Class of 2026

Maham S Ahmed

Maham S Ahmed DO

Medical Resident (Lake Erie College Of Osteopathic Medicine)

I grew up in Orlando, FL and am super excited to be here in Gainesville, FL to train at the University of Florida! For my undergraduate education, I went to the Florida State University where I was actively involved in serving the underserved populations and where my passion for preventative medicine grew. Before attending medical school, I spent some time doing clinical research at the University of South Florida/TGH. I hope to continue to be involved in research in my training here at UF. I am interested in full-spectrum family medicine, procedures, women’s health, preventative medicine, and taking care of people from all walks of life. I chose UF for my residency training because of how supportive, knowledgeable, and compassionate the faculty and residents are, along with the numerous opportunities that are available at such a large academic institution. In my free time, I love to explore Gainesville with my husband and my little girl, visit theme parks in Orlando, and travel!

Kaitlyn M Alessi

Kaitlyn M Alessi DO

Medical Resident (College Of Osteopathic Medicine | Nova Southeastern University)

I’m from Naples, Florida and I absolutely love the sunshine state! I went to the University of Florida for my undergraduate education where I studied Biomedical Engineering and specialized in Neural Engineering. After graduation, I decided to pursue a career in medicine and found myself interested in a wide variety of topics. I chose family medicine because of the diverse pathology encountered and my passion for preventative medicine. In my spare time, I like to go to the gym and embrace the outdoors. I really enjoy sand volleyball, pickleball, kayaking, and hiking.

Maria Jamaleddine

Maria Jamaleddine MD

Medical Resident (University Of Central Florida)

Dr. Jamaleddine has spent most of her life in Florida and attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate and medical education. As a medical student, she was actively involved in her school’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion and co-founded several diversity-based programs. She chose Family Medicine because of the meaningful life-long relationships that are developed with patients in this field. Dr. Jamaleddine is also passionate about preventative medicine and working with underserved communities. Her interests outside of medicine include table tennis, pickleball, piano, and attending live music events.

John M Jones

John M Jones MD, MPH

Medical Resident (University Of Miami)

Hello! I’m John, the son of two high school teachers from West Palm Beach, Florida. I went to Florida State for undergrad and the University of Miami for med school. You can find me at home most days on my Peloton or working on improving performance of new Nerf blasters that come out. You should come here! UF is full of super friendly and high caliber people. It’s a great place to grow and I am so happy I am here.

Matthew S Jorgensen

Matthew S Jorgensen DO

Medical Resident (College Of Osteopathic Medicine | William Carey University)

I was born in Minnesota and moved to Florida for middle school and high school. I’ve always had a passion for playing sports and ended up playing lacrosse at the University of Minnesota, where I majored in Microbiology and History. During those four years I was active in research, coaching, and leadership roles. Prior to starting medical school, I spent two years as a researcher at the Mayo Clinic and coached various youth and high school lacrosse teams. I am interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine and continue to be involved in the community and research. I enjoy being outdoors with my dogs, playing/watching sports, and spending time with my wife and friends. Go Gators!!

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly MD

Medical Resident (University Of Cincinnati)

I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and I completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati. I chose family medicine because it provides ample variety and allows me to care for the whole person. Additionally, family med allows me to integrate social determinants of health in my daily practices and provides ample opportunity for health advocacy. I chose UF because of the clinic-first curriculum and premium outpatient training. In my free time you can find me running around Gainesville as I train for various races and marathons or catch me trying new restaurants with my wife!

Jiyeon Koo

Jiyeon Koo MD

Medical Resident (USF Health Morsani College Of Medicine)

As someone who came to UF for undergrad, I’m ecstatic to be back. UF has the approachable faculty, supportive colleagues & staff, and the broad spectrum of pathology to meet the needs of anyone hoping to train in the family medicine field. Personally, what draws me to family medicine are the longitudinal relationships & incredible scope of practice. In my free time I can be found catching up on the next movie, snacking, or playing video games on my phone.

Nichole Mathew

Nichole Mathew DO

Medical Resident (College Of Osteopathic Medicine | Nova Southeastern University)

I’m from Tampa, Florida but I went to Nova Southeastern University for undergrad and medical school! I chose family medicine due to the diversity and lasting relationships you form. UF provides a supportive environment as well as diverse pathology which is ideal for training! In my free time, I love traveling, eating, watching tv, and playing pickleball!

Charles J Sarria

Charles J Sarria MD

Medical Resident (University Of Florida)

I was born and raised in South Florida and attended Duke University for undergrad. I returned home to Florida for medical school at the University of Florida and I loved it so much that I wanted to stay here for my residency training! I chose Family Medicine due to my desire to form strong relationships with my patients as well as the wide variety of clinical opportunities. I am very excited to continue working with the amazing faculty and residents here. My interests within Family Medicine include Sports Medicine and working with underserved populations. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, watching sports/Netflix, cooking with my fiancée (a Pediatrics resident), and being outside in the Florida sunshine.