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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

    Zehra Gaudiano, MD

    Zehra Gaudiano, MD

    Program Director

    Although Dr. Gaudiano was appointed program director in 2021, she has been actively engaged with the Internal Medicine Residency Program since its inception since 2013. She has been a core teaching faculty member and engaged in academic committees, recruitment and mentorship.

    Dr. Gaudiano graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2008. She completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Case Medical Center/University Hospitals of Cleveland in 2013 followed by chief residency. Dr. Gaudiano is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics and fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is hospitalist and has won multiple teaching awards for time on the general medicine inpatient service. Dr. Gaudiano currently holds a faculty appointment at the UVA school of medicine and she previously served as the associated clerkship director for the UVA School of Medicine Inova Campus as well as the VCU School of Medicine Regional campus that preceded it. Dr. Gaudiano’s academic interests include clinical reasoning, effective feedback as well as hospital throughput. Dr. Gaudiano is a native of Northern Virginia. When she is not at the hospital she enjoys watching baseball and spending time with her family – a husband, three children and multiple pets.

    Dr. Kate Gibson

    Dr. Kate Gibson

    Associate Program Director

    Dr. Kate Gibson was appointed Associate Program Director in 2021, with a dedicated focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. While she is a recent addition as an APD, Dr. Gibson has been actively engaged with the residency program since joining Inova Fairfax Hospital in 2013.

    Dr. Gibson completed medical school training at New York University School of Medicine in 2009, and then went on to do her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. After completing her residency in 2012, Dr. Gibson became the first Chief Resident of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, a position involving both the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Baltimore VA. She joined Inova in 2013 as teaching faculty and has been involved with the residency program since that time, including as a faculty mentor for the internal medicine resident quality improvement/patient safety projects and the Morbidity and Mortality conference. Dr. Gibson is board certified in internal medicine and has a yellow belt in Lean methodology. She works as a hospitalist as well as a teaching attending, and has a faculty appointment at the UVA School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Gibson has served as the co-medical director of the Acute Pulmonary Unit and in 2020, Dr. Gibson became the Director of Quality for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Gibson’s interests include promoting a just culture, psychological safety, focusing on system improvements, and overall patient safety.

    Dr. Gibson is originally from Syracuse, NY, and lived in the northeast before moving to the DC/Northern Virginia area. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

    Dr. Ivan Garcia

    Ivan Garcia, MD, FACP, FASAM, MBA

    Director of Education, 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. 

    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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    Chief Medical Residents

    Tejasri Chandrabhatla, DO

    Tejasri Chandrabhatla, DO

    Chief Medical Resident, Dept of Internal Medicine

    Dr. Tejasri Chandrabhatla is a native of Northern Virginia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. She then went to Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) for medical school and moved back to Northern Virginia to be part of the Inova family. She aspires to become a Hospitalist. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family and her cats.

    Robert Patton, MD (MBChB)

    Robert Patton, MD (MBChB)

    Chief Medical Resident, Dept of Internal Medicine

    Dr. Robert Patton's family and roots are in Northern Virginia; however he spent the majority of his formative and subsequent years in London, England where he was a chorister in the Royal Choir of Westminster Abbey. He attended Royal Holloway, University of London for his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences before obtaining a medical degree from Warwick University in Coventry, England. Robert plans to pursue a sports medicine fellowship, stemming from his love of Rugby as a player, coach and supporter. His other hobbies include cooking, traveling and riding his bike.