Battung, MD

I am from: Manila, Philippines

Why I chose Wheeling: The program offers so many learning opportunities that prepare you to be an outstanding clinician. The faculty is very hands-on, approachable, and prioritize resident wellness. Residents are diverse and foster a kind and supportive environment. In Wheeling, West Virginia, you are surrounded by visually attractive sceneries – the kind you usually see in postcards. There is so much to do here and major cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington DC and New York City are also very accessible from the area.

My hobbies are: Traveling, hiking, exploring cities, going to the gym, playing video games, and photography.

Alissa Galas, MDAlissa Galas, MD

I am from: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Why I chose Wheeling: I loved that it was an unopposed program that has a really strong inpatient training focus. Of all the programs I interviewed with, I found that the faculty and residents were genuinely interested in any area of family medicine they choose. During the interview, the kindness and respect I was treated with, was greater than any other program and showed me I would be a valued member of the team. There was also a large emphasis on empathy as a family medicine doctor, and this was something I did not come across in any other program.

My hobbies are: Going to the gym, hiking and reading.

Jazmin Jatana, MDJazmin Jatana, MD

I am from: Vancouver, Canada

Why I chose Wheeling: This program provides a balance between inpatient and outpatient medicine. All the residents from our chief resident to the faculty have played a pivotal role in our transition into our next chapter of life.

My hobbies are: I love to work out, travel and watch sports … Go Lakers!

 Elizabeth Liotta, MDElizabeth Liotta, MD

I am from: Just outside of New York City and have lived in various cities and countries all over the world including Philadelphia, Boston, Tel Aviv, England and Cyprus.

Why I chose Wheeling: I knew I wanted to become exceptional at both inpatient and outpatient medicine. This program challenges you to grow in both knowledge and competence. I plan to do a Sports Medicine Fellowship after graduation and fell WVU-Wheeling will prepare me to be a competitive applicant.

My hobbies are: Two of my favorite things are fitness and the beach. I’m always down for an adventure.

Nikola Malic, MDNikola Malic, MD

I am from: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Why I chose Wheeling: Due to its unopposed family medicine program and strong inpatient curriculum. The best part about the program is a strong balance of both outpatient and inpatient medicine. However, I think what makes the program excel is the support from a great staff and co-residents that make every day enjoyable and give the program, a close family like environment.

My hobbies are: Playing basketball, cooking and working out.

Corissa “Nicole” McDonald, MDCorissa “Nicole” McDonald, MD

I am from: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Why I chose Wheeling: I chose WVU Wheeling Family Medicine because the program is unopposed, so there are more opportunities to learn about patient care. Also Wheeling is a smaller community with almost no commute time.

My hobbies are: Playing golf and traveling.

Ramya Ramesh, MDRamya Ramesh, MD

I am from: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Why I chose Wheeling: While I was researching about programs I realized that this was one of the few programs that had a great and extensive inpatient experience which includes 4 blocks in the first year alongside a fantastic outpatient experience throughout the year. This was important to me especially keeping my future goals of being able to practice traditional medicine with a good combination of both inpatient and outpatient. The program also trains you great for the future whether it be a Hospitalist or an outpatient doctor or pursue a fellowship.

My hobbies are: Kayaking, dancing and art.

Whitney Workman, DOWhitney Workman, DO

I am from: Reedsville, West Virginia

Why I chose Wheeling: I chose Wheeling because of my ties to the state and the local area. It felt like my second home, even before I walked through the doors as a PGY-1. As a new resident, I am impressed by the program’s ability to maintain a small community atmosphere while utilizing the resources and educational opportunities available throughout WVU Medicine.

My hobbies are: In my free time, I enjoy co-hosting a podcast with my sister, playing dungeons and dragons, fishing, cooking and spending time with my family.

Second Year Residents

Emma Carter, DO
Emma Carter, DO

I am from: My family lives nearby in a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Why I chose Wheeling: It is an unopposed program and there is an EM fellowship here at Wheeling.

My hobbies are: I don’t get to do it as much as I used to but I love hiking and backpacking. I also really enjoy playing board games with my friends.


Luke Gray, MDLuke Gray, MD

I am from: South Jersey.

Why I chose Wheeling: I was interested in Wheeling Hospital primarily due to the program being unopposed. Since being here everyone has been very kind and helpful.

My hobbies are: Reading, Hiking, Music (Cello), Traveling and trying not to kill my houseplants.



Jenny Mamtora, DOJenny Mamtora, DO

I am from: Queens, New York.

Why I chose Wheeling: Rigorous inpatient and outpatient training in an unopposed program.

My hobbies are: Traveling and trying different cuisines, hiking.



Brian Rogers, DOBrian Rogers, DO

I am from: I grew up in a suburb of San Diego, but moved to central Virginia in 2006.

Why I chose Wheeling: I chose Wheeling because it is an unopposed residency at a larger hospital. The area also looked like a great place to live with a family.

My hobbies are: When I have free time I like to spend it with my family and all of our pets. I also enjoy reading fantasy and science fiction novels.



Joel Romance, MDJoel Romance, MD

I am from: Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Why I chose Wheeling: Great location, small town living, unopposed program with a wide variety of learning experiences.

My hobbies are: Hiking with my wife and dog, weightlifting/fitness, snowboarding, ice hockey, XBOX, traveling anywhere possible.



Alexander Sample, DOAlexander Sample, DO

I am from: Sioux Falls, SD.
Why I chose Wheeling: As a DO I am allowed to practice OMM Inpatient and Outpatient as much as my abilities allow.
My hobbies are: Fishing and Hiking.



Candace Singh, MDCandace Singh, MD

I am from: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Why I chose Wheeling: I had a great experience during my medical school rotation here with the residents and attendings and wanted to train at an unopposed program. There is a great sense of community within the program.

My hobbies are: Reading, yoga, board games, going to farmers markets and exploring local breweries with my husband.


Emilia Surzyn, MDEmilia Surzyn, MD

I am from: Toronto, Canada.

Why I chose Wheeling: Faculty that is approachable and open to answering all questions and concerns. Dynamic inpatient and outpatient population with broad range of medical conditions and learning opportunities for management.

My hobbies: I enjoy spending my free time hiking (most recently at Coopers Rock), biking and pampering my sweet cat. I enjoy listening to Vance Joy and the Lumineers on an early drive to work.


Third Year Residents

Welland Burnside, MDWelland Burnside, MD





Trishala Menon, MDTrishala Menon, MD

I am from: Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

Why I chose Wheeling: it is an unopposed program. I want to be part of such a program where I can be exposed to all kinds of diseases and pathologies and gets lot of hands on experience. I knew this program will help me practice medicine comfortably and with confidence in outpatient and inpatient setting because of my experiences. I rotated here as a student and fell in love with the program and loved the inpatient setting. It is also close to Canada – only 7 to 8 hour drive away from home.

My hobbies are: research, shopping, dancing, and spend quality time with friends.

Stephen Mericle, MDStephen Mericle, MD





Sarthak Patel, MDSarthak Patel, MD

I am from: Toronto, Canada.

Why I chose Wheeling: For the level of autonomy you get in unopposed setting, variety of cases, family- feel of the program and great Wheeling mountains/valleys/greenery.

My hobbies are: Cycling, Cricket, Cars, Stock market and Innovative technology.


Roshanak Salehi, MDRoshanak Salehi, MD





Monica Singh, M.D.Monica Singh, MD

I am from: Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Why I chose Wheeling: I chose Wheeling Hospital FM primarily because it is an unopposed FM program. The unopposed residency opened the doors to an abundance of learning opportunities, which has been exciting to me!

During my intern year, I’ve been able to perform numerous procedures, participate in and present research. Wheeling’s location and low cost living were pluses as well. Although a small town, it’s close proximity to home and even the bigger cities like Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington DC and my personal favorite, NYC was a significant factor when ranking the program.

My hobbies are: dancing, traveling, marathon running, and spending time with my family, best friends and co-residents.

Andrew Valliyil, MDAndrew Valliyil, MD