Baton Rouge General Welcomes New Class of Residents to Family and Internal Medicine Programs


Baton Rouge, La. – Sixteen new doctors will be coming to Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s campuses to complete residency training in family and internal medicine. National Resident Match Day results were announced last week at ceremonies for academic medical centers and graduate medical education programs across the country.

“Baton Rouge General’s new physician residents represent the top medical talent selected among thousands of candidates nationwide and we are pleased to continue to expand our medical training programs with the addition of this year’s class of residents,” noted Dr. Floyd Roberts, Baton Rouge General’s Chief Medical Officer and Dean for Tulane University School of Medicine’s satellite campus at Baton Rouge General.

“As a community hospital and serving as the inaugural satellite campus for Tulane University School of Medicine, Baton Rouge General is proud to support the cultivation of our community’s future clinical leaders and access to high-quality healthcare as well as the growth of advanced medical training and clinical research in Baton Rouge,” said Mark F. Slyter, President and CEO of Baton Rouge General.

More than 100 residents and medical students train at Baton Rouge General each year, and through its education programs, the hospital trains a total of approximately 500 medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and radiation technologists. In addition to its academic footprint, Baton Rouge General’s medical education and training programs support and strengthen the local and state economies. The annual economic impact of its physician residents upon graduation is more than $63 million and 252 full-time jobs.* Learn more at

Baton Rouge General welcomes the following new residents:

Family Medicine Residency Program

Matthew Bumgardner
Louisiana State University School of Medicine – Shreveport

Timothy Durel
University of Queensland

Lauren LaCoste
Louisiana State University School of Medicine – New Orleans

Edith Mbagwu
Louisiana State University School of Medicine – New Orleans

Daniel Naul
Louisiana State University School of Medicine – New Orleans

Maryann Sandy
American University of the Caribbean

Jason Schrock
American University of the Caribbean

Kristen Thomas
Louisiana State University School of Medicine – Shreveport

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Bahareh Binesh
Ahvaz Jondishapour University of Medical Sciences

Martin Binesh
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Aaron De Witt
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Justin Hogan
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Rahul Kurapati
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Medical College

Vijay Neelam
Gandhi Medical College – Secunderabad

Kishan Talagadadeevi
Siddhartha Medical College

Robert Territo
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine







Baton Rouge General internal medicine physician residents (far left, L to R) Christopher Hodnette, MD, and Ramsy Abdelghani, MD, with faculty members (far right, L to R) Venkat Banda, MD,Associate Program Director, and Katherine May, MD.

Baton Rouge General family medicine residency faculty member (L) Vincent Shaw, Jr., MD, with physician resident (R) Jovana Kakish, MD.

*Source: The Economic Impact of Baton Rouge General’s Mid City Campus, Tripp Umbach, 2012

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.