General Surgery Current Residents

PGY 1

Isaac Alty
Hometown: Lynchburg, VA
Education: MD, Harvard Medical School; Undergraduate, The College of William & Mary
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, global surgery, surgical education
Personal interests: Piano, motorcycle riding, downhill skiing, hiking/backpacking, camping

Jake Awtry
Hometown: Hingham, MA
Education: MD, Johns Hopkins; Undergraduate and Masters, Boston University
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology, hepatobiliary disease, cardiothoracic surgery, mechanisms of aortic root aneurysm formation
Personal interests: Podcasts, Boston sports teams, soccer, running, weightlifting, traveling, time with family, dogs

Ilaria Caturegli
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Education: MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical and research interests: Oncology, gender disparities in surgery
Personal interests: Playing the piano, sailing, skiing, yoga, hiking, cooking

Eliza Hersh
Hometown: New York, NY
Education: MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Undergraduate, Amherst College
Clinical and research interests: Clinical - still exploring; Research - clinical outcomes, surgical education, quality improvement
Personal interests: Biking, cooking, tennis

Annabelle Jones
Hometown: Homer, NY
Education: MD, Stony Brook School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Middlebury College
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology and global surgery
Personal interests: Running, biking, indoor horticulture, cooking, being a cat mom

Yun Jee Kang
Hometown: Latham, NY
Education: MD, Harvard Medical School; Undergraduate, Harvard College
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology, cancer biology, health care disparities
Personal interests: Spending time with friends/family, Great British Bakeoff, local coffee, podcasts

Sangki Oak
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
Education: MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Duke University
Clinical and research interests: Global Surgery and trauma
Personal interests: Cooking, 3D printing, travel

Alexander Ordoobadi
Hometown: Washington, DC
Education: MD, Harvard Medical School; Undergraduate, Amherst College
Clinical and research interests: Trauma surgery, pediatric surgery, prehospital care, health services research
Personal interests: Skiing, hiking, kiteboarding

Stefanie Soelling
Hometown: Everett, WA
Education: MD and MPH, Emory School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Georgetown University
Clinical and research interests: Global surgery, health disparities, trauma, melanoma
Personal interests: Golf, tennis, sailing

PGY2

Alexis Antunez, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Education: MD, University of Michigan; Undergraduate, Duke University
Clinical and research interests: Health services research, mixed methods
Personal interests: Yoga, country music

Jim Fitzgibbon, MD
Hometown: Erie, PA
Education: MD, Temple University; undergrad, University of Pittsburgh
Clinical and research interests: Thoracic surgery, surgical education, vascular surgery, surgical oncology and trauma/critical care
Personal interests: Running, following Pittsburgh sports teams and traveling

Kerri McKie, MD
Hometown: Princeton, MA
Education: MD, University of Massachusetts; Undergraduate, Georgetown University
Clinical and research interests: Trauma surgery, pediatric trauma, gun violence, public health
Personal interests: Horseback riding, running, yoga

Brittany Powell, MD
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Education: MD, Stanford University; Undergraduate, Harvard University
Clinical and research interests: Global surgery, HPB surgery
Personal interests: International hiking and travel, swimming

Max Riley, MD
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Education: MD, Washington University School Medicine; Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical and research interests: Surgical education, health equity (improving access to care, outcomes)
Personal interests: Los Angeles Rams, running, space exploration, Toronto R&B

Cullen Roberts, MD
Hometown: Cheltenham, PA
Education: MD, Brown University; Undergraduate, Williams College
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, bariatric surgery, surgical education
Personal interests: International travel; running/marathons

Sarabeth Spitzer, MD
Hometown: NY, NY
Education: MD, Stanford University; Undergraduate, Harvard University
Clinical and research interests: Trauma surgery; firearm injury prevention
Personal interests: Watercolor painting, dog-walking

Megan Sulciner, MD
Hometown: Deephaven, MN
Education: MD, University of Minnesota; Undergraduate, Boston College
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology, HPB, transplant surgery; tumor-associated inflammation and the tumor microenvironment
Personal interests: Running half marathons, cooking for friends and family, snowboarding, travel

Biqi Zhang, MD
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Education: MD, Harvard Medical School; Undergraduate, Duke University
Clinical and research interests: Health care quality improvement, health services research, chronic illness care, shared decision making
Personal interests: Organizational/operational work that increases surgical care value, reading, attending live music shows, sit-down meals with family and friends

PGY3

Name: Karan Chhabra, MD
Hometown: Allendale, NJ
Education: MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Undergraduate, Duke University
Clinical and research interests: General surgery, bariatrics / minimally invasive surgery, health policy, surgical quality, costs of care, surgical decision making
Personal interests: Rock climbing, hiking, trail running, scuba diving, burritos

Name: Jessica Feliz, MD
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Education: MD, University of Virginia; Undergraduate, BS, College of William and Mary
Clinical and research interests: Minority health disparities, women’s health, global health, surgical treatment and reconstruction for breast cancer, outcome and quality of life research
Personal interests: Spending time with friends, running, wine tasting, travel, crochet, knitting, sewing, embroidery and painting

Name: Adam C. Fields, MD
Hometown: Jericho, NY
Education: MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Undergraduate, Yale University
Clinical and research interests: Quality and safety, outcomes, colorectal surgery
Personal interests: Dogs, exercise, spending time with family and friends

Name: Katherine He, MD
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Education: MD, University of Michigan Medical School; Undergraduate, University of California Berkeley
Clinical and research interests: Health policy, trauma outcomes, health disparities
Personal interests: Camping, backpacking, yoga, dance

Name: Patrick Heindel, MD
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Education: MD, Keck School of Medicine of USC; Undergraduate, University of Maryland
Clinical and research interests: Trauma/surgical critical care, wilderness and austere medicine, leadership and non-technical skills for surgeons
Personal interests: Backpacking, whitewater kayaking, surfing, climbing, cycling, photography

Name: Sameer A. Hirji, MD
Hometown: Daressalaam, Tanzania
Education: MD, Duke University School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clinical and research interests: Outcomes research, aortic and mitral valve surgery, transcatheter technology, aortic trauma, VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy, heart and lung transplantation
Personal interests: Meditation, volunteering, college counseling, table-tennis

Name: Eva Rouanet, MD
Hometown: Westford, MA
Education: MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Undergraduate, The University of Vermont
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, surgical oncology, surgical education, clinical outcomes
Personal interests: Traveling, baking, running, hiking, indoor cycling

Name: Matthew P. Vivero, MD
Hometown: Killingworth, CT
Education: MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Undergraduate, Colby College
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, congenital anomalies, transplant surgery, surgery education
Personal interests: Soccer, skiing, running, carpentry, spending time with family and friends, the New England Patriots

Name: Christine Wu, MD
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Education: MD, University of Michigan; Undergraduate, Harvard College
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, trauma surgery, medical and surgical education, leadership development
Personal interests: Sports (especially volleyball), running and hiking, traveling, photography, exploring local restaurants/bars with friends

PGY4

Name: Jamie Knell, MD
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Education: MD, University of California San Diego; Undergraduate, University of California San Diego
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, women in surgery
Personal interests: Cooking, travel, hiking

Name: Pamela Lu, MD
Hometown: Bedford, MA
Education: MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Undergraduate, Columbia University
Clinical and research interests: Colorectal surgery, surgical oncology

Name: Arin Madenci, MD, MPH, PhD
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Education: M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, undergraduate, Harvard University
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery; long-term outcomes/epidemiology
Personal interests: MATH

Name: Sasha Mahvi, MD
Hometown: Middleton, WI
Education: MD, University of Wisconsin; Undergraduate, Duke University
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology
Personal interests: Tennis, basketball, golf, snowboarding

Name: Danny Mou, MD
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Education: MD, Emory University School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Harvard University
Clinical and research interests: Bariatric surgery, surgical quality improvement, technology and innovation, health care management
Personal interests: Reading, traveling, hiking, classical music, movies, thoughtful conversations, spending time with friends

Name: William Phillips, MD
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Education: MD, Rush Medical College; Undergraduate, Wheaton College
Clinical and research interests: Thoracic oncology
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, basketball, tennis, skiing

Name: Rowza Rumma, MD
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Education: MD, Stanford School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Stanford University
Clinical and research interests: Vascular tissue engineering, perivascular adipose tissue biology, peripheral vascular disease, medical devices
Personal interests: Hiking, backpacking, volleyball, fencing, painting/sketching, cooking/exploring restaurants

Name: Paul Salem, MD
Hometown: Washington, DC
Education: MD, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Duke University
Clinical and research interests: Patient safety, surgical education and skill acquisition
Personal interests: Books, movies, typewriters, fountain pens, woodcarving, fireplaces

PGY5

Name: Bryan Dieffenbach, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Vascular Surgery Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Hometown: Poway, CA
Education: MD, UC San Diego; Undergraduate/MS, UC San Diego
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, acute care surgery; outcomes research and surgical education
Personal interests: Spending time with friends and family

Name: Anthony Haddad, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Hometown: Jezzine, Lebanon
Education: MD, American University of Beirut, Undergraduate, American University of Beirut
Clinical and research interest: Reconstructive surgery, wound healing
Personal interests: Soccer, running

Name: Jonathan Hills-Dunlap, MD, MPH - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Children's Hospital Colorado
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Education: MD, Stanford University; MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Undergraduate, Stanford University
Clinical and research interests: General pediatric surgery; health services research (racial disparities, access to care, resource utilization) and global surgery.
Personal interests: Spending time with family/friends, traveling, golf, snowboarding, tennis, European soccer, wine, the beach and anything outdoors.

Name: George Li, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Education: MD, Duke University School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology
Personal interests: Rock climbing, running

Name: Heather Ga Hyung Lyu, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Surgical Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Education: MD, Johns Hopkins University; Undergraduate, University of Virginia
Clinical and research interests: Clinical informatics, outcomes, health services, women in surgery
Personal interests: Spinning, yoga, baking, traveling

Name: Alessandra Moore, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital
Hometown: Medfield, MA
Education: MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Undergraduate, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Clinical and research interests: Endocrine surgery, colon and rectal surgery, foregut surgery, tissue engineering, stem cell therapy, scarless wound healing, device design
Personal interests: Travel, hiking, camping, spas, barre, horseback riding, field hockey, singing, trying new food and new restaurants, spending time with friends and family

Name: Linda Pak, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Breast Surgery Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Education: MD, University of Michigan School of Medicine; Undergraduate, University of Washington
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology
Personal interests: Baking, Agatha Christie mysteries, playing with Corgi

Name: Nidhi Udyavar, MD - 2021 Fellowship Destination: Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Education: MD, George Washington University; Undergraduate, University of Maryland
Clinical and research interests: Trauma surgery and surgical critical care; racial disparities in surgery
Personal interests: Musical theatre, live music, vegetarian cuisine, politics, activism, reading

Research

Name: Rachel Atkinson, MD
Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
Education: MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Undergraduate, Amherst College
Clinical and research interests: Education; medical school and residency administration; women’s health; clinical outcomes
Personal interests: Watching all sports, particularly football (go Giants!), basketball, golf; cooking every day; crosswords; relaxing with friends

Name: Sourav Bose, MD, MSc
Hometown: Englewood, NJ
Education: MD/MBA University of Pennsylvania; MSc London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, surgery technology, health care management
Personal interests: Polo, rowing, multi-day treks, cooking, DIY

Name: James Etheridge, MD
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Education: MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Undergraduate, Johns Hopkins University
Clinical and research interests: Cardiovascular surgery, trauma and acute care surgery, health services research
Personal interests: Fishing, backpacking, running, woodworking

Name: Samuel Enumah, MD
Hometown: Columbus, GA
Education: MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Harvard College
Clinical and research interests: General surgery, surgical quality and safety, global surgery, health services research
Personal interests: Eating homemade South Asian food, running by the Charles River, consuming breakfast sandwiches with avocado, Game of Thrones, drinking chai

Name: Frances Hu, MD
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Education: MD, Emory University School of Medicine; Undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania
Clinical and research interests: Clinically undifferentiated; healthcare delivery, quality improvement, patient education
Personal interests: Running, traveling, cooking/trying new restaurants, spending time with friends

Name: Lenka Ilcisin, MD
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Education: MD, Harvard Medical School; Undergraduate, Princeton University
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, global surgery, improving oncologic and critical care in limited-resource settings
Personal interests: Running, soccer, hiking, rock climbing, spinning, knitting, baking

Name: James Luo, MD
Hometown: New York City
Education: MD, The University of Chicago; Undergraduate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Clinical and research interests: GI microbiome; GI physiology; gastrointestinal surgery
Personal interests: BASEBALL! Surgical history; American history; exercising; theater

Name: Joshua S. Jolissaint, MD
Hometown: Woodstock, Maryland
Education: MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine; Undergraduate, University of Virginia
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology, vascular and transplant surgery
Personal interests: Skiing, literature, food and wine

Name: Abby Larson, MD
Hometown: Easton, Maryland
Education: MD, Johns Hopkins University SOM; Undergraduate, Dickinson College
Clinical and research interests: Pediatric surgery, fetal surgery
Personal interests: Running, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, yoga, going to the gym, snowboarding, wakeboarding, spending time at home on the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland crabs, drawing and sketching, lithography

Name: Pooja Neiman, MD, MPA
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Education: MD, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Undergraduate, UC Berkeley
Clinical and research interests: Health systems, health care policy
Personal interests: Traveling, hanging out with friends, exploring the East Coast

Name: Paige Newell, MD
Hometown: Littleton, CO
Education: MD, Temple University; Undergraduate, Harvard University
Clinical and research interests: Trauma surgery, surgical critical care, global surgery
Personal interests: Open water swimming, running, hiking, collecting antique medical prints

Name: Laura Piechura, MD
Hometown: West Allis, WI
Education: MD, Stanford University; Undergraduate, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Clinical and research interests: Cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiac surgery, transplant surgery, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine
Personal interests: College football, playing soccer, running, cooking, spending time with friends and family

Name: Jason Pradarelli, MD
Hometown: Muskego, WI
Education: University of Michigan; Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Clinical and research interests: Clinical - general surgery, hernias, foregut, pediatric surgery; Research - how to safely introduce new surgical technology into practice, studying impact of coaching on surgical performance
Personal interests: Exercising and playing all sports, especially basketball and soccer; Italian and Mexican food; traveling and living out of a suitcase

Name: Mehida Rojas-Alexandre, MD, MHS
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (via Cap-Haitian, Haiti)
Education: MD-MHS, Yale School of Medicine; Undergraduate, CUNY-Hunter College
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology, health care disparities
Personal interests: Powerlifting, track and field, spending time with husband, family and friends

Name: Lilly Saadat, MD
Hometown: Danville, CA
Education: MD, Northwestern University; Undergraduate, Stanford University
Clinical and research interests: Surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, health services research
Personal interests: Travel, yoga, live music, cooking

Name: Vanessa Welten, MD, MPH
Hometown: Crysler, Ontario, Canada
Education: MD/MPH, Northwestern University; Undergraduate, Brown University
Clinical and research interests: Clinically - trauma surgery/surgical critical care, pediatric surgery; Research - social determinants of health and their impact on surgical outcomes; global health and surgery in resource-limited settings.
Personal interests: Ice hockey, rollerblading, hiking, visual arts, traveling, spending time with friends and family.

Name: Elizabeth Yates, MD
Hometown: Concord, MA
Education: MD, University of Michigan; Undergraduate, Northwestern University
Clinical and research interests: Sustainability in health care; social determinants of health
Personal interests: Running, tennis, cooking REALLY large meals once a week

Name: Bixiao Brian Zhao, MD, PhD
Hometown: Plainsboro, NJ
Education: MD/PhD, Yale School of Medicine; Undergraduate, Princeton University
Clinical and research interests: Genetics, genomics, big data analysis, high-throughput screening technology
Personal interests: Theater, soccer, frisbee, Disney, restaurants with tasting menus

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