New faculty join UMMC academic ranksPublished on Monday, October 10, 2022Medical Center leadership is proud to announce the following additions to its faculty and leadership staff.Dr. Megan J. HamnerHamnerDr. Megan J. Hamner, recently a clinical fellow in pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine.Hamner earned her medical degree in 2016 at the American University School of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.She is board-certified in general pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and Infectious Diseases Society of America.Hamner has been an invited lecturer at various conferences and has presented a number of educational lectures for professional organizations or institutions. She is a published researcher and has been a co-presenter for variety of poster and oral presentations.— — — Dr. Aaradhana J. JhaJhaDr. Aaradhana J. Jha, recently a clinical fellow in orthopaedic pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in orthopaedic surgery in the School of Medicine.Jha received her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) in 2007 from the Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. She completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal.She was a research fellow in the Hand & Arm Division, Department of Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston and in the Foot & Ankle Division, Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Jha also completed clinical fellowships in joint reconstruction at the University of Pavia in Italy; in orthopaedic trauma at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and in pediatric orthopaedics at Duke University & the University of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.After residency, while in Nepal, she served as an orthopaedic surgeon at various clinics in Kathmandu; as the director of surgical services, deputy medical director and orthopaedic surgeon at Possible Health Nepal in Achham, Nepal; and in other leadership and teaching roles, including lecturer and consultant orthopaedic surgeon.Jha is a member of numerous honorary/professional societies; among them are the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of Nepal, Nepal Orthopaedic Association; International Society for Knowledge for Surgeons in Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty; AO Spine; AO Trauma; Orthopaedic Trauma Association; and International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, for which she is also a journal reviewer.She is co-author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter and around a dozen oral and poster presentations. Jha was named among the 100 influential women of Nepal by the BBC-Nepal in 2016.— — — Dr. Harpreet SawhneySawhneyDr. Harpreet Sawhney, recently a fellow in neuroradiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of radiology in the School of Medicine.Sawhney earned his medical degree (MBBS) in 2011 at Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, Gujarat, India, where he did a rotating internship before completing his radiology residency at C.U. Shah Medical College and Hospital in Surendranagar, Gujarat, IndiaHe also completed an internship in preliminary medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center & Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Bridgeport, Connecticut, before completing his residency in diagnostic radiology at Yale New Haven Health at Bridgeport Hospital.Sawhney is a member-in-training for several professional organizations, including the American Society of Neuroradiology, American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North American, and American Roentgen Ray Society.He has participated in a dozen poster or oral presentations and is the co-author of several publications in professional journals. Over the years, he participated in a number of volunteer activities providing medical care or screenings to local communities in India.