Class of 2022

Meritus Family Medicine Residency Students

Kezia EllisonKezia Ellison, M.D.

Kezia Ellison, M.D., is a 2019 graduate of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pa. She also received a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Geisinger and a Master of Arts in Women’s Health from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. After her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brown University in Providence, R.I., she was a clinical research assistant and coordinator with Boston’s Harvard School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Ellison also founded Educating Teens, Inc., where she has provided HIV prevention awareness and supported the underserved and underrepresented for the past 19 years. She is also a contributor to the latest edition of Our Bodies Our Selves. Outside of medicine, she is an avid cook and gardener who enjoys jazz and classical music.

Ryan GabrielRyan Gabriel, D.O.

Ryan Gabriel, D.O., received his medical degree in 2018 from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his Master of Science in Biology from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Beyond schoolwork, Dr. Gabriel has worked with pregnant women living with HIV in Philadelphia, cared for Hospice patients in Indiana; and counseled children living with diabetes in Texas. He spent a year developing a wellness center as a community health corps volunteer in California, and also studied abroad in both Costa Rica and England. An avid reader of anything from popular fiction to self-improvement manuals, Dr. Gabriel loves to travel and dreams of becoming a film director in retirement.

Umar JawaidUmar Jawaid, M.D.

Umar Jawaid, M.D., received his medical degree from American University of Integrative Sciences School of Medicine in 2011, and his master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., in 2017. His past experience is as a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration and clinical research manager of cancer and cardiovascular disease trials in several states. Dr. Jawaid has advocated for the prioritization of practice guidelines in addiction medicine and strategized ways to reduce the prevalence of substance abuse in families and communities in Maryland. He has coordinated patient safety and accreditation at Meritus Health since March 2018. Dr. Jawaid spends his free time with his family and playing cricket.

Olaoye JegedeOlaoye Jegede, M.D.

Olaoye Jegede, M.D., is a 2008 graduate of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria. He has extensive experience in health care strategy and information technology, training hundreds of physicians in the U.S. in the Epic EHR system. In 2017, Dr. Jegede worked to create a cloud-based, research query portal with Partners Healthcare while completing an externship at Massachusetts General Hospital. In Nigeria, he conducted feasibility studies of the health care industry and helped develop a center of excellence for international development agencies in West Africa, while also practicing as a village primary care provider and generalist medical officer concentrating in endocrine conditions. Additionally, Dr. Jegede has experience in community infectious disease surveillance. He is a self-trained freelance photographer with a blog of more than 200 followers and enjoys spending time with his family and swimming, basketball and soccer.

Serina LewisSerina Lewis, M.D.

Serina Lewis, M.D., received her medical degree in 2019 from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga. She is the recipient of the Weill Cornell Travelers Summer Research Fellowship and the Comprehensive Minority Medical Program Medical Student of the Year award. Prior to her medical training, she worked in the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr. Lewis is a committee member of the Georgetown SOM Council on Diversity Affairs and has been active with the district’s homeless community. She is a member of the Baltimore Shuckers Pearls Dance Team and enjoys traveling, playing kickball and watching Marvel and DC Universe movies.

Algernon PrioleauAlgernon “Al” Prioleau, D.O.

Algernon “Al” Prioleau, D.O., is a 2017 graduate of The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a traditional osteopathic rotating internship in June 2019. Dr. Prioleau earned his bachelor’s and master’s in biology from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. Prior to medical school, he was lead virologist for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and studied V. cholera for NOAA/SEAGRANT. He is a husband and father of three children and enjoys science fiction and cooking new foods.