Congrats FMIGS ’22 Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of the AAGL 2022 Fellowship in MIGS (FMIGS)! We’re so glad to welcome you to the MIGS community.  Each year the FMIGS Graduation recognizes professional excellence in MIGS and cumulates with an in-person graduation ceremony at the Annual Global Congress.

This year the AAGL 2022 Global Congress takes place December 1-4, 2022 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. The FMIGS Graduation Ceremony kicks off the festivities on Saturday, November 30th, at 6:00 PM MST.

Come on out and join us as we celebrate your grand achievement! 

Share your excitement about this year’s meeting and graduation using the official hashtags:  #AAGL22 and #FMIGS22grads.


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Wall of Well Wishes for the #FMIGS22grads!

Danilo A. Acosta Diaz, MD

“Danilo, you have arrived! We are proud to have helped mold you into the outstanding surgical gynecologist you have become. Also, to have borne witness to the perseverance, compassion, and positivity you embodied throughout this journey.” ‑ Cherie Q. Marfori, MD, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia


Sarah E. Allen, MD

“It was not easy, but you have made it. We are looking forward to work with you as our partner. And now the real work begins!”– Ted T. Lee, MD, Magee-Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Tara K. Brah, MD, MS

“Tara, you were beloved by all on interview day and are beloved by even more on graduation day! You are an amazing individual who will bring so much to your patients and to the MIGS community. Congratulations on your many accomplishments. The pleasure has been truly ours. You are an excellent surgeon! We love and miss you! K, K, K, H, M, A” – Kristin E. Patzkowsky, MD, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland


Catherine W. Chan, MD

“Two years of hard work have solidified your legacy as a relentless educator, meticulous surgeon, and an unyielding patient advocate. Embrace your status as a welcome addition to your new practice!” – Uchenna Acholonu, Jr., MD, North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health, Manhasset, New York


Katherine Chaves, MD

“Kate, you are an amazing surgeon, scientist, and colleague. It has been wonderful working with you and watching you grow. We are all tremendously proud and look forward to seeing what you accomplish in the future!” – Lara Harvey, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee


Eric G. Crihfield, MD

“You have accomplished so much in your time as a fellow. We have watched you grow into a compassionate physician, trusted colleague, and an important resource for those in need of a skilled surgeon. All the best!”– Uchenna Acholonu, Jr., MD, North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health, Manhasset, New York


Angelica Cuello Salcedo, MD

“It has been our privilege to have Angelica with us! Your sensitivity and charisma have been wonderful. Your impact on our group has been great. And this will always be your home. Thank you for these almost three wonderful years. We have no doubt that Angelica will continue to be very successful. Never lose your ability to impact others and your empathy. We will miss you greatly. Champeta forever!” – Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri, MD, ALGIA – Clínica Comfamiliar – Clínica del Prado/ACCCP, Pereira, Medellin, Colombia


Angelica Cuello Salcedo, MD

“It was wonderful to witness Angelica’s personal, technical, and academic growth. She is a faithful representative of the values of the graduates of this training program. We saw how her surgical skills progressed and is now ready to tackle any complex case on her own. Her academic and technical level far exceeds most of the colleagues with whom she will face in her daily practice.  We will miss Angelica very much. We are going to miss her spontaneity, spirit, and friendship. All those who had contact with her in these two years (faculty, patients, administrative and care staff), will miss having her with us. We are very proud. We know that she is going to represent us well. She knows that this will always be her home and we will always be there.” – Martha Carolina Cifuentes Pardo, MD, ALGIA – Clínica Comfamiliar – Clínica del Prado/ACCCP, Pereira, Medellin, Colombia


Rachel E. Eliason, MD

“Happy final graduation, Rachel! The infectious positivity and resiliency you showed throughout the fellowship will be your defining memory. We wish you all the best in the next step in your journey and look forward to watching you grow. Congratulations!”– Ashley L. Gubbels, MD, Creighton University Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona


Rachel E. Eliason, MD

“Rachel, you have been such a star and will be remembered for your resilience and grace. We are so excited to watch you spread your wings and shine.” – Mario E. Castellanos, MD, Creighton University Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona


Courtney R. Fox, MD

“Dear Courtney, you’ve been an amazing fellow. Your intelligence, integrity and work ethic were critical to helping us restructure our training program for the better. I cannot thank you enough for all that you’ve given to the MIGS program at Good Sam!” – Keith T. Downing, MD, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, New York


Sheena Galhotra, MD

“Sheena, thank you for spending the last 2 years with us. You personify all the qualities of the “perfect fellow”: intelligent, skilled, productive, caring and FUN!!! Let’s keep the Taco Tuesday tradition alive.” – Jamal Mourad, DO, Banner University Medical Center, University of Arizona COM, Phoenix, Arizona


Nuria S. Garcia-Ruiz, MD

“Congratulations! Best of luck with your new start in California. We know you’ll do great, not only as a surgeon, but as a thoughtful and compassionate physician.” – Eric A. Hurtado, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida


“We couldn’t be prouder of you and the accomplishments you have achieved. It was an honor to mentor you through your fellowship and see you become an expert surgeon. You make the world a better place.” – Eric A. Hurtado, MD, Katrin Arnolds, MD, Pamela Frazzini Padilla, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida


Nisha Garg, MD, MS

“You started as our trainee, grew to become a colleague, and are now a friend. We are all so very proud of your professional growth and know that you will be a tremendous asset to the women of Arizona.”– Magdy Milad, MD, MS, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois


Edwin Gomez, MD

“Congratulations, Edwin! We knew you could do it. Always remember that ‘you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think’. With love and patience, nothing is impossible. Best of luck on your new projects! Never forget that: ‘All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.’ —Walt Disney” – Juan Diego Villegas-Echeverri, MD, ALGIA – Clínica Comfamiliar – Clínica del Prado/ACCCP, Pereira, Medellin, Colombia


Lauren E. Griebel, MD

“Lauren, it has been our privilege to train and watch you grow as a surgeon. Your positive attitude and witty humor were always a joy to have around. We look forward to watching your future successes! Congrats!” – Johnny Yi, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona


Shabnam Gupta, MD, MPH

“Congratulations Shabnam. You’ve been an absolute joy to have as a fellow and now as a colleague. Can’t wait to see your contributions to our field.” – Mobolaji Ajao, MD, MPH, Louise King, MD, JD, Jon Einarsson, MD, PhD, MPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts


Shantel K. Jiggetts, MD

“Congratulations and good luck! We have no doubt you will continue to impress and advance in MIGS!” – Pedram Bral, MD, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York


Renita S. Kim, MD, MPH

“Congrats from the whole Sinai System. We are so proud of what you have done and what you are yet to do.” – Charles Ascher-Walsh, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York


Nathan R. King, MD

“Your institution is fortunate to have you. You are a hidden gem to be discovered.” – Ted T. Lee, MD, Magee-Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Jacob K. Lauer, MD, MPH

“Congratulations on your final graduation! We are so excited to keep our family close by you joining us next year.” – Jin Hee Kim, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York


Gregory K. Lewis, MD

“You have rightfully earned the admiration and respect of the entire GYN department. You exhibit the determination, maturity, and skills to accomplish whatever you put your mind to. Go and do great things, and we believe in you!” – Anita Chen, MD, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, Florida


Gregory K. Lewis, MD

“Gregory, true to your Jamaican persona, you are the coolest and chilliest fellow ever at Mayo Clinic Florida. We are looking forward to following your academic trajectory at UF Jacksonville.”- Tri A. Dinh, MD, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, Florida


Ying X. Liu, MD

“Congratulations on graduating from fellowship! We are proud of your hard work and accomplishments during these past two years.” – William M. Burke, MD, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, New York


Kristie H. Lou, MD

“We are proud of the surgeon and teacher that you have become. We are so fortunate that you are part of our Penn State team and look forward to learning more together!” – Penn State MIGS – Kristin A. Riley, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania


Asha Belle McClurg, MD, MSCR

“Dr. McClurg, we are THRILLED to have you join our clinical and research team at UNC. We are lucky to continually benefit from your calm demeanor, meticulous surgical care, and sneaky sense of humor. Glad to call you partner ? – Erin Carey, MD, MSCR, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Asha Belle McClurg, MD, MSCR

“How many times can a team feel like they won the lottery? Well, we definitely won it twice when you agreed to be our fellow and then our partner! Your heart has room for everyone and then some. You are more than just an amazing surgeon!” – Noor Dasouki Abu-Alnadi, MD, MS


Kelli McEntee, MD

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to watch you grow as a phenomenal surgeon over the past two years. Your patients are so lucky to have you! We will miss you and can’t wait to watch the amazing career you will build.” – Marisa Dahlman, MD, MPH, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Seattle, Washington


Dana C. McKee, MD

“Dana, we are so lucky to have had you as our fellow for the past two years. Thank you for your hard work, willingness to work hard, and great attitude. You are a rockstar and we are so proud of you.”- Johnny Yi, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona


Alexis L. Newmark, MD

“Alexis, you have become an amazing surgeon. We are so excited that you are staying on with us at UConn and will be a part of the fellowship! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished! Congratulations!!!” – Danielle Luciano, MD, University of Connecticut Health, Farmington, Connecticut


Alexis L. Newmark, MD

“It has been our great joy to watch you excel in your fellowship and become the surgeon that you are today. We all hope you will continue to find passion in MIGS and work toward achieving your dreams.” – Rachel LaMonica, DO, University of Connecticut Health, Farmington, Connecticut


Lisset Nungaray, MD

“Congratulations! You have the strength to complete your objectives. The resilience to move on. I am sure you will be a great specialist.” – Luis Fernando García Rodríguez, MD, Tecnológico de Monterrey – TecSalud, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico


Megan S. Orlando, MD

“In Jan of 2020, Megan started meeting with me weekly to work on a systematic review paper. This was 6 months before she was due to come to start her fellowship. Within 2 months of starting, she published her first paper with us. Since then, she has published at least 8 more articles and book chapters within a short 2-year period. I have had the privilege to have a peek of her brilliant and deliberate mind. She is not only methodical and deliberate in her work, but also in her learning. In the OR, Megan stops me dead in the middle of a dissection, ‘Dr Kho, talk to me. What are you thinking of?’. She is telling me that her hands cannot do what her mind does not yet understand. It’s been a great pleasure to watch her grow these last two years. I have no qualms to have her operate on me or any of my family members. In her brief time with us, Megan has pushed us at the Clinic to be better educators and individuals. She has left us a much better division than what it was in 2020. For that, we will be so grateful.” – Rosanne Kho, MD, Cleveland Clinic Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio

“Congrats Megan on your achievement!! I am so happy for you and wish you the best on your next adventure!” – Cara R. King, DO, MS, Cleveland Clinic Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio

“Dr. Megan Orlando is a phenom and a rare breed of a physician. Even as a fellow, her leadership, confidence in surgery, and elite scholarly activity, should be dubbed, ‘the teacher who teaches teachers’.  It has been a pure joy to get to know, work with, and learn from one of the brightest rising stars in gynecology. She is a gynecologic prodigy. Too bad we could not have held her captive.” – Linda D. Bradley, MD, Cleveland Clinic Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio


Leslie Palacios-Helgeson, MD

“Leslie, you are truly one of a kind. Your humor, heart, and dedication have gotten us all through some crazy times. So glad I don’t have to learn to work without you. Now it is time to level up Goulacios!” – Claire Gould, MD, Legacy Health Medical Group, Portland, Oregon


Charlotte M. Pickett, MD

“Your perseverance and dedication to your profession is only outweighed by your dedication to your family. We are lucky to have you as a part of our FMIGS family. Now, go be as amazing as you are!” – Kelly Kasper, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana


Amira Quevedo, MD, FACOG

“Congratulations for completing the MIGS Fellowship. Your dedication was exemplary. Your positive attitude and great sense of humor made working with you a real pleasure. During your training, you have acquired great surgical skills and competency that will serve you well. Your dedication to the treatment of endometriosis is commendable and you are on the way to become future leader in this field.” – Resad P. Pasic, MD, PhD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky


Himabindu G. Reddy, MD, MPH

“Bindu, it has been a pleasure having you as part of our team. You have tremendous surgical talent, a kind demeanor, and are a compassionate physician. We can’t wait for you to start and educate the next generation.” – Mark D. Levie, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein COM, Bronx, New York


Merima Ruhotina, MD

“Congratulations on your major accomplishment. We are proud of you and look forward for your future successes and major achievements.” – Masoud Azodi, MD, Yale New Haven Health, Bridgeport Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut


Michael K. Shu, MD

“Hard work, talent, drive and vision will be your hallmark! Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!” – Abeer Eddib, MD, Kaleida Health, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville, New York


Ghadear H. Shukr, MD

“You are ready! Now, you have everything you need to succeed and shine. You are graduating with a great fund of knowledge. Stay humble and continue learning. Good luck!” – Joelle Aoun Abood, MD, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan


Paola P. Soto Hurtado, MD

“Congratulations! You did a great job throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. I hope you feel proud and confident for the future.” – Luis Fernando García Rodríguez, MD, Tecnológico de Monterrey – TecSalud, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico


George K. Thomas

“Congratulations! We wish you the best of luck as you start at the University of Kentucky. It was great watching you grow as a fellow. You’re ready for the next step.” – Eric Hurtado, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida


Marina Villaescusa, MD

“You have the determination, knowledge, and skills to do whatever you can dream. I hope you feel proud and confident in your ability to rise to your next challenge.” – Mauricio S. Abrao, MD, PhD, Hospital BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

“Dear Villa, you are an amazing doctor and MIGS surgeon! Thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and care with our patients.” – Luiz Flavio Cordeiro Fernandes, MD, Hospital BP – A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


Emily B. Wang, MD, MPH

Emily, your thoughtful and determined nature will continue to serve you well. Keep asking the important questions, and always remember what matters most. You should be very proud of all you have accomplished already; we look forward to all your successes!” – Kimberly Kho, MD, MPH, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas


Gabrielle T. Whitmore, MD

“Congratulations Gabby! You are an extraordinary person and we have been so lucky to have you as our fellow. We wish you every success and are confident you will crush every goal you set. With all our love and admiration, the University of Michigan MIGS team.” – Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Micah R. Wright, DO

“Micah, your surgical skills are impressive, medical knowledge is broad and deep, but it is your sheer determination and drive that will fuel your unbridled success.” – Vincent R. Lucente, MD, MBA, St. Luke’s University Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Micah R. Wright, DO

“Micah, you are big, you are “bad”, and on occasion a bad-a**. Yet most of all an amazing surgeon and a leader that even we would follow into battle.” – Michael S. Patriarco, MD, St. Luke’s University Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania


Anna S. Zelivianskaia, MD, FACOG

“Anna, you did an excellent job keeping our fellowship running through tough times. We are so proud of you!” – Vadim V. Morozov, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, District of Colombia


Wenjia Zhang, MD

“Congratulations! You are a wonderful person and talented surgeon. We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished during fellowship. We know you will continue to excel and be a leader in our field.” – Stephanie N. Morris, MD, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Massachusetts