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Current Palliative Medicine Fellows


Ivan Briones

Name: Ivan Briones, MD
Dr. Briones was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Dr. Briones' work experience in the U.S. includes working as a medical researcher for Health Project Inc., the Naval Hospital and the Shepherd's Table a nonprofit organization in which he coordinated medical and social services for the homeless and low income groups. Dr. Briones completed his Family Medicine residency training from UMass Family in 2011. Dr. Briones is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He enjoys sport activities such as soccer and swimming. He is proud father of 2 babies.


Johelen Carleton

Name:Johelen Carleton, MD
Dr. Carleton is a board certified vascular and general surgeon with an interest in palliative care. She attended medical school at the University of New Mexico, did her surgical residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She was in practice as a vascular surgeon at the Phoenix VA prior to entering hospice and palliative care fellowship.


Samih El Ahdab

Name: Samih ("Sam") El Ahdab, MD
Dr. El Ahdabgraduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) with a bachelor of science in biology in 2001 then enrolled in medical school at the AUB and earned his M.D. degree in 2005. In 2006 Dr. El Ahdab joined the leukemia department at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a postdoctoral fellow in translational research. Between 2008 and 2011 Dr. El Ahdab completed internal medicine residency training at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio located at the Regional Academic Health Center (UTHSCSA-RAHC).Dr. ElAhdab's hobbies include: tennis, soccer, football, listening to music and spending time with his wife and family.


Babak Goldman

Name: Babak Goldman, MD
Dr. Goldman completed his residency in the field of Internal Medicine at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY where he was also the elected CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents) Delegate for all residents in Southern Brooklyn. Dr. Goldman has several poster presentations and journal publications. He graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine and did his undergraduate work at Brooklyn College, with a dual degree in Biology and Film Production. His previous work in film has resulted in several short films. Dr. Goldman has a special interest in Palliative Medicine with a focus on academic instruction.


Lina Ghosh

Name: Lina Ghosh, MD
Dr. Ghosh completed her undergraduate education from Wellesley College in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in biological chemistry and a minor in sociology. She attended Indiana University School of Medicine and graduated in 2007. In 2011 Dr. Ghosh completed her Internal Medicine training at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Ghosh enjoys live comedy, plays, concerts, and trying new restaurants. She became interested in Palliative Care in residency and is excited to learn more about community hospice work during fellowship.


George Nguyen

Name: George Nguyen, DO
Dr. Nguyen received his Bachelors of Science from Houston Baptist University in 2004 and earned his medical degree from TCOM at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX in 2008. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine from Texas A&M University Scott & White Memorial Hospital in 2011. Outside of work he enjoys fitness and exercising and playing the violin/guitar.