Fellows 2022-2023

3rd year PEM Fellows:

Alana Koehler, MD

Hometown: Macedon, NY


College: Ithaca College


Medical School:  State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine


Residency: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital


Research Interest:
Reducing healthcare disparities and barriers to access to care; graduate medical education and curriculum development; water safety and drowning prevention


Personal Interests:
I love to travel and explore new places! I enjoy being physically active (swimming, dancing, weight lifting, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, etc.). If I’m not at work or at the gym, you can probably find me at home watching late night comedy or rewatching my favorite episodes of “Parks and Rec”

What you like about Buffalo: I am excited to be back in Buffalo, where the food is delicious, the people are welcoming, and the city is surrounded by natural beauty! 

Maciej Sadowski, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY


College: St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn


Medical School:  American University of Antigua


Residency: Janet Weiss Children Hospital Geisinger


Research Interest:
Telemedicine


Personal Interests:
Skiing, Dancing and Outdoors

What you like about Buffalo:  It is a big city without the feel of one, there is no congestion and a lot of space for activities.

2nd year PEM Fellows

Aadil Rahman, DO

Hometown: Chicago, IL



Medical School: Midwestern University Chicago College Osteopathic Medicine


Residency:  University of Illinois at Chicago


Research Interests:
Mental Health, sickle cell


Personal Interests:
Rock climbing, Chicago sports and hiking

What you like about Buffalo: Lot’s of stuff to do, nice harbor, great people!

Susana Ruano

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

College:  York University in Toronto


Medical School: American University of the Caribbean


Residency:  University at Buffalo


Research Interests:
Bronchiolitis, procedures, SIM, education


Personal Interests:
Outdoors, chicken wings, sports, brunch

What you like about Buffalo: PEOPLE – everyone is awesome!

1st year PEM fellows:

Shelby Hall

Hometown: Hamburg, NY


Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo


Residency:  University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Research Interests:
QI (especially clinical effectiveness guidelines, workflow optimization, and throughput), and sedation


Personal Interests:
I enjoy walking/hiking with my dog, lifting weights, and spending time with my family! Also just bought a house so I have been trying to hone my inner Johanna Gaines and do some DIY projects.

What you like about Buffalo: Buffalo is a great medium-sized city that has all the attractions of a larger city (sports, music, food/drink) but is much more spacious and homey! I love taking my dog for hikes at Chestnut Ridge or the Outer Harbor, I am always interested in trying out new IPAs and bourbon cocktails. I enjoy the many breweries and bars around town.

Sara Szeles

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA


Medical School: Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine


Residency:  Medstar Georgetown University Hospital


Research Interests:
Ultrasound, SIM, medical education


Personal Interests:
I’m an avid rock climber, love to kayak, and play tennis. During the winter, you’ll find me baking sweet treats, painting, and hitting the ski slopes.

What you like about Buffalo: It’s a stand-alone children’s hospital and level 1 trauma center. And the PEM fellows get priority for every trauma or procedure. Also great places to visit like the outer harbor & canalside. Also Susana’s backyard.


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