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Iman Afif, MD
Preferred Name:
Iman (pronounced Ee-mahn)
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Fairfield, CT



About Dr. Afif

Iman Afif is a PGY-4 in General Surgery at Temple University. She is interested in pursuing career in trauma surgery and surgical critical care. During her two research years she obtained an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and conducted firearm arm research with Dr. Jessica Beard. She is interested in understanding the root causes of firearm injury, especially the role of structural racism in interpersonal firearm violence. 


  • Undergraduate Institution: Colgate University, 2008 – 2012
  • Medical School: University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, 2014 – 2018
  • Additional Degrees: Master of Public Health, Temple University College of Public Health, 2020 – 2022

Honors and Awards:

  • Dipin Gupta, M.D. Memorial Award for Academic Achievement, Department of Surgery, Temple University Hospital, 2021, 2023

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: Crafting and home renovation projects. Backpacking.
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Parc (Rittenhouse Square)
  • Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my husband, Ben, and our two cats, Milo (aka Chicken) & Karl Marx (aka Pigeon).


Adham Alifarag, MD
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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY



About Dr. Alifarag

Dr. Alifarag is a PGY4 Resident at Temple’s Department of General Surgery. Adham has developed a strong interest in Vascular Surgery. Learning how to manage the spectrum of vascular disease ranging from chronic to acute with means of open vs. endovascular technique has inspired Adham to set his sights on this field for his career path. He plans on applying for Vascular Surgery Fellowship this year.  


  • Undergraduate Institution: Bernard M. Baruch College, (2008-2012)
  • Medical School: Upstate Medical University, (2016-2020)
  • Additional Degrees: M.S. in Biomedical Sciences, New York Medical College, (2014-2015)

Honors and Awards:

  • Joseph C. Fischer MD ’79 Memorial Scholarship
  • Rick Zogby, MD, Class of 1984 Memorial Scholarship
  • Medical Alumni Foundation Founders Scholarship
  • Sonya A. LaBella Memorial Scholarship
  • College of Medicine oral presentation award at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Annual Charles R. Ross Research Day
  • Douglas (Ed Ben-Edison) Cox, MD ’63 Scholarship
  • Sanders/Kilkelly Scholarship
  • Carolyn L. Kuckein AOA Research Fellowship award finalist

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: Playing basketball, ping pong, lifting weights. Also enjoy playing electric guitar although mine is currently collecting dust.  Huge fan of standup comedy 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Zahav


Nielsen Gabriel, DO
Preferred Name: Nielsen 
Pronouns: he/him 
Hometown: Sacramento, CA 
Dr. Gabriel is a PGY-IV resident. He comes from humble beginnings in a small town in Northern California and is now completing his surgical training on the east coast. He has developed clinical interests in cardiac & thoracic surgery, as well as medical education. Outside of medicine, he enjoys a wide array of activities. 
  • Undergraduate Institution: California State University Sacramento 
  • Medical School: Touro University Nevada 
Honors and Awards: 
  • Berkley Scholar 
  • Sigma Sigma Phi 
  • UC Davis Excellence Award 
Fun Facts: 
  • Hobbies/Interests: Year-round outdoor activities; Fitness & Wellness; Eating 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Double Knot 
  • Instagram & X: @nielsenmgabriel 

Sarah Kling, MD
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Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Dix Hills, NY



About Dr. Kling

Dr. Kling is in her fourth clinical year of residency in General Surgery at Temple University Hospital. She is interested in pursuing career in colorectal surgery. After her PGY-2 year, Dr. Kling performed two years of professional development time including research with a focus on colorectal surgery, clinical outcomes, and academic surgery. During this time, she also obtained a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Health Policy and Management. She holds several committee positions through TUH, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 


  • Undergraduate Institution: Miami University, 2010 – 2014
  • Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, 2014 – 2018
  • Additional Degrees: Master of Public Health, Temple University, 2020 – 2022

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: SCUBA diving
  • Mom to two toddlers 
  • Police wife 

Claire Le Guen, MD MPH
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Pronouns: she/hers
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Michigan
About Dr. Le Guen
Claire Le Guen is a PGY-4 R2 in General Surgery at Temple University. She is interested in pursuing a career in Trauma Surgery/Critical Care and Global Health.  
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2012 
  • Medical School: The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 2014-2018 
  • Additional Degrees: Masters of Public Health, College of Public Health, Temple University, 2020-2023 

Honors and Awards:

  • The Jennifer A. Sidari, MD ’13 Global Health Award, 2018
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, 2017
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Learning Environment Award, 2015

Fun Facts:

  • Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking and backcountry camping

John Loree, MD
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Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
About Dr. Loree
Dr. Loree is a PGY-4 resident. I had initially become interested in surgery when working in surgical clinics prior to college and through shadowing surgeons. When going through clinical rotations during medical school, I was excited about the opportunity to care for complex medical and surgical problems posed by general surgery. I am planning on pursuing additional training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with the hope of eventually specializing in reconstructive surgery, microsurgery and head and neck oncology.  
  • Undergraduate Institution – Vassar College (2016), Major – Physics, Minor -- Mathematics 
  • Medical School – SUNY Upstate Medical University (2020) 
Honors and Awards:
  • Sigma Xi award for undergraduate research – Vassar College, 2016 

Fun Facts:
  • Hobbies/Interests: Biking, art, theater, travel 
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Sushi at Umai Umai 

Lynde Lutzow, MD
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Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Effingham, IL
About Dr. Lutzow
Lynde is a PGY-4 resident in General Surgery at Temple University. She is interested in pursuing a career in vascular surgery. She is pursuing her MPH in Health Policy and Management and her research interests include health service design and improving uptake and adherence to Lung Cancer Screening.
  • Undergraduate Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design, 2003 - 2007
  • Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, 2014 - 2018
  • Additional Degrees: Masters of Public Health, Temple University, 2020 – present
Honors and Awards:
  • Temple NIH-U54 Grant Award
    Jun 2020
    Awarded training grant to investigate patient barriers and disparities as related to lung cancer screening and treatment.
  • International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) Juror / Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)
    May  2020 - May 2021
    Invited as juror and team captain to review and judge international medical device design entries.
  • Owl Ribbon for Excellence in Teamwork
    April  2020
    Awarded to clinician demonstrating excellence in patient care, professionalism, or teamwork.
  • Leon Levinson Prize in Physiology
    May 2018
    Awarded to a Tufts SOM graduating senior showing the greatest proficiency in physiology.
Fun Facts:     
  • Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, spending time with family, especially my baby girl
  • Favorite restaurant in Philly: Pietro’s
  • Favorite weekend activity: Running, Reading, + Watching CBS Sunday Morning (haha)