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facultyThe Department of Medicine teaching faculty is comprised of board-certified physicians from the following medical service groups:

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.

Department Leadership

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.

    Teaching Service Faculty

    Inova Fairfax Hospitalist Group is 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

    Alita Mishra, MD, FACP

    Director of Education and Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency Program Dr. Mishra, along with the Department of Medicine, established the first Inova-based Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2013 and she has been the program director since its inception.

    In her role as director of education for the department, she is responsible for curriculum development and overseeing the interns and residents in the Department of Medicine’s inpatient units at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.

    Dr. Mishra graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2000 and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital in 2003. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical society, is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Her areas of interest include medical education, preventive medicine and chronic hepatitis C. She holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University schools of medicine. She received the "Golden Apple Award" for the 2006-07 academic year as the top clinical educator across all clerkships from the VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus. Previously, Dr. Mishra served as the clerkship director for third and fourth year medical students for about seven years and was involved in the initial accreditation and establishment of VCU School of Medicine’s branch campus at Inova.

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    Dr. Ivan Garcia

    Ivan Garcia, MD, FACP, FASAM, MBA

    Associate Program Director, Inova Internal Medicine Residency Program

    Dr. Garcia completed his residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He has experience in both internal medicine and addiction medicine. He is deeply committed to resident education and providing the highest quality of patient care. Dr. Garcia has directed and supervised physician residents and medical students from Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is delighted to work with the internal medicine residents as associate program director.

    Z Chris, MD

    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.

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    Homan Wai, MD, FACP

    Homan Wai, MD, FACP

    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, was appointed to associate clerkship director in 2010, and clerkship director in 2015. Dr. Wai received the “Golden Apple Award” in the 2013-14 academic year as the top clinical educator across all clerkships from the VCU School of Medicine-Inova Campus. Dr. Wai holds faculty appointments with Georgetown University, George Washington University and Virginia Commonwealth University schools of medicine.

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    Dr. Zehra Gaudiano

    Zehra Gaudiano, MD

    Associate Clerkship Director, 3rd and 4th Year Students

    Dr. Gaudiano received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where she also served as chief resident. She has been a member of the teaching faculty at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus since 2013. She is actively involved in education on campus with both medical students and residents and was appointed associate clerkship director in 2019. Dr. Gaudiano has received teaching awards from both medical students and residents. She has supervised students and residents from Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University. She is a native of the Northern Virginia region.

    Chief Medical Residents

    Dr. Nibras Chowdhury

    Nibras Chowdhury, MD

    Chief Medical Resident, Dept of Medicine

    Dr. Nibras Chowdhury serves as Chief Medical Resident, Dept. of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Nibras was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Miami, where she double majored in Political Science and Microbiology. She obtained her medical degree from Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Ready for a change in scenery, she relocated to Northern Virginia, completing her Internal Medicine residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital and was given the opportunity to stay an extra year to serve as chief resident. Missing the warm weather and beaches, after chief year, Nibras plans to pursue a career in hospital medicine on the west coast. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, attending concerts and basketball games (as a die-hard Miami Heat fan), traveling, and spending time with her adorable newborn niece.

    Dr. Logan Rhea

    Logan Rhea, MD

    Chief Medical Resident, Dept of Medicine

    Logan is a native of DMV, born and raised in Burke, Virginia. He majored in chemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, then traded beach for the mountains and pursued his medical degree at the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was an easy choice to return to Northern Virginia for residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital and he was honored to stay on for a "victory lap" and Chief Resident year. Logan is currently applying and interviewing for fellowship in hematology and oncology, and looks forward to where life takes him next. Additional medical areas of interest include resident education, high-value care and advocacy. Outside of medicine, Logan loves to travel, watch (read: stress over) local Washington-area sports teams, play tennis and some would say he listens to too much NPR.