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  • Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Ambulatory Chief Resident
    Nashville VA Medical Center
    Home:
    Dallas, Texas
    College:
    Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    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. He stayed at Texas A&M for medical school where he developed interests in hematology/oncology and medical education. 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 were thrilled when he matched at Vanderbilt for residency and have loved their time in Nashville. Outside of medicine, Bradley enjoys playing basketball and tennis, attempting to cook, reading books on spirituality and the history of medicine, and spending time with his beautiful 1-year old daughter Hallie. He is honored and excited to serve as a chief resident, and is looking forward to spending another year alongside the outstanding residents and faculty at Vanderbilt.

  • Lauren Hartman, M.D.
    Wake Forest School of Medicine
    Ambulatory Chief Resident
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Home:
    Poquoson, VA
    College:
    Yale University
    Career Plans:
    Geriatrics
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Lauren grew up in a small town near the Chesapeake Bay with her three siblings and spent her childhood summers swimming and eating great seafood. She attended Yale University, where she majored in Cognitive Science and minored in the lively a capella and musical theatre scene. Missing sweet tea and Southern hospitality, she returned to the South for medical school at Wake Forest, where after starting clinical rotations her interests quickly shifted from pediatrics to the opposite end of the age spectrum. She intends to pursue a fellowship in Geriatrics and continue learning from the inspiring, hilarious, and wise stories of her older adult patients. Her experiences and supportive mentors at Vanderbilt also helped her discover a love for social medicine and medical education, which she hopes to incorporate into her future career. In her free time during medical school and residency, she developed her skills in East Coast swing and other social dance and tried not to ruin her “bookworm” rep by still reading as much as possible. She has loved her time at Vanderbilt and is honored and excited to spend another year learning alongside the incredible residents and faculty.

  • William M. Sullivan, M.D.
    M.D. - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Chief Resident
    Nashville VA Medical Center
    Home:
    Massapequa, NY
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Medical Education/General Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Dr. Sullivan grew up on Long Island in New York and attended college at the University of Notre Dame. Heading south to Vanderbilt for medical school, he has remained a member of the Vanderbilt family ever since. While in medical school at Vanderbilt, he also completed his master’s degree in education and is passionate about medical education, in particular the development of clinical reasoning and physician wellness. Upon graduating from medical school, his classmates voted him as the peer they would most want to be their personal physician. In addition, he was awarded the Vanderbilt Founder’s Medal for first honors. He completed residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in internal medicine and pediatrics. During that time, he was chosen for multiple teaching awards, including the most outstanding teacher of medical students three years in a row and most outstanding pediatric resident teacher. Dr. Sullivan’s clinical interest is in primary care internal medicine and pediatrics. In this context he is interested in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders, as well as the care of LGBTQ patients. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, practicing yoga and meditation, and reading a good book.

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  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
    Home:
    Solon, OH
    College:
    Wake Forest University
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Evan Berlin was born and raised in a suburb outside of Cleveland, OH (not nearly as bad as people say). He is the youngest of four, with two of his sisters and mother in the medical field. He grew up playing every sport he could sign up for and then focused on soccer in high school. He decided to escape the cold winters and go to Wake Forest University for undergrad, and “studied” abroad in Barcelona, which was the best 6 months of his life. He completed medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University where he quickly remembered how bad the cold winters are. He currently enjoys staying active, either playing soccer, basketball, volleyball or going to the gym. Much to his bank account’s despair, Evan loves to travel and has been to over 20 countries, his favorite being Switzerland where he slept in a minivan for a week with his friends. Evan is a big sports fan, especially the NFL, and he is optimistic the Browns will win at least one game this upcoming season. Evan is incredibly excited to explore Nashville and can’t wait to begin his training at Vanderbilt.
  • Home:
    Coral Springs, Florida
    College:
    Johns Hopkins University
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Earllondra was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in a region known as “so-flo” (i.e. South Florida). She attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in anthropology. She then moved to Nashville to attend the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. While in Nashville, and with Lady Luck on her side, she has been able to see Adele, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Little Mix, and Beyoncé live (she highly recommends seeing these artists live). She is excited to spend a preliminary year at Vanderbilt before heading to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for a combined residency in neurology. In her free time she enjoys drawing/painting, watching movies, reading, attending concerts, and singing aloud (this is not to be read as singing well).
  • Lucia Chen, M.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Career Plans:
    Neurology/Medical education
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Lucia was born in Knoxville, TN, but was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. She stayed in Atlanta to study biochemistry at Georgia Tech before moving to Augusta, GA, to attend the Medical College of Georgia. While at MCG, she spent a summer mentoring pre-med college students with the school’s pipeline program, sparking an interest in teaching and mentoring. Later in her educational career, she discovered a passion for the brain, leading her towards a career in neurology. Her goal is to become a clinician-educator to share her love for her field with the doctors of tomorrow. In her free time, Lucia enjoys doodling, creative writing, stargazing, trying out new restaurants, and making truly terrible puns. She is thrilled to be returning to Tennessee as a Vanderbilt resident
  • Minna Choi, M.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Biloxi, MS.
    College:
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Minna was born at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, MS. She lived in several states including Mississippi, California, New York, and Maryland before her family settled down in Peachtree City, GA. She went to Georgia Tech for undergraduate studies in biology. During college, she became interested in global human rights issues. She was involved in an organization called Zero-Tuberculosis and formed a chapter of LiNK. She then went to Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA where she affirmed her passion for neurology. Her family is nearby in Georgia and she is the middle child with an older sister and younger brother. In her spare time, Minna loves being a foodie and trying out new restaurants as well as baking (her blog: warmovenwafts.blogspot.com), photography and travelling. She is looking forward to training at Vanderbilt and exploring Nashville!
  • Adam Epps, M.D.
    LMU Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Home:
    Morristown, TN
    College:
    The University of Tennessee
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    The oldest of three boys, Adam was born and raised in Morristown, TN among the hills of East Tennessee. He was an avid baseball player who went on to play college baseball at Walters State Community College and even had the opportunity to try out for the Atlanta Braves. He transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville majoring in biochemistry, cellular & molecular biology and became a Vol for Life. During his college years, he worked in a couple of local hospitals as a phlebotomist. He went on to pursue his medical degree at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Medicine. It was here he realized his enthusiasm for PM&R. During this time, he married his long-time girlfriend, Lindsay. They both have a passion for Crossfit, Tennessee football, any outdoor activities, and hanging out with friends. He and Lindsay look forward to living in downtown Nashville and enjoying Titans football.
  • Caroline Germany, M.D.
    Louisiana State - Shreveport
    Home:
    Shreveport, LA
    College:
    Tulane University
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Caroline was born and raised in Shreveport, in north Louisiana. She spent most of her childhood riding horses and competing in the sport of eventing (a sort of horse triathlon), a passion that continued through medical school. At Tulane University, she majored in neuroscience, spending her spare time riding her horse or enjoying one of the many festivals NOLA is known for. For medical school, she returned to her hometown of Shreveport, where she met her husband, Josh. Her interests include travelling the world, going to the movies, reading sci-fi/fantasy, and hiking.
  • Adam Harshbarger, M.D.
    Indiana University
    Home:
    Stevensville, MI
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Adam was born and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan, located just minutes from Lake Michigan, which he frequented every summer. For his undergrad, he migrated a mere 40 minutes south to the University of Notre Dame, where he dual-majored in biology and economics, spending another four years in the snowbelt. Adam then attended Indiana University for medical school, where he developed his passion for neurology and also served as class treasurer. In his spare time, Adam enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking, participating in co-rec sports, going to concerts, and playing board games. He and his partner, Jade, were both thrilled to match at Vanderbilt for neurology and child neurology, respectively. They are both looking forward to exploring Nashville and everything the surrounding area has to offer!
  • Jiun-Ruey Hu, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Toronto, Canada
    College:
    Princeton University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Ruey is a Canadian from Toronto. He received an A.B. in molecular biology and computer science at Princeton University, an M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Ruey enjoys taekwondo, composing music, and data visualization. A metabolomics enthusiast, he won the National Kidney Foundation's national fellows' research competition in 2017. Being passionate about Asian-American issues, Ruey is currently completing his second elected term as the national president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). He is a member of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society and has been recognized with Vanderbilt's Levi Watkins Jr. M.D. Medical Student Leadership Award.
  • Lisa Ishii, M.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Dermatology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Lisa was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She spent her childhood summers with family in Japan, where she cultivated her love for food and adventures. She played volleyball competitively, until everyone had a growth spurt except for her. She attended the University of Georgia for undergrad, where she majored in cellular biology and genetics. She stayed loyal to her Dawgs despite some pretty disappointing seasons. She stayed in Georgia to attend the Medical College of Georgia, where she was involved in student-run clinics and spent a summer in Peru learning about rural women’s health. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys cooking, trying new wines, and exploring new cities with her boyfriend and her dog. She is so excited to move to Nashville and join the intern class at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.
  • Dhairya Lakhani, M.D.
    S.B.K.S. Medical Institute and Research Centre
    Home:
    Una, Junagadh, India
    College:
    Sumandeep University
    Career Plans:
    Diagnostic Radiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Dhairya grew up in India, where he completed his medical school training in 2015. There he was extensively involved in managing his journal “International Journal of Scientific Study”, which he co-founded during his second year of medical school. It encompasses around 150 editors across the globe, with the objective of promoting research amongst young physicians. He was elected Executive Board Member for World Young Doctors Organization and Vice President for International Federation of Medical Students’ Association- India. Following his medical school graduation, he worked on early detection of lung cancer using CT based quantitative image analysis “Radiomics” under the mentorship of Dr. Pierre Massion at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dhairya (pretends to!) enjoys spending time outdoors, running, and biking (to keep an eye on his weight). He is really excited to start his Internship and stay in Nashville for one more year, before he starts his radiology residency at West Virginia University.
  • Lauren Massey, M.D.
    University of Missouri
    Home:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    College:
    The Ohio State University
    Career Plans:
    PM&R/Spinal Cord Injury
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Lauren was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, but grew up most of her life with her parents, younger sister and many pets in Indianapolis, Indiana. She spent most of her childhood and high school years playing a variety of sports, most significant being swimming and running. She attended The Ohio State University for undergrad, where she majored in biology with a minor in art while competing as a 4-year Division 1 Varsity athlete on the women’s swimming and diving team. She was named an All-American and qualified to compete at the 2012 Olympic Trials in swimming, a longtime goal and major athletic achievement. In Columbus, she met her fiancé, Jason, while participating in a local beach volleyball league. After graduating college, Lauren decided to take a gap year to study for the MCAT and apply for medical school. She returned to Indianapolis where she worked as a swim coach and got her EMT license. In the summer of 2014, she decided to head west on highway 70 to attend medical school at the University of Missouri in Columbia. The first week of medical school, Lauren was introduced to the field of PM&R which has been her passion ever since. Outside of medicine, Lauren is a self-proclaimed Disney and Pixar movie fanatic. She also enjoys staying active, swimming, running, triathlons, beach volleyball, painting and drawing, and playing cards and board games (newest favorite being Catan!). Most of all, she enjoys taking care of her little dog (practice child) Zoey. Lauren and Jason are very excited to venture out of the Midwest and off highway 70 to start their new journey at Vanderbilt
  • Scott Miller, M.D.
    University of Missouri
    Home:
    Jefferson City, MO
    College:
    Marquette University
    Career Plans:
    PM&R
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Scott grew up in central Missouri before heading north for college to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. There he received his degree in business administration and also competed for the Marquette University men’s soccer team. After college, he worked in medical sales for a year before attending University of Louisville for a post-baccalaureate program and then moving back home to pursue his medical degree at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys staying active by swimming, running, and playing golf and tennis. He also has two nieces that he loves to spend time with. He is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt family!
  • Edward Misulis, M.D.
    University of Queensland
    Home:
    Jackson, Tennessee
    College:
    University of Memphis
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Edward was born in Nashville at Vanderbilt and was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. He studied psychology and philosophy at Lambuth and the University of Memphis before entering the University of Queensland and Ochsner School of Medicine. With this program, he spent his first two years of medical school in Brisbane, Australia and, in his off time, managed to travel quite a bit, even spending two months on the beautiful island of Tasmania. His final two years of medical school in New Orleans at Ochsner were also thoroughly enjoyable and he can’t wait to start his next chapter in Nashville. He has a wide variety of interests, including music, hiking, traveling, reading, ultimate frisbee, racquetball, and trivia.
  • Kelli Money, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Headland, AL
    College:
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Kelli grew up in the wonderfully warm, very small town of Headland, AL. She found a love of science and medicine while pursuing a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then traveled northward to the land of black and gold (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to everyone else) to obtain her MD and PhD in neuroscience. Kelli will be doing her internship at Vanderbilt, where she knows the location of all candy dishes, before heading to Boston for a neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • Katharine Sourbeer, M.D.
    Virginia Tech
    Home:
    McLean, VA
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Neurology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Katie was born in New Jersey but grew up in Northern Virginia near DC. Raised as a Duke fan from a young age, she attended Duke University and spent many a night sleeping in a tent or on the sidewalk to get into basketball games. She majored in biology and history, concentrating in history of medicine, science, and technology. After graduation, she worked in a prostate cancer research lab for two years. She then attended Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA, where she discovered her interest in neurology. She is very excited to be moving to Nashville to begin residency. Her outside interests include marine biology and sea turtle conservation, outdoor activities, reading, playing sports (field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, soccer), and playing the cello.
  • Zhikui Wei, M.D.
    Johns Hopkins
    Home:
    Qinghai province, China
    College:
    Peking University in Beijing
    Career Plans:
    Neurology and research. More specifically stroke and metabolic dysregulation.
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Zhikui (Zeke) was born and raised in Qinghai province, China. He attended Peking University in Beijing for college. He then came to the US for grad school at Johns Hopkins. While there, he discovered his passion for academic medicine and he then attended med school at Hopkins following his PhD in physiology. Continuing the theme of late discoverer of himself, he realized after 2 years in neurosurgery that he likes “neuro” more than “surgery”. He is very happy to start on the road to become a neurologist at Vandy.

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  • Duke University School of Medicine
    Home:
    Lagos, Nigeria
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Teminioluwa (Temini) Ajayi spent most of his formative years in Nigeria. He transferred to the US for college where he completed an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a Master’s in Public Health. During his undergraduate years he volunteered as a student leader in various capacities. He also worked as a program manager for the NIEHS Translational Institute at Texas A&M before matriculating to medical school at Duke. His interests include molecular genetics and the intersection of global health, education, and technology. He is an avid Netflixer and loves to play soccer (even though he is, admittedly, quite terrible at it). Excited to be joining the Vanderbilt IM family!
  • Aseel Alsouqi, M.D.
    University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
    Home:
    Amman, JOR
    College:
    University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology/ Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Aseel was born and raised in Amman, Jordan with her younger brother, sister and parents. She received her medical education at the University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine, during which she visited Vanderbilt for the first time for an away rotation. She fell in love with the beautiful city of Nashville and came back right after graduating from Jordan to join the lab of Dr. Alp Ikizler. She spent the last two years working on research projects focused on tissue sodium, insulin resistance and prevention of hypertension. In her spare time, she enjoys driving around and discovering new hiking spots in Tennessee. She also likes playing basketball and swimming. Aseel is excited to be staying in Vanderbilt’s community!
  • Cory Baughman, M.D.
    University of Iowa
    Home:
    Ames, Iowa
    College:
    St. Olaf College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Cory was born on an Air Force base on the island of Terceira in the Azores archipelago, a Portuguese territory, and shortly after moved to Ames, Iowa. He attended St. Olaf College where he studied biology with concentrations in neuroscience and biochemistry. While in college, he worked as an EMT and a medical scribe, cementing his interest in medicine. After college, he attended the University of Iowa for medical school where he spent a great deal of time organizing fundraisers. At Iowa, he developed a passion for teaching and the study of healthcare delivery. His interests include hospital medicine, rheumatology, pulmonology, and critical care. Cory spends his spare time playing frisbee with his dog, swimming, golfing, watching football, and being outside. He looks forward to becoming part of the Vanderbilt team and exploring all that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA.
  • Ian Bentley, M.D.
    University of Cincinnati
    Home:
    Port Huron, Michigan
    College:
    Xavier University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary Critical Care/Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Ian is the oldest of four children and was born in Port Huron, Michigan. He moved to Cincinnati when he was nine and has lived there ever since. He did his undergrad at Xavier University, where he studied biology, chemistry and theology and discovered his deep love of basketball. Then to the chagrin of all his friends, he moved across town to Xavier’s biggest rival for medical school. At the University of Cincinnati, he met his better half, Erin Bouquet, and they are both excited to be co-residents in Vanderbilt’s IM program for the next three years! They are eager to move to Nashville and Ian is really looking forward to exploring a whole city’s worth of new breweries and restaurants. He is also looking forward to the mild winters and relative lack of snowfall! Ian loves to play basketball, cook elaborate dinners, play video games, mountain bike and sit poolside.
  • Erin Bouquet, M.D.
    University of Cincinnati
    Home:
    Youngstown, Ohio
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Medical Education (Specialty Undecided)
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Erin was born in Youngstown, Ohio and lived there with her parents and younger brother until college. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in biology, minored in liturgical music ministry, and learned the value of blind optimism during football season - Go Irish! While there, Erin sang in the Notre Dame Folk Choir, whose yearly tours took her to LA, NYC, Ireland, and Scotland. After college, Erin spent a year in Philadelphia working with hospice patients. She returned to Ohio for medical school at the University of Cincinnati where she met her boyfriend, Ian. They are both thrilled to be joining the Vanderbilt family together as co-residents! Erin loves trying new restaurants, hiking, spinning, road trips, daydreaming about her future dog, and any food that involves potatoes. She and Ian are excited to be moving south and especially look forward to checking out the great food and live music that Nashville has to offer. Member of AOA
  • Kevin Buell, M.D.
    Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine
    Home:
    Geneva, Switzerland
    College:
    Imperial College London
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Diseases and/or Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Kevin was raised in Geneva (Switzerland) and grew up speaking English with his American father and French with his Mauritian mother. He completed a bilingual high school education in Geneva before moving to London. He attended the Imperial College London School of Medicine for his undergraduate science degree and postgraduate medical training. After completing his visiting student elective at the Mayo Clinic and his mandatory internship year in London, he decided to “jump across the pond” and applied for residency in the U.S. He is thrilled to have matched to Vanderbilt and looks forward to moving to Nashville, where he used to visit his extended family as a child. His clinical interests are infectious diseases and pulmonary/critical care. Outside medicine, he enjoys being outdoors, soccer, tennis and cooking.
  • Patricia Checinski, M.D.
    Oakland University William Beaumont SOM
    Home:
    Shelby Township, MI
    College:
    University of Michigan
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/ Critical Care or Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Patricia has lived in Southeast Michigan all her life, but calls Poland her second home. She was raised immersed in Polish culture, from making pierogi and paczki with her family to participating in Polish folk dances as a child. She knew she wanted to pursue medicine in high school after working with a local rheumatologist at her medical office. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in neuroscience and then moved back closer to home for medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont, where she fell in love with the field of internal medicine. Patricia is interested in pulmonary/ critical care medicine, gastroenterology, and academic medicine. She enjoys spending summers on the lake with her family and winters out West snowboarding. She also likes running, hiking, and kickboxing in her free time. She is an avid Detroit and Michigan sports fan (Go Blue!), but is willing to cheer for the Predators and Titans as long as they’re not playing her Detroit teams.
  • Daniel Cook, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Iowa
    University of Iowa
    Home:
    Belton, MO
    College:
    University of Missouri
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Interests/Achievements: Dan was born and grew up in Belton, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. He attended the University of Missouri where he majored in chemistry and biological sciences. During college, he worked in a lab studying adult muscle stem cell biology. While at Mizzou, he was named a Barry Goldwater Scholar for his work on transcriptional regulation of plasticity in adult muscle stem cells. His passion for medicine and research led him to Iowa City to begin MD/PhD training. At Iowa, Dan gained a passion for lung biology while completing his dissertation on the airway hyper-responsiveness seen in cystic fibrosis disease. While at Iowa, Dan met and married his wife, Brooke, a graduate of Iowa’s MBA program. When not working, Dan enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, cooking, and visiting local theatre shows. Dan and his wife are looking forward to moving to Nashville and joining the Vanderbilt community. Professional Information: My long-term goal is to translate basic scientific research into meaningful clinical outcomes as a physician scientist. I hope to utilize my knowledge of disease mechanisms and clinical experiences to generate therapies and cures for human disease

  • Kelly Costopoulos, M.D.
    University of Florida
    Home:
    Boca Raton, FL
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Kelly was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She attended Emory University where she majored in biology. While at Emory, she played varsity soccer (with fellow intern Kaele Leonard!) and was named captain her junior and senior seasons. Kelly went to medical school at the University of Florida, where she fell in love with SEC football and the Gator Nation. While in medical school, she traded her soccer cleats for running shoes and raced her way to the Boston Marathon, a most humbling and inspiring experience. Besides playing soccer and running, Kelly enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds, hiking, camping, cycling, and spending time with her fiancé, Ryan. They look forward to Nashville’s live music and food scenes and they are excited to explore the outdoors of Tennessee. Kelly is honored to join the Vanderbilt family!
  • Greta Dahlberg, M.D.
    University of Iowa
    Home:
    Des Moines, IA
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary Critical Care, Infectious Disease, Medical Education
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Greta was born in the great state of Iowa, where pigs outnumber people 7:1. She was raised in Des Moines and spent her time swimming, learning how to bake from her grandmother, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. She is a blue ribbon winner for her baked goods at the Iowa State Fair. She moved to Missouri for undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis. At WashU, she was the manager of the women’s basketball team for 4 years and she cultivated a love for science and medicine. She also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which sparked her love for international travel. Her favorite destinations to date have been Machu Picchu in Peru and Banff National Park in Canada. She graduated with degrees in biology and Spanish. After undergrad, she returned to Iowa for medical school. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys cooking, music, and being active. She is looking forward to the next phase of her training at Vanderbilt and to diving into the rich culture that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA
  • Xuan Ding, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    Houston, TX
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care or Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Xuan was born in Wuhan, China and grew up in Houston, TX before attending Duke University for college. At Duke, he discovered a passion for Duke basketball and ultrasound imaging. After earning a degree biomedical engineering with minors in chemistry and biology, he enrolled in the MSTP program at the University of Pittsburgh. His PhD research was focused on developing new ultrasound imaging technologies to identify vulnerable carotid plaques. Once upon a time, Xuan enjoyed playing basketball, but these days, it would be more accurately described as limping across the courts. He is also perfecting his recipe for crispy roasted potatoes and working his way back into pre-MS3 shape (admittedly clashing pursuits). He can’t wait to return to the South and join the Vanderbilt family!
  • Robert Dunn, M.D.
    University of Tennessee
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    University of TN, Chatanooga
    Career Plans:
    Academic medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Robert Dunn was born in Atlanta, GA but quickly moved to Chattanooga where his love for the outdoors was born. Staying in Chattanooga for his undergraduate education, he earned a degree in chemistry and met his wife, Meagan. Staying in the great state of Tennessee, he attended medical school at the University of Tennessee where he developed his interest in academic medicine and enjoyed the best BBQ in the USA. Outside the hospital, he enjoys, hiking, camping, running, gardening, cheering for the Nashville Predators, smoking meats, and trying as many hot wings as he can get his hands on. He is stoked to live in his wife's hometown, Nashville, and join the Vanderbilt family!"
  • Brandon Emerson, M.D.
    University of Tennessee
    Home:
    Nashville,TN
    College:
    Saint Louis University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Tyler grew up in Nashville, Tennessee attending St. Henry’s School and Father Ryan High School before studying nursing at Saint Louis University. He returned to Nashville after college and worked as a critical care nurse at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital for five years. During medical school, he Anchored Down and married his beautiful wife, who is a Vanderbilt alumna. He is also a new father as of November 2017 to a charming son, Jeremy Tyler. Tyler enjoys lifting heavy weights, playing golf, and teaching his son to be the next Tiger Woods. He is excited to return home to Music City! Member of AOA.
  • Eric Hall, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Ocala, FL
    College:
    Stetson University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/critical care or cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Eric grew up in Ocala, FL, and learned to love yearlong summers. He attended college at Stetson University in Florida, where he majored in physics and minored in French. He then moved northward to attend Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and was involved with Careers in Medicine and the ultrasound interest group as a medical student. He also spent a year doing basic science research on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy while in medical school. Outside of medicine, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, cheering on the Chicago Cubs, reading, and spending time with friends and family. He is very excited to be continuing on at Vanderbilt.
  • Nowrin Haque, M.D.
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Home:
    St. Louis, MO
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Nowrin grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a B.A. in biochemistry and economics. Despite her best efforts to leave her hometown, she fell in love with the Washington University School of Medicine and decided another four years in the same city couldn't be so bad, to the relief of her parents. There she developed a passion for the heart and was involved in cardiovascular research focused on the treatment of atrial fibrillation. In addition, she was the head of the American Medical Women's Association and helped organize the Red Dress Affair, raising over $13,000 for the American Heart Association. In her spare time, Nowrin loves to travel, read, find new restaurants and sites with her friends, and binge-watch Netflix shows from her couch. She is looking forward to the warmer weather and change of scenery in Nashville and is excited to explore a new city with her new friends.
  • Alexandra Haugh, M.D.
    Tulane University
    Home:
    Montville, NJ
    College:
    Vanderbilt
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Alexandra (Lexi) Haugh grew up in Montville, New Jersey. She grew up speaking both Croatian and English and spent several childhood summers with her grandparents and cousins in Croatia. The first time she crossed the Mason-Dixon line was to attend Vanderbilt as an undergraduate, where she double majored in chemistry and English literature. After graduating from college, she deferred enrolling in medical school to spend a year working at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. She then moved to a different but equally as humid and vibrant locale to attend medical school at Tulane University, where she earned both an MD and an MPH in epidemiology. While in medical school, she discovered a passion for oncology and biomedical research. She therefore decided to move to Chicago between third and fourth year to conduct a research fellowship at Northwestern focused on melanoma. Although her grandparents were convinced that multiple deferments of her medical degree meant she would never graduate to become the first doctor in the family, her research year further solidified her passion for oncology and gave her a newfound love for genetics and bioinformatics. She therefore couldn’t be more excited about all of the amazing genetics-related research being done at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to return to a city and institution that she loves for residency training! Outside of medicine, she loves traveling (she is currently writing this bio from Varanasi, India), reading, running, yoga and spending time outside.
  • Vikranth Induru, M.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Home:
    New Orleans, LA
    College:
    Harvard University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided, Medical Education
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Vik grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and is excited to return to the South for residency. He is a former high school track and cross-country runner but had to bundle up indoors when he attended college at Harvard University. There he majored in human evolutionary biology with a minor in Eeconomics. In college he was involved in the South Asian community and helped plan Model Congress for high school students. After college, he went to the University of Pennsylvania for medical school. While in Philadelphia he discovered new interests in cooking, medical education, and sketch comedy. He has written for and acted in the school’s annual comedy show, Spoof. He is not yet sure where his career in Internal Medicine will take him, but he hopes to work in medical education. He is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt internal medicine team!
  • Gregory Jackson, M.D.
    Wake Forest
    Home:
    Bountiful, UT
    College:
    Brigham Young University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Greg was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Living close to the mountains, much of his time was spent hiking, camping, boating, and snow skiing. He had dreams of becoming a professional guitarist, taught lessons during high school and college, and even tried his hand at song composition. When Nashville never came calling, he attended BYU where he studied biology, taught chemistry, and spent two years living abroad in Spain where he became fluent in Spanish- and fluent in all things tapas. He and his wife, Becca, moved to North Carolina for medical school where they quickly fell in love with the southern culture and climate. They spend as much time as possible outdoors and enjoy running, hiking, and playing tennis in addition to trying to keep their new baby (Owen) alive. Greg is thrilled to live in Nashville and become part of the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA
  • Eric Lander, M.D.
    University of Arizona
    Home:
    Tulsa, OK
    College:
    St. Olaf College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Eric hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was born and raised. As he grew up, he enjoyed hanging out with his brothers and friends, eating spicy BBQ, camping, competing at tennis, and playing tons of music. As such, it was already written in the stars that he would someday land in Nashville. He ventured to St. Olaf College, a Christian liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Drawn to its culture of kind, curious people, he became consumed in music, science, and Malt-O-Meal cereal. While he taught CPR classes and worked as an EMT in college, he also studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for five months. There, he polished his Spanish, worked in a public hospital, and taught sex education to impoverished youth. To escape the cold, he attended to the University of Arizona for medical school in Tucson. He conducted cancer research and created a service program that trains health professions students to enroll individuals in health plans. Most importantly, he met his incredibly supportive and loving fiancé, Kelly. Together, they raise their perpetually 7-pound son, Dezmond. Being a Yorkie-Cairn Terrier village dog, he is sure to charm. Eric is so excited to live in Music City with his two best friends and work alongside the most amazing group of residents and faculty that ever lived! Member of AOA.
  • James Laws, M.D.
    Northwestern University
    Home:
    Columbus, OH
    College:
    The Ohio State University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Luke was born and raised in Columbus, OH and grew up with the dreams of becoming a physician and playing football for THE Ohio State University. Although he has only achieved one of those goals so far, he would like the Vanderbilt athletic department to know he has four years of eligibility remaining. Luke studied biochemistry at THE Ohio State University during undergrad where he met his lovely wife, Jenn, who will be a resident across the street in the pediatrics hospital. Luke attended medical school at Northwestern University, and after experiencing four winters “north of the wall,” he is excited to move to Nashville for the warmer weather. His interests outside of medicine include playing sports, the outdoors, and brewing and drinking craft beer. Luke is excited to join the Vanderbilt family and is currently strategizing ways to eat as much Hot Chicken as possible without gaining too much weight.
  • Kaele Leonard, M.D.
    Rush Medical College
    Home:
    Elmhurst, IL
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care, Public and Global Health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Kaele was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, spending most of her free time playing sports. After high school, she moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, majoring in neuroscience and behavioral biology with a minor in global health. She studied abroad in Madagascar on a Traditional Medicine and Healthcare Systems program, where she found a passion for global health. She continued her love of sports as a goalkeeper on the Emory soccer team (with co-resident Kelly Costopoulos!) and a sprinter on the Emory track and field team. She returned back to the sunny and warm Chicago to attend Rush Medical College, where she spent time volunteering in Chicago's underserved communities and participated on a global health trip to the Dominican Republic. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, triathlons, camping, hiking, live music, and spending time with friends and family. Kaele and her partner Dwayne, a Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine resident, are excited to explore all the food, music, and outdoors that Nashville has to offer! Member of AOA
  • David Li, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Dublin, Ohio
    College:
    Johns Hopkins University
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    David grew up in Dublin, Ohio, where he spent his childhood reading and building a lifelong group of friends. He attended college at Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in neuroscience and molecular and cellular biology with minors in classics and mathematics. While in Baltimore, David spent his free-time Lion Dancing and urban exploring. He moved down south to Nashville for medical school at Vanderbilt, where the loops of Henle wound their way into David's heart, and he fell in love with Nephrology. In his free time, David enjoys hiking with his partner Bryce, reading Brandon Sanderson novels, exploring the fantastic food scene, and playing board games with his friends.
  • Christine Lopez, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Frederick, Maryland
    College:
    University of North Carolina - Wilmington
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Christine was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She left the mountain views for the coast of North Carolina to attend college at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. After four years of studying, volunteering at the local free health clinic, dancing on her college dance team, and lounging on Wrightsville Beach, she graduated with a B.S. in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. She then attended medical school at the University of North Carolina where she discovered her two passions: internal medicine and Tar Heel basketball. Her interests include running, reading, playing with dogs, sushi, and working on her Spanish. She is thrilled to be a part of the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA.
  • Steven Lord, M.D.
    University of Miami
    Home:
    Geneva, IL
    College:
    University of Illinois
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine, Medical Genomics
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Steven is from a small suburb of Chicago, Illinois where he worked in local theater and was a member of his high school drumline. He went to the University of Illinois for undergrad where he majored in molecular and cellular biology and minored in English. After that, he took a year off and worked at Abbvie in North Chicago. Deciding he was done with the cold for a while, he moved to Miami, where he attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, studying medicine, medical genomics, and how best to avoid getting sunburned. While there, he enjoyed trips to the beach, Florida Keys, days and nights out with friends, and exploring the south Florida culture. After finishing up school, he decided to head back to the cold (sort of) and moved to Nashville for residency at Vanderbilt. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, heading to the beach to relax or kayak, cooking/baking, and listening to music. Member of AOA.
  • Tanya Marvi, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care or Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Tanya was born in Highlands Ranch, Colorado to a very large, loud, and tight-knit family. She grew up fishing, hiking, and exploring the outdoors. Expecting a growth spurt that never came, her father taught her how to play volleyball at a young age. She played for the women’s varsity volleyball team at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in chemistry and minored in Persian. Tanya attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. She became interested in medicine because of the opportunity to learn with her patients and peers. She continues to enjoy the outdoors, live music, game nights, and quality time with friends and family. Tanya is very excited for the opportunity to continue her training in the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA
  • Matthew Meyers, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Mill Valley, CA
    College:
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Matt was born just outside of San Francisco, California in the small town of Mill Valley. Acknowledging the slight disappointment of no longer being a cool California kid, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of five. It was there that he began to take on every sport known to man from basketball to soccer to football to baseball. With the slow realization that the only chance he had to actually succeed in any of these athletic endeavors was his ability to outrun the other guy, he had found a new passion: running. For college, Matt attended UNC Chapel Hill, where basketball obsession is nothing short of extreme. He happily adopted this fervent attitude (Go Heels!). At UNC, he majored in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also worked as a CNA in an emergency department affiliated with that university that shall not be named just down the road (Hint: it starts with a D). He loved his experience in Chapel Hill so much that he stayed for four more years of medical school. He feels fortunate to have completed his third year in Asheville, North Carolina where he fell in love with internal medicine and the mountains. He continued his journey through the mountains fourth year by completing an ICU rotation in New Zealand. In his free time, you can find him running, exploring new coffee shops, hiking, debating when to adopt a dog, watching Carolina basketball, and sometimes, attempting to play the saxophone. A lesser-known skill is his ability to shamelessly sing karaoke, which he hopes will propel him to stardom coming to the Music City. In the meantime, he greatly looks forward to joining the Vanderbilt family as a new medicine intern. Member of AOA.
  • Jennifer Miao, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Boston, MA
    College:
    Vanderbilt
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine/Global Health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jennifer was born and raised in the Greater Boston area where she attended Phillips Academy Andover. She studied English literature and music (piano) at Vanderbilt and was admitted to Vanderbilt School of Medicine as part of the Early Acceptance Program at the end of her sophomore year. During medical school, she pursued research in novel biomarkers in patients with acute kidney injury, amyloidosis, and heart failure. In her free time, she enjoys practicing works by her favorite composers (Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven), skiing/figure skating, playing with her 7lb Maltese named Watson, and revisiting Jane Austen and Chaucer on rainy days. She is excited to stay at Vanderbilt!
  • Garren Montgomery, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Newport News, VA
    College:
    University of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Garren was born and raised in Newport News, VA. He traveled a few hours away to Charlottesville to attend college at the University of Virginia where he majored in chemistry, volunteered as an EMT, and took advantage of all the outdoor activities that Charlottesville had to offer. He stayed at UVA for medical school, where he developed an interest in internal medicine and medical education. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. After spending his entire life in Virginia, he is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA.
  • Colin Neill, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    Carbondale, Illinois
    College:
    DePauw University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Colin was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. He studied biochemistry and philosophy at DePauw University where he also enjoyed working in the music department at the campus radio station. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for medical school where he developed an interest in cardiology and spent time researching right heart failure in LVAD patients. He also has a long-standing interest in working with global/underserved populations and values expanding healthcare access. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, rock climbing, and biking. He is excited to explore all of the live music that Nashville has to offer and to be joining the Vanderbilt Community! Member of AOA.
  • Alexandra Petrakos, M.D.
    Univ of Illinois at Chicago
    Home:
    Downers Grove, IL
    College:
    Northwestern University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Alexandra (Alex) grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She spent her kid years playing peewee sports, eating mint chip ice cream, and roaming the neighborhood with her older brother and sister. Alex went to college at Northwestern University, where she studied French language and international studies. She spent her junior year in Paris, France, eating pistachio ice cream and embracing her new nickname, la grande Americaine. After returning home to Chicagoland and working in the local hospital's surgery department, she began medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she cultivated her passion for preventive medicine and, when time allowed, practiced her post game on the basketball court. She also became a proud aunt to two adorable nephews, and she has a sweet niece on the way. Alex is thrilled to be joining the Vandy medical team and is excited to make fabulous Nashville her new home.
  • John Power, M.D.
    Mount Sinai
    Home:
    Alexandria, Virginia
    College:
    Johns Hopkins University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    John is from originally from Alexandria, Virginia but spent most of his upbringing overseas, living in Jordan and the Philippines before graduating high school in Cairo, Egypt. He attended Johns Hopkins University where he majored in neuroscience. Between college and medical school, John lived in rural Haiti where he worked for a global health nonprofit and managed community health programs. He then moved to Washington, DC where he worked on HIV/AIDS health policy. John went to medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he engaged with quality improvement and population health research in cardiovascular diseases. In his spare time, John enjoys hiking, traveling, live music, personal fitness, and nonfiction literature. He is excited to join the Vanderbilt community and is looking forward to experiencing all that Nashville has to offer!
  • Elise Reid, M.D.
    University of Washington
    Home:
    Port Angeles, WA
    College:
    Gonzaga University
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Elise was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In high school she played multiple sports as well as playing in the orchestra. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA where she studied biology and philosophy while developing a love of Gonzaga basketball. Go Zags! For medical school she attended the University of Washington where she fell in love with internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, travel, and quirky ice cream shops. Elise is looking forward to a new adventure in Nashville!
  • Gabriel Sandoval, M.D.
    University of Texas- Houston
    Home:
    Garland, TX
    College:
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Gabe was raised in Garland, Texas outside of Dallas (but he is not a Cowboy’s fan). He started playing competitive tennis at the age of 10 and played until he went to college at The University of Texas at Austin. While at the REAL UT he majored in marketing, minored in public health, and taught tennis on the side so that he could afford eating things other than top ramen every now and then. While at UT he met his wife of two years, Kenzie. After he graduated from UT he attended the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston. He found his calling in internal medicine during a preceptorship during the summer between first and second year of med school. He has always been passionate about community service and addressing healthcare disparities, especially those faced by minorities. He was the community service officer for SNMA and the Association of Internal Medicine Students (AIMS). In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, basketball, hiking and camping with his wife, sitting on his couch binge-watching shows on Netflix, and going to concerts. He is an audiophile and you will catch him listening to music at all times. He and his wife have never lived outside of Texas and they are excited to move to Nashville and experience everything the city has to offer. His house has a strict hierarchy with his wife at the top, his cat, Dublin, in the middle, and him at the bottom. Member of AOA.
  • Kyle Schuler, M.D.
    Louisiana State University -Shreveport
    Home:
    Shreveport, LA
    College:
    Louisiana State University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Kyle was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. In his childhood years, you could always find him on a field playing pick-up sports. He attended Louisiana State University where he never missed a home football or basketball game. There he majored in biological sciences and decided to pursue a career in medicine. He returned home to Shreveport for medical school where he discovered a passion for physiology and internal medicine. In his free time, he enjoys playing/watching sports, traveling, and spending time with his wife Kathryn, an occupational therapist. Kyle is thrilled to join the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA.
  • Casey Smiley, M.D.
    Wright State University
    Home:
    Columbus, Ohio
    College:
    Ohio Wesleyan University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine and Global Health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Casey was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, but grew up as the oldest of 2 daughters in Worthington Ohio (a suburb of Columbus-GO BUCKS). She attended Ohio Wesleyan University for college and majored in both microbiology and Spanish with a minor in chemistry. She moved to Dayton, OH after college to begin medical school at Wright State University. Casey is interested in academic medicine and global health, and she has already travelled to Spain, Honduras, Costa Rica, and most recently Peru. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Motley, hiking, running, traveling, playing volleyball, baking, and trying new restaurants and breweries. Casey is very excited to begin exploring Nashville and the south! Memver of AOA.
  • Shannon Stockton, M.D.
    University of Florida
    Home:
    Orlando, FL
    College:
    University of Florida
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology, Quality Improvement
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Shannon was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where she enjoyed playing basketball and going outside as much as possible. During high school, she developed an interest in oncology after ending her mediocre basketball career in favor of working on a head and neck cancer research project. After attending the University of Florida for college and medical school as part of the combined BS/MD medical honors program, she is excited to venture out from the Sunshine State and experience actual seasons in Tennessee. She continues to have an interest in oncology, most recently researching the genetics of myelodysplastic syndromes. She also has a newfound interest in quality improvement work. Outside of medicine, Shannon enjoys cooking for friends, lifting weights, collecting wine, watching basketball, writing, and playing with her new pet bunny, Muffin. She plans to get ready for intern year by competing in a powerlifting meet and exploring Iceland. She looks forward to meeting her co-residents and joining the Vanderbilt family!
  • Warren Tai, M.D.
    University at Buffalo
    Home:
    Lexington, MA
    College:
    Brown University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Warren was born in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where he spent most of his early childhood before moving with his family to Dayton, OH during his middle school years. After a few years in Dayton, he moved again to Lexington, MA to finish high school. Despite moving several times in his formative years, Warren was happy to find regularity in his dedication to his hobbies; he continued to swim competitively, played the trumpet in the school band, and kept up with his studies in piano. For college, Warren moved to Providence, RI to attend Brown University, where he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in science, Warren continued his academic pursuit at Brown to complete a Master’s degree in Biology. While at Brown, Warren often performed in arch-sings as part of an acappella group and also worked in a biomedical engineering lab. He then attended medical school at the University at Buffalo, where he found his passion for Internal Medicine and developed a strong interest in the field of cardiology. A dedicated year of cardiovascular research between MS2 and MS3 emboldened his desire to pursue a career in academic cardiology. Outside of medicine, Warren enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking and exploring new places, running, and listening to a variety of podcasts. Warren is also an avid pro-football fan. Really speaking to his tenacity and optimism, he never gets discouraged by his poor decisions when it comes to managing his Fantasy teams. He is very excited to join the Vanderbilt family and form life-long friendships over the next 3 years. Member of AOA.
  • Claudio Tombazzi, M.D.
    University of Tennessee
    Home:
    Valencia, VEN
    College:
    University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    I was born in Valencia, Venezuela and moved to Memphis at the age of eight. I’m interested in GI which is very different from my two parents who also finished GI fellowships. My 4 years-younger sister is finishing a computer animation degree at Ringling College in Sarasota. I grew up a big Juventus/Italy soccer fan and continue to play. I went to UT Knoxville for undergrad majoring in biochemistry. I continue to be a big Volunteer fan despite all the losing. I traveled back to Memphis for medical school at UTHSC and loved my training. I met a lot of good friends, worked with my dad, and learned what it means to be a physician. I’m excited/lucky to spend the next 3 years at Vanderbilt learning even more and trying to become that physician. I’m getting married this May to a Nashville girl. I love soccer, the beach, NE IPAs, and every type of food. Member of AOA
  • Allison Weaver, M.D.
    Case Western Reserve University
    Home:
    Mountain Brook, AL
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Heme/Onc, Rheumatology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Allison was born and raised outside Birmingham in Mountain Brook, AL but spent much of her summers with family in Nashville. She grew up playing as many sports as possible and decidedly avoiding any football allegiance. She then left the warm weather to attend the University of Chicago where she majored in Biology and helped her team to several solid 3rd place finishes in the yearly Scavenger Hunt. After college, she stayed in the Midwest to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH where she developed a love of teaching and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, cooking, hiking, wine tasting, and chilling with her one-eyed cat, Chairman Meow. She is extremely excited to be heading back south and starting her internal medicine career at Vanderbilt!
  • Charles Wiles, M.D.
    University of South Alabama
    Home:
    Mobile, AL
    College:
    University of South Alabama
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology or General Internal Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Alex was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, home of the lesser-known, but original Mardi Gras. Alex spent his childhood playing baseball and football, keeping up with his older brother, and spending summers on the beaches of Gulf Shores. Alex attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, earning a degree in psychology and working as a student ambassador where he met his wife, Lindsey. He stuck around for medical school, discovering a passion for internal medicine and helping to open the school’s student-run free clinic for the homeless population of Mobile. Alex enjoys time spent cooking with his family and watching as much baseball as possible (Let’s Go Mets!). He and Lindsey are excited to move "north" to Nashville and get to know his fellow co-interns and the rest of the Vanderbilt community. Member of AOA

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PGY 3 and 4 Residents

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

    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 or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Home:
    Hollidaysburg, PA
    College:
    Villanova University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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!
  • Robert  Colbert, M.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Home:
    Minneapolis, MN
    College:
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 and cheese curds. 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, farm-to-table food, 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 to work in a medical clinic. 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.
  • Taylor Coston, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Kennesaw, GA
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Home:
    Shingle Springs, CA
    College:
    University of San Diego
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Andrew Dunatchik, M.D., Pharm. D.
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Home:
    Portland, Oregon
    College:
    Oregon State University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Lauren  Evers, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Galveston, TX
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Jacob Franco, M.D.
    Stony Brook
    Home:
    Chappaqua, NY
    College:
    Brown University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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 Mcauliffe, M.D.
    University of Central Florida
    Home:
    Orlando, FL
    College:
    Brown University
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Kristin  Hines, M.D.
    Ohio State University
    Home:
    Hartford City, IN
    College:
    Ohio State University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Home:
    Rockville, MD
    College:
    Grinnell College
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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.
  • 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 or Brief Description:

    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!

  • Kelly  Lumpkins, M.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Marietta, GA
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Elias  Pratt, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Groton, VT
    College:
    UNC – Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Medical Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Bethany  Scanlan, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    North Potomac, MD
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Academic Internal Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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!
  • Misty  Shields, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Texas- Houston
    Home:
    Rowlett, Texas
    College:
    Texas A&M University
    Career Plans:
    Thoracic Medical Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Karen  Volpe, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Herndon, VA
    College:
    The College of William and Mary
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.
  • Chi Zhang, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Memphis, TN
    College:
    Harvard University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    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 or Brief Description:
    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.