Class of 2016
Stephanie Dixon: Stephanie comes to us from the University of Michigan Medical School, where she was junior AOA and avidly pursued her interests in oncology, particularly in her research and volunteer work, as well as taking opportunities to do international medicine in Peru and South Africa. Stephanie worked to create a database of survivors of childhood cancers for Mott’s Children’s Hospital. Her other research included an internship in Medical Education. During that time she created and administered a survey to assess perceptions of quality of care in a resident clinic. She also worked on a Domestic Violence and Pediatric Risk Assessment survey as a pilot for a community wide study. Stephanie received a prestigious 4 year Dean’s Merit complete scholarship for medical school, and other merit scholarships including during her undergraduate education at University of Michigan as well. Her first degree is a BS in Biomedical Engineering. During those years she was able to work in Switzerland on genomic micro-array technology to be used in identifying chromosomal aberrations in lymphoma patients. Prior to that, she studied the effects of various nanoparticles on lipid bilayers, resulting in 2 publications in peer reviewed journals. Other undergraduate research experience was in a cell Signaling and Carcinogenesis laboratory. Her volunteer work spans camps for kids with cancer, running a marathon benefiting the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, and co-chairing a Cancer Awareness Week. We admire Stephanie for her intensity, dedication, and fearlessness. She will be a leader in all stages of her career!
Rafael "Nick" Favela IV: Nick is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine at Galveston. He was very active in his community with a focus on the underserved. His research in medical school was on the effects of Klotho protein over-expression on endoplasmic reticulum as a model of diabetic kidney disease. He worked in the student run free clinic and at a resource center for the homeless. Nick speaks Spanish and was a Texas National Hispanic scholarship recipient finalist. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of Texas in Austin. We appreciate him taking the leap of leaving Texas and coming to train with us! We enjoy and value Nick’s compassion, sense of honor, and eagerness to contribute to the well being of others!
Cassie Grimsley Ackerley: Cassie came to us from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, where she was AOA as well the recipient of a number of merit awards and scholarships. She did research on the effectiveness of web based asthma education modules for adolescents and their families. Her volunteer work included trips to Ecuador, Swaziland, and India and these trips have driven her interest in infectious diseases. She is active in her church, both as a leader and to support others. Cassie’s undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology and Chemistry. She had merit scholarships for her undergraduate studies as well. Cassie has a gift for connecting with others, which she uses with her altruism to promote healing in spirit and body in everyone around her!
Ashley Jenkins: Ashley came to us from Eastern Virginia Medical School where she was AOA and a Gold Humanism Award recipient. She also has a Master’s of Science from Georgetown University in Biophysics and Physiology. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Biology and International Relations from Brown University. She is truly a citizen of the world, having lived on many continents as a child and young adult. Ashley’s research included an initiative for screening women for post partum depression, as well as a quality improvement study on the allocation of operating rooms for emergency surgeries. She spent the year between undergrad and grad school in China as an English teacher. She has travelled 3 times to Honduras with medical missions, and was an active member in the Global Health Coalition in Norfolk. She worked as an EMT for her 4 years of undergrad, and joined almost every interest group she could find during her medical school years. These many activities highlight one of the most impressive things about Ashley: there is nothing at which she does not excel!!! We are lucky to have this vivacious, kind, brilliant and friendly doctor join our residency on her way to an exceptional career in academic hospital medicine or whatever else she might choose!
Kimberly Ollinger: Kimberly is junior AOA and the chapter Vice President, from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, where she received multiple merit scholarships and awards. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology from Concordia University in Seward Nebraska, where she also received multiple merit scholarships and participated in a service learning trip to Belize. During medical school she fulfilled some of her interest in the underserved by working in Jamaica twice. She also was involved in “Project Empower”, which provided health care screening and education for women survivors of domestic abuse. As an undergrad Kimberly did research in signaling pathways involved in muscular development related to myotubular myopathies. She also worked as a CNA and a basketball coach. She is interested in primary care, transition medicine, and vulnerable populations. Kimberly is a natural leader, educator, care giver, and role model for all. We feel fortunate to have her as a resident!
Sherri Smart:Sherri earned her MD/PhD at the University of Arkansas. Her PhD is in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her doctoral dissertation was on development of technology called transient I-DIRT, which classifies protein-protein interactions on chromosomes. She applied this to Saccharomyces in vivo. Between undergrad and medical school, she worked for a year in a cytogenetics lab to determine numerical and structural chromosome abnormalities. These years of research resulted in 3 publications in peer reviewed journals, a book chapter, 6 posters and 12 oral presentations. During her training she presented work in Costa Rica and Switzerland. Sherri’s undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology, magna cum laude, from the University of Central Arkansas. She is dedicated to a career as a physician scientist and will clearly excel in her chosen field of oncology. Sherri is not just a brilliant scientist, she is also energetic, fun loving and cheerful. We love how she can light up a room!
Danielle Weber: Danielle came to us from Jefferson Medical College, where she was junior AOA and a Gold Humanism Award recipient. Her undergraduate degrees are a BS in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, cum laude and with honors, and where she was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. She was the project coordinator for the University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center in Philadelphia, where she was able to create and edit curriculae and collect and analyze surveys. She also did research to validate procedural checklists, on the use of OSCEs to assess curriculum, procedural assessment of interns, and helped create a procedural manual. This work resulted in a submitted manuscript as well as 5 poster presentations. Danielle served for 5 years in JeffHOPE, a free clinic, including in roles as director and Education chair. She is interested in primary care and academics. It is rare to see an individual with an exceptional performance in everything she touches, but Danielle is that person. It is a privilege to count her among our med-peds family!
Class of 2015
J David Bailey: David comes to us from the University of Louisville School of Medicine where he was AOA and was ranked at the top of his class. He did research studying the incidence of significant renal damage from aminoglycosides in newborns. His undergraduate degree from Samford University is a BS in biochemistry summa cum laude. During his undergraduate time he did a study abroad trip to Spain and Italy. He has been active in his church and community since childhood. His hobbies include hiking, water and snow skiing, playing music and ultimate Frisbee. He is known and beloved for his kindness as well as scholarship! His career goals are academic med-peds.
Rachel Bensman: Rachel is from Ohio State University where she received the Gold Humanism, Professionalism, Leadership and a number of merit scholarships. Her undergraduate degree was a BS in Biology and French Language. During her undergraduate studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati, she also did a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, and graduated as valedictorian. During her undergraduate time she did research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital on the effects of MDMA on the developing brain in a rat model. As a medical student Rachel also did 3 international rotations in South Africa, Honduras and Malawi. The Malawi experience included work in a pilot study for students to provide longitudinal with a local health care provider and this is supported by a Child Family Health Grant. She has basic proficiency in Spanish and near fluency in French. Her hobbies include dancing (especially salsa!), running, biking, soccer, travel, hiking and spending time with family. Rachel's passion for international medicine and the care of the underserved shows her commitment to the selfless service of others! Her career interests are in Global Health!
Courtney Kroeger: Courtney comes from our home school, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she was AOA and an exceptional student. Courtney's undergraduate degree is from Ohio State University, a BS in Biochemistry. She did research as an undergraduate at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center on lysozyme suppression of inflammatory mediators using transfected cell lines in vitro and genetically modified mouse model. As a student in Cincinnati, she volunteered in a number of venues including Urban Health Project and Medical Volunteers. She comes from a family of firefighters, and she demonstrates the same dedication to her community. Courtney's hobbies include camping, kayaking, horseback riding, cooking, running and violin. We love Courtney for her brilliance, team spirit, and ability to find the sunshine behind every cloud! Her career interests are undecided, but we know she will excel in any field!
Elizabeth Lally: Elizabeth is from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern where she has excelled. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Molecular and Cell biology, genetics, genomics and development from the University of California at Berkeley. As a medical student Elizabeth did research on the effect of night float call schedules on labor and delivery outcomes. As an undergraduate she also did research, investigating the development of plants through the use of a reduction-oxidaton sensitive green fluorescent protein. Elizabeth spent time in Japan and speaks Japanese. Elizabeth hobbies include painting and film and all things Japanese. She impressed us from day 1 with her sincerity, insight, sweetness, and engaging personality!
Dale "Bo" Stapler: Bo is from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. His undergraduate degree is a BS in Biochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He did a mission trip to Mexico during medical school. Between undergraduate and medical schools, Bo worked for a few years as a research specialist at the Emory Transplant Center, researching virus-associated kidney transplant rejection. There he developed proficiency in a number of basic science research techniques and the use of animal models and his work there resulted in 3 peer reviewed publications. Bo and his wife are active in their church and community. Bo's interests outside the hospital include running, movies, reading, sports and ballet (his wife is a ballerina!). His dedication, hard work, and sincerity make him a favorite of everyone lucky enough to meet him!
Lindsay Young: Lindsay comes to us from Wake Forest University School of Medicine where she was AOA and at the top of her class. She has a BS in Neuroscience summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary. Her honors research there was on the effects of fatigue on motor and cognitive performance. In medical school Lindsay participated in 2 research projects. The first was on the effect of tamoxifen ad black cohosh on breast cancer cells. She was also a research assistant in a case study and review of the literature on undifferentiated sarcoma of the liver in childhood in the context of infectious disease prevention and nutritional support. Lindsay has been active in her community and has a passion for volunteer work and transitional medicine. She also did an elective in Belize as part of a medical mission. Lindsay started swimming as a child and became a coach as well. Her hobbies include running, her dog, reading and athletics. Lindsay is brilliant, unshakable, and caring-the best kind of friend, or doctor, to have!
Class of 2014
Scott Carlson: Scott is AOA from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He also received the Gold Humanism Honor Society Award for service, as well as other merit awards. He has been active in the Initiative on Poverty, Justice and Health Medical Student Scholars Program and this gave him many opportunities to provide care to the underserved in our community. Scott also participated in 2 international experiences, a medical-orphanage in Guatemala, and a service-learning trip to France. His undergraduate degree was a BA in Biology and Psychology, magna cum laude from Capital University in Columbus Ohio, where he also received numerous awards and a full merit scholarship. From 2000 to 2006 Scott was also a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. He achieved the rank of Sergeant, and worked in air defense. His interests include Olympic weight lifting, church activities and hockey. One of Scott’s remarkable character traits is to never draw attention to himself, and we very much admire him for his humility in the face of excellence! He will be one of the internal medicine chief residents from 2014 to 2015 and we are so excited about being able to work with him for another year! After completion of his chief year he is looking to take a primary care position.
Katherine Clarridge: Katherine comes to us from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where she participated in a number of research and volunteer projects. In 2007, she and Ernst Fischer (see below) did an epidemiologic study of Tuberculosis in HIV patients in Peru through the University of Peru Cayetano Heredia. They also cofounded and participated in the Interpreter Apprentice Program at their medical school. Katherine received her undergraduate degree, a BS in Chemical Engineering cum laude and a BA from the University of Texas Austin, followed by a masters degree in Biomedical Engineering during which she worked as a TA in 3 different courses. A poster from her research during that time period was presented in Oxford at a major research conference. Her hobbies include competitive running, soccer, and vegetarian cooking. Katherine’s innate calm and maturity makes her a delightful person to spend time with! Kat has decided to specialize in Allergy and Immunology and is training at the NIH where we know she will continue to do great things!
Erin Conway: Erin comes to us from SUNY Buffalo, where she is graduating first in her class, and is AOA. During her medical school time she did research at Harvard as an APS/SPR student research scholar. Erin’s undergraduate degree is a BA in Biology and a BA in Health and Society magna cum laude, from University of Rochester. She was also the recipient of multiple awards and merit scholarships during her undergraduate career. As an undergraduate Erin did research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a SURF scholar in the molecular cardiovascular biology lab of Dr Ware. Prior to completing medical school, Erin spent time in Guatemala. She enjoys travel, tennis and Irish Dance as hobbies. Erin’s positive energy, dedication and excellence makes her an amazing colleague! Erin is a med-peds hospitalist at our institution, paving the way for future generations!
Ernest Fischer: Ernest comes to us from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he participated in a number of research and community service projects. In 2007, Ernest and Katherine Clarridge (see above) did an epidemiologic study of Tuberculosis in HIV patients in Peru through the University of Peru Cayetano Heredia. They also cofounded and participated in the Interpreter Apprentice Program at their medical school. Ernest’s undergraduate degree is in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas, Austin. Ernest worked as an environmental specialist for a year before receiving a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from the same school. He also worked as a teaching assistant for a number of classes. Ernest has a number of publications and posters from his research, including his NIH Minority Research Training Program. Ernest enjoys soccer, running, biking and swimming. Ernest quickly became a favorite of his colleagues with his altruism and engaging personality. Ernest will be working as a hospitalist in the DC area.
Matthew Kelleher: Matthew came to use from the University of Louisville School of Medicine where he was AOA and elected to the Gold Humanism Service Honor Society. Matt has been inspired to provide service, especially in faith communities where he has had a number of leadership positions in campus ministry. This involvement led him to participate in 5 separate mission trips. Matt’s undergrad degree is a BS summa cum laude in Biology and Chemistry from Murray State University. He enjoys triathlons, travel, mountain biking, kayaking and church activities. Matthew was described as having an “infectious smile and passion to serve” and we agree!! Matt is serving as our inspiring med-peds chief from 2014 to 2015, and then will be looking for a position in primary care.
Mary McCarty: Mary is from our home program of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she did research with Dr Melhman for 2 years on the measurement of spondylolisthesis. Her undergraduate degree is a BS from Tulane University in Biomedical Engineering. She spent a year at Boston University after Katrina struck midway through her undergraduate training. Mary received many awards as an undergraduate. She also participated in research as an undergraduate, including a project to design an easel for an artist with physical handicaps. Her many experiences in research resulted in 3 publications, an oral presentation and an abstract. Her hobbies include the Indie 500, figure skating and camping. Mary also served as an EMT for 3 years. Her abilities as a primary care doctor are amazing. She is well known for her hard working “can-do” attitude which will serve her well as med-peds resident and colleague!! Mary has joined one of our graduate offices in UCMC and we are thrilled to have her stay as faculty precepting in clinic!
Jordan Shapiro: Jordan comes to us from the Medical College of Wisconsin where he was AOA. His medical career has been shaped by his interest in care of the underserved. This included work in Port-au-Prince Haiti in 2005 and a trip to India to participate in SEARCH, a project to institute simple measures to lower infant mortality. Jordan worked for a year in the Global Health interest Group as a research assistant (through Doctors without Borders) analyzing the affidavits of refugee applicants to evaluate patterns of torture. He also worked at the Schering-Plough Research Institute in Alzheimer treatment. After learning about food insecurity he accepted a challenge to live on 3$ per day for a week for all of his food intake. A publication describing this experiment was published in Academic Medicine, November 2009. He also participated in an integrative medicine program from the NIH. The goal of this program was learning how to incorporate evidence based practice of complementary medicine into medical school. Jordan’s undergraduate career was shared between Marian College and the University of Wisconsin in Madison for 3 years, where he studied biology, chemistry and nutritional sciences. His hobbies include yoga, travel, vegetarian cooking, and weight lifting. Jordan uses his many life experiences to provide depth and maturity to everything he does and elevate all of our thinking in the process! Because of his inspiration, Jordan received the recognition in receiving the Gold Humanism award during residency! He has a position in complex care at Texas Childrens where we know he will continue to be an inspiration!
Class of 2013
David Jackson: David came to us from the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he was AOA and received the Gold Humanism award as well as multiple merit scholarships and awards. During medical school he did research on lipids in HAART. He presented data at the National HIV Prevention Conference in August of 2009 on first presentation of HIV viral loads after institution of the national opt-out of testing recommendations. David attended Davidson for his undergraduate degree (BA in Religion). David's hometown is Birmingham, AL. He has international experience in Zambia, Trinidad, and Japan. In addition, David served in the Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast. David also participated in research at the Center for Infectious Disease in Zambia for prevention of vertical transmission of HIV. His hobbies include reading, ultimate Frisbee, mountain biking, soccer, hiking, and yard work. We love how David makes us all laugh with his quick wit and his ever-present smile! David is pursuing his love of public health and epidemiology wth service in the US Health Corps, with his first post in Pinon Arizona.
Benjamin Kinnear: Ben is AOA (and AOA president) from the University Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He was class vice president, and received the Hickerson Rhoads Scholarship for 2 years. His undergraduate degree is a BA in Chemistry from St Louis University, summa cum laude. His hometown is also St Louis. He did bench research with aptamers (ssDNA) as cancer markers for year between medical school and undergraduate studies. Ben is proficient Spanish. During residency, Ben served as President of the National Med-Peds Residents Associate and accomplished quite a bit during his tenure! His hobbies include music, sports, international cuisine, theology, partner dancing. Ben is brilliant and makes us perform at the top of our game!!!! Ben has graciously taken on the Med-Peds chief year and will then be working in Graduate Medical Education.
Meghan Markovich: Meghan came from our home school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She did her undergraduate work at John Carroll University. She received a, BS Biology cum laude. Her hometown is Cleveland, OH. She has worked as an Upward Bound Science Teacher. Her hobbies include ice skating, volleyball, soccer. As a colleague, Meghan is always there for everyone and is know for her gentle kindness! Meghan is doing primary care in Northern KY where we know she will be much loved by her colleagues and patients alike!
Natalie Jacobs: Natalie is AOA from our home Medical School, the University of Cincinnati. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Dayton where she received a BS Pre-Med summa cum laude. Natalie's hometown is Dayton, OH. She has worked as a nursing assistant. She also participated in an NIH summer research program as a student. Her hobbies incude running and cooking. Natalie is always a few steps ahead of the rest of us, yet she always patiently helps bring us along! Natalie is serving and Internal Medicine Chief and will then enter primary care in Cincinnati.
Anju Singhal: Anju is AOA, and came to us from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine Her undergraduate degree is from the University Tennessee Knoxville, where she received a BS in Biochemistry summa cum laude. Her hometown is Knoxville, TN. Anju did a quality improvement project at the VAMC in Memphis creating guidelines. She did bench research on the effect of caffeine and DDT on drosophila. She speaks Hindi and conversational Spanish. Her hobbies include playing viola, traveling, and swing dancing. Anju loves to have fun and is a great support for her classmates and colleagues! Anju is now doing a pulmonary-critical care fellowship in Maryland. We know her brilliance and caring approach will make her an outstanding intensivist!
John Tisdale: John came to us from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, where he was his class Vice President for 3 years. His undergraduate degree is from Kenyon College, and he earned a BA in Biology with an academic scholarship. His hometown is Little Rock, AR. He had done work with 4H Camps in Ohio and as a High Ropes Instructor. He had done research on osteoclasts and myeloma. He spent the year between undergrad and medical school studying portable devices to detect nerve agents at subtoxic levels. John's hobbies include running, mountain biking, camping, ultimate Frisbee, and gardening. John never hesitates to offer himself up as the next joke-and we love him for his humility! John has joined the Indian Health Service in Chinle Arizona, where we know his patients will love him as much as we do!
Jessica Weeks: Jessica attended the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She was class vice president for 1 year and did an Albert Schweitzer fellowship. Her undergraduate degree is from Mars Hill College and is a BS Biology and BA English summa cum laude. Her hometown is the Asheville, NC area. Her international experiences include a rotation in Nicaragua and 6 months in Honduras after graduation from medical school with Shoulder to Shoulder. She is fluent in Spanish and her hobbies include reading, travel, running, and cooking. Jessica amazes us with her many talents and we were proud to have her as a colleague! She is now pursuing her passion for service in the Indian Health system in Chinle Arizona, where we know she will be exceptional!
Class of 2012
Rachel Dickerson: Rachel came to us from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her undergraduate degree is a BA Psychology at Rice University. Her family is from the St Louis area. During medical school, she was the recipient of multiple academic merit based scholarships. As a student, Rachel participated in research on familial aortic aneurysms, and the prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome. She is fluent in Spanish, and has worked as an interpreter. Rachel is known for her kind and caring approach to all. We were lucky to be graced with her presence! She is now working as a primary care physician in a Med-Peds practice near St Louis, in a health professions shortage area.
Maggie Duck: Maggie is from our home medical school here at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where she impressed us with her energy and dedication to service. Maggie was also recognized with a 4 year merit scholarship during medical school. She attended Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree of a BS Microbiology, magna cum laude. Originally from Toledo, Maggie is an Ohioan. As a student, Maggie did research in the ethnic differences in insulin sensitivity and incidence of type I diabetes, data from which she presented in 1 paper published in Journal of Pediatrics, and 3 posters at the prestigious national and regional Pediatric Academic Societies meetings. She also has a strong interest in International and was fortunate to go to the Dominican Republic on a medical trip. Her career interests are in primary care. We love Maggie's sweet and sunny personality when she lights up a room! Maggie stayed on an extra year after completion of her residency as an Internal Medicine Chief Resident. She then joined University of Cincinnati Medical Center primary care network and started a new practice with her classmate Craig Gurney. We are thrilled to have both of them also precepting in med-peds clinic!
Jessica Gillespie: Jessica came to us from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine, where she completed their 6 year program undergrad/MD program with a BA Liberal Arts in exceptional fashion, resulting in her election to AOA. Jessica's home is in Kansas City. As a student she did research in pleurodesis treatment and IPF, which resulted in her being invited to present at a national meeting. She also received recognition for this work in local awards. As a student, Jessica completed a hospital medicine elective Ghana, West Africa, and received the E Grey Dimond International Medical Scholarship to fund this experience. Jessica's sense of humor and infectious laugh are welcomed by all! She is currently working in a private Med-Peds practice in a suburb of Kansas City where she does both outpatient and inpatient care.
Craig Gurney: Craig graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine with AOA distinction. He was the sole recipient of an award from the Medical School for his commitment to service and humanitarianism, as well as receiving the Gold Humanism award. Craig's undergraduate degree is a BS in Biochemistry from Brigham Young University summa cum laude, and his home state is Utah. As a medical student, Craig helped, via his position as a fellow in aging, to create a curriculum on geriatric medicine for medical students and other learners. He also participated in research on the ability of Cox-2 inhibitors to decrease production of new vessel growth in tumors, and presented a poster on this research. Before medical school, Craig spent 2 years in Japan doing missionary work. He speaks Japanese, Spanish and German! His future plans remain undecided. One of Craig's attendings in medical school wrote of him: Interacting with Craig was one of those exceptional experiences: to work with an amazing student early in his career, constituting one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as an attending. We agree! Craig is recognized for his ability to see the positive in any situation, and he inspires all of us to be as exceptionally kind and smart as he is! Craig is currently precepting in out Med-Peds clinic and starting a new med-peds practice site in town. He is an inspiration for all of us!
Adam Houser: We were fortunate to recruit Adam from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina where he was recognized as AOA. He was also the recipient of a merit scholarship. His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina with a BS in Biology, and he graduated with distinction, as a Ferree Scholar. Adam home is in North Carolina. He participated in research on the dendritic and axonal morphologies of Drosophila. Adam has traveled to Mexico to provide service 4 times! In addition, he participated in a rotation in Uganda. Adam's career interests are in primary care. Adam has the ability to make all of us laugh, and his dedication to care for others is unexcelled. Adam is working as a primary care physician in a Med-Peds practice in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Adam Lubert: Adam came to us from Wayne State University, where his performance was exceptional resulting in AOA election. Adam's undergraduate degree is a BS in chemistry from the University of Michigan, where he received University Honors as well as other awards. As a student, Adam participated in research on mononuclear cell staining with a variety of antibodies. He is still undecided about subspecialty versus primary care for his future. Adam's brilliance, easy smile and ability to stay calm in all situations makes him a favorite of everyone! Adam has stayed in Cincinnati an extra year as the Med-Peds Chief Resident. After completion of his chief year he has begun a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology in Michigan, where we know he will be a star!
Abimbola Sokunbi: Abby came to America from her home in Nigeria to pursue training in medicine, and has never faltered in her quest! She graduated from the Texas A & M College of Medicine. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State in 3 years. During medical school, Abby participated in research on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and binge drinking. As an undergrad she was a researcher in the Howard Hughes Medicine Institute and analyzed supercoiling of DNA in Thermotoga maritime. Abby is fluent in Yoruba. Abby is unflappable even under stress, smiling through adversity. Her determination and altruism is an inspiration for all of us! Abby is working as a Med-Peds Hospitalist in Houston, Texas.
Class of 2011
Corey Cudzilo: Corey and his wife came to us from Tennessee, with his medical degree from the University Of TN College Of Medicine. This was also his undergraduate college, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology, and where he was a Bicentennial Scholar. Corey volunteered in his community and with a religious organization providing mentoring for adolescents. His career plans are undecided. Corey's warm smile, ability to stay calm amid chaos, brilliance and humility has been a great strength for all! He has chosen a career in adult critical care and pulmonary medicine and is training at the University of Cincinnati! We love having him here to help the residents and our patients!!!
Mark Foreman: Mark, his wife and infant came to us from California, with his degree from the Keck School of Medicine. Mark was born in Michigan, and his hometown is Anderson IN. He graduated magna cum laude from Hope College in Holland Michigan with a BA in Chemistry. Mark worked as a certified nursing assistant and with an Upward Bound program tutoring high school students. He has intermediate medical Spanish and volunteered in a free clinic in Tijuana. He also volunteered in various community faith-based projects. As an undergrad Mark led a group of volunteers to Nora VA to help the community. Mark's understated personality could disguise his underlying genius, but his abilities as leader, physician and colleague are unexcelled. Mark has launched his career in hospital medicine in Michigan. He works in a community hospital affiliated with Michigan State University, and he is working to build a peds hospitalist program within this hospital!
Jennifer Huang: Jennifer received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, where she received the Gold Humanism Award in addition to being elected AOA. Jennifer was born in Taipei and her hometown is Wichita, Kansas. During medical school she participated in research for use of sodium citrate for IV lock, and a chart review of trauma outcomes. She presented, in a variety of settings, scholarly works from data from a dedicated trauma service, use of shift work, and a patient vignette in portal vein thrombosis. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Kansas with a BA in Theater and Film. She has been to Belize as a medical volunteer, in addition to many other projects. These included various committees while in medical school and presidency in the Care for Kids buddy program. Jennifer has the rare ability to see the bright side of every situation, and to lighten everyone's load. We awere most fortunate to have her! She has moved on to her fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Oregon Health Science University, where we know she will be a star!
Cheryl Lee: Cheryl and her husband David came to us as a med-peds couple match. Cheryl received her medical degree from the University of Michigan. Her hometown is Detroit Michigan. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Biochemistry, cum laude, from Harvard. She has participated in 4 research projects, including the use of TPA for acute stroke, the development of the inner ear, cell damage from nitric oxide reductase, and drug metabolism by the P450 enzymes. These projects resulted in 4 abstracts and 2 presentations. After her undergraduate degree, Cheryl worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in a homeless clinic in San Francisco. During one of her summers, Cheryl also functioned as a 7th grade teacher for 12 teenagers in Boston's Chinatown. During medical school, she helped raise funds for, and participated in, a surgical/medical trip to Honduras. Cheryl is kind, caring and extremely competent-the doctor we would all like to be! Cheryl was our amazing med-peds chief and we were so lucky to have her! SHe is now in Chicago, working as a med-peds hospitalist at Northwestern Universtiy!
David Lee: David is Cheryl's husband and also received his medical degree from the University of Michigan. He is from Palatine IL. His undergraduate degree is a BS in cellular and molecular biology and anthropology, and this was also obtained from the University of Michigan in 1999. After his undergraduate degree, David worked for 4 years in sales as a corporate account manger for a computer firm. He participated in 2 research projects studying adenovirus induction of apoptosis of breast cancer cells and resistance to chemotherapy of breast cancer stem cells versus non-cancerous breast stem cells. This work led to 3 publications. David was active in his community in volunteer work and intramural sports. We have loved David's ability to see the world through the eyes of someone truly "young at heart", and he lights up our world the same way! Dave is served for a year as an Internal Medicine chief resident and was beloved by all! He is a natural educator with tremendous skill. He now works as a hospitalist in Internal Medicine in Chicago.
Abigail Nye: Abigail and her husband Jeff came to us from Cincinnati (our home school) as a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Abby is from Sylvania, OH. Her undergraduate degree is from Case Western Reserve University: a BA in Biology. While there she participated in a research project through Howard Hughes grants. The project was in manipulating mesenchymal stem cells to develop into fat cells. Abby volunteered as a mentor and in a YMCA camp counselor for many summers. Her career interests are in transition medicine for patients with intellectual disabilities. Abby easily meets the definition of the true and loyal friend to her classmates and colleagues. She is always the first one to dive into the hardest jobs and lend a hand whenever possible! Abbie completed a Transition Medicine Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She now practices at Cincinnati Children's seeing adults with "pediatric" diseases who need doctors and health care teams to help them achieve their highest level of health!
Dawn Osterholt: Dawn, her husband and young son, came to us from Cleveland where in 2006 she completed her medical degree from Case Western Reserve. During that time she was recognized for her volunteerism and dedication to the underserved. She participated as a research scholar in developing modules on Environmental Health for use in medical school. A subsequent 2 year project on lead poisoning led to identification of "Hot Houses" in Cleveland, providing an additional tool to identify and treat lead poisoning. During medical school, Dawn also completed an epidemiology elective at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers on Salmonella epidemics in the US between 1998 and 2w003, as well as international outbreaks in hospitals. Prior to medical school, Dawn had earned her MPH in Epidemiology and Public Health from Emory University. This was followed by work at the CDC as an ORISE fellow to implement an infant mortality surveillance system in West Africa. This work included training midwives there in data collection. Prior to her MPH, Dawn worked for 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, where her focus was teaching secondary school science. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan, a BA in Political Science. During medical school Dawn was also a founding member of Physicians for Human Rights. To further her commitment she has completed a fellowship in health disparities at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center prior to entering residency. Her career interests are in health disparities. Dawn has the ability to make everyone feel more comfortable and cared for-a true nurturer! Her accomplishments might otherwise make us self-conscious, but her caring spirit would not allow this! Dawn and her family have moved to Virginia where she joined a Federally Qualified Health Center. Her desire has been to take care of the underserved, especially young families with few resources, to continue her life of service!
Sharice Wood: Sharice and her husband came to us from North Carolina. Sharice's medical degree is from University of North Carolina School of Medicine where she earned both her MD and MPH degrees. Her MPH is in Health Care and Prevention. It included research in successful collaboration in the medical safety net in communities in North Carolina communities. She also worked in the Office of Educational Development at UNC for 4 months to coordinate two summer programs for high school and college students. Sharice was the recipient of a prestigious merit scholarship for her medical school. Her volunteerism included a literature project and health education in a woman's prison, as well as many leadership positions as a medical student, and a faith based health outreach program. Sharice speaks Spanish. Her undergraduate degree was cum laude, with a BS in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. She also spent a semester during undergrad in Japan studying language and literature. Following undergrad she worked in the private business for 4 years. She is known for her calm and inner strength-that she is always ready to lend a hand and is always ready to do more than her fair share without ever seeking recognition. Her strong sense of duty inspires us! Sharice graciously stayed on as Internal Medicine Chief, working with the long block residents and medicine clinic. Her quiet competence and caring make her a favorite of colleagues, patients and attendings! She has now joined the General Medicine and Med-Peds clinics to develop her own private practice. She is also one of our most esteemed med-peds preceptors and serves as inpatient attending as well.
Class of 2010
Nicole Brown: Nicole came to us from our home medical school, the University of Cincinnati. Her undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of Dayton. She has participated in international electives in Honduras and the Dominican Republic and is learning Spanish. She did research as an undergraduate in fatty acids in an animal model and on building crystals in an organic laboratory. She is also an EMT. She was an active volunteer in the community during both undergraduate and medical school. Her hometown is Louisville, KY. She has decided to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology, in which we are certain she will be successful. She completed a pediatric cardiology in Pittsburgh, PA in 2013 and will be returning to Cincinnati Children's for an additional year of fellowship training in adult congenital cardiology. Nicole is an exceptional team player and has amazing organizational skills. We are so lucky to have her back in Cincinnati!
Courtney Edgar: Courtney came to us from Brody at East Carolina University, where she performed in an exceptional manner. Her undergraduate degree was a BS in Biology, summa cum laude. Her hometown is Greenville, NC. During her undergraduate and medical school time she assumed many leadership roles, including Volunteer Coordinator for the Rotary group for her medical school, and treasurer of AMWA. She did research during undergraduate in a lab studying retrograde amnesia. She has traveled to Kenya and Costa Rica, where she participated in a Spanish Immersion program. During her time as a resident Courtney was easily the social coordinator for her class and always keeps everyone laughing, as well as being a kind and caring friend to all! Following graduation she took a job as an adult hospitalist in Columbia, SC for a few years before moving to Arkansas to work in pediatric primary care and in Urgent Care.
Kyle Kaufman: Kyle is from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his hometown is in Lima, OH. He attended Miami University for his undergraduate degree, a BA in Microbiology, cum laude. He participated in research at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research on fMRI in patients with bipolar disorder. He also worked on a project of virulence factors in Burkholderia cepacia before medical school Kyle is a calming influence for all, since he never ever loses his cool! Following graduation Kyle joined Bob Wolterman and Matt Hardin in a Med-Peds Private practice in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati that is part of UC Health. Kyle continues to precept in Med-Peds clinic and is a favorite of the residents!
Joyce "Joy" Lippe: Joy was Junior AOA from Arizona University, where she was ranked at the top of her class. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology, and she began taking college courses when she was 11 and medical school at 17. She grew up on a goat farm in Arizona. Joy did research in a conservation biology research lab on the extinction risks of praying mantises and in a microbiology lab. She is fluent in Spanish. She was very active in her community and medical school, including creating enrichment electives, addressing the health care needs of the underserved, participating in geriatric studies, and integrative medicine. Joy received multiple awards at graduation from residency, including the Doctors’ Doctor. Following graduation Joy joined the clinical staff in the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children’s where she was the principle investigator in rapid HIV testing research and successfully secured grant funding. Joy is quite simply a joy, someone everyone loves! She continued to precept in Med-Peds clinic and was a delight for faculty and residents alike. She then moved to Northern California to be near family. Her new position is in primary care med-peds. She will be sorely missed as no one can light up a room like Joy!
Sapan Patel: Sapan's medical school was the University of Pittsburgh. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a BS Biology/Psychology. Sapan participated in an elective in Ecuador, and has intermediate fluency in Spanish. His hometown is Chicago, IL. During medical school he created a website for his class, which served for both education and social support. He also participated in research in the Department of Surgery in NICU outcomes and glycemic control. His career interest is currently in primary care. Sapan is always available for his classmates, and everyone else from stray mother cats and her 7 kittens to colleagues in need. We have all benefited tremendously from his caring and kindness! Following graduation Sapan joined a med-pedsin practice in the greater Chicago area where he is no doubt endearing himself to his patients with his humor and kindness.
Sarah Schmidt: Sarah came from our home program at the University of Cincinnati, where she was nominated for AOA due to her exceptional performance. Her undergraduate degree was from Wright State, with a BS Biology/Chemistry summa cum laude. Her hometown was Homerville, OH, where her parents and sister still reside. As an undergraduate, Sarah did honors research on the RAPD-PCR assessment of the genetic diversity of Alliaria petiolata, and earlier did work synthesizing a difluoro-polyaromatic compound. Her volunteer activities included medical school and community projects. As an intern, Sarah loved to laugh and have fun, in addition to being brilliant, hardworking and beautiful.
In November 2006, when Sarah was on call at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, she had a seizure from which she never awoke. This tragedy has left a great sadness in our hearts. We are determined to keep Sarah's memory with us, as part of the amazing legacy of the Cincinnati Med-Peds class of 2010. Sarah's husband Matt Valentine has become an honorary member of this class, since he reminds us both in spirit and courage of the remarkable life that Sarah led.
Jonathan Tolentino: Jonathan completed medical school at the Medical College Georgia. During the summer of 2003 Jonathan worked at the American Medical Student Association national office on the project for the uninsured, where he helped create a website for health professionals on the single payer health care system. He also did research on the effects of attendance at diabetes summer camp on glycemic control and attitude of campers. At Wake Forrest he worked on a project assessing estrogen replacement therapy and cardiovascular risk factors. His involvement in medical school and the community has also been impressive. He also helped organize a medical Spanish class for other medical students, and is fluent in Spanish as well. Jonathan's undergraduate degree is from Davidson College, a BA Political Science. Jonathan's hometown is Charlotte NC. His future plans are undecided, but include health policy research. As a resident JT was unfailingly energetic, and launched a number of advocacy projects as well as provided key emotional support for all. In recognition of his leadership and dedication to health advocacy, he was asked to serve as the med-peds chief resident, which he graciously accepted. Following his Chief year, JT joined the Med-Peds faculty here and is active in teaching QI to the residents and implementing a number of QI initiatives in clinic. JT also serves as the Associate Program Director for Vulnerable Populations for the Internal Medicine Residency here in Cincinnati.
Class of 2009
Varon Cantrell: Varon came to us from Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was active in student activities and government. His undergraduate degree was a BS in biochemistry at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer IN. There he received the prestigious National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete award, for recognition of exceptional academic performance, leadership, athletic ability and citizenship. He then worked for Eli Lilly in an vitro team research lab, where he studied with Cytochrome P450 enzymes and drug metabolism before entering medical school. Varon's hometown is Indianapolis. His interests include youth ministry and mentoring. As a resident, Varon has been recognized by students for his humanism as well as his teaching abilities with a number of awards. In addition, he has emerged as a true leader, providing inspiration for all. As a result, he accepted our request to serve as chief resident in Internal Medicine following graduation a role which he executed with his characteristic style, dedication, and leadership excellence. We expect Varon will continue to accomplish great things in everything he undertakes! Following his year as Chief Resident, V and his family returned to Indianapolis where he joined a private practice in the area.
Bryce Ferguson: Bryce attended the University of Utah School of Medicine. His hometown is Provo, UT. He received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Utah, where he received distinction as a Service Learning Scholar. During medical school he also received the Outstanding Educator award. Among his other accomplishments, he also spent 2 years in Thailand doing missionary work, and is fluent in Thai. Bryce has decided to dedicate his career to pulmonary-critical care, which speaks for itself in terms of the dedication required. We are extremely pleased that he will be working with us here in Cincinnati. We are certain his colleagues will continue to benefit immensely from this dedication and his ability to work harder than what is considered humanly possible. There is no task that he hesitates to undertake. Bryce is also known for his kindness, compassion, and his endearing humility. In 2012 Bryce and his family returned to Utah where he practices adult pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Kathryn O'Connell: Katie attended the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she was AOA. Her hometown is Cincinnati, OH. During medical school Katie was a research assistant in olfaction and taste labs. Her undergraduate degree in physiology and neurobiology is magna cum laude from the University of Maryland College Park. There she was the recipient of scholarships and awards, and participated in the marching band as well as serving in the community. Following graduation Katie moved to Hawaii where she began her career as a Med-Peds Hospitalist is the most delightful of physical settings, without a doubt! She subsequently returned to the Continental US in Maryland, where she continues to work as a hospitalist. Although never seeking recognition for her many contributions, one of Katie's great talents and brilliance is her ability to make life better for everyone around her. She will, without a doubt, excel in her career as a hospitalist and serve her patients with grace and dedication.
Melissa Keene: Melissa is AOA from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where she had a 4-year merit scholarship through the Medical Alumni Association. Her hometown is Grundy, Virginia. She has a BS in Biology, summa cum laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she was a 4-year Dean's List student and the recipient of scholarships and awards. She has been very active in the community addressing health issues such as obesity and exercise among children. Melissa had an extremely productive one-year Albert Schweitzer fellowship, during which she created and implemented a program to educate volunteers in faith communities on issues of the elderly, which provided them the resources to council and assist their members. Melissa is one of those rare individuals that can put everyone at ease, and this is in spite of the fact that we could be intimidated by her genius! She graciously agreed to serve as our Med-Peds Chief Resident for 2009-2010, a role that she completed with dedication, expertise, precision, and humility. Following her Chief year, Melissa returned to her hometown of Grundy, Virginia where she opened her own Med-Peds practice. She subsequently became a pediatric hospital medicine specialist working through Cincinnati Children's Hospital is TN and we know they are very lucky to have her!!!
Ben Lamphere: Ben attended the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His hometown is near Detroit MI. For 4 months, Ben studied at Wood's Hole and then was a crew member on the SSV Corwith Cramer in the Caribbean, to participate in oceanographic studies of zoo plankton during his undergraduate studies at Denison University, where he received a BS in Biology. Following graduation he organized and participated in a cross-country bike ride to raise money for the National Parkinson's Foundation. His colleagues know Ben for his team skills, dedication to his patients, and determination, in addition to his strong desire to care for the underserved. After graduation, Ben and his family moved to the northern peninsula of Michigan in Traverse City where he began his career as a Med-Peds hospitalist
Darcey Thornton: Darcey came to us from the University Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her hometown is Dayton, OH. Her professional accomplishments: Darcey worked as a research assistant in a lab measuring amino acid content in serum samples using HPLC. She also worked in at the Urban Health Project caring for an underserved population. She also served on the Health Committee for the NAACP Cincinnati Chapter. As an undergrad at Tennessee State University she was Presidential Scholar, and in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, the second place winner in the University Research Symposium, and the Vernon Winfrey Scholarship recipient. Her plans following graduation are to enter adolescent medicine fellowship in Houston Texas at Baylor, where they stole her away from us! Darcey is dedicated and hardworking, providing the very best care for her patients. Following graduation, Darcey entered an adolescent medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. She subsequently returned to the Cincinnati area to join her family and began practicing at one of the local community health centers. Since that time she joined the Adolescent Medicine Division, working to care for patients with complicated medical conditions in the transition clinic and inpatient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We are most fortunate to have her precepting in med-peds clinic, providing the unique perspective from diverse experiences!!
Malia Ray: Malia came to us from the University of Kentucky where she was AOA, with many awards and a merit scholarship. She was active in participating in her medical school and community. She comes from the greater Cincinnati area. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology, summa cum laude. There she also received an award for excellence in biology. Malia uses her skill at observing others to provide support for whenever the need arises, making her an awesome team player. She has also chosen pulmonary-critical care for her future career, training here in Cincinnati. She was, without a doubt, the fellow that everyone loves to work with, given the immense respect, sensitivity, and caring she bestows on everyone! After fellowship she joined the pulmonary critical care faculty here in Cincinnati specializing in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis and continued this work for 2 years before joining the Mercy Health system as a pulmonologist in private practice. They are lucky to have her!!
Class of 2008
Ryan Buchholz: Ryan came to our program from Wright State University School of Medicine, where he had received the "Wright Stuff" award for community service. Community service has been a major part of his professional life. He graduated from Harvard with a BA in Latin American Studies, during which he performed an anthropologic study of diabetes in a squatter's settlement in Mexico City. This led to his honors thesis: "The experience of diabetes in Mexico: an ethnography in historical and political-economic perspective." Following his graduation, Ryan spent a year as a Leland Hunger fellow through the Congressional Hunger Center, and a year as an AmeriCorps Farm Share program director. Both of these positions allowed him to study hunger, coauthor a grant, and create a grass roots organization to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Miami-Dade County. He then worked as a research assistant looking at the molecular biology of obesity and diabetes through the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before entering medical school. In medical school, Ryan continued his remarkable record of service, participating locally in access to health care for underserved populations, in medical school governance through various leadership positions, and internationally in undeveloped countries providing medical care. Ryan's fluency in Spanish helps him access underserved minorities here in Cincinnati as well. As a resident, Ryan has participated in writing a grant to provide care for HIV/AIDs patients in South Africa, where he has traveled as part of the medical team twice as a resident, taking fellow residents with him. His work has led to improved care and survival for both children and adults in a poor township there. We are delighted to have Ryan train with us, as he is an inspiration of the value of altruism in medicine. In recognition of his altruism and service, in 2008 Ryan received the Walt Tunnessen award, which is awarded annually by the Med-Peds Program Directors Association to one graduating Med-Peds senior resident nationwide that embodies the ideals of service, dedication, and altruism. Following graduation Ryan served as our Med-Peds Chief Resident for 2008-2009 where he continued his interests in international child health and care of minority populations. Following graduation he joined a clinic in Washinton, DC as part of the National Health Service Corps serving a large underserved, Hispanic population. In addition to this position, he continues to be involved in international health initiatives and education of residents in the DC area in international health.
Aaron Kay: Aaron is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine. His undergraduate degree is a BS in interdisciplinary engineering, with a focus on electrical engineering. He also spent a year abroad, in Madrid, during these years, and is fluent in Spanish, and has a second degree (BA) in Spanish. As a coop student, Aaron worked for a large food company, helping to design "nerd ropes." Aaron also participated in service during his medical school career, both for the community and the school. Aaron has a special interest in Latino communities. He has traveled to many Latino countries providing medical care, and as medical translator. He continues to participate with these trips as a resident. We appreciate the energy and brilliance he invests in all of his activities, and which makes him such a valuable member of the team. Following graduation, Aaron and his family moved to Columbus Ohio, where he is doing a med-peds cardiology fellowship at the Ohio State University, with a focus on adults with congenital heart disease.
Sarah Hambrook: Sarah is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Science and Preprofessional Studies, from the University of Notre Dame. During her medical school experience she participated in a Migrant Farm Workers clinic, among other service experiences. She was also the recipient of the UConn International Health Summer Research Project position, which allowed her to travel to rural Tanzania to research the medical knowledge of women regarding Malaria, for both prevention and treatment. She presented this data at the International Health Medical Education Consortium conference, in Cuba, in 2002. As a resident Sarah has continued with her interest in international health, participating in trips to the Amazon and Africa. Sarah's level of academic excellence is a great strength for her class as well as herself, and provides inspiration for achievement for all of us. Following graduation, Sarah served as one of our Internal Medicine Chief Residents for 2008-2009. Following her Chief year she moved to Milwaukee, WI where she excelling in her role as a primary care and urgent care physician!
Douglas Lotz: Doug completed medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where he was an honors student. Doug did his undergraduate work at Centre College in Kentucky, where he received a BS in Biology. He taught and supervised students in summer enrichment programs, in the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, for 5 years. He was also active in community service, and in medical school. Exceptional traits for Doug are his kindness and caring, which make him a doctor most beloved of his patients and colleagues. Following graduation Doug and his family moved to St Louis, where he completed a fellowship in Allergy and immunology. He is now in practice in Louisville, KY and no doubt impressing his patients with his wonderful combination of intelligence, humor, and kindness! We are certain he will be as well loved by them as he was by us!
Sara McCune: Sara graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine, where she was AOA. Her BS is in Biology and Chemistry, from Valparaiso University. Between her undergraduate and medical school training, she worked for a year as a research assistant at the University of Michigan, in an incontinence trial. Following this experience, Sara took a position assisting clinical studies for hormone replacement therapy, contraception, and osteoporosis trials for the Division of Endocrinology and Women's Health for a large pharmaceutical company. Sara was very active in medical school, serving on numerous committees and participated in many volunteer projects. Her community volunteerism was also extensive. Sara also traveled to undeveloped countries to participate in providing health care to the underserved. Having a unique blend of experiences in research from both the public and private sector provides Sara with many strengths and insights. It was a joy to have her contributing to our residency and the care of our patients. She traveled to South Africa during residency, providing medical care for HIV/AIDs patients. Following graduation Sara was one of our Internal Medicine chief residents where she excelled in the role of Ambulatory Chief in the third year of our successful EIP project. Following graduation she and her family moved to Grand Rapids, MI where she entered a thriving Med-Peds private practice with other graduates of our program.
Alison Neff: Alison graduated for Jefferson Medical College, where she received an award from her fellow students for contributing the most to their class. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology, from the University of Richmond. Following her undergraduate degree, she took a position as a research assistant for the Chicago Center for Clinical research, where she did intake and case audits. The trials in which she participated in included HIV vaccination, treatment for claudication and rheumatoid arthritis. She served on many committees in medical school, including student council and community service projects. During that time she also completed a project "Arguments for and against needle exchange," which was presented to the Society of Public Health. Alison has wonderful enthusiasm for teaching and patient care, as well as providing great support for her classmates. Alison joined a hospitalist group in Cincinnati following graduation. She moved with her family in Wisconsin where she practiced as a hospitalist before returning to Cincinnati as hospital medicine specialist!
Vivien Sheehan: Vivien is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. Her BS and her PhD (in Biology and then Biochemistry) are from Texas A and M University. Her research and publications are in DNA and binding activities of the baculovirus, DNA helicase encoding, and DNA polymerase measurement. These experiences inspired Vivien to commit herself to research and care for patients with sickle cell anemia. She is intensely focused and extremely motivated. We are proud that she chose our program to exercise her considerable strengths as a scientist and physician. Vivien assisted in the creation of a grant funded sickle cell transition clinic run in our med-peds clinic by one of our faculty Tom Webb, the PI. Vivien's dedication to this population of patients has been extraordinary! She and her husband moved to Memphis TN, where Vivien completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology and adult hematology at St Judes Research Hospital. She is now a Heme-Onc faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine. Vivien Sheehan Webpage.
Class of 2007
Kimberly Deringer: Kim is AOA from Wright State University School of Medicine, with honors, including a United Healthcare Scholarship and other awards. As a medical student she served as a tutor. Her undergraduate degree is a BS Magna Cum Laude in Biology from Denison University, where she also worked as a lab assistant and student researcher in the department of biology. Her hometown is Dunkirk, OH. Her interests outside medicine include college basketball, music, movies, and gardening. Kim's calm demeanor and ready sense of humor have made her a joy to have around! Following graduation she entered practice at a Health Professions Shortage Area clinic in Ripley, Ohio with Amy Cenedella from the class of 2005. In 2011 she joined a Med-Peds practice in Northern Kentucky with fellow classmate Jennifer Ernst. Kim is strength, wisdom, and insight make her a trusted confidant of her patients and colleagues!
Jennifer Ernst: Jen is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As a medical student she was active as a tutor and group facilitator, as well as Class President for the four years of medical school. She also participated in the Urban Health Project, providing prenatal care to the underserved. Her research included a cost effectiveness study of outpatient treatment of venous thromboembolism using low molecular weight heparin. She worked as a research assistant for her undergraduate years in an occupational health lab. Jennifer's undergraduate degree is a BS in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Her hometown is Sardinia, OH. Her philosophy: "It is all about attitude!" Her interests include her family, international health and travel, running, and soccer. Jennifer's enthusiasm, focus and intelligence are a rare "triple talent." After finishing residency, Jen graciously accepted a one year Internal Medicine Chief Resident position. She performed exceptionally in the new ambulatory practice from the Educational Innovation Project in Cincinnati, under the guidance of Eric Warm. Following her stellar performance as chief, Jen took a job in private practice with 4 other med-peds practitioners in Northern Kentucky.
Steven Hart: Steve graduated from St Louis University Health Sciences Center. His undergraduate degree is a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, where he was on the Dean's List for the duration of his studies, and received a number of honors and scholarships. During his undergraduate years he worked as a computer consultant and research assistant for the University of Missouri Department of Agriculture. His hometown is St Louis, MO. His outside interests include graphic design, video editing, guitar, hockey, and other team sports. Steve is known for his sense of humor and ability to take life in stride. After two years as a stellar educator here with our Med-Peds residency program, he returned to his family in St. Louis where he took a job as a Hospitalist. His wisdom and humor are missed by all.
Anne McCarthy: Anne's Medical Degree is from Wayne State University School of Medicine. During medical school she worked as a student researcher in pediatric proteinuria population studies. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biomedical Sciences, from Grand Valley State University, where she had a four year Presidential Scholarship and graduated Cum Laude. She has been an avid volunteer for community and medically related organizations. Anne is from Grand Rapids, MI, where she hopes to return for private or academic practice. Her interests include reading, travel, running, and camping. Anne is a caring and dedicated physician who is wonderful to work with, as an exceptional team-player as well as dedicated doctor. After graduation, Anne joined a private practice in Grand Rapids Michigan with three other graduates of our program.
Mark Norris: Mark graduated from Mayo Medical School, where he was active in many organizations. He also worked as a student researcher in pediatric infection diseases reviewing Clostridium difficle infection. His undergraduate degree is from Purdue University, and is a BS in Biological Sciences. Mark comes from Indianapolis, IN, and his wife is also from Indiana. His outside interests include home improvement, gardening, all outdoor activities, and walking his great Dane. His future plans are for academic med peds. Mark has remarkable dedication and the most sincere interest in learning that we have ever seen! Mark remarkably fulfilled the year-long med-peds chief for 2007-2008, where he was truly exceptional. Following this he entered a pediatric cardiology fellowhip at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and then spent an additional year training in adult congenital heart disease at the Mayo Clinic. In the summer of 2012 Mark joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as a pediatric cardiologist and adult congenital heart specialist. Mark is a brilliant clinician and wise soul, and no doubt will be an asset to his patients and colleagues alike! Mark Norris webpage.
Jennifer O'Toole: Jennifer is AOA from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, where she graduated with a Dean's Commendation. She graduated from Xavier University with a BS in Biology, during which time she also served as a resident assistant for 2 years. Jennifer worked as a research assistant in the development of antibiotic resistance in Staph aureus. She received multiple merit scholarships during her undergraduate career. Jen’s husband completed an Internal Medicine residency alongside her and is currently a gastroenterologist in the Cincinnati area. Jennifer is energetic and enthusiastic in all that she does! As recognition for this, Jen was asked to serve as Internal Medicine Chief Resident for the academic year 2007-2008, where she was amazing in every capacity. Because of her excellence, we actively recruited her for the position of Associate Program Director for our med-peds residency. Her participation has already led to improved educational experiences for all residents, as well as innovative safety and quality work. Jen is a member of the multi-institutional I-PASS Handoff Study Team and has done innovative work on both a national and local level improving the quality and communication surrounding patient handoffs. She also has an interest in medical education and will completed a Master’s in Medical Education in 2012. We are indeed blessed to have such an energetic and capable person at our sides!
Heather Phillips: Heather graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where she received merit based scholarships. She has been active in her church, as vacation Bible school volunteer. She has worked for many medical charitable organizations as well. Her undergraduate degree is from Birmingham-Southern College, where she earned a BS in Biology, and graduated with highest Honors and many awards for leadership and scholarship. Heather's hometown is Birmingham, AL. Her interests include dance, singing, travel and football. Heather's sweet and caring personality, and her ability to listen and give to others is part of the resason she is the most loved physician by her patients and colleagues alike. Heather has taken a primary care position in Tennessee near Nashville, where our loss is clearly their gain!
Class of 2006
Amanda Barrett: Amanda is AOA from Michigan State University College of Medicine, where she was active in many organizations. She has a BS in Biochemistry from Michigan State University East Lansing, and a National Merit Scholar, as well as the recipient of many awards. Amanda was a undergraduate research fellow in a Carcinogenesis Laboratory, where she studied the p53 suppressor gene. She was raised in Michigan, and her hometown is Michigan. Amanda's kind and compassionate approach to the care of families is legend. Amanda was gracious enough to accept the med-peds chief position for her fifth year, and was an awesome addition to our faculty in this role. She subsequently joined the Division of General Pediatrics as a pediatric hospitalist, clinician teacher. There she continued her work on Rapid Response team, which was recognized nationally through presentation at an Institute for Healthcare Improvement meeting. Amanda is now in Chicago, completing a fellowship in Pediatric Intensive Care, learning to save the "sickest kids of all". She subsequently took a position at Children's National Hospital is Washington DC.
Sarah Corathers: Sarah was AOA with Honors from Wright State University School of Medicine. She received leadership and merit awards for her performance there. Her undergraduate degree was a BA in Art History from Barnard College with Honors. She worked as a laboratory technician in two neurobiology labs, investigating the primate oculomotor system and Apo E. Sarah's hometown is Cincinnati. Her interests include spending time with her family. As a resident Sarah was elected to the prestigious position of President of the Section of Residents at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was active in the National Med-Peds Residents Association, a vital resident run organization. As a resident, Sarah and a colleague wrote a CATCH grant and were funded to do an obesity research project. This project included a quality improvement research project through the med-peds office and BMIs in children. The community portion included providing resources and classes for adolescents. The med-peds residents were invited to participate and learned advocacy with this experience. Following graduation, Sarah graciously served as Internal Medicine Chief Resident. She completed a combined med-peds Endocrinology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and has been hired as faculty. We are most fortunate to have her spearheading the transition of pediatric patients with diabetes to the adult system!
Cherrica Davis: Cherrica came to Cincinnati from Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she had received a number of scholarships as well as the Black Medical Association Endowed Grant. She was active in many organizations during her medical school training. Cherrica's undergraduate degree is a BS in nursing, from the University of Toledo, where she had an academic scholarship and was on the Dean's List. She worked as a nurse for 2 years before entering medical school. Her interests include travel, languages, community service, music, theater, and dancing. Her hometown is Cleveland. Cherrica is unshakeable, calm and composed. Clearly the best person to have around when chaos strikes! Cherrica is now a primary care physician in the Cleveland area.
Ben Holloway: Ben graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he was active in many organizations. During medical school he wrote a paper examining the cost effectiveness of screening DEXA scanning in postmenopausal women. His undergraduate degree is a BA in Biology, Magna Cum Laude, from Malone College. His hometown is Denison, OH. Ben impressed his colleagues and patients the kindest and most gentle person we know! This of course wins the trust of all. Ben and his family live in northeastern OH where he works in primary care.
Alaba Robinson: Alaba came to us from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. There she received awards for leadership and was a Phillip Hamilton Scholar. She was also active in many organizations both local and national during her medical school years. Alaba has a BS in biology and an MS in Anatomy from Howard University. During that time period, she received a number of merit and leadership awards and scholarships, including the Howard Student Service Award. As an undergraduate she had a research training fellowship, researching protein kinases.. She speaks some Spanish. Alaba is dedicated to underserved populations, and she worked in a Health Professions Shortage Area in the Cincinnati area for a few years. She then joined Stephen Wilson, a graduate from the class of 2002, in a practice in Cincinnati. We are certain she is beloved among patients and colleagues alike.
Reed van Deusen: Reed attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. During that time period he worked for the Urban Health Project, teaching disadvantaged children. He has a BS in Biology from Saint Vincent College, with Dean's List Honors and scholarships. This College is in Latorbe, PA, and is home of Rolling Rock beer, is also the birth place of Arnold Palmer and Mr Rogers, and the summer training grounds of the Pittsburgh Steelers, of which he is most proud. During his undergraduate years he worked in a broadcasting group, organizing programming. Reed and his wife and 2 daughters returned to the Pittsburgh area following graduation for him to complete a med-peds generalist training run by one of our graduates from the class of 1999, Russ Kolarik. His research project was in education, using electronic tools to educate residents about billing and coding. Following his successful completion of that fellowship, he was offered a clinician educator position in the University of Pittsburgh Med-Peds program, where we know he will be much loved by colleagues and patients alike! Reed van Deusen webpage.
Class of 2005
Amy Cenedella now van Milligan: Amy graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. She received her BA in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies from George Mason University. She was a member of the American Medical Student Association and one of five Medical College of Virginia students to attend the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine state-wide meeting in March, 2000. Amy is from Virginia. She was our fifth year med peds chief from 2005 to 2006, and was a true joy to have! Her energy and dedication to the service of others is unmatched. Amy then entered primary care in Med-Peds in 2 different Health Professions shortage areas in and near Cincinnati. Amy has an amazing fund of knowledge and the compassion to apply it well.
Bradley Eilerman: Brad is AOA from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington. He has a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Centre College of Kentucky. He has been webmaster and has a special interest in information technology. Brad is known for his flexibility and wonderful team skills, as he can adapt to any situation with grace! Following residency, Brad did a year of a transitional fellowship with Tom Webb and then entered endocrinology fellowship. His research interests are in obesity. Following successful completion of this fellowship, Brad has entered private practice in the Northern Kentucky area, where we are delighted to have him as a referral!
Jennifer Hillman: She came to Cincinnati from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she graduated Cum Laude and was an Honors Scholar who received a BS in Biochemistry. She was a research assistant at Monsanto in the Molecular Breeding Group where AFLP and RFLP techniques were used to generate molecular markers for corn and soybean population mapping projects. Jen's hometown is St Louis. She has an unequaled dedication to her patients, and was subsequently chosen to entered training in adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, reflective of her commitment to this population. Following successful completion of this training, and in recognition of her stellar performance, she was invited on as faculty in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where she worked until 2012 when she moved back to her home town to practice primary care for children.
Kathryn Jadeed: Katie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She was the recipient of the Sherman and Frances Butler Scholarship. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a BS in Biochemistry and Biology, and worked in a medicinal chemistry lab to develop and test the properties of an organic compound. She wrote a thesis entitled "An analysis of DNA interactions with acridine-linked penicillins and acridine-linked cephalosporins." This was presented at a symposium at the University of Dayton. Katie is energetic and dedicated, and known for the finest patient care. Following graduation, Katie joined our med-peds clinician educator group for a number of years before moving in to private practice. We are fortunate that she still precepts the residents in Med-Peds clinic. We have all benefited from her dedication and effectiveness!
Daniel Jonas: Dan is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. A Phi Beta Kappa at Davidson College, he earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude and with Honors in Medical Economics. He also received the James Watt New Medical Horizons Award and the Prosser D. Sandy Carnegie Award. During his undergraduate studies he wrote an honors thesis titled "The Effects of Reimbursement Systems on Interpersonal Behaviors in the Doctor-Patient Relationship" which was published by Davidson College CIS Library. His hometown is Granville, OH. Dan is able to handle any crisis, and owns of a fine sense of humor. Following residency Dan completed his fellowship in Clinical Effectiveness in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he has now joined the faculty. His research is in health effectiveness. For more information, please see his webpage.
James Keffer: Jim came to Cincinnati with his Medical Doctorate from University of Alabama College of Medicine. His undergraduate studies were done at Auburn University, where he earned a B.A. in Spanish. His other interests include attending church functions and quality time with his family. Jim is known for his ability to provide calm and solace, and is appreciated by all. Following residency, Jim entered private practice pediatrics in the Nashville area, where we are certain he will continue to provide the highest level of care.
R David Sapp: David came to Cincinnati from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is a Bland Cannon Scholar, Underserved Areas Scholar, Advanced Family Medicine Scholar and a MAP-Reader's Digest International Fellow. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Biology. During his undergraduate studies he collected and identified 252 species of plants and later published is findings in the Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences entitled "Avascular Flora of Lula Lake Land Trust, Lookout Mountain, Georgia". He did a rotation in Alaska with the Indian Health Services in his second year of residency. His hometown is in TN. David's enthusiasm and imagination are sources of entertainment and appreciation from all. Following residency, David completed a year long fellowship in procedure medicine. He then did a year at our Cincinnati Veteran's Administration Medical Center as urgent care physician and continued to perform endoscopic procedures. He has now moved back home to serve his community, and his dedication is legendary!
Class of 2004
Renata Arrington: Renata is a Pratt Medical Scholar (Merit based) from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She was also the recipient of Lawson Diversity Merit scholarship and the SNMA Public Health Service NIH Award. She earned her MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she received the Commitment to Service Award. Her undergraduate degree is in Natural Science and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. During her MPH, she was involved in four research projects as evaluator and researcher in HIV (with 2 publications), antibiotic use, and as an after school health education program for children. She was also the Principle Investigator for an analysis of sexual function quality of life questionnaires for use in patients with chronic illness. During residency she received an award as a minority professional whose contributions to Cincinnati were deemed outstanding. In addition, her poster on Bachelor Scurvy won awards at the Ohio State American College of Physicians meeting, and the National Society for General Internal Medicine meeting in 2003. Renata's energy is remarkable, and she performed exceptionally as a fellow in adolescent medicine at Johns Hopkin. She has now joined their faculty and will continue in her commitment to improve the care to this underserved population. Renata Arrington webpage.
Kala Kamdar: Kala was AOA from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She was the recipient of the Mayo Clinic Scholarship during medical school. She graduated with Highest Honors with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville Speed Scientific School with guaranteed entrance to medical school. Her interests are in hematology oncology, and after she completed a fifth year as Med-Peds chief here at our program she went to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for her pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship and has stayed on as faculty there. Kala has impressed everyone with her kindness and competence! Her ability to support and teach residents and colleagues is unexcelled! Kala Kamdar webpage.
Tamiko Kido: Tamiko graduated AOA from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. Before medical school, she worked as a research assistant at Beth Israel Hospital in Osteoporosis, with three publications. She also worked in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory in Williams College on Alzheimer's disease basic science and clinical research during her undergraduate years. Tamiko received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Williams College, Magna Cum Laude. Her hometown is North Reading, MA. Tamiko worked in Med-Peds private practice in northern Kentucky for 3 years following residency, and moved with her husband to Houston in 2008. She is known for her gift of sharpest wit and intelligence, as well as her unshakeable commitment to friends and colleagues! For more information please see her webpage.
Gina Moore: Gina graduated with Honors from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine. She is a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Scholarship. She performed as a research assistant in Zambia during medical school, and also at Northwestern University in brain mRNA, at Vanderbilt in technetium labeled dextran labeling efficiency, and at the University of Tennessee on norepinepherine secretion. Her undergraduate degree was earned through the joint program for Biological Sciences Fisk-Meharry (six year program). At Fisk she received numerous merit awards. Gina spent 3 years in 2 Health Professions Shortage Areas as part of her scholarship and her personal commitment to the underserved, which is inspirational. She subsequently moved to Chicago and works at the University of Chicagoworking for the Unviersity of Chicago in Sickle Cell primary care and transition medicine. She has subsequently moved back to TN to work in a HPSA site, where she can have the greatest impact!
Michael Nelson: Mike came to Cincinnati from the Medical College of Georgia. His undergraduate degree was from Presbyterian College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in chemistry. He worked in a research laboratory on neural migration and gene splicing. He is pursuing a career in primary care for children and adults. Mike personifies the life philosophy that the way to kindness is to never lose your generous sense of humor. As the only male in our class of 2004, Mike has taken this philosophy to a height never before experienced! He and his family moved to Georgia following residency, where he and another Med-Peds physician opened a new private practice, which continues to thrive. Mike's generosity to all those around him is an inspiration!
Seong Noh: Seong received her MD-PhD from the University of Michigan Medical School. Prior to medical school Seong had participated in NIH research for 4 summers in various projects. Her PhD work focused on p18, a cell cycle inhibitor protein, as well as KSR, a Ras activity modifier in neuronal cell differentiation. From this work, Seong has published 6 scholarly papers. She speaks Korean, and is a black belt in Taekwondo. Seong has a remarkable ability to adjust to different circumstances, and with her easy laughter is a joy to have around! Following completion of residency, Seong took a position as hospitalist in Eugene Oregon.
Alka Patel: Alka earned her MD-PhD from SUNY at Buffalo. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Mechanistic effects of oxidative stress on type II pneumocyte surfactant metabolism and proliferation." From her work in the pulmonary division, she was involved with 8 publications and 7 posters all dealing with lung injury. Her undergraduate degree is from SUNY Buffalo in Biological Sciences, where she was Summa Cum Laude. Her poster on the side effects of Lamivudine was invited to the Midwest Society for General Internal Medicine meeting, where she won an award. Alka has many interests, including International Medicine and Hospitalist programs. Alka is from Buffalo, NY. Alka has called many countries home, and these and other experiences provide her remarkable insight into both her patients' and her colleagues' needs. She also created an elective to visit Vietnam, furthering her understanding of the needs of patients in developing countries. Following residency Alka took a year position as pediatric hospitalist. After marrying, she moved to the Sacramento and then the Los Angeles area where she has worked in a variety of settings, mostly as a hospitalist for adults.
Class of 2003
Robert Blount: Robert came to Cincinnati from Johns Hopkins' School of Medicine. During the last 2 years of medical school he wrote a proposal to set up a lab in Peru. From this work, he collected data on Malaria which he is preparing for publication. He also participated in clinical research of C. Trachomatis conjunctivitis in Tanzania, and helped organize a student health delegation to Guatemala twice, both during medical school. Robert graduated magna cum laude from Lyon College with a BS in Biology. He also served two years in the Peace Corps in Lodwar, Kenya teaching high school physics. He is an author on a publication on insulin receptors, in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 1992. He received the resident Presenter's Award from the Department of Internal Medicine for his Chairman's Presentation. Robert continued with his interest in underserved populations working in Chinle Arizona in an Indian Health position for 3 years. He and his wife Hao Tran then took positions with the University of Indiana school of Medicine in order to work in their hospital in Kenya. Robert then completed an adult Pulmonary-Critical Care fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. His research was in Pneumocystis jiroveci. He has subsequently joined Sutter Health as a practicing pulmonologist.
James Davis: Jim was AOA from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. During medical school he participated in research of school based Health Care Centers, and received multiple awards for his academic achievements. He graduated magna cum laude from Morehead State University with a BS in Biology. During residency, he was honored by the medical students with an award for Humanism. He was better known by the med-peds family as someone who could make you laugh no matter how dire the circumstances. He has dedicated his career to the care of patients with renal diseases and completed his fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Cincinnati Department of Internal Medicine. He then joined a practice of nephrologists in the Cincinnati area where he continues to serve as an invaluable consultant.
Elizabeth Doyle: Beth was AOA from University of Louisville School of Medicine. She worked during medical school as a research assistant studying resistance patterns of Enterobacter cloacae in the PICU, and received an award for outstanding community service for her work as chairperson in a service club. She graduated magna cum laude with Honors from Ohio Wesleyan, where she had a full Presidential Scholarship, with a BA in Zoology. During residency, she received an award for her oral Presentation on a case of hypothyroidism presenting as pseudo pregnancy at the Ohio American College of Physicians meeting, and the poster award for the National American College of Physicians meeting. Beth then served as our first Med-Peds chief resident from 2003 to 2004. Following this, Beth and her family moved the Louisville, where she practices Med-Peds primary care. Beth is unflappable and always concerned with the wellbeing of others. Her partners and patients all benefit greatly from her contributions!
Megan Kennedy: Megan was AOA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Zoology as a College of Natural Sciences Scholar and National Honor Society Golden Key member. Megan was also the recipient of the Internal Medicine Chairman's Presentation award. She is doing primary care in Dallas Texas, as a Med Peds practitioner for both inpatient and primary care. Megan's energy and enthusiasm make even the most difficult tasks seem fun, and we are sure she represents our program with inspiration!
Stephen Russell: Stephen came to Cincinnati from the University of South Alabama, where he also served as a research assistant in the Department of Surgery. He received an award for organizing medical students for volunteerism. He also worked in Ecuador staffing a mobile medical clinic. He graduated from Vanderbilt University, cum laude, with a BA in History. He completed a year of fellowship in combined adult and pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and from 2004 to 2007 joined our med-peds clinic as a full time clinician educator. In 2007 he moved back home to Alabama, in a position as a clinician educator. After his stellar performance here, we believe they will likewise cherish his amazing skills, charity and kindness. We will never fill the incredible shoes he left behind: one of self sacrifice, team contributions, and the highest level of exceptional teaching and patient care.
Timothy Rutkoski: Tim graduated with Honors from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He assisted with research on the change in use of blood products during surgery with an order schedule, and was active at Wayne State by serving on multiple committees. He graduated from Michigan State University with High Honors with a BS in Physiology. Tim and his family have returned to Michigan and is practicing Med Peds primary and hospital care in Holland, MI.
Dawn Smiley: Dawn graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine on a Presidential Tuition Scholarship. She worked as an NIH scholar with a nephrologist on the molecular basis of ESRD in African American patients with hypertension. She was valedictorian at her graduation from Fisk University, where she was also a Presidential Tuition Scholar, with a BA in Biology. She had multiple other academic and leadership awards during her undergraduate years. She has pursued her interest in the care of patients with endocrine diseases as a fellow and now faculty, with a focus in diabetes care, at Emory University. Dawn's ability to do anything she sets her mind to, with never ever a complaint, will make her a favorite of colleagues and patients wherever she is!
Class of 2002
Angela Fitch: Angela was AOA with Honors from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She received a medical student research fellowship to work in hematopoietic stem cell growth and tissue culture techniques. She received her BS in chemical engineering from Iowa State University, with Distinction and Honors, four Honor Society awards, and three scholarships. She was employed at Procter and Gamble as well as Dow Chemical for a number of years before entering medical school. At graduation from residency she received the award for skill and dedication to adolescent medicine. She then served as Internal Medicine chief resident before moving to Minneapolis to practice Med-Peds primary and hospital care in a large Med-Peds practice. She subsequently focused her clinical and research efforts on team based care for treatment of obesity. This expertise led her to her new position in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in a practice dedicated to the treatment of obesity. We are thrilled to have her back in Cincinnati!
Farzin Foruhari: Farzin was AOA with Honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he received multiple awards, and a scholarship from the Southern Medical Society. He did research in Biochemistry during his undergraduate years. Farzin received his BS in Interdisciplinary Biochemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville, summa cum laude. There he received five Honor Society and two scholarship awards. Farzin has a special interest in Hospital Medicine and has formed a new program with the St Luke Hospital system in greater Cincinnati as Med-Peds Hospitalist, and now serves as the internal Medicine Department Chair there. Farzin subsequently created an urgent care facility for the same system. He has also helped create a resident rotation in community hospital medicine, which is available to our med-peds residents.
Don Williams: Don came to Cincinnati from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was active in many student organizations, including as facilitator in the Introduction to the Patient course. He has a BS in Chemistry with a Biology minor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he tutored chemistry. He worked as a research assistant isolating the frog homologue of tyrosine kinase gene, and as a market analyst for health care products. During his education and training, Don has followed his interest in care for undeveloped countries, visiting almost every continent to provide care. Since graduation from residency, he has returned to Austin Texas, as an academic Med-Peds faculty there. In 2003 he was the recipient of the General Pediatrics Faculty Award, as voted on by the residents. He and his wife founded an activist organization called Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Stephen Wilson: National Medical Student Scholarship recipient. He has his BS in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University, with an Outstanding Senior award, and three honor society awards. He performed research with the CDC retrieving and analyzing cancer mortality data during two Externships, and was employed at Exxon Chemical Company as a process engineer prior to returning to enter medical school. He received the Resident Teachers Award from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998, and in 2003, he was the recipient of the YMCA Black Achiever Award. He was the recipient of the NIH loan repayment grant for promising young academicians. He received the resident Presenter's Award from the Department of Internal Medicine for his Chairman's Presentation. After completing residency, he entered and completed a dual fellowship in the Institute for Outcomes and Health Policy Research for both children and adults. He also completed the Harvard Clinical Effectiveness Master's in Epidemiology Program. He published research on ethnic differences in nicotine metabolism in second hand smoke. Stephen also did lead poisoning research. As an indicator of his dedication to the community, Stephen served the Chairman of the Cincinnati Board of Health, where he advocated even more strongly for the health of our community. He has now entered private practice with the Mercy Health system in Cincinnati, and had one of our other graduates join him in practice.
Robert Wolterman: Bob was AOA with Honors from Wright State University School of Medicine, where he received five academic awards and one merit scholarship. He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering with numerous awards, honor societies, and merit scholarships from Ohio State University. He was employed at Shell Chemical in engineering technical support for a few years before deciding to enter medical school. During medical school he also worked for the Southern Ohio Health Service Corps. He received the resident Presenter's Award from the Department of Internal Medicine for his Chairman's Presentation. Bob is now Clinical Instructor, Precepting in the Med-Peds clinic. His clinical interests are in Med-Peds primary care and the instruction of residents and students in clinical medicine. He practices in the Greater Cincinnati region, and welcomes residents to work with him. His ability to make everyone laugh and enjoy their work makes him a favorite of the residents!
David Yehl: David came to Cincinnati AOA from University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he received numerous academic awards and fellowships. He has a BA in Biochemistry from Cornell University where he was a member of a number of honor societies, and received multiple merit scholarships and academic awards. As an undergrad he also was an exchange student at Oxford University, in the Junior Year Abroad program. David worked in a cytogenetics laboratory where he analyzed X-chromosome inactivation of an ovarian cancer cell line, and isolated unique tumor cell lines. He also worked in a lab harvesting blood and amniotic fluid samples for karyotypic diagnosis using multiple techniques of analysis. His employment experience included being an MCAT instructor. After completing residency, David began his career with a Med Peds primary and hospital care provider in Michigan, where he also was Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Medicine, and he precepted students on their outpatient Internal Medicine rotation. David has subsequently moved to Minneapolis where he joined a thriving med-peds practice.
Class of 2001
Jeff Burgher: Jeff was AOA with high Honors from University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, with academic awards for basic science and clinical excellence. He received his BS in Biology also from the University of Cincinnati, and was magna cum laude, with multiple academic awards and scholarships. He performed research with the Pulmonary Division at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the transfection of bacterial cells with gene vectors, and is author of a publication in the American Lung Association/American Thoracic Association, 1993. Jeff has entered Med-Peds primary care in the greater Cincinnati area, with one of his classmates, and has a thriving practice.
Tiffiny Diers: Tiffiny was AOA with Honors from Duke University School of Medicine, where she received a merit scholarship and was the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recipient. She performed research with publications on underutilization of carotid endarterectomy in minority patients. Her undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies and Biology is from Duke University, Magna cum laude, where she was the recipient of multiple academic awards. During her undergraduate years she worked as a clinical research assistant in rheumatology and postoperative complications. She received the Adolescent Outstanding Resident award at graduation from residency. Subsequent to completing her Med-Peds residency, she served the Department of Internal Medicine as Chief Medical Resident. She is now Associate Professor and Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency. Her research and clinical interests are in women's health, underserved care, geriatric medicine, electronic portfolios, and quality improvements for all of which she is participating in grant funded research and development. She is also a Geriatric Faculty Scholar. Tiffiny has brought her considerable skills to the Internal Medicine residency leading to innovations and the highest quality of training experience. Other advocacy work she is doing includes the Initiative on Poverty, Justice and Health, an innovative multidisciplinary team who provide education and training experiences for a multitude of learners, including the lucky med-peds residents! She is also a founding member of the Latino Health Collaborative. Her leadership in instituting the Chronic Care Model into the med-peds practice has also been instrumental in its success. In the past few years she has become the Principle Investigator in the Sickle Cell Transition Grant, a HRSA funded initiative provide primary care to patients with Sickle Cell. She started the med-peds practice Centering Project, where Mother-infant dyads are cared for in a collaborative group model. Patient, colleagues, residents and staff all benefit from her leadership and dedication! Is a vast understatement of the richness of contributions that Tiffiny makes to the med-peds community.
Alanna Lee: Alanna came to Cincinnati from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she was a National Medical Fellowship Scholar. She was also Secretary Medical Student Assembly and an office bearer for the Student National Medical Association during medical school. Alanna worked as a research assistant in site-directed mutagenesis of interstitial collagenase, and performed gel sequencing and recombinant DNA via PCR technique. She was active in community service throughout her training. Her undergraduate degree was a BS in Zoology, and she graduated summa cum laude from Howard University. Subsequent to residency she has continued in her desire to serve with a Health Professions Shortage Area position in the Greater Cincinnati region for a number of years. Alanna and her family subsequently moved back to their home in Kansas where she practices primary care.
Chris McDaniels: Chris graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He received his BS in Microbiology from the University of Alabama, where he had a swimming scholarship and was NCAA All-American. Chris was a 6-time SEC Champion. During medical school, he performed research with three publications on the chemical abnormality of fibrillin and elastin in Marfan's Syndrome. Following residency, Chris entered private practice in the Raleigh Durham area of North Carolina, in a thriving practice.
Viet Nguyen: Viet came to Cincinnati from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was President of his medical school class. He served on many committees including admissions, curriculum, student advisory, GME subcommittee, alumni association and promotions, and engaged in community service. He was a research assistant in orthopedic surgery for four years, investigating mechanical modeling of tendonitis. Viet was also Karate National Champion, with three silver medals as an undergraduate. After completing residency, Viet served as Pediatric Chief resident for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He then completed an Informatics fellowship at the University of Utah. He worked in informatics and started a new med-peds practice with another med-peds trained physician in Park City, UT. They welcome Med Peds residents to work with him. He has been a visiting professor for Evidence Based Medicine to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Don Price: Don was AOA from University of Tennessee, where he received a scholarship for leadership and was a member of the Honor Council for four years, and president of the Honor Council his senior year. Don was a nominee for the esteemed Rhodes Scholar award. He participated in an exchange program in Oxford, England, which was an undergraduate scholarship based on academic merit. During his undergraduate years, Don was active in the international mission work in South America. He graduated magna cum laude from Rhodes College with a BS in Biochemistry. He was chosen for the Rhodes College Hall of fame, an honor given to only 6 graduating seniors. Don entered primary care Med Peds with one of his classmates, and has a thriving practice in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Recently they hired one of our graduates from the class of 2000, Jon Minzner, to join them.
Class of 2000
Christine Burrows: Christine came to Cincinnati after completing her Medical School training with honors from the University of Virginia. Her honors included Dean's Geographic Medicine Scholarship which provided funding travel to Africa for research in Leishmania major, which together with her undergraduate work, resulted in two publications. She had a four year full merit scholarship to Duke University for her BS in Biology, and graduated magna cum laude. During medical school Christine researched patient's knowledge of breast and cervical cancer. Christine has entered academic Med Peds and currently serves as the Medical Director for the Combined Med Peds practice here at the University Hospital. She has been instrumental in the role-out of the electronic medical record as well as quality improvement initiatives. She remains a key clinical faculty for our residency, providing teaching, mentoring and support for all. Her kindness and dedication for the underserved is unexcelled.
Curtis Dorsch: Curtis was AOA from Hahnemann University where he received numerous academic scholarship awards. He was selected for an honors research program, and organized a summer adolescent substance abuse prevention program. His undergraduate degree was from Northwestern, with a BA in psychology. After completing residency, Curtis served as Chief Resident for Internal Medicine. He subsequently joined a primary care practice in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
Scott Frede: Scott graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He received his BS from Purdue in molecular biology, where he was also a research assistant and coauthored four articles on rhodopsin and glycogen synthetase. Following residency, Scott took a Med Peds position in a Health Professions Shortage Area in southern Indiana, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Switzerland County Health Department. He has been serving as the project director and Physician Supervisor for Switzerland County’s Nurse Managed Clinic, which serves the medically indigent in that area. He serves on the executive board for the hospital there, as well as on the board of Directors for the Indiana Rural Health Association. In recognition of his service to the community, Scott was awarded the Indiana Rural Health Leadership Award in 2003.
Matt Hardin: Matt was AOA and valedictorian from Wright State University School of Medicine. He received awards for basic science course work, the Lange and McGraw-Hill awards, and had an Academic Merit Scholarship. He also served on many committees and was class president during his medical school career. His BA in economics is from Washington University. His research experience spanned two summer fellowships in diabetic physiology. Following residency, Matt was Pediatric Chief Resident at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Subsequent to that, he entered academic Med Peds, and now is serving as preceptor in the Med Peds Clinic. He is Assistant Professor, and his clinical interests are in sports medicine and primary care. In 2004, he and Robert Wolterman, class of 2002, have opened a practice with the University of Cincinnati Physicians group north of Cincinnati. Matt's research and teaching interests are in evidence based medicine and residency and student education. Matt's ongoing involvement with our residency has been invaluable, since he brings many perspectives to his teaching and as a role model.
Joseph Johnston, III: Joe was AOA from University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and received multiple awards and scholarships for academic excellence. As an undergrad, he was Merit Scholar, also with multiple awards. He has publications in neural network and DNA research from his pre-residency work. He received his BA in classical languages from the University of Kansas, summa cum laude and honors. He also earned a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, also with honors. After completing residency, Joe did a fellowship in Outcomes Research, completing the Harvard Clinical Effectiveness Master's Program. His research included outcomes in MICU patients at the Veteran's Administration and patients receiving anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation. Joe has subsequently entered the private sector for Eli Lilly, in Indiana, where he enjoys new challenges of the broadest perspective of patient care.
Matt King: Matt came to Cincinnati from University of Tennessee, Memphis. He was a participant in their scholars program for four years of undergraduate study. He has a BS in chemistry and a BS in Biochemistry, Magna cum laude. He performed research in an aromatic Pyrrolidine. After completing residency, Matt worked in private practice Med Peds for a few years before taking an international medicine position. He served in Saipan, an American territory near the Philippines, as a Health Professions Shortage Area physician. He then returned to the US and joined a primary care group in Tennessee, where his ongoing contributions are legion.
Jon Minzner: Jon was AOA from Georgetown University, where he was active in committees and a recipient of honors. He graduated summa cum laude from Boston College, with a BS in Biology and a BA in Mathematics. He was invited into four honor societies there. He performed research in ras oncogene protein products, which resulted in a publication. After his residency, he entered primary care Med Peds in the Greater Cincinnati area. He hosts residents in his practice, and his brilliance is unexcelled.
Class of 1999
Cheryl Buck: Cheryl was an Under Represented Minority Graduate Fellow from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, where she distinguished herself as a leader in minority advocacy. She performed research with an abstract titled "Attitudes of Obesity among pregnant minority adolescents." She had 3 other research projects during her undergraduate and medical school time. She was also Student National Medical Association Vice President. She has a BA in Biological Sciences also from SUNY Buffalo, with cum laude and multiple honors. As a resident physician she was awarded the National Medical Association Scholarship to attend their yearly meeting. Following residency, Cheryl served as Pediatric Chief Resident at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She has now entered private practice in Med-Peds in Atlanta Georgia.
David DeLaet: Dave was AOA and Valedictorian at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he received the Lange Publication Award, Dr Adriano Essay Award, McGraw Hill Outstanding Academic Performance, Reemelin and another four year Scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology from Miami University, and received multiple undergraduate awards and scholarships. He performed research in Parkinson's disease at Miami University prior to medical school. Following residency, Dave completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine with a Masters in Public Health at Columbia University. He then returned to Cincinnati as an academic Med-Peds practitioner. David then returned to New York city where he currently has his academic appointment for Mt Sinai Division of General Internal Medicine. David DeLaet webpage.
Russ Kolarik: Dr. Kolarik received his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine where he graduated AOA in 1995. He then completed his Med-Peds residency at the University of Cincinnati in 1999. After residency, Dr. Kolarik undertook a General Internal Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and finished in 2001. He then served as Associate Program Director for Med-Peds at UPMC until he took over as the Med-Peds program director in 2004. Dr. Kolarik received a faculty recognition award was nominated for the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2006 by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. While in Pittsburgh, Dr. Kolarik also created and led one of the only General Academic Med-Peds fellowship programs in the nation. In July of 2008, Dr. Kolarik joined the faculty of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center as Med-Peds Program Director. Dr. Kolarik’s academic interests include resident education and career mentorship, care for young adults with special health care needs, and doctor-patient communication. He now runs the med-peds program in Greenville South CArolina. Russ Kolarik webpage.
Pam Pilger: Pam was from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She was active in Medical School; she volunteered as big sister, was a group facilitator for multiple groups, and assisted in alumni association fund raising. Her undergraduate degree is a BS in Biology from the University of Cincinnati, where she was Summa cum laude, had a four year scholarship based on merit, and many honors. She initially joined a primary care practice as a Med Peds practitioner in Cincinnati and frequently hosted residents in her practice.
Carolyn Sherman: Carolyn came to Cincinnati from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. There she performed honors research and was a research coordinator in substance abuse and adolescents. She was also the research coordinator for 3 clinical studies on pharmacologic treatment of addictions. She was a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient, and her medical school class Vice President for 3 years in medical school. As a resident physician she received the award for graduating senior for adolescent medicine because of her interest in advocacy and adolescent mentoring. As part of her dedication to advocacy for children, she performed an independent research project surveying area pediatricians. Following graduation, she then served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Completing this, she moved to Seattle for a Health Professions Shortage Area position. She now works private practice. She has hosted many of our residents in her practice.
Lisa Ware: Lisa is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She performed two years of service in the Peace Corp in West Africa prior to medical school. Lisa also did research in an occupational health initiative. Her undergraduate degree was a BA in Biology, and she studied in Spain during that time. She is fluent in four languages. She was also a summer intern for the American Heart Association Framingham Heart at Work project, and did bench research in sedimentation rates in water pollution. Following residency, Lisa moved to Seattle to enter private practice as a Med-Peds practitioner, where she hosts our residents.
Michael Yi: Mike came to Cincinnati from the Medical College of Virginia, as an ACP award recipient to medical students for internal medicine. His undergraduate degree was a BA in Chemistry, with a religious studies minor. After residency he completed a fellowship in Clinical Outcomes through the Institute for outcomes research, University of Cincinnati. He also completed the Harvard Clinical Effectiveness Master's Program. His research interests are in quality of life in adolescents with chronic illnesses. He collaborates in a number of projects between the Outcomes Institute at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has also published a number of articles on residency spirituality and stress. This was one example of the projects he has mentored with residents. He received his career grant and is working on a number of collaborative projects between Cincinnati Children's and the Outcomes Institute. Mike served as one of our Med-Peds faculty and preceptors for 13 years. His clinical interests are in primary care Med-Peds and he has entered private practice in Cincinnati.
Michael Benedict: Mike was AOA with high Honors from University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, where he received three awards for academic excellence. There he published research from medical school in bone density in a pediatric population. He also has a Master's degree with high Honors from Ball State in exercise physiology with six publications and one national presentation relating to his thesis. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS from Wright State University in biology. Following residency he entered primary care in western Washington State for a number of years. Subsequently he returned to Cincinnati to enter the fellowship in Outcome Medicine, where he performed research the health effects of obesity and exercise and complete the Harvard Clinical Effectiveness Master's program. Following completion of that training he joined our faculty as Assistant Professor, and subsequently joined our med-peds practice north of the city, UC Pointe before moving back to Washington State to do private practice.
Greta Branford: Greta graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, where she served on multiple committees. She received merit scholarships for four years of undergraduate study. Following residency she entered primary care in the University of Utah system in Salt Lake City, where she served as a Med-Peds ambulatory preceptor and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah. She and her family then moved to Michigan, where she sees patients and precepts residents as part of the primary care network for the University of Michigan.
Nancy Riley (Huang): Nancy was AOA from University of Missouri (six year program), where she received numerous awards for academic excellence and scholarships for international medicine fellowships. She received a piano scholarship for her undergraduate studies. Following residency she entered primary care Med-Peds in Cincinnati.
Rupal Chiniwala (Mehta): Rupal was AOA from Jefferson Medical College six year program, where she received numerous awards for clinical and academic excellence, and was a class officer for three years. She was summa cum laude from Pennsylvania State University, where she received a degree in Biology. Following residency she worked in rural outreach clinics in India for a year. She then took a position as a teaching faculty for the Med Peds clinic at Baystate in Springfield MA. Subsequently, she moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area, and joined a busy private practice there.
Joseph Mrus: Joe was AOA from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, where he received two awards for academic excellence. He graduated with Honors in his undergraduate training in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in biomechanical engineering from the University of Texas. He was the recipient of the pediatric resident teaching award, and grew into the leadership of the Family Care Center starting in his second year as a resident. This center is a unique site for the care of families wherein one or more members are HIV positive. Following his distinguished residency performance, he did an outcomes research fellowship at the University of Cincinnati and earned another Master's from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was the recipient of a VA Health Services Research and Development Career Development Award. Joe also had an AHQR grant to assess the quality of life in patients with HIV and Hepatitis C infection. In 2005, Joe entered the private industry for HIV research. He now travels the world overseeing clinical trials in medications for patients with HIV/AIDS.
Julie Raekes: Julie was AOA with high Honors from Creighton University School of Medicine, with many awards for academic excellence. She graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University with a B.S. in Biology, where she had received academic scholarships. During medical school, she participated in the Institute for Latin American Concerns with 2 months of service in the field of medicine. Following residency, she entered a primary care Med-Peds practice in western Washington State.
Howard Sobel: Howard was AOA from the Medical College of Virginia, where he received academic awards. He received his Master's from Case Western Reserve University (and Bachelors from Virginia Tech) in Materials Engineering. He also received an award for outstanding research as undergraduate. Following residency, Howard entered the Johns Hopkin's University School of Public Health residency in preventive medicine. Following his interest in international medicine, he has taken multiple positions in International Health, taking him to South America, Africa, India, Europe, China, Taiwan and now the Philippines. He has been working for the World Health Organization both in the headquarters and the field. He has co-authored national and global guidelines, strategic planning documents, reports and publications for HIV/AIDS (HIV drug resistance surveillance), SARS and improving immunization programs. Howard served for 5 years in the Philippines, where he has focused on multiple preventive health endeavors, before moving to Cambodia for a number of years. He is truly dedicated to health improvements in developing countries.
Eric Wurst: Eric came to us from Duke University School of Medicine, where he received a pathology scholarship, and participated in research in nephrology resulting in a publication and poster presentation at a national meeting. He also helped staff a rural health clinic as student. He was magna cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience/Biology from Duke University. In residency, Eric presented a poster winning an award from the Ohio American College of Physicians. After completing residency, Eric took a position in multispecialty group including a number of Med-Peds trained physicians in Florida, where he hosts our Med-Peds residents for their private practice experience.
Class of 1997
Chad Brands: Chad graduated with High Honor from Baylor College of Medicine where he received a number of academic awards including induction into AOA. Following residency, he had a joint appointment in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio where he was integrally involved in student and resident education in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In 2000, he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, where he transitioned from primary care into full time referral practice and hospital-based medicine in the Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. He helped charter a new division that focuses on referral care for complex patients with chronic illnesses from across the nation and world. Subsequently he rose to the position of Division Director for this division at Mayo. After serving there for many years, he was offered the position of Director of Medical Education at All Kids, the Florida site for Johns’ Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors' Association Transitional Care Committee.
Robert Fitz: Robert was AOA with High Distinction from University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he received two awards for academic excellence. He participated in research in pulmonary hypertension resulting in two publications and three presentations including at a national pediatric meeting during medical school. As an undergrad he pitched for Notre Dame, earning his degree there. During residency he presented at the Ohio American College of Physicians poster session. Following residency, he has worked in primary care in the Greater Cincinnati area in Northern Kentucky.
William Flannery: Bill was AOA from New York Medical College, where he performed premedical research in neuroscience at Amherst and Princeton, and a year of health education at Waianae Coast Health Center. He presented at the Ohio American College of Physicians poster for three clinical vignettes. Currently Bill practices Med-Peds primary care in North Carolina.
Allen Friedland: Allen was AOA from SUNY Buffalo (the seven year program), where he was the recipient of many awards for clinical achievements. Allen was Summa Cum Laude undergraduate with a BS in Biomedical Science from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. In medical school he worked on two research projects, one on neurotransmitters, the other a community health assessment in New York City. During residency, he received the resident teaching award for both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and had a poster at Ohio American College of Physicians. Following residency, he served as Chief Internal Medicine resident. He took the position of Associate and now Program Director for the Med Peds program in the Jefferson Medical College based Christiana Care Med-Peds Residency Program in Delaware, which has thrived under his guidance. He was elected president of the Med-Peds Program Directors Association in 2003. His leadership of this organization was instrumental in the remarkable advances nationally for med-peds training, including the accreditation process for all med-peds programs by the ACGME. His contributions are too numerous to recount, but span the subjects of national advocacy for students interested in med-peds, med-peds residents, residency directors, med-peds training programs, and even med-peds graduates in fellowship training and private practice. His leadership during the many changes and challenges of the last 5 years has contributed more to the profession of medicine-pediatrics than any other person we know. If there is a father of med-peds in our time, it is Allen Friedland! More information on his past and current accomplishments can be found at this Allen Friedland webpage.
Cynthia Ledford: Cindy was AOA from Ohio State University, where she received the faculty award for outstanding achievement, as well as other honors and scholarships. She performed a fellowship in Medical Education, completed after medical school, as Administrative Assistant to the Dean. In medical school she did research on bile acid transport which resulted in a poster and oral presentation. Following residency, she took a faculty position in Med-Peds at Wright State University School of Medicine, assisting with the medical student introduction to clinical practice course there, and participated heavily in the training of internal medicine and med-peds residents. She then became faculty at Ohio State University College of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, where she is the Internal Medicine clerkship director and heavily involved with student education. She has been the acting Associate Division Director for General Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University. In addition, she works in a private Med-Peds practice in a University affiliated office. Her research interests are in medical student training and transitional medicine. Cynthia Ledford webpage.
Corinne Lehmann: Corinne was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She had already performed research with publication in genetics, with a Master's degree in Chemistry from Yale University. Her undergraduate degree was a BS in chemistry, summa cum laude, from Ohio State University. Following residency, she completed fellowship training in adolescent medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, with a publication on the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections and genitourinary problems in adolescent males. She is now Assistant Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and General Internal Medicine. She also did 2 years of private practice in a Med Peds practice in Chicago IL. She completed her Master's in Medical Education through Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati where she pioneered a clinical skills laboratory with standardized patients for teaching adolescent medicine. She subsequently took on the role of the director of residency and student training at the Adolescent Clinic at Cincinnati Children's, before becoming the pediatric clerkship director. She is now even more heavily involved with medical school education, assuming responsibilities for the new clinical curriculum.
Class of 1996
Teresa Andreone: Terry graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, having previously obtained her MS and Ph.D. in biochemistry. She performed years of ground breaking bench research in the cloning of an enzyme responsible for glucose metabolism. Terry maintained a funded active bench lab throughout medical school, residency and fellowship, for which she has multiple related publications. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine, and is now attending in St Louis, MO, in a Pediatric Intensive Care. She is still active as the Medial Director in the Diabetes Camp run in the Greater Cincinnati area every August, and has hosted many pediatric and Med-Peds residents in this capacity.
Christine Wallace (Gregory): Christine was AOA from University of Missouri (six year program), during which she was employed by International fellowship to study tropical medicine and public health in Papua New Guinea. Following residency, she is practicing medicine in Cincinnati.
Joseph Hartig: Joe came to Cincinnati from the University of Kentucky, where he had participated in the Wood Hudson Cancer Research group for four years, and worked as a volunteer in Port-au-prince. He has a thriving practice in Kentucky, doing Med-Peds.
Kevin Kilpatrick: Kevin graduated from Rush Medical School, Chicago, with multiple academic awards, including a public health scholarship for Illinois, which he served in Rockport, IL for three years following residency. Subsequently he entered international medicine with a position as a Health Professions Shortage Area physician in Saipan, an American territory near the Philippines. Following that position, he worked in Abu Dhabi for a few years, and then moved back the US and eventually took a job as an oncologic hospitalist in North Carolina for the Federal Prison system. He subsequently joined the ranks of the State Department, as medical director for the Diplomatic staff in a 5 country region around Kazakhstan. He then moved to Egypt in a similar capacity, then served in one of the war torn areas of the middle east before moving on to the Philippines.
Thomas Webb: Tom was AOA from University of Rochester School of Medicine. During medical school, he participated in research into the health needs of foster care children. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Rochester with a B.S. in biology. He received a resident teaching award from the Department of Pediatrics. Following residency, he joined our Med-Peds practice as preceptor and provider, taking on the additional responsibilities of Medical Director for a few years. He then left primary care and completed two fellowships: one in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and one in our Outcomes Institute with a Master's of Science degree in Epidemiology degree from the Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of an Outcomes Research fellowship. He served as faculty in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics as well as the Division of General Internal Medicine for many years running numerous multidisciplinary transitional medicine clinics for individuals with developmental disabilities. A few of the areas that these encompass include adults with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Genetic Disorders, and Myelomeningocele. He subsequently moved into private practice in a thriving practice in NC, joining 2 of our other graduates from previous years!
Class of 1995 and 1994
Joseph Barrocas: Joe was magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. He graduated Harvard undergraduate cum laude, with a BS in Biology. He was acting co Med Peds chief during his fourth year of residency, when he presented grand rounds for both Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Internal Medicine. Following residency, in which he received a teaching award, he became a Pediatric Chief Resident at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. After successful completion of this service, he joined our Med Peds clinic as one of its founding members, and became a practitioner and preceptor. He was named as one of Cincinnati's Top Doctors for a number of years running. In 2006, Joe moved into private practice in North Carolina, with one of our graduates from the class of 1997, Bill Flannery. If his career there is a brilliant as it was in Cincinnati, his patients and partners will all benefit greatly!
Phuong Le: Phuong was AOA from Medical College of Georgia, where he received numerous merit awards. Phuong’s undergraduate degree was in Aerospace Engineering with Honors. During residency, Phuong wrote and was awarded a grant to study the public health needs of Vietnam, which followed his long term interests in refugee populations. Prior to residency, he had spent a substantial amount of time volunteering in refugee camps for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. He completed Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins’ University in Baltimore during his employment as Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Internal Medicine, where he performed in an outstanding fashion as clinician educator, acquiring the position of Assistant Professor. Subsequent to completing his MPH, Phuong was hired as Assistant to the Dean of the then new Saigon School of Public Health, a position he served in for a number of years. He now administrates the largest philanthropic public health organization in Vietnam, instituting public health initiatives with wide ranging significance. He has also hosted Med Peds residents interested in International Public Health.
Caroline Mueller: Caroline was AOA from University of Cincinnati, with academic awards as well as one from the Department of Pediatrics for outstanding senior entering pediatrics, and from the Ohio State American College of Physicians award for Internal Medicine achievement in medical school, and resident teaching award in Internal Medicine. She graduated with Honors from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in engineering. Following residency, she had the responsibility of opening the Med Peds clinic, with the assistance of Joseph Barrocas, Phuong Le, and the residents who were training at the time. She was Medical Director of the office for 4 years over an 8 year period. Caroline has served as director of the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency for many years now, a job she cherishes. Her research interests in residency education led her to participate in a Master's of Medical Education program offered through Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. She is now Professor. She practices primary care with the residents in our med-peds clinic, and attends on the wards at University Hospital