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David Leverenz, M.D.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Chief Resident
VU Medical Center

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Fort Worth, Texas
Baylor University
Rheumatology
David spent the first 10 years of his live in the small town of Waterford, Virginia before moving to Fort Worth, Texas. He attended college at Baylor University where he majored in University Scholars (a liberal arts degree) and met his wife, Molly, who is actually a native of Nashville! David then went to medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he changed his mind about becoming an emergency medicine physician after he experienced the strange, wonderful world of rheumatology. David absolutely loved his residency experience at Vanderbilt and he is excited to be one of the chief residents this year. In his free time, David can usually be found at one of Nashville’s many parks with Molly and his extremely cute baby girl, Eleanor. David will be applying for a fellowship in rheumatology with the hope of becoming an academic rheumatologist with a focus on clinical research and education.

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Mona Mashayekhi, M.D.
Washington University
Chief Resident
Nashville VA Medical Center

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Fort Lee, NJ
University of Chicago
Endocrinology
Mona was born in Tehran, Iran, where she lived with her family until the age of 9 years old. She immigrated to the US, where she was fascinated by all the new experiences, such as meeting a blonde person for the first time, and eating hot dogs and cereal! She went to high school in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and then moved to Chicago to attend the U of C. There, she minored in law and psychology, and majored in biology. She moved to St Louis, Missouri, to complete the MD/PhD program at WashU, where she studied the role of dendritic cells in the mouse immune response to Toxoplasma gondii. Mona and her family were excited to move to Nashville and complete residency at Vanderbilt.

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Zach Yoneda, M.D.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Ambulatory Chief Resident
VU Medical Center

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Lexington, Kentucky
Harvard College
Cardiology
Zach was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of two physicians.  After majoring in economics in undergrad, his parents were dismayed when he decided to make medicine the family profession, but ultimately came around.  He spent the summer and fall of 2008 working for the Harvard Health Care Policy department, where he learned an appreciation of the inner workings of the health care system.  He began medical school at Vanderbilt in the spring of 2009 and has been in Nashville ever since.  Zach has grown to love his adopted city and spends most of his free time exploring.  He has, both to his shame and pride, become a regular at several local restaurants.  In his free time, Zach enjoys cooking and eating, and “enjoys” going to the gym, though really feels like it’s torture every time.  If given enough time, he has been known to deliver an impromptu chalk talk on bourbon, which he feels is a true credit to his Kentucky roots.  Zach was inducted into AOA as a resident after nominations for his contributions to teaching the medical students, which he feels is, to date his greatest accomplishment.  After his chief year, he plans to pursue a fellowship in cardiology, and ultimately academic electrophysiology.

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Hannah Kim, M.D.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Ambulatory Chief Resident
Nashville VA Medical Center

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West Orange, NJ
Dartmouth College
Gastroenterology

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

 

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Hebatalla Allam
Weill Cornell Qatar

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Cairo, Egypt
Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar
Hematology/Oncology
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
University of Chicago

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Westminster, MD
University of Maryland at College Park
Med-Peds Primary Care, Public Health, Academic Medicine
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
Hofstra University

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New York, NY
Harvard University
Med/Peds
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
University of California- San Diego

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Laguna Hills, CA
University of California Riverside and University of Michigan
Cardiology
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
University of Minnesota

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Coon Rapids, MN
University of Minnesota Duluth
Cardiology or Gastroenterology
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
Eastern Virginia Medical School

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

Fabian Bock
Heidelberg University

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

George Bodziock
Dartmouth

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Hollidaysburg, PA
Villanova University
Cardiology
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.

Stephen Briggs
Albert Einstein

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wesleyan University
Neurology
Stephen grew up near Philadelphia, then attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He found his love for neuroscience in Wesleyan University, where he joined the lab of Janice Naegele, studying the role of a signaling phosphatase called STEP in a mouse model of status epilepticus. He went to the MD-PhD program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to continue studying epilepsy in Aristea Galanopoulou’s lab. There he demonstrated that a novel anticonvulsant can reduce infantile spasms in a rat model of disease; based on this data the drug is now in stage I clinical trials, with "orphan drug" designation for infantile spasms. He further investigated the role of inflammatory cytokines in the induction of infantile spasms in rats. After completing his training, he matched into adult neurology at Vanderbilt, hoping to continue in a research career in neurology. Outside of the lab and the hospital, he enjoys botany and gardening.

Scott Bugenhagen
Medical College of Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Radiology
Scott was born and raised in Milwaukee where he has lived for most of his life. He studied biomedical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and later decided to stay in Milwaukee to train in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he earned both his MD degree and a PhD in physiology. Through his studies, he developed an interest in the application of technology to medicine, and he decided to pursue a career in radiology where he hopes to develop and apply new diagnostic and therapeutic tools and technologies to advance personalized medicine. He is thrilled to launch his career as a preliminary medicine intern at Vanderbilt before heading to St. Louis for his radiology residency at Washington University. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, sailing, weight lifting, and wrestling, and he looks forward to the warmer winters, great food, and vibrant music scene in Nashville.

Jennifer Burba
Texas Tech

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Seoul, Korea
University of Arkansas
neurology
Jennifer was born in Seoul, Korea and then shortly thereafter moved to the US. She lived in North Carolina and Texas before finally settling in Arkansas with her family. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in industrial engineering. After college, Jennifer worked as a project analyst in the business and government sector before attending medical school at Texas Tech Health Science School. She enjoys traveling, running, trying new things, and supporting the SEC. Jennifer is excited to move to Nashville and join the Vanderbilt medical community.

Angela Chen
New York University

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Boulder, CO
Rice University
Primary Care
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!

Patricia Chu
Duke

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Solon, OH
University of Chicago
Transitions of care for youth with chronic illness, Adult congenital heart disease
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
University of Minnesota

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

Cherie Dahm
University of Mississippi

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Ocean Springs, MS
University of South Alabama
Cardiology
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.

Debra Dixon
Lerner-Case Western Reserve

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

Andrew Dunatchik
Oregon Health & Science University

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Portland, Oregon
Oregon State University
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
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.

James Eaton
Hofstra University

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Phoenixville, PA
University of Richmond
Neurology
James is from Phoenixville, PA (outside of Philadelphia) and went to Undergrad at the University of Richmond. The year before medical school he participated in an AmeriCorps program working with children in reading. When not studying he spends his time being outdoors, running, reading, cooking and playing guitar. In medical school at Hofstra he got to enjoy New York and now is looking forward to enjoying Nashville. Memebr of AOA.

Peter Edmonds
SUNY Upstate

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Cooperstown, NY
Liberty University
Pulmonary and Critical Care
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!

Lauren Evers
University of Virginia

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Galveston, TX
Washington University in St. Louis
Gastroenterology
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
University of Tennessee

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

Matthew Fleming
Columbia

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

Jacob Franco
Stony Brook

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Chappaqua, NY
Brown University
Gastroenterology
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
University of North Carolina

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

Christin Giordano
University of Central Florida

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Orlando, FL
Brown University
Nephrology
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
University of South Florida

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

Brian Grieb
Vanderbilt

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

Adam Hartman
University of Texas - Galveston

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Austin, Tx
Rice University
Neurology
Adam was born and raised in Austin, Texas where he graduated high school before attending Rice University in Houston, Texas studying political science. He then began medical school at UTMB in Galveston, Texas spending his last two years of clinical training back in Austin, Texas. Adam enjoys being as active as possible which includes running long distance and crossfit. He has even managed to win some awards at a few half-marathons and a sprint triathlon. Adam also has what may be deemed as an unhealthy obsession with dogs. Trying new restaurants and activities is one of his favorite things to do and Nashville seems to have plenty to offer. Moving to Nashville will be Adam's first time to live outside of Texas and he can't wait to see what the experience will bring. Member of AOA.

Kristin Hines
Ohio State University

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Hartford City, IN
Ohio State University
Pulmonary/Critical Care
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
University of North Carolina

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Washington, NC
University of North Carolina
Cardiology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
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.

Mark Hotchkiss
University of Oklahoma

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Littleton, Colorado
Wheaton College
Radiology
Mark grew up in Littleton, Colorado, the youngest of three brothers. After studying international affairs at Wheaton College outside of Chicago, he worked in clinical research in Denver for 4 years. He then attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where he thought he wanted to do anesthesiology until his first radiology rotation, only after completing the interview season in anesthesiology (notably including a polite rejection from Vanderbilt). He feels extremely lucky to be joining Vanderbilt for both his internship and radiology residency, and can’t wait to meet everyone and get started. Mark is an avid runner, and enjoys training for and competing in marathons. Aside from running, in his free time he also likes to travel and ski/snowboard when possible. Member of AOA

Juzer Husaini
Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Grand Blanc, MI
Michigan State University
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Juzer grew up in Grand Blanc, MI and graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in marketing. Right out of college he started working for General Mills, Inc. in a sales analyst role in Minneapolis, MN. Soon after he was transferred to Pittsburgh, PA for a field sales role and then was transferred after that to Bentonville, AR to work on the Walmart and Sam's Club account. Well, then the market took a dive and instead of another promotion he was laid off to begin the period of his life he lovingly calls, my "quarter-life crisis". After changing what he wanted to be when he grew up roughly 86 times, he came across a Sports Medicine book in his mother's library. Flipping through it and thinking to himself, "this could be cool", he soon after found himself studying for the MCAT. And now he is here…In terms of out of work activities, he enjoys playing adult kickball and in sand volleyball leagues/tournaments. He is awful at golf, but still likes playing for some reason. Being from Michigan, no summer would be complete without time spent on lakes and rivers. He was the Social Event Coordinator for his class, which often made him feel like he must have been some type of wedding planner in a past life. He is excited to be in Nashville and be done with Michigan winters!

Akosua Korboe
University of Rochester

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

Matthew Krantz
University of North Carolina

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Chapel Hill, NC
UNC-Chapel Hill
Academic Med-Peds and medical education
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.

Nathan Krishnan
Georgetown

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Rockville, MD
Grinnell College
Pulmonary/Critical Care
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.

James McGuirk
Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Virginia Tech
Neurology
James McGuirk grew up in Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia. After high school he enjoyed four years in the mountains of Appalachia attending Virginia Tech where he earned his bachelor's of science in Biological Sciences. During his fourth year at college, he met his beautiful future wife Caitlin through a mutual childhood friend. He then moved back to Hampton Roads to attend Eastern Virginia Medical School where he earned both his master's degree in Biomedical Sciences as well as his medical doctorate degree. He has always been interested in the brain and in learning about how people think and behave, but it was during his time at medical school that he truly developed his passion for neurology. As a fourth year student, he completed an away rotation at Vanderbilt during which he fell in love with the institution and the city. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, playing tennis, guitar, and exploring new cuisine. He is extremely excited to join the wonderful Vanderbilt team and immerse himself in the unique Nashville culture.

Caroline Nebhan
Vanderbilt

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

Osarhiemen Omwanghe
University of Illinois-Peoria

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Fresno, CA.
University of California, Berkeley
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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
Emory University

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Perry, GA
University of Georgia
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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.

Praveen Pendyala
Vanderbilt

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San Francisco , CA
UC Berkeley
Hematology-Oncology
Praveen Pendyala was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to his California roots, he is an avid foodie and has been working diligently for the past several years towards attaining the highly coveted “Elite status” on Yelp. He has been thoroughly impressed by the rapidly growing restaurant scene in Nashville. After his undergraduate studies, he spent two years doing health policy research with the former assistant surgeon general in Washington D.C, where he also happened to meet his wonderful wife, Jyoti. During medical school, he built on his interest in health policy while conducting cancer related health services research under the mentorship of faculty at the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes at Vanderbilt. Praveen considers himself a true maverick in the South Asian community for not committing to a career in cardiology on the first day of medical school and is instead an aspiring oncologist. His ultimate vision is to apply his knowledge of health policy to improve value in the field of oncology by developing strategies that advance the wellbeing of individual cancer patients and lower costs for the cancer care delivery system as a whole.

Elias Pratt
University of North Carolina

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Groton, VT
UNC – Chapel Hill
Medical Oncology
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
New York University

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University of Delaware
Pulmonary/Critical Care
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
University of Miami

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
University of Miami
Gastroenterology
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.

Rohini Rao
Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Sylvania, Ohio
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Rohini was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Sylvania, Ohio. She attended an accelerated BS/MD program at age 18 and completed her medical degree as well as her masters in public health at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She found she had an interest in social research, and has a publication regarding patient participation in bone marrow transplant clinical trials. She plans to pursue this research throughout her PM&R residency. Outside of work, Rohini loves watching football (go Detroit Lions!!), playing tennis, Netflix binging, and keeping up with her Indian Classical/Bollywood dancing. She is very excited to finally move out of Ohio and experience the city of Nashville, as well as to meet all the wonderful people at Vanderbilt University.

Katherine Rappazzo
University of California -San Diego

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Naples, FL
Johns Hopkins
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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
Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Univeristy of Virginia
Clinical Informatics
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
University of Louisville

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Nicholasville, KY
Transylvania University
Med-Peds
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
University of Pittsburgh

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

Kelly Shannon
Medical College of Georgia

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

Misty Shields
University of Texas- Houston

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Rowlett, Texas
Texas A&M University
Thoracic Medical Oncology
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.

Madison Shoaf
Wake Forest University

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Mooresville, North Carolina
Wake Forest University
Neurology and Global Health
Madison was born in Ohio, but was predominately raised in the Charlotte suburb of Mooresville, North Carolina. Growing up, she was an avid soccer player and enjoyed water skiing on the local lake. She chose to stay in NC for college and attended Wake Forest University, home of the Demon Deacons, where she majored in biology with minors in neuroscience and chemistry. After graduation, Madison remained at Wake Forest to complete both her Masters of Science degree, during which time she researched chemical nociception in Drosophila, and her medical degree, thereby earning her the moniker of “Triple Deac”. During medical school, she strengthened her longstanding interest in neurology, in addition to developing a new interest in global health after completing an international rotation in Uganda. Outside of medicine, Madison likes traveling, antique shopping, and exploring local restaurants. She is looking forward to finally leaving Winston-Salem and is excited to join the Vanderbilt community in Nashville!

Eric Singhi
Medical University of South Carolina

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Rock Hill, SC
Duke University
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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
University of Texas-Houston

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Texas A&M University
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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
University of Massachusetts

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Topsfield, MA
Case Western Reserve University
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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
University of Virginia

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Herndon, VA
The College of William and Mary
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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
University of Chicago

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Yale University
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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.

Sarah Welch
NY Institute of Techology

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Sewell, NJ
Rutgers University
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
As a running enthusiast, Sarah’s love for running may only be surpassed by her love for food and trying new cuisines. She is excited to start her residency at Vanderbilt and explore Nashville’s running trails, food scene, and live music. Sarah grew up in a small town in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. As an undergrad, Sarah founded the Rutgers University Tap Troupe and developed an enthusiasm for scientific research. After college, she moved to Boston, got two master’s degrees, and worked in clinical trials. During medical school, the PM&R patient population inspired Sarah like no other. After her third year of medical school, she completed a year-long research fellowship in the field studying older adult mobility and falls. She enjoys the breadth of issues which physiatrists help patients overcome, and is looking forward to learning in the rich research environment that Vandy has to offer.

Annie Wester
Loyola University

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Denver, CO
Univsersity of Colorado
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Annie was born and raised in Denver, CO. Her love of hiking, skiing, and the Broncos enticed her to stay near the Rocky Mountains to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado. At CU she double majored in Molecular Biology and History, but the highlight of her undergraduate years was triumphantly rushing the field for the three football games the Buffaloes won during her four years in Boulder. After college, she ventured out of her home state to the City of Brotherly Love to earn a master's degree in Biology at Drexel University before moving to Chicago to complete medical school at Loyola University. At Loyola she discovered a love for histology, patient care, & keratinocytes prompting her to pursue dermatology as a specialty. Outside of medicine, Annie enjoys running, photography, ice cream, and spending time with family & friends. She is excited to migrate South to enjoy all of the warm weather, country music, BBQ, and Jeni's ice cream that Nashville has to offer for both her preliminary year and dermatology residency! Memebr of AOA

Julie Wu
UC San Francisco

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Princeton University
Oncology
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
Vanderbilt

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Memphis, TN
Harvard University
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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
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Nashville, TN
University of Pennsylvania
Pulmonary/Critical Care, Palliative Care
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.

Zhou
University of Pennsylvania

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

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Steven Alexander
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

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

Jack Angiolillo
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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

J.P. Arroyo
Universidad de la Salle Facultad Mexicana de Medicina

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Mexico City, Mexico
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Nephrology
Juan Pablo (JP for short), was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He met the love of his life and now wife, Denise, in the last year of medical school. However this year also marked the start of 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 and Denise moved to New Haven CT, where Denise obtained her certification in Special Education, and 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. JP, Denise and their daughter Sofía couldn’t be more excited about moving to Nashville!

Maggie Attia
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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

Samuel Bailin
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

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

Basak Basdag
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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

John Boone
University of Virginia School of Medicine

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

Ryan Byrne
Baylor College of Medicine

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

Thomas Cassini
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Medical Genetics
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.

Jee Cha
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

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

Bradley Christensen
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

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

Jae Chung
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

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

Adrienne Conger
Tulane University School of Medicine

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

Ciara Conway
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

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

Christine Cook
University of Kansas School of Medicine

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

Jacob DeVolder
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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

Kathryn Gayle
Louisiana State University School of Medicine Shreveport

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

Alana Gilman
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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

Anthony Greco
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

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

Lauren Hartman
Wake Forest School of Medicine

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

Ann Honor
University of Virginia School of Medicine

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

Karen Jackson
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

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

Lucy Kennedy
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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

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

Sophia Kostelanetz
Tufts University School of Medicine

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

Patrick Kozak
University of Virginia School of Medicine

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

Tara Lane
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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

Brian Lappas
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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

Juliana Matthews
Florida State University College of Medicine

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

Lauren Mozingo
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

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

Erica Nakajima
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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

Jamison Norwood
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

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

Samuel Penziner
New York University School of Medicine

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

Marc Roth
University of Kansas School of Medicine

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

Breck Sandvall
Baylor College of Medicine

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

Jeffrey Schmeckpeper
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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

Lanzi Sinaise
Meharry Medical College

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

Mac Stephen
Harvard Medical School

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

Timothy Thayer
University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

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

Maya White
Duke University School of Medicine

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

Nichelle Winters
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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Vale, OR
Brigham Young University
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Niki grew up on a farm in rural Oregon. She still enjoys getting outside and digging in the dirt or working on a DIY project. Niki went to undergrad at Brigham Young University and got hooked on lab research during her time there. She came to Vanderbilt for the MD/PhD program and studied embryonic development using chick-quail chimeras. During her nine years in Nashville, Niki became an avid Nashville Predators fan (though still she can’t cheer for the Titans) and developed a love for cycling on the greenways and through the hilly countryside, especially the Natchez Trace. She is thrilled to continue her training at Vanderbilt!

Jordan Wright
University of Michigan Medical School

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

Bin Yang
Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine

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

Sushan Yang
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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

Jennifer Young
Stanford University School of Medicine

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

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William Armstrong
University of Mississippi

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Hattiesburg, MS
University of Mississippi
Cardiology
Chad was born in Jefferson City, Missouri during his father’s intern year. After his father finished his radiology training, Chad lived for 7 years in Greenwood, MS, followed by his junior high and high school years in Hattiesburg, MS. Chad earned a BA in physics from Ole Miss where he fell in love with The Grove and SEC athletics, especially football. After college, Chad entered medical school at the University of Mississippi. Chad loves anything outside and enjoys running, cycling, ultimate frisbee, and snowboarding. Chad and his wife, Mary Catherine, are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, Anna Catherine, and their move to Nashville. While he will be glad to welcome Dexter McCluster and Michael Oher (former Ole Miss Rebels) to the Titans, he is even more excited to join the Vanderbilt Community. Member of AOA.

Christopher Brown
Oregon Health & Sciences University

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Boring, OR
Oregon State University
Cardiology
Chris was born and raised in Boring, Oregon, a small town at the foot of Mt. Hood where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing sports. Chris attended Oregon State University where he majored in biochemistry and biophysics while conducting basic science research on bacterial genetics. While in medical school at Oregon Health & Sciences University, Chris developed an interest in cardiovascular physiology and researched molecular cachexia and LVADs. While there, he met his significant other, Allison, with whom he couples matched to Vanderbilt. Chris still loves hunting and fishing, and he also enjoys motorcycling, bicycling, and all things gastronomic. Chris is very excited to explore Nashville and all of the things Tennessee had to offer, especially the whiskey and food.

Laura Bryant
Indiana University

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Indianapolis, IN
Purdue University
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Although Laura was born in Washington, DC, she was raised in Indiana and considers herself a Midwestern girl through and through. She attended Purdue University and obtained her undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences. She has spent the last four years as a student at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she has had the opportunity to make lifelong friends and learn from truly exceptional faculty members. One of her most rewarding experiences during medical school was serving on the executive board for the school’s free clinic. Laura is absolutely ecstatic about matching at Vanderbilt and can’t wait to make Nashville her new home (she’s even ready to trade in her Colts gear for some Titans memorabilia)! In her free time, Laura enjoys running, casual dining, rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and getting routinely beat by her younger brother at golf.

Kelly Carpenter
Georgetown University

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Denver, CO
Vanderbilt University
Infectious Diseases
Kelly was born and raised in Denver where she spent much of her childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains, playing soccer, and providing foster care to animals in need. When it came time to decide where to spend her collegiate years, Kelly decided to leave the Mile High City behind and made her way down south to Vanderbilt University. During her years in Nashville, Kelly became involved in Greek life, was converted to a country music lover, and became a die-hard Commodore fan. She received her degree in molecular and cellular biology and set out to our nation’s capitol to attend medical school at Georgetown University. While in DC, Kelly fortified an interest in the field of infectious diseases and completed research on multi-drug resistant organisms. In her spare time you can find Kelly cheering on her beloved Denver Broncos, enjoying the outdoors, and exercising at the closest CrossFit gym. Kelly looks forward to returning to her old stomping grounds and is excited to share all that Nashville has to offer with her co-residents.

Charles Clark
University of Tennessee

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Athens, TN
Vanderbilt University
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Amos was born and raised in Athens, TN. Just like any good East Tennesseean, his first home was a log cabin, he "wrestled" a snake that fell into his crib at the age of only two, and he rooted for his beloved Volunteers. His life changed completely when he finally worked up the courage to ask the love of his life, best friend, and fellow resident Sarah Proffitt Clark to the junior high prom. Together Sarah and Amos attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate studies where Amos majored in economics but became interested in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation while working in Dr. Madan Jagasia's GVHD lab and assisting with several bone marrow drives. After spending four years apart from his wife Sarah (married last year!) while attending medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis Amos is thrilled to return to Nashville. In his spare time he enjoys running, hiking, golfing, watching college football, and spoiling his new puppy "Bushrod". He cannot wait to meet his fellow interns and residents and begin a new and exciting chapter of his life! Member of AOA.

Caroline Cohen
University of Virginia

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McLean, VA
University of Virginia
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Caroline, or "Cara," as many of her friends call her, was raised in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. She attended the University of Virginia for undergrad, majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish. She wasn’t quite ready to leave the mountains and vineyards of Charlottesville, so she stayed for four more years to attend the UVA School of Medicine. Now she’s ready and thrilled to begin a new adventure in Nashville. Caroline can often be found running outside, sweating at a cycle class, cooking, baking (eating), exploring the city life with her friends or catching up on quality reality television. Caroline cannot wait to meet her fellow residents and join the Vanderbilt team!

Dan Culhane
University of Wisconsin

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

Kara Denby
University of Alabama-Birmingham

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

Meral El Ramahi
University of Iowa

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Newburgh, IN
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Pulmonary/Critical Care, Hematology/Oncology, or Cardiology
Meral was born and raised abroad, but has called Newburgh, Indiana home for the past 14 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana, where she was recognized with the President’s Medal at graduation. Meral then moved to the charming Iowa City for medical school (Go Hawks!), where she was recognized with the Sebelin Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine at graduation. She also completed medical research at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (2010) and Washington University (2011). Meral enjoys traveling, reading, playing basketball, music, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends. Always open to expanding her horizons, Meral loves to learn and experience new things. She has gone skydiving, scuba diving, rock climbing, canoeing, and other fun activities experienced during a Wilderness Medicine rotation as a fourth year medical student. Meral looks forward to working at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and to experiencing the Music City's great culture and community!

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Washington University

 

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Illinois Wesleyan University
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Kate was born in Yokosuka, Japan as the youngest child in a military family.  After a few moves, the family settled in the tiny village of Dwight, IL where Kate would spend most of her school years among the corn fields, longing for excitement.  She began to shadow one of only two physicians in town and began to admire his relationship to the community.  Kate completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Illinois Wesleyan University, then moved to St. Louis for medical school at Wash U.  Her professional interests include clinical education and health literacy.  After many misguided years as a Cubs fan, Kate is pleased to announce that she has since joined the dark side of Cardinals baseball after experiencing a thrilling World Series victory while living in St. Louis.  Kate will be moving to Nashville with her main man and partner in crime, Hans the tabby cat.  She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and indoor crafts, but most of all she looks forward to refining her line-dancing moves in the years to come.  She can not wait to meet her talented classmates and to train at Vanderbilt.

Emily Feld
Albany Medical College

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Centerport, NY
Union College
Hematology/Oncology
Emily is sizing up the cargo area of her nine-year-old, four-wheel-drive SUV, contemplating which books, clothing, and memorabilia will make the cut and join her on the 16-hour journey from New York to Nashville. Born and raised in uber-suburban Long Island, Emily then spent eight years in upstate New York where she studied biology and sociology as an undergrad, earned a Master’s degree in healthcare management, and subsequently received her MD. Now, she is excited to head to Nashville—a “Red-Hot Town” according to a prominent story in Time magazine this month. Outside of medicine, Emily’s interests include photography, painting, playing tennis, and exploring national parks. She has rafted down several major U.S. rivers and has been spelunking in Worley’s Cave—that activity years before her destiny would have her return to Tennessee. Watching a good movie is one of Emily’s favorite forms of relaxation, but she considers yoga a form of torture. Emily looks forward to training at Vanderbilt, where she expects to work hard, learn a lot, and enjoy good times with new friends. Readying for the drive, she is pleased to remove the snow shovel and ice scrapper from the trunk of her Jeep. Member of AOA.

Erin Gettler
Georgetown University

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Louisburg, KS
Kansas State University
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Born in small town Kansas as the youngest of three girls, Erin spent her early years in Indiana before her family relocated back to the land of waving wheat fields and big blue skies. She stayed in the sunflower state for her undergraduate education at Kansas State University, majoring in biology and gerontology. During college, Erin volunteered on a life-changing medical mission trip to rural Guatemala, which inspired her to pursue global health as a part of her training and career. After graduation, Erin ventured eastward for medical school at Georgetown University. As a loyal K-Stater, she bleeds purple and believes the Big 12 is the superior conference in the land. She enjoys food trucks, live music, beer tasting, and exercising. She is looking forward to the opportunity to train with the Vanderbilt family, exploring Nashville (and maybe even some SEC football), and making new friends along the way. Member of AOA.

Karina Gonzalez
Howard University

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Brooklyn, New York
Juniata College
Internal Medicine
Karina was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by Dominican parents. She is the middle of three children and is the first in her family to graduate from college. Karina attended Juniata College in central Pennsylvania where she majored in biochemistry and met her future husband. After college, Karina collaborated on epigenetic research at Columbia University and attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. Her long-term goal is to practice in underserved communities and potentially start a health clinic in rural Dominican Republic. Karina loves music, dance, yoga and travel. She is excited to learn more and become an asset to the Vanderbilt family! Member of AOA.

Heather Grome
West Virginia University

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Barboursville, WV
Xavier University
Infectious Diseases/Global Health
Heather was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of rural West Virginia, where her parents and younger brother still live. She spent most of her free time in high school playing soccer and running, and is looking forward to the warmer weather of Tennessee to enjoy the outdoors! After high school, Heather headed to Cincinnati for her undergraduate studies at Xavier University, where she majored in biology and discovered her love of physiology and microbiology. While at Xavier, Heather also enjoyed her first experiences in international health and service. Heather returned home to attend medical school at West Virginia University, where she fostered a growing interest in internal medicine. She most loves spending her free time with family and friends, jogging, shopping and discovering new music. Heather will forever appreciate beautiful mountains and dark chocolate, and absolutely loves a good cup of coffee. Heather could not be more excited or grateful to begin exploring Nashville and meeting all of her fellow interns. Member of AOA.

Shelly Gurwara
Louisiana State University-Shreveport

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Tulane University
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Shelly has lived in Bossier City, LA for the past 20 years. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where she majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Business. She then came back home and attended LSU Shreveport for medical school. One of her most memorable experiences of medical school was traveling to Haiti, where she was able to aid in providing healthcare to the people of LaVallee. Shelly is definitely excited to finally live somewhere outside of Louisiana and explore Nashville. Having lived in New Orleans for 4 years, she is especially excited about the food! Shelly is 1 of 3. Her older sister is a radiology resident at Wake Forest and here brother is a 2nd year medical school student. In her spare time, she loves to Bollywood dance, cook, and hang out with family and friends. She loves meeting new people and is looking forward to starting her training at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

Luke Habegger
University of North Carolina

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Winston-Salem, NC
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Luke was born and raised in North Carolina, but he did make it as far west as Chattanooga for high school before heading back to become a Tar Heel at UNC-Chapel Hill. After college, Luke was off to Colorado, where he taught high school science for three years before getting married to his wife, Martha, and returning to Chapel Hill for medical school. Luke earned his MA in education while in Colorado, and is looking forward to continuing his involvement in education while a resident and beyond. Luke, Martha, and their black lab Otis are thrilled to be heading to Nashville, having visited friends and family here often. Luke has camped his way through most of the national parks of the West during his free summers, and his most recent adventure before internship will be a two week trip backpacking through Patagonia. Outside of the hospital, Luke enjoys flyfishing, hiking, camping, running, UNC sports, and reading. Member of AOA.

Ali Harb
American University of Beirut

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Beirut, Lebanon
American University of Beirut
Gastroenterology
Ali was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and has since moved between Bulgaria where his family resides and the U.S. Ali studied medicine at the American University of Beirut, becoming the first physician in his family. Influenced by his great mentor Ala Sharara during postdoc fellowship, he has decided to become a gastroenterologist. Ali will make the 6000-mile journey to join the best and the brightest at Vanderbilt for residency! In his free time, Ali enjoys listening to Greek music as if he understands a word of it, watching Italian movies like sophisticated people do, and traveling to exotic destinations where he always manages to pick up an injury for a souvenir. He will be missing the warmth of family, the laughs of friends, and the beautiful Mediterranean city of Beirut. Member of AOA.

Elizabeth Held
Emory University

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Potomac, MD
Washington University in St. Louis
Cardiology
Libby was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in the suburbs of Maryland with her twin sister and younger brother. Libby then headed out to the midwest where she studied biology and played soccer at Washington University in St. Louis. After college, Libby moved south, attending Emory University School of Medicine. In Hot-lanta, she managed to play on way too many sub-par rec league soccer teams and organized pick-up games whenever she could. Libby has grown to love Southern food and is excited to explore what Nashville has to offer. In her free time, Libby loves running, hiking, traveling, and Netflix. She can't wait to meet all of her fellow interns! Member of AOA.

Jade Jones
University of North Carolina

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St. Croix, USVI
Hampton University
Hematology-Oncology, Global Health
The daughter of two artists and the youngest of five girls, Jade grew up on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Jade attended Hampton University in Virginia on a full Division I basketball scholarship and played in the NCAA tournament her freshman year. After college, Jade spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh, conducting translational research in leukemia. Although she really enjoyed all the wonderful people she met in Pittsburgh, she found out quickly that she was allergic to long winters and decided to return to the South and attend medical school at the University of North Carolina. Fortunately, everyone at UNC was as crazy about basketball as Jade was about the sport! Jade fell in love with Vanderbilt while doing a sub-internship here and is looking forward to meeting her fellow interns/residents and exploring Nashville. Outside of medicine, Jade enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and learning about different cultures, sunny days, singing, water sports and playing basketball.

Joseph Krill
University of Texas-Houston

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Houston, TX
University of Houston
Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Joe was born and raised in Houston, Texas as one of three boys. His twin brother, Tim, will be starting his Internal Medicine residency in Texas this year. His younger brother, Michael, is currently in law school (he promises to be doctor-friendly). Joe went to the University of Houston where he majored in chemistry. Always having the dream of being a physician, Joe then attended medical school at UT-Houston. In his last year of medical school, Joe married his lovely wife, Jordan, a kindergarten teacher who is also from Houston. Feeling the need to escape the perpetual heat and humidity, Joe desired to set down roots outside of Texas. That’s how he landed at Vanderbilt. Joe is beyond excited to be a part of the Vanderbilt community, living in Music City with his beautiful wife, and experiencing four seasons (Texas only has 1.5 seasons). In his free time, you can find Joe on the golf course or out on the water fishing. Member of AOA.

Michelle Law
Vanderbilt University

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New York, NY
University of Pennsylvania
Undecided
Born and raised in New York City, Michelle grew up believing that Central Park was nature and that nobody could be happy living anywhere but New York. Michelle reluctantly left her beloved city to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she studied architecture and art history. When medical school brought her to the University of Virginia, Michelle promised herself she would never move further south, then quickly broke the promise when by transferring to Vanderbilt two years later. In Nashville, she discovered her love of fried pickles, the outdoors, and warm weather. Michelle also enjoys swimming, cooking, hanging out with her dogs, and, despite a serious fear of heights, her newest hobby of rock climbing. Though she is still a New Yorker at heart, Michelle loves living in Nashville—she’s even learned to smile when strangers say "Hi" to her on the street—and is thrilled to be staying at Vanderbilt for residency.

Paul Leger

Universite D'Etat D'Haiti

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Universite Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince
Specialized Training in Infectious Diseases
Paul was born in a modest village in the South of Haiti within a few miles of warm sunny beaches. He was raised by a large, wonderful family. During his medical training in Port-au-Prince, Paul met his future wife Astride at a school picnic to which Paul had not been invited. Several years later Paul and Astride married and are now the proud parents of Rebecca, Anri and Kelly.  Following his medical training in Haiti, Paul joined an HIV research center where he was involved in caring for the most vulnerable populations of the slums of Port-au-Prince.  On January 12, 2010, Paul and his family survived the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince. Six months later, Paul and Astride ultimately made the difficult decision to relocate to Nashville. Since arriving in Nashville Paul has pursued HIV pharmacogenomics research under the mentorship of David Haas, MD in the Vanderbilt Division of Infectious Diseases. Paul still loves warm sunny beaches, Caribbean music and seafood, and for the past three years he has spent most of his free time playing with his children and watching their favorite TV shows. He is thrilled to join the wonderful team of interns and residents in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt.

Michael Lester
Harvard Medical School

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Huntsville, AL
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Pulmonary/Critical Care
Michael was born and raised just two hours south of Nashville in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended the Univeristy of Alabama at Birmingham as an undergraduate where he majored in physics. During his time in high school and college, Michael enjoyed playing guitar, bass and singing for several second-rate indie/folk bands, often dreaming of playing shows in the Music City. He was also a member of UAB's only national championship team... the Ethics Debate team. Michael attended Harvard Medical School where he became interested in pulmonary/critical care as well as medical education. In addition to his musical interests, Michael enjoys watching college football, exercising, hiking and camping, and attempting to learn how to cook. As an avid Auburn fan, Michael has experienced the extreme highs and lows of football fandom in recent years, but he still believes that his entire home state should really just tone it all down a bit. Despite this belief, he took a cell phone video of the Iron Bowl 2013 celebration/aftermath and he really wants to show it to you. Michael has always wanted to live in Nashville and is very excited to meet his future co-interns and residents.

Zhuoyan Li
Vanderbilt University

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Ellicott City, MD
University of Maryland, College Park
most likely Hematology/Oncology
Yan grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and moved to Ellicott City, Maryland in the middle of high school. Although she now calls Maryland home, Yan remains a lifelong fan of the Kansas Jayhawks (Rock Chalk!). She attended the University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad and spent a year at the NIH studying the proteomics of autoimmune diseases. Yan then moved down south to enter medical school at Vanderbilt and she is very excited to remain here for residency! In her spare time, Yan enjoys cooking, watching TV, traveling, and running.

Neel Patel
Louisiana State University-Shreveport

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Shreveport, LA
Tulane University
Cardiology
Neel was born in Oklahoma City, but grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana with his younger brother. Neel wanted to experience how life was in South Louisiana, so he attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he majored in cell and molecular biology. After college, Neel went back home for medical school at LSU-Shreveport. After getting a full dose of Louisiana for most his life, Neel is excited to branch out and experience Nashville. Neel enjoys playing sports (mainly basketball), but he will watch any sport on television. Neel is an avid New Orleans Pelicans and Saints fan, but he is also excited to watch some Titans games. Neel also enjoys eating out and is looking forward to exploring the food scene in Nashville. Neel is excited to meet everyone at Vanderbilt and to start his residency. Member of AOA.

Sean Rice
The University of Toledo

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North Royalton, OH
The Ohio State University
Undecided, possibly Cardiology
Sean was born and raised along the beautiful shores of the “North Coast” in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. After experiencing the ups and downs (mostly downs) of the professional Cleveland sports teams, Sean decided to head to greener pastures at The Ohio State University where he majored in microbiology and minored in business. At OSU, Sean enjoyed volunteering at the medical center, football season tickets, and working in the lab studying the immunological response to the parasitic Leishmania infection. Sean decided to stay close to home for medical school in Toledo, where he enjoyed working as the student curriculum representative and researching porcine hepatic xenoperfusion as a bridge to liver transplantation. However, after 26 years of brutal winters and no tan, Sean decided that moving down south would be a welcome change. During his free time Sean enjoys biking, hiking, playing soccer and basketball, skiing, exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and checking out local breweries. He is excited to meet his new classmates and can’t wait to start training at Vanderbilt! Member of AOA.

Karen Riggins
Morehouse School of Medicine

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Macon, GA
Spelman College
Hematology/Oncology
Karen was born and raised in the small town of Macon, Georgia to parents who worked tirelessly to shelter her from harm and ‘big city’ civilization. After graduating from high school, she made her trek to the big city of Atlanta to attend Spelman College where she pursued sweet freedom as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology. At Spelman, Karen strengthened her interests in medicine and developed a strong curiosity for research. As a sophomore, she went on to receive a NIH-sponsored scholarship to fund her research for the next two years. After Spelman, she relocated to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University where she earned a PhD in cancer biology. Under the guidance of her mentor, Roy Zent, MD, PhD, her dissertation examined the role membrane type 1-matrix metalloproteinase in renal development. After graduation, Karen moved back in Atlanta to attend Morehouse School of Medicine where she embraced her passion for people and medicine. While her quest to become a physician-scientist has taken her from Atlanta to Nashville in alternating sequence, she still doesn’t consider herself a flip-flopper. In her free time, Karen enjoys shopping (Mall at Green Hills, here she comes!), arts and crafts (look out, Brushfire Pottery Studio), and hanging out with her family, friends, and fellow church members (hello again, Mount Zion family). Karen is ecstatic about meeting her new colleagues and taking this awesome journey with them!

Alexandra Ritts
University of Minnesota

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Duluth, MN
Princeton University
Undecided
Alexandra grew up in northern Minnesota, on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. After receiving her history degree from Princeton University, Alexandra returned to Minnesota for medical school. She has always loved being active and experiencing new cultures. Alexandra has studied abroad in both Germany and Italy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, tennis, snowboarding, playing piano and reading. Alexandra is thrilled to be a resident at Vanderbilt and looking forward to living in Nashville. Member of AOA.

Carmen Rodriguez Tuchman
Vanderbilt University

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Norcross, GA
Purdue University
Primary Care or Rheumatology
Carmen grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and followed the family tradition of attending Purdue University. Carmen majored in interdisciplinary engineering, but decided to go to medical school halfway through college after she determined that she liked interacting with people first and foremost. Carmen was called back to the South for medical school, and Nashville has truly become home. In her free time, Carmen enjoys exploring the Nashville food scene as well as cooking (recently homemade bread and homemade cheese!). She has an obsession with coffee and coffee shops, and makes espresso every morning. Carmen tends to go to Radnor Lake to hike on days off, in addition to longer adventures including camping in the Smokies (and recently the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu). Carmen also likes running, swimming, Zumba, climbing, and volunteering at her church. She is interested in Latin culture, including international health both abroad and in Nashville. Carmen is so excited and thankful to be staying in Nashville for residency!

Samuel Rubinstein
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Skokie, IL
Northwestern University
Hematology/Oncology or Pulmonary/Critical Care
The son of an obstetrician/gynecologist and a neurologist (yes, opposites apparently do attract), Sam was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. Growing up, he learned to love science, great American literature, long-distance running, and the historically mediocre Chicago Cubs. Sam attended Northwestern as an undergraduate where, in addition to studying economics and preparing for medical school, he realized that one hopeless sports allegiance just wasn’t enough, so he became a die-hard Northwestern Wildcats football fan as well. Having experienced an insufficient number of brutal winters, Sam decided to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago for medical school. He did research in tumor hypoxia, developed a passion for medical education, and established himself as an incorrigible foodie. Sam is truly elated to be moving to Nashville; while he anticipates a serious drop-off in the quality of the deep dish pizza, he feels that this will be a small price to pay for upgrades in the weather, traffic, live music, and college football, as well as for the awesome opportunity to begin his career in academic Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt. Member of AOA.

Megan Ryan
Vanderbilt University

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Edmond, OK
Vanderbilt University
Undecided
Megan was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma with the exception of one year when her family moved to Switzerland where she attended first grade. She is the youngest of three children by 13 years, all proud members of the Cherokee Tribe! When looking for colleges, she immediately fell in love with Music City and attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree in medicine, health and society. After college, she decided she didn’t want to leave so she spent another four years at Vanderbilt for medical school. One of her passions is travelling to places such as India, Kenya, Peru and Turkey and she would like to incorporate global health into her future career. In her free time she enjoys being an aunt to her four nieces and nephews, hiking at Radnor Lake, jogging down Belmont Blvd, watching college football (go Sooners!) and exploring the exceptional food scene in Nashville. She is excited to meet her intern class and is grateful for three more years at Vandy!

Sarah Scott
Vanderbilt University

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

Shayne Sebold Taylor
Drexel University

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

Shannon Skinner
Vanderbilt University

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Katy, TX
Duke University
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Shannon was born in Anchorage, Alaska to two engineers working in the oil business on the North Slope. She escaped moose and cold weather to spend most of her childhood in Katy, TX, west of Houston, with her “much cooler,” younger brother who now works as a software engineer in Boston. Shannon took up swimming to fight off the hot TX summers, and swam year-round for the next 13 years, including for the Duke University varsity swimming team while majoring in biomedical engineering. During her time at Duke, a summer spent repairing medical equipment in Nicaragua sparked an interest in global health that continues to this day. After college, Shannon moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt School of Medicine and became interested in medical student mentoring, end of life issues, live music, and triathlons! She is currently training for this May’s Texas Ironman and hoping to be able to walk again come July 1. She loves everything outdoors, good food, quality time with friends, and even knitting! Shannon is so excited to have the honor to work with all the Vanderbilt faculty and housestaff and spend more time in this great place that has become home over the past 4 years.

Andrew Sochacki
Michigan State University

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Grand Rapids, MI
Michigan State University
Hematology/Oncology
Andy grew up in West Michigan as the older brother to two sisters. He attended Michigan State University and graduated with degrees in physiology and human biology. After matriculating in medical school at Michigan State University, Andy decided to get out of the classroom and traveled to Belém, Brazil for medical outreach. A few months later, he traveled with seven fellow students to a remote portion of Costa Rica to learn how to surf. Shortly thereafter Andy was lucky enough to meet his wife Laura who is finishing her pediatric nurse practitioner degree. Andy loves any sport on the water ranging from slalom skiing to stand up paddle boarding, all music and Michigan State Spartan athletics. He and Laura are very excited to move to Nashville and can’t wait to meet the rest of the internal medicine residency. Member of AOA.

Ryan Story
Ohio State University

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Pittsburgh, PA
College of Wooster
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Ryan grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and crossed the Ohio state border to attend the College of Wooster for his undergraduate education. While at the College of Wooster, he majored in biochemistry and wooed his future wife, Kelly. Ryan considers the latter to be the greater accomplishment. Despite his hatred of long winters, Ryan stayed in Ohio to receive his medical education at the Ohio State University. As a medical student, he developed an interest in ultrasound research and education and picked up beginner league hockey as a hobby. Ryan also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with his wife. His older brother Kyle lives in Memphis and has already informed him that Nashville BBQ is not as good as Memphis BBQ. He is very excited to explore Nashville, find new places to eat, and meet the rest of his intern class! Member of AOA.

Krista Suojanen
Columbia University

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Medfield, MA
Williams College
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Krista grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 minutes outside of Boston. After high school, Krista ventured out to the western part of the state to attend Williams College. At Williams, she was a member of the volleyball team and majored in economics. She realized junior year that economics/math was likely not her life calling and decided that she wanted to go to medical school instead. Coincidentally, this was right around the time the TV show "Grey's Anatomy" started and she is still trying to convince her dad this was not the reason she made the change. Falling in love with Vanderbilt and Nashville right as the show "Nashville" became more popular did not help this cause...After college, Krista spent a few years in Boston completing her pre-med requirements while working as a physical therapy aide and a research coordinator. She ran her first marathon during that time and has since run two more, although she's not sure if she has another one in her. She went on to Columbia University for medical school and was part of the inaugural Columbia-Bassett track in which she spent her first clinical year at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, a small, rural town in upstate New York, perhaps best known as home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Outside of school/work, Krista loves pretty much anything outdoors--hiking, walking, running and rollerblading--which contrary to popular opinion, did not die in the 90s. She enjoys traveling to new places, cooking/eating and live music. She is absolutely thrilled to be moving down to Nashville, getting to know her colleagues at Vanderbilt and exploring life outside the Northeast.

Trevor Taylor
Wake Forest University

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Philadelphia, PA
Wake Forest University
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Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Trevor decided to head South for his undergraduate degree -- a decision he has never regretted. After graduating from Wake Forest University in the spring of 2009, Trevor spent a year friend-raising for WFU as a post-graduate fellow in the Office of Alumni Services. Trevor and his wife, Amelia, a fellow Demon Deacon, married in May of 2010, and he began medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine later that summer. In his free time, Trevor enjoys running, cooking, and reading. After 9 years in Winston-Salem, Trevor and Amelia are both exceptionally glad to be starting a new chapter of their lives in Nashville. He cannot wait to stomp out pain and suffering with his fellow interns. Member of AOA.

Dan Tilden
Vanderbilt University

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

Stanton Veazey
University of Arkansas

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Hamburg, AR
University of Arkansas
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Crews hails from the town of Hamburg, Arkansas. His father is an independent pharmacist and his mother is a secondary business teacher. Crews has been a lifelong Razorback fan and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After obtaining a degree in biology, he continued his education in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Crews will always be a Razorback, but he is glad to be in the land of the Commodores and not Vol Nation. The Dallas Cowboys are another source of angst for Crews, and if anyone has tickets to the Titans/Cowboys game this year, he will gladly take them off your hands. Crews is eager to continue his training at Vanderbilt and enjoy Nashville with what free time he will have. Member of AOA.

Savannah Walker
Georgetown University

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

Caitlin Welch
Stony Brook University

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Syracuse, NY
St. Lawrence University
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Caitlin was born in Vermont and raised in upstate New York. She spent her childhood summers in northern New York with her parents and younger brother fishing, waterskiing and helping build her family’s camp. After high school, Caitlin moved even further north to St. Lawrence University where she studied biology and French and where the winters lasted from October to May. As part of her French studies, Caitlin spent a semester abroad in Rouen, France. While abroad, she traveled throughout Europe and to western Africa. Caitlin then ventured to the suburbs of NYC to attend Stony Brook School of Medicine. Caitlin enjoys playing the piano, baking, hiking, skiing, water sports, and boating. After two and a half cold, snowy decades in the north, she is absolutely thrilled to be moving to Nashville and cannot wait to experience life in Music City and meet her fellow interns. Member of AOA.

Matthew Wilson
University of Kansas

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Overland Park, KS
Kansas State University
Hospitalist/Medical Education
Matt was born the youngest of two boys and was raised in the great state of Kansas. He attended undergrad at Kansas State University, where he majored in biology with a minor in music. Matt then returned home for medical school at KU, learning about medicine in the very same hospital in which he was born. While there, Matt met his fiancée, Jesselyn. He is excited for her to join him in Nashville after her graduation from occupational therapy school next year. Despite his love for KC barbecue and snow, Matt decided that it was time to venture out of his home state and migrate south for residency. He couldn’t be more thrilled about moving to Tennessee and meeting his fellow interns. Nashville’s world-class music and moderately warmer weather are also a nice bonus. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing the piano and French horn, cooking and eating any kind of food, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on KSU Wildcat (and now Vanderbilt) football. Member of AOA.

Lily Zeng
University of California-San Francisco

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Fremont, CA
UC Berkeley
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Lily was born in Canton China, grew up in the Bay Area, and attended UC Berkeley for college. Her favorite part about college was learning state of the art science at the frontier of our knowledge. Lily used her two years between college and medical school for translational research on drug addiction. During her last four years in San Francisco, Lily fell in love with the micro-cultures of the city. Some of her hobbies are reading, cycling, yoga, all balanced by trying new foods. Lily also has a heart for new adventures: she is excited about living in Nashville and training at one of the highest regarded institutions in the country.

Greg Zora
Emory University

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Dunwoody, GA
Wake Forest University
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Greg was born and raised in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia and went to Marist High School where he swam, ran cross country, and played soccer. He attended Wake Forest University and completed his degree in economics. After graduating from Wake Forest, Greg joined the AmeriCorps while applying to medical school, and his team was based in Vinton, Iowa, a small town just north of Cedar Rapids. During that year, he became a certified Wildland Firefighter, worked for The Nature Conservancy, and survived a South Dakota winter on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, among other crazy experiences. Greg then returned to his hometown of Atlanta to study medicine at Emory University. He loves going on runs (let me know if you are looking for a running buddy), playing pickup soccer and ultimate frisbee, mountain biking, and listening to NPR/various podcasts. Greg is very excited to be coming to Vanderbilt and will try to watch the show "Nashville" during his time off before intern year to prepare for his upcoming move.

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Jennifer Bass
University of Michigan

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Ann Arbor, MI
Stanford University
Public Health
Although Jen has gotten very comfortable with a nomadic life style recently, she is thrilled to be settling down in Nashville! Jen is proud to call Michigan home, but was also very happy in northern California for her college years at Stanford. After a year hiatus working in NYC then hiking in India, she was drawn back to Michigan for medical school in Ann Arbor. Jen was then lucky enough to get to pursue her passion for public health during a year at the CDC as an Applied Epidemiology Fellow.  She got a great dose of adventure working on monkeypox surveillance in the Congo and rabies control in Kenya, but her love for living in Atlanta is what sparked her desire to be a southerner. Jen enjoys cooking, food trucks, biking on flat paths, yoga, fixing up and taking trips in her 1969 Volkswagen camper bus, hiking, coffee shops, The Moth, glass art, and crafty projects.

Daniel Clark
University of Texas-San Antonio

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Northwestern University
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Dan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and avidly cheers for his (currently awful) Dallas sports teams. He ventured north in hopes of sporting winter gear, only to realize that he’d traded one version of extreme weather for the opposite. Nevertheless, he enjoyed his time at Northwestern, where he completed most of the Biomedical Engineering curriculum before switching into Social Policy/Pre-med. After graduating he completed a fellowship with the Northwestern Public Interest Program (NUPIP), working at Lawndale Christian Health Center (a FQHC on the west-side of Chicago). During that year, he volunteered on his first global health trip to Kabul, Afghanistan. He continued his global health interests in medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio by doing medical service and research in Haiti, Dominican Republic, India, and Bolivia. His greatest accomplishment of medical school, however, was meeting his beautiful wife, Carolina. Dan is convinced his wife has no flaws other than being a Spurs fan. Dan enjoys playing just about any sport, eating and cooking spicy foods, and making anything possible on his own (soymilk, yogurt, salsa, baby food, etc.). As of January 2013, he and Carolina are proud parents and apologize ahead of time for bragging about their “advanced,” adorable baby boy! 

Sarah Clark
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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Athens, TN
Vanderbilt University
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Sarah was born and raised in east Tennessee, where she grew up rooting for the Tennessee Vols. For college, she became a Commodore and received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. After undergrad she spent a year working with peripartum women in rural east Tennessee. Her heart lies here at Vanderbilt, so she returned to Nashville for medical school. Before starting residency, Sarah and her high school (and college...and med-school) sweetheart, Amos, will be married in their hometown of Athens, TN. Amos is a rising fourth-year medical student at the University of Tennessee and plans on a career in internal medicine. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, yoga, hiking, cooking vegetarian and Italian food, and trying out new restaurants/foodtrucks that are cropping up here in Nashville. As a "triple 'Dore," Sarah could not be more excited to join the Vanderbilt housestaff and meet the incoming intern class.

Edward Iglesia
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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

Tyler Reese
Ohio State University

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Cincinnati, OH
Elon University
Med/Peds
Tyler was born in Kansas City, MO just before moving to Cincinnati, OH in time to see the Reds win a World Series.  He decided to test life outside of the beautiful state of Ohio by attending Elon University, a liberal arts school in North Carolina, where he majored in biology and minored in business and exercise science.   While at Elon, he met his fiancé Kara in the romantic setting of anatomy lab.  They will be getting married before the start of intern year in her hometown of Miami, FL.  Despite the warm weather and delicious BBQ in North Carolina, he moved back to Ohio for medical school where he got to experience “real” college sports and attend home football games.  At no point during medical school at Ohio State did Tyler trade memorabilia for a discount on tattoos.  His interests include bad TV shows (Duck Dynasty), good TV shows (The Americans), reading (especially science fiction and Cold War/Space Race history), and exercise.  He is excited for a return to the South to see SEC football! Memebr of AOA.

Billy Sullivan
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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Massapequa, NY
University of Notre Dame
Medical Education/General Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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 recently welcomed their first daughter, Mary Claire, into their lives in December 2012, and she is already being brainwashed to attend Notre Dame. Elisabeth has since been promoted from social studies teacher to stay-at-home mom, where she tries to keep up with Mary Claire. Billy and Elisabeth enjoy being immersed in a great television show, exercising together, listening to Wait, Wait... Don’t Tell Me! on NPR and watching their daughter grow and develop so quickly. Member of AOA..