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CRAB Co-Chairs for 2011-12

CRAB Co-Chairs for 2011-12


Mohit Girotra, MD
Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital, Baltimore

Dr. Girotra completed his medical school at Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India before joining Johns Hopkins Univ/Sinai Internal Medicine Residency program in 2008 and is currently serving as the Chief Resident in the program. He will be moving next year to University of Arkansas at Little Rock for Gastroenterology/Hepatology fellowship, along with his wife, who is currently finishing her training in Internal Medicine. He consider himself fortunate for not only getting trained strongly at Sinai, but also receiving an opportunity to work with best investigators at Johns Hopkins and Sinai. Along with getting recognition for strong clinical work (Best resident award), his passion for research helped him secure several research awards including the prestigious "Mendeloff award" and "ACP Maryland Chapter research award," and extramural funding to support his clinical research with his mentor Dr. S.K. Dutta. He has thoroughly enjoyed his journey so far and enthusiastically looks forward to what lies ahead. And along the way, with sincere passion, he is dedicated towards advancement of Medicine with his earnest clinical and research attempts. In his role as a leader, he tries to bring new ideas with positive attitude and ardency to the table. As a member of CRAB and one of its co-chairs, he see himself contributing to development and expansion of CRAB and committed to making CRAB's presence felt at regional and national level.


Venkataraman Palabindala (Raman)
Chief Resident
Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC)

Dr.Palabindala earned his medical degress from Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences in Nalgonda, India. During medical school, he was an active member of many volunteer works and cultural activities winning several prizes for his performances as a stage actor and director of plays. Before joining the residency program at GBMC, he worked in the Genetics lab in VAHS, University of the Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and was a student of Eastern Michigan University. During residency, he participated in multiple research studies to improve the quality of patient care. He is an active member of ACP and presented several case reports at Maryland Chapter meetings and also national ACP meetings.

In his free time, he likes to cook and write Telugu poetry, and script for stage shows. Ultimately he wants to go back to join Indian politics and one day become Prime Minister of India (seriously!).


Alireza Zarrabi, MD
Chief Resident
Harbor Hospital Center

Dr. Zarrabi earned his medical degree from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran. He finished his post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas and later on worked as an Instructor at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. He was peer reviewer for Circulation, the prestigious journal of the American Heart Association.

Alireza published in different scientific journals such as ATVB and JACC. He also presented his research at many international conferences. He is currently one of the Chief Medical Residents at Harbor Hospital Center in Baltimore.

In his free time, he plays tennis and enjoys live music performances in Charm City ... and OF COURSE he is a Ravens fan!

Word from Maryellen Woodward, Chapter Staff