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Family Medicine Residency Program-Rockford

PGY 2 Residents

Amit Johal, MD

Medical School: International American University College of Medicine, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia

“I treat all patients how I would like to be treated if I were a patient. I offer them patience and understanding. Family medicine is a unique opportunity to be able to treat people of all ages while getting to connect with them and make a positive difference in their overall health. I appreciate the chance to make a difference.”

Anurag Gill, MD

Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences–St. Kitts, Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis

“I love the diversity that Family Medicine has to offer, both in the well-rounded nature of scope of practice, and in the people you are privileged to meet. The focus on continuity of care allows for meaningful relationships to develop over time, and the opportunity to take care of people of all ages. I value the role that primary care physicians have in serving and supporting communities.”





Dipti Sabharwal, DO

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

“My medical school journey started in Indianapolis, though I am originally from Canada. My passion for Family Medicine comes from the diversity and continuity of clinical care it brings to the table. Being able to provide care and support to patients is immensely gratifying. As a part of the inaugural Family Medicine Residency class at Mercyhealth, I am excited to help pave path for future classes, and mark a milestone. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, swimming, playing board games and traveling.”






Gilda Djabarzade, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Bridgetown, Barbados

“True fulfillment in life comes from the sensation of knowing that you did some good in this world by helping others. This is why I went into family medicine. Knowing that I can treat different patient populations every day, will always keep my curiosity to continue to learn and become a better person. I love educating my patients and striving to improve their quality of life. The Mercyhealth Family Medicine Program gives me the opportunity to work with and learn from an experienced, well-rounded, and caring faculty who are willing to help create excellent physicians.”






Huma Khan, MD

Medical School: Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“After earning my medical degree from Dubai Medical College, I moved to the United States to pursue my dream of becoming a Family Medicine physician. I strongly believe in practicing patient-centered preventative care. I enjoy seeing patients from every walk of life and building rapport with them. My areas of interest include hospital medicine, community health, and women’s health. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and exploring Rockford and Chicago.”

Mahita Bellamkonda, MD

Medical School: Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

“I strongly believe in the old adage, “prevention is better than cure.” It is central to my work as a Family Medicine Resident. I enjoy treating patients of all ages, and aim to positively impact community health through collaborative care plans with an emphasis on preventive medicine. I love being part of the Mercyhealth family and I’m excited to continue my journey towards being a well-rounded physician.”






Monica Manhas, MD

Medical School: St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

“I chose Family Medicine because I am provided with exposure to a wide spectrum of medicine which is ever-changing. I am constantly challenged by new medical discoveries, which has made me a lifelong learner. From newborns to adults, pregnant women, and the elderly, I enjoy having the opportunity to provide care to a wide spectrum of patients. The relationships between my patients’ and I are based on trust and mutual understanding. By working as a team, we can focus on preventative medicine and approach their health care as a united front to avoid medical problems from arising in the first place.”






Nandini Chattopadhyay, MD

Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine, Coolidge, Antigua

“To be able to take care of patients from ‘womb to tomb,’ is what I’ve desired my whole life. I love the “family” part of Family Medicine. At Mercyhealth’s Family Medicine Residency Program, I not only can deliver babies and care for them as they grow up, but I can also care for their parents and grandparents. I absolutely love being the advocate of their health, and to be there for my patients’ during the most vital/vulnerable times of their lives.”






Sarah Robertson, MD

Medical School: University of Queensland School of Medicine, Herston, Australia

“Family medicine, for me, was an easy career choice. Growing up in a small town, I saw the same Family Medicine doctor from birth to graduation. It’s great as a patient to have an established rapport with your doctor so that you trust their advice and feel that they really care about you as a person. Now, I’m on the other side of that patient-doctor relationship and am dedicated to getting to know my patients’, educating them about their medical issues, and helping them take charge of their medical decisions in order to provide the best care possible.”






Shahid Mohammad, DO

Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

“As a physician, my goal is to provide both treatment and medical education to my patients’. I believe empowering patients to take control of their ailments and approaching problems as a team to establish physical and mental well-being is important. My special interest includes mental illness, addiction, children’s health and preventative medicine. At Mercyhealth, I am able to work with excellent supervising physicians and specialists who help guide me through complicated disease processes”






Sona Najafi, MD

Medical School: Gilan University of Medical Sciences, Gilan Province, Iran

“After graduating from medical school, I worked as a Family Medicine physician in Iran. In 2015, I moved to the United States and began working as a medical researcher at the USC/UKRO Kidney Center, Keck school of Medicine.  After completing my required certifications, and gaining some professional experience, I began training at Mercyhealth’s Family Medicine Residency Program-Rockford, IL. I chose to go into Family Medicine because I love building life-long relationships with my patients’.  I chose the Rockford area because of the friendly and diverse patient population with a huge opportunity to gain experience in the field of family medicine.  I chose Mercyhealth because of the strong commitment it has to the well-being of all the people in this area and looking forward to serve the Rockford community after my graduation in 2022.”

Vinita Patel, MD

Medical School: University of Queensland School of Medicine, Herston, Australia

“I chose Family Medicine because I value building long-term, genuine relationships with my patients’.  It provides me with the opportunity to treat patients of diverse backgrounds while using a holistic approach. As a family medicine physician, my goal is to treat the whole person, focusing on their physical, mental and spiritual well-being. I am excited to continue to advocate for my patients’ and their overall health.”

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