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Resident Spotlight - Nikunj Karsan, MD

Dr. Nikunj Karsan isn’t a big city kind of a guy. “I did most of my third year medical school rotations in Miami and most of my fourth year rotations in Atlanta, and I didn’t like dealing with all the traffic,” Karsan said. He certainly didn’t have to deal with traffic as a boy. Karsan grew up in an agricultural area in India in a town with only about 200 residents. “Pretty much all the people in town were farmers. For school, I went out of town and stayed with my aunt because there was no school where I lived.”

Karsan’s family moved to the United States when he was 14, and they moved to Albany when he was in high school. “I enjoyed Albany when we moved here. The people were really nice, so I liked that.” He graduated from Monroe High School and earned an associate’s degree from Darton State College before attending the University of Georgia.

While attending medical school at Ross University, Karsan returned to Albany to complete a month-long sub-internship at Phoebe. “It was one of the best rotations that I had in med school,” Karsan said. “I really loved the people in the residency program, especially the staff. That’s one of the main reasons I came here to do my residency. The experience is largely the same with many programs, but the people make the difference here.  Everyone is there supporting you, from the top down.”

Since starting his Phoebe Family Medicine Residency (PFMR) program training in June, Dr. Karsan has completed inpatient hospitalist, surgery and pediatrics rotations. “As a family medicine physician, you don’t know what you’re going to see in the clinic, so it’s good to get that wide range of experience,” Karsan said. “I’m looking forward to doing my ob-gyn rotation and getting to deliver babies. If I end up practicing in a small town, that will be very useful.”

While Dr. Karsan hopes to be able to return to India regularly to do medical missionary work, he expects to live and practice in south Georgia. “I think my plan as of right now is to do outpatient family medicine somewhere close to where my family is in Georgia. Maybe Albany will be that place. It will have a small town type of environment,” he said.

And he believes the Phoebe Family Medicine Residency is preparing him well for that kind of career, meeting the healthcare needs of Georgia families. “The residency program has been everything I expected,” Karsan said. “I kind of knew how the program is run, and it is even a little better than I expected, and I hope it continues to go well.”