AUA Alumni

The AUA Alumni Association’s mission is to establish a lifelong link between members of the alumni community, and between the alumni and student communities. The Association will address the needs of its members by offering opportunities to help advance their medical careers, and by attempting to connect them with other medical professionals, political leaders, and speakers bureaus.

Join the AUA Alumni Association

Take advantage of its many benefits.


  • Network for residencies and fellowships
  • Network for full-time job opportunities
  • Exclusive educational and social events
  • Awards for post-graduate excellence
  • Professional development workshops


  • Obtain AUA-Sponsored and Referrals for Outside Speaking Engagements
  • Mentor AUA students
  • Consult AUA faculty on curriculum
  • Join the AUA Alumni Advisory Board
  • Become political ambassadors for AUA
  • Help Build AUA’s extensive clinical network

Alumni Friends & Family Grant

The Alumni Friends & Family Grant is awarded to entering students who are referred to attend AUA by an alumnus/alumna of either AUA or of a Manipal MBBS program.

Award Amount

$5,000, awarded $1,000 per payment period (1-4) plus intersession

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students need to be referred to attend AUA by someone who has graduated either from AUA or from a Manipal MBBS program (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal; Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore; or Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim)
  • For a student applying to AUA to qualify for this grant, the referring alumnus/alumna must submit an Alumni Referral Form when the student is accepted.
  • An individual alumnus or alumna can only refer two potential enrollments per academic period

Alumni in the News

Dr. Nicklaus Bradley may wear a few different hats at his current job, but nothing beats getting to know patients in order to better help them.

SAVOY, IL, February 18, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Dr. Frantz E. Felix, MD, FAAFP has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on current reference value.

Dr. Devineni was originally born in India and moved to The United States at a young age. He spent most part of his childhood years in Chicago, IL.

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Dr. Marcelin Honored With Inclusion Award

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Dr. Kirill Alekseyev Honored By Physicians of the World

We are proud to announce that Kirill Alekseyev, MD, a distinguished member of the class of 2014, has been honored with a plaque from Leading Physicians of the World. This...
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Vincent Gallo, MD

Director of Vascular & Interventional Radiology Department at Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell Health

Class of 2009

Dr. Gallo is a professor, teaching the next generation of medical professionals. One piece of wisdom he shared with students is that medical school and residencies are hard because they’re supposed to be. It’s preparation to take care of other lives, so “don’t get discouraged and take every day as a learning opportunity.”


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Alumni Testimonials

AUA helped me develop the skills to become a competent physician as well as having a rapport with my patients. AUA also helped me find my emergency medicine rotations which led me to where I am today. “

Kandria Ledesma, MD
Class of 2019
Clinical Ultrasound Faculty
St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, CA

I was drawn to AUA after not achieving academic success with the MCAT. It was inspiring to see that a medical school valued my potential as an aspiring doctor despite my mcat score. I came to AUA shortly after graduating with a degree in Microbiology. I was exposed to the staff and fellow students who encouraged me to follow my passion of medicine. 

I went onto a residency in primary care in the Beaumont Health system as I wanted to make a difference in my community. In residency, I was drawn to vulnerable and aging populations. The elderly is our fastest growing population in great need of care and attention. I completed a fellowship in geriatrics and started working exclusively with the underserved elderly. It’s amazing to see what spirit and lessons we can take back from our older population. It’s an honor to serve them and keep them healthy. 

I’m now the medical director of a managed care geriatric practice in Houston, TX. Success in your career is easily achievable when you are passionate about what you do. 

Samrita Varde, MD
Class of 2016
Center Medical Director- Corum, TX
Dedicated Senior Medical Care, a ChenMed Company

It’s never too late to start pursuing your passions you had to put a pause on during the rigours medical training and busy lives we create. Balance is the key! In the last few years I have finally got back into training mixed martial arts and specifically competing in Jiu Jitsu. The stress relief and mindfulness has unmeasurable positive effects on our day-to-day work life balance and with patients day to day. Get out there and do something that makes you happy!

Jasdeep (Jesse) Gill, MD
Class of 2009
Clinical Instructor-University of British Columbia
Medical Director-VeraLife Health Centre
Emergency Physician-Surrey Memorial Hospital
Ringside Physician-British Columbia Athletic Commission

I’m a PGY3 Internal Medicine Resident at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, New Jersey. I applied for a Cardiology Fellowship this year and I’m awaiting some good news. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, attended high school, before emigrating to the US. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Mathematics from Texas A&M University-Commerce and taught High School AP Chemistry for five years. Medicine is my second career, AUA gave me an opportunity of a lifetime and I am forever grateful. I avidly engage in Community Outreach, fighting voraciously for Health equity and against Health Disparities while promoting Cardiac Health.

Adaobi Umeaku, MD
Class of 2021
Internal Medicine Resident

I graduated from AUA in 2013. Since my graduation, my career has taken me on a journey across the country where I have had the opportunity to train and work with several mentors who have guided me to my current path today. I knew early on that I wanted to work with children, especially children with cancer. My experiences in residency and fellowship provided me with the opportunity to gain an understanding about the pediatric oncology field and provide a hands-on approach to working with children and their families to ultimately cure them of their disease. I currently have a hybrid role where I work with children with leukemia while also taking care of patients undergoing bone marrow transplant. This dual role allows me to work with children with high risk disease and follow them from diagnosis to hopefully cure, while also being able to incorporate various immunotherapies for those patients who do not respond to conventional therapy. While this field presents many challenges, I find that the chance to work with my patients and their families is rewarding in being able to help them through this difficult process while also using the knowledge and experience from these situations as a platform to help future patients and their families. 

Anil George, MD
Class of 2013
Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant

AUA was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals, they cared about the students performing well and pushed us to be the best version of our selves, the faculty understood our pathway to success and helped guide us in right direction.

Ahmed Abd El Aziz, MD
Class of 2021
Emergency Medicine Resident

I would not be where I am today without the support of AUA and their professors. The foundation I developed in Antigua for thinking critically has shaped me for who I am today. I am forever grateful for the experiences AUA has taught me, and will always carry it with me during my medical career.

Branden Ireifej, MD
Class of 2020
Rheumatology Fellow
University of Southern California

I wholeheartedly encourage all AUA students to persevere and maintain their diligent efforts, as there is undoubtedly a promising future awaiting them at the end of this challenging journey. Additionally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to AUA for granting me the invaluable opportunity to embark on this transformative path.

Nso Nso, MD
Class of 2018
Cardiovascular Disease Fellow
University of Chicago (Northshore) Program

“AUA helped pave the way for my success. It set high standards, and ensured that students met rigorous challenges head on. Through a comprehensive network of clinical sites, students are afforded the opportunity to work with a plethora of specialists, and build an invaluable fund of knowledge. The critical thinking, and skills, that my time at AUA helped me to develop, continue to aid me in my care of patients to this day.”


Srikant Sivaraman, is a board certified General, and Vascular Surgeon. He graduated from AUA in 2012. He completed his General Surgery training at the University to Maryland, and Vascular Surgery training at Wayne State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the Society of Vascular Surgery. He is passionate about Vascular Surgery, and Trauma.

Srikant Sivaraman, MD, RPVI, FACS, FSVS
Class of 2012

It has definitely been a long journey! I am however grateful and humble to start the next chapter in my career in Internal Medicine! I am thankful and forever in debt for my family and loved ones who’s helped and supported me along the way. I thank the AUA family for preparing me for this rewarding career. My childhood dream is finally here!

Jaafar Ali Hamdan, MD
Class of 2020

I came to Antigua in 2009 and lived in Jolly Harbor, which was tucked away from most places and a great place to unwind. During free time, I definitely enjoyed what the island had to offer. In particular, I remember going to La Bussola for amazing food, followed by Connor’s to play pool (not sure if it is still around). I chose AUA because of the milestones it achieved in such a short period of time. They also finished construction of the new campus while I was there, which was impressive; though our class never got to fully enjoy it. Basic science and clinical rotations geared me towards board preparation, but it was the extended hours of self-study and staying disciplined that put things into perspective. Developing these traits at AUA really helped me achieve each milestone during medical school, residency and beyond. It has been 6 years since graduation, and I am working on a second fellowship sub-specializing in interventional neuroradiology. Best of all, I continue training in my home state of Texas, as a board certified neurologist. In retrospect, AUA was the initial “stepping stone” I needed to jumpstart my journey into medicine. And for that I am truly grateful.

Imran Farooqui, MD
Class of 2013

I want to start off by saying that I am very thankful to AUA for these last 10 years. I started with premed in 2011 at AICASA, followed by AUA from there. I had one of the best experiences in residency at UIUC at Carle Foundation Hospital, which allowed me to continue following my dreams and currently be at University of Miami for Critical Care Fellowship. I have been both privileged and humbled with taking care and watching the progression of COVID-19 since March 2020 and currently working in strictly COVID MICU.

Riddhi Upadhaya, MD
Class of 2017

AUA is dedicated to the success and well-being of their students and will provide you all the tools you need to become successful and establish your career, just as they have provided me. I am grateful to AUA for giving me a chance when nobody else would.

Peter Sayegh, MD
Class of 2016