Andras Perl

Andras Perl,MD, PhD
Rheumatology Fellowship
Program Director

Elana Sukert

Elana S. Sukert
Rheumatology Fellowship
Program Coordinator

Rheumatology Fellowship Program


(Front L-R Dr. Perl (Program Director), Dr. Sharmeen, Dr. Shahnawaz; Back L-R Dr. Jaffari, Dr. Pasniciuc, Dr. Dziamski Dr. Rayancha (2017-2018 Fellows))

SUNY Upstate Medical University Rheumatology Fellowship Program is a two year program that is accredidted by the ACGME.  Graduates of the fellowship training program will be board eligible for the certification examination in the subspeciality of Rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Rheumatology Education Office
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 8310,
766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-4194
Fax: 315 464-4176

Title of Program: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Rheumatology Fellowship

Sponser: State University of New York

Participating Institutions:

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Veteran's Administration Medical Center at Syracuse
  • Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital

Curriculum: Fellowship Curriculum PDF Icon

Individuals Interested in applying to our fellowship program should apply thru ERAS External Icon

We will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) External Icon 

SUNY Upstate Medical University Rheumatology (NRMP #156150FO)

Current Rheumatology Fellows

farheenFarheen Fatima Jaffari, MD 2016 - 2018

Dr. Jaffari grew up in the Middle East and graduated from Karnataka Medical College, Manipal, India in 2010. She went onto complete her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

isabellaMaria Isabella Pasniciuc, MD 2016 - 2018

Dr. Pasniciuc grew up in Romania, graduated at Carol Davila Medical School Bucharest, Romania. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic health system. Dr. Pasniciuc is a board certified in Internal Medicine and fellow of ACP. Special interest: autoimmune diseases. Hobbies: traveling, spending time with family, hiking, cooking.


Zainab Shahnawaz, MD 2016 -2018 

Dr. Shahnawaz was born in Secaucus, New Jersey and graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York.

dziamskiKonrad Dziamski, MD 2017-2019

Dr. Dziamski was born in Park Ridge, Illinois and received his MD in 2012 from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. He went on to complete his Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports, running, hiking, skiing, spending time with friends/family, and traveling. 

SharmeenSaika Sharmeen, DO  2017 - 2019

Dr. Sharmeen grew up in New York City. She graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s- West Hospital system. She loves to read, travel and spend time with family

SharmeenThein Swe, MD

Dr. Swe was born in Myanmar and graduated from University of Medicine 2, Yangon, Myanmar. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Interfaith Medical Center, New York. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering, playing table tennis and traveling.