Brief Bio

​Nimit Agarwal, MD
Nimit Agarwal, MD

Program Director, Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Medical School: Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, India
Internal Medicine​ Residency: Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship: Loyola University
Board Certifications: ABIM Internal Medicine, 2008 (recertification, 2018) and ABIM Geriatric Medicine, 2009
Areas of Interest: Innovative ways to provide geriatric care and utilizing technology to improve health care outcomes

Walter Nieri, MD
Walter Nieri, MD

Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Medical School: Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Internship: Connemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital
Residency: Mercy Hospital
Board Certification: Internal Medicine/Geriatrics/Certified Medical Director for Long Term Care; Hospice Medical Director
Areas of Interest: As the program director, Dr. Nieri has a general interest in promoting the principals of geriatric medicine by training physicians that will provide quality geriatric care in our communities. His specific interest is healthy aging and in developing innovative models of care for long term care and dementia patients to ensure the best quality of life in later years and at the end of life.

From its inception at Banner Boswell in 1997 to 2020, Dr. Walter Nieri served as the program director for the Family Medicine Geriatrics Program. Dr. Nieri has now become the associate program director for the combined Geriatrics Fellowship Program — ensuring his leadership, foundation and knowledge remain a part of our programs overall. 

Paul E. Stander, MD
Paul E. Stander, MD

Associate Chief of Staff, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System (PVAHS)
Director, Outpatient Palliative Care, PVAHS
Medical Director, Hospice of the Valley
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College
Residency: College of Wisconsin, Internal Medicine
Residency: University of Arizona, Preventative Medicine

Sarah Payne, DO
Sarah Payne, DO

Medical Director, Banner Hospice and Home Care

Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency: Family Medicine Geriatric Track, Metro Health Hospital
Fellowship: Geriatrics Banner Health Fellowship
Areas of Interest: The geriatric assessment of geriatric patients, hospice and palliative care and teaching

Uzma Jafri, MD
Uzma Jafri, MD
Core Program Faculty

Medical School: Ross University
Residency: Family Medicine, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (Formerly Banner Good Samaritan)
Fellowship: Family Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program, Banner Boswell Medical Center and University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix 
Areas of Interest: Long term care and end of life care, supporting the expansion of Medicare and social health care justice in Arizona

Masood Kisana, MD
Masood Kisana, MD

Faculty Member

Medical School: Punjab Medical College Faisal Abad, Pakistan
Internal Medicine Residency: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix/Phoenix VA Health Care System
Geriatric Medicine Fellowship: Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix/Phoenix VA Health Care System
Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles/Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System, California

Amruta Vadnerkar, MD

Faculty Member

Medical School: Dr. D. Y. Patil medical College, New Mumbai, India
Residency: Sound Shore Medical Center, NY Medical College
Fellowship: Winthrop University Hospital
Board Certifications: Internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative care

Dan Capampangan, MD​

Faculty Member – Neurology attending

Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic
Board Certifications: Neurology, vascular neurology

​Shantanu Thakur, MD

Faculty Member – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Residency: DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
Board Certifications: Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Domingo Maynes III, MD, HMDC
Domingo Maynes III, MD, HMDC

Faculty Member – Hospice and Palliative attending

Medical School: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic Arizona, Internal Medicine
Medicine Fellowship: Stanford University, Palliative Medicine
Educational Appointments: Creighton University School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona School of Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Health care ethics, integrative care, oncology, transplant

Allison Perrin, MD​

Physician Dementia Specialist, Memory Disorders Clinic

Medical School: Wayne State University
Residency: Maricopa Integrated Health System (now Valleywise Health)
Fellowships: Faculty Development at MIHS, Geriatrics at BGSMC
Board Certifications: Internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative medicine
Areas of Interest: Dementia, end of life

Ganesh Gopalakrishna, MD​
Ganesh Gopalakrishna, MD​

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix

Medical School: Bangalore Medical College
Residency: Psychiatry, University of Missouri-Columbia
Fellowship: Geriatric Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University 
Areas of Interest: Dementia, use of technology in mental health

Bradley Buckhout, MD

Faculty, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Medical School: Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Residency: Mercy Hospital Family Medicine
Palliative Medicine Fellowship: Phoenix VA Medical Center

Gary Salzman, MD
Gary Salzman, MD

Medical School: Rush Medical College (Chicago, Illinois)
Residency: Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago
Areas of Interest: Osteoporosis, pressure injuries, dementia

Other faculty members include Banner Alzheimer’s Institute physicians, Endocrinologists, PM&R physicians, behavioral psychologists, wound care physicians, Psychiatrists and Urologists.