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Transitional Year Residency Faculty

Full-time Transitional Year faculty, teaching staff from other in-house residency programs and a large voluntary faculty support our program.

Program Director

Colleen Nichols, MD

A 1992 graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Nichols completed her Internal Medicine residency training at MCW in 1995. After serving as chief resident at MCW for one year, Dr. Nichols joined the Transitional Year faculty and staff in 1996.

She served as the Associate Program Director until July 2011, at which time she assumed the Program Director role. In addition to her involvement in the internship program, Dr. Nichols is also the Medical Director of the Aurora Health Care Continuing Professional Development office and faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency.


Richard Battiola, MD
Dr. Battiola is a 1983 graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he also completed his Internal Medicine residency. He has been a full-time faculty member at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center since 1988, and was the Transitional Year Program Director from 1991 to 2011.

In July of 2011, he became the Program Director for the Aurora Health Care/UW Affiliated Internal Medicine Residency Program and served in that role until June of 2019. Dr. Battiola remains actively involved in both the Transitional Year internship and Internal Medicine program.

Ankoor Biswas, MD
Dr. Biswas is an internal medicine physician. He provides hospital care as well as primary care with a special interest in anemia. Dr. Biswas also provides primary care for cancer patients. He is passionate about medical education for students and residents, and has won multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Biswas earned his medical degree at the Medical University of Lublin and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Aurora Health Care.

Lamya Boujelbane, MD, MPH
As an internal medicine physician, Dr. Boujelbane provides primary care with a special interest in treating patients with hypertension, chronic kidney disease and bone disease. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents.

Dr. Boujelbane completed her Internal Medicine residency at Aurora Health Care and attended a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Wisconsin. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Aijaz Noor, MD
Dr. Noor joined our faculty in July 2000, after completing his residency and tenure as chief resident of the Aurora Health Care Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. Noor is very active clinically and interacts with our housestaff on a regular basis in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

In addition, Dr. Noor became Associate Program Director of the AHC/UW Affiliated Internal Medicine Residency in July 2012 and Associate Program Director of the Transitional Year internship in July of 2016.

A large number of other full-time and voluntary faculty, representing all major specialties, actively participate in resident education, acting as role models for learning the science and practice of medicine.

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