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TaLawnda L. Bragg, MD

Program Director

TaLawnda L. Bragg, MD

Program Director

Residency

GRMEP/MSU Internal Medicine, Grand Rapids, MI

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health Butterworth

Teaching or other awards

Best teacher for Spectrum Health Campus, awarded by IM graduating class of 2013

Medical School

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

Special interest in adcademic medicine, medical student and resident education

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids...

Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with a thriving medical community. As a MSU medical student, I did my clinical years here. I was amazed the vast diversity of patients and spectrum of pathology. I was also very impressed by the quality of education I recieved and high quality physician mentors that took a special interest in my learning. This made me fall in love with the medical community and I decided to do residency here. My experience only got better. I took an interest in academic medicine and administration and served as chief resident my final year of residency. I joined the Hospitalist group at Spectrum Health after graduation. During my time here I have seen a tremendous enhancement in the development of medical programs such as bone marrow transplant, heart and lung transplant and the construction of the neurosciences program to name a few. It's a privilege to be a part of the blossoming system that is serving the community by providing supreme quality care while keeping the education of future physicians and residents as a high priority.

Michael Stout, MD

Associate Program Director

Michael Stout, MD

Associate Program Director

Residency

Indiana University School of Medicine

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health; Spectrum Health Medical Group Kalamazoo Internal Medicine

Medical School

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Bryan Hull, MD

Associate Program Director

Bryan Hull, MD

Associate Program Director

Residency

Blodgett/St Mary's in Grand Rapids

Current Practice Location

Mercy Health Saint Mary's Wege Internal Medicine Office

Medical School

University of Michigan

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Cooking Travel

Nasir Khan, MD

Associate Program Director

Nasir Khan, MD

Associate Program Director

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

Scholarly activities with residents

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Reading Books

Teaching or other awards

Best teaching awards for many years, Larry Fienstra life time award

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids...

I like the area

Jeeva Subramanian, MD

Associate Program Director

Jeeva Subramanian, MD

Associate Program Director

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Mary Fountain

Program Coordinator

Mary Fountain

Program Coordinator

I like to take every day as an opportunity to learn and grow, not only in my profession, but also as a person. I grew up in the Grand Rapids area, but was lucky enough to spend several years living abroad and traveling. I have lived in Russia, Germany, and Switzerland, but am so happy to call Grand Rapids my home. I have twin boys who take up the majority of my time outside of work. We enjoy year-round outdoor activities, and spending time together as a family. Grand Rapids is a great place to live, work, and enjoy a great family lifestyle.

Nagib Chalfoun, MD

Cardiology

Nagib Chalfoun, MD

Cardiology

Fellowship

Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC, and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Medical School

Rutgers Medicanl School

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

I am currently the Co-Chair, Education for Heart and Vascular Institute: I lead a team to develop educational programs for Medical students, residents, and physicians. I have a particula rinterest in teaching and education and i am actively working to begin the cardiology fellowship at our institution. I am currently a practicing Electrophysiologist at the hospital. I enjoy research and have several projects including research interests in Atrial fibrillation.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy fishing and clay shooting and the outdoors.

Residency

University of Pennsylvania

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Teaching or other awards

University: • 8/1992-5/1996 Christian Brothers Academic Full Scholarship Recipient • 5/1996 Maxima Cum Laude with General University Honors (Highest Honor) • 5/1996 Biology Department Academic Award Winner for Class of 1996 (VALEDECTORIAN of Biology Department) • 5/1996 All-American Scholar Collegiate Award • 5/1996 Student Activities Achievement Award • 5/1996 (Pre-Medical Honorary Society) Alumni (Regional) Scholarship Medical School: • 8/1996-5/2000 Risk Haddad Academic Scholarship Recipient • 7/1999 Alpha Omega Alpha • 5/2000 CONVOCATION STUDENT SPEAKER (VALEDECTORIAN Speech) • 5/2000 Community Service Award • 5/2000 ALUMNI AWARD: “Student who best demonstrates the high ideals of the medical profession, and maintains the highest standards of personal integrity. Postgraduate: • 7/2004-7/2005 PRESIDENT, American Heart Association Cardiology Fellows’ Society of Greater New York • 3/2005-3/2006 CHIEF FELLOW , Cardiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center • 1/2006 Mount Sinai Medical Center Physician of The Year Nominee • 2009 West Michigan Heart: CARING HEART AWARD; Presented to the Physician who best demonstrates the ideals of the group in patient care. Voted on by all physicians in group.

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids...

The Grand Rapids community is very special. Our Physicians and team members have a common goal to "do the right thing" for our community and our patients. The hospital is very supportive of our efforts and is a top ranking hospital in healthcare delivery.

Frances Chames, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Frances Chames, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

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Kristin Jacob, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Kristin Jacob, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Residency

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, Grand Rapids, MI

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health Medical Group Rockford Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Running, reading, exploring the culinary excellence of Grand Rapids, traveling (especially through Michigan), spending precious time with my family and friends

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

Key Clinical Faculty

I am currently a member of the ACGME Internal Medicine Residency Review committee and serve on the Council of Review Committee Residents Resident Wellness subcommittee. I recognize the importance of supporting physicians in all aspects of their lives and continue to build our Wellness Program here at GRMEP. I am passionate about innovative medical education and am a co-founder of the Business of Medicine elective rotation and the Practical Medicine 101 program.

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids...

My husband and I are originally from Grand Rapids and have our support system here. I have been incredibly impressed with what the medical field has to offer here in West Michigan. The diversity of patients and pathology, advanced technology, and innovative delivery systems are comparable to any esteemed university, all in a supportive and tight-knit community. When I think of the ideal learning and practice environment, Grand Rapids has it all.

Anupam Kumar, MD

Spectrum Health Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Anupam Kumar, MD

Spectrum Health Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

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Shahid Mohammed, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Shahid Mohammed, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

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Jacob Scott, MD

Spectrum Health Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Jacob Scott, MD

Spectrum Health Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

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Rima Shah, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Rima Shah, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health, 25 Michigan Suite # 2100, Grand Rapids, MI

Teaching or other awards

-Intern of the year (2001-2002)
-John E. Martin Research Excellence Award (2003-2004)
-Outstanding Teacher Spectrum Health (2015)

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids...

I love the city and the people!

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

• Increasingly involved in removing barriers to optimal healthcare for under-served populations to inculcate a deeper understanding of the struggles of indigent patients, how best to serve their healthcare needs, and communicate to them the fundamentals of healthy living
• Developing community partnerships, including collaborations between physicians and local farmers to address "food insecurity,” creating processes for timely access to behavioral health, and reducing unnecessary ER visits through the holistic approach of “healing the whole person”
• Helped implement the "Person Driven Goals of Care" also known as "Shared Decision Making"
• Completed an executive MBA program from GVSU in the spring of 2016 to develop a deeper understanding of healthcare administration
• Quality and safety initiatives
• Process improvement at the IM Clinic
• Working with MSU to implement the Shared Discovery Curriculum
• Certified trainer for Inclusion and Diversity at Spectrum Health

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Reading books, traveling

John N. Sheagren, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

John N. Sheagren, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Fellowship

Infectious Diseases and Immunology, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Medical School

Columbia University College of P & S, New York City

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

Workshops on patient data organization and proper verbal case presentation skills with MSU/CHM medical students and Internal Medicine, Med/Peds, and TY Residents; Professor's Rounds with each general medicine floor team during each block rotation throughout the year; research on the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of patients with bacteremia due to Staphylococcus aureus.

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc.

Orchid growing; golf; fly fishing.

Residency

Internal Medicine, Mass General Hospital, Boston, Mass

Current Practice Location

Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners

Teaching or other awards

Multiple teaching and research awards from University of Michigan/U. of Illinois/Am. College of Physicians/Am. Society of Clinical Investigation; Master of the Am. College of Physicians (2005); Outstanding Medical Educator Core Faculty Award from GRMEP (2010);

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids...

Location of the most outstanding personal and professional environments in the universe!!

Manivannan Veerasamy, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Manivannan Veerasamy, MD

Key Clinical Faculty

Fellowship

Grand Rapids

Medical School

Thanjavur Medical College, India

Current Activities, Research, Subspecialty or Professional Interests

As a hospitalist, my main focus is inpatient acute care. I enjoy teaching medical students, residents and working with them! I coordinate orientation, supervision of inpatient rotations at Spectrum health Butterworth hospital for the residents. I also have a special interest in patient experience and patient education.

Why I chose to practice in Grand Rapids

Great place to learn & work; Ample opportunities for teaching/research; Great work - life balance! Being a graduate of this IM program, I have been enjoying practicing in GR for the past 9 years!

Residency

Michigan

Current Practice Location

Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids

Hobbies, Personal Interests, etc

Enjoy spending time with my family; Traveling

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