Family Medicine Residency Residents | Palisades Medical Center   



Auda Auda, M.D. – PGY3

After graduating high school, Dr. Auda moved to Germany, where he graduated medical school at Eberhard Karls University of Tübningen, followed by a two year residency in surgery at Diakonie Klinikum in Stuttgart Germany. However, his passion for primary care was founded in New Jersey when he began his career in the year of 2020. Although it was an uncertain time due to the pandemic, he proudly says this period formed and solidified his love for primary care, being able to be the first-line in the treatment of many patients and practice preventative medicine. 

Dr. Auda currently resides in Secaucus, New Jersey and says he’s living the American Dream. He plans to be the best Family Medicine physician he can while also bringing his love for teaching into the medical field. In his spare time, Dr. Auda enjoys a variety of activities, including mountain biking, playing sports, hiking, skiing, cooking, fishing, reading, taking care of his dog, and improving his Spanish skills.

Will be primary care in New Jersey.

Mayuri Kinkhabwala, M.D. – PGY3

Dr. Mayuri Kinkhabwala is the current Family Medicine Administrative Chief Resident.

Mayuri grew up in North Jersey and attended college at New Jersey Institute of Technology obtaining a Biomedical Engineering degree. She went to medical school at St. George's University in Grenada. She loves Family Medicine because there is much flexibility to the variety of medicine you can practice and the opportunity of continuity of care. In addition, she enjoys doing procedures and learning more about sports medicine. When she's not busy in rotations or as chief resident, she enjoys hiking, playing video games, and trying out new restaurants in the area. After residency, she hopes to join a private practice near where she was born and raised and give back to her community.

Alex Ang, M.D. – PGY3

Dr. Ang grew up in Greenhills East, Philippines. She went to college and medical school at University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Throughout her years of volunteering in the medical community across the US, her love of medicine and teaching enabled her to help medical students and colleagues as an academic tutor and advisor. Dr. Ang hopes to continue this in the future as she looks forward to starting a career in academic medicine. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore the amazing food each place has to offer.

After graduation, will practice in outpatient primary care office in New York

Ashraf Mahmood, M.D. – PGY3

Ashraf Mahmood is a medical graduate from Saint James School of Medicine in the Caribbean on the island of Anguilla. Ashraf completed his basic science in University of Anguilla and returned to the US to do his clinical rotations. His interest is in the primary care aspect of Family medicine and hopes to work as an outpatient primary care physician upon completing residency.

My plan is to work in a outpatient primary care setting in NY/NJ area

Momina Rahman, M.D. – PGY3

Momina Rahman hails from Melbourne, Australia. She fell in love with medicine in High School after working with a Family Physician as part of a Work Experience program. She went on to pursue her Medical training at Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences in India, and developed an interest in women’s health, obstetrics and pediatrics. She also developed a passion for the under-served community with limited access to healthcare, and actively participated in numerous community outreach programs.

She currently serves as co-chair of the Resident Forum for the Hackensack Network, and is also the senior wellness advocate for the family medicine program.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys hiking, baking, kickboxing and reading. One of her proudest achievements is perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe. She won't share her recipe but will try and bake you a batch when she can!


Aman Khalid Siddiqui MDAman Khalid Siddiqui, M.D. - PGY 2

Dr. Siddiqui, a graduate of Dow International Medical College, embarked on a transformative journey into Family Medicine driven by a lifelong affinity for medicine and a dedication to service. Born in Dubai and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, he smoothly transitioned to American life and pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. Opting for a unique path, he ventured abroad for medical school, where his roots lie, to immerse himself, learn, and contribute to the community. Attending a prestigious medical institution solidified his passion for medicine, which evolved during clinical rotations into a true calling for Family Medicine. Matched with his top-choice program, he's honored by the opportunity to further his training. He's drawn to the program's diverse clinical exposure, strong emphasis on teaching and mentorship. Driven to serve patients of all ages, he aims to nurture enduring relationships, tending to wellness needs and optimizing health across time.

In his free time, he cherishes moments with family and friends, embraces travel, exercises, explores the outdoors, engages in sports and chess, savors diverse cuisines, indulges in novels, and stays updated on evidence-based
medicine practices. Dr. Siddiqui exemplifies a holistic and dedicated approach to patient care.

Jonathan Torres-Gonzalez MDJonathan Torres Gonzalez, M.D. - PGY2

Jonathan attended the University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Jonathan attended the University of Medicine and Health Sciences at the island of St. Kitts. He was born and grew up in the island of Puerto Rico, to a family of Cuban immigrants. His parents originally immigrated through Union City prior to establishing themselves in Puerto Rico and so life has it, Jonathan found himself back in his parents roots. He made North Bergen his backyard as he crossed the river into New York to complete his clinical medical rotations all while keeping Palisades Medical Center in his rear view mirror as he made his way down River road. He is grateful to have matched in his first choice program and to continue to call North Bergen his adopted home. He is passionate about serving his Latino community and providing personalized medical care. Dr. Torres is passionate about preventive medicine and hopes to continue to grow these roots in the North Bergen Community and provide full scope practice in Family Medicine. In his free time Jonathan enjoys spending time at family barbecues, when it’s not below freezing temperatures, and whipping a batch of his grandma's ropa vieja.

Christel Velasco MDChristel Velasco-Guidry, M.D. - PGY2

Christel graduated from De La Salle Health Sciences Institute College of Medicine.

Interest & Hobbies: Training my dog and taking him swimming, cooking, hiking, and touring NYC.

What do I like about the program: The exposure to many different specialities and sites to truly enhance my medical training. A majority of the attendings are enthusiastic about teaching and are very approachable.

Sharif Younis MDSharif Younis, M.D. - PGY2

Sharif graduated from American University of Antigua College of Medicine.

Sharif Younis received his MD degree from American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Sharif is a hard worker who is dedicated to helping all people in need. He feels very fortunate to be a part of a network like Hackensack Meridian Health, and to be part of the Palisades Medical Center Family Medicine Program. Sharif takes pride in knowing that as a Family Medicine physician he can treat patients of all ages. He believes that being a Family Medicine physician is a pivotal key in a patient's medical needs, and therefore, is constantly increasing his knowledge base. When not working, Sharif enjoys going to the gym, practicing martial arts, watching sports and movies, spending time with family, jumping in a pool, and relaxing.

Interests/hobbies: sports, working out, martial arts, movies


Deborah Daoud MDDeborah Daoud, M.D. - PGY1

Debbie Daoud grew up Paramus New Jersey, went to college ant Rutgers University and attended medical school at Penn state college of medicine. Her favorite aspect of medical school was volunteering for the underserved and partaking in community service to help those in need. She fell in love with family medicine after seeing the bond patients develops with their family doctors. She aspires to always have that close relationship with her patients and be someone they can trust and confide in. She is passionate about spending time with her friends and family, taking her dog for walks, and exercising, and traveling.

Sandeep Jaswal MDJaswal Sandeep, M.D. - PGY1

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, and a distinguished graduate of the University of Lublin, Dr. Jaswal embodies both compassion and vitality. As a dedicated family medicine resident, he seamlessly integrates clinical expertise with heartfelt care, leaving an indelible mark on his community's well-being.

Beyond the realm of medicine, Dr. Jaswal's vibrant spirit finds expression on the sports field. With a mean swing in baseball and a skillful serve in volleyball, he proves that precision and power extend beyond the realm of healing. Off the court, his competitive zest and sportsmanship continue to shine.

In diagnosing ailments or executing a perfect serve, Dr. Jaswal's unwavering commitment shines through, reflecting a harmonious approach to both health and playfulness.

Oluwasegun Shoewu MDOluwasegun "Olu" Shoewu, M.D. - PGY1

Dr. Shoewu attended Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria.

He enjoys ping-pong, soccer, watching TV, research and doing community service.

Ahmed Zohdy MDAhmed Zohdy, M.D. - PGY1

Ahmed Zohdy earned an MBBS degree, completed an OBGYN residency, and obtained a Master's from Cairo University in Egypt.

He is grateful to have the opportunity to further his journey by joining the Hackensack Meridian Palisades family medicine residency program to provide comprehensive medical care to patients of all genders and all ages. He believes that the profession of a family doctor is a great gift God bestows. He has a favorite quote that states, “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones, taking a refreshing dip in the pool, and fixing up cars.

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