Internal Medicine Housestaff 2016-2017

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  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Ambulatory Chief Resident
    Nashville VA Medical Center
    Home:
    West Orange, NJ
    College:
    Dartmouth College
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Hannah was born and raised in the quintessential northern New Jersey town of West Orange, where she had a nearby view of the Manhattan skyline. For college, she ventured north for cold winters in rural New Hampshire. At Dartmouth, one would find her singing in her college's Christian a cappella group and leading her Christian fellowship. After four years, she returned to NJ to attend Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and unexpectedly found her husband, Eddie Iglesia. After their third year of medical school, Hannah and Eddie decided to pursue a year of research at UNC-Chapel Hill, where the two quickly fell in love with the South. Hannah married Eddie at the end of their 4th year of medical school prior to moving to Nashville, where they expanded their family with the addition of their beautiful baby boy. In her free time, Hannah loves to bake (cookie requests accepted), explore new restaurants throughout Nashville, and spend time with her family and friends.

  • David Leverenz, M.D.
    University of Texas Southwestern
    Chief Resident
    VU Medical Center
    Home:
    Fort Worth, TX
    College:
    Baylor University
    Career Plans:
    Rheumatology
    Interests / Achievements:
    David spent the first 10 years of his live in the small town of Waterford, Virginia before moving to Fort Worth, Texas. He attended college at Baylor University where he majored in University Scholars (a liberal arts degree) and met his wife, Molly, who is actually a native of Nashville! David then went to medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he changed his mind about becoming an emergency medicine physician after he experienced the strange, wonderful world of rheumatology. David absolutely loved his residency experience at Vanderbilt and he is excited to be one of the chief residents this year. In his free time, David can usually be found at one of Nashville’s many parks with Molly and his extremely cute baby girl, Eleanor. David will be applying for a fellowship in rheumatology with the hope of becoming an academic rheumatologist with a focus on clinical research and education.
  • Mona Mashayekhi, M.D.
    Washington University
    Chief Resident
    Nashville VA Medical Center
    Home:
    Tehran, Iran
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Endocrinology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Mona was born in Tehran, Iran, where she lived with her family until the age of 9 years old. She immigrated to the US, where she was fascinated by all the new experiences, such as meeting a blonde person for the first time, and eating hot dogs and cereal! She went to high school in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and then moved to Chicago to attend the U of C. There, she minored in law and psychology, and majored in biology. She moved to St Louis, Missouri, to complete the MD/PhD program at WashU, where she studied the role of dendritic cells in the mouse immune response to Toxoplasma gondii. Mona and her family were excited to move to Nashville and complete residency at Vanderbilt.
  • Zachary Yoneda, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Ambulatory Chief Resident
    VU Medical Center
    Home:
    Lexington, Kentucky
    College:
    Harvard
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Zach was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of two physicians. After majoring in economics in undergrad, his parents were dismayed when he decided to make medicine the family profession, but ultimately came around. He spent the summer and fall of 2008 working for the Harvard Health Care Policy department, where he learned an appreciation of the inner workings of the health care system. He began medical school at Vanderbilt in the spring of 2009 and has been in Nashville ever since. Zach has grown to love his adopted city and spends most of his free time exploring. He has, both to his shame and pride, become a regular at several local restaurants. In his free time, Zach enjoys cooking and eating, and “enjoys” going to the gym, though really feels like it’s torture every time. If given enough time, he has been known to deliver an impromptu chalk talk on bourbon, which he feels is a true credit to his Kentucky roots. Zach was inducted into AOA as a resident after nominations for his contributions to teaching the medical students, which he feels is, to date his greatest accomplishment. After his chief year, he plans to pursue a fellowship in cardiology, and ultimately academic electrophysiology.

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PGY 1 Residents

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
    Home:
    Milwaukee, WI
    College:
    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Career Plans:
    Radiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Scott was born and raised in Milwaukee where he has lived for most of his life. He studied biomedical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and later decided to stay in Milwaukee to train in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he earned both his MD degree and a PhD in physiology. Through his studies, he developed an interest in the application of technology to medicine, and he decided to pursue a career in radiology where he hopes to develop and apply new diagnostic and therapeutic tools and technologies to advance personalized medicine. He is thrilled to launch his career as a preliminary medicine intern at Vanderbilt before heading to St. Louis for his radiology residency at Washington University. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, sailing, weight lifting, and wrestling, and he looks forward to the warmer winters, great food, and vibrant music scene in Nashville.
  •  Mark Hotchkiss, M.D.
    University of Oklahoma
    Home:
    Littleton, Colorado
    College:
    Wheaton College
    Career Plans:
    Radiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Mark grew up in Littleton, Colorado, the youngest of three brothers. After studying international affairs at Wheaton College outside of Chicago, he worked in clinical research in Denver for 4 years. He then attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where he thought he wanted to do anesthesiology until his first radiology rotation, only after completing the interview season in anesthesiology (notably including a polite rejection from Vanderbilt). He feels extremely lucky to be joining Vanderbilt for both his internship and radiology residency, and can’t wait to meet everyone and get started. Mark is an avid runner, and enjoys training for and competing in marathons. Aside from running, in his free time he also likes to travel and ski/snowboard when possible. Member of AOA
  • Home:
    San Francisco , CA
    College:
    UC Berkeley
    Career Plans:
    Hematology-Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Praveen Pendyala was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to his California roots, he is an avid foodie and has been working diligently for the past several years towards attaining the highly coveted “Elite status” on Yelp. He has been thoroughly impressed by the rapidly growing restaurant scene in Nashville. After his undergraduate studies, he spent two years doing health policy research with the former assistant surgeon general in Washington D.C, where he also happened to meet his wonderful wife, Jyoti. During medical school, he built on his interest in health policy while conducting cancer related health services research under the mentorship of faculty at the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes at Vanderbilt. Praveen considers himself a true maverick in the South Asian community for not committing to a career in cardiology on the first day of medical school and is instead an aspiring oncologist. His ultimate vision is to apply his knowledge of health policy to improve value in the field of oncology by developing strategies that advance the wellbeing of individual cancer patients and lower costs for the cancer care delivery system as a whole.
  •  Annie Wester, M.D.
    Loyola University
    Home:
    Denver, CO
    College:
    Univsersity of Colorado
    Career Plans:
    Dermatology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Annie was born and raised in Denver, CO. Her love of hiking, skiing, and the Broncos enticed her to stay near the Rocky Mountains to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado. At CU she double majored in Molecular Biology and History, but the highlight of her undergraduate years was triumphantly rushing the field for the three football games the Buffaloes won during her four years in Boulder. After college, she ventured out of her home state to the City of Brotherly Love to earn a master's degree in Biology at Drexel University before moving to Chicago to complete medical school at Loyola University. At Loyola she discovered a love for histology, patient care, & keratinocytes prompting her to pursue dermatology as a specialty. Outside of medicine, Annie enjoys running, photography, ice cream, and spending time with family & friends. She is excited to migrate South to enjoy all of the warm weather, country music, BBQ, and Jeni's ice cream that Nashville has to offer for both her preliminary year and dermatology residency! Memebr of AOA

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PGY 2 Residents

  • Weill Cornell Qatar
    Home:
    Cairo, Egypt
    College:
    Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Hebatalla was born in Cairo, Egypt, but her family moved to Saudi Arabia when she was two, and she spent her childhood in both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. She then moved to Qatar to attend Weill Cornell Medicine, where she did 2 years of condensed premedical courses, followed by 4 years of medical school. Both of her parents are physicians, so it's not surprising that she became interested in medicine from an early age, although they did try to warn her of the potential risks of her decision. She became interested in Heme/Onc after doing a month-long elective in Leukemia at New York Presbyterian-Cornell, where she was fascinated by the various clinical trials utilizing precision medicine in the management of refractory cases of leukemia. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and rowing, so she is glad to be moving to a city where temperatures of 110 °F are not the norm. She also enjoys reading (with a particular interest in psychology), attempting to cook, movies, all things related to coffee and/or chocolate, and live music. She is beyond thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt community and can't wait to explore everything in Nashville from the famous hot chicken to the music festivals.

  • Juan  Pablo Arroyo, M.D., Ph.D.
    Universidad de la Salle Facultad Mexicana de Medicina
    Universidad de la Salle
    Home:
    Mexico City, Mexico
    College:
    Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Juan Pablo (JP for short), was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. During the the last year of medical school he began a life-long affair with the kidney! This led JP to pursue a Ph.D. in renal physiology, with a focus on how salt impacts blood pressure. Upon completing his Ph.D., JP moved to New Haven CT, where JP completed an intern year in General – Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, as well as a two-year post-doc focusing on the molecular mechanisms of renal salt reabsorption. He is incredibly excited to continue his training in Medicine and Nephrology at Vanderbilt. 

  • Fabian Bock, M.D.
    Heidelberg University
    University of Heidelberg
    Home:
    Hannover, Germany
    College:
    University of Heidelberg
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Fabian grew up in northern Germany. After he left High School he went to Medical School at the University of Heidelberg (founded in 1386), an old romantic city in mountainous southern Germany. Besides the rich scientific environment he enjoyed the beautiful old town and its fireworks illuminating the old castle – its constructions started around 1214! Heidelberg though having quite ancient buildings offers highly modern research opportunities and thus got Fabian interested early in medical school. From cells to fruit flies to mice and their kidneys he enjoys the whole spectrum of research, which even took him to Magdeburg in eastern Germany, where his mentor had moved. Working there as a resident in one of the biggest lipid clinics, it was a clinical rotation to MD Anderson in Texas that got Fabian very enthusiastic about coming to the States and pursuing a physician scientist program. In addition to exploring the vibrant city of Nashville, Fabian is fascinated by the friendly culture at Vanderbilt and thrilled to become part of it.

  • Jee Cha, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    Cincinnati Children's
    Home:
    Fort Thomas, KY / Taejon, S. Korea
    College:
    University of Cincinnati
    Career Plans:
    Endocrinology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jeeyeon was born in S. Korea and spent her early years in Chicago, IL and Morgantown, WV. When her parents and younger brother John moved back to Korea, she decided to stay with her aunt and uncle in Fort Thomas, KY for high school. She attended the University of Cincinnati (UC) with a major in Biomedical Engineering through the Connections-E (BS/MD) Dual Admissions Program and developed an interest for basic research as a lab aide in the Wylie-Heasman lab at Cincinnati Children’s. Following graduation, she joined the UC MSTP and earned her PhD in Developmental Biology and Reproductive Sciences under the mentorship of S. K. Dey at Cincinnati Children’s. Jeeyeon is very excited to continue her medical and research training at Vanderbilt as a Harrison Society Scholar and live in Nashville. In her spare time, Jeeyeon enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Robert  Colbert, M.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Home:
    Minneapolis, MN
    College:
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Rob was born and raised in the frigid yet beautiful land of 10,000 lakes (which turns out to be less lakes than in Alaska, but who's actually counting?). He decided to cross the border into the neighboring state of Wisconsin for undergrad where he enjoyed the superior Badger sports teams, cheese curds, and New Glarus beer. In undergrad he majored in Biology and Spanish and spent one semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. The experience living in a new culture opened up a whole new world for him and after undergrad he decided to continue exploring by volunteering in Cusco, Peru for 6 months. Life in the Andes was amazing but he decided to return home to his family and friends for medical school. Minneapolis did its best to mold him into the hipster ways with quality coffee, great craft beer, and bikes galore. He felt the call of Latin America beckoning him one more time and went to Costa Rica for one month after Match Day. Rob and his girlfriend are absolutely thrilled to move to Nashville and can't wait to meet all of the wonderful people at Vanderbilt! They are especially excited to enjoy great live music, delve into the food scene, and explore the many running/biking trails around Nashville. Member of AOA.

  • Brian Grieb, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Louisville, KY
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Brian was raised primarily in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Centre College in Kentucky, where he majored in biochemistry & molecular biology and was lucky to meet his future wife Cassie. In 2007, he entered Vanderbilt’s Medical Scientist Training Program and later joined the lab of Christine Eischen, PhD. He studied the oncogenic transcription factor Myc and discovered the novel transcriptional cofactor Mtbp that enhances Myc oncogenic activity. This work inspired Brian to join the Harrison Society and seek further training in medical oncology. In June of 2014, Brian and Cassie had a daughter named Charlotte. In his free time, Brian enjoys taking Charlotte to the park and running with his dog Lousi. The whole family is excited about staying at Vanderbilt.

  • Jeffrey Schmeckpeper, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Bloomfield, NE
    College:
    University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jeff grew up on a dairy farm in Northeast Nebraska and like all good Nebraskans, he is a huge Husker fan. He attended the University of Nebraska, majoring in Biological Systems Engineering. After graduation, Jeff attended graduate school in Virology and Gene Therapy at the Mayo Clinic for two years before his mentor’s lab moved to University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He completed his PhD training, tracking bone marrow derived progenitor cells in vascular injury. Upon graduation, he worked as a post-doc in Molecular and Genomic Vascular Biology at Duke University, studying paracrine factors for cardiac regeneration. After two years, Jeff went to medical school at the University of North Carolina, but continued his research at Duke. Outside of work and research, Jeff enjoys a good pub, smooth whiskey and brewing his own beer. With the little free time during intern year, Jeff plans to do some hiking and camping and is looking forward to exploring the lakes and mountains of Tennessee.

  • Karen  Volpe, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Herndon, VA
    College:
    The College of William and Mary
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Karen grew up in Northern Virginia. She was active in sports, including figure skating and short/mid-distance track, as well as volunteer work. She headed south to Williamsburg, VA for college at William and Mary, where she graduated with degrees in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. She spent the next year volunteering at a free medical clinic in the DC area, training as an EMT, and coaching adapted ice skating and Special Olympics skating classes. She stayed in Virginia to attend the University of Virginia for medical school. She enjoys figure skating, skiing, running, hiking, and traveling, and notable achievements include a scuba diving certification and almost mastering speaking Spanish without a French accent. She is very excited to start residency at Vanderbilt and move to Nashville.

  • Jordan Wright, M.D., Ph.D>
    University of Michigan Medical School
    University of Michigan
    Home:
    San Antonio, TX
    College:
    University of Utah
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jordan Wright is the 3rd of six children, born in San Antonio, TX, but later lived in Germany and eventually settled in Utah, where his father practices radiology. He majored in Biology at the University of Utah, after which he received his MD/PhD from University of Michigan, with a specific research interest in Type 1 Diabetes. While at Michigan, he and his wife Pamela had two children: Jayda, born in 2011, and Houston, born in 2014. Most of Jordan’s non-hospital time is spent with his wife and children. He also enjoys most sports, especially golf, basketball, and volleyball.

  • Julie Wu, M.D.
    UC San Francisco
    University of California San Francisco
    Home:
    Marlboro, NJ
    College:
    Princeton University
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Julie grew up in New Jersey, where she had the dubious distinction of attending the same high school as one of the stars of the 'Jersey Shore.' She traveled a few miles west from home for college at Princeton University, where she studied molecular biology and did research on how bacteria communicate via quorum sensing. She then traveled many more miles to UCSF for an MD/PhD, where she studied signaling transduction in leukocyte migration. While in the Bay Area, Julie kept hearing about the ‘big data revolution’ and ‘personalized medicine.' She is excited to see how these play out with Vanderbilt’s BioVU database. Outside of the lab, Julie enjoys long distance running and performing experiments at home by infusing spirits to create DIY liquors.

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PGY 3 and 4 Residents

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Home:
    Old Greenwich, CT
    College:
    Amherst College
    Career Plans:
    Informatics
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jack grew up in Connecticut and went to college in western Massachusetts. He has an older sister whom he takes a lot of advice from. Before medical school, he did structural biology research in Germany, and later worked as a classroom assistant in East Harlem. During medical school, he found his interests in internal medicine, informatics and health systems. Seeking to combine these disciplines, Jack completed an MBA as part of the dual degree program with Columbia Business School. His friends instructed Jack to include here his love of Ninja Turtles and Top Gun; he also enjoys more respectable storytelling and old medicine films such as “Doctor Bull.” In the rest of his time, Jack enjoys making and viewing art, volunteering, and getting into the woods. Jack was pulled to Vanderbilt by the medicine department’s tenor of collaboration and mentorship. Reading through last year’s interns’ profiles has only reinforced the impression that Vanderbilt will be a fantastic place to become a doctor.

  • William Armstrong, M.D.
    University of Mississippi
    Home:
    Hattiesburg, MS
    College:
    University of Mississippi
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Chad was born in Jefferson City, Missouri during his father’s intern year. After his father finished his radiology training, Chad lived for 7 years in Greenwood, MS, followed by his junior high and high school years in Hattiesburg, MS. Chad earned a BA in physics from Ole Miss where he fell in love with The Grove and SEC athletics, especially football. After college, Chad entered medical school at the University of Mississippi. Chad loves anything outside and enjoys running, cycling, ultimate frisbee, and snowboarding. Chad and his wife, Mary Catherine, are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, Anna Catherine, and their move to Nashville. While he will be glad to welcome Dexter McCluster and Michael Oher (former Ole Miss Rebels) to the Titans, he is even more excited to join the Vanderbilt Community. Member of AOA.
  • Christopher Brown, M.D.
    Oregon Health & Sciences University
    Home:
    Boring, OR
    College:
    Oregon State University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Chris was born and raised in Boring, Oregon, a small town at the foot of Mt. Hood where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing sports. Chris attended Oregon State University where he majored in biochemistry and biophysics while conducting basic science research on bacterial genetics. While in medical school at Oregon Health & Sciences University, Chris developed an interest in cardiovascular physiology and researched molecular cachexia and LVADs. While there, he met his significant other, Allison, with whom he couples matched to Vanderbilt. Chris still loves hunting and fishing, and he also enjoys motorcycling, bicycling, and all things gastronomic. Chris is very excited to explore Nashville and all of the things Tennessee had to offer, especially the whiskey and food.
  • Laura Bryant, M.D.
    Indiana University
    Home:
    Indianapolis, IN
    College:
    Purdue University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Although Laura was born in Washington, DC, she was raised in Indiana and considers herself a Midwestern girl through and through. She attended Purdue University and obtained her undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences. She has spent the last four years as a student at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she has had the opportunity to make lifelong friends and learn from truly exceptional faculty members. One of her most rewarding experiences during medical school was serving on the executive board for the school’s free clinic. Laura is absolutely ecstatic about matching at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to make Nashville her new home (she’s even ready to trade in her Colts gear for some Titans memorabilia)! In her free time, Laura enjoys running, casual dining, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and getting routinely beat by her younger brother at golf.
  • Kelly Carpenter, M.D.
    Georgetown University
    Home:
    Denver, CO
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Diseases
    Interests / Achievements:
    Kelly was born and raised in Denver where she spent much of her childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains, playing soccer, and providing foster care to animals in need. When it came time to decide where to spend her collegiate years, Kelly decided to leave the Mile High City behind and made her way down south to Vanderbilt University. During her years in Nashville, Kelly became involved in Greek life, was converted to a country music lover, and became a die-hard Commodore fan. She received her degree in molecular and cellular biology and set out to our nation’s capitol to attend medical school at Georgetown University. While in DC, Kelly fortified an interest in the field of infectious diseases and completed research on multi-drug resistant organisms. In her spare time you can find Kelly cheering on her beloved Denver Broncos, enjoying the outdoors, and exercising at the closest CrossFit gym. Kelly looks forward to returning to her old stomping grounds and is excited to share all that Nashville has to offer with her co-residents.
  • Amos (Charles) Clark, M.D.
    University of Tennessee
    Resident L-3
    Department of Medicine
    Home:
    Athens, TN
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Amos was born and raised in Athens, TN. Just like any good East Tennesseean, his first home was a log cabin, he "wrestled" a snake that fell into his crib at the age of only two, and he rooted for his beloved Volunteers. His life changed completely when he finally worked up the courage to ask the love of his life, best friend, and fellow resident Sarah Proffitt Clark to the junior high prom. Together Sarah and Amos attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate studies where Amos majored in economics but became interested in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation while working in Dr. Madan Jagasia's GVHD lab and assisting with several bone marrow drives. After spending four years apart from his wife Sarah (married last year!) while attending medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis Amos is thrilled to return to Nashville. In his spare time he enjoys running, hiking, golfing, watching college football, and spoiling his new puppy "Bushrod". He cannot wait to meet his fellow interns and residents and begin a new and exciting chapter of his life! Member of AOA.
  • Caroline Cohen, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    McLean, VA
    College:
    University of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided; possibly Infectious Diseases
    Interests / Achievements:
    Caroline, or "Cara," as many of her friends call her, was raised in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. She attended the University of Virginia for undergrad, majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish. She wasn’t quite ready to leave the mountains and vineyards of Charlottesville, so she stayed for four more years to attend the UVA School of Medicine. Now she’s ready and thrilled to begin a new adventure in Nashville. Caroline can often be found running outside, sweating at a cycle class, cooking, baking (eating), exploring the city life with her friends or catching up on quality reality television. Caroline cannot wait to meet her fellow residents and join the Vanderbilt team!
  • Meral El Ramahi, M.D.
    University of Iowa
    Home:
    Newburgh, IN
    College:
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care, Hematology/Oncology, or Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Meral was born and raised abroad, but has called Newburgh, Indiana home for the past 14 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana, where she was recognized with the President’s Medal at graduation. Meral then moved to the charming Iowa City for medical school (Go Hawks!), where she was recognized with the Sebelin Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine at graduation. She also completed medical research at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (2010) and Washington University (2011). Meral enjoys traveling, reading, playing basketball, music, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends. Always open to expanding her horizons, Meral loves to learn and experience new things. She has gone skydiving, scuba diving, rock climbing, canoeing, and other fun activities experienced during a Wilderness Medicine rotation as a fourth year medical student. Meral looks forward to working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and to experiencing the Music City's great culture and community!
  • Kathryn 'Kate' Evans, M.D.
    Washington University
    Home:
    Dwight, IL
    College:
    Illinois Wesleyan University
    Career Plans:
    Clinical education and health literacy
    Interests / Achievements:
    Kate was born in Yokosuka, Japan as the youngest child in a military family. After a few moves, the family settled in the tiny village of Dwight, IL where Kate would spend most of her school years among the corn fields, longing for excitement. She began to shadow one of only two physicians in town and began to admire his relationship to the community. Kate completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Illinois Wesleyan University, then moved to St. Louis for medical school at Wash U. Her professional interests include clinical education and health literacy. After many misguided years as a Cubs fan, Kate is pleased to announce that she has since joined the dark side of Cardinals baseball after experiencing a thrilling World Series victory while living in St. Louis. Kate will be moving to Nashville with her main man and partner in crime, Hans the tabby cat. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and indoor crafts, but most of all she looks forward to refining her line-dancing moves in the years to come. She can not wait to meet her talented classmates and to train at Vanderbilt.
  • Emily Feld, M.D.
    Albany Medical College
    Home:
    Centerport, NY
    College:
    Union College
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Emily is sizing up the cargo area of her nine-year-old, four-wheel-drive SUV, contemplating which books, clothing, and memorabilia will make the cut and join her on the 16-hour journey from New York to Nashville. Born and raised in uber-suburban Long Island, Emily then spent eight years in upstate New York where she studied biology and sociology as an undergrad, earned a Master’s degree in healthcare management, and subsequently received her MD. Now, she is excited to head to Nashville—a “Red-Hot Town” according to a prominent story in Time magazine this month. Outside of medicine, Emily’s interests include photography, painting, playing tennis, and exploring national parks. She has rafted down several major U.S. rivers and has been spelunking in Worley’s Cave—that activity years before her destiny would have her return to Tennessee. Watching a good movie is one of Emily’s favorite forms of relaxation, but she considers yoga a form of torture. Emily looks forward to training at Vanderbilt, where she expects to work hard, learn a lot, and enjoy good times with new friends. Readying for the drive, she is pleased to remove the snow shovel and ice scrapper from the trunk of her Jeep. Member of AOA.
  • Erin Gettler, M.D.
    Georgetown University
    Home:
    Louisburg, KS
    College:
    Kansas State University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Born in small town Kansas as the youngest of three girls, Erin spent her early years in Indiana before her family relocated back to the land of waving wheat fields and big blue skies. She stayed in the sunflower state for her undergraduate education at Kansas State University, majoring in biology and gerontology. During college, Erin volunteered on a life-changing medical mission trip to rural Guatemala, which inspired her to pursue global health as a part of her training and career. After graduation, Erin ventured eastward for medical school at Georgetown University. As a loyal K-Stater, she bleeds purple and believes the Big 12 is the superior conference in the land. She enjoys food trucks, live music, beer tasting, and exercising. She is looking forward to the opportunity to train with the Vanderbilt family, exploring Nashville (and maybe even some SEC football), and making new friends along the way. Member of AOA.
  • Karina Gonzalez, M.D.
    Howard University
    Home:
    Brooklyn, New York
    College:
    Juniata College
    Career Plans:
    Internal Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:
    Karina was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by Dominican parents. She is the middle of three children and is the first in her family to graduate from college. Karina attended Juniata College in central Pennsylvania where she majored in biochemistry and met her future husband. After college, Karina collaborated on epigenetic research at Columbia University and attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. Her long-term goal is to practice in underserved communities and potentially start a health clinic in rural Dominican Republic. Karina loves music, dance, yoga and travel. She is excited to learn more and become an asset to the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.
  • Shelly Gurwara, M.D.
    Louisiana State University-Shreveport
    Home:
    Bossier City, LA
    College:
    Tulane University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Shelly has lived in Bossier City, LA for the past 20 years. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where she majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Business. She then came back home and attended LSU Shreveport for medical school. One of her most memorable experiences of medical school was traveling to Haiti, where she was able to aid in providing healthcare to the people of LaVallee. Shelly is definitely excited to finally live somewhere outside of Louisiana and explore Nashville. Having lived in New Orleans for 4 years, she is especially excited about the food! Shelly is 1 of 3. Her older sister is a radiology resident at Wake Forest and here brother is a 2nd year medical school student. In her spare time, she loves to Bollywood dance, cook, and hang out with family and friends. She loves meeting new people and is looking forward to starting her training at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.
  • Luke Habegger, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Winston-Salem, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:
    Luke was born and raised in North Carolina, but he did make it as far west as Chattanooga for high school before heading back to become a Tar Heel at UNC-Chapel Hill. After college, Luke was off to Colorado, where he taught high school science for three years before getting married to his wife, Martha, and returning to Chapel Hill for medical school. Luke earned his MA in education while in Colorado, and is looking forward to continuing his involvement in education while a resident and beyond. Luke, Martha, and their black lab Otis are thrilled to be heading to Nashville, having visited friends and family here often. Luke has camped his way through most of the national parks of the West during his free summers, and his most recent adventure before internship will be a two week trip backpacking through Patagonia. Outside of the hospital, Luke enjoys flyfishing, hiking, camping, running, UNC sports, and reading. Member of AOA.
  • Ali Harb, M.D.
    American University of Beirut
    Home:
    Beirut, Lebanon
    College:
    American University of Beirut
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Ali was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and has since moved between Bulgaria where his family resides and the U.S. Ali studied medicine at the American University of Beirut, becoming the first physician in his family. Influenced by his great mentor Ala Sharara during postdoc fellowship, he has decided to become a gastroenterologist. Ali will make the 6000-mile journey to join the best and the brightest at Vanderbilt for residency! In his free time, Ali enjoys listening to Greek music as if he understands a word of it, watching Italian movies like sophisticated people do, and traveling to exotic destinations where he always manages to pick up an injury for a souvenir. He will be missing the warmth of family, the laughs of friends, and the beautiful Mediterranean city of Beirut. Member of AOA.
  • Elizabeth Held, M.D.
    Emory University
    Home:
    Potomac, MD
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Libby was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the suburbs of Maryland with her twin sister and younger brother. Libby then headed out to the midwest where she studied biology and played soccer at Washington University in St. Louis. After college, Libby moved south, attending Emory University School of Medicine. In Hot-lanta, she managed to play on way too many sub-par rec league soccer teams and organized pick-up games whenever she could. Libby has grown to love Southern food and is excited to explore what Nashville has to offer. In her free time, Libby loves running, hiking, traveling, and Netflix. She can't wait to meet all of her fellow interns! Member of AOA.
  • Jade Jones, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    St. Croix, USVI
    College:
    Hampton University
    Career Plans:
    Hematology-Oncology, Global Health
    Interests / Achievements:
    The daughter of two artists and the youngest of five girls, Jade grew up on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Jade attended Hampton University in Virginia on a full Division I basketball scholarship and played in the NCAA tournament her freshman year. After college, Jade spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting translational research in leukemia. Although she really enjoyed all the wonderful people she met in Pittsburgh, she found out quickly that she was allergic to long winters and decided to return to the South and attend medical school at the University of North Carolina. Fortunately, everyone at UNC was as crazy about basketball as Jade was about the sport! Jade fell in love with Vanderbilt while doing a sub-internship here and is looking forward to meeting her fellow interns/residents and exploring Nashville. Outside of medicine, Jade enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and learning about different cultures, sunny days, singing, water sports and playing basketball.
  • Joseph Krill, M.D.
    University of Texas-Houston
    Home:
    Houston, TX
    College:
    University of Houston
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology/Hepatology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Joe was born and raised in Houston, Texas as one of three boys. His twin brother, Tim, will be starting his Internal Medicine residency in Texas this year. His younger brother, Michael, is currently in law school (he promises to be doctor-friendly). Joe went to the University of Houston where he majored in chemistry. Always having the dream of being a physician, Joe then attended medical school at UT-Houston. In his last year of medical school, Joe married his lovely wife, Jordan, a kindergarten teacher who is also from Houston. Feeling the need to escape the perpetual heat and humidity, Joe desired to set down roots outside of Texas. That’s how he landed at Vanderbilt. Joe is beyond excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt community, living in Music City with his beautiful wife, and experiencing four seasons (Texas only has 1.5 seasons). In his free time, you can find Joe on the golf course or out on the water fishing. Member of AOA.
  • Michelle Law, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    New York, NY
    College:
    University of Pennsylvania
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Born and raised in New York City, Michelle grew up believing that Central Park was nature and that nobody could be happy living anywhere but New York. Michelle reluctantly left her beloved city to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she studied architecture and art history. When medical school brought her to the University of Virginia, Michelle promised herself she would never move further south, then quickly broke the promise when by transferring to Vanderbilt two years later. In Nashville, she discovered her love of fried pickles, the outdoors, and warm weather. Michelle also enjoys swimming, cooking, hanging out with her dogs, and, despite a serious fear of heights, her newest hobby of rock climbing. Though she is still a New Yorker at heart, Michelle loves living in Nashville—she’s even learned to smile when strangers say "Hi" to her on the street—and is thrilled to be staying at Vanderbilt for residency.
  • Paul Leger, M.D.
    Universite D'Etat D'Haiti
    Home:
    Saint-Louis-du-Sud, Haiti
    College:
    Universite Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince
    Career Plans:
    Specialized Training in Infectious Diseases
    Interests / Achievements:
    Paul was born in a modest village in the South of Haiti within a few miles of warm sunny beaches. He was raised by a large, wonderful family. During his medical training in Port-au-Prince, Paul met his future wife Astride at a school picnic to which Paul had not been invited. Several years later Paul and Astride married and are now the proud parents of Rebecca, Anri and Kelly. Following his medical training in Haiti, Paul joined an HIV research center where he was involved in caring for the most vulnerable populations of the slums of Port-au-Prince. On January 12, 2010, Paul and his family survived the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince. Six months later, Paul and Astride ultimately made the difficult decision to relocate to Nashville. Since arriving in Nashville Paul has pursued HIV pharmacogenomics research under the mentorship of David Haas, MD in the Vanderbilt Division of Infectious Diseases. Paul still loves warm sunny beaches, Caribbean music and seafood, and for the past three years he has spent most of his free time playing with his children and watching their favorite TV shows. He is thrilled to join the wonderful team of interns and residents in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt.
  • Zhuoyan Li, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Ellicott City, MD
    College:
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Career Plans:
    most likely Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Yan grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and moved to Ellicott City, Maryland in the middle of high school. Although she now calls Maryland home, Yan remains a lifelong fan of the Kansas Jayhawks (Rock Chalk!). She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad and spent a year at the NIH studying the proteomics of autoimmune diseases. Yan then moved down south to enter medical school at Vanderbilt and she is very excited to remain here for residency! In her spare time, Yan enjoys cooking, watching TV, traveling, and running.
  • Neel Patel, M.D.
    Louisiana State University-Shreveport
    Home:
    Shreveport, LA
    College:
    Tulane University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Neel was born in Oklahoma City, but grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana with his younger brother. Neel wanted to experience how life was in South Louisiana, so he attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he majored in cell and molecular biology. After college, Neel went back home for medical school at LSU-Shreveport. After getting a full dose of Louisiana for most his life, Neel is excited to branch out and experience Nashville. Neel enjoys playing sports (mainly basketball), but he will watch any sport on television. Neel is an avid New Orleans Pelicans and Saints fan, but he is also excited to watch some Titans games. Neel also enjoys eating out and is looking forward to exploring the food scene in Nashville. Neel is excited to meet everyone at Vanderbilt and to start his residency. Member of AOA.
  • Sean Rice, M.D.
    The University of Toledo
    Home:
    North Royalton, OH
    College:
    The Ohio State University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided, possibly Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Sean was born and raised along the beautiful shores of the “North Coast” in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. After experiencing the ups and downs (mostly downs) of the professional Cleveland sports teams, Sean decided to head to greener pastures at The Ohio State University where he majored in microbiology and minored in business. At OSU, Sean enjoyed volunteering at the medical center, football season tickets, and working in the lab studying the immunological response to the parasitic Leishmania infection. Sean decided to stay close to home for medical school in Toledo, where he enjoyed working as the student curriculum representative and researching porcine hepatic xenoperfusion as a bridge to liver transplantation. However, after 26 years of brutal winters and no tan, Sean decided that moving down south would be a welcome change. During his free time Sean enjoys biking, hiking, playing soccer and basketball, skiing, exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and checking out local breweries. He is excited to meet his new classmates and can’t wait to start training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
  • Karen Riggins, M.D.
    Morehouse School of Medicine
    Home:
    Macon, GA
    College:
    Spelman College
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Karen was born and raised in the small town of Macon, Georgia to parents who worked tirelessly to shelter her from harm and ‘big city’ civilization. After graduating from high school, she made her trek to the big city of Atlanta to attend Spelman College where she pursued sweet freedom as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology. At Spelman, Karen strengthened her interests in medicine and developed a strong curiosity for research. As a sophomore, she went on to receive a NIH-sponsored scholarship to fund her research for the next two years. After Spelman, she relocated to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University where she earned a PhD in cancer biology. Under the guidance of her mentor, Roy Zent, MD, PhD, her dissertation examined the role membrane type 1-matrix metalloproteinase in renal development. After graduation, Karen moved back in Atlanta to attend Morehouse School of Medicine where she embraced her passion for people and medicine. While her quest to become a physician-scientist has taken her from Atlanta to Nashville in alternating sequence, she still doesn’t consider herself a flip-flopper. In her free time, Karen enjoys shopping (Mall at Green Hills, here she comes!), arts and crafts (look out, Brushfire Pottery Studio), and hanging out with her family, friends, and fellow church members (hello again, Mount Zion family). Karen is ecstatic about meeting her new colleagues and taking this awesome journey with them!
  • Alexandra Ritts, M.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Home:
    Duluth, MN
    College:
    Princeton University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Alexandra grew up in northern Minnesota, on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. After receiving her history degree from Princeton University, Alexandra returned to Minnesota for medical school. She has always loved being active and experiencing new cultures. Alexandra has studied abroad in both Germany and Italy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, tennis, snowboarding, playing piano and reading. Alexandra is thrilled to be a resident at Vanderbilt and looking forward to living in Nashville. Member of AOA.
  • Carmen Rodriguez, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Norcross, GA
    College:
    Purdue University
    Career Plans:
    Primary Care or Rheumatology
    Interests / Achievements:
    Carmen grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and followed the family tradition of attending Purdue University. Carmen majored in interdisciplinary engineering, but decided to go to medical school halfway through college after she determined that she liked interacting with people first and foremost. Carmen was called back to the South for medical school, and Nashville has truly become home. In her free time, Carmen enjoys exploring the Nashville food scene as well as cooking (recently homemade bread and homemade cheese!). She has an obsession with coffee and coffee shops, and makes espresso every morning. Carmen tends to go to Radnor Lake to hike on days off, in addition to longer adventures including camping in the Smokies (and recently the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu). Carmen also likes running, swimming, Zumba, climbing, and volunteering at her church. She is interested in Latin culture, including international health both abroad and in Nashville. Carmen is so excited and thankful to be staying in Nashville for residency!
  • Megan Ryan, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Edmond, OK
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Megan was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma with the exception of one year when her family moved to Switzerland where she attended first grade. She is the youngest of three children by 13 years, all proud members of the Cherokee Tribe! When looking for colleges, she immediately fell in love with Music City and attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree in medicine, health and society. After college, she decided she didn’t want to leave so she spent another four years at Vanderbilt for medical school. One of her passions is travelling to places such as India, Kenya, Peru and Turkey and she would like to incorporate global health into her future career. In her free time she enjoys being an aunt to her four nieces and nephews, hiking at Radnor Lake, jogging down Belmont Blvd, watching college football (go Sooners!) and exploring the exceptional food scene in Nashville. She is excited to meet her intern class and is grateful for three more years at Vandy!
  • Breck Sandvall, M.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Home:
    Arlington, TX
    College:
    Baylor University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Breck grew up in Arlington, TX, and is the youngest of six children (four sisters and two brothers). Throughout his childhood and into high school, Breck loved spending his time on any sports field, be it football, soccer, or Ultimate Frisbee. He also learned a love for bow-fishing with his dad; his biggest catch ever was a 7-foot-2-inch alligator gar that his wife still hasn’t agreed to hang over the bed. When it came to college, Breck decided that Baylor University was the perfect place for him. There, he got his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, but also discovered his passion for the field of medicine. The next step was a move to Houston to attend Baylor College of Medicine. During his time in medical school, Breck found his love for cardiology, married his love (Kelsey), and learned a totally new kind of love when Luke was born on September 20, 2014. In his free moments, Breck loves hiking, fishing, kayaking, cheering on the Baylor Bears, and cooking with Kelsey. Member of AOA.

  • Ryan Story, M.D.
    Ohio State University
    Home:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    College:
    College of Wooster
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Ryan grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and crossed the Ohio state border to attend the College of Wooster for his undergraduate education. While at the College of Wooster, he majored in biochemistry and wooed his future wife, Kelly. Ryan considers the latter to be the greater accomplishment. Despite his hatred of long winters, Ryan stayed in Ohio to receive his medical education at the Ohio State University. As a medical student, he developed an interest in ultrasound research and education and picked up beginner league hockey as a hobby. Ryan also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with his wife. His older brother Kyle lives in Memphis and has already informed him that Nashville BBQ is not as good as Memphis BBQ. He is very excited to explore Nashville, find new places to eat, and meet the rest of his intern class! Member of AOA.
  • Krista Suojanen, M.D.
    Columbia University
    Home:
    Medfield, MA
    College:
    Williams College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Krista grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 minutes outside of Boston. After high school, Krista ventured out to the western part of the state to attend Williams College. At Williams, she was a member of the volleyball team and majored in economics. She realized junior year that economics/math was likely not her life calling and decided that she wanted to go to medical school instead. Coincidentally, this was right around the time the TV show "Grey's Anatomy" started and she is still trying to convince her dad this was not the reason she made the change. Falling in love with Vanderbilt and Nashville right as the show "Nashville" became more popular did not help this cause...After college, Krista spent a few years in Boston completing her pre-med requirements while working as a physical therapy aide and a research coordinator. She ran her first marathon during that time and has since run two more, although she's not sure if she has another one in her. She went on to Columbia University for medical school and was part of the inaugural Columbia-Bassett track in which she spent her first clinical year at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, a small, rural town in upstate New York, perhaps best known as home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Outside of school/work, Krista loves pretty much anything outdoors--hiking, walking, running and rollerblading--which contrary to popular opinion, did not die in the 90s. She enjoys traveling to new places, cooking/eating and live music. She is absolutely thrilled to be moving down to Nashville, getting to know her colleagues at Vanderbilt and exploring life outside the Northeast.
  • Trevor Taylor, M.D.
    Wake Forest University
    Home:
    Philadelphia, PA
    College:
    Wake Forest University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Trevor decided to head South for his undergraduate degree -- a decision he has never regretted. After graduating from Wake Forest University in the spring of 2009, Trevor spent a year friend-raising for WFU as a post-graduate fellow in the Office of Alumni Services. Trevor and his wife, Amelia, a fellow Demon Deacon, married in May of 2010, and he began medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine later that summer. In his free time, Trevor enjoys running, cooking, and reading. After 9 years in Winston-Salem, Trevor and Amelia are both exceptionally glad to be starting a new chapter of their lives in Nashville. He cannot wait to stomp out pain and suffering with his fellow interns. Member of AOA.
  • Stanton Veazey, M.D.
    University of Arkansas
    Home:
    Hamburg, AR
    College:
    University of Arkansas
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Crews hails from the town of Hamburg, Arkansas. His father is an independent pharmacist and his mother is a secondary business teacher. Crews has been a lifelong Razorback fan and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After obtaining a degree in biology, he continued his education in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Crews will always be a Razorback, but he is glad to be in the land of the Commodores and not Vol Nation. The Dallas Cowboys are another source of angst for Crews, and if anyone has tickets to the Titans/Cowboys game this year, he will gladly take them off your hands. Crews is eager to continue his training at Vanderbilt and enjoy Nashville with what free time he will have. Member of AOA.
  • Caitlin Welch, M.D.
    Stony Brook University
    Home:
    Syracuse, NY
    College:
    St. Lawrence University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Caitlin was born in Vermont and raised in upstate New York. She spent her childhood summers in northern New York with her parents and younger brother fishing, waterskiing and helping build her family’s camp. After high school, Caitlin moved even further north to St. Lawrence University where she studied biology and French and where the winters lasted from October to May. As part of her French studies, Caitlin spent a semester abroad in Rouen, France. While abroad, she traveled throughout Europe and to western Africa. Caitlin then ventured to the suburbs of NYC to attend Stony Brook School of Medicine. Caitlin enjoys playing the piano, baking, hiking, skiing, water sports, and boating. After two and a half cold, snowy decades in the north, she is absolutely thrilled to be moving to Nashville and cannot wait to experience life in Music City and meet her fellow interns. Member of AOA.
  • Lily Zeng, M.D.
    University of California-San Francisco
    Home:
    Fremont, CA
    College:
    UC Berkeley
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Lily was born in Canton China, grew up in the Bay Area, and attended UC Berkeley for college. Her favorite part about college was learning state of the art science at the frontier of our knowledge. Lily used her two years between college and medical school for translational research on drug addiction. During her last four years in San Francisco, Lily fell in love with the micro-cultures of the city. Some of her hobbies are reading, cycling, yoga, all balanced by trying new foods. Lily also has a heart for new adventures: she is excited about living in Nashville and training at one of the highest regarded institutions in the country.
  • John Zora, M.D.
    Emory University
    Home:
    Dunwoody, GA
    College:
    Wake Forest University
    Career Plans:
    undecided
    Interests / Achievements:
    Greg was born and raised in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia and went to Marist High School where he swam, ran cross country, and played soccer. He attended Wake Forest University and completed his degree in economics. After graduating from Wake Forest, Greg joined the AmeriCorps while applying to medical school, and his team was based in Vinton, Iowa, a small town just north of Cedar Rapids. During that year, he became a certified Wildland Firefighter, worked for The Nature Conservancy, and survived a South Dakota winter on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, among other crazy experiences. Greg then returned to his hometown of Atlanta to study medicine at Emory University. He loves going on runs (let me know if you are looking for a running buddy), playing pickup soccer and ultimate frisbee, mountain biking, and listening to NPR/various podcasts. Greg is very excited to be coming to Vanderbilt and will try to watch the show "Nashville" during his time off before intern year to prepare for his upcoming move.
  • Jennifer Bass, M.D.
    University of Michigan
    Home:
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    College:
    Stanford
    Career Plans:
    Public Health
    Interests / Achievements:
    Although Jen has gotten very comfortable with a nomadic life style recently, she is thrilled to be settling down in Nashville! Jen is proud to call Michigan home, but was also very happy in northern California for her college years at Stanford. After a year hiatus working in NYC then hiking in India, she was drawn back to Michigan for medical school in Ann Arbor. Jen was then lucky enough to get to pursue her passion for public health during a year at the CDC as an Applied Epidemiology Fellow. She got a great dose of adventure working on monkeypox surveillance in the Congo and rabies control in Kenya, but her love for living in Atlanta is what sparked her desire to be a southerner. Jen enjoys cooking, food trucks, biking on flat paths, yoga, fixing up and taking trips in her 1969 Volkswagen camper bus, hiking, coffee shops, The Moth, glass art, and crafty projects.
  • Daniel Clark, M.D.
    University of Texas-San Antonio
    Home:
    Dallas, Texas
    College:
    Northwestern University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds- Academic medicine with emphasis on global health
    Interests / Achievements:
    Dan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and avidly cheers for his (currently awful) Dallas sports teams. He ventured north in hopes of sporting winter gear, only to realize that he’d traded one version of extreme weather for the opposite. Nevertheless, he enjoyed his time at Northwestern, where he completed most of the Biomedical Engineering curriculum before switching into Social Policy/Pre-med. After graduating he completed a fellowship with the Northwestern Public Interest Program (NUPIP), working at Lawndale Christian Health Center (a FQHC on the west-side of Chicago). During that year, he volunteered on his first global health trip to Kabul, Afghanistan. He continued his global health interests in medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio by doing medical service and research in Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, and Bolivia. His greatest accomplishment of medical school, however, was meeting his beautiful wife, Carolina. Dan is convinced his wife has no flaws other than being a Spurs fan. Dan enjoys playing just about any sport, eating and cooking spicy foods, and making anything possible on his own (soymilk, yogurt, salsa, baby food, etc.). As of January 2013, he and Carolina are proud parents and apologize ahead of time for bragging about their “advanced,” adorable baby boy!
  • Sarah Clark, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Resident L4
    Home:
    Athens, TN
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
    Interests / Achievements:
    Sarah was born and raised in east Tennessee, where she grew up rooting for the Tennessee Vols. For college, she became a Commodore and received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. After undergrad she spent a year working with peripartum women in rural east Tennessee. Her heart lies here at Vanderbilt, so she returned to Nashville for medical school. Before starting residency, Sarah and her high school (and college...and med-school) sweetheart, Amos, will be married in their hometown of Athens, TN. Amos is a rising fourth-year medical student at the University of Tennessee and plans on a career in internal medicine. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, yoga, hiking, cooking vegetarian and Italian food, and trying out new restaurants/foodtrucks that are cropping up here in Nashville. As a "triple 'Dore," Sarah could not be more excited to join the Vanderbilt housestaff and meet the incoming intern class.
  • Dan Culhane, M.D.
    University of Wisconsin
    Home:
    Shawano, WI
    College:
    Northwestern University
    Career Plans:
    Medicine/Pediatrics or combined Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Although born on a small Native American reservation in western New Mexico, the frozen tundra of Wisconsin is home for Dan. After an adolescence of Legos and Star Wars novels, Dan moved to Evanston, IL to attend Northwestern University where he studied biomedical engineering. It was in Chicago where he fell in love with bicycles and Chicago Critical Mass. It was also here where he was first hit by a car while cycling. The call home was too great, and he again moved to Madison, Wisconsin to attend medical school. He developed an interest in EMR programming and utilization during this time and hopes to continue to channel his engineering background while at Vanderbilt. Dan can most often be found indulging in soccer, both inside and outside (although hopefully now he will have more opportunities outside); back-country canoe camping; and pretending to know how to use a sewing machine.

  • Edward Iglesia, M.D.
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Home:
    Branchburg, NJ
    College:
    Rutgers University
    Career Plans:
    Academic General Med-Peds +/- Health Services Research
    Interests / Achievements:
    Eddie was born, raised, and publicly educated in the great northern state of New Jersey. As a proud Rutgers alumnus, he is happy that his medical school, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (the most confusing name in medical education), has been returned to his alma mater. At Robert Wood, Eddie started dating his wife, Hannah Kim, during an environmental medicine group project on fish and mercury. Despite having done all their formal education in the Northeast, don't be fooled – their love of the South grew while on a research year at UNC-Chapel Hill. They come to Vandy via a med-peds + categorical medicine couples match! Eddie has plans to explore Nashville by bike in search of barbecue and restaurants, bluegrass bands, bookstores, and the perfect cup of brew (tea, coffee, or local beer).

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