Internal Medicine Housestaff 2017-2018

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Chief Residents

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    Chief Resident
    VUMC DOM, Internal Medicine Residency Program
    Home:
    Dallas, Texas
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Endocrinology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Margaret was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  She comes from a family of five children, including her identical twin sister.  She stayed in the lone star state for undergraduate school at Texas A&M University (Gig ‘em Aggies!), where she majored in biology, and for medical school at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Before medical school, Margaret married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Robert.  After medical school, Margaret ventured outside of the great state of Texas to Vanderbilt for internal medicine residency.  Vanderbilt was such a great place, that Margaret and Robert were ecstatic when she was able to stay for fellowship in endocrinology.  She has finished one year of endocrine fellowship and will return to finish her last year after being chief resident.  During fellowship, Margaret had her daughter, Emma!  In medical school and residency, Margaret developed an interest in medical student education and teaching, which she hopes to incorporate into her future career as an academic endocrinologist.  In her spare time, she likes to jog outside, run up her phone bill talking to her sister, BBQ/grill outdoors, and spend time with Robert, Emma, and their 105 pound dog, Ryder.

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  • Michael Lester, M.D.
    Harvard Medical School
    Chief Resident
    Nashville VA Medical Center
    Home:
    Huntsville, AL
    College:
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Michael was born and raised just two hours south of Nashville in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended the Universty of Alabama at Birmingham as an undergraduate where he majored in physics. During his time in high school and college, Michael enjoyed playing guitar, bass and singing for several second-rate indie/folk bands, often dreaming of playing shows in the Music City.  He was also a member of UAB's only national championship team... the Ethics Debate team. Michael attended Harvard Medical School where he became interested in pulmonary/critical care as well as medical education. These interests deepened over the course of his time at Vanderbilt, and he is planning to pursue a pulmonary fellowship at the end of his chief residency. While Michael's plans for a musical career have been, uh, "delayed", he is content in the meantime to pursue the study of medicine further.  Michael is excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow alongside the outstanding residents at Vanderbilt and the Nashville VA for another year.

  • Tyler Reese, M.D.
    Ohio State University
    Ambulatory Chief Resident
    Nashville VA Medical Center
    Home:
    Cincinnati, OH
    College:
    Elon University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds Rheumatology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Tyler was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in the beautiful Cincinnati, OH. He attended Elon University, a liberal arts school in North Carolina, where he majored in Biology and minored in Business and Exercise Science. He ventured back to the great state of Ohio to attend The Ohio State University for medical school. He chose the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program at Vanderbilt University because of the high caliber of faculty and residents that he met while on his interview as well as the ability to pursue any career path on a single campus. He enjoyed his residency experience at Vanderbilt and is excited to be spending an extra year as part of the Medicine program. Tyler will be applying for a combined adult and pediatric fellowship in Rheumatology.  In his free time he enjoys going to many of Tennessee’s great state parks as well as the many greenways throughout Nashville.  His wife Kara is from Miami, FL and attended Belmont University for law school during their time in Nashville.

  • Shannon Skinner, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Vanderbilt Ambulatory Chief Resident
    VU Medical Center
    Home:
    Katy, TX
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Palliative Care and General Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Shannon was born in Anchorage, Alaska to two engineers working in the oil business. She then spent most of her childhood in Katy, TX, with her much cooler, younger brother who now works as a software engineer in NYC. Shannon took up swimming to fight off the hot summers, and swam year-round for the next 13 years, including collegiately while majoring in biomedical engineering at Duke. While she enjoyed math, she missed the personal interactions and decided to pursue medicine, which brought her to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She enjoyed Nashville and the people at Vanderbilt so much that she stayed for residency and is honored now to get to stay as a chief resident. She has a variety of interests including end of life discussions (prompting a plan to pursue a palliative care fellowship), mentoring, medical education, and global health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys everything outdoors, non-scary (i.e. animated) movies, and most of all, spending time with her friends and family.

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  • Dartmouth University
    Home:
    Akwamufie, Ghana
    College:
    Smith College
    Career Plans:
    Global health/Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sophia is from Ghana where she enjoyed living until college. She then came to the United States and attended Smith College in Massachusetts where she made invaluable friendships and was involved in various campus and community events. She graduated with a major in biochemistry and a minor in economics. After Smith she worked as a research assistant at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and then matriculated at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Sophia is interested in global health and has volunteered in Ghana on several occasions: in rural health clinics, and helping to run health drives. Sophia is looking forward to the warm weather and discovering more about Nashville and the South!

  • Caroline Barrett, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Mooresville, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Caroline was raised in Mooresville, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. She spent her childhood years playing soccer and basketball, devoting far too many hours to club and school teams prior to her early peak in high school, and also enjoyed boating on her hometown lake, Lake Norman. She attended the University of North Carolina for undergrad, where she majored in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and met her husband, Hunter. She spent a gap year away from Chapel Hill, working as a clinical research coordinator in orthopaedic trauma at Carolinas Medical Center, before returning to UNC for medical school and falling in love with internal medicine. In her spare time, Caroline still plays soccer and basketball and also enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, trying out new restaurants, attempting to brew beer with her husband, and cheering on the Tar Heels. Since the UNC men’s basketball team has now bookended her years in Chapel Hill with national championships, she has decided it is finally time to leave Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. She is beyond excited to move to Nashville and join the intern class at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

  • William  Bassett, M.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Home:
    Menlo Park, CA
    College:
    Stanford University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    William Bassett comes from the Bay Area, California, where he lived for the first 23 years of his life. In high school, he was a proud Menlo-Atherton Bear, where he played basketball, football, and baritone sax. After a handful of ACL tears, he decided to switch to a lighter saxophone and focus his athletic energy on fandom of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He attended college at Stanford University, where he majored in biology with a minor in ethics. During college, he played in the university marching band and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, where he mastered the fine art of siesta, or napping at 3pm. After college he moved from California to sunny Philadelphia, PA for medical school. In Philadelphia, he fell in love with pick-up basketball, making interesting desserts and ICU medicine. Though he is sad to leave the network of National League cities, he is excited to move south to continue his great American adventure and make a new home in the natural beauty and cultural verve of Nashville!.

  • Home:
    Amarillo, TX
    College:
    Baylor University
    Career Plans:
    Primary Care/ Hospitalist
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ryan grew up in Amarillo, Texas with her parents and two younger sisters. She attended Baylor University where she majored in biology. During her time at Baylor she rode for the National Championship Equestrian team, and still enjoys riding for fun. After graduation, she completed medical school at Texas A&M in Temple, Texas at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, John. Together they enjoy traveling, relaxing with family and friends, hiking and other outdoor activities. Ryan is very excited to join the Vanderbilt family. Member of AOA.

  • Stacy Blank, M.D.
    Indiana University
    Home:
    Hebron, IN
    College:
    Indiana University
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Stacy Blank was born in Dover, Delaware but quickly moved back to her parents’ hometown of Hebron, IN (in The Region) by the age of 1 to ensure Chicago sports fandom. She played a large variety of sports in high school, but was a science nerd at heart; so she packed her running shoes and softball cleats away when she headed for Indiana University where she studied chemistry and Spanish. Continuing as a Hoosier, Stacy attended IU medical school in Indianapolis where she developed her interest in academic medicine and a future career in Med-Peds. Outside of medicine Stacy enjoys reading, running, hiking, watching IU basketball, and trying new restaurants. She is very excited to explore Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA.

  • Ben Boone, M.D.
    Emory University
    Home:
    Nicholasville, KY
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Disease
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ben grew up in the horse country of Kentucky, playing soccer with his three siblings from an early age. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. At Centre he met his now wife, Trinity, who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend medical school at Emory. There, he and his wife co-directed Local Outreach at their church – focusing primarily on serving refugees in their resettlement to the U.S. and supporting families and children in the foster care system. He enjoys cooking with his wife, having friends (new and old!) over for dinner, running, and spending time with anyone over a good cup of coffee. In fact, he enjoys the unique tastes and the community afforded by coffee so much that he has been home roasting for a few years now. He bears a striking resemblance to his older brother and rising PGY-3 Vanderbilt internal medicine resident, J.B. Boone. He is really looking forward to being confused for a senior resident as a brand-new intern. Most of all, he is thrilled to get to know his co-residents and have them over for a meal or a cup of joe. Member of AOA

  • Griffin Bullock, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    College:
    University of Utah
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Griffin was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah where he studied chemistry broken up by a two-year hiatus spent serving an LDS Church mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He speaks fluent Spanish, albeit with a noticeable Argentine accent. Following his undergraduate studies he briefly pursued physical chemistry research before settling on medicine as a career path. He spent one year working for Intermountain Healthcare where helped develop software tools for analyzing outcomes and cost-effectiveness of surgical procedures. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and found he had an interest in internal medicine and particularly cardiology. He enjoys basketball, running, soccer, and reading in his free time.

  • Emily Camp, M.D.
    University of Louisville
    Home:
    Louisville, KY
    College:
    New York University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Emily was born in Chattanooga, TN and moved to Louisville, KY when she was 10 years old. She moved north to New York University for college, where she studied French and sociology and spent a year studying and eating croissants in Paris. During her time at NYU, she developed interests in community health and social determinants of health. After graduation, she went west to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she worked as a case manager at an HIV clinic and found her love for both medicine and hatch green chili. She moved back to Louisville, where she attended medical school and became passionate about primary care and healthcare for the underserved. In her free time, Emily loves to run, bike, and spend time with her rescue mutt and husband. She is thrilled to begin her Med-Peds training at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to get back to her Tennessee roots. Member of AOA.

  • Christopher Cann, M.D.
    Temple University
    Home:
    Bethlehem, PA
    College:
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Chris was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, about one hour outside of Philadelphia. He spent his childhood and high school years constantly playing sports, including getting his black belt in the martial art Tang Soo Do. He then attended the University of Maryland (Fear the Turtle!), where he received a degree in physiology and neurobiology. Chris then spent one year as an emergency room scribe before attending Temple University School of Medicine. While there, Chris split his clinical time at Temple’s main campus and a clinical campus in Bethlehem, where he was thrilled to be able to give back to the community that helped raise him. Chris developed a large interest in critical care medicine along with humanism within the medical field. Outside of the hospital, Chris enjoys training for endurance athletic events, joining any intramural team that is willing to have him, doing “the worm” on the dance floor, following Philadelphia sports, and not quite hitting all the notes during karaoke. Chris and his significant other/fellow intern, Angelina, are so excited to join the Vanderbilt family and to call Nashville home. Member of AOA.

  • Michael Chambers, M.D.
    University of Central Florida
    Home:
    Cocoa, FL
    College:
    University of Central Florida
    Career Plans:
    Academic medicine, transition of care for children with chronic disease
    Interests / Achievements:

    Michael was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and grew up watching space shuttle launches and oddly avoiding the beach. For college, he attended the University of Central Florida, majoring in molecular and microbiology with a minor in piano. Throughout his time there he developed a passion for teaching while instructing undergraduate labs in immunology, microbiology, and anatomy…and temporarily lost his passion for music while playing piano for weddings. He remained at UCF for medical school, where he enjoyed tutoring, leading UCF’s own a cappella group “Residual Volume,” and volunteering to bring healthcare to underserved areas. He enjoys hiking, craft beer, strong coffee, and cooking various permutations of food served on tortillas. Member of AOA.

  • Jerald Cherian, M.D.
    SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    Home:
    Yonkers, NY
    College:
    CUNY Brooklyn College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jerald grew up in Yonkers, NY, a suburb of NYC. For college he made his way down to Brooklyn for a combined BA/MD program. While at Brooklyn College, Jerald earned a BA in economics and continued his high school hobby of speech and debate. After undergrad he moved just a few miles away to SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. Jerald's interests include traveling, basketball, cars and baking. After spending his whole life in New York, he is excited to move down to a place with warmer weather and better drivers. Member of AOA

  • Rebecca Choudhury, M.D.
    Columbia University
    Home:
    Paducah, KY
    College:
    Columbia University
    Career Plans:
    ID or nephrology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Rebecca grew up in Paducah, KY, Nashville’s (much smaller) neighbor to the northwest, perhaps best known as Quilt City, USA. Due to her lack of talents in the textile arts, she was banished to the frigid wilds of New York to attend college at Columbia University, where she majored in East Asian studies and spent some time in Beijing learning Mandarin (and hasn’t had many opportunities to use it since, so don’t expect too much). Between college and medical school she worked at a foster care advocacy organization in St. Louis through AmeriCorps, learning about the challenges of healthcare delivery in the foster care system. In medical school she quickly fell in love with internal medicine, and in particular with ID and nephrology due to their interesting and complex pathophysiology and good blend of inpatient and outpatient medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling, board games, and vegan cooking. She is looking forward to returning to Nashville and branching out from her favorite childhood destinations (the Zoo, the Frist, and most of all, Laser Quest).

  • Christopher Coe, M.D.
    Boston University
    Home:
    Bethesda, MD
    College:
    Middlebury College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Christopher was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and went to Middlebury College in Vermont for undergrad. He learned Spanish at a young age at home, and studied Arabic later on in college. He enjoys traveling when he can, and spent an exciting summer in Yemen a few years ago. Before medical school, he spent time as a college counselor at a boarding school outside of Amman, Jordan. Christopher went to medical school at Boston University, where he worked with and learned from a diverse and underserved patient population. He and his partner, Laura, were both thrilled to match at Vanderbilt for internal medicine (and OB/GYN for Laura). Before moving to Nashville they travelled together to Japan, Cambodia and Malaysia. They are both excited to get to know Nashville and the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA

  • Temple University
    Home:
    Leonardtown, MD
    College:
    Boston University
    Career Plans:
    Radiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Lina was born in Oakland, California, but moved consistently throughout her childhood, living in Italy, Guam, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii and finally landing in Maryland to finish her high school years. Soccer has been a passion throughout her life, and she was blessed to play for the Boston University varsity women’s soccer team. Lina was named an All-American and was considering playing professionally; however, her lifelong dream of becoming a physician led her instead to attend Temple University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Lina developed an interest in radiology due to her fantastic mentors. Outside of medicine, Lina enjoys playing intramural soccer, being a self-proclaimed “foodie”, spending time with her adorable nephew (and soon to be niece!) and of course, Netflix. She hopes one day to finally get a Bernese mountain dog, and of course, name it Bernie. Lina and her significant other and fellow intern, Chris, are thrilled to join their new team at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

  • Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Kennesaw, GA
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Possibly Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Taylor grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, Georgia with his identical twin, two younger brothers, and his little sister adopted from China. He received both his biomedical engineering and medical degrees at Vanderbilt University, which is how he has now attained the high honor of Triple Dore. He is desperately holding out for a football national championship but the tennis and baseball wins are great too. He is an avid table tennis player (currently accepting challenges), guitar player, and is involved in Medical Christian Fellowship. Taylor has always enjoyed spending time with his family and looks forward to visits home filled with spikeball, jamming together with various instruments, and his dad cooking on the hibachi grill. During medical school Taylor developed a deep passion for medicine and is thrilled for the next three years of training.

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Home:
    Boston, MA
    College:
    University of Rhode Island
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Cassie was born in Boston, MA but has lived in several places across the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She attended the University of Rhode Island where she studied biological sciences and psychology in addition to developing an interest in cardiology. She returned to Massachusetts for her medical education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In her free time, she enjoys photography, live music, good food, and travel. In addition, she also likes to spend time with her ten siblings who are already planning a road trip to visit (Nashville- look out!). Though in her heart, she will always know Tom Brady is the GOAT and there's nothing quite like hearing "Dirty Water" in Fenway Park after a Red Sox victory, she is excited to venture out of New England and start her next journey at Vanderbilt.

  • University of Iowa
    Home:
    Hopkinton, IA
    College:
    Luther College
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/ Critical Care, Global Health
    Interests / Achievements:

    The oldest of three children, Blake was born and raised in small-town Iowa. And by small-town, she means 800 total residents! Though small, Hopkinton does boast three swimming pools, one of which was the site of Blake's favorite summer job-lifegarding. After high school, Blake attended college in Decorah, a northern Iowa town known for its bluffs and beautiful scenery. Here she cultivated her love of travel, craft beer, mountain biking and trail running, as well as graduating with a biology degree. After college, Blake attended the University of Iowa for medicial school and developed a deep love for internal medicine and global health. As part of the gobal health distinction track, she spent 9 weeks in Peru after her first year and wrote this bio while at the airport, awaiting a flight to India for 5 more weeks of global health work. She is looking forward to residing in a different state and city, especially one with such wonderful music, food and outdoor activities. She will continue to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes from afar.

  • Indiana University
    Home:
    Dale, IN
    College:
    Indiana University-Bloomington
    Career Plans:
    Dermatology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jeff was born and raised in a small town in southern Indiana. After finishing high school, Jeff moved a couple hours north to Indiana University-Bloomington where he completed his undergraduate degree in informatics. During the latter part of his time in Bloomington, Jeff began to seriously consider a career in medicine and started taking premed courses. He then applied to medical school and moved to Indianapolis to work in a research lab the year in before medical school. There, he developed a sincere enthusiasm for studying disease mechanisms and, accordingly, decided to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. Jeff enrolled in the MSTP program at Indiana University and accomplished a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology where he used mouse models to study the disease neurofibromatosis type 2. When he has time off, Jeff enjoys outdoor activities including climbing, hiking, and running. This past March Jeff matched into dermatology at Yale where he will continue his physician-scientist training. He is thrilled to be doing his intern year at Vanderbilt in Nashville – a vibrant academic center in an absolutely amazing city. Go Commodores! Member of AOA

  • USF Health Morsani
    Home:
    New York, NY
    College:
    University of South Florida
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology/academic medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Peter was born in Cairo, Egypt as one of a pair of twins and his family immigrated to NYC when he was one year old. From there he lived in New York, South Brunswick in New Jersey, and in Pennsylvania until the beginning of high school when he came down to Land O Lakes, Florida (30 minutes north of Tampa). From there Peter completed International Baccalaureate (IB) in high school, two degrees (biomedical sciences and economics) in the University of South Florida, and medical school at USF as well. Peter's interests include reading (fiction and history), clay shooting, going to the beach, and a good movie. He also loves traveling and has been to Europe twice, New York City a handful of times, a few cruises and back home to Egypt twice as well. Peter is excited to come to Nashville and explore all that Tennessee has to offer as well! Member of AOA

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Home:
    What’s a hometown?
    College:
    Brigham Young University
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sterling grew up predominantly in the Southeast, though he’s had the opportunity to live all over the US. He spent two years in Russia, and has a degree in Russian from Brigham Young University. Prior to medical school, Sterling worked in a variety of fields, including as a genetic researcher for the USDA, as a door-to-door salesman, and in mental health and substance abuse treatment. He earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, where he spearheaded a successful effort to pass an injury prevention law in Florida, and was subsequently invited to spend two months with the TBI research team at the CDC in Atlanta. After medical school, Sterling became a fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he continued his research in CNS injury and studied the impact of alternative payment models on health care quality. He completed his fellowship with a year in Switzerland, where he furthered his work on injury and quality of care. He then returned to Johns Hopkins, where he is pursuing a doctorate degree in public health policy. Sterling continues to work on state and federal policies in injury prevention, including TBI and opioid overdose. Sterling and his family LOVE Nashville and couldn’t be more excited to return to the area, where he plans to overindulge in quality BBQ and live music. He enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his family, and will consider his time in Nashville a success if and when he can convince his wife to put on a pair of cowboy boots.

  • University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Charlotte, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Judd was born in Montgomery, Alabama (let’s go ahead and get this straight – WAR EAGLE!) but moved to the Tar Heel State in sixth grade, where he rather quickly found a new love for college basketball. He was proud to attend UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and double majored in biology and Hispanic linguistics. While at Chapel Hill, he enjoyed volunteering with the UNC Center for Latino Health, working as a tutor with UNC Disability Services, storming Franklin Street after every victory over Duke and national championship, and painting himself Carolina blue for just about every televised UNC football game. At UNC he also met his now-wife, who as it turns out grew up in a neighborhood just a few miles away from his parent’s home in Charlotte. In between undergrad and medical school, he worked for the UNC Hospitals Patient Relations Department. This experience provided many answers to the medical school interview prompt “Tell me about an awkward or difficult conversation you had with another person and what you learned to do better.” He was blessed with the opportunity to attend UNC for medical school, during which he enjoyed representing his classmates in student government, serving the local Latino community through an Albert Schweitzer fellowship, and of course celebrating another men’s basketball national championship. He completed two of his four years at UNC’s partner campus in Charlotte with Carolinas HealthCare System, where he appreciated having a longitudinal curriculum and early exposure to critical care medicine. While Judd and his wife have cherished their memories in North Carolina, nothing compared to the joy they experienced on Match Day when they discovered Judd matched at Vanderbilt for residency. Judd greatly looks forward to exploring the endless opportunities as a Commodore, working with the incredible faculty and residents at Vanderbilt and the VA, finding some new boots for the honky-tonks, and bringing on the hot chicken challenge! He also cannot wait to find some new running trails with his wife and rescue pup Lasso. So then how do you find Judd on the wards, you ask? Simple: look for the Carolina bow tie. Member of AOA.

  • Brett                Heimlich,  M.D., Ph.D.
    M.D., Ph.D. - Medical College of Georgia
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    College:
    Career Plans:
    Interests / Achievements:

    Brett was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  He attended college at the University of Georgia where he majored in Biology.  While there, he discovered his passion for research after studying bacterial respiration in the sea ice of Antarctica, leading him to apply for the MD/PhD program at the Medical College of Georgia.  As a PhD student, Brett studied the development of a novel therapeutic approach to sickle cell nephropathy, a severe complication of sickle cell disease.  His work in sickle cell encouraged him to pursue a yearlong posdoc as a Fulbright-Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Lilongwe, Malawi where he helped establish the laboratory and clinical infrastructure for the accurate diagnosis and correct treatment of the disease.  Brett is thrilled to become part of Vanderbilt via The Harrison Society and plans to complete a Nephrology fellowship.  In his spare time, Brett enjoys traveling with his wife Courtney, woodworking, mountain biking, and visiting the park with his dog Filson.

  • Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    University of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Neil was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia as the youngest of four. He went on to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend undergrad at UVa, which will forever hold a special place in his heart. From there, he moved to Nashville where he has spent the last five years pursuing his MD/MBA at Vanderbilt. His decision to enter the joint MBA program stemmed from his interest in healthcare delivery systems, payment models, and operations. While he plans to never abandon the clinical side of medicine, he would love to one day complement his clinical duties with related business or leadership responsibilities. Since moving to Nashville five years ago, Neil has also had the opportunity to nurture his music fandom, seeing concerts by many of his favorite groups including the Head & the Heart, Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe, and the Lumineers. In his spare time, he enjoys most any activity that involves running around, playing games with friends. He also loves reading medical narrative and other healthcare-related writing on a variety of topics ranging from medical error, to end-of-life care, to policy. He’s holding on loosely to his newfound relationship with Netflix and HBO On Demand, but recently enjoyed having his mind blown by Stranger Things and Westworld. More than any of these things, however, Neil’s pride and joy is his baby girl, Ellie, born to him and his wife Mary in November 2016. He is excited to get to know the rest of his future resident family while continuing to live life in the beautiful city of Nashville.

  • University of Vermont in Burlington
    Home:
    Nashville, TN
    College:
    Swarthmore College
    Career Plans:
    Radiation Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Omer was born in Istanbul and moved to Nashville at an early age. After growing up in Tennessee, he attended Swarthmore College just outside of Philadelphia, where he graduated with a degree in Biology and volunteered as a firefighter. Omer attended medical school at the University of Vermont in Burlington. His research interests include shared decision-making and social determinants of health. In his free time, Omer is an avid reader. He is excited to be returning to Nashville and to Vanderbilt.

  • Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Michelle was born in Los Angeles, California, but she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where her family moved when she was three. She attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies where she received a double major in biology and chemistry. She went on to study medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where she developed a passion for gastroenterology and mental health advocacy. In addition to medicine, she is deeply devoted to creative writing and wrote her first novel when she was eleven. She has published four novels and has been working on her fifth novel since her first year of medical school. She won first place in the 2016 Gold-Hope Tang Humanism in Medicine essay contest, and her medical creative writing is forthcoming in Annals of Internal Medicine and has been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

  • Saint Louis University
    Home:
    Evansville, IN
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
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    Emily was raised in Evansville, Indiana. After learning at a young age she couldn't play basketball, during high school she decided to participate in track and field and cross country, although she enjoyed the former much more than the latter. For college she went a short drive away to Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in biomedical engineering. She liked the city of St. Louis so much she decided to stay around for another 4 years after graduation and attended Saint Louis University for medical school. Now for residency she's looking forward to a change of scene in Nashville and is excited to explore a new city. In her spare time, she enjoys eating, watching dramas, gardening, exercising, playing board games, visiting botanical gardens, and lazing around with her orange cat, Mango.

  • University of Texas- Houston
    Home:
    Houston, TX
    College:
    College of William & Mary
    Career Plans:
    Neurology/Movement Disorders
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    Evan was born in Houston, TX as his father was completing medical school through the Navy. He flip-flopped living between Houston and Hampton Roads (Virginia) during grade school, college, and obtaining his Master’s degree before medical school. Evan is excited for the Nashville music scene, more hot chicken, working towards a career in movement disorders, becoming reacquainted with the Houston Oilers, and to swim-bike-run as much of the area as he’s able. He brings to Nashville his delightful wife Lori, their 7 year-old son Ben, 2 year-old son Andrew, and husky Wolfie.

  • University of Arkansas
    Home:
    Glen Rose, AR
    College:
    Arkansas Tech University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
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    Jason is a native of central Arkansas and attended Arkansas Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science in biology. During his time in college he was actively involved in the music department and played saxophone in both the marching and concert bands. After college, he went on to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing/watching sports with his friends, and spending time with his wonderful wife Megan, a personal trainer from the Central Arkansas area. Member of AOA

  • Michigan State University
    Home:
    Munising, MI
    College:
    Michigan Technological University
    Career Plans:
    Interventional Cardiology
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    Andrew was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he grew up in the woods as an avid outdoorsman while enjoying ice hockey, golf, and snowmobiling. In his early years, he worked as an excavating laborer and heavy equipment operator while developing his medical interests by shadowing at a nearby hospital. Andrew studied kinesiology disciplines at Michigan Tech before attending medical school at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During medical school he was involved with cardiovascular research that focused on analyzing coronary artery plaques with NIRS-IVUS imaging, and radiation exposure and robotics in the cath lab. He enjoys working with his hands, personal fitness, volunteering, and spending time with his friends, family, and dogs. Andrew is excited to join the Vanderbilt family and move to Nashville, as he enjoys country music, good food, and a climate that supports golf greater than 5 months out of the year. Member of AOA.

  • Megan Lancaster, M.D., Ph.D.
    M.D., Ph.D. - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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    Megan grew up all over the U.S., living in Florida, Utah, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  After studying Biology and Mathematics at Lafayette College and taking some detours to live in Denmark and France, she ended up at Mount Sinai in NYC.  There she completed an MD/PhD, conducting computational cardiovascular research with a focus on drug-induced arrhythmia.  One of her favorite experiences during her time at Sinai was teaching nutrition to middle schoolers using an experiment-based curriculum.  She plans to use her experiences in research and nutrition education to the benefit of her patients with cardiovascular disease.  In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running, power lifting, writing fiction, and hanging out with her husband and their two rescue cats.  She is looking forward to running in all of the parks in Nashville, and to exploring the restaurant scene with her husband and new friends.

  • Kim Lee, M.D.
    Tulane University
    Home:
    Erie, PA
    College:
    Princeton University
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
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    Kim was born in rural Louisiana, but grew up in western Pennsylvania. She attended Princeton University where she majored in psychology and competed as a member of the university’s taekwondo team. There, she discovered a love for neuroscience, and after graduation, she worked as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She then returned to her Southern roots to enter the MD-PhD program at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her PhD research examined astrocyte responses to infectious diseases in nonhuman primates. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, attending festivals, trying new restaurants, cooking, and exploring the Big Easy. She is excited to join the Vanderbilt community and is looking forward to experiencing all that Nashville has to offer.

  • Justin Lo, M.D., Ph.D.
    M.D. - Harvard Medical School
    Harvard Medical School
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    Justin grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where he became an avid college basketball fan but unfortunately developed no athletic prowess of his own. Instead, his success in the less flashy math competition scene led him to MIT for his undergrad studies, where he double-majored in Biological Engineering and Music. Out of a desire to care directly for patients and apply his research interests to their needs, Justin joined the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD program.  He completed an exciting research rotation in Dr. Joseph Vacanti’s lab, developing tissue-engineered lung assist devices, before starting his PhD with Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia. His thesis work formally involved designing tumor-penetrating nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic nucleic acids, though he also variously worked on nanoparticle amplification cascades, oncolytic bacteria, self-titrating anticoagulants, and basically anything that sounded cool.  During his many years as an MD-PhD student, he performed as a violinist with the charity/outreach-focused Longwood Symphony Orchestra and in chamber music groups. In his free time, Justin enjoys composing music, drawing scientific artwork, programming, cooking, and participating in the annual MIT Mystery Hunt puzzle competition. After more than a decade of enduring Boston’s snow, awful roads, absurd rents, and bad fried chicken, he is excited to finally return to the South to join Vanderbilt and the Harrison Society!

  • Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Jackson, TN
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
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    A born and raised Tennessean, Shawn grew up just two hours west of Nashville. (He doesn’t like his chicken fried, but he does enjoy a beer – or two – on a Friday night.) After singing competitively in choir and graduating as salutatorian of his high school class, he moved to Music City to attend Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate studies. There, he fell in love with neuroscience and worked extensively with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through both his research and the volunteer program Best Buddies. He remained at Vanderbilt for medical school, where he was able to further cultivate these interests, doing global health research in Zambia and helping to establish a Best Buddies chapter within the medical school. He also completed a year of research during the pursuit of his medical degree through the Vanderbilt Medical Scholars Program, in which he studied glioblastoma at the University of Virginia. After one more year at Vanderbilt for internal medicine training, he will complete his neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. His clinical interests lie in stroke and interventional neuroradiology. His partner Jordan will be joining him in Southern California for an ophthalmology residency. In Shawn’s spare time, he enjoys cooking, yoga, filmgoing, being a wine dilettante, and taking care of his miniature dachshund, Jaxon.

  • Case Western Reserve University
    Home:
    Bamenda, Cameroon
    College:
    Georgia College
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology/preventive health
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    Willibroad hails from a country in Central Africa called Cameroon, where he was born and raised. His interest in medicine saw first light at the age of 8 when he lost a loved one to a heart attack. In light of the poor healthcare infrastructure in his hometown and convinced there were better opportunities overseas, he decided to pursue higher education in the US. He attended college in Milledgeville GA, where earned his BS in chemistry. He took a gap year to work in education, serving high school dropouts, and non-traditional students within underserved communities wherein his passion for teaching was confirmed. He went on to get a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In his spare time, Willibroad enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, dancing, hiking and more importantly, he looks forward to enjoying the great food, nice weather and scenic views in the “Music City USA”, not to mention the company of his future colleagues at Vanderbilt.

  • Baylor University
    Home:
    College Station, TX
    College:
    Rice University
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
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    Jose was born and raised in College Station, Texas. He moved to Houston to attend Rice University for college where he studied biomedical engineering and met his future wife. During his time at Rice University, he continued pursuing his loves of teaching by participating in summer courses for future STEM students and fitness by leading group exercise classes. After college, Jose attended Baylor College of Medicine where he discovered his passion for the wonderful profession of PM&R. Even though he is sad to leave the Great State, he is more excited to explore what lies ahead for him at Vanderbilt. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, exercising, cooking and just chillin' with his family and friends. Above all, Jose likes to be happy and healthy while helping others do the same.

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Home:
    Cockeysville, MD
    College:
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
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    Alex was born and grew up near Baltimore, Maryland. His interests include writing and performing music, sports, learning about space, and running/hiking. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park for undergrad, where he studied neuroscience. There he started an indie rock band that performed frequently on and off campus. He returned to Baltimore for medical school where he attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It was here that he began performing stand-up comedy for his peers at class events. On the wards he developed a strong interest in cardiovascular pathophysiology. He looks forward to continuing writing and performing music and comedy in Nashville, as well as exploring the many outdoor activities, food scene, and other amazing aspects of the city’s vibrant culture. Member of AOA.

  • Catherine Mannon, M.D.
    University of Kentucky
    Home:
    Lexington, KY
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds, Medical Education
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    Catherine was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and stayed close to home for college, attending Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. While at Centre she majored in biochemistry & molecular biology. Catherine returned to Lexington to attend medical school at the University of Kentucky. While at UK she developed an interest in medical education and is passionate about wellness for physicians and physicians-in-training. Outside of medicine, Catherine enjoys hiking (and most other outdoor activities), spending time with friends and family, and hanging out with her pup, Cooper. She is looking forward to exploring both the Tennessee parks and all that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.

  • Scott McCall, M.D., Ph.D.
    M.D., Ph.D. - Vanderbilt University
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  • The University of Kansas
    Home:
    Olathe, KS
    College:
    The University of Kansas
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
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    Rob was born and raised in the city of Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, before attending The University of Kansas in Lawrence. While an undergraduate, he earned degrees in neurobiology and philosophy despite an unhealthy obsession with Jayhawk basketball. Rob graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas, and was awarded the Warner Morse prize in metaphysics and epistemology. After graduation, Rob married his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, before starting medical school. They now share the responsibility of raising two obnoxious cats, and lament their not-so-gradual transformation into crazy cat people. Rob also enjoys reading modern and contemporary fiction, listening to music, and running. While in medical school, Rob spent time promoting the health of Kansas City refugees and working at a local student-run clinic. Rob is looking forward to the opportunity to explore Nashville and all that it has to offer, and he is very excited to be joining the team at Vanderbilt in the summer. Member of AOA

  • Home:
    Washington Court House, OH
    College:
    University of Cincinnati
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
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    Matt was born and raised in a small town in Ohio before going to Cincinnati for college. While in college he switched from engineering to biology after his first year to pursue medicine. While in Cincinnati, he met his fiancé, Pooja, and they both went to West Virginia for medical school at Marshall, and now will both be in Nashville for their respective residencies. During his first year, neuroanatomy piqued his interest and during his 3rd year, the clinical aspect solidified his decision to pursue a career in neurology. Outside of the hospital he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, exploring new restaurants, going to concerts , and playing and watching sports (even though his favorite teams have a habit of losing, e.g., the Cleveland Browns). He and his fiancé are excited for the move to Nashville both to explore and enjoy a new city and to meet and work with all of the residents and faculty at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

  • Michael J. Neuss, M.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Cincinnati, OH
    College:
    Pomona College
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Diseases
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    Mike Neuss was born in Durham, NC and raised in Cincinnati, OH. He studied history at Pomona College, and then completed his PhD in the history of science and medicine at Columbia University. Prior to medical school, Mike coached youth swimming and worked in IT. In 2013 Mike returned to Durham to attend Duke University School of Medicine. He hopes his two children, Elsie (4) and Matthew (2) will (like their dad) take an interest in the guitar and/or swimming while in Music City. Mike’s wife, Alex Borst, took a faculty position in pediatric hematology/oncology at Vanderbilt, starting this summer.

  • Loyola University Chicago
    Home:
    Rochester, MI
    College:
    Loyola University Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
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    Caleb was born and raised in Rochester, MI (suburb of Detroit). Soccer was a major part of his life growing up, and he played on multiple travel teams. Although he is an avid fan of Michigan sports (particularly the Detroit Lions, but it’s a sensitive topic), he decided to attend college at Loyola University Chicago located on the north side of the Windy City in order to play soccer for the varsity team. He studied biology in college, and decided after volunteering at a local community health center that he wanted to become a physician. He was fortunate enough to play in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament during his junior season in 2011, which unfortunately culminated in a lopsided defeat against the Bradley Braves in the first round (but he got some pretty cool gear out of it at least). He decided to stay at Loyola for medical school. He did some research utilizing fluorescence microscopy to study adenovirus host cell entry during his first two years of medical school. He loved his rotations in internal medicine, and decided that this was the best career path for him. In particular, he has an interest in entering the field of cardiology. In his free time, he likes spending time with friends and family, running, lifting weights, playing soccer (less intense than in college, but still tries way too hard most of the time), and brewing beer. He couples-matched with fellow IM intern Gabriel Schroeder, and they are both very excited to be living in Nashville and training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

  • JJ Parker, M.D.
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Home:
    Lake Bluff, IL
    College:
    Bucknell University
    Career Plans:
    Global health
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    JJ grew up in a town north of Chicago, where you’d be hard pressed to find him inside; you’d have better luck if you checked the neighborhood field, court, park or ravine. He played football and basketball in high school and then headed to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to attend Bucknell University. While at Bucknell JJ’s biggest accomplishment was winning over his amazing wife, Morgan. JJ took a gap year in Managua, Nicaragua, where he learned how to sweat and speak Spanish. During his year in Central America “Hota Hota” affirmed a strong passion for global health and during medical school he continued to work in Nicaragua, conducting a study on barriers to contraceptive use among adolescents. Recently, JJ and Morgan expanded their family by adding Champ, a lovable golden retriever. Speaking of champs, now that the Cubs have won a World Series, Morgan and JJ are ready to leave Chicago and couldn’t be more excited to move to Nashville. They look forward to live music, friendly people, Southern cooking and exploring the outdoors of Tennessee. Member of AOA.

  • Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Fort Mill, SC
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
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    Anjali was born in Flushing, NY and grew up in Fort Mill, SC. She fell in love with biology and the mechanics of the human body during high school and decided to pursue a career in the medical field. After attending UGA for her undergraduate degree she was accepted to the Medical College of Georgia. Anjali enjoys traveling, cooking, soccer, and the occasional Netflix binge. She is looking forward to moving to Nashville and is excited to become part of the Vanderbilt internal medicine team! Member of AOA

  • Yale University
    Home:
    Nashville, TN
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
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    Jay is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a proud Vanderbilt alumnus. He returns to the south after completing his MD/MBA at Yale University. Spanning medicine and management, Jay has headed clinical redesign projects to reduce patient length of stay, analyzed operative data to pinpoint surgical errors, and authored publications on repurposing medications for new indications. He welcomes collaboration opportunities across all specialties to optimize clinical workflows, improve patient care, and ensure patient safety. Outside of work, you may catch Jay bicycling up 21st Avenue, stretching out in Pilates, or working in his garden. Jay looks forward to being a part of Nashville’s transformation and rejoining the Vandy family.

  • Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Knoxville, TN
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
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    Vivek was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended college at Duke where he studied biomedical engineering and the art of the Cameron crazies. After he graduated, he worked as a biomedical engineer developing cardiac ultrasound devices. He moved closer to home for medical school at Vanderbilt and has loved every minute of living in Nashville. In his free time, he enjoys running with his dog Lola, cheering for the Titans, and playing guitar. He is excited to stay in the Vanderbilt community!

  • University of Tennessee in Memphis
    Home:
    Winchester, TN
    College:
    Washington and Lee University
    Career Plans:
    Geriatrics
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    Rachael was born and raised in Winchester, Tennessee-- a small town located in the triangle made by Lynchburg (Jack Daniel's), Manchester (Bonnaroo), and Sewanee, TN. She grew up on Tim's Ford Lake and has been water skiing and hiking for as long as she can remember. Rachael graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 2013. There, she studied biology and poverty & human capability studies. During her undergraduate career, Rachael studied abroad at the University of St Andrews in sunny Scotland and was granted an internship through the Shepherd Consortium to live and study healthcare and poverty in Thailand. In Thailand, Rachael developed a passion for Thai food and became a named member of the Hash House Harriers-- an international running club. Rachael returned to Tennessee to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She found a passion in working with the elderly during her time at the VAMC in Memphis, and this solidified her decision to pursue a career in internal medicine. She enjoys running, yoga, cooking (eating), watching Netflix, and she is an avid Memphis Grizzlies fan. Rachael is extremely excited to be coming home to middle Tennessee for residency. Member of AOA

  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Home:
    Frederick, MD
    College:
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Career Plans:
    Rheumatology
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    Dami was born to Nigerian parents in England (sorry, no British accent) but grew up in the state of Maryland where he and his family enjoyed the large Nigerian population and culture of the Washington D.C. area. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he earned a B.S. in chemistry while developing a love of biomedical research. After two years of postgraduate research at the NIH, Dami attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dami loves soulful music, movies, sports, science fiction, and most importantly, FOOD. Having migrated to colder and colder climates all his life, he is excited that Nashville will offer warm Southern temperatures at high, non-Southern (expensive) rental prices.

  • Stony Brook University
    Home:
    Toledo, OH
    College:
    Wesleyan University
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
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    Elizabeth Reagan, known to most as Liza (pronounced LEE-za), was born in Toledo, Ohio to parents in a situation almost identical to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. She moved to Florida when she was 8 and entertained herself by learning many instruments and surrounding herself with books. She went to college at Wesleyan University, and it was there that she fell in love with the brain. She attended Stony Brook University Medical School in the hopes of one day becoming a neurologist, and is excited to now be one step closer to that dream!

  • George Washington University
    Home:
    Washington, DC
    College:
    Clemson University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
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    Buddy was born in Silver Spring, MD. He attended Clemson University, where he was a member of the varsity swim team. After Clemson, Buddy worked in corporate sales for AT&T in Los Angeles, CA. He later returned to academia to do a post-bac at American University, followed by three years of research in psychiatry before attending medical school at GW. Outside of medicine Buddy enjoys dancing, working out at the gym, cooking, live music, watching college sports, and learning new languages.

  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Home:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    College:
    Texas Christian University
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
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    Renee Rosati is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, so she is not afraid to stomp on a scorpion should you find one within your vicinity. She majored in Spanish at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and was involved in research with Bacillus anthracis. Before her foray into the medical field, she booked a one-way flight to Sevilla, Spain and landed a job as a historical walking tour guide of a city that she knew nothing about. While in medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, she served on the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Medical Association. She has won various awards for her research on graduate medical education trends and community improvement projects. She is a licensed real estate agent, published photographer, a hobbyist oil painter, and a fan of the great outdoors. Her favorite movies include the French film The Intouchables, About Time, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Meet Joe Black. She spent the summer hauling a dufflebag as big as herself around Europe to prepare for the physical rigors of intern year.

  • University of Florida
    Home:
    Gainesville, FL
    College:
    University of Florida
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
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    Alan was born in Boston, MA but moved to Gainesville, FL at 2 years of age. He loved every minute growing up in Gainesville as he spent the hot, sweaty summers outside playing soccer, tennis, basketball and baseball and Saturday afternoons in the fall with 90,000 of his closest friends watching Gator football. Alan moved to Ft. Lauderdale at the age of 13 years where he finished high school and fell in love with the sport of rowing. He returned to Gainesville to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, where his passion for neuroscience was born. He took that passion to the NIH, where he spent a year conducting research in neuroimmunological disease. He returned to Gainesville for medical school, where he met his wife in the first semester of classes. He got married in the middle of third year on the beaches of Puerto Rico. Although initially planning on going into neurology, Alan ultimately decided to go into internal medicine. Early in intern year though, he realized is heart was in neurology, so he decided to reapply and here I am! During his free time, Alan loves spending time with his wife, traveling, trying new food, hiking, watching football and soccer, going to every MLB baseball stadium in the country, playing with his two cats Carl and Francine, and working out.

  • University of Chicago
    Home:
    Wheaton, IL
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Oncology or Gastroenterology
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    Brian was born and raised in Wheaton, IL, a suburb of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago where he majored in biology and Spanish literature. He competed in varsity cross country and track and also worked in a sleep research lab. Following graduation from the University of Chicago, he accepted a position with Epic Systems in Madison, WI, where he worked on updating healthcare system reports and providing customer support to client hospitals. He then returned to the University of Chicago to attend medical school where he studied the effects of fatty acids on colonic tumorigenesis. Combined with his previous athletic experience, this sparked his interest in nutrition/gastroenterology and subsequently oncology. In his free time he enjoys working out, following Chicago sports, spending time with friends, eating BBQ, and going to concerts. Given these last two interests, he is excited about moving to Nashville!

  • Loyola University Chicago
    Home:
    Lakeville, MN
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
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    Gabriel was born in Chicago but grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota. Like every stereotypical Minnesotan, she lived in a house on a lake with her big family (7 younger siblings!). In order to escape the horrors of winter in Minnesota, she traveled south to Atlanta to attend Emory University for undergrad. While at Emory, she majored in neuroscience and behavioral biology and participated in memory and cognition research at Yerkes Primate Research Center. She also enjoyed spending time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital and discovering all the wonderful comfort foods the South had to offer, especially chicken and waffles. She then ventured back to the good old Midwest to attend Loyola University Chicago for medical school. She decided to pursue a career in internal medicine with an interest in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Outside of medicine, she likes spending time cooking, baking desserts, playing basketball, exercising, scrapbooking, water skiing, and hanging out with family and friends. Despite her love for deep-dish pizza, Gabriel is excited to move to Nashville and begin her training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

  • Tulane University
    Home:
    Newark, CA
    College:
    University of California, Berkeley
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
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    Amos Song has been vagabonding around the United States via educational opportunities. He studied public health at UC Berkeley then traveled across the country to the East Coast where he received a master’s in medical science at Boston University. He then ended up on the Gulf Coast for medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans. He also boxed for the UC Berkeley club team, which may or may not explain any of his intellectual lapses. He was also an improv comedian for a theater in New Orleans while in medical school. He believes he makes a mean fried chicken and bakes an outstanding chocolate meringue pie. He also enjoys basketball and dabbles in yoga. He writes this bio with love and with anticipation of the upcoming year from La Ciudad de México. ¡Órale!

  • University of Louisville
    Home:
    Louisville, KY
    College:
    University of Kentucky
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
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    Travis was born in snowy upstate New York during a tornado warning, which he’s taking as a good omen. He moved to Louisville at age four and grew up there with his younger brother, Troy, and a fantastic group of friends who still put up with him to this day. He headed east to the University of Kentucky for college, where he majored in biology, psychology, and, as all UK students do, a general obsession with Kentucky basketball. He returned home to Louisville for medical school, where he was involved in class executive leadership, curricular development, and the distinction in business and leadership track. Travis enjoys watching (the always intellectually-stimulating) NASCAR races, spending time with family and friends, long walks with his high school sweetheart and now wife, Erin, and volunteering with the youth choir at their church. Travis and Erin are ecstatic to pack up the U-Haul and mosey on down I-65 to begin this new adventure together in Nashville. Member of AOA.

  • Alicia Stallings, M.D.
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Home:
    River Forest, IL
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Health services research, Hematology/Oncology
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    Alicia grew up in River Forest, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. She is the youngest child of three and the only girl, and has thoroughly enjoyed this distinction. For her undergraduate studies, Alicia attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in women and gender studies and minored in French. Prior to medical school, Alicia worked as the electronic medical records transition manager for her father’s primary care practice in Chicago, and served as the health education and screening coordinator for a small public health organization in the area part time. Interested in a career of public health research and policy, Alicia attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for medical school, during which she was awarded the American Society of Hematology Physician Scientist Career Development Award to support her thesis research on health services administration in the pediatric sickle cell population. Alicia is passionate about healthcare outcomes and cost-effectiveness research, intra-professional collaboration, and breaking the cycle of disease and poverty through high quality patient care.

  • Zhejiang University
    Home:
    Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, China
    College:
    Zhejiang University
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology or Cardiology
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    Mengyao was born and raised in Taizhou, a seaside city 4 hours south of Shanghai, China. At the age of 17, she moved to Hangzhou, a city known as “paradise in China” for its natural beauty and traditional pagodas perched along the scenic bay. There she attended a combined bachelor and medical school program at Zhejiang University. Her inspiring clinical experience as a visiting medical student at UCLA made her decide to pursue medical training in the United States. Later, her interest in biostatistics and epidemiology took her to the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she pursed an MPH degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. Using her newly acquired statistical skills, she also did clinical research with Dr. Ravi Thadhani in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys trying different cuisines, taking mouth-watering photographs of new dishes that she encounters (which she shares with her friends), and watching TV series. After spending almost one year in cold Boston, Mengyao cannot wait to move south to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community.

  • Andrew  Terker, M.D., Ph.D.
    M.D., Ph.D. - Oregon Health & Science University
    Oregon Health & Science University
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    Andy was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  He attended Swarthmore College where he majored in Mathematics & Statistics and, more importantly, met his wife, Samantha.  After college, he followed Samantha to Seattle, Washington where he worked in a lab studying HIV before moving to Portland, Oregon to enter the MD/PhD program at Oregon Health & Science University.  At OHSU Andy fell in love with renal physiology while completing his dissertation in David Elliston’s lab on how the distal nephron determines potassium balance and blood pressure.  Along the way, he met his third (in sequence, but certainly not in order!) love(s) of his life, his two beautiful boys, Brody and Judah.  When not working he has enjoyed exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family over the last decade through skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.  Andy and his family are excited to be coming to Vanderbilt and look forward to starting their garden in their backyard, doing some hiking in and around Nashville, and experiencing Southern culture.  

  • University of Tennessee in Memphis
    Home:
    Nashville, TN.
    College:
    University of Pennsylvania
    Career Plans:
    Radiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Emily was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She then went to Philadelphia to college at the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in health & societies with a concentration in international health. After college, she spent a gap year off the map living in New Zealand leading trail rides on horses. She then came back closer to home for medical school in Memphis at the University of Tennessee. She is excited to spend a preliminary year at Vanderbilt before starting her radiology residency at Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and music. Member of AOA

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
    Home:
    Marshfield, WI
    College:
    University of Minnesota
    Career Plans:
    Undecided considering cardiology or pulmonary/critical care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Peter grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin and went to college in Minnesota where he majored in microbiology. He spent the last four years in Milwaukee at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Peter enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking. He also loves playing and watching hockey (Minnesota Wild!) in his free time. Peter is still undecided about his future career plans but is considering cardiology or pulmonary/critical care. Peter is excited to move to Nashville and start residency at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA

  • Alex Toporek, M.D.
    Rush Medical College
    Home:
    Rockville, MD
    College:
    Georgetown University
    Career Plans:
    Public and urban health
    Interests / Achievements:

    Alexandra was born and raised in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C. After high school, she studied biology of global health at Georgetown University. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked extensively with HIV-positive children and their families. This experience piqued her interest in medicine and global health. Following college, Alexandra worked as a clinical research coordinator at Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in Washington, D.C. that serves the LGBT population. Alexandra finally left the D.C. area to attend Rush Medical College in Chicago, where she worked extensively with the surrounding community, further developing her interests in public and urban health. During this time, she also developed a deep love of bright green relish and hatred for ketchup on hot dogs. In her spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, hiking, watching professional basketball, listening to 90s rap, cuddling her dog, and spending time with her husband and friends. She is very excited to move to Nashville and is looking forward to getting to know the Vanderbilt community and her fellow interns! Member of AOA

  • Tufts University
    Home:
    Waterville, ME
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Mike was born and raised in Waterville, Maine with his two younger siblings. He decided to go into medicine during high school after shadowing a pediatric surgeon at Vanderbilt. He went to Washington University in St. Louis where he studied economics. He returned to New England for medical school at Tufts as part of the Maine Track, spending the last two years in Maine. While in medical school Mike helped teach a physical diagnosis course to undergraduate pre-medical students. Mike enjoys board games, hiking, skiing, running, climbing, tennis and other outdoor activities in his free time. Despite his love of winter, he is extremely excited to be moving to Nashville to start residency at Vanderbilt!

  • Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    New Smyrna Beach, FL
    College:
    Davidson College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Pierce grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a tourist town known for its shark attacks and beautiful scenery. He attended Davidson College, where he majored in English and screamed from the student section as Stephen Curry and Co. made the Elite Eight in 2008. From 2008-2013, Pierce worked for the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the WHO, in immunization. He then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he was involved with Choosing Wisely and Shade Tree Clinic. Outside of medicine, Pierce's interests include coffee shops, gin and tonics, pick-up basketball, and spending time with his girlfriend, friends, and family. He looks forward to having a real job again and to meeting his fellow interns. Member of AOA.

  • Ohio State University
    Home:
    Cleveland, OH
    College:
    Ohio University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Brian was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in the heart of Northeastern Ohio’s snow belt in the suburb of Concord Township, OH. Despite his preference for warmer climates, he remained in Ohio for college and medical school. He attended college in Athens, OH at Ohio University before venturing back up State Route 33 to Columbus, OH to earn his medical degree at Ohio State University. While at Ohio State University, Brian was involved in various extracurricular activities from ultrasound training to quality improvement projects and a research project in trauma outcomes. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time at the gym, watching Cleveland sports teams (even the Browns), going on outdoor adventures (he hopes to visit all the US national parks), and exploring the local restaurant/brewery scene with family and friends. He is thrilled about Nashville’s milder winters and vibrant musical and cultural scene! Member of AOA.

  • Jean Wassenaar, M.D., Ph.D.
    M.D., Ph.D. - University of California, San Diego
    University of California, San Diego
    Home:
    College:
    Career Plans:
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    Jean has lived all over the US – including a couple years during elementary school in Colorado, middle and high school in the Bay Area, 4 years for college in Baltimore, one year in Madison, Wisconsin for work after undergrad, and finally Medical and graduate school in San Diego (where she earned her PhD in Bioengineering working on biomaterials for Cardiac regeneration).  So she is excited to move to Nashville and get to know the south a little bit better!  Her research Interests are myocardial metabolism and inflammation, and particularly how they affect fibrosis and remodeling in the Post-infarct heart.

  • Arissa Young, M.D.
    Tufts University
    Home:
    Old Tappan, NJ
    College:
    Tufts University
    Career Plans:
    Rheumatology, Heme/Onc, or Allergy/Immunology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Arissa was born in New York City and moved to the suburbs (Old Tappan, New Jersey) when she was in second grade. Nevertheless, she always remained a “city girl” at heart, often taking the bus to the Port Authority for adventures in the big city. In college, Arissa indulged her love for the Spanish language and culture by spending a semester abroad in Barcelona. At Tufts, she also met her future husband, Alex, who is starting his ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt. Arissa enjoys horseback riding, traveling, cooking, hiking, spinning, and almost anything that takes her outdoors. She is looking forward to exploring the Smoky Mountains and meeting other residents who will go there with her! Member of AOA

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  • Home:
    San Jose, CA
    College:
    University of California
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sameer was born in San Jose, CA which has now has become known as "Silicon Valley”. He went to college at the University of California — Davis. After his time in college, he worked for Sutter Health in Berkeley, California as a clinical research coordinator on a couple of pharmaceutical clinical trials for multiple sclerosis: Phase IV study for Gilenya (fingolimod) and Phase III study for Lemtrada (alemtuzumab). Thereafter, he started medical school at George Washington University in Washington D.C. During medical school, he became interested in oncology and Originally planned to pursue radiation oncology; however, during his internship year at the University of Maryland, he quickly realized that he is better suited to and more thoroughly enjoys the practice of internal medicine. When Sameer is not working, he loves to cook, try new things, meet others, and attend live music events. Sameer is very much looking forward to meeting all the people at Vanderbilt and he couldn’t be more excited to be in a thriving city like Nashville! He can’t wait to explore and see all that the city has too offer!

  • Hebatalla  Allam, M.D.
    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.

  • Ndang Azang-Njaah, M.D.
    University of Chicago
    Resident L-2
    Department of Medicine
    Home:
    Westminster, MD
    College:
    University of Maryland at College Park
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds Primary Care, Public Health, Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ndang was born in Arlington, Virginia, but was raised in Westminster, Maryland, just 1.5 hours north of Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was involved in various campus communities, ranging from Honors Humanities to the Maryland Men’s Chorus. While at Maryland, Ndang also studied abroad in Cameroon where he had the opportunity to volunteer with a local NGO that served young adults living with HIV/AIDS. The experience piqued his interest in public health and made a future career in medicine tangible. After graduating with degrees in biochemistry and nutritional science, he made the transition from the Old Line State to the Land of Lincoln for medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. While at Pritzker he cultivated his interests in community health and primary care, which also included a brief detour through Chapel Hill, NC for an MPH degree at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Outside of medicine Ndang enjoys reading, staying active, and singing baritone. Ndang plans for a career in Med-Peds primary care, where he hopes to capitalize on his training in public health and clinical medicine. He looks forward to spending the next chapter of his life in Nashville!

  • Sarah Bayefsky, M.D.
    Hofstra University
    Home:
    New York, NY
    College:
    Harvard University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sarah originally hails from Toronto, Canada. When she was 12 years old, her family relocated to New York City, but she maintained a strict use of Celsius and a deep loyalty to the Blue Jays baseball team. During high school, she played volleyball & softball and studied bat echolocation. She attended Harvard University, where she completed her premedical requirements while majoring in Government, with a focus on Latin America. She enjoyed working at the intersection of policy and medicine at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, an organization dedicated to using our knowledge of child development to influence public policies relating to children. Sarah spent a gap year working in early childhood education and mentoring high school students before returning to New York for medical school. A new school with an innovative curriculum, Hofstra fostered Sarah’s interests in medical education, medical ethics, and care for the underserved. She has relished the opportunity to explore other parts of the world through global health rotations and health policy courses in China, Chile, and Uganda. She loves to learn languages and may try to speak with you in Spanish, Hebrew, or French. Sarah looks forward to living in one of the friendliest cities in America and to introducing her family and friends from home to the South!

  • Adam Behroozian, M.D.
    University of California- San Diego
    Home:
    Laguna Hills, CA
    College:
    University of California Riverside and University of Michigan
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Adam was born to Iranian immigrants in Southern California. Growing up, he had a one eyed dog named Zeus. He attended the University of California Riverside for his undergraduate studies where he developed an interest in population health. This interest took him to the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he completed his MPH. During this time he conducted clinical epidemiology research on Clostridium difficile under the mentorship of David Aronoff MD. He returned to sunny Southern California to complete his medical degree at the University of California San Diego. During this time he was actively involved in serving the community, state level medical student grant committee and advocacy, and served as Class President for four years.

  • Audrey  Bennett, M.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Home:
    Coon Rapids, MN
    College:
    University of Minnesota Duluth
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Audrey was born and raised in Minnesota and grew up near Minneapolis. She attended college in Duluth, MN where she studied Cell and Molecular Biology. She went on to study medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she developed interests in cardiology, gastroenterology, and global health. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, spending time with her sisters, running, reading, and traveling. Although she has enjoyed growing up in MN, Audrey is excited to move to Nashville and meet her fellow interns at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

  • Laura  Binari, M.D.
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Home:
    Annandale, VA
    College:
    University of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Hospitalist/Infectious Disease
    Interests / Achievements:

    Laura grew up in Annandale, Virginia with her parents and older sister. She traveled a short drive from home to the University of Virginia for college, where she majored in Neuroscience. During her time at UVA, she developed a passion for medicine while volunteering at the free clinic and the university hospital. After graduation, she stayed in the beautiful city of Charlottesville for another year to complete her research project on the development of the peripheral nervous system. She continued her migration south for medical school at EVMS where she met her fiancé, Barron, who will be starting residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt. Outside of medicine, Laura enjoys running, playing soccer, baking (and eating) desserts, cheering for the Washington Redskins, and relaxing with family and friends. Laura is very excited to move to Nashville and to join the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.

  • 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.

  • Home:
    Hollidaysburg, PA
    College:
    Villanova University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    George was born in Philadelphia but moved to rural central Pennsylvania at the age of 1. He had enjoyed his first year of city life, but felt a quiet country home would provide a more traditional childhood. During high school he participated in many sports while also being heavily involved in the arts. In college, he performed the Triple Jump on Villanova’s varsity track team, sang in the campus choir every Sunday, & completed a summer internship at a rheumatology clinical research center while getting his biology degree. He loved his time at Dartmouth medical school and grew extremely fond of internal medicine by the end of his third year. He also completed a summer research elective in Dartmouth's immunology lab studying treatments for melanoma. Most importantly, he was blessed to have married his high school sweetheart during med school, and is very grateful to be bringing his wife to Nashville. George loves internal medicine and has a strong interest in cardiology & medical research. His other interests include the history of medicine, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, Nick Offerman, singing (especially the RHCP), & the DC universe. He is also an avid Eagles fan, but recognizes the futility of being an Eagles fan.

  • Angela Chen, M.D.
    New York University
    Home:
    Boulder, CO
    College:
    Rice University
    Career Plans:
    Primary Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Angela's life thus far has really taken her all over the country. Though born in New York, she spent the bulk of her childhood in Houston, TX before moving out to Colorado for the end of middle school and high school. From there, she spent her freshman year of college in California at USC. She ultimately decided she wanted a smaller community for her undergraduate experience and transferred back to Houston to study Cognitive Science at Rice University before finding herself in the big apple at NYU School of Medicine. In her spare time, you may find Angela occasionally bursting into song as if she were still in her college women's acappella group. Additionally, she enjoys eating (especially sweets), scrapbooking, and skiing. She is looking forward to joining the Vanderbilt community and life in Nashville with her boyfriend and future co-intern, Eddie Qian!

  • Home:
    Solon, OH
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Transitions of care for youth with chronic illness, Adult congenital heart disease
    Interests / Achievements:

    Patricia is a proud Midwesterner who was born in Iowa and grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. Looking to explore a bigger city, she headed to the University of Chicago for college. While in Chicago, she discovered a love for working with middle and high school students from the surrounding South Side neighborhoods, and particularly enjoyed mentoring teens with sickle cell disease. These experiences got her interested in adolescents and young adults with chronic childhood illness, their transition into adult healthcare, and ultimately led her to the field of med-peds. Next, she made her first move to the south by moving to North Carolina to attend medical school at Duke. She became a Blue Devils fan and enjoyed rooting for a team that actually won a national championship (remember she's from Cleveland!). During med school, she also completed a Masters in Clinical Research and did outcomes research focused on infants with congenital heart disease. She is excited to start residency at Vanderbilt and figuring out how to combine her many interests. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking for friends, yoga, listening to NPR, nerding out at museums and is looking forward to exploring the different neighborhoods in Nashville.

  • 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.

  • Cherie  Dahm, M.D.
    University of Mississippi
    Home:
    Ocean Springs, MS
    College:
    University of South Alabama
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Cherie was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With a love for the outdoors, she spends much of her free time at the Barrier Islands off the coast of Mississippi or off-shore fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, or any other white flaky fish found in the Gulf. For undergraduate studies, she attended the University of South Alabama where she obtained her BSN in Nursing. After working as a cardiac nurse for three years, she moved to Jackson, MS to begin Medical School. Cherie and Joseph, her husband and high school sweetheart, are the proud parents of two fur babies Bailey and Lilly, a Yellow Lab and a Golden Retriever. Besides spending time with her little family, she enjoys exercising, eating, fishing, and most recently hunting. She and Joseph look forward to making the move to Nashville to explore all of the sports, outdoors, food, and music venues it has to offer. Member of AOA.

  • Home:
    Shingle Springs, CA
    College:
    University of San Diego
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Erica grew up in the foothills of the Sierras in Northern California with her parents and younger brother and sister. Her most treasured childhood memories include sailing on the lake of her family lakehouse, milking goats at her parents’ ranch, helping out in her mother’s Montessori school, and riding horses with her sister. She attended college at the University of San Diego earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in theology and religious studies. With a passion for travel and exploration, she spent a few months after college doing mission work in Ecuador where she furthered her interest in medical missions. She attended medical school in St. Maarten and received a breadth of experiences rotating in multiple training hospitals from the outskirts of London, England to icy Wisconsin. She spent her internship year training in internal medicine at UT Houston prior to transferring to Vanderbilt. Her favorite part of medicine is teaching her patients about their health and she looks forward to implementing education and mentoring into her practice. In her spare time she likes to West Coast swing dance, cook, spend quality time with friends, and work on her ping pong game.

  • Debra Dixon, M.D.
    Lerner-Case Western Reserve
    Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
    Home:
    Cincinnati, OH
    College:
    University of North Carolina
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Debra was raised in Cincinnati, OH. As a child, she jumped rope competitively and on a good day can still do a trick or two. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and double majored in Biology & Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. While in college, her experiences as a Robertson Scholar helped her to solidify her interest in medicine, research and caring for the underserved. Her love of research led her to attend the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University where she could develop as a physician and a scientist. After taking a year during medical school to conduct cardiovascular research and complete her Master’s in Clinical Research, Debra was confident that she wanted to pursue a career in academic cardiology. In her free time, Debra enjoys traveling, photography, playing board games, and music. Debra will start residency as a newlywed after marrying her spades partner, Kristopher. She is thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family as a Harrison Scholar. Both Debra and Kris are looking forward to warmer weather and all that Nashville has to offer!

  • Andrew Dunatchik, M.D.
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Home:
    Portland, Oregon
    College:
    Oregon State University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Drew was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, the city where young people go to retire. During college Drew attended Oregon State University where he majored in artisan coffee, IPA’s, and Chemistry. While pursuing his life ambition to be a career student he earned his Pharm.D. from Oregon State and then attended medical school at Oregon Health and Science University where he developed a passion for critical care medicine and end of life care. Like many Pacific Northwest young retirees he spends much of his time outdoors, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and backpacking, and is an avid runner and an occasional biker. Following graduation he will be taking a 3 week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and spending his last few weekends backpacking in Oregon. He’s looking forward to exploring the rivers and outdoors in Tennessee and taking in the Nashville music scene. Member of AOA.

  • Peter  Edmonds, M.D.
    SUNY Upstate
    Home:
    Cooperstown, NY
    College:
    Liberty University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary and Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Peter grew up in Cooperstown, a small town in central New York with a baseball problem (unfortunately he discovered an ineptitude for t-ball at the age of 6). He has four siblings and likes to think he is a well-adjusted middle child. After running cross-country and track at Liberty University he went to medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. He discovered a love for internal medicine and plans to follow his father's footsteps towards pulmonary and critical care. In his spare time he can be found in a nearby park training for a triathlon or reclining with coffee and book in hand. He is excited to explore all the food and music Nashville has to offer!

  • Home:
    Birmingham, AL
    College:
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Maryam grew up in northern California until she was 8 years old when she moved to Birmingham, Alabama where the trees outnumbered people. She quickly fell in love with the Southern charm and beautiful landscape, so much so that she went to undergrad at UAB and decided to stay for medical school after volunteering in the pediatric NICU where everyone and their mom, literally, is compelled to save lives. This year she and her husband welcomed a baby boy who they enjoy spending time playing with and discovering optimal burping positions. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and discovering recipes she'll most likely never make unless there's an inordinate amount of sugar and/or chocolate.

  • Lauren  Evers, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Galveston, TX
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Lauren was born and raised on Galveston Island, about 50 miles Southeast of Houston. As a BOI (born on the island), she enjoys the warmth, sunshine, and water. However, she also happens to be the palest of redheads so generally avoids being outside between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM without copious amounts of sunblock. Lauren left Texas to go to college in St. Louis, where she experienced the concept of seasons for the first time. She majored in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and, as part of this program, got the chance to study abroad in beautiful Edinburgh, Scotland, which she wants so badly to visit again. She went directly from college to medical school at UVA in Charlottesville, VA, where she fell in love with the beautiful scenery and hiking. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys reading, going to concerts, cooking, cross-stitching, doing outside activities, and spending time with her boyfriend Michael. Both of her parents are originally from small towns in Tennessee, so this state has always been a sort of second home to her. She is very excited to enjoy all that Music City has to offer and to start her residency at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

  • Hannah Fish-Trotter, M.D.
    University of Tennessee
    Home:
    Nashville, TN
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Interests / Achievements:

    Hannah grew up in Nashville, TN, but moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago for her undergraduate education, where she majored in biology with a minor in music. She enjoyed living in Chicago for several years after college, before moving down to Memphis, TN to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee. During this time she married her husband and Chicago native, Brad, who has spent the past years in Memphis dedicated to teaching, as well as bringing the sport of rugby to kids throughout the Memphis community. Hannah is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community. Outside of medicine, Hannah enjoys running and spending time with family, fur babies, and friends.

  • Matthew Fleming, M.D.
    Columbia
    Columbia University
    Home:
    Scio, NY
    College:
    SUNY Geneseo and Yale University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology/academic medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Matt was raised in a small town south of Buffalo, NY, and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo in Biochemistry. After graduation from college, he enrolled in a doctoral program in Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University, where his dissertation research focused on the genetic and biophysical basis of epilepsy and intellectual disability. After completing his PhD, he completed his MD at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Matt plans to pursue a career in academic medicine with a focus on cardiovascular disease. In his free time he enjoys travel, playing sports, and following professional hockey and football. He is very excited to explore Nashville and hopes to start an Intern softball team.

  • Jacob Franco, M.D.
    Stony Brook
    Home:
    Chappaqua, NY
    College:
    Brown University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jacob grew up in Chappaqua, New York, where not much happens. To pass the time he took a computer science class in high school and fell in love with it. His passion for programming brought him to Brown University where he was poised to be a software engineer. That is, until a fateful internship showed him the horrors of sitting behind a computer all day everyday. With the realization that he wanted to be with people, Jacob started taking computational biology courses, which brought him to Stony Brook Medical School, where not much happens. At Stony Brook he passed the time making iPhone apps and sorting his fellow students into their preferred rotations. He enjoys volleyball, racquetball, going for walks and is excited to sit behind a computer writing notes in a city where things happen. Member of AOA.

  • John  French, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Cary, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    John French was born in Poughkeepsie, NY and quickly relocated to Cary, NC at the tender age of 18 months (Cary is appropriately nicknamed “Concentrated Area for Relocated Yankees”). Eager to excel in sports, he split his time between swimming, wresting, hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, and golf. He became exceedingly mediocre at all of them, with a neighborhood pool record for the 7-8 year-old boys 25-meter butterfly remaining as his only claim to fame. He first started playing piano and guitar at a young age, but his music career really took off later when he was in high school, where he played 6th chair guitar in his school jazz ensemble. He swears he could have been picked up by a local music producer were he actually allowed to plug in his guitar during performances. In an attempt to experience a culture completely different from his own, he ventured an entire 22 miles from his home to attend UNC Chapel Hill where he was Tar Heel bred, “…and when he dies he’ll be a Tar Heel dead.” He stayed at UNC for medical school where he slowly but surely settled differences with his Duke classmates and fell in love with internal medicine. John is extremely excited to be moving to Nashville and joining his fellow interns in the trenches. John plans on making eating, sleeping, and maintaining basic hygiene priorities during residency. In his spare time, he plans on swimming, mountain biking, running, playing guitar and piano, “cooking” (i.e. calling the fire department about a false alarm then ordering take-out), and listening to the next country mega-star on every street corner. Member of AOA

  • Christin  Giordano, M.D.
    University of Central Florida
    Home:
    Orlando, FL
    College:
    Brown University
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Christin grew up in Connecticut and went to undergraduate college at Brown University. She took a side trip to physician assistant school at the University of Florida but after practicing in hepatology, received mentorship that led her back to medical school. At UCF, she was part of the last of the founding classes and was able to participate in building the school’s traditions including organizing the first military match night and Tough Mudder Team. She has a rescue dog, Stella, whom she loves, and helped start her lifelong commitment to volunteering with rescues. She was drawn to Vanderbilt for its residents and faculty who seem so invested in their patients and in each other and can’t wait to start the journey with her new class this summer! Member of AOA.

  • Chelsea Gorsline, M.D.
    University of South Florida
    Home:
    Tampa,FL
    College:
    University of South Florida
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Disease
    Interests / Achievements:

    Chelsea Gorsline was born and raised in Tampa Bay, Florida. She earned her degree in Microbiology from the University of South Florida in 2012 and stayed there to obtain her medical degree. She hopes to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Disease with a focus on global health and underserved communities. She enjoys gardening, cooking, craft beers and traveling the world (most recently on a trip to Australia & New Zealand). She and her husband enjoy the performing arts and are looking forward to enjoying the vibrant culture Nashville has to offer. 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.

  • Kristin  Hines, M.D.
    Ohio State University
    Home:
    Hartford City, IN
    College:
    Ohio State University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Kristin is from a small town in rural Indiana, where cell phone service can still be hard to find. She attended Indiana University (Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers!), majoring in microbiology, and minoring in chemistry and gender studies. For medical school, she wandered to the land of the Buckeyes - The Ohio State University – where she was peer-selected as the “Class Clown” and “Most Likely to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.” Initially she considered a career in pathology, but through her rotations and service at several free clinics in Columbus, soon realized her passion for patient care and decided upon Internal Medicine. She is familiar with the beauty of Nashville and Vanderbilt’s reputation as a leader in medicine since her long-time boyfriend, Andrew, attended pharmacy school in Nashville at Lipscomb University. In addition to cooking and painting, she enjoys all outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. Along with Andrew, she also brings to Nashville their adopted shelter cat, Taco. They are ecstatic to be starting the newest chapter of their lives in Nashville and cannot wait to join the Vanderbilt family.

  • Edward  Hodges, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Resident L-1
    Department of Medicine
    Home:
    Washington, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ted grew up in a small town in coastal North Carolina. He spent his childhood swimming, boating, and fishing in the Pamlico River. After high school, Ted moved to Chapel Hill, where he majored in biology. After college, he took a gap year during which he worked as the medical volunteer coordinator at Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti, before returning to medical school at UNC. He’s an avid supporter of UNC athletics, the Carolina Panthers, and Tottenham Hotspur FC. When he’s not cheering on the Tar Heels, you can find him cooking for his friends or searching for the next bow tie to add to his ever-expanding collection. He also enjoys playing basketball and golf and trying out new restaurants. After calling Chapel Hill home for the last eight years, Ted is excited to explore all that Vanderbilt and Nashville have to offer. Member of AOA.

  • Akosua  Korboe, M.D.
    University of Rochester
    Home:
    Accra, Ghana
    College:
    Amherst College
    Career Plans:
    Global Health; Medical Education
    Interests / Achievements:

    Akosua grew up in Accra, Ghana. She came to the United States for college and had an absolutely lovely time at her alma mater, Amherst College. There, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and also had her very first full winter experience! She continued her education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she was able explore some of what Upstate New York has to offer. She enjoyed being part of the Medical Education Pathway at her school and was very involved in the University of Rochester's free student-run clinic. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, reading, and exploring as many food choices as her budget can allow. She is thrilled to be a part of the Vanderbilt family and looks forward to the start of this exciting phase of her life.

  • Matthew Krantz, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Chapel Hill, NC
    College:
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Academic Med-Peds and medical education
    Interests / Achievements:

    Matt grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and is one of four siblings who all attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is second oldest of the four, so he technically went to UNC before it was cool. As an undergraduate, he majored in biology and minored in screenwriting. He went on to pursue medical school at UNC where he relied mostly on his biology background but employed his screenwriting skills for his medical school’s annual skit nights by making short films. His favorite film was a black and white, French-themed, silent comedy called, “La Chirurgie” (Surgery) about the third year medical student surgical clerkship experience. His main hobbies include writing, filmmaking, playing soccer, hiking, and following Tar Heel sports. He is excited to move to Nashville and wants everyone to know this isn’t his first time traveling outside of Chapel Hill. It’s his second. Actually, traveling is one of his hobbies too and some of his favorite places are New York City, Berlin and Galway. For his career plans, he is interested in academic Med-Peds and medical education. Member of AOA.

  • Home:
    Rockville, MD
    College:
    Grinnell College
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Nathan grew up in Maryland and went to college in Iowa. He majored in biochemistry and was a water polo player for the Grinnell College Wild Turkey’s water polo team. He met his wife Elizabeth while in college, and they currently spend much of their time keeping their black lab Denver from chewing socks. Nathan enjoys participating in triathalons, playing and talking about any sport, and singing a capella music. In his fourth year of medical school at Georgetown University, he spent time in both the ICU and CCU where he developed a passion for critical care medicine. Member of AOA.

  • Caroline  Nebhan, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Dallas, TX
    College:
    Vanderbilt
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Caroline spent her early years in Minneapolis before settling in Dallas. She moved to Nashville in 2005 to attend college at Vanderbilt, where she majored in Spanish and Molecular & Cellular Biology. She had a very positive experience with research as an undergraduate student and was excited for the opportunity to stay at Vanderbilt as an MSTP student. She completed her PhD research in the lab of William Pao, where her thesis project focused on acquired resistance to targeted therapies in EGFR-mutant lung cancer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking. She is very excited to join the Harrison Society and stay in Nashville as a true Vanderbilt “lifer!”

  • Osarhiemen  Omwanghe, M.D.
    University of Illinois-Peoria
    Home:
    Fresno, CA.
    College:
    University of California, Berkeley
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Osarhiemen was born in Brenham, Texas, but raised in Fresno, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006, where she earned a degree in Integrative Biology, and was a Division 1 Track and Field Scholar Athlete competing in the hurdles and relays. After college, she worked as an academic counselor to support career paths of undergraduate students where her passion for mentoring future leaders in healthcare flourished. Her hobbies include team sports, African cultural dance and salsa, farmers markets, hiking, and exploring a variety of cultural foods. She is thrilled to start residency at Vanderbilt University and to meet her co-residents and faculty, while enjoying life in Nashville and all it has to offer!

  • Jacob  Parnell, M.D.
    Emory University
    Home:
    Perry, GA
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jacob was born in the small middle Georgia town of Perry. His parents are both pharmacists, and Jacob’s first introduction to medicine started when he accompanied his father to patient’s homes to manage home infusions. During high school and college, he worked in the cotton and peanut fields of Georgia as a crop scout. After cheering on Dawgs’ football at the University of Georgia for four years, he moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Medicine. In 2013, Jacob and his college sweet-heart Amanda married. They are ecstatic to move to Nashville, and Amanda was so excited she bought her first cowgirl boots as soon as she found out! Along with their dog Koda, they are especially excited about enjoying all the outdoor activities around Nashville.

  • Elias  Pratt, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Groton, VT
    College:
    UNC – Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Medical Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Elias was raised in a small town in northeast Vermont, in a section of the state known to the locals as the “Northeast Kingdom.” After graduating from high school, he headed south to study at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating with degrees in Biology and Political Science, he headed back north to Boston, where he worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Bone Marrow Transplant Division at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Eventually, he decided he really didn’t like the weather in New England, and went back to Chapel Hill for medical school. He is excited to be moving to Nashville with his wife Amanda, who will also be starting her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

  • Edward  Qian, M.D.
    New York University
    Home:
    Washington DC
    College:
    University of Delaware
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Eddie was born and raised in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area where he was revered as the team mascot (and coach) for his local swim team. Unable to become a mascot at the University of Delaware, he swam varsity and earned his degree in chemical engineering with minors in history and biochemical engineering. He then attended NYU where he maintained his status as a Masters swimmer, picked up boardgaming as a hobby , and met his out-of-his-league girlfriend and soon to be co-resident Angela Chen. When not cheering on his Wizards and Ravens, Eddie also likes to dabble in basketball, football, and all other sports himself. Eddie is excited to come to Nashville for the tremendous music scene, surrounding nature, and fantastic food and people! Eddie is currently interested in medical informatics and pulmonary/critical care but is eagerly awaiting all the experiences in his near future.

  • Francesca Raffa, M.D.
    University of Miami
    Home:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    College:
    University of Miami
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Francesca was born and raised in South Florida along with her four younger sisters. She attended college at the University of Miami where she majored in Microbiology & Immunology and minored in English Literature. After college, she spent a year conducting HIV vaccination research and decided to stay in Miami for medical school. Francesca is excited to live outside of Florida for the first time in her life and is looking forward to her first winter in Nashville, as well as its food and music scene. She is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt family and can't wait to meet her fellow interns! In her free time, Francesca enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, drawing, and spending time with her family and friends. Member of AOA.

  • Katherine  Rappazzo, M.D.
    University of California -San Diego
    Home:
    Naples, FL
    College:
    Johns Hopkins
    Career Plans:
    Oncology and Palliative Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    KC was born in North Dakota, but spent her early childhood in the pacific northwest (Oregon, Washington, and Northern Idaho), then southwest Florida (Naples, FL). For high school, she moved to Orange County, California then headed to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD for college. Her love of the west coast is only surpassed by her love of a Baltimore based baseball player, Tim, that she married during her second year of medical school at UC San Diego. KC and her husband, Tim, love to spend time in nature - biking, hiking, playing beach volleyball, and camping. KC loves adventure, her family, and being a part of caring for others physically, emotionally, and spiritually, which is why she is pursuing oncology and palliative care.

  • Rollin  Reeder, M.D.
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Home:
    Newark, Delaware
    College:
    Univeristy of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Clinical Informatics
    Interests / Achievements:

    Rollin is a native of Newark, Delaware but has spent the last ten years in Virginia. He completed his undergraduate education at UVa earning degrees in chemistry and biology. He then spent two years doing genetics research in Charlottesville before going to EVMS in Norfolk. During his training, he developed an interest in informatics especially as it relates to process improvement. An avid runner and tennis player, his main interest outside of medicine is music performance where he splits his time between classical piano and voice. He looks forward to continuing his medical training at Vanderbilt and living in the city of Nashville. Member of AOA.

  • Lee Richardson, M.D.
    University of Louisville
    Home:
    Nicholasville, KY
    College:
    Transylvania University
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Originally from Nicholasville, KY, Lee had spent his entire life within the Bluegrass state until live music and the Vandy Med-Peds program convinced him to migrate south to Nash-Vegas. While in Kentucky, Lee grew up loving ultimate Frisbee, Space Jam, and mix-tape CDs. For college, Lee attended the mighty Transylvania University (1,100 students!) in Lexington, KY, where he majored in Spanish and Biochemistry. While there, he traveled to Mexico, Ecuador, and Costa Rica, which helped foster his interest in global health. Next, he ventured an hour westward and spent 4 years studying the art of both medicine and road navigation via bicycle. While in Louisville, he met his favorite dance partner-in-crime who also decided to mosey on down to the Music City for her residency training (McKenzie Vater – Peds). Together, they love cheering on the UK Wildcats, attempting to camp, and running 26.2 more miles than they ever thought they would. Lee is so excited to begin his Med-Peds training at Vanderbilt! Although not 100% sure what he hopes to do long term (#medpeds), he has interests in global health, academic medicine, and hospital medicine.

  • Bethany  Scanlan, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    North Potomac, MD
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Academic Internal Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Bethany was born and raised in North Potomac, MD along with her 3 siblings. She attended the University of Notre Dame for college where she studied chemical engineering and met her now husband, Andrew. After college, she went to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and developed interests in internal medicine and academic medicine. All throughout medical school, she worked caring for her neighbor and friend who is a quadriplegic. In her free time she enjoys running, baking, watching Notre Dame football and the Food Network, and playing card games. She is so excited to start her residency at Vanderbilt, to continue to learn all that Vanderbilt and Nashville have to offer, and to escape the cold northern winters!

  • Kelly  Shannon, M.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Marietta, GA
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Kelly was born and raised a Georgian. She attended the wonderful University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and obtained her BS in biology. After college, she made her way to Augusta, GA (home of the Masters!) to attend the Medical College of Georgia where she fell in love with internal medicine. Although still undecided about her future career plans, she is interested in hospitalist medicine and hematology/oncology. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Netflix original series, running, hiking, reading and attempting to learn Spanish! She is excited about moving to a new state for the first time and becoming a part of the magnificent Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.

  • Misty  Shields, M.D.
    University of Texas- Houston
    Home:
    Rowlett, Texas
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Thoracic Medical Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Misty was born and raised in a suburb of Dallas, and is the youngest of five children (1 sister, 3 brothers). In the 10th grade, Misty lost her father to small cell lung cancer. Her life passion is to become a thoracic medical oncologist. At Texas A&M University, she double majored in genetics and biochemistry, minored in chemistry, and was President of the Biochemistry & Genetics Society. As a HHMI “Med into Grad” scholar, she earned her Ph.D. in lung cancer personalized medicine at University of Texas Southwestern with Dr. John Minna, and was President of the Graduate Student Organization. She deferred her admission to medical school at University of Texas Houston to complete a post-doctoral research year. She was fortunate to train at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center during medical school. She aspires to discover novel predictive biomarkers and coordinate/conduct early Phase clinical trials for investigational drugs in lung cancer to redefine the existing gold standards for cancer therapeutics. Misty met her husband Michael (insurance agent, avid tennis player, singer/songwriter, and carpenter) early in her graduate training, and they married in 2010. They have a 6-lb Balinese kitty DJ Jazzy Fresh aka Jasmine who sits and fetches on command, but also rules the home. Misty’s hobbies include classical ballet en pointe, hip-hop, figure skating, décor design, cooking and baking, knitting, sewing, candle making, arts & crafts, watching The Biggest Loser, The Voice, football, baseball and hockey. Member of AOA.

  • Eric  Singhi, M.D.
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Home:
    Rock Hill, SC
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Eric was born in Canton, Ohio, home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the age of four, he moved to Rock Hill, SC and has been in the Carolinas ever since! He attended high school in Charlotte, NC and then went on to attend Duke University for undergrad. At Duke, Eric studied Neuroscience, Genomics, and Spanish, while still making time to tent out for basketball games in Krzyzewskiville! He loved every second of being on campus with his fellow Cameron Crazies. In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, running, photography, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on his Blue Devils and Carolina Panthers! Eric is excited for his move to Nashville and is looking forward to working with an amazing group of residents and faculty. Eric hopes to develop his interest in medical education and medical media during his time at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.

  • Aaron  Smith, M.D.
    University of Texas-Houston
    Home:
    Lubbock, Texas
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Aaron grew up in Lubbock, Texas, home of dust storms, tumbleweeds, and the world-famous “Prairie Dog Town.” For college, he had the utmost privilege of becoming a Fightin’ Texas Aggie at Texas A&M where he studied Biology. While there, he worked summers as a camp counselor and developed a deep love for the outdoors. He attended medical school at UT-Houston and fell in love with the big, sprawling metropolis, particularly its diverse food scene, street art, and international population. His favorite things include sunshine in any capacity, coffee, IPAs, music festivals, and religiously listening to NPR. He is moving to Nashville with his boyfriend and their lovable pitbull, Tiger. All three are excited to explore the region’s parks for general adventuring and seeing what these four different seasons are all about. Mostly, he will miss the Tex-Mex, but hears this hot chicken is pretty great too. Member of AOA.

  • Elizabeth  Townsley, M.D.
    University of Massachusetts
    Home:
    Topsfield, MA
    College:
    Case Western Reserve University
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Disease/ Med-Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Elizabeth grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts just north of Boston. She attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where she completed a B.S. in Biology. Elizabeth then returned to Massachusetts to attended University of Massachusetts Medical School where she completed an MD/PhD. Her PhD research focused on human immune responses to dengue virus. Elizabeth hopes to pursue a fellowship in infectious disease with a focus on tropical infections. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys ballroom dancing, baking, international travel, and trying to learn new languages. Elizabeth has enjoyed being close to her family over the last 8 years but is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt family.

  • 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.

  • Robin  Wagner, M.D.
    University of Chicago
    Home:
    Wilmette, IL
    College:
    Yale University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Robin was raised in Wilmette, IL, a suburb of Chicago. After studying Biomedical Engineering at Yale University, she worked for a few years in a biomedical engineering laboratory at Northwestern University, where she developed point-of-care diagnostic tests for use in resource-limited areas. She then moved down to the South Side of Chicago, where she attended The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. It was in the UChicago MICU that she reaffirmed her love of physiology and decided to pursue a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (probably). Outside of the hospital, Robin is an avid cook, baker, and preserver of canned goods. On free Saturday mornings, she can be found biking to the farmers market with her husband. She prides herself on her ability to pack 8 days worth of (tasty) food into a bear canister for backpacking trips with her college roommate. She is looking forward to moving to Nashville for closer proximity to mountainous terrain for hiking and warmer weather that will make year-round bike-commuting a more pleasant experience.

  • 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.

  • Chi Zhang, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Memphis, TN
    College:
    Harvard University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Chi Zhang is a 26-year-old Chinese male who was born in Hefei, China but grew up in Memphis, TN. He presents to Vanderbilt with the chief complaint of “July jitters.” He has an unremarkable past medical history but endorses allergies to sulfonamides. Chi studied molecular and cellular biology in college and researched signaling pathways in T cell activation, for which he received a minor in Western blotting. He also ventured to Wieprz, Poland one summer as a WorldTeach volunteer, exchanging his love of English for bountiful helpings of blueberry pierogies. During medical school, he realized his passion for cardiology and investigated novel therapeutic agents for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in mice. He was bitten the first day on the job but managed to avoid stitches. Chi has no siblings, has never smoked, and only partakes of alcohol in socially apropos settings. His vaccinations are up to date. In his dwindling free time, Chi enjoys running at Centennial Park, dehydrating at Percy Warner Park, and rehydrating at local gastropubs. He hopes that “July jitters” is a self-limiting condition.

  • Sophie  Zhao, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Nashville, TN
    College:
    University of Pennsylvania
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care, Palliative Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sophie grew up in Chengdu, China, the giant panda capital of the world. She moved to Nashville with her family when she was 11 years old and considers herself a native Nashvillian for all intents and purposes. She is a life-long student of classical music and spent almost all of her extra-curricular time in high school at the Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, completing the four-year Pre-Collegiate Certificate Program in piano and classical voice. She ventured north of the Mason-Dixon Line for college at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied chemistry and economics. Music continues to bring her many joys in life, the greatest of which is her husband, Henry, whom she met when they both performed with the Penn University Choir. She brought Henry back to Nashville when she started medical school at Vanderbilt, where he completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Radiology and transitioned to a career in research administration at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. When she is free, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, all of whom live in Nashville. She loves spending her weekends visiting her parents, playing with her nephews, and cooking with her husband. When she’s feeling lazy, she enjoys binge-watching the Food Network and HGTV, planning her next meals and home decorating projects.

  • Alice (Yao) Zhou, M.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Perelman School of Medicine
    Home:
    Vancouver, Canada
    College:
    University of Toronto
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Alice grew up in the coastal mountains of British Columbia before taking a hike over to Toronto for college. She discovered her love of research in college, studying botany, immunology and microbiology, leading her to pursue a MD/PhD degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in cancer biology. Alice loves visual art and in her spare time she draws, paints, and crafts. She is excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt family and making Nashville her new home.

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PGY 3 and 4 Residents

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    Home:
    Coppell, TX
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Steven was raised in Brownsville, Texas, on the US-Mexico border. Much of his childhood was spent swimming and sailing off nearby South Padre Island. He majored in Biology at Texas A&M University as well as completing a Spanish minor. He has strong ties to Spain via his mother’s side of the family and has been traveling there since he was an infant. During his travels, he met his wife Monika who is from the Czech Republic. Other than enjoying her delicious cooking, Steven most enjoys playing music with his father and younger brother. They briefly formed a reggae band in the summer of 2011 which achieved marginal fame. He is excited to explore Nashville’s music scene, and is looking for band mates. At the end of his fourth year of medical school, Steven spent a month in the Burn ICU at Parkland Hospital where he developed a passion for critical care medicine.

  • Jack Angiolillo, M.D.
    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.

  • Maggie Attia, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Boca Raton, Fl
    College:
    Florida Atlantic University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Maggie is from sunny south Florida where she earned her BA and MBA in Accounting at Florida Atlantic University. After working as a CPA at Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, she decided to make a career switch into medicine and eventually moved to Nashville to attend medical school at Vanderbilt. She enjoys reading, traveling, taking walks especially during fall, and of course spending time with her precious family. She cannot wait to start her journey of residency at Vanderbilt this summer!

  • Samuel Bailin, M.D.
    University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    Home:
    Des Moines, IA
    College:
    University of Iowa
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sam grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, along with his three siblings. He attended the University of Iowa where he majored in evolutionary biology and studied population genetics. While at Iowa, he ran varsity cross-country and track for the Hawkeyes. He went on to attend medical school at Iowa where he developed an interest in nephrology and infectious diseases. He plans to pursue a career in nephrology and work at an academic center. Sam was lucky to find a group of friends that he continues to run with despite multiple running injuries. In his spare time, he also enjoys swimming, disc golfing, backpacking, and playing classical piano. While Iowa provided a great environment for growing up, he is excited to join the Vanderbilt team, meet his fellow interns, and experience the vibrant city of Nashville. He is also hoping that winter running won’t be as miserable further south. Member of AOA.

  • Basak Basdag, M.D.
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Izmir, Turkey
    College:
    Johns Hopkins University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Basak hails from the port city of Izmir, Turkey, although she spent some time in Liberia and Bahrain. When she was 17, Basak moved to the US to attend Johns Hopkins University in 2002. She has spent the last 13 years in the Baltimore/DC area where she worked as a research coordinator for breast cancer clinical trials, and earned a bachelors, two masters and a medical degree, all while rescuing 2 dogs, 1 cat and a husband (Matt). When she's not working, Basak enjoys playing tennis, baking, hiking, going to a cycle class, and spending time with her family. She also loves to travel and is always up for a new adventure. Basak is incredibly excited to start her residency at Vanderbilt, and is already planning on all the wonderful new restaurants to try out in Nashville.

  • J.B. (John  B.) Boone, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Lexington, KY
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Interests / Achievements:

    J.B. is a proud native of the Bluegrass state and was born and raised in Lexington. He attended undergrad at Centre College—a small liberal arts school south of Lexington that most non-Kentuckians have never heard of—where he studied biochemistry and molecular biology. After college, he headed east to Charlottesville for medical school at UVA, and is the first member of his family to enter the medical field. Beyond loving basketball (to a quasi-religious level), bourbon and horse racing as all true Kentuckians do, J.B. enjoys playing soccer, going for hikes, painting with oils (especially outdoors), watching Seinfeld re-runs, and attempting to learn piano. He also loves to travel, and would like to incorporate global health into his future career. Member of AOA.

  • Ryan Byrne, M.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Home:
    Dallas, TX
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Adult Congenital Heart Disease
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ryan was born and raised in the great state of Texas where his single greatest childhood achievement was arguably rocking the chili-bowl haircut for far too long. It was growing up in the Dallas suburbs where he was spoiled by the success of the 1990’s Dallas Cowboys and now subsequently believes (in vain) that every year they are destined to win another Super Bowl. As a third generation Aggie, Ryan was happily brainwashed since birth to attend college at Texas A&M University where he would major in psychology. As a part of his secondary education, he would stand proudly as a member of the 12th Man, become very involved in community service, and meet his future wife, Brittany. Despite being completely out of his league, Ryan somehow convinced Brittany to marry him in his second year of medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. It was at BCM that Ryan would find a passion for adult congenital heart disease, and he looks forward to having the opportunity to serve this ever-growing population. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing intramural sports, caring way too much about fantasy football, spending time with his wife and dog, Dixie, and being frequently caught at red lights jamming out to music, most likely classic 90’s boy bands. He and his wife are excited to two-step their way from Texas to Tennessee and join the Vanderbilt Med-Peds family! Member of AOA

  • Thomas Cassini, M.D.
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Home:
    Milwaukee, WI
    College:
    University of Wisconsin- Madison
    Career Plans:
    Medical Genetics
    Interests / Achievements:

    Thomas was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He is an avid sports fan who has been involved in organized sports since grade school playing soccer, baseball, basketball, track and football. He attended the University of Wisconsin for undergrad, where his role switched from player to helping the football team prepare for games as part of his job as a student manager for the Badgers. He earned his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and for the following year worked as a research assistant, studying the epigenetic mechanisms involved in central nervous system regeneration. Thomas has always enjoyed traveling and during this time he travelled to Africa with other lab staff to tour hospitals and meet with African medical students. They also worked in some time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He loved his first four years in Madison so much he decided to stick around for medical school there as well. During medical school, he became interested in genetics and had the opportunity to do a medical genetics rotation at the NIH and work with their Undiagnosed Diseases Program. He plans to pursue a fellowship in medical genetics with the ultimate goal of incorporating a program like that into his practice. In his free time, he still enjoys participating in anything sports related and watching Packer and Badger games with family and friends. Thomas is looking forward to joining the Vanderbilt medical team next year and calling Nashville home.

  • Bradley Christensen, M.D.
    Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Home:
    Dallas, Texas
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Bradley grew up in Dallas, TX where he developed the unfortunate habit of rooting for the ill-fated Texas Rangers baseball team. He attended Texas A&M for undergraduate and majored in biology and watching the A&M football team relinquish large leads. A glutton for punishment, he stayed at Texas A&M for medical school and watched with awe and horror the exploits of Johnny Football. The son of an internist and an education research scientist, Bradley is unsurprisingly passionate about medical education and enjoyed serving on several curriculum committees during medical school. During medical school, he also married his high school sweetheart Katie, who is a graphic designer and the owner of all creative talent in their relationship. Bradley and Katie are passionate foodies and are excited to eat large portions of hot chicken and explore Time magazine’s #11 food city. Outside of medicine, Bradley enjoys playing basketball and tennis, attempting to cook, reading books on spirituality and the history of medicine, and relaxing with his wife. He and Katie can’t wait to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.

  • Jae Chung, M.D.
    USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
    Home:
    Orlando, Florida
    College:
    University of Florida
    Career Plans:
    Hepatobiliary diseases and transplant medicine
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jae was born in Pusan, South Korea but has otherwise spent her entire life in the Sunshine State. She would like to assure everyone that unlike other infamous Floridians, she has never tried to barter an alligator for beer or gone into a fit of rage over a McFlurry. Currently, Jae is interested in hepatobiliary diseases and transplant medicine, which was fostered during a month-long surgical rotation in the Netherlands. Other interests include traveling and global health, yoga, cooking, Netflix, reading and being adventurous. Though she will be sad to leave behind sunny beaches, she is looking forward to experiencing four different seasons and frequenting more live concerts. Member of AOA

  • Adrienne Conger, M.D.
    Tulane University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Hendersonville, TN
    College:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Adrienne grew up in a town 20 minutes north of Nashville as the youngest of three daughters. For her undergraduate studies, she decided to venture toward the east coast to UNC- Chapel Hill where she studied biology, literature, and perhaps the most important, Tar Heel basketball (Go Heels!). After a year-long period of teaching high school science, Adrienne and her sweetheart made the move to New Orleans to attend Tulane for medical school. Her time New Orleans afforded her both unique academic opportunities and chances to participate in a community all its own. Adrienne’s non- academic interests include reading, cooking, her dogs, Odie and George, and avoiding camping trips at all costs. Adrienne could not be more excited to return home to continue her medical training and meet the rest of the team!

  • Ciara Conway, M.D.
    University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
    Home:
    Memphis, TN
    College:
    Rhodes College
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ciara was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She attended Rhodes College where she majored in biology with a minor in gender studies. Following college, she participated in a summer research experience in Uganda. She then ventured north to complete an Americorps year of service in New York City. Since she enjoyed wearing her winter coat, she remained in New York to attend medical school at The University of Rochester. There, she fell in love with internal medicine and cardiology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, and enjoying nature. Ciara is excited about coming to Vanderbilt, no longer having 6 months of winter, and meeting her co-interns.

  • Christine Cook, M.D.
    University of Kansas School of Medicine
    Home:
    St. Louis, Missouri
    College:
    University of Missouri - Columbia
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Christine was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to St. Louis before starting fifth grade. She developed a passion for writing and editing and studied journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia. After graduating, Christine moved to Kansas City where she took a job as a marketing coordinator at an engineering firm, completed her pre-medical coursework, and met her husband, Bayler. She also earned her Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in health services administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City before starting medical school at the University of Kansas. She plans to integrate her journalism, public administration, and medical degrees in her future career and has a particular interest in caring for critically ill patients. Christine loves to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends. She is excited to explore Nashville’s running trails, foodie scene and live music venues, and, as a loyal Mizzou fan, she can’t wait to cheer on the Tigers in Nashville. Member of AOA.

  • Jacob DeVolder, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Resident L-2
    Home:
    Ellsworth, KS
    College:
    Kansas State University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jake grew up in a small town in central Kansas. He stayed close to home for college, majoring in biology at Kansas State University. After graduation, he was ready for a change of scenery and set out for Nashville for medical school. He extended his time in medical school in order to work on a masters degree in education, and after 5 years at Vanderbilt, he considers Nashville home. His dogs Tesla and Charlie try to take up most of his free time, but he also enjoys reading, cooking, and woodworking.

  • Kathryn Gayle, M.D.
    Louisiana State University School of Medicine Shreveport
    Home:
    Shreveport, LA
    College:
    Louisiana State University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Katye grew up in the South Highlands neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana. She ventured south to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!), completing a major in Biological Sciences and minors in Community Nutrition and English before returning to Shreveport for medical school. Katye is thrilled to keep her SEC loyalty by training at Vanderbilt. She loves tailgating, spicy food, visiting the Big Easy, exercise classes, and all things adventurous – including being in Nashville. Katye will start her residency as a newlywed after marrying her college sweetheart, Christopher. They have a 100-pound furry one year old, Wylie. Member of AOA.

  • Alana Gilman, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Home:
    Telluride, Colorado
    College:
    Indiana University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Alana grew up amid the beautiful rocky mountains in Telluride, Colorado where she loved rollerblading, acting in local plays, singing in the choir, and ski racing. Realizing that becoming the next Picabo Street was a long shot, she moved to Hollywood, California to pursue her passion for acting, where she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Not surprisingly, the only thing tougher than a career as a professional ski racer is becoming the next Natalie Portman. So she packed her bags again and moved to Bloomington, Indiana to fulfill her legacy as a fourth generation Hoosier graduate at Indiana University. There she majored in Neuroscience and discovered the rewarding field of medicine. She spent a summer in Nashville as part of a pre-med educational experience and has wanted to train at Vanderbilt ever since. Prior to medical school, she spent two years in Quito, Ecuador working as the Medical Brigade Coordinator for Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based non-profit that sends undergraduate-led medical aid teams to underserved areas of Latin America. Then she began medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, where she met her "media naranja", Rahul Shah, who will be starting as a co-intern in Pediatrics. They are both so excited to start the next chapter of their lives in Nashville!

  • Anthony Greco, M.D.
    University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
    Home:
    Boone, IA
    College:
    Wartburg College
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Anthony was born and raised in a small town in central Iowa as the older of two boys. His younger brother, who currently attends med school and hopes to pursue a career in internal medicine. He stayed in Iowa and continued his education at Wartburg College where he majored in biology and played tennis for the Knights. Wartburg is also where he met his wife, Erica. After college, he moved south to Iowa City where he attended the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. During study breaks, he continued to work on his tennis game and picked up a few new activities, like road biking and disc golf. He and his wife picked up a new addition to their family, a little Shih Tzu named Jordee. He loves to explore cities in search of new culinary experiences and can’t wait to see what appetizing dishes Nashville has to offer. In his free time he keeps up with college sports, spends time with his wife and friends, and tries to stay active outdoors. Member of AOA.

  • Lauren Hartman, M.D.
    Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Home:
    Poquoson, VA
    College:
    Yale University
    Career Plans:
    Geriatrics
    Interests / Achievements:

    Lauren grew up in a small town near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia with her three siblings. After a brief sojourn to the Northeast for college, she happily returned to the South for her medical training and is thrilled to be keeping her feet firmly planted in southern soil for at least three more years. Lauren is interested in community medicine, education, and life issues. She has always loved music and theater and is looking forward to the vibrant arts scene in Nashville. Her hobbies include enjoying good music, swing dancing, baking, and curling up with a book. Member of AOA.

  • Ann Honor, M.D.
    University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Home:
    Milwaukee, WI
    College:
    University of Wisconsin
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Ann was born in California and grew up moving all over the country, with Milwaukee being her most recent hometown. Ann became interested in medicine while studying neurobiology at the University of Wisconsin. Perhaps seeking a break from the snow, she went south to Virginia for medical school where she developed an interest in gastroenterology during her third-year rotations. During medical school Ann also volunteered at the free clinic and performed addiction research on gigantic alcoholic rats. Cooking is one of Ann’s passions, and she enjoys scouring the internet for recipes. Ann also enjoys hiking, traveling, socializing with friends, visiting wineries, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She is incredibly excited to begin her training at Vanderbilt and meet her co-residents, and explore all the food and music Nashville has to offer.

  • Karen Jackson, M.D.
    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
    Home:
    Bloomington, IL
    College:
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Career Plans:
    Undecided; possibly Gastroenterology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements:

    Kari was born and raised in central Illinois, and received her undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois. As an undergraduate, she spent “the best five months of her life” studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and took part in several medical outreach trips to other countries. After college, Kari strayed from family tradition and entered medical school (no doubt greatly disappointing the eight lawyers in her family). Her most rewarding experience in medical school was participating on a national, non-profit sponsored running team with individuals experiencing homelessness, using running as a way to create self-sufficiency and encourage positive life change. Kari is ecstatic about matching at Vanderbilt, and is excited to escape Chicago winters, and explore the music scene in Nashville. In her free time, Kari enjoys traveling, running, playing soccer, going to brunch, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals. Member of AOA.

  • Lucy Kennedy, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Kensington, Maryland
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Heme-Onc
    Interests / Achievements:

    Lucy Boyce Kennedy is a double first name, so she prefers to be called Lucy Boyce. She grew up in a bright turquoise Victorian house in Kensington, Maryland (within easy biking distance of DC), and the oldest of 3 kids. She graduated from Duke in 2011 with a double major in Chemistry and French, then went to Vanderbilt for medical school. In her spare time, she can be found reading 19th century French literature (in French, of course). She currently reading Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir. She also loves to read murder mysteries, and probably has 50 different Agatha Christie novels floating around her apartment. Things that keep her sane include family, friends, running (slowly and like a turkey but it still counts), swimming, country music, Sevier and Dragon parks, and the outdoor labyrinth at the Scarritt Bennett center. She loves to run the country music half marathon in the spring. Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot repeatedly reminds his companion Hastings that the key to solving the mystery is to use the little gray cells (gray matter). That's what she wants for her career: to use her little gray cells. She is interested in heme-onc.

  • Stephanie Kiser, M.D.
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    Home:
    Shelby, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Peds in underserved communities
    Interests / Achievements:

    Stephanie was born and raised in Western North Carolina before moving across the state to the triangle region where she’s been for the last 11 years. She became a triple Tarheel this year after completing her undergraduate degree in biology, MPH and medical degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill. During medical school she became interested in underserved medicine and medical education and hopes to incorporate those into her training while at Vanderbilt. When she’s not watching UNC basketball (and always believing they are national championship bound) you can find her hiking, listening to live music (she’s been to CMA fest 4 times),checking out the local food scene, taking dance classes, or traveling (she just returned from 3 weeks in Southeast Asia!) After making many trips to Nashville with her family growing up she is excited to make Nashville her home for the next 4 years! Member of AOA

  • Sophia Kostelanetz, M.D.
    Tufts University School of Medicine
    Home:
    St. Petersburg, Russia, most recently Boston
    College:
    Tufts University School of Medicine
    Career Plans:
    Hospitalist, Quality Improvement, Global Health
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sophia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the age of 5 moved to the United States where she lived in Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. Through her exposure to diverse cultures and lifestyles while growing up, she discovered a passion for both medicine and global health. This drove her to work with Partners In Health during her undergraduate and graduate years, including most recently a year working in Haiti in quality improvement and operational research. Having conveniently missed two Boston winters while in Haiti, she was eager to find a warm locale for residency. Given her imminent marriage to a Commodore Alumnus, Vanderbilt turned out to be the perfect fit! Sophia loves to travel, meet and build communities, potluck with friends, dance, and enjoy the great outdoors. Member of AOA

  • Patrick Kozak, M.D.
    University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Home:
    Richmond, VA
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Patrick was born and raised in Richmond, VA with his identical twin brother, Jay, and his two younger siblings. Patrick ventured to the Midwest for college at Notre Dame where he majored in business and science. He played for the ultimate frisbee team and also found the time to develop his interest in medicine. A diehard Fighting Irish fan, Patrick returned to Virginia for medical school, close to his twin brother in Washington D.C. He performed research on anthrax during medical school spurring his curiosity in infectious diseases. When he’s not cheering on the Irish, he can be found playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, discussing sports, or reading about history. Patrick is excited to be moving to Nashville and cannot wait to explore the city and make new friends! Member of AOA

  • Tara Lane, M.D.
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    Home:
    Havertown, PA
    College:
    University of Pittsburgh
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds
    Interests / Achievements:

    Tara grew up in Havertown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She traded in an Eagles jersey for a Steelers one when she moved to attend college at the University of Pittsburgh, where she double-majored in Rehabilitation Science and Spanish. After graduation, she moved to Houston to teach middle school science through Teach for America. While in Houston she learned that she loves working in education as well as living somewhere that doesn't require a snow shovel. Not ready to leave the South, she attended the University of North Carolina for medical school. She loved her time as a Tar Heel and especially enjoyed her participation in the Honduran Health Alliance, a student-run women's clinic in Southern Honduras. In her free time, Tara loves running, playing volleyball, making recipes from her favorite food blogs, and checking out local restaurants. Her fiancé, Nick, currently works as a lawyer in Atlanta, and they are looking forward to their wedding in October. Tara is still undecided about her career plans, but she is interested in primary care for under served populations as well as medical education. She can't wait to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community!

  • Brian Lappas, M.D.
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    Home:
    Chapel Hill, NC
    College:
    Dartmouth College
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Brian was born and raised in Chapel Hill NC. His love for all things green brought him to the cold yet beautiful Dartmouth campus where he played on the varsity soccer team. He enjoyed the investigational aspect of his ecology major, but longed for a career with interpersonal relationships like medicine. After college, he decided to combine his affection for soccer and health care and volunteered for the NGO 'Grassroot Soccer' that uses the influence of soccer to disseminate HIV prevention education throughout southern African. Brian spent a year in Zambia implementing the Grassroot Soccer education curriculum in two refugee settlements with UNHCR funding. Following his inspiring time abroad, he returned to UNC for medical school where he could enjoy a home cooked meal every once in a while. He is thrilled to be heading to Tennessee with his fiancée and their Bernese Mountain Dog named “Jed” after the Grateful Dead song. Outside of the hospital, Brian enjoys hiking, woodworking, all types of live music, trying new restaurants, and waking up early on the weekend to watch his beloved Chelsea soccer team.

  • Juliana Matthews, M.D.
    Florida State University College of Medicine
    Home:
    Pensacola, FL
    College:
    University of Florida
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Juliana grew up on the beautiful beaches of the Florida Panhandle. She was thrilled to attend the University of Florida where she received her degree in Biology (Go Gators!). She then went to Florida State University's College of Medicine (Go Noles?). Although she cherishes her classmates and time spent there, not even a National Championship could sway her allegiance. Throughout medical school, Juliana was involved in a variety of activities, including service organizations, global health missions, and research involving Parkinson's disease as well as advance care planning. She is most proud of being awarded "Most Likely to Brighten Your Day" by her peers, becoming a member of AOA, and matching at Vanderbilt (Go Commodores & Go SEC!). Outside of medicine, Juliana enjoys yoga, bike riding, traveling, poetry, audiobooks, NPR, and live music. She is incredibly excited to experience Music City and start her career in Internal Medicine at Vandy. Member of AOA

  • Lauren Mozingo, M.D.
    University of South Carolina School of Medicine
    Home:
    Lamar, SC
    College:
    University of South Carolina Honors College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Lauren was born and raised in Lamar, South Carolina. As the daughter of a farmer, she lived in a very small town (population ~1000) until eventually moving away to attend the University of South Carolina for both undergrad and medical school. Despite living in the Southeast her entire life, Lauren has actually only ever been to Nashville once for her residency interview at Vanderbilt. As a lover of country music and warm weather, she absolutely fell in love with the city on that visit, and she’s excited to explore everything Nashville has to offer over the next few years. In her free time, Lauren enjoys listening to podcasts, taking weekend road trips, and spending time with friends and family. Before the start of intern year, Lauren is getting married in Jamaica to her fiancé, Trey, who works in medical coding. After spending eight years in the same place, Lauren and Trey are excited to start their married life together in Music City. Lauren is grateful for the opportunity to train at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to meet her all of her fellow interns and residents! Member of AOA.

  • Erica Nakajima, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Home:
    Richboro, PA
    College:
    Carleton College
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Erica grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, swimming, running, learning woodworking, and writing poetry until she moved to brave the Minnesota winters as an undergraduate. After college, she spent four months in Nepal assisting in a health camp just south of the Himalaya and interning at an HIV/AIDS education program in Kathmandu. Interested in an academic medicine career, she was a member of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and performed research in cancer metabolism as a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow. Erica is delighted to have matched to Vanderbilt, and to continue her trend of using her education to explore different parts of the country. She hopes to keep the above hobbies alive in during residency!

  • Jamison Norwood, M.D.
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Home:
    Signal Mountain, TN
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Disease/Global Health
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jamison grew up on Signal Mountain near Chattanooga, TN. She then attended Centre College, a small liberal arts school in Danville, KY, where she studied biochemistry and molecular biology. After doing research on insulin resistance and the renin-angiotensin system in Knoxville, she moved west to Memphis for medical school at the University of Tennessee. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running, yoga, hiking and baking. Jamison also enjoys traveling and hopes to work internationally in the future. She could not be more thrilled to be moving to Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community.

  • Samuel Penziner, M.D.
    New York University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Moorestown, NJ
    College:
    Yale University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Samuel grew up in New Jersey just outside of Philadelphia and spent his formative years playing guitar and tennis and watching sports. He attended college at Yale University where he studied English and film. After graduating from college, he initially worked in the film industry by performing script coverage for a film production company; however, it eventually dawned on him that he needed to be in a career where he was helping others, and he realized he wanted to be a doctor. So he picked up his bags, moved to Philadelphia, and completed a post-bac program at the University of Pennsylvania. From there he attended the NYU School of Medicine. Now he is moving to the South for the first time and couldn’t be more excited! Sam’s interests include brewing coffee, listening to basketball podcasts, reading, and exercising.

  • Marc Roth, M.D.
    University of Kansas School of Medicine
    Home:
    Rossville, KS
    College:
    University of Kansas
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Marc grew up in rural Kansas at the end of a country road where he enjoyed fishing and camping and became a proud Jeep owner (and still is). He then moved away to college at the University of Kansas where he studied Biochemistry and Piano Performance. Here, he worked in a cancer biology lab and investigated novel anti-neoplastic drugs, treating colon cancer in mouse models. Not quite ready to leave the Midwest, he stayed in Kansas to pursue his MD and developed a love for Kansas City BBQ and local breweries. In his free time he enjoys watching Big 12 sports (Rock Chalk!), cooking spicy cuisine, horror movies and running/hiking. He is excited to move to Nashville as he grew up attending bluegrass festivals and is a country music fanatic. Although he will miss the excitement in Kansas City as the Royals recreate their World Series run, he is even more ecstatic to become part of the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA

  • 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.

  • Lanzi Sinaise, M.D.
    Meharry Medical College
    Home:
    Vieux-Fort, St. Lucia
    College:
    Barry University
    Career Plans:
    General Internal Medicine/ Primary Care
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    Lanzi was born on the beautiful island of St. Lucia in a small farming community. After making it through high school, she packed her bags for a new adventure in Miami, FL to pursue a BS in Biology at Barry University, where her love of medicine quickly blossomed. After undergrad, Lanzi moved to St. Croix USVI where she met her husband Marcos and they have been inseparable ever since. Acceptance into Meharry Medical College brought Lanzi and her husband to Nashville where they quickly fell in love with the city and the people. Being an ‘island girl’ Lanzi has a love of nature and spends her free time visiting the Nashville Zoo, hiking at Radnor Lake, as well as visiting the numerous other parks in the Nashville area. Lanzi looks forward to the next chapter in her life here in Nashville and is excited to begin residency at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA

  • Mac Stephen, M.D.
    Harvard Medical School
    Home:
    Fayetteville, AR
    College:
    University of Arkansas
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine / Global Health
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    Davis, who has always gone by “Mac,” grew up in Arkansas speaking in third person. He stayed in his hometown of Fayetteville to attend the University of Arkansas, focusing on biology, anthropology, and global health. In medical school, he took an extra year to complete a master’s degree in global health delivery including research on barriers to heart failure care in rural Haiti. Mac intends to bring his interest in global health back to the South for a career in academic medicine. In particular, he is interested in community-based approaches to improving primary care access and equity for poor populations. After five chilly years in Boston, he is very excited for the upcoming move: returning to the glorious SEC, not feeling guilty for saying “ma’am,” exploring Nashville with everyone, extreme brunching, and playing golf.

  • Timothy Thayer, M.D.
    University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
    Home:
    Lake Placid, NY
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Academic Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Tim Thayer grew up in the winter sports town of Lake Placid, NY where he never came across a giant alligator though he did enjoy hiking, golf, and hockey. He attended Notre Dame for his undergraduate education where he gained an affinity for cheering for overrated teams. While there, he picked up boxing and carried this commitment to chronic traumatic encephalopathy into medical school at the University at Buffalo where he eventually transitioned from competing to coaching. A research year in Boston sandwiched between second and third year of medical school directed him toward pursuing a career in academic cardiology. He is excited to migrate southward with his girlfriend where they will be getting a dog and seeking out great eats with new friends.Tim Thayer grew up in the winter sports town of Lake Placid, NY where he never came across a giant alligator though he did enjoy hiking, golf, and hockey. He attended Notre Dame for his undergraduate education where he gained an affinity for cheering for overrated teams. While there, he picked up boxing and carried this commitment to chronic traumatic encephalopathy into medical school at the University at Buffalo where he eventually transitioned from competing to coaching. A research year in Boston sandwiched between second and third year of medical school directed him toward pursuing a career in academic cardiology. He is excited to migrate southward with his girlfriend where they will be getting a dog and seeking out great eats with new friends.

  • Maya White, M.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Palo Alto, CA
    College:
    Stanford University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Maya grew up in Northern California as the daughter of a mathematician and a sister to two younger siblings who are now computer scientists. She studied biomechanical engineering at Stanford and originally planned to pursue a career in engineering. However, after spending several summers as a volunteer in rural communities in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Nicaragua, she realized she enjoys work that involves more personal interaction, and decided to go into medicine instead. She gained an appreciation for Southern living during her time in medical school at Duke, and is now looking forward to moving to one of the South's most exciting cities. Maya enjoys almost any team sport; she played rugby in college, and more recently has gotten into ultimate frisbee. She also loves the outdoors and everything food (cooking, nutrition, farmers’ markets). Maya is thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family.

  • Bin Yang, M.D.
    Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine
    Home:
    Frederick, Maryland
    College:
    Johns Hopkins University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
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    Bin grew up in Frederick (colloquially known as Fred-neck), Maryland, a small town that worships country music and the Baltimore Ravens. Bin studied Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, only to discover that he was really bad at computer programming. Bin attended Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine, before deciding to ditch the cold New York weather for some sweet southern comfort. Bin absolutely loved Vanderbilt on the interview trail and is ecstatic to have matched here. Bin is looking forward to exploring Nashville, getting a selfie with Taylor Swift, and most of all, meeting everyone at Vandy. In his spare time, Bin likes to travel, cook, play soccer and tennis, and go to wine tastings and Trivia nights. Member of AOA.

  • Sushan Yang, M.D.
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Home:
    Novi, MI
    College:
    University of Michigan
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Susan grew up in Novi, Michigan, a suburb 30 minutes outside of Ann Arbor. After high school, she decided to make that “long” journey and attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in chemistry. She became interested in clinical medicine after conducting research in neurosurgery and cardiology while at Michigan. Being a city girl at heart, Susan wanted to experience a bigger city, so she headed to the East coast and attended the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. There, she realized that surgery wasn’t for her, but she loved every internal medicine rotation, especially cardiology. During her fourth year, aside from conducting research in cardiology, she has also found time to pursue her other interests, including baking, cooking, jogging, and traveling. Susan is excited to start residency at Vanderbilt and meet all her co-residents and faculty, as well as take in all that Nashville has to offer.

  • Jennifer Young, M.D.
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Granger, IN
    College:
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Career Plans:
    Rheumatology
    Interests / Achievements:

    Jennifer Young-Glazer was born and raised in Granger, Indiana where she spent her childhood exploring the ponds and forests near her home. When it came time for high school, she opted for something different and moved to New Hampshire to attend a boarding school. She moved to Massachusetts to attend college at MIT, where she met her future husband, Andrew. At MIT, she was active in oncology research, but fell in love with medicine when she became and EMT. After college, Jenny and Andrew moved west where she worked for several years at UCSF researching T-cell receptor diversity in HIV. She decided to stay in the Bay Area to attend Stanford Medical School, where here interests in immunology led her to pursue research in rheumatology. She and her husband are thrilled to move to Nashville and discover a new region of the country. They are especially excited about the live music scene in the city and looking forward to hiking in the region’s parks. She can't wait to meet all of her fellow interns!

PGY 4 Medicine-Pediatrics Residents

  • 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.

  • Kara Denby, M.D.
    University of Alabama-Birmingham
    Home:
    Simi Valley, CA
    College:
    Auburn University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine/Pediatrics Hospitalist
    Interests / Achievements:

    Kara was born and raised in sunny Southern California, but has spent most of the past ten years in the great state of Alabama. While in Alabama she was introduced to its many charms, including sweet tea, country music, and SEC football. After obtaining a degree in zoology and completing a swimming career at Auburn University, Kara returned to California for a short time, but found herself missing the South and was drawn back to Alabama for her medical education and further conversion into a Southern girl. Kara is excited about moving to Nashville and becoming part of the Vanderbilt family during her Med/Peds training! She hopes to become a hospital-based clinician educator and has a passion for education, international health, and underserved populations. In recent years Kara has spent time serving in Mexico, Haiti, Peru, and the Dominican Republic and hopes to be involved in international medical education during her career. In her free time, Kara likes to be as active as possible and enjoys the outdoors, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, triathlons, cooking, and home remodeling projects. Member of AOA.

  • Sarah Scott, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Bloomington, IN
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Medicine/Pediatrics
    Interests / Achievements:

    Sarah is from Bloomington, Indiana, and subsequently believes that every year will be the year that Indiana University will win the NCAA Basketball Tournament - regardless of whether they are good or not (usually not). Her first Southern experience came in 2004, when her mother essentially forced her to take a college visit to Vanderbilt. She fell in love with the place, as evidenced by the fact that she’s still here - nine years later! While an undergraduate, she majored in neuroscience and minored in being a walk-on cross country and track athlete. Sarah detoured to Ecuador for a year after college, where she worked for a community development non-profit, before returning to Vanderbilt for medical school. She is thrilled to be one of the newest “Vandy Lifers,” though is quick to point out she has stayed true to her Midwestern roots based on multiple scientific online quizzes about regional dialect. She looks forward to the next adventure and can’t imagine a better place to live and work! Member of AOA.

  • Shayne Sebold- Taylor, M.D.
    Drexel University
    Resident L-3
    Department of Medicine
    Home:
    Tucson, AZ
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements:

    Shayne is a Tucson, Arizona native. She fled the Sonoran desert to pursue her undergraduate degree at Emory University. While there, Shayne double majored in both biology and women's studies. She quickly learned that she couldn't choose between the basic sciences and the social sciences and she knew that medicine would be a perfect marriage of the two. Shayne lived in NYC for a year after college where she trained as a rape/domestic violence crisis counselor and did research at Montefiore Medical Center. Shayne entered medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She has a wonderful boyfriend and two fat cats that may or may not have metabolic syndrome. Shayne can not wait to join her new family at Vanderbilt and see some good country music along the way. Member of AOA.

  • Dan Tilden, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Prairie Village, KS
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Medicine/Pediatrics
    Interests / Achievements:

    Dan was born and raised in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, Kansas. It was in this early stage of life where he picked up the self-destructive habit of being a fan of both the Chiefs and Royals. Looking for better sports teams (and perhaps a college education) Dan ventured west to St. Louis where he attended college at Washington University in St. Louis. While he could never quite bring himself to be a Cardinals fan, Dan did discover a passion for teaching. This lead to two years of teaching high school science in rural Eastern North Carolina for Teach for America. There, Dan learned a lot about teaching, relating to students, and dancing (especially the “Stanky Leg”). However, the best thing to come from his time in North Carolina was meeting his wife, Holly, who despite being a Yankee is adapting well to the South. Dan decided to make the switch back to being a student and luckily, Holly decided to move with him here to Nashville. While Dan has been in medical school, Holly has continued to teach high school math and help students with college admissions and Dan is planning a career in primary care with an interest in underserved communities. Dan and Holly enjoy hiking, going on walks with their dog Porter, cooking and entertaining and are looking forward to 4 more years here in Nashville. Member of AOA.

  • Savannah Walker, M.D.
    Georgetown University
    Home:
    Hazard, KY
    College:
    Transylvania University
    Career Plans:
    Medicine/Pediatrics and Medical Education
    Interests / Achievements:

    Savannah was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. For college, she ventured to the big city of Lexington to attend Transylvania University, where she majored in biology. After college, Savannah joined Teach for America and spent two years teaching high school biology in Greenville, Mississippi. Savannah then decided to branch out from her mostly rural experiences to attend Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. While in medical school she was able to join her love of medicine and education by completing a medical education research track. In her spare time, Savannah enjoys casual jogging, cooking, reading, trying new restaurants, and cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats. Just prior to beginning intern year, Savannah will be marrying her fiancé Stephen in Louisville, KY. Savannah is thrilled to be moving back south, where she can enjoy real southern food, SEC sports, sweet tea, and good live music. Member of AOA.