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  • Universidad de la Salle Facultad Mexicana de Medicina
    Chief Resident
    VU Medical Center
    Home:
    Mexico City, Mexico
    College:
    Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Bradley Christensen, M.D.
    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.
    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:

    Billy was born and raised on Long Island in Massapequa, NY. While still a proud New Yorker at heart, Billy lost most of his accent and inability to make eye contact with strangers when he left Long Island to attend the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, Billy majored in psychology and learned the art of always believing that Notre Dame will win a national championship, regardless of how good they actually are. More importantly, at Notre Dame he met his wonderful wife, Elisabeth. Billy chose to attend Vanderbilt for medical school because of the supportive community he found here, and he and Elisabeth were married after his third year. Billy pursued a master of education (M.Ed.) at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt during medical school, and he is a huge nerd when it comes to all things medical education.  Elisabeth and Billy welcomed their first daughter, Mary Claire, into their lives in December 2012 (now 5 years old), and their second, Amelia, in December 2014 (now 3 years old).  Both are currently being brainwashed to attend Notre Dame.  Elisabeth has been promoted from social studies teacher to stay-at-home mom and is now a freelance copy editor in the little free time she has. Billy’s clinical interest is in primary care internal medicine and pediatrics.  In particular, he is interested in in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders as well as the care of LGBTQ patients. Billy enjoys spending time with his “ladies”, exercising, practicing yoga and meditation, listening to “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” and reading a good book. 

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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.
  • Evan Berlin, M.D.
    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.
  • 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
  • John Brems, M.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Home:
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care, Hospital Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Henry grew up in Kensington, MD, right outside of Washington, DC. After high school, he was the fourth of all five kids in his family to head out to Notre Dame where he studied physics, and he remains a die-hard Fighting Irish fan to this day. He went back to the east coast for medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he additionally obtained a Masters of Bioethics and did research in health policy ethics. Ultimately, much to the chagrin of his father and brother -- both urologists -- he saw the light and decided on internal medicine. Outside of medicine, Henry loves playing soccer, watching hockey, brewing his own beer, and spending time outdoors with his fiance and their two dogs. He couldn't be more excited to join the Vanderbilt family and start exploring all that Nashville has to offer
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Preetam Cholli, M.D.
    University of Massachusetts
    Home:
    Chelmsford, Massachusetts
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Preetam was raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, where he majored in biology and minored in philosophy. After graduating, he spent one year working with NGOs in Pune, India to develop and lead a malnutrition project in the city’s slum communities. He attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he discovered a love for the care of adults and children. He has a passion for medical ethics, global health, international development, and the intersection between medicine, research, and public policy. His other interests include the arts, philosophy and comparative religion.

  • Daniel Cook, M.D., Ph.D.
    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!
  • Rodney Dorand, M.D., Ph.D.
    Case Western Reserve University
    Case Western Reserve
    Home:
    Montgomery, AL
    College:
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    In his early years, Dixon was a bit of a rapscallion until a semester abroad in Zermatt, Switzerland opened his eyes to the world of academia. When he returned to the States he broadened his horizons to focus on being not only captain of the football team, but also captain of the debate team. Never one to quickly make up his mind, Dixon double majored in history and biology at the UAB where he had two life changing experiences: an introduction to basic science and an introduction to his wife (his one straightforward decision). He spent a summer in Omaha, NE researching fetal lung fibroblasts that eventually evolved into studying chemotaxis and fertilization in C. elegans at UAB. Dixon was certain that he was destined for a research career in pediatrics. However, still unable to choose a straight path, he enrolled in the MD/PhD program at Case Western Reserve University. There his PhD work shed new light on the underlying mechanisms of immune checkpoint molecules in the setting of primary CNS malignancies. Now, convinced that he is destined for a research career in Internal Medicine, Dixon is excited to join the Harrison Society and plans to complete a fellowship in oncology. Outside of work, Dixon enjoys time with his wife, Emma, and their Bernese Mountain Dogs: Scarlett, Christoph, and Zelda, as they watch the Cleveland Browns try to win a football game and the University of Alabama collect national titles.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeffrey Freiberg, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Maryland
    University of Maryland
    Home:
    Norcross, GA
    College:
    University of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Diseases
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jeff grew up in metro Atlanta before going off to UVA (Wahoowa!) for undergrad. After college, he moved back to Atlanta for a few years to work in a microbiology lab before starting medical school. He joined the MD/PhD program at the University of Maryland, where he studied antibiotic tolerance in bacterial infections. Jeff is excited to join Vanderbilt as part of the Harrison Society, and he plans on pursuing a fellowship in infectious diseases. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, camping, and basically anything else that gets him outdoors. He is an avid Atlanta Falcons fan and is still holding out hope for that Super Bowl win. Jeff can't wait to be part of the Vanderbilt community, and he is looking forward to exploring Nashville with his wife, daughter, and two dachshunds. Member of AOA.
  • Benjamin Frush, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Durham, North Carolina
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Palliative Care, Bioethics
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Ben Frush was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Duke University where he studied psychology before matriculating to the University of North Carolina for medical school, where he remained an unapologetic Duke basketball fan. In between his third and fourth years of medical school, Ben spent a year at Duke Divinity School where he was a fellow in the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship there. He is interested in bioethics, specifically how both theology and moral philosophy can inform current conversations involving disability, moral formation in medicine, and end-of-life care. In his free time, Ben enjoys pickup basketball, Pittsburgh Steelers football, re-watching episodes of The Office ad nauseam, and figuring out how to spend time with other people’s dogs until he breaks down and gets his own

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rita Hurd, M.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Home:
    Mankato, Minnesota
    College:
    University of Wisconsin
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds, Hospital Medicine, Medical Education
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Rita hails from the upper midwest, originally from Michigan's upper peninsula and then, for the remainder of her chilhood, a small town in southern Minnesota. She attended the University of Wisconsin for college, where she studied psychology and global health and developed an allegiance to Wisconsin athletics - go Badgers! Following college, she returned to Minnesota where she attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Rita's medical interests include hospital medicine, medical education, the role of social media in medicine, and the experiences of women in medicine. Her non-medical interests include long-distance running (including two marathons during medical school), cooking and baking (especially a carrot cake recipe that has become well-known in her medical school class), spending time outdoors with her husband Grant and goldendoodle Jack, and listening to podcasts of all genres. She is looking forward to venturing south to a warmer climate and living in SEC territory!

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jonathan Kooiman, M.D.
    University of Illinois
    Home:
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    College:
    Wheaton College
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds, Medical Education in a Global Health Setting
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Jon was born in Virginia Beach, VA. His family has always had an international flair, including his Dutch father and Kenyan stepmother. Jon spent his childhood planning to become president of the United States but decided that politics was not for him after working as an aide in the state capitol during early high school. Thankfully, he switched to medicine and has never looked back. Before pursuing an undergraduate degree, he volunteered for a non-profit organization doing community development in Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Later, he earned his Bachelors of Science in chemistry at Wheaton College, where he also met his wife, Olivia. Following his undergraduate education, he worked for one year in the chemical industry (where he literally had to watch paint dry as part of his job description). He then attended medical school at University of Illinois and discovered Med-Peds! Jon and Olivia are both passionate about global health and correcting health disparities in developing countries. Specifically, Jon would like to start residency programs in developing countries in order to contribute to a self-sustaining physician workforce within those countries. When Jon is not learning medicine you might find him running a 5k, reading a book on space exploration, cooking ethnic Lebanese food with his wife, or enjoying a glass of Californian cabernet sauvignon or Italian barbera. Jon and Olivia are excited to make Nashville their home and to join the Vanderbilt family!

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Morley, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Texas Southwestern
    UT Southwestern
    Home:
    Ridgefield, Ct
    College:
    University of Connecticut
    Career Plans:
    Metabolism Research
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Tom was born and raised in Ridgefield, Ct. In high school he was captain of the track team and an All State athlete in the pole vault. His other hobbies included snowboarding and working at a local photo shop. In 2003 he spent one semester as a business major at Penn State before deciding to take the spring semester off. He spent the next 6 months living on his grandparents farm in the Lot-et-Garonne region of southern France working as a farm hand and helping with their vineyard. When he returned to the US, he enrolled at UConn and eventually double majored in chemistry and molecular biology. In 2008 he moved to Washington DC to work at NIH as a protein engineer under the direction of Dr. Stephen Leppla in NIAID. In 2010 he moved to Dallas Tx and was a member of the MSTP program at UT Southwestern. His graduate work focused on the role of adipose tissue dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. He is super into bouldering and home brewing (especially sour beer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ashley Wu, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Princeton, NJ
    College:
    University of Pennsylvania
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds Hematology/Oncology, MedEd
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

    Ashley was born a southerner in College Station, Texas, transitioned to toddlerhood as a Californian in the Bay Area, and eventually converted to an East Coaster for the remainder of her childhood in the suburbia of New Jersey. In college, she fell in love with the City of Brotherly Love. Outside of the lab, she spent as much time as possible walking around Rittenhouse and eating her way through the city. But after blowing through two pairs of snow boots during the polar vortex of 2014, she decided to head back down south for medical school at Vanderbilt. Bachelorette parties aside, she is proud to be a Nashvillian. She is excited to be joined by her fiance Seth in Nashville as she embarks on a new journey as a Double Dore!

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  • Dartmouth University
    Home:
    Akwamufie, Ghana
    College:
    Smith College
    Career Plans:
    Global health/Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Sophia is from Ghana where she enjoyed living until college. She then came to the United States and attended Smith College in Massachusetts where she made invaluable friendships and was involved in various campus and community events. She graduated with a major in biochemistry and a minor in economics. After Smith she worked as a research assistant at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and then matriculated at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Sophia is interested in global health and has volunteered in Ghana on several occasions: in rural health clinics, and helping to run health drives. Sophia is looking forward to the warm weather and discovering more about Nashville and the South!
  • Caroline Barrett, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Mooresville, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Caroline was raised in Mooresville, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. She spent her childhood years playing soccer and basketball, devoting far too many hours to club and school teams prior to her early peak in high school, and also enjoyed boating on her hometown lake, Lake Norman. She attended the University of North Carolina for undergrad, where she majored in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and met her husband, Hunter. She spent a gap year away from Chapel Hill, working as a clinical research coordinator in orthopaedic trauma at Carolinas Medical Center, before returning to UNC for medical school and falling in love with internal medicine. In her spare time, Caroline still plays soccer and basketball and also enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, trying out new restaurants, attempting to brew beer with her husband, and cheering on the Tar Heels. Since the UNC men’s basketball team has now bookended her years in Chapel Hill with national championships, she has decided it is finally time to leave Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. She is beyond excited to move to Nashville and join the intern class at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA
  • William  Bassett, M.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Home:
    Menlo Park, CA
    College:
    Stanford University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    William Bassett comes from the Bay Area, California, where he lived for the first 23 years of his life. In high school, he was a proud Menlo-Atherton Bear, where he played basketball, football, and baritone sax. After a handful of ACL tears, he decided to switch to a lighter saxophone and focus his athletic energy on fandom of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He attended college at Stanford University, where he majored in biology with a minor in ethics. During college, he played in the university marching band and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, where he mastered the fine art of siesta, or napping at 3pm. After college he moved from California to sunny Philadelphia, PA for medical school. In Philadelphia, he fell in love with pick-up basketball, making interesting desserts and ICU medicine. Though he is sad to leave the network of National League cities, he is excited to move south to continue his great American adventure and make a new home in the natural beauty and cultural verve of Nashville!.
  • Home:
    Amarillo, TX
    College:
    Baylor University
    Career Plans:
    Primary Care/ Hospitalist
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Ryan grew up in Amarillo, Texas with her parents and two younger sisters. She attended Baylor University where she majored in biology. During her time at Baylor she rode for the National Championship Equestrian team, and still enjoys riding for fun. After graduation, she completed medical school at Texas A&M in Temple, Texas at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, John. Together they enjoy traveling, relaxing with family and friends, hiking and other outdoor activities. Ryan is very excited to join the Vanderbilt family. Member of AOA.
  • Stacy Blank, M.D.
    Indiana University
    Home:
    Hebron, IN
    College:
    Indiana University
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Ben Boone, M.D.
    Emory University
    Home:
    Nicholasville, KY
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Disease
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Ben grew up in the horse country of Kentucky, playing soccer with his three siblings from an early age. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. At Centre he met his now wife, Trinity, who works as a pediatric nurse practitioner. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend medical school at Emory. There, he and his wife co-directed Local Outreach at their church – focusing primarily on serving refugees in their resettlement to the U.S. and supporting families and children in the foster care system. He enjoys cooking with his wife, having friends (new and old!) over for dinner, running, and spending time with anyone over a good cup of coffee. In fact, he enjoys the unique tastes and the community afforded by coffee so much that he has been home roasting for a few years now. He bears a striking resemblance to his older brother and rising PGY-3 Vanderbilt internal medicine resident, J.B. Boone. He is really looking forward to being confused for a senior resident as a brand-new intern. Most of all, he is thrilled to get to know his co-residents and have them over for a meal or a cup of joe. Member of AOA
  • Griffin Bullock, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    College:
    University of Utah
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Griffin was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended the University of Utah where he studied chemistry broken up by a two-year hiatus spent serving an LDS Church mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He speaks fluent Spanish, albeit with a noticeable Argentine accent. Following his undergraduate studies he briefly pursued physical chemistry research before settling on medicine as a career path. He spent one year working for Intermountain Healthcare where helped develop software tools for analyzing outcomes and cost-effectiveness of surgical procedures. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and found he had an interest in internal medicine and particularly cardiology. He enjoys basketball, running, soccer, and reading in his free time.
  • Emily Camp, M.D.
    University of Louisville
    Home:
    Louisville, KY
    College:
    New York University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

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

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

  • Jerald Cherian, M.D.
    SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
    Home:
    Yonkers, NY
    College:
    CUNY Brooklyn College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jerald grew up in Yonkers, NY, a suburb of NYC. For college he made his way down to Brooklyn for a combined BA/MD program. While at Brooklyn College, Jerald earned a BA in economics and continued his high school hobby of speech and debate. After undergrad he moved just a few miles away to SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. Jerald's interests include traveling, basketball, cars and baking. After spending his whole life in New York, he is excited to move down to a place with warmer weather and better drivers. Member of AOA
  • Rebecca Choudhury, M.D.
    Columbia University
    Home:
    Paducah, KY
    College:
    Columbia University
    Career Plans:
    ID or nephrology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Rebecca grew up in Paducah, KY, Nashville’s (much smaller) neighbor to the northwest, perhaps best known as Quilt City, USA. Due to her lack of talents in the textile arts, she was banished to the frigid wilds of New York to attend college at Columbia University, where she majored in East Asian studies and spent some time in Beijing learning Mandarin (and hasn’t had many opportunities to use it since, so don’t expect too much). Between college and medical school she worked at a foster care advocacy organization in St. Louis through AmeriCorps, learning about the challenges of healthcare delivery in the foster care system. In medical school she quickly fell in love with internal medicine, and in particular with ID and nephrology due to their interesting and complex pathophysiology and good blend of inpatient and outpatient medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling, board games, and vegan cooking. She is looking forward to returning to Nashville and branching out from her favorite childhood destinations (the Zoo, the Frist, and most of all, Laser Quest).
  • Christopher Coe, M.D.
    Boston University
    Home:
    Bethesda, MD
    College:
    Middlebury College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Christopher was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and went to Middlebury College in Vermont for undergrad. He learned Spanish at a young age at home, and studied Arabic later on in college. He enjoys traveling when he can, and spent an exciting summer in Yemen a few years ago. Before medical school, he spent time as a college counselor at a boarding school outside of Amman, Jordan. Christopher went to medical school at Boston University, where he worked with and learned from a diverse and underserved patient population. He and his partner, Laura, were both thrilled to match at Vanderbilt for internal medicine (and OB/GYN for Laura). Before moving to Nashville they travelled together to Japan, Cambodia and Malaysia. They are both excited to get to know Nashville and the Vanderbilt community! Member of AOA
  • 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.
  • Cassie Doucet, M.D.
    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Home:
    Boston, MA
    College:
    University of Rhode Island
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Cassie was born in Boston, MA but has lived in several places across the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She attended the University of Rhode Island where she studied biological sciences and psychology in addition to developing an interest in cardiology. She returned to Massachusetts for her medical education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In her free time, she enjoys photography, live music, good food, and travel. In addition, she also likes to spend time with her ten siblings who are already planning a road trip to visit (Nashville- look out!). Though in her heart, she will always know Tom Brady is the GOAT and there's nothing quite like hearing "Dirty Water" in Fenway Park after a Red Sox victory, she is excited to venture out of New England and start her next journey at Vanderbilt.
  • Blake Funke, M.D.
    University of Iowa
    Home:
    Hopkinton, IA
    College:
    Luther College
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/ Critical Care, Global Health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    The oldest of three children, Blake was born and raised in small-town Iowa. And by small-town, she means 800 total residents! Though small, Hopkinton does boast three swimming pools, one of which was the site of Blake's favorite summer job-lifegarding. After high school, Blake attended college in Decorah, a northern Iowa town known for its bluffs and beautiful scenery. Here she cultivated her love of travel, craft beer, mountain biking and trail running, as well as graduating with a biology degree. After college, Blake attended the University of Iowa for medicial school and developed a deep love for internal medicine and global health. As part of the gobal health distinction track, she spent 9 weeks in Peru after her first year and wrote this bio while at the airport, awaiting a flight to India for 5 more weeks of global health work. She is looking forward to residing in a different state and city, especially one with such wonderful music, food and outdoor activities. She will continue to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes from afar.
  • Peter Hanna, M.D.
    USF Health Morsani
    Home:
    New York, NY
    College:
    University of South Florida
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology/academic medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Peter was born in Cairo, Egypt as one of a pair of twins and his family immigrated to NYC when he was one year old. From there he lived in New York, South Brunswick in New Jersey, and in Pennsylvania until the beginning of high school when he came down to Land O Lakes, Florida (30 minutes north of Tampa). From there Peter completed International Baccalaureate (IB) in high school, two degrees (biomedical sciences and economics) in the University of South Florida, and medical school at USF as well. Peter's interests include reading (fiction and history), clay shooting, going to the beach, and a good movie. He also loves traveling and has been to Europe twice, New York City a handful of times, a few cruises and back home to Egypt twice as well. Peter is excited to come to Nashville and explore all that Tennessee has to offer as well! Member of AOA
  • Judd Heideman, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Charlotte, NC
    College:
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Judd was born in Montgomery, Alabama (let’s go ahead and get this straight – WAR EAGLE!) but moved to the Tar Heel State in sixth grade, where he rather quickly found a new love for college basketball. He was proud to attend UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and double majored in biology and Hispanic linguistics. While at Chapel Hill, he enjoyed volunteering with the UNC Center for Latino Health, working as a tutor with UNC Disability Services, storming Franklin Street after every victory over Duke and national championship, and painting himself Carolina blue for just about every televised UNC football game. At UNC he also met his now-wife, who as it turns out grew up in a neighborhood just a few miles away from his parent’s home in Charlotte. In between undergrad and medical school, he worked for the UNC Hospitals Patient Relations Department. This experience provided many answers to the medical school interview prompt “Tell me about an awkward or difficult conversation you had with another person and what you learned to do better.” He was blessed with the opportunity to attend UNC for medical school, during which he enjoyed representing his classmates in student government, serving the local Latino community through an Albert Schweitzer fellowship, and of course celebrating another men’s basketball national championship. He completed two of his four years at UNC’s partner campus in Charlotte with Carolinas HealthCare System, where he appreciated having a longitudinal curriculum and early exposure to critical care medicine. While Judd and his wife have cherished their memories in North Carolina, nothing compared to the joy they experienced on Match Day when they discovered Judd matched at Vanderbilt for residency. Judd greatly looks forward to exploring the endless opportunities as a Commodore, working with the incredible faculty and residents at Vanderbilt and the VA, finding some new boots for the honky-tonks, and bringing on the hot chicken challenge! He also cannot wait to find some new running trails with his wife and rescue pup Lasso. So then how do you find Judd on the wards, you ask? Simple: look for the Carolina bow tie. Member of AOA.
  • Brett                Heimlich,  M.D., Ph.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Brett was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended college at the University of Georgia where he majored in biology. While there, he discovered his passion for research after studying bacterial respiration in the sea ice of Antarctica, leading him to apply for the MD/PhD program at the Medical College of Georgia. As a PhD student, Brett studied the development of a novel therapeutic approach to sickle cell nephropathy, a severe complication of sickle cell disease. His work in sickle cell encouraged him to pursue a yearlong postdoc as a Fulbright-Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Lilongwe, Malawi where he helped establish the laboratory and clinical infrastructure for the accurate diagnosis and correct treatment of the disease. Brett is thrilled to become part of Vanderbilt via the Harrison Society and plans to complete a nephrology fellowship. In his spare time, Brett enjoys traveling with his wife Courtney, woodworking, mountain biking, and visiting the park with his dog Filson.
  • Neil Holby, M.D., M.B.A.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    University of Virginia
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Neil was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia as the youngest of four. He went on to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend undergrad at UVa, which will forever hold a special place in his heart. From there, he moved to Nashville where he has spent the last five years pursuing his MD/MBA at Vanderbilt. His decision to enter the joint MBA program stemmed from his interest in healthcare delivery systems, payment models, and operations. While he plans to never abandon the clinical side of medicine, he would love to one day complement his clinical duties with related business or leadership responsibilities. Since moving to Nashville five years ago, Neil has also had the opportunity to nurture his music fandom, seeing concerts by many of his favorite groups including the Head & the Heart, Amos Lee, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe, and the Lumineers. In his spare time, he enjoys most any activity that involves running around, playing games with friends. He also loves reading medical narrative and other healthcare-related writing on a variety of topics ranging from medical error, to end-of-life care, to policy. He’s holding on loosely to his newfound relationship with Netflix and HBO On Demand, but recently enjoyed having his mind blown by Stranger Things and Westworld. More than any of these things, however, Neil’s pride and joy is his baby girl, Ellie, born to him and his wife Mary in November 2016. He is excited to get to know the rest of his future resident family while continuing to live life in the beautiful city of Nashville.
  • Michelle Izmaylov, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Atlanta, GA
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Michelle was born in Los Angeles, California, but she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where her family moved when she was three. She attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies where she received a double major in biology and chemistry. She went on to study medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where she developed a passion for gastroenterology and mental health advocacy. In addition to medicine, she is deeply devoted to creative writing and wrote her first novel when she was eleven. She has published four novels and has been working on her fifth novel since her first year of medical school. She won first place in the 2016 Gold-Hope Tang Humanism in Medicine essay contest, and her medical creative writing is forthcoming in Annals of Internal Medicine and has been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.
  • Jason Jones, M.D.
    University of Arkansas
    Home:
    Glen Rose, AR
    College:
    Arkansas Tech University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jason is a native of central Arkansas and attended Arkansas Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science in biology. During his time in college he was actively involved in the music department and played saxophone in both the marching and concert bands. After college, he went on to attend medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing/watching sports with his friends, and spending time with his wonderful wife Megan, a personal trainer from the Central Arkansas area. Member of AOA
  • Andrew LaCombe, M.D.
    Michigan State University
    Home:
    Munising, MI
    College:
    Michigan Technological University
    Career Plans:
    Interventional Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Andrew was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he grew up in the woods as an avid outdoorsman while enjoying ice hockey, golf, and snowmobiling. In his early years, he worked as an excavating laborer and heavy equipment operator while developing his medical interests by shadowing at a nearby hospital. Andrew studied kinesiology disciplines at Michigan Tech before attending medical school at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During medical school he was involved with cardiovascular research that focused on analyzing coronary artery plaques with NIRS-IVUS imaging, and radiation exposure and robotics in the cath lab. He enjoys working with his hands, personal fitness, volunteering, and spending time with his friends, family, and dogs. Andrew is excited to join the Vanderbilt family and move to Nashville, as he enjoys country music, good food, and a climate that supports golf greater than 5 months out of the year. Member of AOA.
  • Megan Lancaster, M.D., Ph.D.
    Mt. Sinai
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Home:
    Yardley, PA
    College:
    Lafayette College
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Megan grew up all over the U.S, living in Florida, Utah, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. After studying biology and mathematics at Lafayette College and taking some detours to live in Denmark and France, she ended up at Mount Sinai in NYC. There she completed an MD/PhD, conducting computational cardiovascular research with a focus on drug-induced arrhythmia. One of her favorite experiences during her time at Sinai was teaching nutrition to middle schoolers using an experiment-based curriculum. She plans to use her experiences in research and nutrition education to the benefit of her patients with cardiovascular disease. In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running, powerlifting, writing fiction, and hanging out with her husband and their two rescue cats. She’s looking forward to running in all of the parks in Nashville, and to exploring the restaurant scene with her husband and new friends!
  • Justin Lo, M.D., Ph.D.
    Harvard University
    Harvard Medical School
    Home:
    Chapel Hill, NC
    College:
    MIT
    Career Plans:
    Oncology or GI
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Justin grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where he became an avid college basketball fan but unfortunately developed no athletic prowess of his own, probably due to his body habitus shaped by good Southern cooking. He instead fulfilled his stereotypical destiny as a successful “mathlete,” leading him to MIT for his undergrad studies, where he double-majored in biological engineering and music. Out of a desire to care directly for patients and apply his research interests to their needs, Justin then joined the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD program. He completed a research rotation in Dr. Joseph Vacanti’s lab, developing tissue-engineered lung assist devices, before starting his PhD with Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia. His thesis work formally involved designing tumor-penetrating nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic nucleic acids, though he also worked on nanoparticle amplification cascades, oncolytic bacteria, self-titrating anticoagulants, and basically anything that sounded cool. During his undisclosed number of years in med school, he performed as a violinist with the charity/outreach-focused Longwood Symphony Orchestra and in chamber music groups. In his free time, Justin enjoys composing music, drawing/animating scientific artwork, baking, and participating in the annual MIT Mystery Hunt puzzle competition with his illustrious team, “Super Team Awesome.” After more than a decade of enduring Boston’s snow, awful roads, absurd rents, and bad fried chicken, he is excited to be finally returning to the South to join Vanderbilt and the Harrison Society!
  • Willibroad Maimo, M.D.
    Case Western Reserve University
    Home:
    Bamenda, Cameroon
    College:
    Georgia College
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology/preventive health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Willibroad hails from a country in Central Africa called Cameroon, where he was born and raised. His interest in medicine saw first light at the age of 8 when he lost a loved one to a heart attack. In light of the poor healthcare infrastructure in his hometown and convinced there were better opportunities overseas, he decided to pursue higher education in the US. He attended college in Milledgeville GA, where earned his BS in chemistry. He took a gap year to work in education, serving high school dropouts, and non-traditional students within underserved communities wherein his passion for teaching was confirmed. He went on to get a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In his spare time, Willibroad enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, dancing, hiking and more importantly, he looks forward to enjoying the great food, nice weather and scenic views in the “Music City USA”, not to mention the company of his future colleagues at Vanderbilt.
  • Alex Mamunes, M.D.
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    Home:
    Cockeysville, MD
    College:
    University of Maryland, College Park
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Alex was born and grew up near Baltimore, Maryland. His interests include writing and performing music, sports, learning about space, and running/hiking. He attended the University of Maryland at College Park for undergrad, where he studied neuroscience. There he started an indie rock band that performed frequently on and off campus. He returned to Baltimore for medical school where he attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine. It was here that he began performing stand-up comedy for his peers at class events. On the wards he developed a strong interest in cardiovascular pathophysiology. He looks forward to continuing writing and performing music and comedy in Nashville, as well as exploring the many outdoor activities, food scene, and other amazing aspects of the city’s vibrant culture. Member of AOA.
  • Catherine Mannon, M.D.
    University of Kentucky
    Home:
    Lexington, KY
    College:
    Centre College
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds, Medical Education
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Scott McCall, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Parker, CO
    College:
    Kansas State University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Scott was born and raised in Colorado on his family’s ranch. His father is a veterinarian, so he thought most medicine was practiced on things with four legs while he was growing up. He attended Kansas State University for undergrad where he was on K-State’s rodeo team while simultaneously confirming his true inner nerd working in an organometallic chemistry lab. For medical school and graduate training (in pharmacology), he came to Vanderbilt where he worked on basement membranes and discovered that Br is an essential trace element for all animals…don’t worry, you’re not deficient. He is married to Natalie, currently a renal fellow here at Vanderbilt, and they enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending as much time on the Gulf Coast as possible where there is no better combination of beach lounging and bay fishing for redfish. Scott and Natalie are looking forward to hosting some great parties during football season and continuing to enjoy everything Nashville has to offer.
  • Rob McKnight, M.D.
    The University of Kansas
    Home:
    Olathe, KS
    College:
    The University of Kansas
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Rob was born and raised in the city of Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, before attending The University of Kansas in Lawrence. While an undergraduate, he earned degrees in neurobiology and philosophy despite an unhealthy obsession with Jayhawk basketball. Rob graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas, and was awarded the Warner Morse prize in metaphysics and epistemology. After graduation, Rob married his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, before starting medical school. They now share the responsibility of raising two obnoxious cats, and lament their not-so-gradual transformation into crazy cat people. Rob also enjoys reading modern and contemporary fiction, listening to music, and running. While in medical school, Rob spent time promoting the health of Kansas City refugees and working at a local student-run clinic. Rob is looking forward to the opportunity to explore Nashville and all that it has to offer, and he is very excited to be joining the team at Vanderbilt in the summer. Member of AOA
  • Caleb Norton, M.D.
    Loyola University Chicago
    Home:
    Rochester, MI
    College:
    Loyola University Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Caleb was born and raised in Rochester, MI (suburb of Detroit). Soccer was a major part of his life growing up, and he played on multiple travel teams. Although he is an avid fan of Michigan sports (particularly the Detroit Lions, but it’s a sensitive topic), he decided to attend college at Loyola University Chicago located on the north side of the Windy City in order to play soccer for the varsity team. He studied biology in college, and decided after volunteering at a local community health center that he wanted to become a physician. He was fortunate enough to play in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament during his junior season in 2011, which unfortunately culminated in a lopsided defeat against the Bradley Braves in the first round (but he got some pretty cool gear out of it at least). He decided to stay at Loyola for medical school. He did some research utilizing fluorescence microscopy to study adenovirus host cell entry during his first two years of medical school. He loved his rotations in internal medicine, and decided that this was the best career path for him. In particular, he has an interest in entering the field of cardiology. In his free time, he likes spending time with friends and family, running, lifting weights, playing soccer (less intense than in college, but still tries way too hard most of the time), and brewing beer. He couples-matched with fellow IM intern Gabriel Schroeder, and they are both very excited to be living in Nashville and training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA
  • JJ Parker, M.D.
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Home:
    Lake Bluff, IL
    College:
    Bucknell University
    Career Plans:
    Global health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Anjali Patel, M.D.
    Medical College of Georgia
    Home:
    Fort Mill, SC
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Anjali was born in Flushing, NY and grew up in Fort Mill, SC. She fell in love with biology and the mechanics of the human body during high school and decided to pursue a career in the medical field. After attending UGA for her undergraduate degree she was accepted to the Medical College of Georgia. Anjali enjoys traveling, cooking, soccer, and the occasional Netflix binge. She is looking forward to moving to Nashville and is excited to become part of the Vanderbilt internal medicine team! Member of AOA
  • Jay Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
    Yale University
    Home:
    Nashville, TN
    College:
    Vanderbilt University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jay is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a proud Vanderbilt alumnus. He returns to the south after completing his MD/MBA at Yale University. Spanning medicine and management, Jay has headed clinical redesign projects to reduce patient length of stay, analyzed operative data to pinpoint surgical errors, and authored publications on repurposing medications for new indications. He welcomes collaboration opportunities across all specialties to optimize clinical workflows, improve patient care, and ensure patient safety. Outside of work, you may catch Jay bicycling up 21st Avenue, stretching out in Pilates, or working in his garden. Jay looks forward to being a part of Nashville’s transformation and rejoining the Vandy family.
  • Vivek Patel, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    Knoxville, TN
    College:
    Duke University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Vivek was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended college at Duke where he studied biomedical engineering and the art of the Cameron crazies. After he graduated, he worked as a biomedical engineer developing cardiac ultrasound devices. He moved closer to home for medical school at Vanderbilt and has loved every minute of living in Nashville. In his free time, he enjoys running with his dog Lola, cheering for the Titans, and playing guitar. He is excited to stay in the Vanderbilt community!
  • Rachael Petry, M.D.
    University of Tennessee in Memphis
    Home:
    Winchester, TN
    College:
    Washington and Lee University
    Career Plans:
    Geriatrics
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Rachael was born and raised in Winchester, Tennessee-- a small town located in the triangle made by Lynchburg (Jack Daniel's), Manchester (Bonnaroo), and Sewanee, TN. She grew up on Tim's Ford Lake and has been water skiing and hiking for as long as she can remember. Rachael graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 2013. There, she studied biology and poverty & human capability studies. During her undergraduate career, Rachael studied abroad at the University of St Andrews in sunny Scotland and was granted an internship through the Shepherd Consortium to live and study healthcare and poverty in Thailand. In Thailand, Rachael developed a passion for Thai food and became a named member of the Hash House Harriers-- an international running club. Rachael returned to Tennessee to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She found a passion in working with the elderly during her time at the VAMC in Memphis, and this solidified her decision to pursue a career in internal medicine. She enjoys running, yoga, cooking (eating), watching Netflix, and she is an avid Memphis Grizzlies fan. Rachael is extremely excited to be coming home to middle Tennessee for residency. Member of AOA
  • Dami Phillips, M.D.
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Home:
    Frederick, MD
    College:
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Career Plans:
    Rheumatology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Dami was born to Nigerian parents in England (sorry, no British accent) but grew up in the state of Maryland where he and his family enjoyed the large Nigerian population and culture of the Washington D.C. area. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he earned a B.S. in chemistry while developing a love of biomedical research. After two years of postgraduate research at the NIH, Dami attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dami loves soulful music, movies, sports, science fiction, and most importantly, FOOD. Having migrated to colder and colder climates all his life, he is excited that Nashville will offer warm Southern temperatures at high, non-Southern (expensive) rental prices.
  • Buddy Reed, M.D.
    George Washington University
    Home:
    Washington, DC
    College:
    Clemson University
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Buddy was born in Silver Spring, MD. He attended Clemson University, where he was a member of the varsity swim team. After Clemson, Buddy worked in corporate sales for AT&T in Los Angeles, CA. He later returned to academia to do a post-bac at American University, followed by three years of research in psychiatry before attending medical school at GW. Outside of medicine Buddy enjoys dancing, working out at the gym, cooking, live music, watching college sports, and learning new languages.
  • Brian Schlick, M.D.
    University of Chicago
    Home:
    Wheaton, IL
    College:
    University of Chicago
    Career Plans:
    Oncology or Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Brian was born and raised in Wheaton, IL, a suburb of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago where he majored in biology and Spanish literature. He competed in varsity cross country and track and also worked in a sleep research lab. Following graduation from the University of Chicago, he accepted a position with Epic Systems in Madison, WI, where he worked on updating healthcare system reports and providing customer support to client hospitals. He then returned to the University of Chicago to attend medical school where he studied the effects of fatty acids on colonic tumorigenesis. Combined with his previous athletic experience, this sparked his interest in nutrition/gastroenterology and subsequently oncology. In his free time he enjoys working out, following Chicago sports, spending time with friends, eating BBQ, and going to concerts. Given these last two interests, he is excited about moving to Nashville!
  • Gabriel  Schroeder, M.D.
    Loyola University Chicago
    Home:
    Lakeville, MN
    College:
    Emory University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Gabriel was born in Chicago but grew up in Lakeville, Minnesota. Like every stereotypical Minnesotan, she lived in a house on a lake with her big family (7 younger siblings!). In order to escape the horrors of winter in Minnesota, she traveled south to Atlanta to attend Emory University for undergrad. While at Emory, she majored in neuroscience and behavioral biology and participated in memory and cognition research at Yerkes Primate Research Center. She also enjoyed spending time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital and discovering all the wonderful comfort foods the South had to offer, especially chicken and waffles. She then ventured back to the good old Midwest to attend Loyola University Chicago for medical school. She decided to pursue a career in internal medicine with an interest in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Outside of medicine, she likes spending time cooking, baking desserts, playing basketball, exercising, scrapbooking, water skiing, and hanging out with family and friends. Despite her love for deep-dish pizza, Gabriel is excited to move to Nashville and begin her training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA
  • Travis Spaulding, M.D.
    University of Louisville
    Home:
    Louisville, KY
    College:
    University of Kentucky
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Travis was born in snowy upstate New York during a tornado warning, which he’s taking as a good omen. He moved to Louisville at age four and grew up there with his younger brother, Troy, and a fantastic group of friends who still put up with him to this day. He headed east to the University of Kentucky for college, where he majored in biology, psychology, and, as all UK students do, a general obsession with Kentucky basketball. He returned home to Louisville for medical school, where he was involved in class executive leadership, curricular development, and the distinction in business and leadership track. Travis enjoys watching (the always intellectually-stimulating) NASCAR races, spending time with family and friends, long walks with his high school sweetheart and now wife, Erin, and volunteering with the youth choir at their church. Travis and Erin are ecstatic to pack up the U-Haul and mosey on down I-65 to begin this new adventure together in Nashville. Member of AOA.
  • Alicia Stallings, M.D.
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Home:
    River Forest, IL
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Health services research, Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Mengyao Tang, B.M., M.P.H.
    Zhejiang University
    Home:
    Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, China
    College:
    Zhejiang University
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology or Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Mengyao was born and raised in Taizhou, a seaside city 4 hours south of Shanghai, China. At the age of 17, she moved to Hangzhou, a city known as “paradise in China” for its natural beauty and traditional pagodas perched along the scenic bay. There she attended a combined bachelor and medical school program at Zhejiang University. Her inspiring clinical experience as a visiting medical student at UCLA made her decide to pursue medical training in the United States. Later, her interest in biostatistics and epidemiology took her to the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she pursed an MPH degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. Using her newly acquired statistical skills, she also did clinical research with Dr. Ravi Thadhani in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys trying different cuisines, taking mouth-watering photographs of new dishes that she encounters (which she shares with her friends), and watching TV series. After spending almost one year in cold Boston, Mengyao cannot wait to move south to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt community.
  • Andrew  Terker, M.D., Ph.D.
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Home:
    Allentown, PA
    College:
    Swarthmore College
    Career Plans:
    Nephrology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Andy was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended Swarthmore College where he majored in mathematics & statistics and, most importantly, met his wife, Samantha. After college, he followed Samantha to Seattle, Washington where he worked in a lab studying HIV before moving to Portland, Oregon to enter the MD/PhD program at Oregon Health & Science University. At OHSU Andy fell in love with renal physiology while completing his dissertation on how the distal nephron determines potassium balance and blood pressure. Along the way, he met his third (in sequence, but certainly not in order!) love(s) of his life, his two beautiful boys, Brody and Judah. When not working he has enjoyed exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family over the last decade through skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and camping. Andy and his family are excited to be coming to Vanderbilt and look forward to starting their garden in their backyard, doing some hiking in and around Nashville, and experiencing Southern culture.
  • Peter Thorne, M.D.
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Home:
    Marshfield, WI
    College:
    University of Minnesota
    Career Plans:
    Undecided considering cardiology or pulmonary/critical care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Peter grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin and went to college in Minnesota where he majored in microbiology. He spent the last four years in Milwaukee at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Peter enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, and biking. He also loves playing and watching hockey (Minnesota Wild!) in his free time. Peter is still undecided about his future career plans but is considering cardiology or pulmonary/critical care. Peter is excited to move to Nashville and start residency at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA
  • Alex Toporek, M.D.
    Rush Medical College
    Home:
    Rockville, MD
    College:
    Georgetown University
    Career Plans:
    Public and urban health
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Alexandra was born and raised in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, D.C. After high school, she studied biology of global health at Georgetown University. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked extensively with HIV-positive children and their families. This experience piqued her interest in medicine and global health. Following college, Alexandra worked as a clinical research coordinator at Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in Washington, D.C. that serves the LGBT population. Alexandra finally left the D.C. area to attend Rush Medical College in Chicago, where she worked extensively with the surrounding community, further developing her interests in public and urban health. During this time, she also developed a deep love of bright green relish and hatred for ketchup on hot dogs. In her spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, hiking, watching professional basketball, listening to 90s rap, cuddling her dog, and spending time with her husband and friends. She is very excited to move to Nashville and is looking forward to getting to know the Vanderbilt community and her fellow interns! Member of AOA
  • Mike Tozier, M.D.
    Tufts University
    Home:
    Waterville, ME
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Mike was born and raised in Waterville, Maine with his two younger siblings. He decided to go into medicine during high school after shadowing a pediatric surgeon at Vanderbilt. He went to Washington University in St. Louis where he studied economics. He returned to New England for medical school at Tufts as part of the Maine Track, spending the last two years in Maine. While in medical school Mike helped teach a physical diagnosis course to undergraduate pre-medical students. Mike enjoys board games, hiking, skiing, running, climbing, tennis and other outdoor activities in his free time. Despite his love of winter, he is extremely excited to be moving to Nashville to start residency at Vanderbilt!
  • Pierce Trumbo, M.D.
    Vanderbilt University
    Home:
    New Smyrna Beach, FL
    College:
    Davidson College
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Pierce grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a tourist town known for its shark attacks and beautiful scenery. He attended Davidson College, where he majored in English and screamed from the student section as Stephen Curry and Co. made the Elite Eight in 2008. From 2008-2013, Pierce worked for the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the WHO, in immunization. He then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he was involved with Choosing Wisely and Shade Tree Clinic. Outside of medicine, Pierce's interests include coffee shops, gin and tonics, pick-up basketball, and spending time with his girlfriend, friends, and family. He looks forward to having a real job again and to meeting his fellow interns. Member of AOA.
  • Brian Vickers, M.D.
    Ohio State University
    Home:
    Cleveland, OH
    College:
    Ohio University
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Brian was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in the heart of Northeastern Ohio’s snow belt in the suburb of Concord Township, OH. Despite his preference for warmer climates, he remained in Ohio for college and medical school. He attended college in Athens, OH at Ohio University before venturing back up State Route 33 to Columbus, OH to earn his medical degree at Ohio State University. While at Ohio State University, Brian was involved in various extracurricular activities from ultrasound training to quality improvement projects and a research project in trauma outcomes. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time at the gym, watching Cleveland sports teams (even the Browns), going on outdoor adventures (he hopes to visit all the US national parks), and exploring the local restaurant/brewery scene with family and friends. He is thrilled about Nashville’s milder winters and vibrant musical and cultural scene! Member of AOA.
  • Jean Wassenaar, M.D., Ph.D.
    UCSD
    University of California, San Diego
    Home:
    Fremont, CA
    College:
    Johns Hopkins
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology, academic medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jean has lived all over the US - including a couple years during elementary school in Colorado, middle and high school in the Bay Area, 4 years for college in Baltimore, one year in Madison Wisconsin for work after undergrad, and finally medical and graduate school in San Diego (where she earned her PhD in bioengineering working on biomaterials for cardiac regeneration). So she is excited to move to Nashville and get to know the south a little bit better! In her spare time, she loves cooking, crocheting, scrapbooking, and most importantly spending time with her family that includes 1 tiny human baby and 2 fur babies. Member of the Harrison Society.
  • Arissa Young, M.D.
    Tufts University
    Home:
    Old Tappan, NJ
    College:
    Tufts University
    Career Plans:
    Rheumatology, Heme/Onc, or Allergy/Immunology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Arissa was born in New York City and moved to the suburbs (Old Tappan, New Jersey) when she was in second grade. Nevertheless, she always remained a “city girl” at heart, often taking the bus to the Port Authority for adventures in the big city. In college, Arissa indulged her love for the Spanish language and culture by spending a semester abroad in Barcelona. At Tufts, she also met her future husband, Alex, who is starting his ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt. Arissa enjoys horseback riding, traveling, cooking, hiking, spinning, and almost anything that takes her outdoors. She is looking forward to exploring the Smoky Mountains and meeting other residents who will go there with her! Member of AOA

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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.
  • Ndang Azang-Njaah, M.D., M.P.H
    University of Chicago
    Resident L-3
    Department of Medicine
    Home:
    Westminster, MD
    College:
    University of Maryland at College Park
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds Primary Care, Public Health, Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

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

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

  • Adam Behroozian, M.D.
    University of California- San Diego
    Home:
    Laguna Hills, CA
    College:
    University of California Riverside and University of Michigan
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Thomas Cassini, M.D.
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Home:
    Milwaukee, WI
    College:
    University of Wisconsin- Madison
    Career Plans:
    Medical Genetics
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

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

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

  • Robert  Colbert, M.D.
    University of Minnesota
    Home:
    Minneapolis, MN
    College:
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Cherie  Dahm, M.D.
    University of Mississippi
    Home:
    Ocean Springs, MS
    College:
    University of South Alabama
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Cherie was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With a love for the outdoors, she spends much of her free time at the Barrier Islands off the coast of Mississippi or off-shore fishing for Red Snapper, Grouper, or any other white flaky fish found in the Gulf. For undergraduate studies, she attended the University of South Alabama where she obtained her BSN in Nursing. After working as a cardiac nurse for three years, she moved to Jackson, MS to begin Medical School. Cherie and Joseph, her husband and high school sweetheart, are the proud parents of two fur babies Bailey and Lilly, a Yellow Lab and a Golden Retriever. Besides spending time with her little family, she enjoys exercising, eating, fishing, and most recently hunting. She and Joseph look forward to making the move to Nashville to explore all of the sports, outdoors, food, and music venues it has to offer. Member of AOA.
  • Home:
    Shingle Springs, CA
    College:
    University of San Diego
    Career Plans:
    Academic Medicine
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Peter  Edmonds, M.D.
    SUNY Upstate
    Home:
    Cooperstown, NY
    College:
    Liberty University
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary and Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Peter grew up in Cooperstown, a small town in central New York with a baseball problem (unfortunately he discovered an ineptitude for t-ball at the age of 6). He has four siblings and likes to think he is a well-adjusted middle child. After running cross-country and track at Liberty University he went to medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, NY. He discovered a love for internal medicine and plans to follow his father's footsteps towards pulmonary and critical care. In his spare time he can be found in a nearby park training for a triathlon or reclining with coffee and book in hand. He is excited to explore all the food and music Nashville has to offer!
  • Home:
    Birmingham, AL
    College:
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Maryam grew up in northern California until she was 8 years old when she moved to Birmingham, Alabama where the trees outnumbered people. She quickly fell in love with the Southern charm and beautiful landscape, so much so that she went to undergrad at UAB and decided to stay for medical school after volunteering in the pediatric NICU where everyone and their mom, literally, is compelled to save lives. This year she and her husband welcomed a baby boy who they enjoy spending time playing with and discovering optimal burping positions. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and discovering recipes she'll most likely never make unless there's an inordinate amount of sugar and/or chocolate.
  • Lauren  Evers, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Galveston, TX
    College:
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Career Plans:
    Gastroenterology
    Interests / Achievements 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
  • Alana Gilman, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Home:
    Telluride, Colorado
    College:
    Indiana University
    Career Plans:
    Med/Peds
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Home:
    Rockville, MD
    College:
    Grinnell College
    Career Plans:
    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Osarhiemen  Omwanghe, M.D.
    University of Illinois-Peoria
    Home:
    Fresno, CA.
    College:
    University of California, Berkeley
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Osarhiemen was born in Brenham, Texas, but raised in Fresno, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006, where she earned a degree in Integrative Biology, and was a Division 1 Track and Field Scholar Athlete competing in the hurdles and relays. After college, she worked as an academic counselor to support career paths of undergraduate students where her passion for mentoring future leaders in healthcare flourished. Her hobbies include team sports, African cultural dance and salsa, farmers markets, hiking, and exploring a variety of cultural foods. She is thrilled to start residency at Vanderbilt University and to meet her co-residents and faculty, while enjoying life in Nashville and all it has to offer!
  • Jacob  Parnell, M.D.
    Emory University
    Home:
    Perry, GA
    College:
    University of Georgia
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Jacob was born in the small middle Georgia town of Perry. His parents are both pharmacists, and Jacob’s first introduction to medicine started when he accompanied his father to patient’s homes to manage home infusions. During high school and college, he worked in the cotton and peanut fields of Georgia as a crop scout. After cheering on Dawgs’ football at the University of Georgia for four years, he moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Medicine. In 2013, Jacob and his college sweet-heart Amanda married. They are ecstatic to move to Nashville, and Amanda was so excited she bought her first cowgirl boots as soon as she found out! Along with their dog Koda, they are especially excited about enjoying all the outdoor activities around Nashville.
  • Elias  Pratt, M.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Home:
    Groton, VT
    College:
    UNC – Chapel Hill
    Career Plans:
    Medical Oncology
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Lee Richardson, M.D.
    University of Louisville
    Home:
    Nicholasville, KY
    College:
    Transylvania University
    Career Plans:
    Med-Peds
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Bethany  Scanlan, M.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Home:
    North Potomac, MD
    College:
    University of Notre Dame
    Career Plans:
    Academic Internal Medicine
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Elizabeth  Townsley, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Massachusetts
    Home:
    Topsfield, MA
    College:
    Case Western Reserve University
    Career Plans:
    Infectious Disease/ Med-Peds
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:

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

  • Karen  Volpe, M.D.
    University of Virginia
    Home:
    Herndon, VA
    College:
    The College of William and Mary
    Career Plans:
    Undecided
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Julie Wu, M.D., Ph.D.
    UC San Francisco
    University of California San Francisco
    Home:
    Marlboro, NJ
    College:
    Princeton University
    Career Plans:
    Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Julie grew up in New Jersey, where she had the dubious distinction of attending the same high school as one of the stars of the 'Jersey Shore.' She traveled a few miles west from home for college at Princeton University, where she studied molecular biology and did research on how bacteria communicate via quorum sensing. She then traveled many more miles to UCSF for an MD/PhD, where she studied signaling transduction in leukocyte migration. While in the Bay Area, Julie kept hearing about the ‘big data revolution’ and ‘personalized medicine.' She is excited to see how these play out with Vanderbilt’s BioVU database. Outside of the lab, Julie enjoys long distance running and performing experiments at home by infusing spirits to create DIY liquors.
  • Chi Zhang, M.D.
    Vanderbilt
    Home:
    Memphis, TN
    College:
    Harvard University
    Career Plans:
    Cardiology
    Interests / Achievements 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.
  • Alice (Yao) Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
    Perelman School of Medicine
    Home:
    Vancouver, Canada
    College:
    University of Toronto
    Career Plans:
    Hematology/Oncology
    Interests / Achievements or Brief Description:
    Alice grew up in the coastal mountains of British Columbia before taking a hike over to Toronto for college. She discovered her love of research in college, studying botany, immunology and microbiology, leading her to pursue a MD/PhD degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in cancer biology. Alice loves visual art and in her spare time she draws, paints, and crafts. She is excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt family and making Nashville her new home.