Current Pathology Residents

Fourth Year Residents

Photo of Shohei Ikoma, MDShohei Ikoma, MD

Co-Chief Resident

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington VT, 2013
Undergraduate School: Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2007
Hometown:   Tokyo, Japan
About me: My research interests include analysis of histological samples using image processing software, autoimmune diseases, and vasculopathies.


Photo of Danielle Lameirinhas Vieira MaracajaDanielle Lameirinhas Vieira Maracaja, MD, MMed Sc

Co-Chief Resident

Medical School: Faculdade de Medicina de Valenca, Valenca, RJ, Brazil, 2001
Graduate School: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Faculdade de Medicina, Brazil, 2009
Previous Residency: Clinical Pathology, Sao Paulo Hospital, Federal University of Sao Paulo (EPM/ UNIFESP), Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, 2005
Additional Degree: Master of Medical Science (MMedSc), Anatomic Pathology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, 2009
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About me:   I decided for Pathology very early in my career while witnessing my mother's work at her Clinical Pathology Laboratory. Pathologists are involved in every step of the clinical practice through
understanding of cell morphology and molecular biology. I am fascinated
by the human pathophysiology. I intend to pursue a career in an academic
setting. I will first apply to Hematopathology fellowship program. My other
areas of interest include Transfusion Medicine, Molecuilar Biology and GI
and Liver Pathology.

I love to live in San Antonio, the weather is great, it resembles my home town. There is a very diverse culture with lots of good things to do. It is a big town that fells like a small city.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 2 children, handcrafting, traveling and cooking with friends. 


Photo of Luis Velasquez ZarateLuis Velasquez Zarate, MD

Medical School: Universidad de San Martin de Porres Facultad de Medicina Humana, Peru, 2009
Undergraduate School: Universidad San Martin de Porres, Lima - Peru; Physician Surgeon
Hometown:   Cusco, Peru
About me: By nature I am very inquisitive. Starting my residency in pathology makes me feels highly motivated to track down the causes and effects of the diseases that I encounter. The fellowships that I am currently interested the most are Molecular Pathology and Hemepath.

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Photo of Sam Azzazy, MDSam Azzazy, MD

Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN, 2002
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
About me: I greatly enjoy pathology because of all the different aspects of medicine it encompasses. It is rooted in academics but has practical applications that provide essential information to clinicians which help guide patient treatment and care. I am proud to be a member of the pathology community and look forward to continue practicing in this challenging and diverse field.


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Third Year Residents

Photo of Gabriela Gonzalez, MCGabriela Gonzalez, MD

Medical School: Universidad de Monterrey Facultad de Medicina Mexico, 2011
Hometown: Piedras Negras, Coahuila, México
About me: I enjoy Pathology because of the complexity and variety of cases. It amazes me how each organ system has distinctive features and details.


Photo of Eric Hirsch, MB, ChBEric Hirsch, MB, ChB

Medical School: Trinity College of Dublin School of Medicine, Ireland, 2014
Undergraduate School: McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

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Second Year Residents

Photo of Apeksha AgarwalApeksha Agarwal, MB BS

Medical School: Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, India  2007
Undergraduate School: Ramnivas Ruia College, Mumbai, India.
Hometown: Mumbai, India
About me: I have always liked basic sciences. In order to pursue the same I underwent training in Medical Microbiology. As I advanced my training, I was drawn towards cytology. My further exposure in the field reinforced my interest in pathology. Besides academics, I like painting, music and travelling.

Photo of David Kim, MCDavid Kim, DO

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL 2016
Undergraduate School: Rice University, Houston, TX 2009.
Hometown: Plano, TX
About me: My previous work in discovering new targetable pathways of mesothelioma first sparked my passion for pathology. My interests beyond residency include hematopathology and molecular pathology. Transitioning from Houston to Ft. Lauderdale and now San Antonio, I have encountered diverse cultures, driven colleagues, and captivating stories that have influenced my professional journey. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to the new experiences yet to come.

Photo of Lianqun QiuLianqun Qiu, MD, PhD

Medical School: Shanghai Medical University, China 1993 MD
Graduate School: National University of Singapore, Singapore 2005 PhD Shanghai Medical University, China 1999 M. Med
Hometown: Shanghai, China
About me: Pathology has always been a fascinating specialty to me due to its active involvement in almost all the aspects of clinical medicine. It is also at the forefront of biomedicine that allows the incorporation of the state-of-the-art technology developed from laboratory benches into daily diagnosis. While learning the pattern recognition patterns in organ systems as a whole, I am particularly interested in cytopathology, hematopathology, and immunopathology. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities, watching sports, and cooking. 

Photo of Annapurna SaksenaAnnapurna Saksena, MB BS

Medical School: Pt. B.D.S. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, India 2010
Previous Residency: National Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India (2011-2014)
Hometown: New Delhi, India
About me: I love pathology as I feel Pathology is the backbone of medicine. I like solving real life puzzles and it is suffice to say Pathology is full of them. My primary research interests are Hematopathology and Molecular Pathology. I like spending time with my husband and family, cooking, watching movies and TV shows, hiking in wilderness, swimming and playing badminton and table tennis. 

Photo of Hamza TariqHamza Tariq, MB BS

Medical School: King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan 2013
Undergraduate School: Rangers Public School, graduated in 2007
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
About me: There is nothing more exciting than taking up the challenge of unraveling the mysteries of human body on a daily basis. For me pathology is the most reliable cornerstone in patient management. It is the most definitive and honest way of diagnosing a disease. Currently I am leaning towards hematopathology and molecular/genetics but I want to keep my options open. Outside of pathology I like to read history, watch Netflix, work out, travel and explore the artist in me from time to me.

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First Year Residents

Photo of Andrea Agualimpia GarciaAndrea Agualimpia Garcia, MD

Medical School: Universidad Del Valle, Escuela de Medicina, Cali, Colombia, 2009
Hometown: Cali, Colombia
About me: I like pathology because it allows me to blend clinical medicine, pattern recognition and fascinating research in order to provide accurate diagnoses, which finally will become the base for the most appropriate management of our patients. Currently I am interested in renal, transplant and molecular pathology; but I know pathology is a very wide field and this is just the beginning of my journey. Outside work, I like to spend time with my family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, dancing, and traveling.

Photo of Rahaf AlkhatebRahaf Alkhateb, MD

Medical School: University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria, 2007
Graduate School: Master of Science in Medicine (MSc), clinical epidemiology with focus in forensic medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, 2016
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
About me: My interest to dig deep into medicine and discover the human body directed me to choose pathology as a medical specialty. I have a strong interest in research especially in the forensic medicine. After residency I hope to pursue a fellowship in forensic pathology or surgical pathology, however, I enjoy all aspects of pathology. In my free time, I prefer to be with my husband and my two sons. I enjoy walking, playing sports, traveling, shopping and cooking.

Photo of Preethi MenonPreethi Menon, MD

Medical School: Amrita School of Medicine, India
Hometown: Vytilla Kochi, India
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Photo of Sulakshana RanjanSulakshana Ranjan, MD

Medical School: All Saints University School of Medicine, 2014
Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada
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Photo of Diane-Ngan TrangDiane Trang, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, 2016
Hometown: Arlington, TX
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