Leadership

Program director

Khalid Abusaada, MD FACP

Dr. Khalid Abusaada has nearly 20 years of clinical and medical education experience. Upon completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine, he joined a hospitalist group in Pensacola, Florida where he was part of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). In 2011, Dr. Abusaada went on to become an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at University of Florida. From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Abusaada served as an Associate Program Director and Research Director for the Florida Hospital Internal Medicine Program in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Abusaada joined the ORMC IM Residency Program as the Program Director in 2017. He has been the driving force behind several systemic changes within the program and continues his vital efforts in prioritizing education over service. Dr. Abusaada has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals with particular interests in improving health care delivery and providing high quality medical education.

Associate program directors

Aneta Tarasiuk-Rusek, MD

Dr. Rusek has over 5 years of clinical experience in the field of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Upon completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Rochester General Hospital, she went on to complete a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at the University of Florida. She has been especially interested in arboviral research, and is certified as a Mosquito Identification Specialist by University of Florida entomology laboratory. She also holds a Healthcare Epidemiology certification from CDC and SHEA. She has been working in Ocala as an Infectious Disease Doctor from 2017-2019, during this time she became part of clinical faculty of the IM program. In August of 2019, she joined the ORMC IM residency program as the Associate Program Director. Dr. Rusek has been a vital part of the residency wellness program, as well as a strong proponent of High Value Care and Evidence Based medicine. She is currently working on research projects in the area of antibiotic stewardship, and fluoroquinolone overuse.

Rakesh Prashad, MD FACC FACP FSCAI

Dr. Prashad is a native of Miami, Florida and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He then completed a fellowship in Clinical Cardiology at the University of Miami/Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, and subsequently an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, as well as a Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship at Tufts University, New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is board certified in Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Endovascular Medicine. Dr. Prashad received his medical degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His clinical interests include the medical management of complex cardiovascular patients, and the performance of interventional procedures. Dr. Prashad is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. He is the Director of Cardiovascular Training for Graduate Medical Education in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Ocala Health, University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He is also the Director of Graduate Medical Education Research, and the Subspecialist Liaison at Ocala Regional Medical Center. As Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Prashad spearheads several initiatives, including: Board Review preparation sessions, Mentor to five residents, Clinical Competency Committee member, and Chair of the Research Advisory Committee. Dr. Prashad is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and is actively engaged in clinical research. His primary interests in teaching and research are acute coronary syndromes, primary prevention, congestive heart failure and vascular interventions. His passion as an educator is to respectfully motivate the student while enhancing their fund of knowledge, communication skills, critical thinking and promoting a desire for continued academic excellence. Dr. Prashad's current and previous appointments at Ocala Health include: Past-Medical Staff President; Past Medical Staff Vice-President; Credentials Committee; Past-Cardiovascular Quality Committee, Chair; Past Cardiovascular Advisory Committee; Past - Utilization Management Committee; Past- Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Chest Pain Center; as well as having been the Physician Champion for the Acute Coronary Syndrome and Congestive Heart Failure Committees. Dr. Prashad also had the distinction of sitting on the Marion County Board of County Commissioner's EMSA Task Force.


Core faculty

  • Yasotha Diana Ananthan, MD
  • Alan Hamza, MD
  • Raj Karunakara, MD
  • Anish Khanna, MD

Clinical faculty

  • Niti Aggarwal, MD
  • Kenneth Iyamu, MD
  • Hesham Nasser, MD
  • Chembu Ramesh, MD
  • Justin Reed, MD
  • Joseph Robbins, DO

Subspecialty faculty

Y. Diana Ananthan, MD

Ambulatory Medicine

Stephen Fischer, MD

Ambulatory Medicine

Thomas Cartwright, MD

Ambulatory Medicine

William Trice, MD

Ambulatory Medicine

Rakesh Prashad, MD

Cardiology

Jigar Patel, MD

Cardiology

Prem Singh, MD

Cardiology

Josef Vesely, MD

Endocrinology

Frank Ramharrack, MD

Endocrinology

Thomas Brown, MD

Gastroenterology

Ashwin Rumalla, MD

Gastroenterology

Bheema Singu, MD

Gastroenterology

Jaskaran S. Bedi, MD

Geriatrics

Ketan Doshi, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Anju Vasudevan, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Rama Balaraman, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Shilpa Oberoi, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Vipul Patel, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Patrick Acevedo, MD

Hematology/Oncology

Ivan Soosaipillai, MD

Infectious Disease

Anteneh Addisu, MD

Infectious Disease

Suresh Lakshminarayanan, MD

Nephrology

Izu Nwakoby, MD

Nephrology

Mahesh Vaghela, MD

Nephrology

Sailaja Ventrapragada, MD

Nephrology

Jay Rubin, MD

Neurology

Jose Gaudier, MD

Neurology

Nitin Dhaon, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Radhames Ramos, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Amruth Bapatla, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Nagesh Kohli, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Perin Alfred, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Purushottam Mitra, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Anil Gogineni, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Andrew Seevaratnam, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Raj Karunakara, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Jose Delgado Elvir, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Stephen Bookbinder, MD

Rheumatology

Mery Lossada, MD

Palliative/Hospice

Dantuluri Raju, MD

Palliative/Hospice

Kathryn Holloway, MD

Dermatology

Philip Barton, MD

Dermatology

Matthew Steadmon, MD

Dermatology