As a resident at Inova, you will benefit from the large national network of resources and contacts established through close interaction with our diversely trained subspecialists and general internists, intensivists and hospitalists.
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Inova Fairfax Hospital, which is the flagship hospital for Inova and a major referral center for Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC, metro area, is extremely proud of the depth and diversity of its nearly 800 member and 13-section Department of Medicine. The physicians who form the foundation for this medical community are comprised of experts from our nation's top institutions. These clinicians – with today's cutting-edge technology – treat all patients from around the corner to around the world.
In addition to the sections of cardiology, oncology, pulmonology, critical care, endocrinology, rheumatology, dermatology, allergy and immunology, nephrology, gerontology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases and general internal medicine, the Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Medicine maintains centers of excellence in cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, liver disease and cancer care management.
The educational program within the department is home to an award-winning faculty, as well as one of the nation's most well known faculty development programs, the Stanford Faculty Development Program in clinical teaching. Programs like these enable faculty to stay abreast of the latest technical, clinical and teaching programs.
Teaching Service Faculty
Inova Fairfax Hospitalist Group is a group of board-certified internal medicine physicians who admit and care for patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital. In addition to being excellent clinicians, they also excel in teaching residents and medical students. The group has admitting privileges to the teaching service and also participates in noon conferences, morning report conferences and teaching didactic sessions.
Hospitalists work in conjunction with private practice primary care physicians to provide medical care to hospitalized patients. While the hospitalist program does not replace specialty physicians such as cardiologists and gastroenterologists, it ensures a physician is present in the hospital to see patients throughout the day, meet with families and assist with prescriptions and discharge planning.
Once patients are discharged, the hospitalist sends documentation to the primary care physician about the patient's hospitalization.
Teaching Service Leadership
Alita Mishra, MD, FACP
Director of Education and Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Mishra graduated from Medical College of Wisconsin in 2000 and completed her internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital in 2003. She holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University schools of medicine. Dr. Mishra's areas of interest include medical education, women's health and preventive medicine. She received the "Golden Apple Award" in the 2006-07 academic year as the top clinical educator across all clerkships from VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus. Dr. Mishra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Shirley Kalwaney, MD, FACP
Program Director, Georgetown University-Inova Fairfax Hospital Transitional Residency and Associate Program Director, Inova Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dr. Kalwaney graduated from Chicago Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine residency at George Washington University Hospital. She received the honor of "Top Clinical Educator in Internal Medicine" from VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus in 2008 and holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University Schools of Medicine. Dr. Kalwaney is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She is the Hospitalist Leader for the Inpatient Diabetes and Medicine Consultative Services.
Z. Chris, MD
Medical Director, Primary Care, Ambulatory Course Director
Dr. Chris is a primary care physician board certified in internal medicine. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience and was in private practice in Washington, DC prior to joining Inova Medical Group. He has also served as clinical faculty at Georgetown University, Duke University, and Emory University.
Gregory Trimble, MD
Clerkship Director, 3rd and 4th Year Students
Dr. Trimble received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School in 2003. He trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Utah, where he served as chief resident from 2007-2008. Dr. Trimble joined the department in 2008 and was appointed to clerkship director in 2011. He completed the certificate in clinical teaching from the Stanford Faculty Development Program, Stanford University School of Medicine in 2012. He received the honor of "Top Clinical Educator in Internal Medicine" from the VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus in 2012 and holds faculty appointments with Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University Schools of Medicine.
Homan Wai, MD, FACP
Associate Clerkship Director, 3rd and 4th Year Students
Dr. Wai received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego Medical School in 2006. He completed his residency in internal medicine at George Washington University where he was honored as both intern (2007) and resident (2009) of the year. He joined the department in 2009 and was appointed to associate clerkship director in 2010. Dr. Wai holds faculty appointments with Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University Schools of Medicine.
Chief Medical Residents
Rebecca Witt, MD
George Washington University Hospital
Dr. Witt received her undergraduate education at Northern Michigan University where she obtained a BS in Psychology. She then attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and graduated with her MD in 2011. She completed her internal medicine residency at George Washington University in 2014. Having loved her rotations here at Inova Fairfax Hospital, she is excited to serve as the George Washington chief resident for IFH and very much looks forward to the coming year.
John Meriwether, MD
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Dr. Meriwether completed his undergraduate education at Tulane University in New Orleans. He spent many years working in the business community prior pursuing his medical education. In 2011, he graduated from the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine located in beautiful Mobile, Alabama. His medical training continued at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where he completed residency in Internal Medicine in 2014. Dr. Meriwether happily accepted the position as the Georgetown Chief Medical Resident at Inova Fairfax Hospital and is excited to work with the outstanding faculty and residents in the Department of Medicine.
Hospitalists at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Wali Azizi, MD
Alex Cho, MD
David Duncan, MD
Krishna Edunuri, MD
Sameh Elgawly, MD
Rishi Garg, MD
Zehra Gaudiano, MD
Kate Gibson, MD
Julie Gribetz, MD
Ravindra Gupta, MD
Maruf Haider, MD
Brian Hazen, MD
Kelly Hoyle, MD
Sumeeta Kantak, MD
Kimberly Lui, MD
Shari Maletsky-Smith, MD
M. Ashiq Mannan, MD
Latha Nachimuthu, MD
Joann Pfundstein, MD
Jennifer Primeggia, MD
Nila Rafiq, MD
Meena Raj, MD
Prachi Ranade, MD
Ramona Raya, MD
Mary Reyes, MD
Kenneth Roach, MD, PhD
John Paul Verderese, MD
Paul Weisbruch, MD
Lucy Zhang, MD