Faculty

Message from the Program Director

Greetings,

The mission of the Internal Medicine training program at Eisenhower Health is to train outstanding physicians who are equipped to provide exceptional care in General Internal Medicine, as Primary Care Physicians and Hospitalists, and who are well prepared to build upon a strong foundation of internal medicine should they choose to pursue additional fellowship training.

It is our hope that graduates will have had an exciting and fulfilling education in general internal medicine and want to contribute to the high quality health care available in the Coachella Valley and throughout the United States. To deliver this excellent quality of care, general internists must be competent in the evaluation of undifferentiated medical problems, the management of acute and chronic medical illnesses, and the identification and management of psychosocial problems associated with illness. In addition, comprehensive preventative services that include health promotion and cost effective illness management are hallmarks of the effective internist. Clinical training at Eisenhower Health focuses on developing physicians with the skills, knowledge and abilities that are used in required for providing ambulatory and inpatient medical care. We emphasize the importance of integrating a strong foundation in the scientific knowledge which guides clinical medicine with a clear understanding of the importance of the social determinants of health which can profoundly impact a patient’s clinical course. As physicians, we are charged with treating the whole patient, delivering care that is compassionate, comprehensive, and culturally competent.

Our faculty take immense pride in the training that they provide to the residents as they witness the impact that our graduates have had on patients during their training as well as following graduation. I hope that you will seriously consider the Internal Medicine residency program at Eisenhower Health. I believe that it offers each of our residents an opportunity to develop into an outstanding physician in an inviting working environment and an outstanding place to live.

Sincerely,

Wendy White
Wendy White, MD

Program Director

Endocrinology
Diabetes
Metabolism*

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Wendy White

Wendy Ellisse White, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism*
Years in Practice: 10 years
Years on Medical Staff: 10 years
Languages: English, Spanish

Professional Education

Medical School: KECK – University of Southern California
Internship: LA County – USC Medical Center
Residency: LA County – USC Medical Center
Fellowship: LA County – USC Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine/Endocrinology
Diabetes
Metabolism
American Board of Internal Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Faculty

Associate Program Directors

Naeem Nidal Abu-Shehab, MD
Naeem N. Abu-Shehab, MD

Hospitalist

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Naeem Nidal Abu-Shehab, MD

Naeem Nidal Abu-Shehab, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Hospitalist
Internal Medicine*
Years in Practice: 13 years
Years on Staff: 13 years
Languages: English, Arabic

Professional Education

Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology
Internship: UCLA-Kern Medical Center
Residency: UCLA-Kern Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Adewale B. Ajumobi, MD

Subspecialty Education Coordinator

Gastroenterology

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Adewale B. Ajumobi, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Gastroenterology*
Years in Practice: 9 years
Years on Staff: 9 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Medical School: University of Ilorin Nigeria
Internship: Loma Linda University Medical Center
Residency: Loma Linda University Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Texas Health System

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology

*Board Certified Specialty

Camellia Kani, MD
Camellia Kani, MD

Primary Care

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Camellia Kani, MD

Camellia Kani, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty:  Internal Medicine
Years in Practice: 4 years
Years on Staff: 4 years
Languages: English, Farsi

Professional Education

Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Residency: Loma Linda Neurology Residency Program
Eisenhower Medical Center

*Board Certified Specialty

Xolani P. Mdluli, MD
Xolani P. Mdluli, MD

Subspecialty Education Coordinator

Infectious Disease

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Xolani P. Mdluli, MD

Xolani P. Mdluli, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Infectious Disease*
Years in Practice: 11 years
Years on Staff: 11 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Professional Education Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Internship: Jersey City Medical Center
Residency: Jersey City Medical Center
Fellowship: Loyola University Medical Center

Board Certification:

American Board of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases

*Board Certified Specialty

Core Faculty

Joan K. Dabu, MD
Joan K. Dabu, MD

Critical Care*

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Joan K. Dabu, MD

Joan K. Dabu, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Pulmonary Disease*, Critical Care*, Internal Medicine*
Years in Practice: 7 years
Years on Staff: 7 years
Languages: English, Tagalog

Professional Education

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Internship: Saint Michaels Medical Center
Residency: Saint Michaels Medical Center
Fellowship: Saint Michaels Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of IM/Pulmonary Disease
American Board of IM/Critical Care Medicine

* Indicates Board Certified in this Specialty

Ayed A. Fakhoury, MD
Ayed A. Fakhoury, MD

Sub-Internship Clerkship Director

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Ayed A. Fakhoury, MD

Professional Details

Specialties: Hospitalist, Internal Medicine
Years Practicing: 3 years
Years On Staff: 3 years
Languages: Arabic, English

Professional Education

Medical. School: American University of Antigua
Residency: Eisenhower Medical Center

Steve March, MD
Steve March, MD

Hospitalist

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Steve March, MD

Steve March, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialties: Hospitalist
Internal Medicine*
Years in Practice: 8 years
Years on Staff: 8 years
Languages: Russian, Spanish

Professional Education

Medical School: University of California
Irvine School of Medicine
Residency: Eisenhower Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Ali Zareh Mendez, MD
Ali H. Zareh Mendez, MD

Hospitalist

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Ali Zareh Mendez, MD

Ali H. Zareh Mendez, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Hospitalist, Internal Medicine *
Years in Practice: 4 years
Years on Staff: 3 years
Languages: English, Spanish

Professional Education

Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: Eisenhower Medical Center

Board Certification:

American Board of Internal Medicine

* Indicates Board Certified in this Specialty

Anil Perumbeti, MD
Anil Perumbeti, MD

Subspecialty Education Coordinator

Critical Care

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Anil Perumbeti, MD

Anil Perumbeti, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Pulmonary Disease*, Critical Care*
Years in Practice: 9 years
Years on Staff: 9 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Internship: LA County – USC Medical Center
Residency: LA County – USC Medical Center
Fellowship: LA County – USC Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Disease
American Board of Internal Medicine/Critical Care Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Andrew Michael Rubin, MD

Subspecialty Education Coordinator

Cardiology
Electrophysiology

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Andrew Michael Rubin, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Electrophysiology*
Cardiovascular Disease*
Languages: English
Years in Practice: 33 years
Years on Staff: 30 years

Professional Education

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Internship: The Grad Hosp/Univ of PA
Residency: The Grad Hosp/Univ of PA
Fellowship: Temple University Hospital
Lankenau Hospital

Board Certification

American Board of IM/Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of IM/Cardiac Electrophysiology

* Board Certified Specialty

Namrata Sekhon, MD
Namrata Sekhon, MD

Hospitalist

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Namrata Sekhon, MD

Namrata Sekhon, MD

Professional Details

Specialties: Internal Medicine*, Hospitalist
Years Practicing: 7 years
Years on Staff: 7 years
Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi

Professional Education

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Internship: Englewood Hospital & Medical Center
Residency: Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

Philip J. Shaver, MD

Cardiology

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Philip J. Shaver, MD

Philip Shaver, MD, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and has been certified by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He has also been certified as a Clinical Specialist in Hypertension.

Dr. Shaver attended medical school at The Ohio State University, graduating with honors in surgery. He completed his internship and residency in the United States Navy prior to finishing a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During his time with Eisenhower Desert Cardiology, Dr. Shaver has served as Chief of Cardiology, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Director of Medical Education and President of the Medical Staff.

“I really value entering people’s lives and being privileged with information that most professions will never know, and to honor the responsibility of having this information. There’s something interesting about virtually everyone you talk to — not their diseases, but their stories, their lives. The payoff is the trust; the emotional income. Even with all of our advanced technology, we have to keep the human element. That is what keeps me interested to this day.”

Dr. Shaver’s career includes starting the angioplasty program and being the first Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Eisenhower. He also served on the staff at the San Diego Naval Hospital as a naval reservist teaching young physicians in training. Serving in the Medical Corps of the Navy Reserves for 22 years, Dr. Shaver retired with the rank of Captain in 2002.

Professional Details

Specialties: Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine
Years in Practice: 56 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Professional Education Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Internship: United States Naval Medical Center
Residency: United States Naval Medical Center
Fellowship: National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

Board Certification:

Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology

*Board Certified Specialty

Charles Ukpong, MD
Charles Ukpong, MD

Hospitalist

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Charles Ukpong, MD

Charles Ukpong, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Hospitalist
Internal Medicine*
Languages: English
Years in Practice: 16 years
Years on Staff: 16 years

Professional Education

Medical School: University of Benin College of Medicine
Internship: Jersey City Medical Center
Residency: Jersey City Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Tommy Zaharkis MD
Tommy Zaharakis, MD

Hospitalist

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Tommy Zaharkis MD

Tommy Zaharakis, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Hospitalist, Internal Medicine *
Years in Practice: 21 years
Years on Staff: 8 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Medical School: University of Baja California Mexicali
Internship: Winthrop-University Hospital
Residency: Winthrop-University Hospital
Fellowship: Winthrop-University Hospital

Board Certification:

American Board of Internal Medicine

* Indicates Board Certified in this Specialty

Subspecialty Education Coordinators

Rodolfo R. Batarse, MD
Rodolfo R. Batarse, MD

Desert Kidney
Care Nephrology

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Rodolfo R. Batarse, MD

Rodolfo R. Batarse, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Nephrology*
Years in Practice: 18 years
Years on Staff: 16 years
Languages: English, Spanish

Professional Education

Medical School: University of California-San Diego
Residency: University of CA Medical Center San Diego
Internship: University of CA Medical Center San Diego
Fellowship: University of CA Medical Center San Diego

Board Certification

American Board of IM/Nephrology

*Board Certified Specialty

Mark Dela Cruz, MD
Mark Dela Cruz, MD

Geriatrics

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Mark Dela Cruz, MD

Mark Dela Cruz, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Family Medicine*, Geriatrics*, Hospice/Palliative Care*
Years in Practice: 17 years
Years on Staff: 6 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Medical School: Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Insitute of Medicine
Residency: University of Missouri Hospitals & Clinics Mercy Health Partners
Fellowship: University of Louisville Hospital Standford University

Board Certification:

American Board of Family Medicine/Geriatric

*Board Certified Specialty

Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, MD, MS, FACEP
Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, MD, MS, FACEP

Emergency Medicine

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Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, MD, MS, FACEP

Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialties: Emergency Medicine*
Years in Practice: 13 years
Years on Staff: 4 years
Languages: English

Professional Education

Medical School: Siriraj Hospital
Mahidol University
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Board Certification

American Board of Emergency Medicine

Samir P Macwan, MD
Samir P. Macwan, MD

Neurology*
Neuromuscular Medicine*

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Samir P Macwan, MD

Samir P. Macwan, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Neurology*, Neuromuscular Medicine*
Years in Practice: 14 years
Years on Staff: 14 years
Languages: English, Gujarati, Hindi

Professional Education

Medical School: Government Medical College
Internship: Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center
New York Medical College
Residency: Kansas University Medical Center
Fellowship: Kansas University Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Neuromuscular Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Kam A Newman, MD
Kam A Newman, MD

Rheumatology

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Kam A Newman, MD

Kam A Newman, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Rheumatology*
Years in Practice: 10 years
Years on Staff: 8 years
Languages: English, Farsi

Professional Education

Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Internship: Jamaica Hospital
Residency: Jamaica Hospital
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Childrens Hospital for Rehab
National Institutes of Health
NIH

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of IM/Rheumatology

*Board Certified Specialty

Joseph Max Sanchez, MD
Joseph Max Sanchez, MD

Nephrology

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Joseph Max Sanchez, MD

Joseph Max Sanchez, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Nephrology
Years in Practice: 20 years
Years on Staff: 20 years
Languages: English, Spanish

Professional Education

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Internship: University of Michigan Hospitals
Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals
Fellowship: University of Michigan Hospitals

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine

*Board Certified Specialty

Henry Tung-Yun Tsai, MD
Henry T. Tsai, MD

Hematology / Oncology

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Henry Tung-Yun Tsai, MD

Henry Tung-Yun Tsai, MD

Professional Details

Primary Specialty: Hematology/Oncology*
Hematology*
Medical Oncology*
Years in Practice: 17 years
Years on Staff: 14 years
Languages: English, Mandarin

Professional Education

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Internship: Emory University School of Medicine
Residency: Emory University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine/Hematology
American Board of Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology

*Board Certified Specialty

Eisenhower Health Graduate Medical Education (GME)
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