Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program

Internal Medicine Residency Faculty

Program Leadership 

Harry GinsbergHarry L. Ginsberg, MD, Program Director

Dr. Ginsberg is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. A graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, Dr. Ginsberg completed residency at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford Campus.

Dr. Ginsberg is an experienced leader of graduate medical education with over 30 years’ teaching experience in ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency programs. He brings innovative ideas to the Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program that stem from over six years as an internal medicine residency program director.

Patient Care Philosophy: My vision of the role of an internal medicine physician is to serve as the ‘captain of the ship’ for each individual patient’s care—working closely with the patient and his subspecialty consulting physicians to deliver optimal, cost-effective care.

Khan AhmedMohammed Ilyas Ahmed Khan, MD, Associate Program Director

Dr. Khan is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with added certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford Campus.

Dr. Khan is a graduate of Deccan College of Medical Sciences. He completed residency at the State University of New York-Buffalo and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Khan will support the program director in the oversight, supervision, and mentorship of residents.

Patient Care Philosophy: “The goal of palliative medicine is to manage symptoms associated with advanced illnesses and ease the transition between curative and comfort care.”


Program Faculty

Syed Ahmed, MD, Nephrology
Private Practice Provider

Medical School: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Residency: Harbor Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: Emory University, Atlanta, GA



Vibhav K. Bansal, MD, JD, Neurology

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati
Residency: Neurology, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago
Fellowship: Vascular Neurology, Michigan State University/Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing; Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology, Michigan State University/Sparrow Health Systems, Lansing





Venkata Dontaraju, MD, Internal Medicine

Medical School: Andhra Medical College, Andhra Pradesh, India
Residency: John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
Fellowship: Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, United Kingdom





C. Jonathan Foster, DO, Gastroenterology

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia
Residency: Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ
Fellowships: Gastroenterology, Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ; Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio





Nicole M. Gentile, MD, Gastroenterology

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago
Residency:  Internal Medicine, Mayo College of Medicine
Fellowship: Gastroenterology, University of Chicago NorthShore






Meghann HouckMeghann V. Houck, MD, Hospitalist

Medical School: Rush Medical College, Chicago
Residencies: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Missouri at Columbia Hospitals, Columbia







Robin Hovis, MD, Rheumatology

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City
Fellowship: Rheumatology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City





Aurelian Ivan, MD, Hospitalist

Medical School: Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
Residency: Legacy Health System




Thomas McFarlandThomas McFarland, MD, Oncology

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign-Urbana
Residency: Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston
Fellowship Hematology/Oncology: Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston






Aliya Naseer

Aliya Naseer, MD, Endocrinology

Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Residency: Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC
Fellowship: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC






Mayank Patel, MD, MHA, Hospitalist

Medical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts and Nevis
Residency: Internal Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA): Walden University, Minneapolis






Zaher QassemZaher Qassem, MD, Critical Care, Geriatrics & Pulmonary Disease

Medical School: Damascus University Medical School, Damascus, Syria
Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta
Fellowship Critical Care: Pittsburgh University, Pittsburgh
Fellowship Geriatrics: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Fellowship
Pulmonary Medicine: Marshall University, Huntington, WV




Rani Rao, MD

Rani N. Rao, MD, Geriatrics

Medical School: Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India
Residency: Saint Joseph Hospital, affiliated with Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago
Fellowship Geriatrics and Extended Care: Hines VA Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Fellowship Clinical Medical Ethics: University of Chicago





Jagpal S. Sahota, MD, Hospitalist

Medical School: Government Medical College and Hospital, Patiala, India
Residency: Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago







Muhammed SheridMuhammed Sherid, MD, Gastroenterology

Medical School: Damascus University, Syria
Residency: Saint Francis Hospital, University of Illinois at Chicago, Evanston, IL
Fellowship Gastroenterology: Medical College of Georgia Program at Augusta University, Augusta, GA






Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith, MD, Cardiology & Electrophysiology

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago
Fellowship Cardiology: Northwestern University, Chicago
Fellowship Cardiac Electrophysiology: Northwestern University, Chicago






Digestive System specialistEugene Vortia, MD, Internal Medicine

Medical School: University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana
Residency: Michigan State University-Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo









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