Program Year 1 Residents

Saamia Ahmed, M.D.

Saamia Ahmed, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Dallas/Texas A&M University Health Science Center

About Me: I was born in Saudi Arabia but have lived in Dallas for a good part of my life. In my free time, I enjoy running, exploring new burger spots, and spending time with my family

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I wanted to stay close to home and my interview experience with UTSW was great! The faculty seemed very enthusiastic about teaching and the
residents were very welcoming. I liked the idea of choosing from a large number of elective opportunities available at UT Southwestern.

Mohammad Asif Arshad, M.D.

Asif Mohammad, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Sacramento, CA/Ross University for medical school

About Me: I was born and raised in Sacramento. I play a lot of basketball but enjoy almost any sport or outdoor activity. I'm a big NBA and NFL fan. It is fun to try highly rated food on Yelp. I watch a lot of movies and play video games when I can. I'm also a big Game of Thrones fan; Jon Snow will return.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: Dallas is a great city and UTSW is a top notch program. It offers both a university and county hospital setting. It also has a good mix of work and personal time.

Bachar Elsaadi, M.D.

Bachar Elsaadi, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Northville, Michigan/St. George's

About Me: My name is Bachar Elsaadi, I was born in Kuwait but I grew up partly in Canada and the U.S. My family is pretty spread out and I've been to many places over the years. I love traveling and meeting new people. I'm passionate about staying active and fit; I play volleyball competitively. I also enjoy reading about new gadgets and technology, cooking, and watching movies.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: UTSW is known for its education and high standards. It has produced the most Nobel Prize winners of any medical school in the country. The city of Dallas is a thriving area. It's given me an opportunity to connect with family and friends close by. Lastly having lived in Canada and the Midwest most of my life, I can sincerely say I've had my fill of harsh winters.

Sheila Li, M.D.

Sheila Li, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Tianjin, China/UT Southwestern Medical

About Me: I was a business major and worked two years before I decided to change my career to medicine. I love animals and have a cat named Simon, who I adopted from the shelter. I enjoy all kinds of performance arts, so living in Dallas makes it easy to catch a good show.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I chose UTSW because I wanted to stay in Dallas and be close to my family and friends. UTSW is a good program and I think it will prepare me well for the next phase of my professional career.

Amanda Mohammed, M.D.

 Amanda Mohammed, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Garland, TX/Ross University

About Me: I was born and raised in Garland, TX. I majored in Biology and minored in Spanish at Southwestern University in 2008. After graduating, I completed a post-baccalaureate program at UC Berkeley in 2009, and then went on to work for Habitat for Humanity East Bay in Oakland, CA as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). I love to travel, go to concerts, salsa dance, karaoke, and spend time with my family and friends in Dallas.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I grew up hearing about UT Southwestern from family and friends. It was always a dream of mine to work at this institution and be trained by some of the best physicians in the country. In addition, I had a great experience while rotating in my final year of medical school. The learning experience was phenomenal, in addition to the strong relationships I observed between faculty and residents. I am fortunate to be a part of an institution with such a great reputation that focuses on serving the needs of the community and the best interests of the patients.

Post-Residency Plan: I want to stay in the Dallas area and practice outpatient medicine. I hope to also work internationally in the future.

Maheen Patel, M.D.

Maheen Patel, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Dallas, Texas/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

About Me: I completed undergraduate studies in biology at UT Dallas before entering med school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX. Outside of work I love to read, watch the Cowboys, Ronaldo, and Federer, spend time with my husband, family, and close friends, and travel.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I wanted to rank and match at a program that best prepares me for outstanding patient care. UTSW's unparalleled reputation for patient outcomes combined with the research, broad spectrum of training opportunities, and resources available to residents is what attracted me most to this program. And to top it off, the program was in Dallas and close to my family.

Mahmoud Sabha, M.D.

Mahmoud Sabha, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Anaheim, CA/ St. George's University School of Medicine

About Me: You can find me trying out lots of new sports or foods.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I chose UT Southwestern because of the University system, the new Parkland Hospital, and the Dallas area. Residents choose lots of different career options after graduation which was appealing to me.

Paulina Thanawala, M.D.

Paulina Thanawala, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Warsaw, Poland/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL

About Me: I was born in Warsaw, Poland and moved to the U.S.A. when I was 10 years old. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I went to DePaul University, majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. I was then accepted into Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2015. My husband and I decided to try a warmer climate for my residency and I was accepted to UTSW. In my spare time, I am exploring Uptown, running/walking on Katy Trail, “Netflixing,” and cooking up a multicultural feast or traveling.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I ranked UTSW highly because I had “that feeling” during my interview, where you are at ease, just yourself and everyone around you is there to support you in your career. I was also thrilled to work at two brand new hospitals and providing health care to the underserved population. Furthermore, the program is flexible in allowing me to pursue my passion for functional medicine and women’s health. Oh, and also the sunny weather and minimal ice/snow was a highlight.

Victoria Udezi, M.D.

Victoria Udezi, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Minneapolis, MN and Lagos, Nigeria/Ross University School of Medicine

About Me: I love spending time with my husband and our family. I also like being involved in community service projects and enjoy music, writing, baking, and exploring new places and different cultures.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I chose the UTSW Family Medicine Program because of its academic excellence, vast opportunities, and community involvement. During my interview everyone was welcoming and it felt like a family here.

Wali Zari, M.D.

Wali Zari, M.D.

Hometown/Medical School: Dallas Texas/Ross University School of Medicine

About Me: I grew up in Plano, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas for my undergrad. I graduated in 2008 with a B.S in biology and then went to Ross University for medical school. I enjoy traveling and I was able to live in a lot of different cities throughout clinical rotations which I enjoyed tremendously. I also like football, collecting, and refurbishing old cars and spending time with family and friends.

Why UTSW Family Medicine: I chose UTSW because this institution is a leader in medicine and we have the opportunity to learn from some of the best physicians in the country.