First Year

Omar Ahmed, MD

Medical school: Saba University School of Medicine, Dutch Caribbean, Netherlands
Residency: Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University, Charleston, West Virginia
Research interests: RA, SLE and vasculitis

My decision to pursue rheumatology has emerged from years of practicing internal medicine. I am drawn to the field by the critical thinking required to diagnose and treat patients, the challenge in practicing the art of medicine and the ability to positively impact patients’ lives and build meaningful relationships. I enjoy how the discipline of rheumatology intersects with internal medicine, its various sub-specialties and musculoskeletal medicine. I have had the honor of deploying twice with the United States Air Force and value service before self. As I continue forward with my career, I look forward to working on behalf of my patients to achieve the best outcomes.

In my personal life, I have many hobbies: cast iron cooking, baking, photography, DIY projects.

Emily Campbell, MD

Undergraduate: University of South Carolina
Medical school: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
Research interests: Medical education, dietary and lifestyle interventions

I was drawn to rheumatology because it is a field of active discovery. We are constantly learning more about the diseases we treat and the treatment options available to us. I also enjoy forming long term relationships with my patients and working together to develop treatment plans best suited to their unique circumstances.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy cooking, spending time outside, and I am ever so slowly learning to play the bass guitar.

Second Year

Neharika Bhardwaj, MD

Medical school: Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital
Residency: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
Research interests: Rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, role of lifestyle modifications and preventative healthcare

My interest in rheumatology stems from the medical complexities and diagnostic challenges in the field. The multidisciplinary approach to patient care, unique pathologies, promising advancements, and balance between personal and professional life are all factors that drew me into the specialty. Most of all, I enjoy working with the patient population.

Outside of work, I avidly enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, playing volleyball, exploring local eateries, binge watching Netflix shows, listening to music, and travelling. I love diving into new experiences and am always up for an exciting adventure!

Kelsey Rigby

Kelsey Rigby, DO

Undergraduate: Christopher Newport University
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Brown University/Kent Hospital, Warwick RI
Research interests: Giant Cell Arteritis

Dr. Rigby’s interest in rheumatology started prior to medical school when she was a medical scribe for a rheumatologist. The different presentations of autoimmune diseases was interesting to see as a scribe. During medical school and residency that interest continued. She found treating patients with rheumatologic condition was very rewarding with the development of new medications.

Kavish Singh

Kavish Singh, MD

Medical school: Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, India
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Research interests: PMR, ANCA associated vasculitis

My interest in rheumatology piqued during my orthopedics training in India where I was seeing patients with advanced RA, ankylosing spondylitis, etc. needing joint replacements. I embarked on this journey to train in rheumatology with a hope to prevent such adverse outcomes. What has continued to interest me is the incredible amount of unique and diverse presentations of autoimmune diseases, the fact that we are still discovering new autoimmune/autoinflammatory diseases and the ever-growing field of biologics with many new medications being approved every year! I want to focus on equity in health care, especially in rural areas, where access to medical sub specialties is limited.

Outside of work, I love the great outdoors and enjoy visiting national parks every chance I get.