Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Program

Internal Medicine Residency Faculty

Program Leadership 

Mario A. Affinati, MD, FACP, Program Director

Medical School: University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Residency: Internal Medicine, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL







Khan Ahmed
Mohammed 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






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






Harry Ginsberg
Harry L. Ginsberg, MD, Program Director Emeritus

Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago
Residency: Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, Evanston Hospital, Evanston, IL






Meghann Houck
Meghann 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





Thomas McFarland
Thomas 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 Qassem
Zaher 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





Jagpal S. Sahota, MD, Hospitalist

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







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 specialist
Eugene 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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