Our Residents


Chief Resident

Emily Davis grew up in Benton, Louisiana. She had an interest in science from a young age and a passion for learning. For her undergraduate education, she attended Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minors in Biology, Latin. She then went on to attend medical school at LSU Health Shreveport.

Shawnna Ogden was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She has Cajun ancestry on both sides of her family. She received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at LSU and master’s in biomedical science at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL.

Charla Poole is a native of Monroe, Louisiana and completed undergraduate and graduate medical education at Tulane University in New Orleans, earning both her MD and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology there.

Sudha Ranganathan is originally from India. She received her MBBS (Bachelor in Medicine & Surgery) from Chengalpattu Medical college and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from JIPMER, Pondicherry University in India. Upon graduating, Dr. Ranganathan practiced as an OB/GYN faculty in teaching hospitals for 5 years. She left her job and moved to the United States along with her husband when he got accepted to a Neonatology fellowship.

Anshuman Srivastava was born and raised in India. He completed medical schooling from Subharti Medical College, India.

Jo’El Welch is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a graduate of LSU.  She completed her medical education at the International American University College of Medicine in Saint Lucia.


Pratyusha Reddy Gudipally was born and raised in India. After completing her medical school in Santhiram Medical College India, she pursued her career in Family medicine at UH Conway in the year 2017.

Rupa Koothirezhi was born and raised in India. She did her medical school training at Medical college, Thrissur and trained In pulmonary medicine from Goa Medical College. She worked as a pulmonologist before moving to United States.

Trinath Kuruvella is originally from Khammam, India, and completed his medical education at Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences.

Praseeda Moleyar is a graduate from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Health Sciences, India with a post graduate degree in dermatology.

Shami Nandy was born and raised in a small coastal city called Chittagong, in Bangladesh. She graduated from Dhaka Medical College in Bangladesh and later moved to United States.

Rhiju Poudel completed her medical school from Xiangya school of Medicine in Hunan, China.  She is from Nepal and worked as medical officer for 2 years after medical school.

Rama Subedi was born in Pyuthan, Nepal, and completed her medical education at Samaj Vittik Medical College in Bangladesh.

Mina Wilson graduated Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University in 2012.


Dr. Swetha Balli is from India, and completed her medical education at Chalmeda Anand Rao Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Obioma Ilouga (“Obi”) is originally from Enugu, Nigeria and attended Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Health Sciences in Abnambra State, Nigeria.  He has since obtained his MPH degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Avilasha Jha calls Kathmandu, Nepal her hometown, and graduated from the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital. 

Dr. Sylvester Yari Mapoh is from Cameroon and completed his medical education at the University of Buea, Faculty of Health Sciences. 

Dr. Bhavani Merugu is from Hyderabad, India and received her medical education there at Osmania Medical College, Koti.

Dr. Phi Nguyen was born in Vietnam, spent his high school and college years in California, and completed his advanced education in New Orleans.  Phi obtained his Masters Degree in Genetics at Tulane University and subsequently his MD at LSU Health Shreveport.

Dr. Niruban Nirthananthan is originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and grew up in the Greater Toronto area.  He attended Windsor University School of Medicine, and completed his clinical rotations in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Sultan Shah Rehmanny is from Karachi, Pakistan.  He completed medical school at the University of Szeged.

Dr. Vrishali Suman was born in Mumbai, India and grew up in Toronto, Canada.  She has an Honors BSc in Life Sciences from McMaster University and her MD from Saba University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sangita Yadav is originally from India and finished medical school at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College in Nagpur.


Class of 2018

Jason DeLeon, M.D.

Christian Docena, M.D.

Shravan Gunde, M.D.

Thana Muthulingam, M.D.

Eukesh Ranjit, M.D.

Mallikarjun Samala, M.D.

John Santogrossi, M.D.

Sophia Shokouh-Amiri, M.D.

Class of 2017

Shane Blomberg, M.D.

Kish Carlton, M.D.

Christina Highley, M.D.

Narendra Kanamathareddy, M.D.

Maninder Kaur, M.D.

Swachitha Kothapally, M.D.

Gajan Narendra, M.D.

Rachana Thapa, M.D.

Class of 2016

 Brian Baesler, M.D.

Mark Cotter, M.D.

Patricia Julien, M.D.

Vijay Mahendrakar, M.D.

Benita Myles, M.D.

Shivlal Pandey, M.D.

Yuveeka Shrestha, M.D.

Jill Spital, M.D.

Family Medicine Residency - Monroe

Family Medicine Residency - Monroe

Family Medicine Residency - Monroe