Portsmouth Regional Hospital Residency Program continues to grow with 24 new residents

Portsmouth, NH — Twenty-four new residents recently joined the Graduate Medical Education program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) as part of the internal medicine, family medicine and psychiatry residencies. This is the third year of PRH's family medicine and internal medicine residencies, and the second of its psychiatry residency, all in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine. The 24 residents began their program July 1, 2022.

“This program is vital to the Seacoast region. Nationwide, we are already seeing a shortage in physicians and it's expected to get worse, particularly in family medicine, primary care, and mental health,” said David Stein, DO, designated institutional official for graduate medical education at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “When we launched this program a few years ago we had a goal of not only training tomorrow's physicians, but also helping them to understand the needs in our community, and of course to encourage them to stay local once they see the beauty of the Seacoast region.”

Both the internal and family medicine residencies received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for the three-year programs in 2020, and the first class will graduate in 2023. For this class, internal medicine has 10 new residents, bringing the total of residents per year to 30, and family medicine has eight new residents, bringing the total to 24. The psychiatry residency's four-year program was accredited by the ACGME in 2021 and has six new residents this year, bringing the total to 12. The first class in the psychiatry residency will graduate in 2025.

The residents come from 18 medical schools, seven states, and two countries outside the U.S.: Canada and Ecuador. The residents include the following 21 residents (three not listed at their request):

Internal Medicine Residency

Annie Beauregard of Farmington, NH
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jeremy Garneau of Haverhill, MA
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Brett Mordas of Wayland, MA
St. George's University School of Medicine

Maria Zambrano of Chone, Ecuador
Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil Facultad de Ciencias

Catherine Buell of Williamson, NY
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Stephanie Neville of Andover, MA
St. George's University School of Medicine

John Stathopoulos of Hinsdale, IL
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Shayan Zaheer of Groton, MA
St. George's University School of Medicine

Family Medicine Residency

Sonia Dhairyawan of Miami, FL
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Rahim Shivji of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
St. George’s University School of Medicine

Mason Bandy of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
St. George’s University School of Medicine

Bashir Heidari of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
St. George’s University School of Medicine

Sharanjeet Minhas of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)

Alwin Sebastian of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Michael Troy of Chelmsford, MA
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Eugenia Zeng of Newton, MA
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Psychiatry Residency

Jeffrey Kilheffer of Carlisle, PA
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Molly Hartley of Hampton, NH
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Hannah Tramontano of Warwick, RI
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nicholas Caggiano of Newton, MA
Tufts University School of Medicine

Meredith Rahman of Weston, MA
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine